Episode 87: Whaps Whapsolically

, with special guest:

0087 Movie MusicDear listeners, this week we talk about movie music with our friend and movie fan, Pat Wick! We chat about movie music we love and about some we hate, and then we sing a bit.

If you would like to drink along, we recommend Casillero del Diablo Carmenere, which we found highly drinkable.

An additional note on this episode: you may notice in the Ravenous section that Melissa does not actually talk about the music. She did, but her original short description was based on alcohol and not seeing the film for a very long time, so it was a misrepresentation of what the score is like. Thus, we clipped out those two sentences. Here’s a better description: it’s like American Civil War-era folk music meets Charles Ives.

More show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Jurassic Park
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars
There Will Be Blood
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill
Inglourious Basterds
Star Wars
Santiago Violenta
Inherent Vice
The Third Man
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Forbidden Planet
Liza the Fox Fairy
A Clockwork Orange

People mentioned:
John Williams
Jonny Greenwood
Guy Pierce
Quentin Tarantino
Gottlieb Huppertz
Giorgio Moroder
Jerry Goldsmith
John Anderson
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
James McAvoy
Wendy Carlos


Here are some music videos without music:

I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper:

The Hidden Brain podcast


Rick and Morty

1 comment

  1. The mobile game which has taken over my life? Puzzle and Dragons. It’s a match-three game mated with something not entirely unlike Pokemon. Must… farm… evo… materials!

    I said this to someone on Twitter today, I’ll say it again here: John Williams’ name will be recognized long past that of any of the famous directors whose movies he helped give life to. I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan but DAMN if just about any of those themes won’t perk me up and grab my attention, no matter what. That first movie alone is testament to the power of a great soundtrack.

    I’ve been known to buy a few soundtracks. Sometimes it’s things like, say, “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind,” which remains my favorite of the Miyazaki soundtracks (big surprise, it’s also my favorite of his movies). It’s an original score, mostly orchestral but with occasional electronic bleeps.

    And sometimes it’s one of those “let’s throw a bunch of pop stars at this soundtrack and see what sells” affairs, like Wim Wenders’ “Until The End Of The World” soundtrack which managed to use two songs with that name (I honestly don’t know if either the U2 song or the Nick Cave song existed before the movie was made). The movie’s kind of terrible (saw it in the art-house theater, I was excited because I’d just seen “Wings of Desire”, ended up wanting those hours of my life back) but the soundtrack is… well, it’s ’90s alternative, for good or ill. I like parts of it. Le shrug.

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