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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A Guardians of the Galaxy Cassette Tape Release!

guardianscassetteIt’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox.  Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more…]

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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