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May, Brian – “Patrick” – [XOZMIQ]

Limited re-release of the soundtrack to this movie about a comatose patient who manipulates the mind of his hot nurse.
Score consists of the airy joys of falling in love (repeating melody) juxtaposed with the murderous creepy jitters on the next track. Fall in love, murder, rinse, repeat.

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm
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  • Lindsay, Mark; W. Michael Lewis; Robert Houston; The Wonderland Philharmonic “Shogun Assassin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” [Cinewax]

    the source for agent orange from cage off hiphop 12″, mix in additional sampling from here, clockwork orange or baroque half whole synth note non stagnant pools of film spools in the same wonderful worlds as a lesser bernard fevre, not trailblazing, maybe just crackle crank pop B3, or starts good but quickly sounds dated as a synth hawkwind B4 or the best track rather fine for now not a must play electro pop B5 regardless of the toho idea of edo bakufu period and occidental visions of a ghoulish vampy campy 80s rock romp synth funk halloween party psych by the end but only ends B2 or a mood music sway or swingless should have just been an ishikawa goemon mythical emotion notions not the neitherworld of repeater loop key echo without the ching chong chiny cho that is so baddass B1 instrumentals except for voice track inclusions on the is that robert redford as the samurai or wtf a confederate union drum march or the trite bodies falling and the blood remarks except sick flesh rips slash gore effects A1 but de jure the simple music theory here of traveling three note chords arpeggios pairs and progression as voice leading octave apart timbres well explored at the time has that charm without the autre A2 and still dope slow procession funeral oriental airy shit A3 and proves material like this can be played a great deal that is to say well-shit A4 realizes dada diogenes

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on October 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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  • Martin: Donald Rubinstein [coll] – [Ship to Shore Media]

    Martin is a 1977 vampire movie made by Pittsburgh, PA film maker George Romero, well known for his horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Composer Donald Rubinstein was 24 years old when he wrote the score which varies from modern classical to jazz and beyond. Well written and well played, the quality was a pleasant surprise to me. Instruments include voice, a string quartet, piano, vibraphone, and many others. See inner sleeve for an engaging reminiscence written in 2015 by Rubinstein and for a complete list of musicians and recording information. Creepy and ominous throughout.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on September 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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  • Dorough, Bob – “Multiplication Rock” – [Capitol Records]

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    Saturday morning cartoons, with Multiplication Rock intervals, learning with the aid of fun music. Almost as much fun as eating the cruellers my mother left out so I wouldn’t wake her up too early. Seriously, this is a blast from the past. Side A features Bob Dorough’s child-friendly voice singing the lyrics he wrote. Side B is a bit more funky with other voices joining the mix. I can visualize the whimsical cartoons that accompanied the music. This is a great add to our Soundtrack library. Remember, zero is a hero.

  • Reviewed by humana on June 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm
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  • Birdman (Sanchez, Antonio) – “Birdman” – [Milan Records]

    I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that the best actor in
    Innaritu’s “Birdman” was the drummer, he stole many a scene
    (snaring them one might say). Listening to Antonio Sanchez’s
    work here reminds me of the old Bernard Purdie release,
    although I think Purdie had a little longer to stretch.
    The first “Get Ready” piece here cuts off abruptly after
    91 seconds and starts informally, likely trying to emphasize
    how great Sanchez is off the cuff. “Just Chatting” a mere
    37 seconds feels like a whole song, your imagination starts
    to bring in horns and a bassline just as it vanishes.
    “Strut Part 1″ brings back images of sexist cartoon
    boom-chicka chicks walking. Other times Sanchez nails a
    kind of crime-about-to-happen 70′s cop show feel. He really
    made the film crackle and while this CD is not quite as
    striking, there’s still plenty here to work with on the
    radio. And it all leads up to “The Anxious Battle for
    Sanity” which is maybe sliced from “Get Ready” those two
    both have a faint underlying string drone that adds to the
    edginess. Also it may foreshadow the lyrical, dramatic
    classical pieces that close this release. Not sure how
    useful these are for our KFJC vibe, but Mahler moves from
    flight to staggering self-doubt as well as Keaton did.
    #18 leaps like a ballet, #19 (Mahler again with Violeta
    Urmana singing) breaks like the dawn. These are pieces that
    strike a familiar chord and gave nice weight in the film,
    contrasting nicely with the more impulsive percussion
    from Sanchez which I prefer.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 21, 2015 at 12:03 am
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  • Korzynski, Andrzej – “Possession” – [Finders Keepers Records]

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  • Reviewed by Number 6 on June 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm
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  • Sound of Noise ( Borjeson, Magnus ) – “Sound of Noise” – [Hybris]

