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'WKRP in Cincinnati' is getting a DVD release with its original music

WKRP in Cincinnati‘s defining qualities were a cast of wacky characters, an atmosphere of free-floating late-’70s psychic malaise (that on its better episodes the show sharpened to a cutting point), and, more than anything else, by its music. Fittingly for a show about a radio station of the time, the soundtrack included everything from the Grateful Dead to the Cars, often highlighting the culture clash between hippie-era dinosaurs and the leaner New Wave acts that were springing up in response to those dinosaurs’ refusal to exit the pop zeitgeist.

Thanks to the way music licensing contracts were written at the time, the show lost its rights to use the original versions of the songs it had so deeply woven into its fabric, and was forced to replace them with generic knockoffs while it was still in broadcast syndication. Later, when it moved to cable and home video it did so with the same soundalikes.

On Oct. 28, Shout! Factory will release the first complete series-spanning WKRP DVD set, with its original soundtrack gloriously restored. (Orders through the Shout! Factory site get early delivery on Sept. 23.) The 13-disc set will include not only new bonus features (including a 2014 panel discussion with members of the cast and crew), but actual songs by a staggeringly broad range of artists including Captain Beefheart, Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and Huey Lewis & the News. Somewhere in sitcom heaven Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap are exchanging cool ’70s-hipster handshakes.

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Nick Cave talks to EW about his new movie '20,000 Days on Earth' and why he doesn't like meeting his heroes

Over the course of a nearly four-decade music career, Nick Cave has been one of music’s most reliably inscrutable rock stars. The forthcoming documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (in theaters September 19) does a bit to shed some light on Cave’s dark spirit, but it does it with a twist.

Although many of the day-in-the-life conversations aren’t scripted (or very loosely so), and everybody in Cave’s life—from bandmate Warren Ellis to former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld to Kylie Minogue—plays him- or herself, a lot of the film is built on artifice. The office where Cave undergoes a therapy session, the “archive” where he goes to review old photographs—they’re all built sets and faked scenarios, and constructed to try to wring some truth out of something inherently fake.

20,000 Days on Earth splits its time between those scenes and in-the-studio footage from the sessions that led to Push the Sky Away, Cave’s 2013 record with the Bad Seeds. It’s a remarkable movie, existing in the unique dimension between fiction and reality straddled by filmmaking greats like Werner Herzog and Errol Morris: READ FULL STORY

Stream Stuart Murdoch's 'God Help the Girl' original soundtrack

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For the past few years, indie auteur Stuart Murdoch has been splitting his energies between his usual gig leading Belle and Sebastian and a project called God Help the Girl. It started out as an experiment in which Murdoch and the rest of his group backed a cast of female singers he recruited through an ad in a Glasgow magazine, but since releasing a self-titled LP in 2009, the venture has grown considerably more ambitious.

Sept. 5 will see the release of a God Help the Girl film, written and directed by Murdoch. Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, and Pierre Boulanger, it expands on Murdoch’s long-standing fascination with impeccably vintage-attired, romantically entangled young people in Glasgow. It has a strong musical aspect, as you might expect, and the soundtrack is comprised of previous GHTG recordings, new recordings sung by the film’s cast, with dialogue and score woven throughout, helping to underline the overall project’s leaky boundaries when it comes to format.

Hear our hypothetical 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Awesome Mix Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy‘s soundtrack figures so prominently in the film that it almost qualifies as a supporting character.

Throughout the movie, it provides hooks for jokes and action sequences and establishes a few important moments between its primary characters. The fact that it’s all supposed to be coming from a tape made for Peter Quill by his mother before she died—and before he was whisked away from Earth by aliens—underlines the loneliness that defines him. And it’s also just really good at doing what a soundtrack’s supposed to do, bolstering the movie’s rambunctious oddball energy with a bunch of vintage soft rock and soul songs that were, for the most part, considered throwaway pop tunes when they were released. In other words, just like the story’s protagonists, these songs are misfits.

Spoiler alert: At the end of the movie, Peter finds out that he’s been unknowingly carrying around a sequel to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 tape. Presumably, we’ll hear what’s on it in the GOTG sequel—but honestly, that’s a really long wait. Using director James Gunn’s interview about the soundtrack at Vulture as a guide, here’s a hypothetical Awesome Mix Vol. 2, assembled using same method Gunn employed for Vol. 1: choosing hits from the ’70s Billboard charts that aren’t quite important enough to have entered the pop pantheon, and favoring the kind of lightweight, slightly funky stuff that defined AOR radio back then. (We also included a couple of songs he’d picked for GOTG that didn’t make the final cut.)

At 18 songs, it’s longer by half than the official soundtrack—but let’s presume that Peter’s mother had access to 60-minute cassette tapes and didn’t want to short him.

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'Sharknado 2' director Anthony C. Ferrante on creating the movie's 'silly' theme song

Anthony C. Ferrante didn’t just direct Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One: He also composed and sang on the TV movie’s theme song, “(The Ballad of) Sharknado.”

Ferrante had trouble getting rights to music for the Sharknado movies because of budgetary restraints, so he and his musically inclined friend Robbie Rist formed the band Quint for the sole purpose of creating Sharknado theme music. Quint’s not the first time the pair recorded songs together though; Ferrante and Rist compose the music for each of the director’s films.

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Lorde to curate 'Mockingjay Part 1' soundtrack

Lorde’s Pure Heroine has plenty of songs about teenagers, one song about class stratification, and another about gladiatorial combat, so it makes perfect sense that she’d be chosen to put together the music for a Hunger Games movie. The franchise’s next installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, will feature a soundtrack curated by the 17-year-old Kiwi pop phenomenon. The details of what she’s choosing have yet to be made public, but it’s been confirmed that she’ll provide the album’s lead single, and it’s hard to imagine that she’s going to pass up the perfect opportunity to place “Glory and Gore.”

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde says in a statement.  “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

Mockingjay arrives in theaters Nov. 21. The soundtrack, which will be released by Republic Records, doesn’t have a date yet.

Every song on the 'Garden State' soundtrack, ranked

Zach Braff’s Garden State was—and continues to be—known as much for its soundtrack as for, well, everything else. The 13-song mix introduced The Shins and Frou Frou to a wider audience and gave well-established bands like Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay a new home. And it gave thousands of Garden State fans something to pop into their CD player and keep there for days (or, you know, months) on end.

Braff’s latest film, Wish I Was Herealso has an impressive, already-released soundtrack. But in time for the film’s Friday release, here’s a look back at the soundtrack that started it all—and ranking all of its tracks, because not every song can be a life-changer.

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Listen to Grouplove's 'The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack song 'Let Me In' - EXCLUSIVE

The upcoming The Fault In Our Stars is a love story based on a hugely beloved YA novel, so of course it comes armed with a sweet soundtrack full of decorated alt-pop wonders and feel-good tearjerkers.

The Fault In Our Stars — Music From The Motion Picture arrives on May 19 and features brand new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, M83, Lykke Li, Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne, and a host of others. (Check out the entire track list at the bottom.)

One of those new songs is Grouplove’s “Let Me In,” a dreamy, synthy sing-along that gets its exclusive premiere below.

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Hans Zimmer talks 'Spider-Man' score, getting Pharrell and the Smiths' Johnny Marr in the same band

Hans Zimmer admits he was reluctant to score another superhero flick.

“I think I’ve done all the -Man movies now,” the Oscar-winning composer, whose credits include Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and last year’s Man of Steel, tells us in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. But as it turns out, the prospect of scoring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just proved too irresistible.

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On the charts: 'Frozen' still rules, Shakira and Johnny Cash bow strong

It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.

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