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Sylent Mari’s Music Mix – Badass Covers Edition

It’s been three months since I last wrote a post for the site. That’s too damn long. My latest Music Mix is all about stepping away from the frustrations and worries of the world, and spending a few moments reflecting on the positives in life. What makes you happy? What drives you creatively? For me it’s entertainment in any form that allows me to step away from the outside world and my crazy life for a few minutes or hours each day. Music allows me to write, film allows me to think, novels transport me to other worlds, and TV makes me super-emotional over fictional characters (stop killing off all of my favorites!).

I’ve always been a fan of musical artists and bands that do cover versions of their favorite songs and add their own unique flavor to them. There are lots of great cover songs out there and some…eh…we’ll pretend they never exited. In the newest playlist below, I’ve got 20 of my personal favorites or covers that I enjoy. Some are familiar, some are new, but all of them are timeless in their own ways, while paying respect to the original artists.

The first Spotify playlist consists of the original artists of all of the songs listed below. Most of these artists should be familiar to you, but it’s always a good refresher to listen to each of the songs so you get that “A-ha!” moment. The second Spotify playlist is a mirage image of the first, but it features all of the cover versions that I’ve compiled for this post. Take an hour or two out of your day and listen to both playlists and allow yourself to get lost in the music and forget about everything negative in your life currently. Maybe add a few drinks if it’s been THAT kind of a week. ‘Til next time!

P.S. I apologize for my lack of creative verbage. 2016 has burned out quite a few of my brain cells, but at least I hope it’s an entertaining read nonetheless. *thumbs up*

The Originals

The Covers

Carina Round (f/ Aidan Hawken) – “Come Undone” [2014]
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Duran DuranDuran Duran (The Wedding Album) [1993]

Duran Duran, like so many artists and bands before and after them, sampled one of the most iconic drum loops for “Come Undone”: The Soul Searcher’s “Ashley’s Roachclip.” The sampled loop works perfectly in the now-classic DD track, and it’s my favorite song from the band; I’ve included that video above. I can listen to it, close my eyes, and lose myself to the music. That – or I’ve accidentally passed out listening to it (in a good way).

Carina Round’s take on the song gives off the same vibe, but it’s like a thunderstorm that crawls across the sky…then disappears just as quickly. It’s not only a great song to kick off this playlist, but it’s also a good wind-down song for the end of a long day from work/school/life.

Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence” – Immortalized [2015]
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Simon & GarfunkelThe Graduate Soundtrack [1968]

Disturbed’s cover of the classic Simon & Garfunkel track has been featured in video game trailers, on the radio, and in lots of live performances lately – and for good reason. While this cover does have its detractors, I happen to really dig it. It’s a very different musical direction for Disturbed, who are best known for playing a somewhat-repetitive brand of radio-friendly nu-metalish hard rock. The equally-haunting music video for the song is free of any color and is just so mesmerizing to watch. Turn down the lights, burn a few candles, and play the video or the song to really get its full effect.

Moby – “New Dawn Fades” – I Like To Score [1997]
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Joy DivisionUnknown Pleasures [1979]

Moby’s take on “New Dawn Fades” was first heard in the 1995 Michael Mann written & directed crime drama Heat, starring the dynamic duo of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino (with Val Kilmer tagging along). It’s easily one of the most recognizable songs from the soundtrack, and it’s recently found new life again thanks in Person of Interest’s 100th episode: “The Day the World Went Away.” Though the scene is very bittersweet for many fans and comes in the middle of a very mixed, emotional and somewhat-controversial episode, this song is featured in one of my favorite action scenes from the entire series. I’m not sharing the scene here because of spoilers and it needs to be watched to be appreciated, but I’ll leave you with this: Root and Shaw (aka Shoot) having a relationship talk in the middle of a shoot-out. Turn up this song loud as your cruising down the street late at night.

Lily Allen – “Somewhere Only We Know” – Sheezus [2014]
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KeaneHopes and Fears [2009]

A dreamy and sweet cover of one of my favorite songs from Keane. Lily Allen absolutely nails it in her version and I love her vocals on it and the music too. It’s like listening to a lullaby and drifting off to sleep with a smile upon your face. The music video will also brighten up your day as well, as evidenced above. Now leave me with my happy, shiny, positive thoughts…

You+Me – “No Ordinary Love” – rose ave. [2014]
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SadeLove Deluxe [1992]

Dallas Green (formerly of Alexisonfire; currently of City and Colour) and Alecia Moore (better known as P!nk) formed the indie folk pop duo You+Me in 2014, bringing together two incredibly gifted singers a surprising musical experiment. I’d say it was a success: their debut release, rose ave., is one of my favorite albums of the past five years and combines both singer’s vocal talents with very well-written songs that allow them to really belt it out. The lyrics are equally as thought-provoking as the singers themselves. In the live performance above of the Sade classic “No Ordinary Love” (Deftones also do a brilliant cover of it), watch Green and P!nk create instant musical magic as they own the stage in this haunting cover.

Mimi Page – “Wicked Game” – Requiem EP [2013]
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Chris IsaakHeart Shaped World [1989]

How many of you remember the original music video for Chris Isaak’s biggest hit? Hot supermodel, sepia tones, a beach… I think I just dated myself (I miss the old MTV).

Though this song has been covered to death by so many artists and bands, I’ve fallen for Mimi Page’s cover after discovering it as a Spotify recommendation. Thanks Spotify! It keeps the essence of the original and adds her own flavor to it, creating a pleasant aural experience.

