Daily Archives: October 3, 2017

'Blade Runner 2049' Soundtrack Features Hans Zimmer, Elvis Presley

The Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack, which features new music from Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, be released October 5th via Alcon Sleeping Giant Records, Pitchfork reports.

Along with Zimmer and Wallfisch’s score, the soundtrack will feature an original song from singer Lauren Daigle, “Almost Human.” A handful of classic songs from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley will also appear on the record, including the former’s “Summer Wind” and the latter’s “Suspicious Minds.”

Zimmer and Wallfisch have worked on several films together including Dunkirk and Hidden Figures, but the pair weren’t originally slated to score Blade Runner 2049. Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was attached to the film first, though director Denis Villeneuve recently told Al Arabiya that the pair decided to split because Villeneuve wanted a score that was closer to the one Vangelis composed for Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 2049 is set 30 years after Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. Ryan Gosling stars as Officer K, who unearths a dangerous secret that forces him to track down Harrison Ford’s iconic Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who’s been missing for decades. The film opens October 6th.

Blade Runner 2049 Soundtrack Track List
1. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “2049”
2. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Sapper’s Tree”
3. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Flight to LAPD”
4. Frank Sinatra – “Summer Wind”
5. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Rain”
6. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Wallace”
7. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Memory”
8. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Mesa”
9. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Orphanage”
10. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Furnace”
11. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Someone Lived to This”
12. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Joi”
13. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Pilot”
14. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds”
15. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
16. Frank Sinatra – “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)”
17. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Hijack”
18. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “That’s Why We Believe”
19. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Here Eyes Were Green”
20. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Sea Wall”
21. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “All the Best Memories Are Hers”
22. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Tears in the Rain”
23. Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch – “Blade Runner”
24. Lauren Daigle – “Almost Human”

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Bruce Springsteen: Writing Anti-Trump Songs 'Doesn't Feel Necessary'

Bruce Springsteen said he was not interested in writing songs about President Donald Trump while discussing his next album in an interview with Variety.

The rocker said he planned to follow his Broadway residency with a new solo record, but noted, “It’s not topical at all – topical writing at the moment doesn’t hold a lot of interest to me. I really got out a lot of what I had to say in that vein on Wrecking Ball. I’m not driven to write any anti-Trump diatribe; that doesn’t feel necessary at the moment.”

Springsteen has been a fierce critic of Trump and previously skewered the president on “That’s What Makes Us Great,” a protest song he released with longtime collaborator Joe Grushecky in April. However, the rocker said he was wary of continuing to channel the current political climate into his music because of the constant coverage and criticism of Trump.

“I’m ambivalent about… sort of getting on a soapbox,” Springsteen said. “I still believe people fundamentally come to music to be entertained – yes, to address their daily concerns, and yes, also to address political topics, I believe music can do that well. But I still believe fundamentally it’s an affair of the heart. People want you to go deeper than politics, they want you to reach inside to their most personal selves and their deepest struggles with their daily lives and reach that place; that’s the place I’m always trying to reach.”

Springsteen added that he never wanted to be “a proselytizer for an ideological point of view,” even though he’s long been a prominent advocate for certain issues, both on record and off. He pointed to Woody Guthrie as an example of a musician who engaged with the political in his music, but focused on people first. “They weren’t hollow, they weren’t one-dimensional; they were these very full character pieces about the times,” Springsteen said. “I still aspire to that, really, and if it has political implications that’s fine and if it doesn’t that’s fine too.”

Springsteen kicks off his intimate Broadway residency tonight, October 3rd, at the Walter Kerr Theater. The rocker will perform five nights a week until February 3rd. Springsteen released his last album, High Hopes, in 2014.

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Photos & Highlights from T.J. Martell Foundation's Spirit of Excellence Dinner

L to R: Richie Sambora and Orianthi Attend & Perform at T.J. Martell’s Spirit of Excellence DinnerLOS ANGELES, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the midst of tragedy, last night platinum selling duo RSO (featuring platinum selling Richie Sambora and Orianthi) and multi-platinum selling pop artist and songwriter Andy Grammer joined the T.J. Martell Foundation and…


Peter Wolf Describes the Magic of Tom Petty's Final Tour

Peter Wolf, the longtime lead singer of the J. Geils Band, was friends with Tom Petty for decades, two second-generation rockers with an encyclopedic knowledge of their craft. “What an unbelievable loss,” Wolf wrote on his Facebook today. “Tom, may you ‘ride down the King’s Highway.'” Here is an exclusive remembrance Wolf penned last night for Rolling Stone about his old friend:

I first met Tom when he and the Heartbreakers were the opening act on a J. Geils tour back in 1977. It was a full circle honor for me to be his opening act on the 2017 Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour.

Tom and the band definitely had a vision early on of what they wanted to accomplish. Even back then, the audience seemed to understand immediately how special they were, and they received multiple well-deserved encores every night.

The last time I saw Tom was the final night of the recent tour I played with him. We were joking about the time he sent me the song “Don’t Do Me Like That,” He thought it would be a good song for the Geils band to do – unfortunately we never got around to recording it, so Tom put it on his album, and it became one of his many big hits … and he certainly was right about that song!

More recently Tom was having hip trouble and in a lot of pain backstage during this summers’ tour. He was driven to the performance area in a golf cart and slowly climbed the steps to the stage every night. But what was amazing… once he put on his guitar it seemed like it was a magic wand, taking away every ailment and pain that he was having… and night after night he kept the musical bar high.

