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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

The music of “Parenthood”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by 30daysout

The NBC Tuesday night drama follows the ups and downs of the Braverman family. It’s all-star cast features Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Monica Potter, Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson as the crotchety, vietnam-era, hippie dad. It’s a good solid show with some good storylines, but the best part of the hour each week is the music.  The show is giving stellar unknown artists like Slaid Cleaves, James Blake (“A Case for You,” a Joni Mitchell is one of the most interesting vocals ever), The Lennings (who deliver a slow, folky version of “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease), Civil Wars, Fink, and AA Bondy just to name a few an outlet for their outstanding music. It even opens up a new avenue for veterans like Wilco and The National, both of whom should be on the radio, but are not.

I remember as a kid listening to the radio all the time. That was the place where you found new music and discovered up and coming artists. Not anymore. Now it’s just an endless loop of “Satisfaction” and the latest Britney Spears nonsense. TV is providing the medium by which we can now find heartfelt new tunes by true artists looking for an audience. Two thumbs up to shows like Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and the late, great ER for giving these artists the chance to be heard.

Parenthood Official Music Website

“You’re the One that I Want” by The Lennings

“Skull and Bones” by AA Bondy

“Another Kind of Blue” by Slaid Cleaves

“A Case of You” by James Blake