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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From The Following, Criminal Minds, Nashville and More

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Gonna pop some tags? Only got $20 in your pocket? No worries – here’s the latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @kimroots.

mixtape8_americasSERIES AND EPISODE | The Americans, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Tusk”
ARTIST | Fleetwood Mac
ALBUM | Tusk (1979)
WHY IT ROCKED | Someone got knifed, Phillip had a lung-buster of a chase and in the end, the mission was a bust. But thanks to Fleetwood Mac’s driving drums and the festive horns, the whole shebang felt like a party. (A party with serious consequences, comrades, but a party nonetheless.)

KATE WALSH, BENJAMIN BRATTSERIES AND EPISODE | Private Practice, “In Which We Say Goodbye”
TITLE | “No Diggity”
ARTIST | Chet Faker
ALBUM | Thinking in Textures (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Mid-’90s R&B/rap fusion isn’t exactly up there with Wagner and Pachelbel in the pantheon of popular wedding music, but Faker’s cover of the Blackstreet joint was the perfect accompaniment for Addison’s pomp-free stroll down the aisle.

mixtape8_followingSERIES AND EPISODE | The Following, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Sweet Dreams”
ARTIST | Marilyn Manson
ALBUM | Smells Like Children (1995)
WHY IT ROCKED | Wanna evoke creepy right from the get-go? Start your serial killer-thriller with the ominous opening bars of the Eurythmics classic — as interpreted by goth rocker Marilyn Manson – and then bring it back at the end to drive home Claire’s rising panic as she frantically searches for her missing son. Well (and frighteningly) played, The Following.

CONNIE BRITTONSERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “I’ve Been Down That Road Before”
TITLE | “Emmylou”
ARTIST | First Aid Kit
ALBUM | The Lion’s Roar (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Deacon finally kisses Rayna, and when she recovers, she texts him to “talk” – wouldn’t it have been nice to see what actually would’ve happened? — and waits for him to show up while this folk-infused tribute to famous country-music lovers plays in the background. (Notice how abruptly it stops when buzzkill Teddy shows up at her door — ha!)

ZugzwangSERIES AND EPISODE | Criminal Minds, “Zugzwang”
TITLE | “Infinity Street”
ARTIST | Richard Walters
ALBUM | Young Trees (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Reid gives a masterful performance of not caring about Maeve as Diane holds them both at gunpoint, but he just can’t fake a passionate kiss while the true object of his affections cowers in fear nearby. One terrible shot later, Walters’ mournful ballad provides the soundtrack for the genius’ irrevocable heartbreak.

SERIES AND JAMI GERTZ, CLARA MAMETEPISODE | The Neighbors, “Space Invaders”
TITLE | “Dirty Rain”
ARTIST | Ryan Adams
ALBUM | Ashes & Fire (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | As long as there are adolescents like Amber and Reggie – who pine for each other in mutual obliviousness – there’ll be a place for songs like Adams’ yearning melody. (Though we will miss the empty-headed hunk Amber dumps at the end of the episode: Tell us again about your car-waxing method, Jeremy?)

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from NCIS, Girls, The Carrie Diaries, Bunheads and More

January 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Pump up the volume, ’cause it’s time for another edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!

ShivaSERIES AND EPISODE | NCIS, “Shiva”
TITLE | “Not Alone”
ARTIST | Patty Griffin
ALBUM | Living With Ghosts (1996)
WHY IT ROCKED | A warm hug and some Hebrew words of reassurance from Tony sent Ziva off to Israel, with this song as a comforting backdrop for the mourning daughter as she bid her abba goodbye.

Ratings Bones Season HighSERIES AND EPISODE | Bones, “The Diamond in the Rough”
TITLE | “When the Morning Comes”
ARTIST | Jon Allen featuring Amy Smith
ALBUM | Songs to Save a Life (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | We have to agree with Wendell: Bones and Booth’s ballroom debut looked more like a bar brawl than an elegant turn on the dance floor. But when Seeley beams at the baby mama in his arms and Allen’s strummy ballad fills the room, does choreography even matter? (Though we maybe could’ve done without the breakdance moves, Tempe…)

SUTTON FOSTER, HOWARD S. MILLERSERIES AND EPISODE | Bunheads, “You Wanna See Something?”
TITLE | “It’s Oh So Quiet”
ARTIST | Bjork
ALBUM | Post (1995)
WHY IT ROCKED | What’s not to love about Michelle leading the girls in a fun, freewheeling routine to Bjork’s ’90s hit? There was delicate pointe work. There were sassy jazz moves. There was Michelle jumping in with her students (and complaining. Loudly.). And just maybe there was us, trying to mimic a move or two in front of our TVs. Practice makes perfect, after all.
LINER NOTES | The version used in the show was recorded by a sound-alike singer. And if you want to try to reenact a pirouette or two, the clip of the dance number is below the Bjork video.

girls season 2 premiere donald gloverSERIES AND EPISODE | Girls, “It’s About Time”
TITLE | “I’m Going Down”
ARTIST | Vampire Weekend
ALBUM | The song hasn’t been released as a single or on an album — aside from the band’s six-song iTunes session — but you can download a free acoustic version.
WHY IT ROCKED | Despite all of her declarations of cosmopolitan-adult-woman independence at the beginning of the episode, the Season 2 opener found Hannah late-night calling on new boo Sandy after a charged interaction with old boo Adam. Yeah… you’re not quite grown up yet, Hannah Banana. At least there’s this Bruce Springsteen cover — which played over the closing credits — to groove to in the meantime.

