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  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/30/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Just Like The Movies" by The Playdates
    Graduation ceremony. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The moment we heard this song we knew it was a Degrassi tune, we just didn't know it would hit at such a prominent place in the storyline. Jim McGrath, composer and music editor, suggested we have this song over the diploma scene, and what an incredible vision it turned out to be, almost written for the episode. Of course, the irony is that this is, literally, just like the movies."

    "Sorrows" by Aidan Knight
    Hands in the cement. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was the first time an A Cappella song was featured in Degrassi, and such an emotional moment to boot. The song is derived from Aidan Knight's song "Jasper" on the same album (go check that one out as well) and pretty much features the chorus, alone, powerful and triumphant. We feel all these emotions when the girls leave their mark on Degrassi's doorstep."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/29/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Princess" by Miss Harmonica
    Anya tries to work out, and fails. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The call for a song here could have gone any way, from inspiring to desperate, as Anya failed at her first gym workout. This song popped up and was an instant hit - it turned the scene into a quirky moment where we got to laugh with Anya a little bit!"

    "Matter of Time" by Katie Cole
    Anya's sports training montage. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "If there was ever a training montage song in our catalogues, this was it. The lyrics, coupled with the driving guitar all built up to victory and success and eventually Anya made it happen. Notice the contrast between this song and 'Princess'; we aren't laughing anymore."

    "Wonder" by David Francey
    Fiona drinks, sets Mr. Tuxedo Pants loose. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A bunch of songs were pitched to this scene but we were definitely hoping for this one to land, and it did. David Francey isn't exactly Degrassi demographic - but we felt his lovely lyrics and soothing accent had to be heard and would be appreciated by the fans."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Don't Panic, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/25/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Bears" by Nightbox
    Degrassi radio feature. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We saw this band a year ago and they blew our socks off. If you get a chance to catch Nightbox anywhere -- do it. The song fit so well in this scene, and with some careful timing, it even accentuated Eli's frustration in the sweat lodge."

    " Riverside" by Agnes Obel
    Katie and Marisol have a falling out in the washroom. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We tried a few things here, a couple songs and some score, but in the end Agnes Obel was the perfect placement. We heard her music and kept it in mind, and this bitter breaking of a long-endured friendship was the right moment for her voice to be heard and comfort us."

    "Wake Up" by San Sebastian
    Katie's presidential victory. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "San Sebastian was one the bands that made it through Much Music's disBAND show, and we're real happy they did. They were brought to the attention of the entire industry and so this spot is well-deserved, and the song reverbs success and triumph through the clapping and cheering in the scene."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Don't Panic, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/24/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Listen" by Dryer
    Sav kisses Ms. Oh in class. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a tender song for such an unexpectedly soft moment. This should be awkward, crazy, intimidating, but the song leads us to believe something else is happening here, a tender moment, a lasting impression. Foreshadowing, maybe? Is this a fling or something more? You decide."

    "No Turning Back" by Sarah Blasko
    Marisol spills Katie's secret to Drew. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The pounding piano as Marisol marches in, you know she's about to start something. When she starts in on Katie, we know she's going to spill the "secret", and so does Katie -- and so does the song. There truly is no turning back for either of them now."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Drop it Like it's Hot, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/23/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Science Is Religion" by The William Blakes
    The Goldberg Machine montage. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is one of those songs that can only be placed in one scene -- and we're thrilled that Wesley became such an important character who merits his own theme song. If anyone on Degrassi ever had a theme song, it's Wesley and "Science Is Religion"."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Drop it Like it's Hot, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/22/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    " Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
    Alli's Degrassi poker tournament. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "When they wrote this episode, the idea of having this Lady Gaga song was only that, an idea. We put it out to the world and it came back approved, and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of the cut. Turns out it was pretty much the only song for the scene, where Alli (who, coincidentally, is probably a huge Gaga fan) robs her competitors blind."

