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Shameless has long been one of our favorite shows when it comes to music, so when we heard they were releasing an official Shameless soundtrack today, we had no idea how they were going to pick from the hundreds of great songs they’ve used over the show’s four seasons.

Whoever was charged with this task had an unenviable job, but in the end they have put together a soundtrack that is reflective of the many different moods (and accompanying music) this show constantly switches through. 

Two tracks in particular stand out from this compilation, which we hope is the first of many. First, there was “Wait for the Man” by local LA stoner skate punks FIDLAR, which appeared in the season 3 episode “A Long Way From Home.” Next, we had indie pop sensations Letters, whose song “Keep It Coming” was used in the season 3 episode “Where There’s A Will.”

FIDLAR on Facebook | Last.fm

Letters on MySpace | Last.fm

Datageist is the new project from Cliff Magreta - who has hypnotized our ears for years with his band Minutes Til Midnight.  Datageist has many of the same dreamy and catchy qualities of Minutes Til Midnight, but takes it to a whole new level of experimentation with electronic sounds. 

"Cointelpro" is a great introduction to the band’s sound, and this track has just been featured in the most recent episode of HBO’s VICE, "Terrorist University & Armageddon Now."  The song plays at the end the segment that examines the violence in Dagestan and its source, as Shane narrates a recap of what his investigation and interviews have told us about the country and why that potentially lead to Tsarnaev’s terrorist attack.  You can watch a quick debrief about this segment in the embedded video above.

Datageist on Facebook | Last.fm

If you liked Disney Nature’s “African Cats” then you’re probably going bananas waiting for their upcoming film “Monkey Kingdom,” which comes from director Mark Linfield and co-director Alastair Fothergill, who previously collaborated on Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee.”

Watch the adorable trailer above, which also features “Team” by teen songwriting sensation Lorde.  The only bummer here is that “Monkey Kingdom” won’t hit theaters until April 2015.

Lorde on Facebook | Last.fm 

The music of Jose Gonzalez makes such a great pairing with Parenthood, we almost wish that they would’ve chosen a Junip tune as the theme song (although “Forever Young” is and will always be a classic).  Last week’s episode “I’m Still Here” was the show’s latest use of a Jose Gonzalez tune, as “In Every Direction” by Gonzalez’s band Junip plays during the scene where Hank and Amber drive to San Diego. The full episode is embedded above.

Junip on FacebookLast.fm

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know we love Sydney Wayser, and you probably also know we are big fans of the music supervisor at Grey’s Anatomy.  These two interests have recently crossed paths in this week’s episode of Grey’s “I’m Winning,” which features a song from Wayser’s brand new project CLARA-NOVA.  CLARA-NOVA shows the more experimental and electronic side of the young songstress, and her cover of the Hall & Oates classic “Maneater” plays during a scene wehre Meredith and Cristina bolt upright when the alarm goes off. Alex followed by Jo appears in the doorway and asks if “they” called. Joe’s phone rings, but it’s Shane.

You can watch the entire episode on ABC’s website by clicking here or on the image above.

CLARA-NOVA on Facebook

Shameless just wrapped up season 4 in style, as last night’s finale episode “Lazarus” may have been the best episode in the entire run.  We won’t spoil it for those of you who still have it saved on their DVR, though anybody who went to Catholic school may have some hints based off the title.  What we will do however is point out that “Beacon” by Fellow Bohemian was featured in a scene where Lip gets all the kids packed into Amanda’s car so that they can get to school.  ”Beacon” seems to be really catching on lately, and we can’t wait to hear what’s next from this young LA band.

Fellow Bohemian on Facebook | Last.fm

Just as The Vampire Diaries has started to get a bit stale, The CW has injected some new life into their lineup with the spin-off series The Originals, which focuses on the world’s original vampires, the Mikaelson siblings. 

However, what really caught our attention in this week’s episode “Moon Over Bourbon Street” was a couple great tunes.

First, there was the catchy collaboration between Lorde and Son Lux, a tune called “Easy (Switch Screens)” which plays during Elijah’s party when a fight between the Vampires and Werewolves breaks out.  

They also used another great song, “Line of Fire” by one of our long-time favorites, Junip. This soothing tune plays when the peace accord is signed between the werewolves, vampires, witches and humans.

You can stream the whole episode on The CW’s website by clicking here or on the image above.

Son Lux on Facebook | Last.fm

Lorde on Facebook | Last.fm 

Junip on FacebookLast.fm

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