May 12, 2021

Soundtrack: Arrival – Denis Villeneuve

Understanding how time limits and binds the human capacity for awareness is the key to breaking an interstellar code for a linguist and physicist in Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s stark, contemporaneous and cerebral 2016 sci-fi thriller Arrival.
May 7, 2021

Heavy Rotation: Boards of Canada – Music has the Right to Children

Triggering an emotion may be easier with a melody than rhythm, according to brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin of Boards of Canada, but the faded patina of melancholy saturating the pair’s 1998 debut studio album Music Has The Right To Children, is as apparent in its tempo as its theme.
May 4, 2021

DJ Shadow: Endtroducing – 25th Anniversary Sample Mix

Cited as one of the best records of the nineties by most major music publications and included in Time Magazine’s list of greatest albums of all time, one of the keys to the resounding impact of DJ Shadow’s Entroducing can be found in the title of one of its less substantial cuts, a 43-second interlude entitled “Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96”. It kind of did.
April 3, 2021

Heavy Rotation: Paul Simon – Self Titled

By Christmas 1969, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were tired. Tired of touring, tired of filming a TV special, tired of the grind that recording Bridge Over Troubled Water had become, but mostly, they were tired of each other. Simon felt the partnership was over. So, he did what anyone does after a breakup; he took time out to reassess.
March 27, 2021

Soundtrack: The Shining – Stanley Kubrick

Certain movies in cinematic history stand as cultural sentinels, containing scenes which telegraph love, hope, humour, sadness… or unbridled horror and incomprehensible primordial fear as Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining, did upon release in the spring of 1980. The fact this dance macabre is orchestrated to one of the creepiest and haunting – yet temporally ambiguous – soundtracks in modern film history only bolsters its place in the pantheon of greatest movies of all time.
February 20, 2021

Heavy Rotation: Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual

In 1984 Cyndi Lauper achieved what Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith before her had not: she became the first female artist to chart four Top 5 singles off one album. A heady space to occupy considering the size of the craters that musical heavyweights like Tapestry, Blue and Horses had left on the industry the previous decade.
February 5, 2021

No Film Scores: A Spotify Mixtape from Soundtracks

This effort highlights various artist soundtracks that make the best mixtapes, leaving traditional scores and single artist soundtracks out.