Boxed In: The Top Music Reissues of 2012

Every year, while lording over an impressive amount of music catalogue news and views at my site, The Second Disc, I think the same thing at the end of every year: this is it. This is the year the reissue/remaster/repackage ...

Revival House: “From the Eternal Sea He Rises …”

35 years ago, on June 6, 1976, a seminal film in both the Satan-on-earth and creepy kid genres opened in the U.K. and would later open June 25 in the U.S. For about a year around that time, the only way ...

Revival House: Seven Great Rejected Film Scores

Composing the music for a film is one of the last creative stages of the filmmaking process. If there’s still something in the movie that’s not quite working, rejecting the score and replacing it with another is often a desperate last-minute attempt ...

The Composers: John Williams

Don’t think of an elephant. Now you see an elephant, don’t you?

Star Wars. Harry Potter. Jurassic Park. Jaws. Now you’re hearing the music of John Williams, aren’t you? Williams turns 79 today ...

The Composers: Jerry Goldsmith

Few movie score composers are as instantly recognizable in their style as Jerry Goldsmith was. His ability to swing from very traditional and sweeping scores like Legend and

Soundtrack Saturday: “Gremlins”

Here’s the thing — I love holiday-themed horror films. In fact, one of my favorite Christmas movies is the original Black Christmas (1974). You may think that makes me sick and twisted, but I’m really not; there’s ...