    I used to say any decent drummer would have to have
    a jazz project on the side, but that was before I
    knew there were opportunities as ninja terrorists
    as we see in this 2010 Swedish film. Billed as a
    crime-comedy is 2/3 correct, Sound of Noise is a
    crime-comedy-musical. The noise here is quite
    accessible KFJC-wise. An homage to Kraftwerk in
    parts(check the “Doctor Doctor” tracks)? A satire
    of Stomp maybe? A battle cry against muzak? The
    track that starts the album is pretty plush,
    the action really starts in “The Van” a motorik
    number with a drummer on the lam, putting the
    crash in a crash cymbal. The closing number too
    might trick a listener, as the six drummers go
    into hiding as a resort band (but at the very
    end, we catch a clue. “The Drum Battle” was an
    amazing scene. “Money 4U Honey” is a feisty heist
    that truly shreds. “Fuck the Music Kill Kill”
    is industrial-strength. The love theme sneaks in
    here and there, the best is the Melodica version.
    If anything pieces are too short likely confined
    to their use in the film, each of the “Auditions”
    should have been a 5 minute jam. Tons of funs,
    Haydn must be tapping his skeletal toes to this!
    -Thurston Hunger
    If like me you heard this and then had to see the
    film but now want more…here’s an early Xmas gift

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 7, 2015 at 12:08 am
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  • Knife In The Water ( Komeda, Krzysztof ) – “Knife In The Water” – [Cherry Red Records]

    Music by Polish jazz pianist Krzystof Komeda from the soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s first feature length film KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962) and his 1960 short feature INNOCENT SORCERERSS, ending with some fine tracks of Komeda’s own compositions and some standards. After Stalin died in 1953, jazz was no longer illegal in Poland but Polanski’s film was disapproved by the regime when it came out. The tunes are very hip and cool and expertly played – a snapshot of jazz in Poland at this time and its excellence for a soundtrack. Komeda also did the soundtrack for Polanski’s film ROSEMARY’S BABY and other films.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on April 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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  • Frank (Rennicks, Stephen) – “Frank” – [Silva Screen Records Ltd.]

    Listened to this album and was intrigued by it, feeling
    the sense of a band gathering, and the shadow of
    Suicide, well Alan Vega and not Don, and then the feeling
    of a different Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart precision
    pushing his vision. All the way through it once and I had
    to see the film, and was not disappointed. So the first
    feeling is gone, and now these songs are attached to
    memories, from the film in all its intimacy and love for the
    outside artist. And a pretty nice side swipe at SXSW
    that I think KFJC fans will delight in, #20 is tongue in
    ear after cheek. When madness spins around, many
    things go flying out ward, amps, sparks, visiting German
    families….but at the heart a sweet cover of “Lighthouse
    Keep” ticks the Clockwork heart. Watching the film I felt
    tangents to Scott Walker and Daniel Johnston, but
    apparently Chris Sievey (RIP 2010) is the more immediate
    inspiration we’ve only one Frankie Sidebottom 7″ and one
    Freshies track on a collection, but this fine movie is
    going to keep him alive forever. Now listening to the
    soundtrack surely breaks the film flash-flooding into
    my memory…I’d almost recommand folks get the soundtrack
    first and listen all the way through, gathering your own
    idea what the film might be like before watching it.
    Can’t say enough good things about film and music.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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  • Shutter Island [coll] – [Rhino Records Inc.]

    The composers on this soundtrack are a who’s who of modern classical composers – very intriguing selections that provide a variety of ominous, contemplative, experimental sounds. A few tracks (Cry, Wheel of Fortune, Tomrorow Night) are popular tunes from the late 40′s and early 50′s. The last track combines the two – a mix of Dinah Washington and Max Richter – that is gorgeous and moving. Highest recommendation!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on February 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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  • Burwell, Carter – “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2″ – [Milan]

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    terrible movie great soundtrack; composer Carter Burwell has done countless films: from most of the Coen brothers movies to In Bruges, Where the Wild Things Are and even Psycho III. this soundtrack stands out as a darker, more minimal accompaniment; ambient tribal beats with ambiguously produced sampling (musique concrete or mimicry?). snapping twigs, rustling leaves grinding stones: the opening track implies the obvious that doesn’t stand out as much in the delivery. stark soundscapes verging on electronica. wiccan ceremonies

  • Reviewed by abacus on November 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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  • Baxter, Les – “Cry of The Banshee and Edgar Allan Poe Suite” – [Varese Sarabande Records, Inc.]

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    Wow., *unquiet* village here, from Les Baxter. The sidelong
    “Cry of the Banshee” piece is a jarring, unsettling piece of
    music to push you to the edge and over. Feels like a modern
    classical madhouse, with no simple melodies to hold on to
    for a moment’s security. The flip side has shorter pieces for
    Poe (but alas there is not a drop of Vincent Price or spooken word
    to be found anywhere, it’s all music). Some electronics and other
    malevolent forces conspire. Scarier than any Halloween.
    Razor blades in the orchestra pit… 1970 era, Gordon
    Hessler directed. It’s a shame no film clips are included
    but youtube is just….over………there.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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  • Rosenthal, Laurence – “Rashomon” – [Carlton]

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    Laurence Rosenthal is an award winning Film/TV/Broadway composer who is known for his work on Cinema Paradiso, Miracle Worker, A Raisin in the Sun, Man of La Mancha, Clash of the Titans (original) and even Fantasy Island. Rashomon is two short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa which were then adapted into the Oscar-winning film by Akira Kurosawa but THIS release is from an adaptation for the Broadway stage, using elements from the Kurosawa film that were not present in the short stories. The Broadway production stared Rod Steiger and his wife at the time Claire Bloom who are obviously not Japanese although the story is about a Samurai and his wife. The story is told from four different viewpoints which vary greatly. This is very visual and unique, quite dramatic and heavy on percussion and flute, gamelan, gongs and cymbals.

