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  • Songs from Degrassi: "Mr. Brightside pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/16/2011 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

    "An Island Now" by The Canvas Waiting
    Drew kisses Katie. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Lyrically, this song is perfect for Drew: "Stand tall and proud, your rusty bow." We also love songs about ships -- but that was a coincidence. The mood, instrumentation and soft vocals were perfect for this tender first kiss. "

    " "I Wonder" by Bobby Bazini
    Drew and Katie make peace and practice martial arts. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Juno nominated Bobby Bazini was kind enough to loan us his song for use in the show. Turns out the song was written about his grandparents, and how they felt when they first got together years ago. Could this be Drew and Katie's moment, too?"

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "Summer" by Manuela

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Mr. Brightside pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/15/2011 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

    "Distance" by A Common Year
    Drew fights Julian and wins. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The build on this song is what sold it for the spot -- it's technically a love song, but the instrumentation powered through Drew's chokehold and led him to victory over his opponent."

    " On Top of the World" by Brian Hood
    Drew struts through the hallway. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This was a fun placement -- always love someone who struts down a hallway. The lyrics drive us inside Drew's head, he's feeling confident again, almost invincible... but at what cost?"

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "The Way I Am" by Vinyl Heart
    "All I Can Do" by Bryan Finlay

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/11/2011 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

    "Be A Man by Justin Rutledge
    Justin Rutledge performs live. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We had been hoping to place this song for a little while, and lo and behold Justin was asked to make a guest appearance on the show. And we had the perfect opportunity to showcase it. It plays so well on the distant Jenna walking down the street, and the hits on all the cuts while the song is playing are just wonderful -- exciting and powerful all at once."

    "Pretty Things by Oceanship
    Clare reads Eli's script, KC and Jenna decide on adoption. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Oceanship, as we know from Season 10, is probably the thematic band for Eli and Clare, and here we've got another beautiful Oceanship song scoring a moment of clarity between the two -- a moment that we thought was lost until we hear those first few piano chords."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/10/2011 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

    "Indiana by The Strumbellas
    Jenna surprises KC at Little Miss Steaks. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A perfect Little Miss Steaks band, we especially love the clarinet solo that makes a brief appearance near the end of the scene. Such a nice swinging country/folk band, with a tinge of Americana and blues all rolled into one."

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

    Posted on 08/09/2011 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

    "Trouble by Molly Thomason
    Adam tries to hide his chest; couples at dinner. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We love Molly Thomason, and she loves Degrassi. Molly is a wonderful wordsmith, and the lyrics to this song have to be listened to again and again to appreciate their full structure. For Adam, he's sinking into trouble again, and the song smoothes things over in Little Miss Steaks quite nicely."

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

    Posted on 08/08/2011 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

    "Music Is Fashion by Tara Lett
    The girls rehearse for the fashion show. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We originally had this song just floating in the background of the Degrassi Radio scene, until we realized it was actually the theme song for the episode. It made it through a ton of scenes and was driving the whole fashion show. So much fun!"

    "Bullets by Data Romance
    Imogen and Eli rehearse for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Data Romance has that wonderful nostalgic feeling, dropping the world away so as to only include Imogen and Eli in this moment. We're wondering if it's real, or if Eli is just playing games again. We're also hinting at Imogen's vulnerability - she can't really break bullets."

    "Home by Come Gather Round Us
    Fiona and HJ discuss finding HJ's birth parents. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a simple thought and emotion: going home. But Holly J is wondering where she belongs, and where her home even is. This song asks all those questions, too."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/04/2011 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

    "Holy Ghost" by Laura Stevenson & The Cans
    Clare finds her parents' divorce papers. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "An interesting story behind this song: it was recorded live-off-the-floor and therefore had a lot of hiss, clicks, pops and background noise. The superlative sound team including Tim Welch, Jim McGrath, John Dykstra and Danielle McBride ran it through their magic machines and the result created the perfect moment for Clare finding her parents' divorce papers."

