Music from Film & TV shows

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.

Silicon Valley:

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

I first heard of the Chromatics from the Drive Soundtrack (another highly recommended movie and soundtrack), but hadn’t heard their version of Bruce Springsteen's, I’m on Fire.

Chromatics - I’m on Fire

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?

Weekend Playlist 🎧 🎶

My job has been non-stop busy lately. The upside to that is I get to listen to a lot of music while I work. So I thought I’d share some things that have been in my playlist rotation recently. I discovered a new-to-me artist, Sevdaliza through those random YouTube recommendations. I’m glad I clicked through because, wow - just love everything about her vibe, aesthetics and of course, sound. Her music has a kind of haunting quality to it with certain beats that gave me tingles when I listened to it through my headphones. Below, are some of my favorites so far. If you like her style, I suggest FKA Twigs as she was burning up my playlist for the past couple years and am so glad to have found similar music.

Now for a TV and music recommendation in one - 3 words, Big Little Lies. At first, I was apprehensive about watching as I heard about some of the grim and difficult to watch storylines but I kept hearing so many great things so I gave in. I binge watched this show in a couple days, I was riveted to say the least. The acting, storylines, and cinematography were outstanding. The characters showed human elements in their flaws, which allowed you to connect with them. This is definitely not light fair, but it left a significant impact and will have you thinking about it after it’s over.

Here is the trailer, but don’t base it off of that as it is so much more.

While watching the show, I fell in love with how a lot of the music was so carefully crafted to help tell the story in the most poignant scenes. It was a fantastic mix of classic and modern, I immediately had to go on Spotify and find the soundtrack.

Here’s some of my personal highlights from it:

What are some of your favorites to listen to at the moment? Hope everyone has a great weekend!

This is High School

Going through my YouTube binge, this show - "This is High School" came across my recommended and something compelled me to click. Now, I have to confess in this day and age of technology I rarely sit through a full video/movie/tv show without checking my phone or computer at least once. That is, unless there is great storytelling involved. 

This is an actual reality show (a.k.a. non-scripted as far as I can tell) based in a Canadian High School, that highlights a group of teachers and students each episode. The 44 minute run time flew by and by the end I was clapping like a seal and rooting for the underdog. I recommend you check it out, the first five episodes of six are available to watch for free on YouTube here.

Gilmore Girls Is Back!

I am a little preoccupied at the moment, a.k.a currently bingeing on the Gilmore Girls revival that's out now on Netflix. Gilmore Girls was my television equivalent to comfort food, a place I could visit whenever I was having those teenage blues, the kitschy fictional town of Stars Hollow brought out their magic to always make it better. I owned all seven seasons on DVD, watching it so religiously, that anyone in my life would be like, "you're watching that again?!", so to say I'm a little excited about this additional series is definitely an understatement. 

However, having re-watched the series as an adult, my perspective changed on the characters. Before I would look up to the witty mother/daughter team, but later found them to be quite selfish and rude to everyone around them. I guess that's what happens when you grow up?

Nonetheless, the nostalgia and love for the series didn't deter my urge to finish the series in one day. I was a little skeptical from the previews of how I would find it, it had been years since the actors and writers revived their characters and it seemed to come off a little stiff. I am currently on the third episode of four and it's blowing me away, it's matured (which I appreciate) but still keeps the tone that I've missed so much. The first episode in, waterworks already began, as it hit really close to home in dealing with the death of a close loved one and the aftermath of it. But, there were plenty of laughs to make up for it and seeing those familiar faces again had me squealing like Petal (if you saw the new series, you'll know who I'm talking about).

Did you have any shows growing up that you'd like to see a continuation of?

UPDATE: I finished all four episodes now and I laughed and cried my butt off. While there was a few moments of too many time fillers and not enough closure on a few characters (possibly due to scheduling), overall I did enjoy it for what it was and there's one scene I think Lauren Graham should get an Emmy for. Hoping for a second season!

UPDATE #2: After having time to digest the show, I see now how a lot of my watching was viewed through nostalgia tinted glasses and many of the character development reverted backwards. I think the criticism of the revival is fair with good points, but I also have encountered people who do crappy things for years, never learning or changing after all that time and though I'm not sure if that was the point of the storyline, it is in a way realistic.

Poster via People

Who Knew?

File under - Who Knew? When you're a design geek, it's always interesting to find actors from your favorite TV shows/movies are talents in the design-y world as well!

The first two images comes from my newest (even though it's been out for a few seasons already and has a huge cult following) T.V. addiction's star, Patrick J. Adams of Suits. I fell down the Google rabbit hole of nerdy research and found he is quite the photographer and shares some of his goodies through his tumblr and instagram.

The last two images comes from our favorite mathlete, Kevin G a.k.a. Rajiv Surendra from Mean Girls fame - who, apparently has retired from acting and become a prolific calligrapher.

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