Sing Street Hits All the Right Notes [Review]

When viewing a film, I often ask myself if it is merely enough to witness someone or something perform simply well. Are Michael Bay’s maniacal explosions and sometimes muddled messages “enough,” knowing he does it well? Should I be satisfied with a fine little potboiler Read More …

The Brilliance of Return of the Jedi‘s “Sail Barge Assault” Score

Star Wars would not be Star Wars without several key factors: the commitment to classical literary themes in a science fiction setting; the dramatic use of advanced special effects to move the story along; and the evocative musical score, written by legendary film composer John Read More …

Mike Duquette’s Rest of 2015: Squeeze, Slackers & Goons

It’s December, a time to reflect on the greatest movies, music, comics, etc. of the last twelve months. And while we try to keep up with the best of everything as they’re released, occasionally something sneaks by us. With the Rest of 2015, we hope to highlight Read More …

Listen Here: Baa-Dee-Ah

Listen Here is a monthly playlist picked and curated by members of the Deadshirt staff around a certain theme. This month’s theme is Early Autumn, with a playlist selected by Mike Duquette. I’ve lived in my first apartment a whole year as of September 6, so, Read More …

Long Way Down: The Strange Brilliance of “Holiday Road”

July 24, 2015 saw a bizarre, inevitably underreported musical phenomenon occur: WaterTower Music, Warner Bros.’ soundtrack arm, released the companion album to the new film Vacation, a record anchored by three unique versions of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” the theme to 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Those versions—a remix of Read More …

Fun, Flashy and Flawed: My Week with Apple Music

Since acquiring my first compact disc in 1999 (a copy of the soundtrack to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, because my childhood tastes defied convention), I have racked up nearly 2,000 of them in my collection. You name it: compilations, CD singles, increasingly heavy box sets—I’m still buying Read More …

In Memoriam: James Horner

Oscar-winning composer James Horner’s sudden, tragic passing last night at the age of 61 affected me in ways I wasn’t expecting. Horner, who died in a single-plane crash in California, was a solid film composer for 35 years, but in the age of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith Read More …

Perfect Records: Frida, Something’s Going On

Everyone has an album that has stayed with them for years, even decades, a constant musical companion that grows with you as your life and perspective changes. With that in mind, Deadshirt presents Perfect Records, an ongoing series of personal essays about the albums that stuck Read More …

Duque & Salo Remember The Time: Looking At Glass Houses

In a world populated by endless boring debates about the ever-changing times of music and pop culture, two lovable millennials, Mike Duquette and Stephanie Salo, scour the world in search of yesterday’s coolest sounds and today’s hottest takes. Armed with little more than a Spotify Read More …