Tunes On The Tube: December 4 – 10

You know when you’re going through a bit of a tough time but you’re all, “This will be okay” and then you find out something that makes it tougher and then something after that that makes it A LOT tougher?  Welcome to my week.  I’ve officially had 2 breakdowns today, and 1 last night.  At the risk of sounding whiny, it really feels like I’m a punching bag for the big guy in the sky right now, and I’d like to know when it will all be better.  Oh wait, it won’t until I get through all the crap that’s happening NEXT YEAR.  That’s right, folks, my bad time is following me well into 2013.  My mom keeps reminding me I could have it worse, and she’s right.  I’m not dying.  I’m just having a bit of a particularly stressful financial crisis due to the state of the insurance system in this country.  Which I will get over.  Eventually.

After my latest breakdown at work approximately 30 seconds ago (don’t worry, my bosses are out so I’m not subjecting them to the horrors of my unprofessional cry face), you know what cheered me up just a sliver?  The thought that at least there’s a new PARENTHOOD tonight.  And then I remembered that just the promo for tonight’s episode made me cry last week, so I’m sure I’ll be doing some serious heaving and blubbering come 10:00pm.  Which might be just what I need… a bit of PARENTHOOD to clean out my system.

What about you guys?  Do you ever just feel like you need a good cry?  Do you have any shows that make you cry during every. single. episode. –  without fail?

Tuesday, December 4th

PARENTHOOD: “High Hope” by Glen Hansard (from Rhythm And Repose)

Thursday, December 6th

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Eyes On Fire” by Blue Foundation (single)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Speechless” by Morning Parade (from their self-titled 2012 album)

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Santa Fe” by Beirut (from The Rip Tide)

Monday, December 10th

GOSSIP GIRL: “Hanging On” by Ellie Goulding (from Halcyon)

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: November 27 – December 3

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)

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: November 20-26

Soooooo…. did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?  I was little miss productive and used my half day on Wednesday to spray paint a couple lamps and then cover a boring beige lampshade with black and white ribbon.  Keep your eyes out for a couple before and after posts with my new gold lamps!  Then of course I made three different desserts for Thanksgiving, because I was off sugar and gluten for a month and Thanksgiving was my first cheat day and I wanted to eat all of my favorite sweet treats so I had to make them.  “Them” being chocolate cheesecake, sour cream lemon pie, and mint fudge.  All three were huge hits at the Thanksgiving dinner I attended, and the multitude of young children there realllllly loved that mint fudge.  The adults were really digging the chocolate cheesecake, and the sour cream lemon pie even won over a few non-lemon-loving friends.  I’ll definitely be posting recipes for all three before Christmas, so get ready to develop some serious sugar crushes in the near future.

Other than my baking spree, I saw three movies this weekend, my favorite of which was Cloud Atlas.  I know it’s gotten mixed reviews, but this movie lover can’t get it out of her head and is already planning on seeing it again (yes I just spoke about myself in the third person… and no I can’t promise it will never happen again).

And of course one of the best Parenthood episodes ever aired last Tuesday and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head either.  This season is taking a brilliant show and somehow making it even better.  If you’re not watching the Braverman clan, you are seriously missing out on the best hour of television every week.  With the best music.  See for yourself:

Tuesday, November 20th

PARENTHOOD: “Being Alone (feat. Robert Francis)” by Love On A Real Train (from their self-titled debut album)

PARENTHOOD: “In The Dark” by Josh Ritter (from The Animal Years)

PARENTHOOD: “The First Time I Ran Away” by M. Ward (from A Wasteland Companion)

COVERT AFFAIRS: “Heave” by The Maccabees (from Given To The Wild)

Oh and you’ll notice I slipped a song from COVERT AFFAIRS in there too (from the scene where Auggie and Annie finally kiss!  Yay!).  I haven’t listened much to The Maccabees up until now, but I have a feeling they’re going to be on a constant rotation on my iPod this holiday season.

Now, let the Christmas countdown begin!

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: October 23 – 29

Yesterday morning I had a conversation with my mom on the way to work that went a little something like this:

Me: “Mom, is it weird that I kind of wish I was in New York right now so I could hole up in my apartment and watch TV or movies or read books or something and not have to be in LA in the gazillionth week in a row of 85 degree weather???  And yes I know it’s a hurricane, but still.  They’re getting out of work and they have an excuse to stay inside all day.”

Mom: “It’s not weird, but there are a lot of people in the city being evacuated you know… you wouldn’t necessarily get to stay in your apartment.”

Me: “I know, but I still wish I was there.  I want something other than sun for once.”

Yes, I realize the power is going out everywhere and there are fires burning down houses in Queens and Sandy is a very real, very dangerous threat that is costing lives on the east coast.  And I also realize that chances are my power would be out if I was in NY and thus the whole notion of movies and TV being a draw is ridiculous.  I am constantly praying for the people affected by Sandy and I do not take the storm lightly, lest you think I have an image in my head that it’s all fun and games in NY right now.

I just can’t handle one more day of 80+ degrees WHEN IT’S ALMOST NOVEMBER.  I would love some weather.  Any weather.  Just something other than sun.  I mean seriously, people, when am I going to get to break out my sweaters and boots and scarves and warm layers?  I want fall!!  This 3 month-long heat wave has got to stop!  And no, I don’t count a few days in a row of 70 degrees as fall.  Especially not when it immediately warms back up to the 80’s (or 90’s, like it was on Sunday).

Dear Lord, please give Los Angeles the season of Autumn.  Amen.

Another reason I’d like it to cool down?  Because using a Saturday to stay inside, bundle up on the couch, and marathon season 3 of Deadwood just isn’t as appealing when it’s hot and sunny outside.  Who am I kidding, it’s still appealing because I’m always up for TV marathons.  What I meant to say was, it’s not as acceptable when it’s hot and sunny outside.  I worry about what people think, y’all.  I don’t want my roomies judging me for Deadwood-a-thons in the middle of Octo-summer.

Regardless, I have still managed to keep up with most of the past week’s shows, and I’ve got some pretty awesome tunes for you to check out.  If you’re on the east coast and still have power, they’re all good for some rainy/hurricaney day listening.  And if you’re anywhere else, they’re good in any weather condition, really. 🙂

Tuesday, October 23rd

PARENTHOOD: “I Need You By My Side” by Michael Kiwanuka (from his I’m Getting Ready EP)

PARENTHOOD: “Dark Parts” and “Sister Song” by Perfume Genius (both from Put Your Back N 2 It)

PARENTHOOD: “Guiltfree” by Bootstraps (from their self-titled debut album)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: “Who Are You, Really?” by Mikky Ekko (from the EP Reds)

Thursday, October 25th

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Home” by Daughter (from their EP The Wild Youth)

GREY’S ANATOMY: “I’ll Never Forget You” by Birdy (from her self-titled debut album)

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Forever Drunk” by Miss Li (from her album Beats & Bruises)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Too Close” by Alex Clare (from his debut album The Lateness Of The Hour)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Keep You” by Wild Belle (from their self-titled sophomore EP)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers (from their self-titled debut album)

Sunday, October 28th

THE GOOD WIFE: “Folk Bloodbath” by Josh Ritter (from his album So Runs The World Away)

REVENGE: “For You” by Angus and Julia Stone (from their album Down The Way)

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: October 2 – 18

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)

xx Hannah