Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gossip Girl Music

I have a few guilty pleasures in life, one of them is the CW show Gossip Girl. The show's a little silly (and only gets more so as the seasons progress), but I'm mildly obsessed with it. It's a show that almost seems to take itself too seriously, despite its ridiculous plotlines and desire to hook every character up with every other character. I do find one saving grace in watching the show, it has an incredible soundtrack!

The show currently gets a lot of attention for its fashion, which, I will admit, is often pretty nice to ogle at. This is for good reason, the show's costume designer, Eric Daman, honed his chops as an assistant costume designer on Sex and the City, another show noted for a great eye towards fashion in style. The show's connection to fashion has been so strong that designer Anna Sui designed a Gossip Girl-inspired line for Target and fans have created websites devoted to breaking down the various outfits that the characters on the show wear.

Despite the attention the show has given (and received) for fashion, I think it deserves just as much credit for its soundtracking. Alexandra Patsavas, the show's music supervisor, deserves a great deal of credit, not only for choosing the perfect songs for a particular scene, but also giving an audience to a lot of artists that don't reach quite the same group as your standard Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. While I can't say that I've ever checked something out just because I heard it on Gossip Girl, I have often heard some of my favorites on the show.

They also will occasionally bring in musicians to be on the show...and good musicians! Jenny Lewis, Florence + The Machine and St. Vincent have all had cameos on the show. Some artists will perform a song on the show, others simply show up and say hi!

This was a squeal moment for me!
Here's just a snippet of the great music that the show has featured over the years:

Season 1
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Kiss Kiss"
Episode 5 - The Handmaiden's Tale

Band of Horses - "The General Specific:
Episode 10 - Roman Holiday

Season 2
The Black Keys - "Lies"
Episode 7 - Chuck in Real Life

The Kills - "URA Fever"
Episode 22 - Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Season 3
The National - "Gospel"
Episode 15 - The Sixteen Year Old Virgin

White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"
Episode 19 - Dr. Estrangedlove

Season 4
Spoon - "I Saw the Light"
Episode 9 - The Witches of Bushwick

Lykke Li - "Youth Knows No Pain"
Episode 21 - Shattered Bass

Season 5
My Morning Jacket - "Movin' Away"
Episode 3 - The Jewel of Denial

Feist - "Graveyard"
Episode 16 - Cross Rhodes

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