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Junkie XL Takes A Look At The History Of Surf Music for Distance Between Dreams!

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Distance Between Dreams by Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL is out now!  The synth-heavy score was composed for Red Bull Media House’s second feature in The Unrideables franchise, with this installment starring surfer Ian Walsh.  The film documents surfer Walsh as he sets mind and body in motion to redefine the upper limits of what’s considered “rideable.”

Holkenborg’s score owes as much to surf music as it does to synths and with that being said, Holkenborg recently took to his official Facebook page to give you his account, on the history of surf music.

The first wave of surf music was basically instrumental rock and roll between 1956-1964. It featured spring reverb-drenched electric guitars played to evoke the sound of crashing waves, largely pioneered by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. Despite being quite synth heavy, my DistanceBetweenDreams score does indeed honor this tradition of reverb-heavy guitars at key moments.

Surf music really came into the mainstream around 1964 led by The Beach Boys. They and other groups like Jan & Dean and Bruce & Terry gave life to what became known as “vocal surf”. It had more African-American elements like doo wop, scat singing and tight harmonies. However, Dick Dale was famously quoted, “[their] music wasn’t surfing music, the words made them surfing songs. That’s the difference, real surfing music is instrumental.”

Hot rod music (or hot rod rock) was an evolution from surf music. Hot rods were a common theme in American pop music, but “hot rod rock” was closely associated with the unique California sound of the early to mid-1960s – rich vocal harmonies, amplified electric guitars, and youth-oriented lyrics (hot rods, surfing, and girls).

Author Geoffrey Himes was right on the money when he said hot rod music was, “Less percussive staccato and more chiming riffs. Instead of slang about waxes and boards; you used slang about carburetors and pistons; instead of name-dropping the top surfing beaches, you cited the nicknames for the top drag-racing strips; instead of warning about the dangers of a ‘Wipe Out,’ you warned of ‘Deadman’s Curve.'”

Surf music (including hot rod music) essentially died with the British Invasion around 1964 with the emergence of garage rock, folk rock, blues rock and later psychedelic rock. Only The Beach Boys were able to maintain their popularity, but only after attempting to move away from their initial surf image.

In the early 80s, we got our first taste of surf punk – a revival of the original surfing sound. Groups like Forgotten Rebels and Agent Orangerecorded punk covers of surf classics like “Misirlou”, “Mr Moto”, and “Pipeline”. These groups really pushed the boundaries of the punk/hardcore scene.

Distance Between Dreams (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Junkie XL

01. Stranded
02. The Shore
03. The Workx
04. Always Ready
05. Dark Beaches
06. Dark Blue Hours
07. Deep Cut
08. Distant Lights
09. Increasing Vibes
10. Jaws
11. Wave Waters

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Looking for Something ‘Strange’ This Christmas? HUH Magazine Has You Covered!

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Stranger Things (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

HUH Magazine have selected Stranger Things as one of their gift guide items, this holiday season.

The soundtrack, which was recently named as one of the top 50 albums of 2016 by both Rolling Stone & Consequence Of Sound has been a worldwide phenomenon, winning over music fans across the world.  With its unforgettable melodies and pounding synths, it’s easy to understand why HUH have chosen Stranger Things as a part of their selection.

Take a trip to the ‘Upside Down’ this Christmas!

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Stranger Things Vol 1
Kyle Dixon And Michael Stein

01 Stranger Things
02 Kids
03 Nancy and Barb
04 This Isn’t You
05 Lay-Z-Boy
06 Friendship
07 Eleven
08 A Kiss
09 Castle Beyers
10 Hawkins
11 The Upside Down
12 After Sarah
13 One Blink For Yes
14 Photos in the Woods
15 Fresh Blood
16 Lamps
17 Hallucinations
18 Hanging Lights
19 Biking to School
20 Are You Sure?
21 Agents
22 Papa
23 Cops Are Good at Finding
24 No Weapons
25 Walking Through the Nether
26 She’ll Kill You
27 Run Away
28 No Autopsy
29 Dispatch
30 Joyce and Lonnie Fighting
31 Lights Out
32 Hazmat Suits
33 Theoretically
34 You Can Talk to Me
35 What Else Is There to Do?
36 Hawkins Lab

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Exploring Brian Reitzell’s Delicious Hannibal Collection

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Hannibal (Original Television Soundtrack)
Brian Reitzell

There is, and has been, a lot said about Brian Reitzell‘s score for Bryan Fuller‘s take on Thomas Harris‘ enigmatic Dr Hannibal Lecter.

