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.
January 23, 2021

Heavy Rotation: John Lennon – Imagine

While there were only 10 months between 1970’s Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon’s first post-Beatles studio outing – and his sophomore release Imagine, there’s been 50 years of people asking if there’s more or less light between the two LPs than critics of the time acknowledged.
December 27, 2020
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2020: The Year In Music Mixes

Having now put what I consider to be the best music of this year all in one place, I realize that this has surreptitiously been one of the best years of musical output in recent history.
December 4, 2020
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Heavy Rotation: The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole

Dropping the needle and listening to the entirety of the guitar grinding, drug-fueled fever dream that is Dig Your Own Hole could lead one to consider that Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands – The Chemical Brothers – had recorded the greatest electronic album of the ’90s.
November 23, 2020
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Classical Music, Psychologically Speaking – The Spotify Playlist

If self expression, emotional regulation and cognitive development can be influenced by music, then classical is genre by association with serotonin production.