Martinez Drives a Lincoln

Martinez Drives a Lincoln

Clint Martinez, former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lydia Lunch and the Dickies, among other influential L.A. bands, has expanded his repertoire to include commercials. Martinez composed the score for the memorable Ford Lincoln campaign featuring Matthew McConaughey. Interestingly, Martinez segued to Lincoln commercials via Lincoln films: he composed the score to the 2011 […]

‘Sherlock’ Tunes Up for Prom at Royal Albert Hall

‘Sherlock’ Tunes Up for Prom at Royal Albert Hall

The BBC’s “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be showcased as part of an evening of musical work associated with the ingenious sleuth’s character through the years. On August 16, the Proms salutes a crime-fighting violin virtuoso who wrote a pioneering study of Dutch sacred music, tussled with a contralto from the Warsaw Opera and used Offenbach […]

Price Slams YouTube, Google

Price Slams YouTube, Google

 Composer Michael Price  lashes out at YouTube and Google for cutting into songwriter compensation in U.K. newspaper The Independent. Price won an Emmy for the BBC hit drama “Sherlock” and composed music for films including The Lord of the Rings to Quantum of Solace and The Inbetweeners.  He accused YouTube of having a “gravitational pull” that results in reduced payments across […]

‘Mission’ A Challenge

With Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, composer Joe Kraemer becomes the fourth to reinvent the classic Lalo Schifrin score, which NPR describes as “a 1960s TV theme song that’s stayed permanently young.” Hear the fascinating backstory in this interview entitled “Four Composers, One (Nearly) Impossible Mission,” in which All Things Considered’s Terry Gross talks to […]

Suffragette – Music by Alexander Desplat

Suffragette, in which breakout director Sarah Gavron shepherds an all-star cast (Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter) in the story of foot soldiers of the early feminist movement. Alexander Desplat provides the score in this Focus Features release, due in theaters October 23.

‘Kasbah’ Soundtrack a ’70s Blast

Director Barry Levinson’s upcoming Bill Murray starrer, Rock the Kasbah, may borrow it’s title from a 1982 song by The Clash, but judging by the trailer it’s channeling the sounds of the ’70s, with David Bowie’s 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel” backing the trailer, and mention of Murray himself performing Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water” in […]

Jingle Punks

Jingle Punks

Part-Spotify, part-Tin Pan Alley is how the 7-year-old Jingle Punks has been described. In addition to original music for clients like Red Bull and TK, the company has become known for offbeat renditions of classic ad tunes, creating the music for a kickin’ country western version of the Meow Mix them and chanteuse Masha’s sultry Werewolves of […]

Lieb, Allstate AMPed for Success

The LGBT-positive Allstate commercial featuring Eli Leib‘s original song “Safe in My Hands” won two 2015 AMP Awards for Music and Sound. The competition honors music composed and licensed for commercials and is presented by the Association of Music Producers. Lieb took top honors in the Best Original Song category, and the commercial itself tied for the […]

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