From Demi Lovato to Weezer: Hot Corn’s Playlist

The best songs and scores listened to this week by the editorial staff

Seeking Endurance – Junkie XL. From Tomb Raider. Dutch composer Junkie XL has written the original soundtrack of the new Tomb Raider movie. The film, directed by Roar Uthaug and based on the iconic video game of the same name, is a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series, starring Alicia Vikander a Lara Croft. The composer has created an orchestral atmosphere, with piano, strings and percussions, mixed with electronic elements. A distinctive trait of his eclectic musical style.

Buddy Holly – Weezer. From Love 3 (Episode 1). The romantic comedy tv series created for Netflix by Judd Apatow and starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust has arrived at its third and final season. Set in L.A., the show follows Mickey (Jacobs), a radio producer, and Gus (Rust), a on-set tutor and aspiring scriptwriter, and their efforts to make their relationship work. As in the previous seasons, there are many songs in the show. We’ve chosen a classic from the 90s: Buddy Holly by the American rock band Weezer. The music video was directed by Spike Jonze and portrayed the band performing at the original diner Arnold’s Drive-In from Happy Days. Brilliant.

Aaj Se Teri – Arijit Singh. From Pad man. Pad man is a Indian bollywood biographical comedy-drama film directed and written by R. Balki. The movie is based on the short story, The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land, contained in the book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, a collection of four stories on feminism written by the Indian newspaper columnist, film producer and actress Twinkle Khanna. The story is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The score was composed by Amit Trivedi while the lyrics were written by Kausar Munir. Arijit Singh sang one of the movie’s main songs.

Then I’ll die – Jerry Goldsmith. From Rambo III Intrada has given one of its long-standing catalog titles a refresh in this latest edition of Jerry Goldsmith’s 1988 score to Rambo III. This all-new presentation offers everything Jerry Goldsmith recorded for Rambo III during March and April of 1988 but now in the sequence he originally intended for the film. He wrote what is possibly the largest number of separate themes for a single score of his career, resulting in a musical architecture that distinguishes the score for Rambo III from its predecessors, lending the score a shape characteristic of a small group of Goldsmith film scores, including The Sand Pebbles and The Challenge.

Take Revenge – Yoshihiro Ike. From B: The beginning. The series, produced by Netflix and Production I.G. and directed by veteran anime legend Kazuto Nakazawa, takes place in the archipelagic nation of Cremona, a world powered by advanced technology, crime and unction. From Koku, the main protagonist, to Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS, a wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, “Killer B”, and a chain of crimes. Acclaimed composer Yoshihiro Ike composed and produced the exciting score. Combining electronic music with intense electric guitar and otherworldly vocals, Yoshihiro Ike has delivered one of the most exciting scores for an animated series.

Dark Streets – Jonny Greenwood. From You Were Never Really Here Jonny Greenwood, overcome the disappointment of the Oscar’s night – where he was nominated for Phantom Thread‘s score – is back with another movie soundtrack for You were never really here. The mistery-thriller film written and directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames starring Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a war veteran and former FBI agent with PTSD. The soundtrack marks the second collaboration with Ramsay following We Need to Talk About Kevin. The Radiohead guitarist has written a haunting soundtrack using stringed instruments, synth and electronic sounds to underline the protagonist’s restlessness.

7 – I belive – Demi Lovato feat. DJ Khaled. From A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, was released this week in the US. The movie is the the first live-action film to be directed by a black female director and Academy Award nominee. Ramin Djawadi wrote the film score and the soundtrack features seven original songs. One of them was co-written by Demi Lovato, Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney and produced by DJ Khaled.

8 – Grace in the mirror – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna. From Alias Grace

Scored by the acclaimed sibling composers, Academy Award winner Mychael Danna and Emmy nominee Jeff Danna, to accompany the compelling drama series Alias Grace, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel which went on to become a Netflix series last year. Inspired by the formal rigidity of the British Colonial 19th Century society, the brothers are accompanied by a chamber group with fleeting woodwinds and piano that create a romantic yet dramatic score with an underlying darkness reflecting the crime within the story line. Earth Recordings and Lakeshore Records will be releasing the soundtrack to Alias Grace out on May 11th.

9 – The Orgy – Basil Paledouris. From Conan the Barbarian

Released in 1982 and directed by John Milius, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conan the Barbarian is a true masterpiece. As a child, Conan witnessed the massacre of his parents by the cruel Thulsa Doom, before being reduced to slavery. This allowed him to develop an outstanding musculature so he could then gain his freedom as wrestler that wants to avenge his parents, in the company of two robbers, Subotai and Valeria. The soundtrack, as cult as the film itself, was composed by Greek American Basil Poledouris (1945-2005), who also composed Lonesome Dove (Emmy Award for the Music Composition for a miniseries in 1989).

10 – Sequence 4 – Piero Piccioni. From La donna è una cosa meravigliosa

A Four Flies Records volume entirely dedicated to the jazz atmospheres of the Italian movies from the ‘60s, including genres such as noir, melò, giallo, dark comedy and crazy musicarelli. This record is the result of a research that focused on the soundtrack archive of RCA Italy and consists of songs that have remained unpublished until today. It demonstrates how Italian jazz benefitted from its relationship with the film industry, which provided a fertile ground to experiment and create to great musicians such as Piero Umiliani, Romano Mussolini, Amedeo Tommasi, Robby Poitevin, Piero Piccioni or Armando Trovajoli.

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