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  • This summer... TeenNick Rocks Out!

    Posted on 06/20/2011 by Lisa

    Want a summer full of rock shows? So do we. (This summer isn't just about Degrassi.) Watch awesome artists rock out on stage, every Friday night in July and August.

    TeenNick Rocks Out starts Friday, July 1st at 10pm et with Beyoncé: Live in Las Vegas!

  • What Songs Do YOU Want to Hear on Degrassi?

    Posted on 05/23/2011 by Mary

    Which bands' music do you think belongs on Degrassi?
    Sav and Holly J are dying to hear which bands you'll mention.

    I had a brief chat with Degrassi's Music Supervisor last week -- he's the one who gave us all that great info last season about how they picked the songs that went in each scene -- and he told me three very interesting things:

    1) He's not the kind of person who minds getting inundated with submissions.
    2) He's curious about your favorite music, and which bands (including the widely unheard of) you think would totally work on the show.
    3) He doesn't mind if you tweet him directly about it! He's @jvonhollen. Or, if yr not a twittering type, you can post in the comments and I'll make sure he sees it.

    Seriously, you could even send him a link to your own band's demo if you wanted to! Why not, right?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi

    Posted on 04/22/2011 by Lisa

    Here's a list of the songs from Drop the World, pt. 2:

    Digital Daggers music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Head Over Heels" by Digital Daggers
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.

    "Shake Suga Shake" by Codi Jordan

    "Running" by The Jefferson

    "Ignite" by Ali Pierre

    "Stupid Boy" by Lisha Cash

    "A Little Bit (reloaded)" by Alexz Johnson

    "Big Love" by Parlovr

    "Don't Be Deceived" by Philip LaRue

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 04/15/2011 by Mary

    Tons of great info on all of this week's Degrassi songs from their music supervisor! Check it out... (his quotes in italics).

    Kopek music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Sin City " by Kopek
    From Eli's scene out in the abandoned church with Julia's picture.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This gritty rock track was begging for Eli to take out his shotgun. Another superb Eli moment, we're wondering what he's up to, and whether he really means to pull the trigger or not. 'Sin City' blows away all his reasoning, and we're left with the beast inside - and we're left wondering if Clare is next. "

    "Amazing" by The Red Directors
    From that first scene, as Eli goes to the bookstore to pick up his copy of Gothic Tales.
    "The Red Directors had just started writing songs as a band when we found them. We had actually used this song in the background of episode 1038, and the editors and producers loved it so much they decided it was worth a superb feature use. The song's vibe and inspiration is perfect for Eli, his excitement, accomplishment, sheer joy! "

    "This Kind of Love" by Latch Key Kid
    The song Clare likes because it's "happy, like springtime."
    "This musical moment went through some rigmarole, but in the end this song fit perfectly with what was happening. We are big fans of Latch Key Kid and we're really happy he's such a good fit with the show. Go back and listen to his track in the Degrassi Takes Manhattan special!"

    "Heart of Gold" by You Say Party! We Say Die!
    From the E-Clare "I think we need a breather" scene.
    "We've been big fans of You Say Party! for a long while, then we realized their tracks would be perfect in the show, especially for such an emotional moment. The entire XXXX album (and the subsequent remixes) deserve to be heard - check out the whole album! "

    Jonathan Clay music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Get You Out" by Jonathan Clay
    • "Time to Wake Up" by Carly Patterson

    You can hear samples of both songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 04/08/2011 by Mary

    Tons of great info on all of this week's Degrassi songs from their music supervisor! Check it out... (his quotes in italics).

    Ash Koley music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Mary The Inventor " by Ash Koley
    From the standardized test scene.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This scene went through many songs before we nailed this one. There were budget issues, tempo issues, vibe issues, nothing was working until Ash Koley graced our minds once more, and solved all our problems. Ash Koley came to perform an acoustic set in our office one day, and we've been in love ever since. If you freeze-frame on the test the students are taking online, you'll notice one of the math problems is about 'Mary' - a nice little present for you hardcore fans!"

    "Be My Girl" by Karyn Ellis
    The song playing during Fiona's dream at the top of the episode.
    " The Toronto artist Karyn Ellis and her sombre tones carried us in and out of Fiona's dream, and was the perfect lucid companion to Fiona's confusion and strife. It really felt like one of those songs you would listen to while you sleep, and would bleed into your subconscious and begin forming a dream around it. So we ask you, did Fiona dream about Holly J and think of this song, or was she listening to this song and it formed her dream about Holly J? You decide."

