The website WelcomeToTwinPeaks has become a personal favorite site for me, bringing me fresh news and exciting Twin Peaks related stories to a TV series that has been off the air since 1991. And recently they turned me on to Bookhouse (like the Bookhouse Boys), a jazz trio that has just released an album entitled Ghostwood, a 12-track album that gives fresh takes on Angelo Badalamenti’s classic works. The album is available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and as a limited edition double vinyl.
Head on below to hear the album (if you have Spotify) or click here if you are Spotify-less. There’s also a video of the group performing “Into The Night” and “Laura Palmer’s Theme” down below. READ MORE
My pal Adam Barnick (who directed this fantastic video) alerted me that there is something called The Twin Peaks Archive. It is a massive collection of all the unused (at least in their full length) music from the TV series as well as the prequel film. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti (who scored The City Of Lost Children, one of my favorite films), the 212 track collection has not been released on physical but is available to purchase on-line as individual tracks (around $.99 or less each) or as a full bundle. While the $77 price tag of the bundle might make you balk a bit, remember that it averages out to about $.36 per track, which I think is a steal. Also, the files come either in 320kbps nitrate or Apple lossless, so you’re getting some fantastic sounding tracks. The bundle can be ordered here while the individual tracks can be cherry picked here and clicking on ‘Explore’. READ MORE
One of the biggest reasons I love David Lynch’s fantastic TV series Twin Peaks is the amazing score by Angelo Badalamenti. Seductive, creepy jazz? I’ll take all I can get and more, please and thank you. Then there are the ethereal vocals of Julee Cruise, which gave the music an almost angelic, heavenly feel.
Alright, enough about my boner for Twin Peaks (trust me, it’s massive). Below is a video of Bugsy Monroe, a pole dancer from London who did a highly edited and stylized routine to “Falling” (hence my little blurb about Badalamenti and Cruise). It’s totally SFW, so no worries about watching it on the job. Unless your boss is a hard ass, in which case you can send him to me. I won’t really do anything, but at least he’ll be out of the office long enough for you to watch the video. READ MORE
One of my favorite TV shows of all time, Twin Peaks is a timeless classic that, for me, never gets old and never hits a point of “Age hasn’t treated this kindly”. The show’s supernatural, surreal twist on your standard murder mystery has been an inspiration to countless TV shows since it ended (prematurely, I might add) in 1991.
One of the biggest draws for me towards this show is the beautiful, eerie soundtrack of Angelo Badalamenti, who happens to be one of my favorite composers. He created an ethereal soundtrack that fully complimented the series, the characters, the location, and the mystery itself.
That’s why I was very excited when I heard guitarist Martin Tallstrom do a cover of “Laura’s Theme”, the melancholic piece that haunted the series. You can see it below. READ MORE
It’s nearly Halloween. Outside, the wind is howling. The trees are bare, the branches looking like skeleton limbs crudely stuck together. Leaves cover the ground, causing each step to elicit a satisfying crunch. The sky is steel grey, threatening rain, thunder, and lightning. In a simpler way of putting it, it’s the best time of the year.
For me, one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year is by putting on some of the creepiest, eeriest, scariest music that I can get my hands on. There is something deliciously fun about scaring myself with shrieking violins, out-of-tune pianos, otherworldly choirs, and bizarre ambient tones.
And since this time of year is something special to a great many people, I wanted to share some of my favorite horror soundtracks, the ones that make me want to curl up under a blanket and play one horror movie after another, until the saving grace of the sunrise saves me. Join me below for 9 Great Horror Soundtracks! READ MORE
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Ninth Moon Black is an instrumental metal band with traces of psychedelic and ambient qualities. Their first full-length release, which came out in 2007, was self-titled and an EP followed in 2010. Now, the five piece band is back with another full length entitled Chronophage (translated: Time Eater). Only six tracks but clocking in at almost 45 minutes, does this epic take the listener on a journey or leave them by the wayside. Find out below. READ MORE
Yesterday brought you the free summer sampler from Century Media Records. Chock full of heavy tunes meant to tide you through the summer months, it’s a great way to listen to a bunch of new artists without having to shell out your hard earned dollars.
But what if you want something that isn’t as intense or heavy? What if you want to ease back and just mellow out a bit? Well, Stripmall Architecture is here for you! Featuring Rebecca Coseboom, the singer of DarkDriveClinic (review), this six-track EP is full of dark pop-synth tracks, including a cover of “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart”, which comes from Twin Peaks and was written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.
The EP can be downloaded here at a “Set Your Own Price” cost. If you think it’s worth some money, by all means throw them a bone! Otherwise, make sure to spread the word so that they at least get the exposure.