    "Flash Lightnin'" by Flash Lightnin'
    Drew's mixed martial arts training. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Angry, dissonant, confused and a little enraged, Drew was going mad, and we needed to feel his emotions through song. We chose this gritty soundtrack as Drew's companion and we think the point came across pretty well."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/03/2011 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

    "Butterflies" by Liz Coyles
    Clare and Jake kiss at school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Not quite as epic as their first kiss, we toned the mood down a little here, and made this moment more romantic than before. Clare and Jake are establishing their relationship, so we're guiding the audience towards a sweeter side of them both."

    "For What It's Worth" by Maggie Eckford
    Clare leaves a note on Jake's truck. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We tried a few songs to this scene but the quirkiness of Maggie Eckford's song stood out amongst them all. There were so many directions we could have taken but the beat, tempo and lyrics of this song sold us all."

    "Misery Loves Company" by The Trews
    Basketball montage.
    "We love The Trews! Of course they were perfect for the basketball montage, their sports-driven music pounds with the adrenaline on the court. What a match!"

    "Look At Those Eyes" (reloaded) by Alexz Johnson
    Drew admits he's scared.
    "This fantastic remix of Alexz Johnson's "Look At Those Eyes" is so emotional that it was a perfect match for the scene. Drew finally admits that he's scared, such a hard move for such a macho guy, and the entire tag rolled around the song and its emotions."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/02/2011 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

    "Girls Like You" by The Naked & Famous
    Anya, the morning after. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This placement felt like Anya was still dreaming. If you remember, this song started her whole downward spiral, when she started making out with Owen at her birthday party. Now that's a distant memory, and the song still resonates in Anya's head. "

    "The Distance" by Peasant
    Connor is leaving Degrassi. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "What a sad moment! Sad, but hopeful, so we had to convey a few different emotions, which wasn't a challenge when we had such a powerful song such as The Distance. Notice the lyrics over the bright sun shining through the doorway... what a beautiful moment! "

    "Come & Gone" by Kalle Mattson
    Anya begs the Dean of Admissions.
    "A nice transition piece; it really sets the mood for both scenes. The song itself is beautiful, and we wish there was room to feature a bit more of it!"

    " Dark Days by The Sleeping
    Anya defies her mom, and goes out anyhow.
    " Angry and rebellious -- that's what we needed for this scene. The song might be playing from the radio, or it might be playing in Anya's head -- you decide. In any case, The Sleeping delivered exactly what we were looking for."

    "Resistance" by The Arka Teks
    Anya goes back to the club.
    " SO much fun with this song and this scene, even though it's actually a pretty serious topic. We had to get inside Anya's head again -- she thinks she's in the right so we had to think that way, too. This pounding song drove us to believe she was having fun (when she was really just out of control). "

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/01/2011 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

    "Acid Rain" by The Tanuki Project
    Anya decides to try some cocaine. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Other than the obvious title and lyrics representing Anya's downward spiral, the beat of this tune is what sold us for the placement. This was the first time we were in this club; we had to establish a more mature sound, and The Tanuki Project was a great fit."

    "Sound The Alarm" by Shapes of Race Cars
    The volleyball game. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We loved a bunch of songs on Shapes of Race Cars' album, so we picked this one for this scene, and it fit real good. The pounding chorus is just so much fun and that's all we needed for this scene."

    "Get Out Of My Way" by Brooke Rose
    Goodbye bedbugs.
    "This was a quirky placement, because the song is so serious but the scene is so light and almost... fun? Well, bedbugs aren't fun, but this "goodbye bedbugs" song makes it seem pretty effortless to get rid of them. Anyone who's had bedbugs wishes it were as easy as putting on a Brooke Rose song."

    "Desire" by Tara Lett
    Anya struts in the club and dances with a random.
    "Heart-pounding, slow-motion, definitive gaze, yeah, something is about to happen. We won't know until the next episode, but this song leads us to believe Anya's spiral is not slowing down... it's speeding up. "