Nikki where do you get your music from? Well… here’s the secret: watch tv series! Watching series with me can be annoying I guess. I have to pauze, get Shazam, rewind, play again. Wait! What was this song we just heard? It sounded epic! Shazam, play again. And then the same thing after 10 minutes of watching. I just love when everything comes together in a tv show. It’s about the whole setting and ambiance. If you’re ever bored on a Sunday afternoon and looking for a binge-worthy tv show with great music: here are some of my favorites!
1. Peaky Blinders
Why? Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Last Shadow Puppets.
Set in 1920’s Birmingham this show evolves around the Shelby family. More accurately: the Shelby gang, led by Thomas Shelby. It is based on an actual 19th century urban youth gang who are believed to sew razor blades in their caps (hence the name Peaky Blinders). To me , this show has just the right amount of action and (great) dialogue. And the whole ambiance is epic. Industrial surroundings, slowmotion shots, explosions and exactly my taste in music. P.S. No spoilers, I still have to watch season 4!
Why? Ramin Djawadi’s piano adaptations of Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, The Strokes, Soundgarden etc.
HBO series based on the 1973 sci-fi film. Westworld is wild-west themed amusement park populated by ‘hosts’. High-paying guests visit Westworld to have whatever adventure they desire. Yeah… sounds abstract right… You just have to see it! What I liked about this show is that the makers know exactly what the viewer knows at each point in time and this makes it so exciting to watch! In the midst of all the absurdity, a self-playing piano plays modern music, making everything feel familiar somehow. Fun fact: Ramin Djawadi is the same guy that made the Game of Thrones soundtrack!
3. The end of the f***ing world
Why? Graham Coxon’s Soundtrack
Two teenage runaways. James is pretty sure he’s a psychopath and Alyssa uses a lot of swear words. The two decide two run away together and somehow end up in the most unexpected situations. The show is edgy, dark, sweet and humorous all at the same time. I know, it’s super weird. But the music fits so well! I used Shazam sooo much haha. And every time Graham Coxon popped up again. The founding member of Blur provided the soundtrack to this series and makes the fast-moving episodes come together somehow. All this is complemented with an original combination of rock classics, 50’s songs and country.
4. Mad men
Why? Simon and Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Chubby Checker, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Monkees.
I just love the 1960’s setting. This show evolves around Don Draper. Creative director at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue, New York. Not too much is happening actually but the great acting and the whole ambiance captured me. It feels like you’re peaking into 1960’s life in America. Working life, personal life, the news, the moods and, obviously, the music!
Why? Feist, MGMT, Alt-J, Fleetfoxes, St. Vincent, The Knife, Robyn, The Vaccines.
Created by Lena Dunham, the show follows the lives of a group of young women in New York. Definitely not picture perfect. Most of them are in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. Being cut off by your parents, released into the real world. The show is super hipster, weird, edgy and yes, Lena Dunham is naked all the time. But I just find it so funny. Love the conversations. The show is accompanied by great melancholic indie-pop that fits the setting super well!
Did you see these already? What did you think? And, do you have any other recommendations?