UPDATE, Jan 12, 2012, 3:13 p.m.: Stan Freese got in touch with us today and said that the casting requirements have been amended; the characters don't have to play specific instruments, as the original audition stated. Original post, Jan. 11, 2012, 10:58 a.m.: Can you play a mean guitar riff whil ... More >>
Throughout movie history, filmmakers have relied on music to add impact to scenes, be they comedic, dramatic, violent or whatever. Starting in the 1960s, they began to employ popular music, rather than instrumental scores made specifically for the films themselves. Some pop songs clearly work ... More >>
I never cared foe ABBA until a couple years ago when a copy editor who made all my writing much better--and became a close friend--turned me on to their music. I'm still no diehard. And I passed on Mamma Mia! But I do have a bunch of their songs on my iTunes these days and enjoy quite a few. Actua ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers robbed! The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, Hollies, Genesis and ABBA to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm just glad KISS--a band I loathe more than any other--didn't make the cut. Speaking of the Peppers, has guitar hero John Frusciante quit again?New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fe ... More >>
Here's another roundup from our pal Jeff Shaw:
Ah, the New Year. Time of transformation, time of bubbly-spawned magic, time of awkward passes and resolutions you mean at the time. While you're preparing for the long sled ride down Hangover Hill, here's some topical listening material.
5. Death Cab ... More >>