Sunday, June 6, 2010

Welcome to The O.C., bitch!

If you're a bit confused about that title, please watch this video for an explanation.

You know what I never get to talk about because it's been over for years? "The O.C." It was my favorite show (honestly speaking, it still is) and helped shape a lot of my music taste. And because there are no shows on television right now and soundtracks are just...blah, I'm offering to you five of my favorite music moments from The O.C. Mind you, this list is incomplete because there are dozens of brilliant music moments from the series.

"All The Arms Around You" by Halloween, Alaska from Season 2, Episode 1 "The Distance"

Seth ran away from home because Ryan left. So now, Seth has learned to grill and is living with Luke and his gay dad. But Ryan comes along and tells Seth he should go home. In the end, they both go home to The O.C. If only look Luke had said "Welcome back to The O.C., bitch."

"World At Large" by Modest Mouse from Season 2, Episode 7 "The Family Ties"

In that clip (which I'll admit totally made me cry) Marissa's dad is leaving because he messed everything up. But don't worry, Marissa brings bagels to the Cohen residence and everything is right in the world. Adding this song into the mix just makes everything sadder, though.

"Running Up That Hill" by Placebo from Season 4, Episode 1 "The Avengers"

Season 4 opening scene. Ryan is a cage fighter? Julie Cooper has tons of pills in her medicine cabinet? Ryan and Julie are meeting in a skanky motel? What's going on?! Thanks to this Placebo cover of the
Kate Bush song, this opening is especially intense.

"Caught By The River" by Doves from Season 1, Episode 2 "The Model Home

Aw, it's Seth, Marissa and Ryan's first bonding experience, bike riding and skateboarding along the boardwalk. What could be better? Oh, I know, when Ryan burns down a house 30 minutes later!

"Into Dust" by Mazzy Star from Season 1, Episode 7 "The Escape"

Shit just got real. Marissa has OD'd on Summer's step-mom's prescription pills in Tijuana (lovingly referred to as TJ) and has found a nice little pile of dirt to lay on. Later, this song
comes back in the form of a spectacular cover by Ashtar Command in season 4 - another favorite music moment.

There won't be much on TV this summer - with the exception of True Blood, which is going to render me speechless due to how amazing it's going to be - so if you're looking for something to watch or to find some new music, venture into the realm of Orange County, California.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

After this, no more Twilight...until Breaking Dawn comes out.

Just when I think I've run out of content, it just shows up out of the blue, ready to receive my (succinct) commentary. Well, fine then. Let's do this thing.

I wrote about the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack a few weeks ago. At the time, it was just my being a miserable music snob, talking about how depressed I was about Metric and Florence and everyone else being a part of that schmucky franchise. Now, I have the soundtrack, and I'll write about what it actually sounds like. You can stream it here if you feel so inclined. Or, the links will take you straight to the songs on YouTube!

Metric has the lead track, "Eclipse (All Yours)." Can I be honest and say that I'm already rolling my eyes? I love, love, love Metric (if you need proof, please see my live review in which I gushed over Emily Haines) but this track is just...lacking. But, then again, what else would you expect from anything Twilight related?

The Sia and Band of Horses tracks are exactly what you'd expect - which isn't a bad thing. It's just not Twilight-tailored. That's probably a good thing. Although, I'm waiting for a cringe-worthy emotional scene in the movie. I'm thinking Bella and Jacob in a will-they-won't-they situation (even though we all know they kind of do but ultimately don't, because Jacob is a pervert who imprints on a baby).

The Black Keys can do no wrong in my eyes, even if they wrote a song for this soundtrack. Although, now that I'm listening to "Chop and Change," I feel like what happened was this: "Oh you know what? We have a B-side that we weren't going to use. You wanna just..." and they did.

You know who else can do no wrong? Florence Welch. "Heavy In Your Arms" is so beautiful it's actually giving me chills

BECK AND BAT FOR LASHES. It's the track I've been waiting for for months and months: Mostly because Natasha Khan is all that is holy, and we haven't had any new material from her. The track has yummy percussion and Beck and Natasha's voices work really well together. In fact, they're kind of like the male and female versions of one another!

Vampire Weekend. I don't even want to know. You're stupid and overrated and I don't care that you're "intelligent." As far as I'm concerned, you island-indie rock guys can just suck it.

UNKLE's track, which features The Black Angels, is a sexy rock song. I predict a chase/running/driving scene for this one.

There's a bonus track called "Don't Mourn The Sun" on the album by someone named MiMi. I can't find anything on her (them?) but the track is kind of great, actually. It has a wonderful building beat, and she has a good voice.

So, out of all of these artists/songs to check out, make it MiMi.