Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

Categories: TV Party

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A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them.

However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's arresting - and unexpectedly fitting - "He's Alright" accompany the episode's closing scene.

Such a discovery inspired us to ponder ten recent TV shows with quality soundtracks. Most are still on the air, and those that aren't are available on DVD.

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10. Weeds: Showtime's black comedy-drama features a soundtrack as unassumingly cool as its unorthodox storyline. Known artists like Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, DeVotchKa and Ween appear alongside a generous collection of relative unknowns, leaving us eager to delve into its tracks and make potential new musical discoveries.

9. Gossip Girl: We were virgins to this teen-drama, but a little research led to learning that the CW series features tunes by Crystal Castles and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. But it was the soundtrack's title, OMFGG, that first caught our attention. Regrettably, we learned the clever abbreviation innocently stands for "Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl."

8. Heroes: While we're not too familiar with this show's storyline, its soundtrack had us at the mere mention of Wendy & Lisa, who wrote the score for the NBC sci-fi drama. Sharing the company of Prince's prior protégées were artists like Wilco, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Morning Jacket and the New Pornographers.

7. Scrubs: It seems Zach Braff and decent soundtracks go hand-in-hand, and Scrubs is no exception. ABC's comedy-drama includes low-key tunes by artists like Eels, Joseph Arthur, Guided by Voices and the Old 97's.

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