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“I Heard It On TV” – Finding More New Music on the Tube

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by 30daysout

By George Kovacik

A couple of years ago I discovered I could find better songs watching television than I could listening to the radio. Songs I would never have come across otherwise are now in power rotation in the car and on the iPod. Songs like “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” by Robert Plant and Band of Joy from the ill-fated, but incredible Starz drama Boss, the gruff “This Life” and the poignant Product Details“John the Revelator” from the excellent Sons of Anarchy, performed by 90s “Sunny 99.1” artist Curtis Stigers and the Forest Rangers. SOA also introduced me to other gems such as “Alesund” by Sun Kil Moon, “Our Last Flight” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, the incredible “Mary” by Patty Griffin, “This Charming Life” by Joan Armatrading, “Into Thy Hands” by The Celtic Rangers Family Singers, “Big Fella” by Black 47 and “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me” by the incomparable Richard Thompson.

Before it went off the air, One Tree Hill, contributed “The Sun” by the Naked and the Famous and “Secret Crowds” by Angels and Airwaves. The great Friday Night Lights left us with “Skull and Bones” by A.A. Bondy and “When the Night Comes” by Dan Auerbach among many others. NBC’s Parenthood is a great resource for new music. The Lennings do an outstanding cover of “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease. James Blake covers the Joni Mitchell tune “A Case of You,” and thank you for Donovan’s excellent “Catch the Wind.” The canceled Damages contributed Greg Laswell’s great solo piano version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” while HBO’s Big Love introduced me to “Home” by Engineers.

Who says watching too much TV is a bad thing?

“Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” (From the Starz drama “Boss”) by Robert Plant and Band of Joy

“This Life” (From “Sons of Anarchy”) by Curtis Stigers and the Forest Rangers

“Alesund” (From “Sons of Anarchy”) by Sun Kil Moon

“Skull & Bones” (From “Friday Night Lights”) by A.A. Bondy

“The Sun” (From “One Tree Hill”) by The Naked and the Famous

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (From “Damages”) by Greg Laswell

“Home” (From “Big Love”) by Engineers

“Mary” (From “Sons of Anarchy”) by Patty Griffin

Review: “High Violet” by The National

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 12, 2010 by 30daysout

The Brooklyn-based, The National, has built its fan base the true “Indie” way by putting out great songs and touring incessantly. I became an instant fan when I heard the tune “Start A War” on an episode of One Tree Hill. Their latest, High Violet, takes the band to another level with its excellent mix of lush arrangements, dark, sad, clever lyrics, catchy hooks and, of course, singer/songwriter Matt Berninger’s distinctive baritone.

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SXSW Interview: The 88

Posted in SXSW with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by 30daysout

No rock band around exemplifies the marriage of old and new like The 88, a foursome from Los Angeles. Vocalist/guitarist Keith Slettedahl, keyboardist Adam Merrin, bassist Todd O’Keefe and drummer Anthony Zimmitti formed the unit in 2002 and they play catchy power pop that reminds one of the heyday of the British Invasion.

But they’re completely 21st century – The 88 have used the internet to market their three indie releases and their sole major-label album Not Only … But Also. And they’ve gotten their music where people can hear it, which is on TV and in the movies. Their songs have appeared on “The OC,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Laguna Beach,” “Gossip Girl,” “Weeds” and “One Tree Hill” among others.

The 88 also wrote and recorded the theme song for NBC-TV’s comedy series “Community.”   Their song “Coming Home” has been used for national TV spots by Sears and Target, and their music has appeared in movies like Failure To Launch , You, Me and Dupree and Ira and Abby.

Currently they’re touring behind rock legend Ray Davies of the Kinks, and the 88 (with Davies) will perform at a SXSW showcase on Thursday at La Zona Rosa.  Davies usually does an acoustic set then The 88 joins him to perform Kinks classics.  We caught up with Adam Merrin:

30 Days Out: You guys seem to be one of the hardest-working bands around … can you tell me a little about how you got noticed, and what were the biggest obstacles you faced in getting started?

Adam Merrin: When The 88 first started playing live, we booked as many shows as we could around the Los Angeles area. We put up fliers and posters at all the local coffee shops, record stores and restaurants. One thing that worked extremely well for us was making CD samplers that we would hand out at local shows. We would also include fliers for our next show inside the CDs which definitely helped bring people out to see us play. We made thousands of those, and they were a lot more fun to give to people than fliers that would get thrown on the ground.

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The music of “One Tree Hill”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by 30daysout

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As season 5 ends, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) is sitting in the airport, he picks up his phone, and says “I have two tickets to Vegas, do you want to get married?” Three girls; Lindsey (Michaela McManus), Brooke (Sophia Bush), and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) all say hello and then the screen fades to black. I figure I’ll find out what happens the next day. However, instead of going to season 6, SoapNet goes back to season 1, leaving me hanging.

I know you’re probably shaking your head, or thinking I’m a big fan of candelabras, but we all have our guilty pleasures, and One Tree Hill happens to be mine. Yes, I tape it every day and watch it every night. Not only is the show entertaining, but the producers and the music coordinators are really tuned into some good indie music. Like I said in a post earlier this year, if it wasn’t for shows like One Tree Hill, I never would have come across most, if not all, of these bands.

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