Music on Television

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"The maestro says it's Mozart, but it sounds like bubble gum."
Leonard Cohen / Waiting For The Miracle

Posted on November 17, 2005 9:57 AM in Music
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Fifteen years ago (I can't believe I'm old enough to say that) if I asked someone where they'd go first to find new music on television, they probably would have told me "MTV." Well, fifteen years ago they might have been right, but not anymore. Nowadays you'll have better luck finding music on other channels like HBO, FX or even The WB.

One of the things (and there are many) that has set film directors like Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick apart from the rest is their use of music to accentuate their art. Using music in such a way is not a science by any stretch of the imagination, so when it works it really pays off.

Shows like The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and even Smallville push the envelope every week with new and obscure music that I dare you to find out about on any other network.

The Sopranos turned me on to The Devlins and the Alabama 3. Nip/Tuck, among many others, turned me on to Rufus Wainwright and just recently, Motorcycle. Rescue Me turned me on to The Von Bondies and many others, and finally, Smallville has turned me on to Sia, Esthero, Brendan Benson and Diamond Nights.

So if you're tired of the radio like I am and you're looking for your next new music fix, turn on the TV and flip to one of the aforementioned shows. I can almost guarantee you'll hear something intriguing, and the quality of the shows (with the exception of Smallville) will probably catch you off guard as well.


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