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on October 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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  • Levi, Mica – “Under The Skin” – [Milan Records]

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    Soundtrack to a 2013 British-American Sci fi/horror film, a loose adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name. about an alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) who preys on men in Scotland. The music is by Mici Levi who does not appear to have any other music/film credits. Lucky for me upon first listen I had no idea this was a soundtrack so I had the opportunity to be sufficiently creeped out by it. This opens with some very menacing strings, then moves along to a haunted space station, an ominous walk though along creepy hallway etc. Lots of tension building, unsettling, WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!? moments. Very cinematic and spooky. This is very ominous and unsettling. Stoker meets Alien. Its great!!! Now I have to see the movie. Enjoy

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on September 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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  • Florida Symphony Orchestra and Bach Festival Choir – “Journey to Infinity” – [Audio Master]

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    orchestral epics of lunar escapes. astronomical agit-prop narration inciting rocket travel exploration with symphonic soundtracking and interstellar field recordings. spaceship machinery, bleeps bloops and blastoffs. musical rocket fuel for the wandering mind

  • Reviewed by abacus on August 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm
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  • Broadcast – “Berberian Sound Studio” – [Warp Records Ltd]

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    hauntingly beautiful, gorgeously macabre vignettes of psychic instability spinning in sonic uncertainty. a british sound engineer loses his grip on reality, absorbed in the terror of the italian horror film he’s been enlisted master. who is murdered and who is murderer? Scalded screams and Goblin cacklery, Equestrian waltzes and Serpent’s serenades. a wistful soundtrack of sinister intent. such Tender Damnation

  • Reviewed by abacus on July 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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  • Martinez, Cliff – “Only God Forgives” – [Milan Records]

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    Dont let the dreamy picture of Ryan Gosling sway you, this is pure soundtrack loveliness. Scored by Cliff Martinez whose first job was composing for Pee Wee’s Playhouse but might be better known for drumming for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Captain Beefheart, The Dickies, Lydia Lunch and The Weirdos. This is his second project with Nicolas Winding Refns (Drive) and hes Steven Soderbergh’s composer of choice, from ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ through ‘Solaris’ and ‘Contagion’. This was composed with help from Gregory Tripi, Mac Quayle and M83′s Anthony Gonzalez (Oblivion ST). This is full of edge of your seat cinematic moments but there are some Southeast Asian inspired pop tracks with actor Vithaya Pansringarm’s ballad on ‘Can’t Forget’ and Actress Ratha Phongam on ‘Falling in Love’ and ‘Youre my Dream’. Also some very cool elements on Track ‘Bride of Chang’ and ‘Wanna Fight’. Its all so amazing, its hard to pick a favorite!!

  • Reviewed by Belladonna on July 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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  • Ito, Teiji (soundtrack) – “Music For Maya: Early Film Music of Teiji Ito” – [Tzadik]

    Really interesting multi-cultural film music composed by Teiji Ito for the films of his then-wife, avant garde film maker Maya Deren. This covers all music composed by Ito for Deren from their 1952 meeting outside a five and dime (where she hired him on the spot at the age of 17) until her death in 1961 0f a cerebral hemorrhage. All music was composed, performed, and recorded in the studio they shared, and hits many countries from Japan (with kabuki theatre being a major influence), China, Korea, Spain, plus African and Western influences. He also touches on jazz and a little bit of electronics. He plays all the instruments and it’s quite amazing what he was able to accomplish here all before the age of 27. There are two discs full of great stuff here, so put on your traveling hat, because it’s quite a journey. Also, check out the liner notes if you can, because there is a lot of fascinating backstory plus an interview between Ito and Deren.

    -Cadillac Margarita

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on July 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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  • “Television’s Greatest Hits In Living Color Vol. 5″ [coll] – [Tvt Records]

    65 TV themes from the 1960′s and 1970′s! Ensembles of various sizes including big bands and orchestras play these perky, enthusiastic, “it’s time for the show!” ditties. Many sound dated, some are odd in a Psychotronic sort of way. Might work for a quick interlude or borrow one to use as your theme song. Fun!

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on June 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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  • Peter Peter & Peter Kyed – “Valhalla Rising” – [Milan Records]

    Dark and spooky sounds from triple Peter, with a Kyed tossed in. A film score that doesn’t have the cinematic feel, if you listened before knowing, you’d think it was a normal record. Low rumbles, and creeping fills. Guitars that sound like the beginning of an epic Godspeed song. Droned out organs that give the sense of desolate fog fueled mountains. Slow paced heart beats in pounding effect. Tension. And Mads!

  • Reviewed by cinder on February 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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