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hitch picToday's highlights include music from some of the cloudbiggest or most anticipated films of 2012.

Danny Elfman's original orchestration and instrumentation tribute to Bernard Herrmann in "Hitchcock"; Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil's near masterpiece "Cloud Atlas"; Howard Shore capturing the spirit of each scene in "The Hobbit" (click HERE to see an 8 minute clip of Shore conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal!)
Also, selections from "Life of Pi"; "Lincoln"; "Rise of the Guardians"; "The Twilight Saga-Breaking Dawn 2" and "Les Miserables." Catch the Glory of Film Music Wed Jan 9, 3-4 PM.

PiA slew of great film scores are bursting through the surround sound systems in theaters around the world.

We highlight this week selections from: Mychael Danna's score to the stunningly visual "Life of Pi"; John Williams "Lincoln";  The composing trio of Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil's masterpiece "Cloud Atlas"; LincolnHoward Shore's "The Hobbit"; Alexandre Desplat's "Argo", "Rise of the Guardians" and "Reality"; Carter Burwell's "The Twilight Saga-Breaking Dawn 2" and Thomas Newman's "Skyfall".

Give your ears a treat and listen Wed November 28, 3 PM right here on KRUU.


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Highlighting The Incomparable Julie London

julieThis weeks show focuses on one great female vocalist. There's Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, AND then there's the one and only JULIE LONDON. This sultry, seductive smoky-voiced "master of understatement" enjoyed considerable popularity during the cool era of thejulie 2 1950's.

A collection from some of her best swinging and blues tracks will be showcased. If you haven't listened to her intimate vocal style in a while, tune in Wed November 28, 2 PM and be swept away by the one and only Julie London!


Drac"Why does Dracula consider himself a good artist? Because he likes to draw blood!"

And what a star Dracula is outranking Frankebelanstien and the Wolfman for decades in popularity. This week selections from famous Dracula horror scores along with characters Halloween is proud of:
Bram Stokers Dracula; Buffy, The Vampire Slayer; The Horror of Dracula; House of Wax (the Original 1953); Gremlins 2; The House of Frankenstein; Interview with the Vampire; Fright Night; Drag me to Hell; Wolf and Dark Shadows.

"How can you tell a vampire likes baseball? Every night he turns into a bat." 

OK that's corny but the music isn't. Listen in Wed October 31, 3-4pm.


007You'd never guess Thomas Newman, being the unlikeliest composer, was picked to score his first 007 movie. But he has created a surprising soundtrack with confidence and one that is resolutely his own not sounding like anything he's done before in "Skyfall", the twenty-third James Bond film opening in theaters Nov 9.

This week highlights selections from this refreshing and entertaining film score album as well as Alexandre Desplat's newest, "Argo", Danny Elfman's "Frankenweenie", Thomas Newman's "The Help" and Nicolas Hopper's "Land of the Tiger".

Listen to the Movies Wed Oct 24, 3-4pm.


picBruce Miller of KRUU's 'Filmosophers' (Fridays 12:30-1pm & Sundays 9-9:30am w/Chris Busch) and 'Pirate Satellite' (Saturdays 9-10am) will share some of his favorite film music along with selections Rich has chosen for todays show:pic

40 year old Jonny Greenwood scores big with The Master; Bebo Valdes' tribute to all the Cuban musicians of the 1940's and 1950's era in the adult animation film Chico & Rita. Also, a selection from Alexandre Desplat's Moonrise Kingdom; Jerry Goldsmith's The Russia House; Ennio Morricone's intimately scored Cinema Paradiso AND MORE will delight your ears so tune in and Listen to the Movies Wed Sept 26, 2-3 PM.

EnnioBeing All Things Italian this weekend in Fairfield we Ninosalute two of Italy's GREATEST composers. Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. Selections include from Rota's scores "Toby Dammit", the beautiful "Amarcord", "Juliet of the Spirits", the legendary "The Godfather" and Fellini's "81/2".
Morricone's scores include: the strong emotional core and melodic grace of "Cinema Paradiso"; Italian thrillers "Cat O' Nine Tails" and "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"; the brilliant western opera "Once Upon a Time in the West"; "Wolf"; "The Sicilien Clan" and the pulsing western "Two Mules for Sister Sara". Listen in on the brilliance of these composers Wed June 13 3-4 PM.

cinnecitaA superb collection bringing together tunes from 60's and 70's vintage and modern italian's cinematic shake, jazzy lounge, sitar-beat, hammond-a-go-go and flute loops. Includes a compilation of sexy tunes by various "mondo" movies.

The songs go from wild and jazzy numbers to cool and exotic including a great set of lush, wild, mysterious and fun big band jazz tunes from the soundtracks of various sex/striptease movies such as Tropico di Notte, Sexy ad Alta Tensione, Mondo Caldo di Notte and Sexy World.

How could anyone not check this out. Wed June 13, 2-3 PM.

poster"Strings and brass are the real stars of Elfman’s “Dark Shadows,” which cry, scream, and cackle through the album like a strategic blend of musical expression and sound design."

Also, selections from Elfman's "Men in Black 3" score holds up fairly well to his previous 2 installments along with selections from Alan Silvestri's "The Avengers"; James Horner takes us "Back to Titanic" as his score remains as romantic, magical and as instantly recognizable as ever. Also featured is Lucas Vidal's haunting score "The Raven".

Listen in on Wed May 23, 3-4 PM on the station that gives you more than you expected.

clark"America's oldest teenager" has died at the age of 82. Dick Clark, a savvy television entrepreneur who hosted the famed American Bandstand show for 30 years 1957-87, produced and created the American Music Awards, Game shows, comedy specials, children’s and reality programming, will not soon be forgotton.

Although I never quite felt the same good feeling about him due to his rude and negative interchange with Michael Moore in Bowling for Columbine, all aside, Mr. Clark's influence on Rock n' Roll was immense introducing us to upcoming music legends from James Brown onward. Growing up I always felt good seeing him on TV with his warm personality and that was special enough.

This week I'll play a handful of tunes by artists made famous on American Bandstand as well as the some time honored Crime Themed mood music and more. Wed April 25th 2-3 pm.

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