    "The Long Goodnight" by Dead Letter Chorus
    From Adam and Fiona's make-out slash break-up scene.
    "We first saw Dead Letter Chorus perform with Two Hours Traffic here in Toronto; this Australian band of troubadours tour the world stealing hearts. A blend of country, bluegrass, folk and alt-indie-rock, their beautiful harmonies help to paint the stories they tell, including one memorable story about the lead singer's mother not knowing she was adopted until just recently. The resulting music is heartbreaking, longing and boot-swinging all at once."

    "Soundtrack of My Life" by Less Than Jake
    From the studying montage.
    "Less than Jake reached out to us, and who would have known they are huge Degrassi fans? In fact the drummer, Vinnie Fiorello, founder of Paper+Plastick and Fueled By Ramen Records, told us it's one of his absolute favorite shows. We were thrilled to be in such good graces and absolutely had to find a spot for such an epic band. Much love to Less Than Jake from the Degrassi world."

    "Baby I Need You" by Kim Taylor
    From Fiona and Holly J's sleepover.
    "Such a sweet message, wrapped in such a tender musical package deserved some special attention and just the right picture to deliver it. That picture turned out to be tears and snuggling on the couch, and even if there were no secrets between Holly J and Fiona, it still would have made this moment as sincere and honest as it turned out."

    Von Iva music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Living For It" by Von Iva
    • "GLS 08 Remix" by Salme Dalhstrom

    You can hear samples of both songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 04/01/2011 by Mary

    Earlier this week, obsessive8 wrote to say: "Do you happen to have the song list with the music people's commentary for [last Friday's] Degrassi's Hide and Seek Part 2 episode? I just really love the new addition of reading why they chose the songs that they did. And Degrassi always seems to have some of the best hidden gems in music that I cannot find anywhere else. Thanks!!!"

    Yay, glad you're liking the info, obsessive8! We had some technical difficulties getting last week's blog ready in time but it's up now, click here for it. And it's true about the "hidden gems" on Degrassi -- I've noticed that a lot of the music on the show comes from unsigned artists, so you're really getting in on the ground floor with them. Anyway, here's info on all of this week's Gigantic and Degrassi songs (including Degrassi music supervisor commentary -- quotes in italics).

    Bent By Elephants music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "I Can't Have You" by Bent by Elephants
    From when Fiona kissed Holly J after winning her trial.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The raw emotion of this song is what captivated us in the first place. Chesley Walsh's soulful jazzy voice, combined with a smooth brass and string ensemble pours over with heartache, a bit of foreshadowing for Fiona, perhaps? Another great Montreal band that we're keeping our eyes on. "

    Juliana Joya music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Something About You" by Juliana Joya - you can hear a sample over on the Gigantic page
  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/25/2011 by Mary

    Here's info on all of this week's Gigantic and Degrassi songs (including Degrassi music supervisor commentary -- all the quotes in italics).

    JBM music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Cleo's Song / Years" by JBM
    From the scenes where Sav tells Alli he has her back, and where the Bhandaris all agree to communicate better.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " JBM really touched us; the entire album, Not Even In July is a heartfelt symphony of emotion, and it carried beautifully to television. These songs appear in the show in reverse order: on the album, the beautiful musical masterpiece 'Years' is followed by the nostalgic sadness of 'Cleo's Song'. There were moments in Alli's dad's speech where 'Years' hit everything at just the right moment, lifted the scene, lowered it, sent shivers down your spine. These songs mark a truly beautiful moment in Degrassi history, a moment of change, acceptance and honest love."

    "Write It All Down for You" by Elliott Brood
    From when Holly J is visiting her own personal pharmacy in her locker.
    " We've always been big Elliott Brood fans, a great Canadian act that has built itself a strong fanbase and solid reputation over the years. It's a lyrically powerful song, but this moment was more musical than lyrical, hitting all the right drums, shouting all the right tones for the scene."

    "Pogo" by Eternal Summers
    Take a wild guess which scene this was in.
    "When it came time to spot this episode, we couldn't help but think of the song 'Pogo' for Wesley's pogo scene. It was one of those times when the song appeared out of nowhere, just in the nick of time, and was so crazy that it actually worked!"

    Wil Seabrook music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Happily Ever" by Wil Seabrook - you can hear a sample over on the Gigantic page
  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/18/2011 by Mary

    Was that Alexz Johnson you heard on Degrassi this week? Why yes, it was. Here's info on all of this week's Gigantic and Degrassi songs (including Degrassi music supervisor commentary -- all the quotes in italics).

