Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. "Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'" "We're reflecting on mortality," adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives." Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.
Soundtrack to the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo di Caprio. The soundtrack was formulated by Luhrmann andrapper Jay-Z and attempts to translate the "Jazz Age" of Fitzgerald's original book into a contemporary setting: the Hip-hop Age. Jay-Z's own "No Church in the Wild" and "100$ Bill" feature along with new songs by Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Nero, will.i.am and the xx were written for scenes in the film. The highly eclectic soundtrack also features songs performed by such artists as Beyonc and Andr 3000; Fergie, Q Tip and GoonRock; Coco O. of Quadron, Gotye; Nero; and Sia. There's a also a few favorites with a new twist, such as Jack White's interpretation of U2's "Love Is Blindness", Beyoncé and André 3000 collaborating on Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" and Bryan Ferry's new take on a couple of classics: his own "Love Is The Drug" and, with Emeli Sandé, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love".
The Last of Us, slated to be one of the highest-selling video games of 2013, is a genre-defining experience blending elements of survival and action developed exclusively for the PlayStation® 3 system. The game will immerse players in an incredibly realistic, lethal and savage world through its integration of intense characters that foster emotional resonance, a rich storyline and gorgeous visuals. The soundtrack for The Last of Us was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, a multi-faced artist that is best known for his work writing movie scores and producing albums. He is also the founder of the alt-tango band, Bajofondo. As a composer, he has won two Academy Awards® for Best Original Score for his work on Babel and Brokeback Mountain.
This 2-CD set impressively boils down one of the most brilliant and lengthy careers in music: 37 tracks from six record labels and 42 years. Satchmo performs Sugar Foot Stomp; Heebie Jeebies; Potato Head Blues; Basin Street Blues; Tight Like This; Ain't Misbehavin'; Lazy River; Stardust; Blueberry Hill; Mack the Knife; What a Wonderful World , and more!
There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they've ever been.
DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far-reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives.