Category Archives: #PhillipRadio

The Album Curator: Lorde’s MockingJay

Yesterday, Lorde tweeted out that she’d be taking on the responsibility of “curating” the new soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie.

She also revealed that she and her producer/co-writer Joel Little would be writing and releasing the first single off the soundtrack (yay!).

Which leads to two very important points: Lorde is making and releasing new music, and what the heck is an album curator? Continue reading

Comedy #PhillipRadio

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of different comedians on Spotify.  Originally I just wanted to listen to the comedy album Amy Schumer made, but the thing about the free Spotify App for iPod is that it only plays on shuffle, which weirdly means they will play other artists who you did not want to hear.  Well, this may have been a blessing because I’ve been able to discover more comedy acts and I made a playlist of some the funnier acts I heard.  Enjoy!

#PhillipRadio: Single Edition

So, if you’re like me, you’re single while everyone you know is in a loving relationship.  Which is absolutely lovely (#sarcasm).  I decided to play off this awkward situation and create a new playlist where we would celebrate our independence (we can do whatever we want!), we can reminisce with songs of why being in a  relationship isn’t all bliss like my friends would like to make me believe, and listen to songs that would just take us away from feeling so lonely (which we aren’t feeling…ahem).  Happy listening!

P.S. I don’t know if you noticed this, but I chose only songs that were released as singles…get it?

San Francisco Radio

The following playlist include songs that I listened to on my trip to San Francisco.  Note the first track is the theme to Full House, which I happily sang whilst visiting the painted ladies and walking the Golden Gate Bridge.  More posts about San Francisco are forthcoming, but it is taking me longer than I thought to edit the 1000 pictures I took and to write about all the experiences I had.

Frozen’s Totally Frigid Score

I just got the Frozen soundtrack…like three months after I saw the film and actually had the songs stuck in my head.  Now, I finally got over those catchy, almost-annoying rhythms  out of my head (I finally stopped singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” and “Let it Go” was finding it’s way on to less playlists), and I decide to play back all those songs.  So, basically, I have the whole soundtrack stuck in my head…yet again.

While I do think Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez did a phenomenal job writing the songs that the characters sang and I believe the deserved the Academy Award for Best Original Song they won for “Let it Go,” I just wanted to take this time to applaud Christophe Beck who composed the score to the movie.  He did an incredible job incorporating elements from Lopez and Anderson-Lopez’s songs, and really injecting such emotion and action into his orchestral arrangements.  I’m primarily speaking of “Epilogue” when I say he incorporated elements of the Lopez songs.  If you pay special attention towards the end, you can hear the melodies of “For the First Time in Forever” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”  This is just an incredible way to remind us of what the characters went through and unite all the music.

Listen to “Epilogue,” composed by Christophe Beck:

I am also floored by “Vuelie” and “The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise).”  If you’ve seen the film, “Vuelie” is the melody that is played during the opening credits.  The choir chanting/singing really pulls at your heartstrings and evokes so much emotion.  It’s fantastic.  It makes me want to tear up and cry when I hear it….but I don’t, because I’m a guy and we don’t emote in that way… I also like the fact that Beck brought this theme back in “The Great Thaw,” when Elsa melts all the snow in Arendelle at the end (spoil alert…sorry).  Again, it is uniting all the music and really provides a solid foundation for us.

Listen to Beck’s score, you won’t be sorry:

She Can Go Spit to the Mountains…

I found this playlist on my computer with the title “She Can Go Spit to the Mountains.”  I have absolutely no idea why I thought that was a fitting title, but I do remember I made this playlist for a road trip my family went on last year….If you have any ideas, let us know in the comments!