Fellow Bohemian’s “Beacon” always seems to find it’s way into gritty dramas - Showtime’s Shameless has used the song multiple times, and it was also wisely used in the John Cusack crime thriller The Bag Man.
The latest episode of A&E’s Longmire, “Counting Coup” is yet another example of a great, gritty drama picking up on the heavy vibes of “Beacon” which muscles forward with a Black Key’s style rumble. The song plays during a scene where Walt and Vic enter the Casino opening party to confront Jacob about David Ridges. A&E has the full episode available for streaming on their site - click here or on the image above to check it out.
Reckless is a brand new legal drama on CBS, and while so far they’re having a hard time distinguishing themselves from the countless other shows in this genre that have been made over the years, each episode has gotten a little bit better, and the latest episode, “Stand Your Ground” featured some fantastic music from a couple old favorites that we haven’t heard from in awhile.
First, “Human” by Great Northern plays while Jamie and Preston are having dinner at a restaurant when he notes she’s distracted; she has a question to ask him but they get interrupted before she can. The Los Angeles band has always had a wide, cinematic scope to their music, and “Home” fits here just perfectly.
Next, there’s singer/songwriter Charlie Calleja’s “So Very Long,” which plays Lee Anne waking up in bed with Arliss. She kisses him awake and they talk. Calleja’s soothing brand of songwriting recalls Nick Drake, while his voice is almost like that of a British Dave Matthews.
Have you heard enough of “Jungle” by Jamie N. Commons and X. Ambassadors? No? Good, because neither have we. The latest company to jump on board with the song of the year for 2014 is Dodge, who have used it in an ad campaign for their summer clearance. Check out the spot above.
Netflix has been pumping out shows with HBO-like quality the past few years, and on top of that, they indulge the binge watchers in all of us by releasing entire seasons on one day. House of Cards, Arrested Development, Orange Is The New Black and Hemlock Grove have all occupied entire weekends in our lives, and this past week, season 2 of Hemlock Grove was just released.
We’re only halfway through so far, but we were pretty excited about a new artist we discovered in episode 4, “Bodily Fluids.” Her name is Jenna Andrews and the Canadian songstress might have a real hit on her hands with “Desperado” which showcases her intoxicating, breathy vocals and seamlessly blends R&B, electronic, and singer-songwriter styles into a unique blend all her own. Listen for the song during a scene where Danny is telling Lori the story about why he doesn’t celebrate his birthday. He makes a move on Lori, but she then heads into the woods to pee.
Reckless kicked off it’s second episode last week with a great use of the sultry “The Love Club” by Lorde. We’ve been able to run down a clip of the scene above, in which Jamie and Preston officially take their relationship to the next level.
(PS - we’ve noticed that the embedded video is a little funky in certain browsers. If the post area above is blank, just double click in the blank area and it should open up the video in full screen mode)
Starz has just launched a new action crime drama called Power, which is produced by none other than rap megastar 50 Cent. The show follows Ghost, a night club owner who is also involved in the drug business, but trying to leave and focus on his legitimate business.
The latest episode, “I Gotta Go” also features “Ain’t No Party” by Rootbeer (a side project group for Pigeon John and Flynn Adam). This infectious jam plays when Pink Sneakers changes into clear shoes and hides her gun in a hidden spot in a wall. Nomar tracks down Ruiz at a strip club and gives him a smuggled imported snake.
Brett Ratner’s upcoming blockbuster adaptation of Hercules has just rolled out a new TV spot, and it features not only the exploits of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock in the titular roll, but also perhaps the action anthem of 2014 - “Jungle” by Jamie N. Commons and X Ambassadors. Check out the spot above - the movie is due in theaters July 25 and will hopefully make everyone forget about The Legend of Hercules, the regrettable film that came out earlier this year.
Marc Jacobs’ new Daisy Dream ad campaign has been given a gauzy, dreamy feel, thanks in equal parts to direction from Sofia Coppola, and the hypnotizing sounds of “End of the Line” by Sleigh Bells. You can check out the ad above, and for those of you who think Sleigh Bells can’t do anything other than pierce ear drums, give “End of the Line” a listen and maybe you’ll re-think your position.
The Game Before The Game campaign by Beats is seemingly everywhere these days, and no doubt World Cup fever has helped fuel this fire…well, that and the explosively catchy hit at the center of the campaign, “Jungle” by Jamie N. Commons and X Ambassadors.
The latest in a series of ads for this campaign has just dropped, and this France-centered spot also features Jamie N. Commons and X Ambassadors performing. Check it out above.
MTV’s Catfish is one of the most original shows they’ve put together…granted that’s not a terribly high standard (but we’re not complaining, MTV reality shows are a definite guilty pleasure), but the show is definitely the strongest reality show they have in their lineup.
Episode 9 which aired last week also featured a really strong new tune that we just had to share with you called “Luminous” by Alice and the Glass Lake. The Brooklyn-based, Wisconsin-bred dreamer is perhaps best known for her remix of Washed Out’s classic “Paracosm,” but her own music has plenty to say on it’s own. Her dreamy soundscapes, heavy beats and a hypnotizing voice are sure to make fans of Frou Frou/Imogen Heap, Washed Out, and Toro y Moi happy.