As Heard On TV

Some of Stereogum’s favorite television series returned to air this week, and we kept tabs on which cool bands provided the soundtrack.

While it’s not even Sweeps yet, we’re crowning the TV Exposure > Album Sales winner Grant-Lee Phillips. Two songs from the same album on two hot shows: How I Met Your Mother had “Boys Don’t Cry” and Grey’s Anatomy had “Under The Milky Way.” Both from Grant’s excellent nineteeneighties covers album. Sample “So. Central Rain” at MySpace.

Elsewhere, the wife and I are enjoying a game of name-that-singer with every new episode of Weeds. So far this season, “Little Boxes” has been covered by Elvis Costello, Death Cab For Cutie, Engelbert Humperdinck, McGarrigle Sisters, Maestro Charles Barnett, and Aidan Hawke (whose version is streaming here.) Coming up: Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, and Tim from Polyphonic Spree.

Hear all the aired versions here. (Shhh.)

AND we have high hopes for Studio 60’s soundtrack. Sorkin gave us a newfound respect for “Brothers In Arms,” so we’ll be keeping an ear out on his new drama.

Hear anything cool on TV this week? Tell us!