Whilst I’m sure many of you are already more than familiar with the TV shows title character through one of his previous incarnations, I believe that this has been the first time, musically, that the character has really been brought to life. This is not to say that any of the previous musical accompaniments have been wrong or disingenuous, I’m just stating, from my own point of view, that Reitzell’s decadent, dark ambient, orchestral, confrontational and yet highly listenable score, really evokes the character of Lecter, in my humble opinion.

From the very beginning of Volume One, you know that you’re listening and experiencing something unlike anything you have probably ever heard before. To say this was a daring and visionary move would be an understatement: the music like the character of Dr Hannibal Lecter himself is intrinsically complex, thoughtful, daring and also something to be fearful of. Please don’t let my last statement put you off, I am merely saying the score for Hannibal covers almost every gamut of musical emotion and will only leave you wanting more!

Throughout the duration of the shows three season run, the music featured grew and adapted as did each of the main characters. One of my favourite tracks is season three’s ‘The Great Red Dragon’ a three part piece which includes the vocal track ‘Allelujah’ sung by Micha Luna. Season Three also includes the two standouts ‘Snake Charmer’ with vocals by Marc Almond and the Season Three finale ‘Love Crime’ featuring Siouxsie Sioux, one of the most emotionally gripping finales I’ve ever witnessed.

The scores for Hannibal are all available now on CD and Digital with the Vinyl being handled by our wonderful partners Invada Records. Each of the three seasons is split over two double LPs housed in a gatefold sleeve, featuring images from the show + liner notes. The vinyl also comes in two variations, either black or colored vinyl, depending on your taste, they also all come with a digital download card so you can take Hannibal everywhere you go.

If I’ve whetted your appetite for a musical palate cleanse I would highly recommend stating from Volume One and working your way forward. In saying that, each season is a true delight and a collection of music I shall be listening to for many years to come.

-L.L.V.

Download The Albums Here on [ITUNES] [S1V1] [S1V2] [S2V1] [S2V2] [S3V1] [S3V3] Stream A Sample on [SPOTIFY] [S1V1] [S1V2] [S2V1] [S2V2

Vinyl Details:
Season One Vol 1 [USA] [UK] Vol 2 [USA] [UK]
$25.00 (color) $23.00 (black) / £22.99 (color) £21.99 (black)
Each double LP will be housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with Hannibal Executive Producer David Slade providing rare photography from his personal collection.
Each LP will come with a download card.

Vinyl Details:
Season Two Vol 1 [USA] [UK] Vol 2 [USA] [UK]
$25.00 (color) $23.00 (black) / £22.99 (color) £21.99 (black)
Each double LP will be housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with Hannibal Executive Producer David Slade providing rare photography from his personal collection.
Each LP will come with a download card.

Vinyl Details:
Season Three Vol 1 [USA] [UK] Vol 2 [USA] [UK]
$29.00 (color) $28.00 (black) / £24.99 (color) £22.99 (black)
Each double LP will be housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with Hannibal Executive Producer David Slade providing rare photography from his personal collection.
Each LP will come with a download card.

Hannibal (Original Television Soundtrack)
Brian Reitzell

Season One Volume 1
1. Aperitif
2. Amuse-Bouche
3. Potage
4. Oeuf
5. Coquilles
6. Entree
7. Sorbet

Season One Volume 2
1. Fromage
2. Trou Normand
3. Buffet Froid
4. Roti
5. Releves
6. Savoreux

Season Two Volume 1
1. Kaiseki
2. Sakizuke
3. Hassun
4. Takiawase
5. Mukozuke
6. Futamono
7. Yakimono

Season Two Volume 2
1. Su-Zakana
2. Shiizakana
3. Naka-Choko
4. Ko No Mono
5. Tome-Wan
6. Mizumono
7. Bloodfest (From Mizumono)

Season Three Volume 1
1. Bach Goldberg Variation Aria Pt 1
2. Antipasto
3. Primavera Pt 1
4. Primavera Pt 2
5. Primavera Pt 3
6. Secondo Pt 1
7. Secondo Pt 2
8. Secondo Pt 3
9. Snake Charmer (feat Marc Almond) from Aperitivo
10. Contorno
11. Dolce Pt 1
12. Dolce Pt 2
13. Digestivo Pt 1
14. Digestivo Pt 1
15. The Great Red Dragon Pt 1
16. Allelujah (Mozart) from The Great Red Dragon
17. The Great Red Dragon Pt 2

