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Incredibles 2 by Michael Giacchino (Ep. 110)

Will Brueggamann (The Underscore Podcast), Kristen Romanelli, and Christopher Coleman return to Metroville to discuss Michael Giacchino's original score for one of Pixar's most anticipated sequels - INCREDIBLES 2! To start, they quickly share their deepest, heartfelt, emotional reactions to the Pixar short, BAO. Next, they jump into the Incredibles 2 by talking through the highs and lows about the film itself, and then how well Giacchino's original score works within the film. They also...


How important is the hiring of Pinar Toprak for Captain Marvel? - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 29)

Composer Pinar Toprak has been signed to write the original score for Marvel's upcoming feature film, "CAPTAIN MARVEL"- making her the first female composer to be hired to score a major super-hero film. Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman discuss the context of this move by Marvel and its repercussions. They also examine how big of a deal this move is for Pinar Toprak, herself, the film, Marvel Studios, and for the fans. Episode Highlights 00:06 - A marvelous intro 01:19 - She got...


Soundcast Six Vol. 8 (Ep. 109)

Kirsten, Erik and Christopher are back to talk through six new soundtrack stories: Best 2018 Score (so far), Joseph Trapanese scoring the upcoming Robin Hood film, the new Mortal Engines trailer and their hopes and dreams for the film and score's composer, Gordy Haab and the future of Star Wars music, Willow sequel rumors, and is the Boba Fett film score a Marco Beltrami no-brainer? Episode Highlights 03:41 - #1 - Best Score of 2018 ... so far 14:13 - #2 - Joseph Trapanese on the new...


Solo - A Star Wars Story (Ep. 108)

Erik Woods, Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman team up to pull off the biggest soundtrack heist in the galaxy! That or maybe just review John Powell's original score to Solo: A Star Wars Story with original theme by John Williams. The three not only share their thoughts about the newest Star Wars film and score, but they react to the apparent obliviousness or dislike of the score by the "gen pub," breakdown John Williams' new theme for Han Solo, and discuss whether anyone other than...


Is the Deadpool 2 Score an Improvement? - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 28)

Deadpool 2 has been unleashed upon the world and Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman explore the question of whether Tyler Bates' original score for the film is an improvement over Tom Holkenborg's (Junkie XL) original score for the first film. They discuss it from the angles of its operation within the film and also as a stand-alone listen. They also discuss Tyler's themes, groundbreaking choral work and the unique status of the Deadpool 2 original score being the first ever to earn...


Avengers Infinity War (Ep. 107)

Marty and Will Bruegemann (Underscore Podcast) join Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman to share their deepest thoughts and feelings about Marvel's most recent (and controversial?) entry into the MCU - AVENGERS INFINITY WAR. They talk through their likes and dislikes about both the film and ALAN SILVESTRI's original score. Additionally, they discuss where their expectations were subverted and reveal their predictions for Avengers 4. Plus, we have another edition of Kristen's "It's...


Most Underrated Scores - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 27)

We always talk about the most popular scores, but what about those which are more deserving than the amount of discussion they receive? Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman go there and discuss SOME of the scores they believe have gone, or have become, underrated over the 20 to 25 years. For this episode, they mention underrated scores from composers such as: John Williams, James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer. Episode...


Lost in Space [Netflix] (Ep. 106)

Kristen Romanelli, Erik Woods, and Christopher Coleman share their reactions to the first four episodes of Netflix's new series, LOST IN SPACE, including their reaction to CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ's stellar original score. They discuss their personal history with the Lost in Space franchise: from the original, 60s, TV series, to the 1998 feature film, to Netflix's latest incarnation. Before they do that, they bring back the popular WHYBLT? segment, where they discuss titles such as SUPERGIRL...


Most Surprising Composer Assignments - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 26)

The recent announcement of James Newton Howard not returning to score M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming sequel "Glass," got Erik Woods and Christopher Coleman together to discuss that and some of the other most surprising composer assignments in recent memory. Who got the Glass gig and what other composer announcements could possibly as surprising or more? Find out in this Soundcast Stereo episode! Episode Highlights 00:21 - Intro Surprises 01:37 - Shocked that West Dylan Thordson is on...


Ready Player One (Ep. 105)

Justin Craig, Kristen Romanelli, Erik Woods and Christopher Coleman put their headsets on and dive into the Scorasis to review Alan Silvestri's original score for Steven Spielberg's latest action-adventure project, Ready Player One. They discuss the stand-out moments from the score, their favorite Easter eggs in the film, and even the songs employed. In the Bonus Track at the conclusion of the episode, the quartet discuss National Film Score Day (April 3, 2018) and then answer top Twitter...


