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Two new CDs from La-La Land Records are heading your way!

First up is acclaimed composer Bear McCreary’s (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Eureka) original orchestral score to the first season of the Warner Bros. television series Human Target, starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley. McCreary’s robust, Emmy-Nominated score to this action-packed series featured an average of 60 live players per episode, making it the “largest group of musicians to play on a live-action television series in years,” according to Variety. Four of the tracks included on this deluxe 3 CD-SET are from the first season finale, which features an unprecedented 94 musicians. This limited edition set, produced by Bear McCreary and mastered by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering, features a 3rd disc of bonus tracks with alternate cues and demos, exclusive only to this release. Human Target Executive Producer/Writer Jonathan E. Steinberg, Bear McCreary and actor Mark Valley contribute liner notes for the CD set’s amazing 20 page booklet. This is a limited edition of only 2,000 copies, so act fast these babies won’t last long!

Next up is composer Christopher Young’s (Love Happens, Drag Me To Hell, Spiderman 3, Hellraiser) original motion picture score to the 1988 Cannon Films period drama Haunted Summer, starring Philip Anglim, Laura Dern, Alice Krige and Eric Stoltz, directed by Ivan Passar. Mr. Young’s hauntingly beautiful score manages to be both contemporary to the time of the film’s release, yet strikingly effective in underscoring the film’s “summer of 1816” setting in which the film’s famous real-life characters (Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary Shelly, John William Polidori and Claire Clairmont) gather for a summit of minds and passion, resulting in two literary works of note, Frankenstein and The Vampyre. Produced by Ford A. Thaxton and mastered by James Nelson, this special release includes both the original album soundtrack presentation as well as never-before-released film versions of cues as heard in the film. Film music writer Randall D. Larson takes you behind the scenes of the film and its score with his exclusive, in-depth liner notes. This is a limited edition of only 1,200 copies.

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“Skyline”
a review by Darby O’Gill

A movie about an all-out alien attack… How can that be bad? Don’t worry, it is. You know how most movies like this usually suck because they over do the storylines, and have a bunch really bad clichéd relationships? Well, Skyline has none of that. No, really. I’m not kidding. There is like no storyline to this movie what so ever. We don’t know what’s happing from beginning to end, and I kind of the think the filmmakers didn’t either. This movie is total chaos. You would almost think that this was a sequel with the lack of information being given, as if we had already been given the back story in a previous installment. For those of you that might have enjoyed this movie. Yes, I do realize there is a story to Skyline. But, I mean… Come on! Really?! I’m not going to give anything away, but come on! Here’s another tip for you. When you want the audience to be surprised, and maybe not see something coming… Don’t show all those things in the tailer! I’m not kidding, every time the tension builds-up, you quickly realize, “Oh, I know what’s going to happen here, because I’ve already seen it in the trailer.” Nice work guys.

Now, this is where I would normally give you a brief description of what happens in the movie, but unfortunately Skyline doesn’t have a story. Here’s the best I’ve got, aliens attack, humans hide, then they run, hide some more, run, die, run… Okay, so I guess I can put it into words. To be honest, that’s probably more then there was written in the actual script. I know it seems like I’m being harsh, but… I’m not. It makes Sharktopus look like Gandhi. Wow, I don’t think I can actually say anything good about this movie. Wait, that’s not true. The score was fantastic! Of course, I’m a little bias. I’m friends with the composer, and it’s probably safe to say it’s the only reason I went to see Skyline. It gets a little drowned out by the special effects at times, but when it gets to shine, it does just that. The cue when the first air strike arrives is really nice. See! I can say something nice. Let’s see, maybe there something else nice to say… How about this? Skyline isn’t the worst movie of the year. It’s got Jonah Hex to thank for that. I don’t think I can recommend seeing Skyline, but I highly recommend picking up my friend Matt’s CD. You can get a copy here, or download it on iTunes.

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Two new CDs from La-La Land Records are heading your way!

First up is the expanded and remastered motion picture score to the 1997 Twentieth Century Fox feature film Alien: Resurrection, starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder and Ron Perlman, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. John Frizzell (Office Space, Legion, Whiteout) composes a thrilling symphony of pulse-pounding action music, featuring some of the finest cues ever composed for the legendary Alien franchise. Produced by Nick Redman, Michael Matessino, Didier C. Deutsch, and remastered by Mark Wilder and Naria Triana. This special expanded release features almost 75 minutes of previously unreleased material, including alternate takes. It also included is a remastered version of the original 1997 album presentation. The CD booklet features exclusive in-depth liner notes by Al Kaplan. This is a limited edition of 3,500 copies, so get them while they last.

Next up is the original score to the all-new feature-length 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment shocker Mirrors 2, starring Nick Stahl (Sin City, Terminator 3). Composer Frederik Wiedmann (The Hills Run Red, Return to House on Haunted Hill) launches the listener into a haunting musical soundscape, the perfect accompaniment to this much anticipated sequel to the hit horror/sci-fi film Mirrors. Produced by Frederik Wiedmann and MV Gerhard, and mastered by James Nelson, this presentation of music from Mirrors 2 is a spellbinding trip through twisted reflections of terror and suspense.

Two new CDs from La-La Land Records are heading your way!

