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  • 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. "

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/28/2011 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

    "Rich Doors" by NewVillager
    Eli watches Clare from a distance. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This song took a little bit of extra listening to hear its TV placement potential. It travels around at the right speed, its heavy piano chords pierce at just the right moment. It sounds like Eli's heartbeat -- he's watching her like she used to watch him."

    "No Power" by Absofacto
    Imogen convinces Eli that Clare never loved him. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Let alone the title of the song being fit for the scene, it was the electricity of the song that perfect for the moment. A little bit of witchcraft and uncertainty -- Imogen is casting her spell over Eli... he has no power!!"

    "Hold Me In Your Arms" by Zerbin
    Riley breaks up with Zane.
    "Here the song title is ironic -- it's actually a very sad moment for everyone who was rooting for Zane and Riley. Beginning with the gorgeous moon married to the beautiful violin, a dark evening mood set the tone for the end of one of the most arduous and tested relationships in Degrassi history..."

    "Honey Crystal Cave" by Minotaurs
    Eli dumps his pills in the trash.
    "We found this song before we knew Imogen would need her own music. Its wonderfully creepy, crawly, jagged and twisted enough to make us feel what Eli was feeling -- and what Imogen was doing. The hit in the song on the Producers' Card left us all reeling..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/27/2011 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

    "Get Loose" (remix) by Quanteisha
    Marisol's Little Miss Steaks party song. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Marisol had her tunes on her iPod -- so it was really fun to figure out what she would actually listen to. This Quanteisha song was perfect, Marisol definitely likes the fat bass line and groovy chorus."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    Eli struggles with creativity, takes his pills. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Among the most powerful moments we've seen so far, we knew the scene would need the perfect, most emotionally driven song we could find, and came up with one of our very most cherished songs, "Big Bird in a Small Cage". The scene, lyrics and music all speak for themselves, and we sincerely encourage you to go find more about the artist, Patrick Watson!"

    "Honey Woman Lady Cutie" by Alexander Fairchild
    Imogen is a freak!
    " We quickly realized that much like Eli, Imogen needed her own sort of music... and this tune kicked it all off. Eli is definitely interested. Though, whether she becomes his honey-woman-lady-cutie remains to be seen..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River, pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/26/2011 by Ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in Degrassi: Now or Never, but how those songs ended up there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Lake" by Aunt Martha
    Fiona witnesses Charlie arguing with her "girlfriend". Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A beautiful song and moment. Listen to the drums in this song -- such a gorgeous east-coast vibe. The lyrics float along the top of the scene, pushing Fiona to the brink -- she was so hopeful, and once again, it all comes crashing down."

    "Why Won't You Listen" by The Danger Bees
    Charlie rejects Fiona. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Fiona tries, and tries again. She's so timid and uncertain, and this song reflects her so well. The lyrics were more pointed this time -- as Fiona really does have such a good heart."

    "Pilgrim's Day" by Lake
    Dave observes Adam's handicapped washroom woes
    "Sometimes we really love a band and their sound, and we can make it through the last of their songs before finding the right one. In the case of Lake, the gem "Pilgrim's Day" is near the end of the album -- and it was just perfect when the lyrics hit "window in, window out" on the shot of Dave through the window."

    "I Saw the Devil Last Night" by Moros Eros
    Dave commandeers Degrassi Radio.
    "We loved the energy of this song and how it translated to Dave's intentions. We kind of knew he was up to something by the tone of the song, and it was all timed to hit certain moments of his actions."

    "Tonight" by Take Me to the Pilot
    Dave offers an olive branch; Adam accepts; all is well.
    "We had known about Take Me to the Pilot through the friends who share our office -- a company called Dale Speaking in Toronto. They loved the band and so do we, and this epic song helped us tell the tale of how differences can be overcome."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/25/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Lay Your Heartbreak" by Winterpills
    Fiona leaving a sad message on Charlie's phone. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a pretty depressing moment for Fiona -- so the song had to reflect that, obviously. The lyrics didn't match the scene per se, but having lyrics too on-the-nose can sound pretty nerdy. This was a delicate balance of feeling and lyrics, and they matched the scene very well."

    "This Work" by Meligrove Band
    Sav cuts Dave off-air after his Degrassi Radio rant. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There have been so many opportunities for this song -- its theme is so general and applicable to everyday life. But when this scene came along -- where we actually see how hard life can be for Adam -- the lyrics play a double-entendre. On Adam's side, obviously, he leads an abnormal life and it's tough to fit in. For Dave, we think it's just as tough -- he expressed himself in the wrong way, but in the end, he's just trying to fit in, too."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Idioteque"

    Posted on 07/21/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Way Back Home by The Real Deal
    From Bianca and Drew's make-out sesh at the top of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We needed a song that was full of energy -- and The Real Deal gave us the real deal. It felt fast, energetic and suspenseful... something was going to happen! But alas... it didn't. The song helped that moment out, too -- going from tons of music to none at all, we felt the awkwardness."

  • Songs from Degrassi "What's My Age Again?"

    Posted on 07/20/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Run, Wild by Dead Letter Chorus
    From the scene where the girls plan Anya's 18th birthday party. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This scene went through a few songs, until we felt right with this one. It travels perfectly in the background of this scene, not too much energy but definitely enough. We love Dead Letter Chorus, the Australian band that melted our hearts when they played the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto with Two Hours Traffic."

    "People In The Hole by Catherine Feeny
    From when Anya gets her bad news. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Catherine Feeny is an amazing songwriter -- and it shows. These poetic lyrics vibe so well with Anya's inner turmoil. We've been trying different things with music, going from scene to scene, and this worked out perfectly."

