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TV / Music in Media / I Am Kloot in One Tree Hill

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Ever left a movie wondering what that great song was? Each week Music In Media will spotlight tunes and explore collaborations between music and the Arts.


I’ll be honest, I don’t watch One Tree Hill.  At no point in its seven season (now eight) run have I ever really had a desire. No offense to the fans, but with a revolving cast of beautiful people constantly in intense, dramatic situations, the show kind of seems like a soap opera for teens. The only reason I turned to it today was while skimming the music used in shows that aired this week. As I’ve said before, The CW usually features some hip names, and One Tree Hill—music supervised first by Madonna Wade-Reed and then for the most part, Lindsay Wolfington—was no exception. A few artists caught my eye so I gave it a shot.

Having now seen a full episode of the show I don’t think I was wrong in my snap assessment. From what I can gather, an episode or two ago, a couple (Clay and Quinn) were shot by a jealous ex of Clay’s. The last episode found them tooling around purgatory both able to see each other and their friends as they anxiously hover over their bodies in the hospital, but unseen by anyone else. Clay convinces Quinn to return to the living for the sake of her pregnant sister, and makes Clay promise that he won’t die on her. Episode three of the season, The Space in Between picks up with Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) conscious and Clay (Robert Buckley) on the verge of death while his “ghost” self hangs around the hospital watching everything go down. He meets a fellow “in-betweener” who is in a coma due to a car accident, and together they look over Clay’s lifeless body shortly after he receives another negative prognosis.

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TV / Music in Media / The Constellations in Chuck

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Ever left a movie wondering what that great song was? Each week Music In Media will spotlight tunes and explore collaborations between music and the Arts.


Chuck, the little show that despite being on the bubble for almost all four seasons of its existence, keeps on trucking, has returned to Monday nights on NBC. For those of you who’ve never caught an episode (and you really should make an effort to do so), it’s about a Geek Squad employee (Zachary Levi) who accidentally downloads a program containing government secrets into his brain, and some special powers as well, like an instant knowledge of kung-fu and swordplay.  Together, with his CIA and NSA handlers, he finds himself thrust into the spy game and accidentally does pretty well. At the end of last season, Chuck’s place of employment, the Buy More (think Best Buy) exploded, Chuck quit being a spy, finally got his girl, then found out that his mom (Linda Hamilton), who disappeared when he was kid, was actually a spy on the run.

We kick off the new season with Chuck’s quest around the world to track her down; a journey that takes place in a matter of minutes due to its epic failure. Soon he’s back at square one—no mom, no job, no spy missions. After a series of terrible corporate job interviews, Chuck is left with only one option—the Buy More, version 2.0. However, as Chuck and his sidekick/best friend, Morgan (Josh Gomez), enter the store, they notice something different. It’s been entirely rebuilt as a CIA base. The TV department turns into a surveillance center. Trap doors and chutes are hidden everywhere. All the employees are highly trained (and highly attractive) CIA operatives.

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TV / Your Music in Media Guide to the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday and were – let’s face it – fairly predictable, and sorely lacking in noms for Community.  Check out the nominees in the music categories below – including some streaming clips and tracks where I could get ‘em.  Watch the broadcast on Sunday Aug 29 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see who wins…

Outstanding Composition for A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)

The Pacific (Part 10) – Music by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer (HBO)

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) – Music by Lawrence Shragge (CBS)

Temple GrandinMusic by Alex Wurman (HBO)

You Don’t Know Jack – Music by Marcelo Zarvos (HBO)

Blessed Is The Match – Music by Todd Boekelheide (PBS)

Georgia O’Keeffe – Music by Jeff Beal (Lifetime)

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TA Mixtape / Music In Media: TV Dinner

by Andrew Thomas

“It just sort of introduces the idea that you’re in for something pretty idiotic.” – Larry David

I love food. I love eating it. I love making it. I love talking about it. I love hearing people talk about it. I even love watching people make it on competition based television shows. Unfortunately, those shows by nature must leave out one of my favorite elements of food: the smell. When you enter a restaurant owned by a knowledgeable chef, you’ll notice the immediate presence of a powerful, distinct and pleasing aroma. It heightens the anticipation. It lets you know the type of food is on the way. It focuses your senses on the tastes and textures to come.

A good theme song is the television equivalent to a tantalizing aroma before a delicious meal. It whets your appetite for the rest of the show. The tone of the song will let you know if the show will be light, dark, comedic, dramatic, intense, intelligent, unconventional, or any number of things. When you hear the twanging guitars and mournful fiddle of Deadwood’s Opening Sequence, you know you’re not in for a buddy cop comedy. When you hear The Barenaked Ladies prattle off a Brief History of The Universe, you know you’re not watching a show about a rape lawyer.

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Television / Soundtrack Review / True Blood: Music From The Series Vol. 2

Yesterday EW.com posted an exclusive full stream of True Blood: Music From The Series Vol. 2, and here’s what I have to say about it.

If I could describe True Blood in three words they would be: dirty, sexy and voodoo. Produced by Gary Calamar (music supervisor, KCRW DJ and author) the soundtrack definitely fits the same description, combining gritty tracks from Jace Everett & CC Adcock, M.Ward (all performing covers of Howlin’ Wolf songs), Beck and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, with a dash of sex from the likes of Robbie Robertson and Chuck Prophet and an eerily awesome remix by Thievery Corporation. There’s a great combination of new and old stuff – a Jr. Walker and The All Stars track from 1965, then “Fresh Blood” from last years Eels album – which melds together incredibly well.

While the overall flow works, the soundtrack’s strengths are definitely those songs when the gritty and the sexy come together for that great hot, bayou feel. The kind that make you feel like you should be dancing in the moonlight on a sweaty summer night, perhaps some fireflies still hanging around…ok, I’ll stop now, you get my point. While a Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello collaboration is cool and it is a good song – I just wanted to go back to the swamp.

Check out the tracklist below – my favorites are in red, naturally.  And you can stream the whole thing here.

1. “Howlin’ For My Baby” – M. Ward
2. “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock*
3. “Bad Blood” – Beck

4. “How To Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
5. “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
6. “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
7. “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
8. “Gasoline And Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
9. “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11. “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12. “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation

13. “New World In My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14. “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan

And digital only downloads…

15. “Bad Things (Acoustic)” – Jace Everett
16. “Ain’t No Invisible Man” – Jakob Dylan
17. “You Can’t Drive Me Away” – Stone Temple Pilots
18. “Dig” – Headbone featuring Bubba Kendall

*Featuring background vocals from Calamar’s daughter and friends!

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