Today, TIME Magazine named my 2 favorite shows on television as #1 and #8 in their list of the best shows of 2012. Today is a good day! Congrats Parks And Recreation and Parenthood! Of course #8 has a few songs on this week’s list… what else is new? The Braverman clan are joined by some awesome tunes from HART OF DIXIE, GREY’S ANATOMY, GOSSIP GIRL, REVENGE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. It might be a whole lot of soapy TV, but the music is anything but. Check it out:
Tuesday, November 27th
PARENTHOOD: “Embraceable You” by Jimmy Scott (from All The Way)
PARENTHOOD: “Sometimes The Sky” by Charlie Mars (from Blackberry Light)
HART OF DIXIE: “Can’t Go Back” by Little Big Town (from Tornado)
HART OF DIXIE: “What’s The Matter” by Milo Greene (from their self-titled debut album)
Thursday, November 29th
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran (from +)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Little Deschutes” by Laura Veirs (from July Flame)
GREY’S ANATOMY: “Signal In The Sky” by Matt Hires
GREY’S ANATOMY: “1957” by Milo Greene (from their self-titled debut album)
Sunday, December 2nd
REVENGE (also on Monday’s GOSSIP GIRL): “Tunnels” by The Hundred In The Hands (from Red Night)
Monday, December 3rd
GOSSIP GIRL: “For You” by Wolf Rider
GOSSIP GIRL: “Silent Machine” by Cat Power (from Sun)
Are you all as happy as I am that Ashley’s back? Because I’m really happy! Girl can write. Plus she’s hilarious and can cook. Basically she’s an awesome blogger and even if I didn’t blog with her, I would still read her blog.
Now I know her excellency the queen of blogging said that I’d be here on Tuesday with a new Tunes On The Tube, but y’all, I had some computer issues working against me. Seems I can’t blog from my laptop at home anymore, because it’s old and slow and it takes me 5 minutes to type one sentence. Not even exaggerating. So I tried and tried and tried (and then tried some more) to bust this baby out for you on Tuesday night, but my computer would not cooperate. Then Wednesday our internet went down at work (a very common occurrence, thanks to the WORST INTERNET EVER from Verizon) so I couldn’t use my lunch hour to blog it out. And guess what happened when I came on yesterday to finally do it? Our internet went out again. Seriously. Which means today is the day. You’re finally getting alllllllll of the music from the last 2 1/2 weeks of TV.
By the way, was I the only one blubbering like a baby during GREY’S ANATOMY and PARENTHOOD last week? Especially PARENTHOOD. That show gets me like no other show on television right now. If you haven’t watched it, you’re missing out. It’s the most real, poignant, emotionally true, well-acted, well-written, well-directed show currently on any station, network or cable. If you’re not already watching it, go buy season 1 now. Or ask for it for Christmas. And then prepare to fall in love!
Also, best song this week is from PARENTHOOD (surprise, surprise). It’s the Little Daylight remix of Edward Sharpe’s “Man On Fire” and it is gooooooood. Check it out below and if you love it, download it for free!
Thursday, October 4th
GREY’S ANATOMY: “All I Want” by Kodaline (from The Kodaline EP)
Monday, October 8th
SWITCHED AT BIRTH: “Re-Arrange Again” by Erin McCarley (from her album My Stadium Electric)
Tuesday, October 9th
PARENTHOOD: “Man On Fire (Little Daylight Remix)” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
PARENTHOOD: “Shed Their Fear” by Yael Meyer (from her album Everything Will Be Alright)
PARENTHOOD: “Heartbeat” by Kopecky Family Band
PARENTHOOD: “Flowers In Your Hair” by The Lumineers (from their self-titled debut album)
HART OF DIXIE: “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band (from their album Life At Best)
Thursday, October 11th
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Twice” by Little Dragon (from their 2009 self-titled debut album)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Wait For The Morning” by Amy Stroup (from her album The Other Side of Love Sessions)
Tuesday, October 16th
COVERT AFFAIRS: “Porcelain” by Lucy Schwartz (from 2011’s Keep Me EP)
Thursday, October 18th
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Ungodly Hour” by The Fray (from their self-titled 2009 album)
This week the music supes at GG, HART OF DIXIE and GREY’S assaulted our ears with good music, as usual. It’s all available below, as usual. And that’s all I’m going to say about the music this week.