    "This Was Not My Best Day Ever by Acres of Lions
    From the scene where KC gets a job at Little Miss Steak's.
    " An amazing west coast Canadian indie band, we also saw these guys perform some unrecorded material -- and once it is recorded, we will try to place them again. In the meantime, this song off their recorded album was so peaceful in its simplicity that it helped guide KC on the right path -- instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get up and do something about it!"

    "Take You Home by Final Thought
    From Anya's birthday. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A great example of a song that was in the character's world, as source from Anya's party, that turns into a Feature for us listeners. The lyrics are pounding and we all feel what Anya feels: desperation, loneliness and confusion. After all, it's your party and you can cry if you want to!"

    "Girls Like You by The Naked & Famous
    From when Anya kisses Owen... etc. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We loved The Naked & Famous so much that we decided to bring them back for another use, creating a sort of "book-end" to these two episodes, beginning with a Naked & Famous song, and ending with a Naked & Famous song. This song tells Anya's tale, and the lyrics "don't you know people who write songs like girls like you" hit a home-run in this moment. Although we're pretty sure Owen doesn't write songs... does that mean he doesn't really like her? You decide."

  • Songs from Degrassi 'LoveGame"

    Posted on 07/19/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
    From when Clare and Jenna get ready for school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The Naked & Famous are an amazing band. So much energy, so much amazing instrumentation and synth, and really rad lyrics to boot. They were perfect to kick off the new school year and introduce a bunch of new characters. After introducing the newest, youngest character, Tyson, we move to see Clare and Eli, sharing an awkward moment, and the song covers it superbly."

    "Jigsaw by Broken Bricks
    From when Clare makes a scene at Above the Dot. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Broken Bricks are a really cool indie band from Toronto; we came upon this demo recording of this song. There is a full band recording, but this one was so raw, so genuine, that we preferred using it. Above the Dot is a new hangout for the kids of Degrassi, and this music sets its tone. The lyrics hit perfectly with Clare's rampant emotions, and Eli's lack thereof, but it's mostly the one-take, life off the floor feeling that sold us on this placement, as it directly relates to all the emotions of the scene."

    "Oh My, What A Fine Day by Behind Sapphire
    From Jake and Clare's first kiss!
    " This song had been on our radar for a while, and this perfect moment came up and it just felt so right. The beautiful imagery behind the kiss, the nighttime air and the flickering lights in the background, coupled with this song, all became the mystical cloud around the budding love of these two characters."

  • Songs from the Degrassi Now or Never Premiere

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in the Degrassi: Now or Never premiere, but how those songs ended up there!

    Keke Palmer on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The One You Call" by Keke Palmer
    Keke's radio song -- the one she performs at her concert. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Keke was a great fit with the show. Her music sounds amazing with the picture, and when this song is performed at the concert, it reverberates in the room and looks and sounds amazing!"

    "Fot I Hose" by Casiokids
    From when Sav and Alli are painting their living room. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This is a synthpop piece from a Norwegian band called Casiokids. We love how international Degrassi has become, and so the music has to reflect that, too. The vibe was perfect for some simple house painting -- suddenly painting your walls yellow feels like a lot of fun!"

    "Whoa" by Kaleo
    From the scene where Bianca shows up in style.
    " The title of this song pretty much sums up its entire placement. When Bianca shows up, the proper reaction is definitely "whoa." And the genre fits with her general vibe."

    "Walls Come Down" by Keke Palmer
    Another song Keke performs at her concert.
    " Another fantastic Keke performance, this song boomed through the audience like it was meant to be."

    "Harmony to my Heartbeat" by Sally Seltmann
    From Fiona and Charlie's romantic scooter ride!
    " This song is so personal, and the lyrics resonate with anyone who's ever waited for their crush to like them back. It's a song about hope and longing -- and it's exactly what Fiona was feeling for Charlie. Will she like her back? Will it last? Maybe there's some foreshadowing in the song..."

    "The End of Broken Hearts" by Cavaliers!
    From when Fiona and Charlie finally find each other... and admit they like each other.
    " The beautiful duet known as Cavaliers! had captured our hearts long ago, and this song in particular has something wonderfully captivating about it. One day, will there be the end of broken hearts, all over the world? Maybe. But certainly for Fiona, in that moment with Charlie, it's the end of her heartache."

    "The Greatest" by Keke Palmer
    The song Keke sings to Sav over Skype.
    " This may be one of the most poignant moments in Degrassi history. Sav struggles with his newfound friend and not being able to be close to her, while Drew struggles with his newfound steel and the task ahead of him. It's an incredibly internal moment for both of them, and the song and score captures both moments perfectly."

    "Dead Hearts" by Stars
    The final song in the episode, when Drew is hauled away in the police cruiser.
    " A selection by the director, Stefan Brogren, he felt that this song pretty much told the story in this moment better than the script could. The lyrics beam out at us, and the important thing to remember here is that one important line: "They were kids that I once knew...""

  • All My Single Ladies!

    Posted on 07/01/2011 by Mary

    I can't think of a better way to spend a Girls' Night than watching Beyoncé OWN the stage Live in Las Vegas.

    Is it even physically possible to watch her perform the Single Ladies choreography without getting out of your chair and puttin' a little swerve in it? Check out this video of the whole number (not just a tease!):

    Lord. I know Beyoncé is probably richer than three kings and a tycoon by now, but looking at her pull this out at the END of a long, eye-popping show... I'm thinking, that woman has got to be the hardest working person in show business, and she deserves every penny. And you definitely have to see the whole show tonight... she will blow your mind.

    How much of the Single Ladies' dance can you do? I almost have the marching/head popping thingy down, and I can do some of the put-it-on-the-floor hip grinds if I've had a nutritious breakfast.