That’s what I admired about Tom; he worked very hard at everything he did and always with a deep passion and a great sense of dignity. He certainly carved his own way and always stayed one of the good guys!

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See Charlie Puth Break Down Emotional Hit Song, 'Attention'

Since Charlie Puth released “Attention,” the emotional first single from his upcoming album Voice Notes, this year, it has shot into the Top 10 and it has been certified platinum, thanks in part to the way he stacked hook upon hook.

The singer-songwriter and pop star recently welcomed Rolling Stone into his studio to explain how he wrote “Attention” and his general process for Voice Notes, which he named after the iPhone’s Voice Memo app, which he calls his “number-one songwriting tool.”

“I record instruments, I record shakers and pianos on here and I put them directly into the session,” he says. “‘Attention’ was the first song for the album, and it started out as this really sad, depressing piano ballad – as most of my songs start out as – and then they become groovy, fun pop songs.”

He then played the original voice memos he made to show the progression of how it transitioned from something depressing into a hit that could be played in a club.

Elsewhere in his conversation with Rolling Stone, he talks about how he feels about using drops as devices in pop songs, what he took from disco for inspiration and the quandary of including acoustic guitar in a pop song.

Although no release date has been announced yet for Voice Notes, the album is expected to come sometime this fall.

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Bob Seger Postpones Tour Due to 'Vertebrae' Issue

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band postponed the rest of their 2017 Runaway Train Tour after the rocker received doctor’s orders to treat a medical issue concerning his vertebrae.

“I’m so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll,” Seger said on his website. “It’s a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon.”

No additional details about Seger’s condition were given. Tickets for the postponed dates will be honored when the concerts are rescheduled.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band kicked off their Runaway Train tour in August, playing 13 shows before first postponing a September 30th gig in Columbus, Ohio and then calling off the rest of the trek. The tour was scheduled to resume October 5th in Greenville, South Carolina and wrap November 17th in Chicago.

While it’s unclear what issues Seger is dealing with, the rocker spoke about fighting back pain on stage during a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone. “For the first time I’m sitting when I’m playing guitar,” Seger said. “It hurts my back. I play two or three songs at the piano, but unusually, my back hurts worse at the piano. It’s really strange because it never did before. It’s just age. I’m getting up there.”

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Sean Penn Honors 'Music, Words and Way' of Tom Petty

Sean Penn honors the “music, words and way” of Tom Petty in a touching remembrance shared with Rolling Stone. Petty died Monday at the age of 66 after going into cardiac arrest.

Penn collaborated with Petty and his band Mudcrutch in 2016, co-directing a music video with Samuel Bayer for the group’s song, “I Forgive It All.” The black-and-white clip also starred Anthony Hopkins and served as a stark meditation on poverty, wealth, aging and absolution.

“It’s hard enough for any of us to share ourselves, to articulate in tone and content, to even one other individual,” Penn says. “But Tom was that extreme exception who could talk to and for millions through his music, words and way. We often say how lucky we were to know someone when they pass. Man, was I lucky, and moreso we were lucky that Tom Petty passed our way and left us a soundtrack more significant every day. He spoke with great love and appreciation of his children, friends and wife Dana. He’ll be deservedly blessed by their stewardship of all that was Tom Petty.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Penn discussed how the video came about and how Petty reacted to the concept. “Tom was super encouraging,” the actor said. “I went over with Sam and told him what I had in mind and he said, ‘Go for it.’ His song is so strong anyway and I just found it so moving. It’s just great songwriting.”

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Watch Talib Kweli's Stirring 'Heads Up Eyes Open' Video With Rick Ross

In Talib Kweli‘s gripping “Heads Up Eyes Open” video, the rapper examines the dichotomy between a father’s nine-to-five career and his son’s turn toward a life of crime.

Throughout the clip, Kweli raps in front of a piano decorated with candles. In his guest verse, Rick Ross gazes out at the city from a rooftop; vocalist Yummy Bingham, who belts the track’s soulful hook, hangs out in a tunnel illuminated by the headlights of passing cars.

Director Chris Smith’s tale of diverging familial paths nods to the song’s socially conscious lyrics, which touch on topics like police brutality and the right to protest. “Violent man will stock up on weapons and go to war for his/ Get post traumatic stress disorder, become an officer,” Kweli raps. “A man of peace uses his words in different mediums/ He’ll bleed for his beliefs, practicing civil disobedience.”

In a statement, Kweli dedicated the song to rap promoter “Headqcourterz” (real name Kenneth Joseph Walker), the late rap promoter who was brutally murdered in November 2002.

“When I was on Rawkus, there was a guy working there named Headqcouterz, a good friend of DJ Premier, whose spirit was so beautiful that he would brighten any room he would enter,” Kweli wrote. “He lost his life years ago, but there was one thing he used to say each and every time he said goodbye – ‘Heads Up, Eyes Open.’ This phrase has stuck with me and become a guide thru my career and life. Produced by J. Rhodes, ‘Heads Up, Eyes Open’ is a song dedicated to the memory of Headqcourterz. It is a song about how faith informs the way an artist moves and creates. It was a pleasure to be joined by Rick Ross and Yummy Bingham, two of my favorite artists.”

“Heads Up Eyes Open,” which Kweli released last week, appears on the rapper’s upcoming LP, Radio Silence, out November 17th. 

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