My apologies for last week! There was a lot of news, but due to Circumstances, I had to take a skip week. Let’s get caught up, shall we?

Cartel LandDue out TODAY digitally and on CD September 18th is Cartel Land, the score for the drug war documentary composed by H. Scott Salinas (The Square, The Newsroom) and Jackson Greenberg (Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference.) The score features a unique blend of American, Mexican, and synthesized instruments to underscore the tension of three groups of people all operating outside of the law for justice and profit.

I Am Big BirdAlso out today digitally is the soundtrack for I Am Big Bird, a documentary about the life of Big Bird performer Carroll Spinney. This is a big feature for up-and-comer Joshua Johnson, who previous scored the soccer documentary We Must Go, but has also contributed music to other projects, including The Maze Runner and Marvel’s Daredevil.

Lakeshore Records is prepping the soundtrack album for The Slap, the NBC miniseries chronicling the fallout when a grown man slaps someone else’s misbehaving child at a birthday party. The album is to be released July 24th digitally, with a physical release later this year. The 8-episode miniseries ran from February to April of last year, with each episode following a different attendee of the party, Vantage Point-style. (Or maybe like Season 4 of Arrested Development, depending on your frame of reference.) The cast features Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, and others, and the music was composed by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Delatka, who together have also written music for Parenthood and House, M.D.

Sharknado 3On a completely different note, July 17th (digital) and September 24th (CD) see the release of the soundtrack album for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No. Astonishingly, the album features almost entirely new songs recorded for the film, with titles like Geno Lenardo and Nina Bergman’s “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver,” and Camper Van Beethoven’s “Long Way to Go (Sharknado).” If you’re a fan of shark-themed rock and roll, this one’s for you. Expect an early review on Nerdspan here in a couple of days.


Wayward Pines

Next up, the score for M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines is out digitally on July 17th and on CD July 24. Lending a tense backdrop to the miniseries thriller is Charlie Clouser, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, who’s also lent his tense atmospherics to SAW and Numb3rs. Clouser talked about the fixed length of the miniseries as helping him build an enormous wedge of intensity, rather than having to work with the open-endedness of a traditional TV series. Given his pedigree, this is probably going to be a must-have for horror fans, regardless of how the series turns out.

Vatican TapesAlso brightening the day for horror fans on July 17th (August 14th for CD purchasers) is the percussive score for exorcism movie The Vatican Tapes from Joseph Bishara, composer for the Insidious trilogy, The Conjuring, and Annabelle.


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