Music: Stranger Things Soundtrack Vol 1 & 2

strangerthingssoundtrackHave you watched Stranger Things yet?  Well, get a Netflix subscription!  A few weeks ago, our Retrenders colleague Johnny Moreno binge watched Stranger Things and wrote a review on it (Stranger Things review).  He then called me in the middle of the night to tell me to watch it!  So I did and it was well worth it.  Like many 80s kids, I had fond memories of movies and music from that era.  And one of the many important factors in the success of Stranger Things is the music made by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.  They have just released 2 new tracks to preview for the upcoming Vol 1 and Vol 2 releases digitally and CD format.

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Transformers: The Movie, Original Motion Picture Score

TransformersCoverIn the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy?  Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers:  The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola.  Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick.  Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks.  This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.

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“Homeland” TV Program in Promo Vinyl Covers

showtimevinylcoversI’ve always found joy in CD, cassette tape or vinyl albums, because you could read the many linear notes, look at the artwork and it just felt more tangible in your hands.  Kids today are missing out with downloading and streaming music, but I digress.  The topic at hand is these cool vinyl-style jazz covers made for the hit Showtime program “Homeland.”

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Audeze LCD2

Christmas is coming and here I go again this year with my wish list. Though every year, that lame St. Nick never delivers what I want.  But that won’t stop me, I plan to post more of my wish lists in the coming weeks here at Retrenders. First on the list are these gorgeous Audeze LCD2 headphones with Lambskin leather cushions, Rosewood earcups, and a planar magnetic driver.  What else more can I ask for in a headphone?

MSRP:  $995.00USD

For more details, go to Audeze LCD2 – Bamboo.

 

Norah Jones x Danger Mouse = Little Broken Hearts

norahjonesbrokenheartscoverThis might be an odd couple – Danger Mouse and Norah Jones.  But they’ve been making an album together called “Little Broken Hearts” and the CD will hit retail outlets tomorrow.  It’s a mix of jazzy soul and eclectic beats.  Like Adele’s 21 album, Jones gets personal and will sing songs about her ex-boyfriend.

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Music: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

I just watched the Hunger Games movie today and I have to say it was spectacular. Gary Ross did a phenomenal job directing this story of  strong emotion to a movie of actors and actresses with equally strong emotion. You see deeper meanings in tiny glimpses of the characters’ minds that go beyond senseless violence and action like in many other movies. It was a very well done film. A very fast paced, heart pounding film that was faithful to Suzanne Collin’s work.

What also makes a movie is the soundtrack. We were so excited and bought the CD in the deluxe edition at Target for $11.99. All we can say about the soundtrack was that it was not quite worth $12 and there was nothing too deluxe about it. The whole soundtrack was very morose and somber, with themes of darkness, perseverance, and hope which are all part of the theme of the “Hunger Games”. The songs are great to listen to if it accompanies the movies, but not so riveting when listening to it on its own.

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