Here we go again, this time with music recaps of the most recent episodes of Gossip Girl and 90210, along with the second third of Chuck's season two.
Starting with Gossip Girl's fourteenth episode in season two, "In The Realm Of The Basses." This annoyingly-titled episode contains one of the show's best song selections to date- Department of Eagles' catchy and beautiful "No One Does It Like You." It also featured a song from the great rising band The Little Ones. Their song "Morning Tide" was stuck in my head for a while, and the song used on GG, "Like A Spoke on a Wheel," is great as well. Another fantastic song used was "Who's Crying" by The Temporary Thing. I'm going to check out more of their music right now.
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Who's Crying- The Temporary Thing
Scarlet- Magic Bullets
I'm Not Cool- Sohodolls
My Crown- The Sugar Migration
E.S.T- White Lies
90210 had a good music week as well, with "Hello, Goodbye, Amen," episode 12, featuring one of my favorite songs of 2008, "Spaceman." By none other than Brandon Flowers and The Killers. The episode also used a Joshua Radin song, "The Fear That You Won't Fall." His music is always good for television shows like these.
"Jungle Drum" by Emiliana Torrini
"Astronaut Jebus" by JonO Brown & Jeff Kollman
"This Little Light Of Mine," the choir!
"Oh Happy Day," the choir!
"Keep Your Head" by Kirk Franklin
"Amazing Grace," Tristan Wilds (the actor), Dixon Wilson (the character).
"Take The Blame" by Holly Conlan
Now let's talk about episodes 5-8 of Chuck's fantastic season two, as we catch up for the show's return (in 3-D!) in February. Episode five's music was not on par with Chuck's best, but the episode as a whole revolved around one cool song in particular- Rush's "Tom Sawyer." The song was used to fantastic effect, helping Chuck defeat a video game, and in turn, diffuse a bomb.
Like episode five, episode six's ("Chuck vs. the Ex) music wasn't stunningly used, but did feature an up-and-coming band that sounds magnificent- Your Vegas. Their Christmas song, "Christmas and Me Are Through," is used to incredible effect in "Chuck vs. Santa Claus," but their song here is great as well ("It Makes My Heart Break").
Episodes seven and eight feature Chuck at its best, music-wise. "Chuck vs. The Fat Lady," episode 2.7, perfectly uses the Republic Tigers' great song, "Buildings and Mountains." More stunning, however, is the use of Frightened Rabbit's "Keep Yourself Warm." The song, one of my favorites of '08 as well, was introduced to me by the show, which used it for a crucial, shocking twist and gave me the chills. A brilliant song and a brilliant musical selection.
That about wraps up this week's music recap. Let PMA know what your favorite songs were on GG, 90210, and Chuck this week (or this year, your call)!