‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack at 50

‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack at 50

The Italian novelist Italo Calvino described a classic as something that exercises a particular influence, both when imprinting itself on your imagination unforgettably and hiding in the layers of memory disguised as individual or collective unconscious. By that measure, and other reckonings, the 1967 film The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, and its genre-busting soundtrack are […]

Baby Bear Helps Scare Up No. 1 Hit for McCreary

Baby Bear Helps Scare Up No. 1 Hit for McCreary

It’s a happy weekend for Bear McCreary who scored the No. 1 film, Universal’s chiller Happy Death Day. The millennial murder mystery outperformed expectations, slicing off an impressive $26.5 million in its box office debut.  As a veteran of seven seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead, McCreary is no stranger to horror. Then again, he’s no stranger […]

Zimmer, Wallfisch, Sinatra: Music for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Zimmer, Wallfisch, Sinatra: Music for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, are among the musical highlights in store on the Epic Records original soundtrack to Blade Runner 2049. The film also has an original song, “Almost Human” by contemporary Christian chanteuse Lauren Daigle, that is included among the album tracks. A digital soundtrack download becomes available Thursday, Oct. 5,  with […]

A Scholarly Look at Hip Hop

A Scholarly Look at Hip Hop

Fordham University professor Mark Naison explores the cultural explosion that became hip hop, tracing it from its antecedent stage, through the big bang and universal expansion. A professor of history and African American studies, Naison’s obvious passion and appreciation of the subject lend moral and emotional weight to his intellectual adventurism. It’s an information-packed hour […]

Calderon, Clausen High Notes of RMALA Night Sept. 24

Calderon, Clausen High Notes of RMALA Night Sept. 24

Erstwhile Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are the guests of honor at the 24th Annual RMALA Night fundraiser for the Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles Chapter. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, at the splendiferous Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades. “Alf is a legend, and has been […]

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