Memes abound rife with jokes about people canceling their HBO subscriptions all over the internet today, the day after the final episode of Game of Thrones aired. Of course, HBO is not going anywhere and one of their flagship shows now becomes Westworld, which will see season three air next year, in 2020. Season three of Westworld will introduce a new narrative and a new co-star in Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman). In the trailer for the season which aired before the final Game of Thrones, a narration by Paul’s as yet unnamed character is accompanied by ‘Brain Damage’ from Pink Floyd’s all-time classic Dark Side of The Moon. We’re looking forward to this show next year, so watch the trailer now! Continue reading
Composer Ramin Djawadi won an Emmy® Award this weekend for his iconic musical work on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Having composed for all seven seasons of the hit HBO series, Ramin’s score for the penultimate season finale episode “The Dragon and the Wolf” earned him the win in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Series Original Dramatic Score. Ramin was honored with dueling Emmy® nominations in the same category this year, also receiving a separate nomination for his music on the famed television show Westworld. Last night in L.A. The Game Of Thrones® Live Concert Experience 2018 Tour kicked off. Continue reading
HBO’s new Southern Gothic psychological thriller and mini-series event Sharp Objects features an incredible, eclectic soundtrack featuring intense instrumentals, indie music artists, and rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Steve Miller. From Sylvian Esso and The Acid’s lucid ethereal obtuse sounds, to lead character Camille Preaker (played by Golden Globe winner Amy Adams) and her broken iPod Classic Zeppelin playlist on repeat of Led Zepplin II and Led Zeppelin III classics such as ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Thank You’, and ‘What Is And Should Never Be’ among others, the music has almost acted as an extra character in the show. Suspensful, incredibly filmed, well-written, and a great performance from Adams in the lead role, the show has been amazing so far in the two episodes that have aired. Check out this Spotify playlist for the show, hopefully, a portend of a release similar to other HBO shows like Game Of Thrones and Westworld. Continue reading
We normally don’t give a crap here about awards shows, but we have to give props when the music is just this great. Composer Ramin Djawadi has earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series Original Dramatic Score. Having crafted outstanding musical scores for two television juggernauts in Game of Thrones and Westworld, Ramin will be honored with dueling nominations in the same category. Ramin was previously nominated for an Emmy in 2017 for his Main Title Theme Music on Westworld. Continue reading
After being teased before the season, the full piano and orchestra-based version of Nirvana’s classic track ‘Heart Shaped Box’ appeared last night in the Season 2, eighth episode Kiksuya of HBO’s Westworld. The cover was created by acclaimed series composer Ramin Djawadi, also known for his work on Game Of Thrones. The trailer uses imagery that also called to mind the lyrics and even the music video for the song, which came from the In Utero (DGC Records) album, which has its 25th anniversary this year. Djawadi’s Westworld soundtracks have featured re-imaginings of classic songs from artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Wu-Tang Clan, Soundgarden and more.
SPOILER ALERT! If you are not caught up on HBO’s Westworld Season 2, then read no further. Last night on the much-anticipated episode ‘Akane No Mai’, a rendition of The Rolling Stones classic ‘Paint It Black’ was used. Last year it was used in a crucial episode as a chamber music version. This time it was reimagined as a classic Japanese theme, matching their visit to “Shogun World”. Composer Ramin Djawadi used all Japanese instrumentation to bring this version to life. Check it out! Continue reading
An elegant orchestral version of Nirvana’s late-era classic ‘Heart Shaped Box’ debuted last night in the Season Two trailer for HBO’s Westworld. The cover was created by acclaimed series composer Ramin Djawadi, also known for his work on Game Of Thrones. The trailer uses imagery that also called to mind the lyrics and even the music video for the song, which came from 1993’s In Utero (DGC Records) album. Season 2 of Westworld premieres on April 22nd at 9 PM local time. Watch the trailer now! Continue reading
Gene Loves Jezebel is a rock band that was formed in the early 1980’s by twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston. Totally Eighties with a hint of “today,” these brothers formed the kind of band you never thought you’d listen to and actually enjoy; they’ve got some pretty wicked jams under their belt. Continue reading
Starting off their current tour with not one, but two New York City shows, The Winery Dogs backed up their bite with a huge bark. Their brand of hard rock is so full of energy you couldn’t help but get drawn into the hype Opening the night was an acoustic set from Tony Harnell of TNT and his guitarist Virus, of Device fame. They belted out songs from his solo career as well as Westworld. Singer Rachel Lorin joined them for the final three songs of the set including a cover of the Nazareth song ‘Love Hurts’. Tony did reveal there will be some TNT shows in the US to mark their upcoming anniversary.
The Winery Dogs fans are surprisingly vocal. For a band with only one album there was a sing-a-long for almost every song. From opening songs ‘Elevate’ and ‘We are One’ the crowd nearly eclipsed the bands’ harmonies. Maybe it has something to do with the musicians themselves being killer players. It was a pick-less night between the bass behemoth of Billy Sheehan and singer/guitarist, Richie Kotzen they both displayed insane finger playing. Seeing a bassist in rock without a pick is normal, but for a guitarist, rare. During ‘Six Feet Deeper’, they leaped into part of Jimi Hendrix staple ‘Hey Joe’ before diving head first into a dizzying drum solo by the mighty Mike Portnoy. Following that up, Billy blurring goodness filled ‘The Other Side’. With only an hours worth of material on their debut album, they treated the crowd to a brand new song. As they were wrapping up they went into my personal favorite, ‘The Dying’. It is one of those great, moody songs can stay on repeat forever.
They returned to the stage for the encore, a massive rocking rendition of The Four Tops, ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’. Before closing the night off they Richie made his way over to the church organ for rendition of “Regret”. Instead of lighters, there were cell phone lights shining as the ballad carried on. To wrap up the first night of a two night stand, they knocked out ‘Shy Boy’ by Sheehan’s old band Talas. The Winery Dogs are a rocking groove machine of fun that I’d encourage anyone to check out when they hit your area.
We are One
Six Feet Deeper
The Other Side
You Saved Me
I’m No Angel
Untilttled New Song
Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (The Four Top cover)
Shy Boy (Talas cover)
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Words and Photos by Omar Cordy