Two friends and arts editors at the Duke Chronicle get together to discuss pop culture. Will talks music, Nina talks film, and together they have a conversation around a new theme each week.
For the final episode of this run of "Reel to Reel," Will and Nina look at the intersection of music and film: soundtracks. Whether it's an original score or an already popular hit, directors from Dennis Hopper to David Lynch have found ways to inventively include music within the worlds of their films. With that, the first edition of "Reel to Reel" is a wrap — thanks for listening, and we'll be back! Clips used: "Love Theme" from "Blade Runner" by Vangelis, "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede, "Scarface (Push it to the Limit)" by Paul Engemann, "Don't Bogart Me" by Fraternity of Man, "Laura Palmer's Theme" by Angelo Badalamenti, "Nightcall" by Kavinsky
What's the best run of three movies or albums released in an artist's career? This question guides today's episode of "Reel to Reel." Inevitably, Will and Nina wind up discussing some of the bigger names in music and film, from a young Martin Scorsese to the "new" Kanye. Clips used: "Gold Soundz" by Pavement, "Dark Fantasy" by Kanye West, "Bound 2" by Kanye West
Today, Nina and Will talk about a very special place for both of them: North Carolina. Together they look at the artists who have hailed from the Old North State — even if they left for New York as soon as they became successful. Will discusses one great indie band and two pioneering guitarists, while Nina examines the state's rich (and unlikely) history with cinema. Clips used: "Dynamite" by The dB's, "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten, "Rumble" by Link Wray, "Raise Up" by Petey Pablo
What has been the best single year in pop culture? For Nina, it's 1999 in film; for Will, nothing tops the music of 1977. They each dissect the calendar year they chose and what made it so influential — and they take a look at some recent years that might make the cut. Clips used: - "Venus" by Television - "Speed of Life" by David Bowie - "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" and "Plastic Bag" by X-Ray Spex
What makes a great debut? That's the central question of this week's episode of "Reel to Reel." Will and Nina each take a dive into the past and choose three debuts that showcase artists at the very beginning of their potential.
- "L.O.V.E. Love" and "Dying Day" by Orange Juice
- "Gassenhauer" by Carl Orff
- "Sour Times" by Portishead
- Audio from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) and "American Beauty" (1999)
- "American Wedding" and "Novacane" (Instrumental) by Frank Ocean
“________, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.” In this episode, Nina and Will discuss odes: in this case, those works of art that pay homage specifically to a place, whether that’s a state, a city, or a single street.