First up is a combo album which features not one, but two scores by acclaimed composer Mark Snow’s (The X-Files, Smallville, Ghost Whisperer) original scores to the Chris Carter television series The Lone Gunmen, (a spin-off of The X-Files), and Harsh Realm.  Aside from The Lone Gunmen‘s infectious main theme, the spin-off series allowed Snow to creatively explore a variety of styles and genres in dynamic fashion, while Harsh Realm offered him an opportunity to take his trademark atmospherics into new areas of techno-sophistication and profound emotion.  Produced by Mark Snow and MV Gerhard, and mastered by James Nelson, this collection of music from two Mark Snow & Chris Carter TV collaborations is limited to only 2,000 copies, so get them before there gone! It also features exclusive liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

Next up is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s composer Les Baxter’s (The Dunwich Horror, Panic in the Year Zero, The Raven, Hell’s Belles, Bikini Beach) original score to the 1965 beach party classic Beach Blanket Bingo, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, directed by William Asher. Mr. Baxter’s fun, and naturally far-out and groovy music serves as an outstanding example of the indelible sound he crafted for all of beach-themed musical comedies.  Produced by Ford A. Thaxton and James Nelson, and mastered by James Nelson, this release is limited to 1,200 copies and features in-depth, exclusive liner notes by Randall Larson.  Due to licensing rights issues, the music-only backing tracks of the film’s songs appear without vocals.  Given the condition of the master tapes, having been in storage for more than 45 years, the tracks on this release were painstakingly enhanced to the best quality possible.

Our friends over at La-La Land Records have announced three special releases, available at their booth at this years San Diego’s Comic Con. The first of which is John Debney‘s Predators, which skillfully incorporates Alan Silvestri’s iconic themes from the original Predator film. Next is a special two disc set of Danny Elfman‘s Batman, this a Limited Edition of 5,000 units, and features the previously unreleased film version of Elfman’s score, as well as a remastered presentation of the original 1989 soundtrack score, and never-before-released Bonus Tracks. Last but not least, is a Limited Edition of James Horner‘s Krull, which is limited to only 3,000 units, so act fast! All three recordings will be available at www.lalalandrecords.com on July 27th, after Comic Con, but those of you at the Con will be able to get first dibs. In addition to these premiere releases, there will also be special appearances and signings, as well as great deals on other La-La Land Records soundtracks available at their booth, which is located with the Toy Hungry booth, in space #429.

Guest composers will be stopping by the La-La Land booth to greet fans and sign CDs. Newly Emmy Award nominated composer Bear McCreary (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Human Target) will kick things off from 4-5PM on Thursday. Visit the La-La Land gang at Comic-Con to find out who will be appearing to sign autographs and when. Also, be sure to  follow La-La Land Records & Darby’s Secret Stash on Twitter for breaking news at Comic Con, including information about special composer guests and signing times!

Our friends over at La-La Land Records, have  just released another two scores, well three actually, which makes it an even better deal!

First up is a combo album which features the scores of not only one, but two classic Mike Judge movies, Office Space & Idiocracy. Composer John Frizzell finds the perfect offbeat musical pitch for Judge’s beloved workplace satire Office Space, starring Ron Livingston, Gary Cole and Jennifer Aniston, while composer Theodore Shapiro goes for a big orchestral sound and nails Judge’s skewed sci-fi take on the future of the human race, in Idiocracy, starring Luke Wilson, Dax Shepard and Maya Rudolph. Produced by MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this engaging duo of film scores showcases the composing talent involved in effectively scoring smart satire. Extensive liner notes by Daniel Schweiger feature comments from the composers and writer/director Mike Judge. This is a limited edition of 1,200 units, so get your flair on and pick one up today! Guaranteed to give you an instant “Oh-Face.”

ORDER Office Space / Idiocracy: Limited Edition NOW and get your CD autographed by composers John Frizzell and Theodore Shapiro at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

Next up we have the original motion picture score to 20th Century Fox’s hit feature film Diary of a Wimpy Kid starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn, directed by Thor Freudenthal. Acclaimed composer Theodore Shapiro fashions a brilliant orchestral score that beautifully conveys all the heartwarming fun of this new family film classic, based upon the popular book series by Jeff Kinney. Produced by Theodore Shapiro and mastered by James Nelson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is movie music fun for all ages. Get yours today!

ORDER Diary of a Wimpy Kid NOW and get your CD autographed by composer Theodore Shapiro at no additional charge. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL: Order Office Space/Idiocracy now and get Diary of a Wimpy Kid at a special sale price of only $9.98. When ordering Office Space/Idiocracy, you will be asked at checkout if you wish to get Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the sale price. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to act fast!


Hey everybody, I wanted to let you all know about this great company that releases limited edition CDs of film scores. They’re called La-La Land Records and have been bringing hard to find, and never before released movie & television scores to the masses for the last seven years! Each CD features a wonderful booklet with photos and original art, as well as personal notes from the composers, directors, producers, actors and historians.

Here are a few of their current releases:

I’m happy to say that we will be announcing all the upcoming La-La Land Record releases here at the Stash, and also possibly doing a few giveaways as well. So, be sure to keep an eye out for those!

Until then head over and check out their full catalog here.