February 1, 2019

"Spoilers ahead for the first season of “Russian Doll.”

In the new Netflix series “Russian Doll,” Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a cynical video game programmer with commitment issues, finds herself caught in a never-ending cycle of death and resurrection on the night of her 36th birthday party. No matter what Nadia does, she eventually dies and awakens in the same bathroom on that same night at that same party. And with almost every reset, the staccato piano chords of a nearly 50-year-old pop tune kick in. 

That song is “Gotta Get Up,”...

January 29, 2019

"In the season premiere of High Maintenance, The Guy, our dealer protagonist, has decamped to upstate New York to tool around for a while. He smokes weed, paddleboards, smokes weed while paddleboarding, and, at one point, attends a memorial service for an old hippie named Berg. While there, the late man’s rag-tag group of friends break out into a spectacularly out-of-tune sing-along to “Crimson and Clover.” It’s touching without feeling saccharine, and hits a perfectly wistful note for the moment.

It also made me notice that the...

January 25, 2019

"On the charts and in our headphones, the musical soundtrack dominated 2018.

“Shallow.” “This Is Me.” “All the Stars.” Songs transcended the big screen into radio rotation and streaming playlists, becoming as popular as, well, pop music. Just how consumed were the tracks composed for the silver screen? A quick look …

The dominance of The Greatest Showman can’t be understated. The Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum musical biopic snowballed the success of a late 2017 theatrical release into consistent sales and streaming dominance throug...

January 24, 2019

"As any actor knows, music can make or break an on-camera performance. That means the fate of that performance sometimes rests in the hands of music supervisors like John Bissell, who here chats with Backstage about his work on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”

How did you get into music supervision for on-camera projects?

I’ve always been really passionate about music, and I’m a horrible musician. So after going to film school, I just started moving more toward music, and at that point—it was quite some time ago—music supervisors didn’t re...

January 22, 2019

"The songs in Alfonso Cuaron’s film, nominated for ten Academy Awards, take us to 1970s Mexico. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma is nominated for ten Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best foreign-language film, original screenplay and best lead actress (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) as well as sound editing and sound mixing.

The movie -- Cuarón’s reconstruction of the early-1970s Mexico City of his youth -- also nabbed best foreign-language film at the Jan. 6 Golden Globe Awards, and he won best dire...

January 22, 2019

"Twenty years ago, the must-see film at Sundance's opening night was a movie about punks in the Mormon-heavy city of Salt Lake City: SLC Punk! The cult classic made its U.S. debut on Jan. 22, 1999 to a sold-out auditorium, crowded with Utah's own punks celebrating a rare representation of the state's capital onscreen.

Not many films about punk get the ethos of the culture right, and SLC Punk! writer-director James Merendino knew this. When he wrote the film, he faced the tremendous challenge of creating one that would both appeal...

January 18, 2019

"As the music supervisor for TV shows like 'Dear White People' and 'Queen Sugar,' Morgan Rhodes is equal parts curator and DJ.

Whether it’s on the big or small screen, a perfect scene can amplify its impact with the perfect song. That’s where music supervisors come in. They’re charged with choosing the songs that match the pace, emotion, and tension of a scene, a responsibility that is equal parts curator and DJ. Morgan Rhodes, the music supervisor for movies like Selma as well as TV shows like Dear White People and Queen Sugar,...

January 17, 2019

"Sex Education, the new Netflix original series from the UK, features a stellar soundtrack bringing together tracks from Beth Ditto, The Smiths, Chip Taylor, Ann Peebles, Bikini Kill and many more. Plus a ton of existing and original tracks from American rocker Ezra Furman. It’s an eclectic mix that has had fans desperate to find the music.

At Tunefind we often see a big spike in activity around new shows – especially Netflix shows where audiences quickly binge their way through a season – but Sex Education has broken all our pre...

January 16, 2019

"The Buenos Aires label specializing in digital cumbia is moving to Los Angeles in 2019. In the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad, a desperate Walter White drives a white van into the desert in New Mexico, where he buries barrel after barrel of money in the dirt, meticulously noting the GPS coordinates.

The song playing in the background is a remix of Argentine folk singer Jose Larralde’s version of “Quimey Neuquén” (Beautiful Neuquén). It was created by Pedro Canale, also known as Chancha Via Circuito, an Argentine artist who b...

January 10, 2019

"When The Sopranos’ creator David Chase was hand-selecting the music for his celebrated show, he had an epiphany -- real life doesn’t have a perfect soundtrack. “The songs can’t all be good, because life isn’t like that,” he told Noisey in 2015. “I’ve seen people [in TV] do this, where every song is a cool song. It takes you out of the moment.”

This reverence for all kinds of music is the beating heart of The Sopranos. Twenty years ago this Thursday (Jan. 10) marks the premiere of the show’s pilot episode, introducing the world t...

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