Guest Mixtape + Interview / Picture Atlantic: 22 Going on 40 – The Soundtrack of Growing Up

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Like certain music blogs or labels, we all have those friends that we can turn to for a good band recommendation.  More often than not, when those people tell you that a band is good – they are right.  That is precisely how I became acquainted with Bay Area indie rockers, Picture Atlantic.  Somewhere between winding down from a California tour this past August and pushing through the final stages of a brand new EP titled When Everything Is Numbers, band members Nik Bartunek and Ryan Blair were able to put together a gut squirming mixtape definitely evocative of their own raw, emotive sound.  In it they reflect on the tricky part of growing up that I like to call “freshman year of life.”  Rather than elaborate myself, I’ll let Nik and Ryan explain what they’ve called “22 Going On 40 – The Soundtrack For Growing Up.” And make sure to check out a couple of Picture Atlantic’s own tunes at the end of the article – a free download of “Muses” as well as a track off their new EP!

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Music in Media RETROSPECTIVE / TV / The Adventures of Pete & Pete

The Adventures of Pete & Pete aired from 1993 – 1996, which for me was roughly third through sixth grade. Like most things during that era, the details are now a bit fuzzy, but the emotions remain clear. I remember worshiping Little Pete and wanting to have adventures like his. I remember looking up to Big Pete and wishing I had a big brother too. I remember high school seeming like a million years away.

A few weeks ago a friend revealed that she had the first couple seasons on DVD. Naturally we watched a few episodes. As the credits rolled at the end of one of them, a familiar band name jumped out at me: The Magnetic Fields . I was stunned. Here I was watching something that aired almost a decade ago, using music still popular today. Not long after this, I stumbled across a cover of the theme song, “Hey Sandy,” recently done by the band Grand Lake – 6 blogs had featured the track. Memories were flooding back and with them a new awareness of just how big a part of the series the music was.

In my research for this article I found an interview done by Robert Agnello – another musician/artist involved in the show – with creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi in October 2008. Over a decade over the show went off the air, it’s clear that Pete and Pete still holds a special place in all of their hearts. In the interview they chat about various aspects of the show, with a focus on the music. Agnello begins the discussion by recounting:

“I’ll always remember talking to you about doing music for you guys and I think it was you Will who said, ‘go listen to Yo LaTengo and The Lemonheads.’”

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TV / Music in Media / Far East Movement in Gossip Girl

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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.

Why do people watch Gossip Girl? I’m not asking to be judgmental or anything, I get sucked in like everyone else. Overall though, the writing is not the best, the acting is not the best, the storylines are predictable, and most of the characters are unlikable. Yet I have lots of friends who DVR it each week, some that even throw viewing parties. None of these people would argue with my assessment above, but they still tune in Monday nights to eat up the latest drama. Because really, that is the reason why: we love the drama. We love witnessing beautiful people parading around lifestyles (and designer clothing) most people couldn’t imagine affording, constantly seducing and scheming to get what (and whom) they want. Just look at this week’s episode, Goodbye, Columbia. The final sequence captures the very essence of why we watch—Gossip Girl at its juiciest—in large part due to the use of the song “Like A G6” by Far East Movement.

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Far East Movement – Like a G6 (ft. Dev)

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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