PilotSERIES AND EPISODE | The Carrie Diaries, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
ARTIST | Greg Laswell
ALBUM | You can find the song on the soundtrack for the film My Sister’s Keeper.
WHY IT ROCKED | “In a way, the pain of love is what changes us,” a wise-beyond-her-years Carrie tells us at the end of the episode as Laswell puts his own spin on the Cyndi Lauper classic. If young Ms. Bradshaw is going to have this caliber of musical accompaniment whenever she sums up her lessons learned, we’ll happily be privy to her diaries anytime.
LINER NOTES | This’ll make you feel old: The original version of this song was released nearly 30 years ago.

mixtape7_mindyprojectSERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “Bunk Bed”
TITLE | “Watch the Tapes”
ARTIST | LCD Soundsystem
ALBUM | Sound of Silver (2007)
WHY IT ROCKED | Trying to fish Danny’s letter out of the mailbox was a bad plan, Morgan, but at least you had a kickass song to go along with it.

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Fringe, How I Met You Mother, CSI:NY and More

January 6, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s 2013, TVLiners, and that means we’re resolving to bring you a whole new year full of great TVLine Mixtapes!

As always, here are some great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!

The Final Page, Part One And TwoSERIES AND EPISODE | How I Met Your Mother, “The Final Page, Part Two”
TITLE | “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”
ARTIST | Fort Atlantic
ALBUM | Fort Atlantic (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The only thing that makes this legen – wait for it – dary moment even more incredible is the perfect song choice that follows Robin’s “Yes.” How I Met Your Mother music coordinator, will you marry us?

mixtape6_newgirlSERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl, “Santa”
TITLE | “Santa Stole My Lady”
ARTIST | Fitz and the Tantrums
ALBUM | The holiday single is available on Amazon and iTunes.
WHY IT ROCKED | After hemming and hawing about hottie doc Sam, this ditty gets Jess in the mood to take him back. (Or maybe it was the Angie-Nick-Schmidt lap dance a few scenes before? Either way, Merry Christmas to all, and to all an inappropriate pediatric ward make-out session!)

mixtape6_ghSERIES AND EPISODE | General Hospital, Jan. 2, 2013
TITLE | “Auld Lang Syne (Candles and Bells Mix)”
ARTIST | Fisher & Stone & MacPicardster
ALBUM | Fisher Meets Stone & MacPicardster (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Sabrina and Patrick draw closer. The Haunted Star crowd counts down the seconds. Spinelli gets schnapps-happy on the rooftop and Ellie unknowingly stumbles into a really bad situation. Blow the noisemakers and kiss your loved ones, because it’s New Year’s Eve in Port Charles!

mixtape6_chicagofirehimSERIES AND EPISODE | Chicago Fire, “It Ain’t Easy”
TITLE | “Save Me”
ARTIST | Aimee Mann
ALBUM | Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture (1999)
WHY IT ROCKED | It all seems so casual: Dawson feeding Casey a bite of her tomato sauce (“It’s a little spicy”), Casey suddenly deciding he, too, needs to have a presence on her “wall of fame.” But as the pair get close for a pic and Mann’s ballad builds, it’s clear something’s about to happen. Damn that inopportunely timed phone call!
LINER NOTES | Sharp-eared fans of Portlandia will recognize “Save Me,” which was first used in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, as the song cleaning lady Aimee Mann played for Fred and Carrie in a Season 1 episode.

mixtape6_fringeSERIES AND EPISODE | Fringe, “Black Blotter”
TITLE | “Hurdy Gurdy Man”
ARTIST | Donovan
ALBUM | The Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968)
WHY IT ROCKED | For one, “White Rabbit” is overused when scoring such a sequence. Plus, “Hurdy Gurdy Man” sets just as psychedelic a mood, as Walter indulges in an old habit — dropping acid, in this case the ominously named “Black Blotter” — to reopen closed-off portions of his noodle. Hey, whatever price to save the world, right?

mixtape6_csinybestSERIES AND EPISODE | CSI:NY, “The Real McCoy”
TITLE | “With a Girl Like You”
ARTIST | The Troggs
ALBUM | The 1966 single is available on The Best of the Troggs (1994)
WHY IT ROCKED | Adam’s abusive dad is sick, and he’s not real sure how he feels about that. Good thing his girlfriend Michelle is cool with his baggage – and his choice of vintage dance tunes – because otherwise, we might not have gotten this sweet, intimate ending to the episode.

mixtape6_ahsSERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story, “The Name Game”
TITLE | “I Put a Spell on You”
ARTIST | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
ALBUM | The 1956 single is available on I Put a Spell on You: The Best of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (2008)
WHY IT ROCKED | We know, we know – Sister Jude’s candy-colored day dream/delusion of “The Name Game” is the tune everyone’s talking about. But we were transfixed by the way Sister Mary Eunice managed to both get the common room party started and simultaneously mock Patient G2573 Sister Jude (who, by the way, conveyed more emotion with that smoke exhalation than many actors do with pages of monologue). All the while, Hawkins’ intoxicating beat drove on. Who knew it would be the younger nun’s last dance?

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