I thought I’d share some old and new (to me) music I’ve discovered through movies and TV shows I have been watching lately. This isn’t really a “if you like this, you’ll like this…” kind of recommendation since as with my taste in music it can be pretty eclectic and changes with my mood.
I had heard much acclaim about this show for a while and put it on my “To Watch” list but only within this year got around to it because I honestly didn’t see the appeal at first. I had ran out of new things to watch so I finally saw it and then wondered why it took me so long to, because I pretty much binged all 4 seasons within a couple of weeks and watched the latest one as it came out. It is one of the funniest shows I’ve watched in a long time, where I actually laughed out loud. Not only is the show hilarious, but they also have great ending credits songs that juxtaposes their meek, nerdy dispositions with hardcore rock/rap signifying their usual predicament at the end of the show.
This one is an oldie to me since I bought this CD when it originally came out, but still great nonetheless.
Green Day - Minority
This show did introduce me to Run The Jewels and they have featured a couple of their songs already.
Run the Jewels - Blockbuster Night Part 1
DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels - Nobody Speak
Another great song/artist I was introduced to:
Clearside - Cop Drama
The Mindy Project:
This was another show I had heard great things about but always put off watching until last year. Again, it was another show I binged instantly and actually laughed out loud while watching, the first few seasons are the best but I still love the show overall. I’ve never watched The Office (both UK and US versions) so this was my first introduction to Mindy and can see why she was a successful writer on the US one. On her show, she also had a great music supervisor, and I believe Mindy chose some of the songs herself.
This is not new to me but is one of my favorite bands and songs so why not share it.
M83 - Midnight City
I liked this nice, toned down Beyoncé song:
Beyoncé - XO
Another not new to me song as it’s been on my workout playlist for a while (hah!) but still great.
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
I had heard this song before but it’s always a great, upbeat tune to pick you up.
Jai Wolf - Indian Summer
Friday Night Lights:
This is an oldie, but Hulu just recently added the entire Friday Night Lights series and I have been re-watching it again. You don’t have to like football to enjoy the show - everything from the storytelling, to the characters, to its cinematography and music is why this is probably one of my favorite series ever made. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
It introduced me to one of my favorite bands, Explosions in the Sky. Here is the song used in the opening credits.
Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine
Now onto movies, this has more of a Sci-Fi theme than I was anticipating but maybe it’s what I’ve been drawn to lately.
Blade Runner 2049:
I had only recently watched the first Blade Runner in anticipation of the sequel coming out but also because it was on my “To Watch” list for a while. Despite mixed reviews, I actually enjoyed the first one and I thought the soundtrack helped to tell the story.
I was looking forward to the sequel as I thought the combination of some of my favorite creatives, like the director Denis Villeneuve, cinematographer Roger Deakins (who rightfully won the Oscar for this because it’s visually gorgeous), and actor Ryan Gosling would be a hit. I know some people felt it was a little slow but I think Blade Runner has always been more about the psychological aspect rather than the action.
The soundtrack also helped story tell as with the first and though this track is more the movie’s score and sound effects, the motorcycle (?) sound alone effectively creates a futuristic atmosphere.
Blade Runner 2049 OST - Flight to LAPD
Ex Machina & Annihilation
I am combining these two movies together because they are both by Alex Garland, with similar eerie yet ethereal soundtracks that have been on repeat for me. I saw Ex Machina a while back and even though there was nothing inherently physically terrifying about it, the psychological aspect is what kept me thinking about it for days after I saw it. The soundtrack was composed by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury. Geoff Barrow is part of Portishead (another of my all time favorite bands), so no wonder he was able to help compose such a haunting and riveting instrumental soundtrack.
A couple of my favorite from the soundtrack:
Ex Machina OST - The Turing Test
Ex Machina OST - Bunsen Burner
When I heard that Alex Garland was behind Annihilation I knew I had to see it. Again, when I was watching it, there was nothing inherently terrifying about it at first (although this movie was a bit more gruesome than Ex Machina). Afterwards when I sat with it a bit, I was so disturbed by it that I couldn’t sleep that night. I can’t really explain why or what but certain scenes coupled with the sounds and soundtrack composed again by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, had created an eeriness that I haven’t seen in a long time in movies. Maybe it was the use of “off” sounding elements that helped create this atmosphere.
Here is my favorite song off the soundtrack and possibly the creepiest:
Hope you enjoyed this long winded piece about movies and music and let me know if you want to see more of these kinds of posts in the future and also any movie/music recommendations?