Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars



Kendrick Lamar and SZA have joined forces for the first single off of the Black Panther soundtrack, All The Stars. It was previously confirmed that Kendrick would be producing the entire soundtrack for the film, releasing next month. Both artists also received grammy nominations for the forthcoming ceremony. Kendrick received six nominations while SZA received five, making her the most nominated woman. If this is a sign of whats to come we’re sure to be in for another great year in music.

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Run The Jewels – Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) [MP3 + Lyrics]

Run The Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, have shared a new single called “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”. The track serves as the first piece of music from the soundtrack to Rubble Kings, a new documentary set to be released at the end of the month by Mass Appeal. In typical RTJ fashion, the song finds the two MCs trading syncopated flows over menacing production, all tied together by a choppy vocal sample in the hook exclaiming “d-d-d-d-d-d-dynamite”.

Stream the new song and read the lyrics after the jump.

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Bon Iver – Heavenly Father [Audio Stream + Lyrics]

Everybody knows that Garden State featured one of the best soundtracks ever compiled. When I think back on my senior year in high school (yep, I’m that old), every single one of those songs comes to mind. I went to a wedding this past weekend that ended with the bride and groom walking down the aisle to a live string version of “Such Great Heights” and as I sat there in excitement for the bride and groom and marveling at the beauty of the music, I was also immediately taken back to my Garden State days.

What does this have to do with anything? One decade after Garden State, Zack Braff is back with a new movie called Wish I Was Here that is rumored to have a soundtrack that may be on the same level as Garden State. The Shins released a track called “So Now What” two weeks ago that was made exclusively for the film. Now Bon Iver has released their creation for the film, titled “Heavenly Father.” Others to be featured on the soundtrack include Cat Power and Coldplay.

“Heavenly Father” features Bon Iver’s frontman Justin Vernon using electronic tools to loop his vocals into a choral backdrop that lie beneath a powerful presentation of lyrics that metaphorically compare finding love to finding faith in a “heavenly father.” It’s another stunning performance by Bon Iver, and it’s a welcome reminder of the simple beauty of his complex writing.

Hit the jump for the full lyrics.


Stream Heavenly Father on NPR

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Preview The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Quality movie soundtracks are some of my favorite things in life. When I think of some of the best movie soundtracks I’ve ever heard, I immediately think of Garden State and 500 Days of Summer. Just based on the list of artists featured on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, this mobie might be up there with one of those fantastic soundtracks. My one concern is that a large number of the featured artists are already too mainstream to really fit within the same bucket as Garden State and 500 Days of Summer. What stood out for me on those albums was that the music supervisors found songs by little-known artists at the time. They then became prominent artists in my life simply because I fell in love with them during those movies. I will say, though, that the Sia and Lana Del Rey songs on this album sound as though they’re going to be spectacular. Sample some of the songs on the soundtrack below and hit the jump for the full tracklist.

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Alt-J – Buffalo (ft. Mountain Man)

Sliver Linings Playbook Artwork Alt-J

Sunset-favorite Alt-J is streaming a brand new track called “Buffalo,” with backup vocals from the band Mountain Man. As ever, I’m loving the sound of this song. Intriguing instrumentals with the soft voices of Alt-J, which is what made me fall in love in the first place. “Buffalo” is slated to appear on the soundtrack to the movie Silver Linings Playbook featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The official soundtrack is coming out on November 19th, and will have features from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Alabama Shakes.

BONUS: Watch the official music video for the band’s song “Fitzpleasure” below:

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Kanye West – White Dress

Heard of “The Man With The Iron Fists?” Nah? Well, it’s a movie set to release on November 2nd, directed by RZA, and starring RZA, Russel Crowe, and Lucy Liu. So there’s that. It also has this little diddy here on its sound track. Produced by RZA and Kanye themselves, this solo Kanye song is exactly what I’ve wanted to hear from him for the last couple of months: upwards of 40 bars on a soulful instrumental, and a pretty cool sample (Mario from a song on Game’s most recent album? K.) pulls it all together extremely well. Stream it below and check out the lyrics from Rap Genius.

Kanye West White Dress Lyrics

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Throwback Thursday – Hell Yeah Movie Soundtracks

It’s that time of the week again Sunset riders. Another marvelous Thursday (at least in the pacific ocean) where I ramble about a music-themed topic and pretend that it’s somehow “Throwback”-related. But on we go!

In a fit of writers’ block, I decided to take a shot in the dark and find out what the oldest song in my music library was. That would surely lead me to a Throwback idea. There was a little voice in my head murmuring something like “Well Beethoven’s pretty old…,” but that guy’s just a troll, so we’ll ignore him. As it turns out, the oldest song in my library is a 1928 song by Harry McClintock called “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” It’s a song about a Hobo’s paradise, a place complete with “cigarette trees…a lake of stew and of whiskey too.”