    Amos the Transparent music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Greater Than Consequence" by Amos the Transparent
    From the scene where Holly J is starting to completely lose it at Little Miss Steaks.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a band you should get to know. Hailing from one of our hometowns, our capital Ottawa, these musicians form an emotional powerhouse, diving into the subject without fear or hesitation. If you're lucky enough to see them live, you may hear them rock this song out with electric guitars and a passionate chorus."

    "Boogie Love" by Alexz Johnson
    The song that plays pretty much whenever Wesley pogos.
    " This song stands alone here, offering its fun perspective to Wesley and his tribulations. But Alexz Johnson's album Voodoo is a portrait of the artist, of which this fun part is a small piece. The rest is delicate and intricate, stories of places and people, and one of our most memorable albums of the summer. Of course, there's that whole Instant Star thing too!"

    "A World Too Big" by Jamie Bramble
    From the scene where Alli's looking at her "facerange" page, missing everyone.
    "Jamie Bramble came to us via an Australian named Jamie Brammah (similar name, different guy). Jamie (Brammah) got up at 4am to drive to the office to chat about music, so we knew he had to have some good tunes. Jamie Bramble paints pictures with his music, and we think the phone call was worth it."

    Official Hot Mess music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "The Edge" by Official Hot Mess
    • "Born to Party" by Julia Michaels
    • You can hear samples of these songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Black Eyed Peas to Perform at the KCA!

    Posted on 03/16/2011 by Mary

    The Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl Halftime, not the KCAs
    The Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl Halftime, which is like the KCAs but less slime and less fun.

    The Black Eyed Peas are confirmed to perform at the KCA this year! Also confirmed to appear are approximately 1 billion other famous celebrities including:
    Jack Black (he's hosting)
    Chairman Nick Cannon
    Jane Lynch and Cory Monteith from Glee
    Jaden Smith
    Russell Brand
    Shaun White
    And like I said, somewhere around a billion more.

    Tell us in the comments... do you love the Black Eyed Peas, are they your guilty pleasure, or... do you believe that if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all?

    I still kinda get chills when I think about that 25,000 person "I Gotta Feeling" flash mob on Oprah that time...

    Oh and don't forget to cast your votes for your 2011 KCA Favorites!

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/11/2011 by Mary

    Here you go! All of this week's Degrassi songs (including commentary from the music supervisors about why they chose those songs for those scenes -- all the quotes in italics) and Gigantic

    Mark Boone music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Sky Is Breaking Up Jim" by Mark Boone
    From the scene in Morty, when Eli cries.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was one of those songs that we thought just might be crazy enough to work. The vocals, lyrics and structure are unlike anything we'd heard before, and it appeared on our radar only days before the scene was cut, without us searching for it or needing to look for it. The sky broke up for Eli, and it's as if the song was written for him."

    "The Only Way" by Clare Burson
    Clare walks in on Eli sitting alone in a classroom, looking bummed.
    "Here we've established a creepy, uncertain, wavering mood, and it plays so well over Eli's morbid glances and Clare's wandering mind. The song delivers the exact emotion the actors are portraying."

    "God Keep Our Hands Clean" by FemBots
    From when Clare finds about a million emails from Fitz in her inbox.
    "Degrassi barely ever talks about God, so when this scene came along, and with Fitz being so crazy and all, we were really happy to have known the FemBots. The song was perfect, but too perfect, so we didn't feature the obvious chorus. Go listen to it for yourself and you'll understand."

    "Amazing" by The Red Directors
    It's playing in the background at the Dot when Clare confronts Fitz.
    "The pleasant tones of this song earned it a smooth background use here, but this story is really about this brand new, yet unknown band that deserves new fans such as you. Check them out."

    "Daydreaming" by Dark Dark Dark
    From when Sav and Mr. Bhandari drive around looking for Alli.
    "One of the most emotional moments in season 10, the search for Alli in a torrential downpour, in a lonely, gloomy city. This entire episode is blooming cinematography, but this particular marriage of music to picture blew us away, and left us in gasps every time we watched it."

    The Right Coast music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    1. "This Is Now" by The Right Coast, from their self-released EP.
    2. "Shadows of Tall Buildings" by Gabriel Mann
    3. "I'm on Top" by Kanary Diamonds
    4. and "Realize" by Sink to Sea
    5. You can hear samples of all four songs over on the Gigantic page.