Last Week in Film & TV Music – 27 April 2017

Welcome to Last Week, with links to our favorite stories about film & TV music over the past week (or so), featuring The Leftovers, Girls, Fargo, 13 Reasons Why, Breaking Bad, Guardians of the Galaxy and tons of sync insights…

Love Will Tear Them Apart: Behind the Music of 13 Reasons Why

Part of the show’s appeal, aside from the strong acting and unblinking portrayal of how bitterly nasty high school can be, is its soundtrack, complete with melancholic John Hughes-era throwbacks and like-minded contemporaries. Paste talks with Music Supervisor Season Kent. (Source: Paste)

Showstopper: Breaking Bad featuring Thomas Golubic

Spotify’s podcast that looks back at the most memorable moments in TV history.  (Source: Spotify)

Girls: The Stories Behind the Final Season’s 8 Best Musical Moments

Vulture caught up with music supervisor Manish Raval, who works with Jonathan Leahy and Tom Wolfe and has been with the show since the beginning, to break down how they convinced Tracy Chapman to clear “Fast Car,” melding together two songs for the ultimate Girls montage in “Goodbye Tour,” and why Rihanna’s voice was exactly what you needed to hear at the end of “American Bitch.” (Source: Vulture)

‘Fate of the Furious’ Composer Brian Tyler on the Evolution of the Franchise, ‘The Mummy’, and More

With The Fate of the Furious recently scoring the biggest worldwide opening weekend of all time, Collider recently spoke with composer Brian Tyler about his work on the film franchise, and other projects. (Source: Collider)

Composer Blake Neely Keeps DC’s TV Universe in Tune

A studio on a busy street in North Hollywood is the center of television’s DC Universe – musically speaking, at least. It’s there that Blake Neely, 47-year-old native of Paris, Texas, creates the sound of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” as well as the CW’s Archie Comics reimagining “Riverdale”‘ and NBC’s thriller “Blindspot.” (Source: Variety)

How Music on TV Actually Works, According to ‘The Leftovers’ and ‘FNL’ Music Supervisor

Pitchfork speaks to Liza Richardson about the oft-unseen nuts and bolts of music supervision, as well as what to expect for the music of “The Leftovers” season three. (Source: Pitchfork)


Comprehensive roundup of sync news from around the web. (Source: Synchblog)

The Music of FX’s Legion

Tunefind chats with music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Moonlight, Fargo, Patriot) to go behind the scenes on the music of FX’s psychedelic Marvel series Legion. (Source: Tunefind)

Lord Huron’s ‘The Night We Met’ Leads THR’s Top TV Songs Chart for March

Indie rock group Lord Huron leads THR’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind and Shazam, for the second time, as “The Night We Met” debuts atop the chart after its appearance in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. (Source: Billboard)

The Soundtrack Album Revival Of 2017

One of the more curious chart developments of 2017 is the renewed popularity of soundtrack albums. Once considered a relic of the ’80s and ’90s, expertly-curated movie, TV, Broadway and video game tie-ins are big business again. (Source: Idolator)

Doritos & Marvel Partner for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Promotion: Exclusive

Popular snack brand Doritos and Marvel Studios are going retro as they partner for the rollout of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack. The centerpiece of the pair’s Rock Out Loud campaign is a custom-designed, limited-edition series of Doritos bags featuring a built-in cassette tape deck-inspired player that plays the full soundtrack. The bags can also be recharged for repeat listening. (Source: Billboard)

Inside the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Soundtrack

Want to know what you’ll be listening to on your Doritos bag? From Fleetwood Mac to Jay and the Americans, here’s an exclusive look at what’s on “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” and why. (Source: Rolling Stone)

Get Ready To Binge On Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series & Its Morgan Rhodes-Curated Soundtrack

As she has done during her previous stints as music supervisor for movies like Selma and tv shows like Queen Sugar,  Morgan Rhodes’ uncanny ability to choose the perfect songs for key moments will no doubt leave a lasting impression with viewers.  (Source: SoulBounce)

‘Fargo’ Uses Pop Songs Better Than Any Show On Television

As prestige TV continues to ape the conventions of cinema, more and more TV shows have stepped up their game when it comes to a device near and dear to my heart — using pop songs to score pivotal scenes. Many of the best and most talked-about shows on television do this very well: The Americans, Big Little Lies, Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, Legion, Halt & Catch Fire. But there’s one show that does it a little better than the rest, FX’s Fargo. (Source: UPROXX)

‘The Leftovers’ Music Supervisor Liza Richardson on Ironic Song Choices and Damon Lindelof’s Simon & Garfunkel Obsession

With the start of the third and final season, Flavorwire speaks with the show’s music supervisor, Liza Richardson, about working with creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof, sourcing obscure religious music, and the benefit of limits. (Source: Flavorwire)

‘Girls’ Helped Breathe New Life Into TV’s Music

Girls will be remembered for many things, from its realistic portrayals of sex to Shoshanna’s hair. However, what I’ll miss most about the HBO dramedy is its gorgeous soundtrack, which helped redefine music’s relationship with prestige TV. (Source: Decider)

Showstopper:  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend featuring Rachel Bloom

Spotify’s podcast that looks back at the most memorable moments in TV history.  (Source: Spotify)



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