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Q&A: TV & Film Music Supervisor Alex Patsavas On Soundtracking The O.C., Mad Men, The Twilight Series, The Astronaut Wives Club, And More

Since she began working in TV music supervision in the middle of the 1990s, Alex Patsavas has built a resume that runs from Grey’s Anatomy to Mad Men to The O.C. to Gossip Girl. Those latter two popped up on this site quite a bit back in the day, because they were shows featuring the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 18, 2015 - 4:13 pm

There Was Almost A Björk Song In Mad Men

Every time a cult TV show ends, a media storm of nostalgia sweeps over the internet. That’s happening with Mad Men right now, and the winds of conversation uncovered that a Björk song was almost used to soundtrack a scene. Series creator Matthew Weiner and star Jon Hamm revealed that fact in a recent panel… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 27, 2015 - 6:04 pm

The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014

When we first did a Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013 last December, it was initially thought up as a one-off. But, hey, then we decided to turn it into a column! So the approach this year is a bit different. Last December, I spent a lot of time digging back through TV and movies I… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 31, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Watch Weird Al Make Up TV Theme Song Lyrics On The Emmys

We were kind of close when we speculated last week that Weird Al would perform at an awards show. We thought it would be the VMAs because, you know, music, but it turns out that he was preparing for a surprise appearance at tonight’s Emmy Awards. He performed in a segment where he made u… More »

By: James Rettig / August 25, 2014 - 10:08 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of May 2014: Chef, X-Men, Filth, & More

May has been, in a lot of ways, kind of a frustrating month. Summer blockbuster season is pretty much in full swing now, meaning there will be a lot of massive action set-pieces accompanied by orchestral scores that can be hard to tell apart from one film to the next. The truly inspired pop-song moment… More »

By: Ryan Leas / May 30, 2014 - 12:13 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of April 2014: Fargo, Mad Men, Game Of Thrones, & More

Chances are you’ve read some TV writer or another analyzing just how different this time of year is than it used to be. April used to be when everything was winding down, and now you have heavy-hitters returning and newcomers popping up alongside each other, accompanied by previews for what’s yet to come in the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 30, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Beck Turned Down Multiple Offers To Write The Mad Men Theme

You know the Mad Men theme; you love the Mad Men theme. Perhaps you know it’s an RJD2 beat called “A Beautiful Mine” originally used on his collaborative album with Aceyalone, Magnificent City. (How’s that for reverse-engineering a recognizable sample?) But it turns out RJ wasn’t AMC’s first choice to soundtrack the acclaimed drama’s iconic… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013

Maybe it’s because I spend the bulk of my time reading and writing about music or talking with people who do the same, but as much as I love TV and movies on their own merits, the second or third sentence I’ll say about any given piece of visual media usually deals with what sort… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 TV Shows Of 2013

Pop the champagne and po’ it up (that’s cool, right? we’re off to a cool start?) because it’s GUMMY AWARDS TIME! Truly the most satisfying award doled out in awards season, because you get to be the boss, rather than some man on a cloud with a white beard or whoever usually picks entertainment award… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / December 19, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Mad Men’s Megan Draper Sings With Jesus & Mary Chain

When the reformed Jesus and Mary Chain did Coachella in 2007, they winked at the film that had provided their most recent pop cultural moment by bringing out Scarlett Johansson to sing on “Just Like Honey.” It’s in that spirit, though with less obvious brand synergy, that the brothers Reid present their latest PYT vocal… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 6, 2012 - 11:13 am

How Mad Men Got The Beatles

If you haven’t seen this past Sunday’s episode of Mad Men yet, get thee to a DVR, because light spoilers are about to happen. As with the rest of the season, much of this week’s episode revolved around our hero Don Draper feeling old and out-of-touch. And after a few conversations about the feasibility of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2012 - 9:37 am

Early Screeners Convince Mad Men To Drop Inaccurate Tune

After what feels like years, Mad Men finally (finally!) returns to AMC on Sunday with its two-hour season five premiere. And a recent anecdote illustrates just how exacting the show is in its recreation of the popular culture of a specific era.

As The New York Times reports, the critics who got advance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2012 - 9:10 am

Broken West’s Mad Men Cameo

Sunday night’s Mad Men episode featured a night on the town with Don Draper and partner-in-advertising Lane Price. The pair visit a club in one scene, and listen to half a song by the Broken West’s Brian Whelan. AMC has a clip that ends just as Whelan makes it to the stage, but you ca… More »

By: jessica / August 10, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Joan Holloway Was In An Everclear Video!

The second season of Mad Men may be over, but Sterling Cooper’s bodacious office manager is never far from our minds. While researching old Everclear videos (don’t ask) we discovered Christina Hendricks starred in the band’s “One Hit Wonder” ten years ago. Mix yourself an Old Fashioned and watch it here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 6, 2008 - 12:06 am

Matthew Weiner Talks Mad Men Music

Among other things, the Mad Men creator explains why it was OK to use a Decemberists tune or anachronistic Dylan in That ’60s Show. No props given to RJD2, though. Season two ends this weekend. Check the Q&A at Variety. More »

By: brandon / October 24, 2008 - 11:10 am

Mad Men’s Bob Dylan Anachronism

We mentioned how it was a bit strange hearing the Decemberists on a show set in the ’60s. Mad Men’s recent Dylan anachronism isn’t as obvious, but it is something the writers got wrong, as opposed to a jarring soundtrack cue. An astute blogger points out why it’s unlikely Peggy could’ve heard Bob on the… More »

By: brandon / October 15, 2008 - 10:29 am

Didn’t Expect To Hear The Decemberists On Mad Men Last Night

Sunday night’s hour with the misogynists and ladies of Sterling Cooper kicked off with a montage soundtracked by “The Infanta,” which has teed off a very important debate on the internet: are you For or Against anachronistic music in period pieces? If you missed it, Videogum’s got it, but know that it isn’t the firstMore »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2008 - 4:52 pm