Season Three Volume 2
1. And the Woman Clothed with the Sun… Pt 1
2. And the Woman Clothed with the Sun… Pt 2
3. And the Woman Clothed with the Sun… Pt 3
4. And the Woman Clothed in Sun Pt 1
5. And the Woman Clothed in Sun Pt 2
6. And the Woman Clothed in Sun Pt 3
7. And the Woman Clothed in Sun Pt 4
8. …And the Beast from the Sea
9. The Number of the Beast is 666…
10. And the Woman Clothed in Sun Pt 4
11. The Wrath of the Lamb Pt 1
12. Bach Goldberg Aria Pt 2 / The Wrath of the Lamb Pt 2
13. Love Crime Film Version (feat Siouxsie Sioux) from The Wrath of the Lamb

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Scream, Scream & Scream Again, Thanks To Jeremy Zuckerman and the Shock Waves Podcast

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Scream – The TV Series (Original Television Soundtrack)
Jeremy Zuckerman
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Our friends over on the Shock Waves Podcast, a part of the Blumhouse Podcast Network, recently released a special musical episode dedicated to the Scream franchise. The episode, which features some musical snippets of the score to the hit MTV show, coupled with some dialogue from hosts Rob Galluzzo and Ryan Turek, can be found  HERE.

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Stranger Things Vol 2 Vinyl Variants & Where To Find Them!

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Stranger Things Volume 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
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‘The Upside Down’ Clear Black W/Salt & Pepper [Turntable Lab
‘VHS Black’ [Turntable Lab
‘Waffle Swirl’ Yellow w/Black Swirl [Light In The Attic]
‘Hawkins Forrest’ Clear Green /Black Swirl [Books A Million

Explore the other side of the ‘Upside Down‘ with Volume 2 of Netflix blockbuster Stranger Things, available now on four different vinyl variants!

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein‘s second volume of the Stranger Things score digs a little deeper into the darker side Hawkins, Indiana, whilst also working as the missing piece of the Stranger Things soundtrack puzzle. Listening to either volume makes for a wonderful time, listening to both volumes together is just out of this world!

Volume Two is currently available to buy on four vinyl variants: ‘Upside Down Clear/W Salt & Pepper’, ‘VHS Black’, ‘Waffle Yellow/W Black Swirl’ & ‘Hawkins Forrest Clear Green /W Black Swirl’

Download The Album Here At [ITUNES] / Stream The Album At [SPOTIFY]

Vinyl Details:
$29.95
The Upside Down
2 x  Ultra Clear Black Salt and Pepper Coloured Vinyl LPs
Printed insert

Vinyl Details:
$24.95
VHS Black
2 x Black Vinyl LPs
Printed insert

Vinyl Details:
$30.00
Waffle Swirl
2 x Yellow w/Black Swirl Colored Vinyl LPs
Printed insert

Vinyl Details:
$29.99
Hawkins Forrest
2 x Clear Green vinyl with Black Swirl Vinyl LPs
Printed insert

Stranger Things Volume 2 (A Netflix Original Series)
Kyle Dixon And Michael Stein

1.Hopper Sneaks In
2.I Know What I Saw
3.Rolling Out The Pool
4.Over
5.Gearing Up
6.Flickering
7.First Kiss
8.Crying
9.Walking Down The Tracks
10.Where’s Barb?
11.Speak Of The Devil
12.Danger Danger
13.Tribulations
14.Flashback
15.Kids Two
16.Talking To Australia
17.Night Of The Seventh
18.See Any Rain?
19.Coffee & Contemplation
20.Inside The Black Room
21.Starts To Rain
22.Eleven Is Gone
23.Time For A 187
24.Something In The House
25.Still Pretty
26.Abilities
27.Tendril
28.They Found Us
29.Bad Men
30.Spiked Bat
31.Making Contact
32.What Do You Know
33.It’s Not My Boy
34.Something In The Wall
35.Let’s Go
36.Leap Of Faith
37.In Pursuit
38.Breaking And Entering
39.Stranger Things (Extended)

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