In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmers’ trees are full of fruit
And the barns are full of hay
Oh I’m bound to go
Where there ain’t no snow
Where the rain don’t fall
The winds don’t blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains





MP3: “Big Rock Candy Mountains” – Harry McClintock.

How’s that for a Throwback? Yeah, take that haters. But anyways. At least on my computer, that song comes from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. A great great movie accompanied by the perfect music if you’re ever in an old-timey mood. But of course, it’s not the only soundtrack I have scattered throughout my iTunes.

As I thought about it, I realized I have some pretty amazing soundtracks tucked away. Songs already have a powerful way of awakening memories, moods, emotions, ambiances, etc..but when those songs couple themselves with the moods and ambiances of a movie/scene you love, the song’s power becomes twofold. It’s like it can zap you right into that moment and feeling you love and know so well.

I’m bringing out the big guns early; Without the slightest inkling of doubt, I can say that my favorite soundtrack is the soundtrack to Lost In Translation, with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The word “favorite” doesn’t even do it justice. It’s one of those warm guns in the arm, where each song can knock me flat on my ass. I remember the very first time I saw the movie (on DVD) when I was 14 years old or so. The song (below) “Kaze Wo Atsumete” was playing in the credits, and I was just sitting there totally incapacitated. I can’t exactly say how, but that movie changed my life. Some people totally hate the movie, and some people love it, but I’d highly highly recommend seeing it. It doesn’t have a whole lot of dialogue, so the music really drives the mood and emotions of everything. The last scene is one of my favorite scenes ever, and the song that plays in the background brings me right back to it every time I hear it: “Just like Honey.”

MP3: “Just Like Honey” – The Jesus & Mary Chain
MP3: “Kaze Wo Atsumete” – はっぴいえんど
MP3: “Girls” – Death In Vegas

Back at home, I have this dirty, rusty old shower CD player that works miracles every time I visit home and take a shower. The battery life has shown “empty” for the last 3 years, but, alas, every time I hit the CD play button it still manages to keep out water and rev up the same CD: the Forrest Gump soundtrack. I actually heard the soundtrack before I ever saw the movie, and when I finally saw the movie it took me about halfway through to realize why it was that I knew all the songs. But anyways, it’s full of some super great oldies, some of my favorites.

MP3: “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”- Scott McKenzie)
I admit it: whenever I’m flying back to California, I always play that song “California” from the OC on m iPod. When I’m going to San Francisco, I play this song in my head.

MP3: “Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night


The movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly takes its name from the memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine who suffered a major stroke and was subsequently diagnosed with condition known as locked-in syndrome – where your mind is completely lucid and conscious, but your body utterly paralyzed. For Jean-Dominique Bauby, he was entirely paralyzed except for his left eye, which he could blink on command. Now for the incredible part: Jean-Dominique composed a beautiful and humble memoir, blink by blink, letter by letter, with help from a nurse who read out the entire French alphabet over and over and over again. The memoir and the movie are both really amazing and moving, and the soundtrack that goes along with the movie is great. I had to catch a shuttle to the airport at 4 in the morning last week, and this is exactly what I was listening to in my dazed, twilighted state.

MP3: “Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye” – Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
MP3: “All The World Is Green” – Tom Waits
MP3: “Theme For The Diving Bell And The Butterfly” – Paul Cantelon


Almost always, soundtracks go along with movies. But sometimes, movies go  along with soundtracks…I’m about to give y’all a much needed Disney injection. After all, we’re  just really really big kids that like to pretend we’re adults. At least that’s what I do…

MP3: “Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King
MP3: “The Bare Necessities” – The Jungle Book
MP3: “I Wan’na Be Like You” – The Jungle Book

Annnd fine….here’s some Lil Wayne and Lion King mashed up if you insist:
MP3: “Stuntin Like Mufasa” – djDOYOU







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Inside a Change [SOUNDTRACK]

SOUNDTRACK: “Inside A Change”

Rik Cordero, the most sought after music video director right now and The Kickdrums, one of the most sought after production teams, present the “Inside A Change” Soundtrack. The soundtrack is to the “Inside A Change” feature film from Rik Cordero and his Three/21 Media company, which recently premiered at the HBO Latino festival in NYC. The soundtrack features brand new music by Consequence, Joell Ortiz, Skillz,DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Saigon, Royce Da 5′9″, The Kickdrums, J.A.M.E.S. Watts, Statik Selektah, Illmind,A.P., Nami Unreal and more. The soundtrack also contains samples from the film as well as professionally scored segments.

In my opinion, this is one of the better free downloads I’ve gotten my hands on in a while. Songs from lots of new hit artists that are just all around GOOD hip-hop music. HIGHLY recommend downloading this one (here).

via GetRight

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Oh Happy Day – Sister Act Clip

Since we’re on the subject of Theophilus (and he has a version of “Oh Happy Day” on his “This Charming Mixtape” mixtape), I figured I might as well post this classic from Sister Act 2. It still gives me the chills!

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