soundtracks

Essays

Somehow Nickelback Made Ice Cube's Meathead Racing Flick 'Torque' a Classic

Fifteen years after its release, we look back on the sappy bro soundtracks that defined the nativist exceptionalism of the post-9/11 years.
Gary Suarez
1.24.19
Obsessive Tendencies

The Music in ’Run Lola Run’ Is Still a Techno Rush to the Head

Every beat that pulses through Tom Tykwer's 1999 cult classic captures the breathless pace of big city life.
Daisy Jones
3.7.18
Interviews

The ‘Lady Bird’ Score Composer Has Worked With Everyone in Music

Look, Jon Brion is just good at this shit. We spoke to him about collaborating with Greta Gerwig, Elliott Smith, Kanye and more.
Daniel Dylan Wray
2.20.18
Remembering Things

‘The Beach’ Soundtrack Was a Balearic Masterpiece

On its 18th birthday, we look at how the film’s soundtrack of chill-out and techno blurs the coastline between Utopia and Dystopia.
Kyle MacNeill
2.9.18
That Rainbow's End

The ‘Phantom Thread’ Score Is Like Its Own Coming-of-Age Story

Wow wild how Jonny Greenwood put out the album of the year in January and it's a no-vocals orchestral soundtrack.
Tshepo Mokoena
1.17.18
Remembering Things

Charting the Dumb Charm of 'Idle Hands' Through its Soundtrack

...because Halloween.
Emma Garland
10.31.17
Interviews

"What Happens in Radiohead Is Sometimes Inexplicable": An Interview with Philip Selway

We talked to the drummer of the legendary British band about his solo work and his new album.
Juan Sebastián Barriga Ossa
10.30.17
Essays

How FIFA Games Changed Our Tastes in Music

An analysis of the soundtracks in the world’s most beloved soccer video game, from Blur to drum ’n’ bass.
Riccardo Pongetti
10.21.17
TV Week

How the Music Supervisor for ‘The O.C.’ and ‘Gossip Girl’ Changed the Game for Indie Rock

Grammy-nominated Alexandra Patsavas and her soundtracks for 'The O.C.,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more helped launch artists' careers and shaped the music taste of a generation.
Sean Neumann
10.20.17
Remembering Things

'High School Musical 2' Is Actually Kind of OK

Themes of queerness and socialist revolution allowed a made-for-TV musical aimed at children managed to transcend its core audience to be the best in its franchise.
Marianne Eloise
10.3.17
Remembering Things

The 'Sonic Adventure 2' Soundtrack Was Era-Defining and Awesome

Between its awkward hip-hop and national-anthem worthy pop-punk, it introduced a generation of kids to new genres. And "Escape from the City" still rips.
Morgan Troper
8.6.17
Remembering Things

The 'Cruel Intentions' Soundtrack Captured the Dark Heart of Adolescence

How a cobbled together selection of radio hits for a 90s film about borderline incestuous sociopaths still has the power to make us feel sentimental.
Alaister Moughan
7.27.17
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