Soundcast Six Vol. 7 (Ep. 104)

Six new stories from the world of soundtracks! The original score for Annihilation and The Shape of Water, news of yet another release of the Star Wars original scores, Kickstarter projects: A Light in the Void Live Concert and Green Rider Book Soundtrack, and the replacement of composer Alf Clausen by Bleeding Fingers on the ever-running TV-program The Simpsons are the six topics of the night tackled by Christopher Coleman, Kristen Romanelli, and Erik Woods. Episode Highlights 00:00 -...


Soundcast Six Vol. 6 (Ep. 103)

Erik Woods, Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman tackle six stories from the world of soundtracks including: John Williams retirement from Star Wars, The music in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Jon Favreau's upcoming Star Wars TV Series and who should score it, His Dark Materials reboot for BBC One, The Ready Player One main theme by Alan Silvestri, and the release of the isolated score from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Episode Highlights 00:41 - Welcome back to the Six 04:52 -...


Reacting to the 90th Academy Awards - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 25)

One day after the 90th Academy Awards, Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman reflect on the sadly lackluster show, which had the lowest viewership in years. While they discuss there feelings about the show and winners in general, they go through the shows use of music and give each category of usage a letter grade! Finally, they give suggestions on how film music could be better integrated into the program making the show a much more entertaning fair ... and, of course, boost its...


Black Panther (Ep. 102)

Justin Craig, Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman plunge through the high-tech-cloak and into the world of Wakanda. They discuss Ludwig Göransson's powerful and exotic original score to Ryan Coogler's latest entry into Marvel's Cinematic Universe, BLACK PANTHER. Not only do they share their thoughts about the film, but they examine Göransson's stand-out score and discuss its place among the pantheon of MCU-scores that precede it. Episode Highlights 02:11 - Introducing Black...


Star Wars by John Williams or Howard Shore?

Star Wars by John Williams or Howard Shore (101) Doug Adams joins Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman to do some super-fantasy-speculation and bounce around the question of "What if Howard Shore were to score Weiss & Beniof's upcoming Star Wars film or films?" Which would excite them more, seeing Williams' or Shore's names attached? Before that discussion, they react to the "breaking news" regarding the forthcoming re-release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring -...


Losing Jóhann Jóhannsson - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 24)

On Friday, February 9, 2018, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was found dead in his Berlin apartment. Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman take a few moment to reflect on Jóhannsson's career and share some of their favorite pieces from the composer's ouevre. Lastly, we share some of the tweets from his composer colleagues that were posted on Saturday, February 10, 2018 - the day the tragic news broke. Episode Highlights 01:05 - Rolling Stone article 04:07 - Reacting to the tragic...


Best Score Oscar Nom Reaction - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 23)

Erik Woods and Christopher Coleman react to the announcement of the 2017 Best Score Oscar Nominees. While they discuss their feelings about "awards" and award shows in general, they discuss this latest group of nominees in comparison with other recent-year noms as well. Before giving their picks for which they think SHOULD win and which WILL win, they scroll back through the decades of Oscars noms and winners to discover some surprising factoids that you may not be aware of! Episode...


Not So Solo! Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 22)

Not So Solo! - Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 22) Just before the end of 2017, news dropped that composer JOHN WILLIAMS would be composing a new, main theme for the upcoming SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY feature film, while JOHN POWELL would adapt and compose the rest of the original score. Erik Woods and Christopher Coleman share their reaction to the news, what they think might be behind this decision, and whether they see this as a good good choice or not. Episode Highlights 01:16 - Breaking News -...


You're Welcome - More Last Jedi Talk (Bonus)

You're Welcome - More Last Jedi Talk (Bonus) Erik Woods, Kristen Romanelli and Justin Craig join Christopher Coleman in a continued discussion of Star Wars THE LAST JEDI. The discussion here is mostly about the film: the good, the bad, and the WTF? (Spoilers ahead!). If you’re looking for our discussion about John Williams’ original score, please go back and listen to episode 100. Episode Highlights 00:30 - Introduction - Star Wars: The Last Jedi 01:29 - Porg Chops: Humor,...


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (100) It's Christmas time, which also now means that it's Star Wars time! Christopher Coleman is joined by Kristen Romanelli, Erik Woods and Justin Craig for this special 100th episode to talk about John Williams' original score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ... and a wee bit about the film, too. They discuss new themes, returning themes, stand out cues on the soundtrack and, finally, rank the Star Wars films and original scores. Episode Highlights 00:30 -...