Now, can we please discuss the HOD and GREY’S season finales? First off, a huge thank you to the writers at HOD for finally, finally allowing Zoe and Wade to seal the deal. After 22 episodes of insane sexual tension, I would have thrown something at the television had they failed to get those two together! Fortunately their bedded bliss finally happened (it was everything I’d hoped it would be!), and my TV is still intact. Unfortunately, their bliss didn’t last long, as stupid George came busting in, declaring his feelings and kissing Zoe and confusing the poor girl to no end. I mean, really, George? Really?!?!! Just let the girl get with Wade, already! He’s been pining for her since the beginning while you’ve been off with Lemon! I loved Jason Street, but I just cannot get behind George Tucker. Team Wade all the way!!
Now on to GREY’S… which gets another REALLY?!?!?!?!!!! from yours truly. I hated the writers for putting me through the shooting a few seasons back, and I hate them again for putting me through that plane crash aftermath. For killing Lexi. For leaving Mark alone after he’d only just realized he still loved her. For hinting that Jackson and April won’t be together come next season. But mostly I hate them for blatantly emotionally manipulating me over and over and over again. And keeping me coming back for more.
I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere last week; things got a bit busy here in LA, and I’m afraid my blogging suffered as a result. But I’m back now and ready to blog it up with tunes on the tube!
The standout bit of TV for me this week was the last scene of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ season finale, in which (spoiler alert!!) Elena makes Stefan save Matt instead of her, and she drowns to the tune of Sigur Ros while we simultaneously see her parents drown in the same lake a few years back. Was I the only one blubbering for a good 10 minutes on Friday night as I caught up on DVR? And I mean that awful, ugly kind of blubbering cry where you yell at the TV “what the bleep?!?!?!?!?!” as Elena’s drowning and her parents are drowning and then she’s motioning for Stefan to save Matt and then more crying because how can she be so brave and selfless? and oh my gosh how is the show going to go on without Elena?! and then “what do you mean you SAVED her????” and then more yelling at the TV as Elena wakes up and oh my gosh the producers weren’t lying when they said this finale changed EVERYTHING and WTF ELENA IS NOW A VAMPIRE. Oh, you mean to say you didn’t have that reaction? Well then you must not have feelings, because that final scene sucked out all of my feelings and tossed them around like a washing machine.
So, yeah, check out the Sigur Ros song below and, if you watch THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, relive that moment over and over again with every listen. I just did.
GOSSIP GIRL also had some great stuff last Monday, including one of my favorite new bands, Imagine Dragons. And HART OF DIXIE can always be counted on for a few nuggets of country/bluegrass gold (speaking of HOD, I watched the season finale last night and have many thoughts that I will share with you next Tuesday. Just you wait… you’ll probably get another stream of consciousness thought bubble similar to the one above).
Monday, May 7th
GOSSIP GIRL: “Halfway Home” by Tribes (from the album Baby)
My roundup of music on TV this week includes several repeat performers (Foxes and Mariah McManus were both on my list last week, and Daughter made an appearance a few weeks ago) and mostly bands that I already know and love (hello The Naked and Famous and Of Monsters and Men!). You Say Party! We Say Die! is no longer active as a band, but their song “Heart of Gold” is worth checking out on Spotify. Their entire album is worth checking out, for that matter. Last but certainly not least, The Fray is back on TV with their song “Be Still,” which is one of the more beautiful songs I’ve heard in a while.
All in all, there is some seriously great music listed below, even if it’s mostly stuff you’ve heard before. Enjoy!
Last week saw one of my absolute favorite new artists, Foxes, get a very prominent placement in the last few minutes of GOSSIP GIRL. I mentioned her a few weeks ago and told you all to go listen to the 2 songs she had released, then posted about her AGAIN when she released a 3rd song about a week ago. Now GG is using her music.
Seriously, yo, if you haven’t already checked this girl out, NOW IS THE TIME. My friends will tell you I’m an excitable person and I tend to talk things up, but I don’t get THIS excited and bring an artist up this many times unless I really believe they are something special. Foxes is that artist. Do yourself a favor and discover her now, while you can still see her in intimate, cozy little venues, before the whole world is let in on the secret and suddenly you have to fight to get tickets for her sold out arena shows.
Hello loyal readers! The CW was back with a bang last week, providing some really great tracks in both HART OF DIXIE and RINGER. And the little comedy that could, SUBURGATORY, snuck one in there with a well-placed Brandi Carlile song. I have to say, it may not get as much hype as COMMUNITY or as many awards as MODERN FAMILY, but SUBURGATORY is really funny and sweet and quirky and has become one of my Hulu must-watch shows.
Monday, April 9th
HART OF DIXIE: “Down To The River” byThe Cadillac Black (from their self-titled debut album)
HART OF DIXIE: “Poison Oak” byPreacher’s Sons(from the album Looks Like A Flood, Feels Like A Drought)
Tuesday, April 10th
RINGER: “Believe Me I Believe” by Anya Marina (from the album Felony Flats)