Tag Archives: Music

Guest Mixtape + Interview / Andrea von Foerster: I Know When I’m Not Wanted

It gives me great pleasure to present to you my very first mixtape and interview from a music supervisor – one that I not only admire professionally, but who also happens to be a really funny, opinionated, and all around awesome person.  She’s most known for her work on (500) Days of Summer and Dollhouse, but Andrea von Foerster has music supervised films and TV shows all over the map, and contributed to tent pole series like Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, and Supernatural. A self-proclaimed “music nerd” von Foerster knows how to use music to tell a story on film – Broken Social Scene did the score for her most recent film, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, which also features music by White Hinterland and The Middle East – and in mixtape form.

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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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Tadpole Audio Presents: ROCK OUT TO BEAT CANCER w/ So Many Wizards, Gamble House, Gentle Hands & Orangutan Trade Salesmen

I am so extraordinarily thrilled to announce my very first show – not only featuring great bands, but all proceeds are going to a great cause!

**And if you RSVP to rockout2beatcancer@gmail.com or on Facebook, admission is only $10!**

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TV / Music in Media / The Constellations in Chuck

chuckposter Music In Media: The Constellations In Chuck

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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Guest Mixtape + Interview / Mystery Claws / Summer Lovin’ : BBQ Days

If you’re an LA denizen and you haven’t heard of Mystery Claws, you will soon. Comprised of rockers Julia Bembenek and Matt Kivel (Princeton) and featuring drummer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), the band’s first single, “Flashlights” premiered on Stereogum late April and now their debut album Hydaspia (on Easter Everywhere Records) is on the market.

In the spirit of the season, band member Julia Bembenek was kind enough to throw together a BBQ mixtape for Tadpole Audio. I grabbed a meal with her a few days before their kickin’ record release party this past weekend at Pehrspace to chat about it…

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