The new SyFy show Being Human is about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost as roommates trying to be good and interact with the human world as best they can, with an amazing Indie soundtrack underscoring the scenes. Sound vaguely familiar? Thought so. Here is a complete Being Human playlist all in one place with an .mp3 clips preview and links to Amazon, which has more of the tracks than iTunes and some at a lesser price. It's the best music you've never heard. A few of the songs are not available anywhere so I suggest a couple of substitutions for those who like the original tracks used in the show or where you can find it on MySpace Music.
BREAKING NEWS (2/8/11) FOR EPISODE 4 FROM ADRIAN GLYNN:
The very first song in Episode 4 is "7 or 8 days" by Canadian artist Adrian Glynn. The track is off the album Bruise, which won't be released until April. A couple of us fans, myself and @BeingHuman3, asked Adrian Glynn on Twitter this morning if he was planning to release "7 or 8 days" as a single on iTunes. You can now listen on YouTube:
Visit Adrian Glynn's official site at http://www.adrianglynn.com for the "7 or 8 days" lyrics, tour schedule, to order his EP Adrian Glynn and to watch a satirical music video (the voice is still lovely, though). THANK YOU, ADRIAN!
Here is a preview of all the music from episodes 1-4. I made substitutions in a couple of places for songs that are not yet available. Please see notes below the widget for where to get music for a couple of the artists not on Amazon.
Notes on episode 2: If you can find "The Beat Stuff" by Hannah Georgas or "Shinsy" by Catlow, please let me know!
Notes on episode 3:
- "Mind and Soul" by The Plains: Unfortunately, the band The Plains has dissolved according to their MySpace music page. Their two album are still available on iTunes, however: The Boy in the Mansuit and On Earth as it is in Heaven.
- "The Ghost in You" by Matthew Puckett: You can listen for free to this hauntingly beautiful cover on iLike and then purchase through the buy button. It also available on iTunes.
SOME THOUGHTS ON INDIE MUSIC FROM A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO:
These are the days when I miss Napster, or even Kaazaa before it installed a ton of spyware. You could get your hands on absolutely anything, even the original world music tracks used in Moulin Rouge.
Fortunately, there are music producers like Alexandra Patsavas of Chop Shop Records (who brought us the Twilight soundtracks) and Alicen Schneider at NBC Universal who also works with SyFy's Caprica and Warehouse 13, as well as Crossing Jordan and Heroes. It is ironic that one of the best places to discover Indie music is on the soundtracks of film and television about the parnormal. Vampires, werewolves and ghosts are outsiders and so are the artists on the soundtracks. Everybody just wants to be heard.
With Amazon .mp3's and Kindle, Facebook and Twitter, there is a revolution underway, though. As Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame remarks, recording artists may not longer be able to afford yachts but the best music you've never heard is going to make it to your ears. Check out this great informal panel discussion with author Paulo Coehlo (The Alchemist) from this past Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the DLD11 Conference in Munich:
Parker mentions manufactured bands such as The Backstreet Boys at 2:30. I would have died laughing if he had said 'N Sync. At 4:25 is his comments on The Social Network as a great piece of filmmaking that is "a complete work of fiction," how there are no Victoria's Secret models in Silicon Valley and how he would never be that horrible to Eduardo Savrin. Now watch the rest of it for the really important parts of the conversation. ;-)
In the meantime, enjoy the music. Did you miss the first two episodes of Being Human? They are killer (bad pun intended)! Watch online with SyFy rewind, on iTunes or Amazon Video on Demand. For all the many crazy fun things you can do online and via apps with Being Human, please see my Denver iPad Examiner review. New episodes of Being Human are on Mondays at 9:00p.m. ET on the SyFy channel.
Here's a video preview. "You two going to go all Twilight on me?"