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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.

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.

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.

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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The Oscars have been handed out and there are winners and winners. The quality of film and music honored at the awards ceremony was exceptional.

We'll play highlights from "The Artist"; "The Iron Lady"; "Hugo"; "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; "Midnight in Paris"; "The Help"; "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"; "Rango" and "My Week With Marilyn."

Catch all the Brilliance on Wed Feb 29, 3-4 pm.

TinkerThe Oscars are upon us and what a ride it's gonna be! WilliamsSunday Feb 26th has an academy buzz like no other. Fabulous movies and outstanding scores are up for the gold. This week highlights selections from "Hugo"; "War Horse"; "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"; "The Tree of Life"; "My Week With Marilyn"; "The Artist"; "Moneyball"; "Puss In Boots"; "The Skin I Live In"; "The Ides Of March"; and "Extremely  Loud and Incredibly Close". Get your Oscar parties in place for an amazing evening hosted by one of the best and funniest, Billy Crystal and Listen to Movie Music Magic here Wed Feb 22, 3-4 pm.

Oscar"And the Winner is..." Leading up to the Oscars on Feb 26th we highlight selections from the 5 leading Original Scores:

Howard Shore's "Hugo"; Ludovic Bource "The Artist"; Albert Iglesias "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; and John Williams is up for 2 with "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tin Tin". 

Included will be other nominated catagories: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"; "Moneyball"; "The Tree of Life"; "The Ides of March"; "The Skin I Live In"; "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 2" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" from Hans Zimmer and John Powell.

Tune-in for music from some of the greatest film composers of our time, Wed Feb 8, 3-4pm.

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