On February 26th, the Oscars will take over Hollywood -- not to mention the TV screens of cinephiles around the globe. This year there's a bumper crop of exquisite soundtracks and enjoyable tunes to discover, so we're shining a spotlight (get it?) on what sets our hearts aflutter about the nominees in both the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.
The immensely-talented Mica Levi first got on our radar via her Micachu & the Shapes project, but her work as a film composer is equally vital. Her first foray into scores was 2014's highly-acclaimed work on Under the Skin.
There were lots of soundtrack releases to choose from this year, with many limited edition color vinyl versions creating excitement and selling out fast. Soundtracks play an incredibly important role in films by directors Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and Nicolas Winding Refn, so it's no surprise that they each had two soundtracks appear on this list. Music from Star Wars films, new and old, made it on this list as well. Read on to see what made each soundtrack release so special.
From Kenneth Anger to anonymous YouTubers, film and moving pictures have maintained and nurtured a mutually beneficial relationship for eons. Sometimes it’s a documentary about a long-lost icon, or a legendary concert film, or a movie that uses music to hammer home what its trying to say – Music Monday at the New Mission Theater in SF is a weekly series here to bring you fun, rare, important, new, old, or otherwise kaleidoscopic films linked to the world of music. This December, catch two very special Music Monday titles: Medicine for Melancholy on December 5th at 9:15pm and Gimme Danger on December 12th at 10pm.
Medicine for Melancholy is the first feature film by Bay Area director Barry Jenkins, who made waves earlier this year in the indie film world with his latest work, Moonlight. Medicine for Melancholy explores issues such as race, identity, gentrification, and personal politics from the perspective of two San Francisco locals. From a drunken Soul Night at the Knockout to a heart-stoppingly apropos soundtrack by the likes of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Au Revoir Simone, and more, Medicine for Melancholy is a visually and sonically powerful portrait of a city that doesn’t really exist anymore. Tickets available HERE.
"I've always wanted to own this record and I don't know why I don't," says Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups as he's holding upAdore Life, the sophomore album by Savages. Brian goes on to recall seeing the UK post-punk group perform at Coachella and having their "faces completely melted off." Brian, along with the rest of Silversun Pickups - Nikki Monninger, Joe Lester, and Christopher Guanlao - went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and found an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, ska, electronic, and lots of soundtracks.
Named after a liquor store across the street from the Silverlake Lounge, LA-based indie four-piece Silversun Pickups formed in 2000. The band's fanbase grew thanks to the release of the Pikul EP (2005), their first for Dangerbird Records. Their debut full-length, Carnavas, appeared in stores a year later and a series of high-profile touring gigs with OK Go, Kaiser Chiefs, and Snow Patrol exposed them to new audiences in the U.S. and Europe.
Amazon Studios and Amoeba Music invite you to attend the red carpet premiere of The Neon Demon at the Arclight Cineramadome in Hollywood on June 14th at 9pm. Tickets guarantee admission and will be given out on a first come, first served basis beginning at noon on June 14th at Amoeba Hollywood (while supplies last). Please note that this is the premiere, so dress to impress!
The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves, and opens in theaters on June 24. The films follows Jesse (Fanning), a starry-eyed sixteen-year-old who comes to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a runway model. Lying about her age in order to score gigs, she struggles to claw her way up the ladder of Hollywood’s cutthroat modeling industry. Her career takes a turn when she befriends snarky makeup artist Ruby (Malone), who plugs her into the city’s nightclub scene, introducing her to Gigi and Sarah, two model friends in their early twenties who are already becoming yesterday’s news. But as Jesse’s star rises, her virgin innocence attracts jealous eyes, making her vulnerable to violence...