    "Nothing Man" by Kilolla
    Alli buys Dave's love. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We kept this song around for a special spot; it's lyrics and driving beat were a perfect Degrassi vibe. The special spot turned out to be Alli doing some questionable dealings... with all eyes on her, of course."

    "All Eyes" by Imagine Dragons
    Alli is planning something big... and lying to Dave. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Lyrics and melody, the beautiful combination of the two, landed this song in this scene. We originally thought it'd be perfect for Anya's storyline, but there was never a spot for it, so it tumbled its way into Alli's world, where yes, she lied and cheated her way to the top."

  • Behind the Scenes on the "Our Deal" video shoot!

    Posted on 08/20/2011 by Mary

    Watch this video to go behind the scenes at the Best Coast "Our Deal" shoot, and find out how they put together those looks (especially that HAIR!) Including interviews with Donald Glover, Alia Shawkat, Drew Barrymore, Tyler Posey, Chloe Moretz... and of course, Nick's very own Miranda Cosgrove.

  • Best Coast's adorable "Our Deal" w/ Miranda Cosgrove - Extended Version

    Posted on 08/20/2011 by Mary

    Check out the extra-long, extra-dreamy version of the Best Coast "Our Deal" video, featuring Miranda Cosgrove and directed by Drew Barrymore! Full on Outsiders-ville, with a rumble, and cute greaser boys, and tragedy. The shortform video is on Obsessed This this week.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Extraordinary Machines, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/18/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Counting On You" by Rachael Cantu
    Students setting up for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A bubbly, upbeat song with positive lyrics, perfect for the beginning of any Degrassi episode. In this case, we've got busy beavers creating the set for Eli's play, and we can feel the friendly stress of it all as if we were there. Sit back and enjoy."

    "Taurus Chorus" by Abbe May
    Imogen's wheels are turning...she sets up Clare. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "It only took the first 10 seconds of this song for us to decide it was perfect for Imogen. If Imogen ever had a theme song, this would be it. We laid it up so as to get inside her head, and feel what she's feeling, see the wheels turning... what's she going to do next?"

    "In The Belly of a Whale" by Scott Orr
    KC & Jenna give away their baby. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is possibly one of the saddest moments in Degrassi history. This song will mean something different to each of you, and even the writer, Scott Orr, won't tell us what it means. It's an extremely personal moment -- whether a good or bad feeling, we're saying goodbye to the smallest character on Degrassi."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    End of Eli's play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We experimented with different songs and score here, and the combination of both, but in the end reprising this Patrick Watson song from the beginning of the season was the right thing to do. Not only did it create a bookend to Eli's story, but it followed Eli, thematically, as he drew his own conclusions about life, and as we felt his struggles with him."

    "Right For You" by Hilary Grist
    Eli walks away from Clare, smiling. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There was more than one Hilary Grist song we were considering for the show, but this one stuck out the most. The piano chords struck perfectly in the slow-motion picture, and Eli's "everything is going to be ok" smile made it all the better."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Extraordinary Machines, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/17/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Uh Oh" by Junior Doctor
    Eli spits out his pill before class. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Not only a perfect car radio song, "Uh Oh" also led us into Eli's mind for a bit. The band was very excited for the placement."
    In fact, they want Degrassi fans to have a free download of a special acoustic version of the song! Right-click this link and select "Save Target As" to download the free acoustic version of "Uh Oh"!
    And old school Degrassi fans take note: Cassie Steele (Manny) is actually in the video for the song! Click here to watch!

    "Same Mood Today" by The Heartbroken
    Imogen and Eli make out at the end of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is such a lovely song that deserved a tender, albeit a bit misguided, moment in Degrassi history. The lyrics juxtapose with the scene, as Eli is never in the same mood anymore, but he's not looking or listening either."

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "Save Yourself" by Centrevol
    "I Need (Your Love)" by The Lions Rampant
    "Put Up a Fight" by Comasoft
    "Outrage" by Sister Sin
    "Same Mood Today" by The Heartbroken