My Thanks to Hailey, It Happens

My thanks to Hailey, It Happens for sponsoring the website this week. I’ve been following these guys for what seems like forever now (as one of the members is a pretty prominent poster on our forums), and I really do think this is the best thing they’ve done yet. Their new album is self-titled and you can grab it right now on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music. I really do recommend everyone go give it a listen. The songs are personal, well written, and definitely worth your time.

Documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Coming to HBO

HBO has announced an new documentary, The Defiant Ones, that will cover Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

HBO has announced it will be airing a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which chronicles their divergent roots and their unlikely partnership as well as addresses the moguls’ influence and impact on pop culture. Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society), The Defiant Ones features in-depth interviews with Dre and Iovine along with many diverse artists.

How Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Shaped the Music of ‘La La Land’

Crystal Bell of MTV talks with La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul:

The songwriting duo, who met as undergrads in the University of Michigan’s musical theater program, have a knack for putting life’s messy, uncomfortable moments to song. In La La Land, Pasek and Paul capture a kind of buoyant melancholia only artists could truly understand, as the complicated lives of jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) romantically intertwine. Chazelle’s ode to dreamers is a lush cinematic experience bathed in brazen technicolor and Stone’s effervescent charisma, but its music is wonderfully simple.

J.J. Abrams Working on HBO Space Drama ‘Glare’

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that J.J. Abrams is working on a new hourlong space drama for HBO called Glare.

Javier Gullón will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which stems from a blind script deal the Enemy scribe had with Bad Robot. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams is under a rich overall deal. Ben Stephenson, former BBC head of drama-turned-Bad Robot head of development, will exec produce alongside Abrams and Gullón. Gullón is repped by CAA, Pacific View Management.

Albums in Stores – Dec. 9th, 2016

Another relatively slow new release day, but I’ll be using that time to try and catch up on any albums I may think have a shot at my end of the year list. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.