Category: Music

Music, TV and Movies: Songs from Motion Pictures

I’ve always loved music, movies and TV shows. I’m part of the new breed of screenmusic geeks: People who are huge fans of songs playing during TV shows and movies. The importance of those songs is too often ignored.

Some movies and TV shows are able to combine a great script, stellar acting and enchanting music. I can think of a few examples of when the screen combined those three elements: AMC’s Mad Men and HBO’s Entourage are sure picks for screenmusic.

I can think of numerous episodes where Don Draper’s mysteriousness is greatly enhanced with just the right song. On top of my head, I can quickly remember the song by Gordon Jenkins entitled Caravan, playing when he rides the train back home during the very first episode.

Here’s a link to our blog post on the issue: the Song Detective Blog

And the link to our platform: Song Detective HQ

So Soulful Black Keys: ‘Brothers’

NPR music has another great first listen: this time it’s the Black Keys’ new album ‘Brothers‘.

May 18th, the album will be released. For now, enjoy NPR’s player.

I highly recommend a thorough analysis of the album. NPR describes the album as “strong stuff […] with more of an R&B influence. The album was recorded mostly in a studio dripping with the sounds of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones (circa Sticky Fingers), and even finds The Black Keys covering soul singer Jerry Butler.” Another worthy detail provided by NPR, the song “Tighten Up” is produced by Danger Mouse, an Economic Word favourite.

I love the bluesy-soulfulness of the album.

So far, my grade is between a solid A- and an A.