Alanis Morissette – “Crazy”The Collection [2005]
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SealSeal [1991]

Alanis’ version of Seal’s first radio hit (before “Kiss From A Rose” dominated the airwaves a few years later) isn’t exactly groundbreaking. It’s a straightforward & enjoyable cover that was played heavily in gay clubs around the world when it first came out in 2005. It was an instant favorite for a good reason: the accompanying music video has a queer vibe to it. Whenever LOGO (a U.S. cable channel) played it on what felt like repeat every hour for several weeks during Summer 2005, I usually had a few friends & neighbors coming over to my place to watch it, excited to see this new side to Alanis. When you watch the video, you’ll see why. Well, unless you’re a fan like me and know that she’s played queer-friendly roles on Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, and a few other projects.

Nine Inch Nails – “Dead Souls” – The Crow Soundtrack [1994]
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Joy DivisionStill (Collector’s Edition) [2008]

For many people my age (30-something) and of all ages who relate to it, the film The Crow and Brandon Lee’s iconic performance as Eric Draven is a reminder of a time when it was OK to be into dark imagery, to be influenced by the Industrial and Goth scenes of the time, and to be inspired to take risks in our own creative processes. The film and the graphic novel/comic series, created by J. O’Barr, also allowed us to not be afraid to create whatever the hell we wanted to artistically, as well as not fearing the darkness that lingers in all of us, and being free to let our emotions out in any artistic medium that spoke to us. The song, the film, and the graphic novel/comic series are such freeing works of art for the loners, the freaks, the independent thinkers in all of us. The fan-edited video that I’ve included melds all three elements together perfectly.

City of Fire – “Enjoy the Silence” – Trial Through Fire [2013]
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Depeche ModeViolator [1990]

“Enjoy the Silence” is one of the most covered songs of all time, or that’s what it feels like. For people who have derided electronic-based music as being soulless for years, Depeche Mode was one of the many synth-heavy acts that proved that was a bunch of crap. Creating some of the most emotionally-driven music over the past three decades, “Enjoy the Silence” is one of the most critically regarded and universally-loved tracks from DM’s massive discography. The song is timeless and never grows old; it feels fresh even listening to it in this ultra-digital age that we live in, where new music is readily available on various electronic devices. City of Fire, a band formerly led by Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory, does an impressive cover of the song by mixing their heavy rock sound with Burton’s powerful vocal work. A great song to rock out to.

Shiny Toy Guns – “Stripped” [2007]
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Depeche ModeBlack Celebration [1986]

Depeche Mode has influenced so many musical acts since their formation in the late-1970’s, gaining popularity, critical acclaim, and respect & love from fans all over the world. I use their music as inspiration for any creative projects that I’ve worked on in the past, the present, and future ones (I’m sure). It’s rare to find anyone who’s not a fan of their music – whether they’re a huge fan like me or a casual listener.

“Stripped” is one of my favorite songs of theirs and a few bands have covered the song. Rammstein has a really cool cover of it that is a perfect marriage between their music and DM’s. Shiny Toy Guns has also made their own version that I love quite a bit. It sounds very different from the original, but retains the heart & soul of the song. Take a few minutes to throw it on and let the music invade your ears.

Gary Jules (f/ Michael Andrews) – “Mad World” –
Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets [2002]
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Tears for FearsThe Hurting [1983]

Donnie Darko. Great cover. Listen to it now.

Lorde – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” –
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire S0undtrack [2013]
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Tears for FearsSongs From The Big Chair [1985]

Another indie-friendly track that follows the “slow down the original and make it sound super-depressing” template that many new covers are following. This isn’t a dig at Lorde, though: I like her cover version of this Tears for Fears track (a song I listened to a lot growing up). It’s also a perfect track for The Hunger Games franchise, which this song appears in – on the soundtrack to the second film, Catching Fire. If you’re a Lorde fan, you’ll love this. If not, you might find yourself gritting your teeth while listening to it. It’s all a matter of personal taste, but ’cause I like it I threw it into my playist.

Maria Doyle Kennedy – “How You Remind Me” –
Even Better Than The Real Thing, Vol. 1 [2003]
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NickelbackSilver Side Up [2001]

If this singer’s name sounds familiar – you might be an Orphan Black fan. Better known as “Siobhan Sadler” (aka “Mrs. S”) on the BBC America series, Maria Doyle Kennedy is also an accomplished musician/singer who has released many records throughout her career. She’s even lent her vocal talents to Orphan Black during the show’s third season, as seen below in this small clip from Entertainment Tonight (excuse the annoying intro):

In her gorgeous minimalist take on the Nickelback staple, MDK transforms the song into a melancholic ballad full of yearning and heartache. Conquering the song and making it her own, as well as one-upping the original, this is one of my favorite cover songs from any artist or band. Taking a very familiar song, deconstructing it, and turning in a simply wonderful performance? MDK nails it with her rendition.

311 – “Love Song” – 50 First Dates Soundtrack
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The CureDisintegration [1989]

This dreamy summertime cover of the Cure classic from 311 was one of the main songs used in the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy 50 First Dates. The film is a guilty pleasure of mine: I’m not a fan of Sandler, but I do like Barrymore a lot. If I lived close to a beach, this would be the perfect song to chill out too while hitting the waves or taking an evening stroll on the sand. Or you can lay in a hammock and drink a few cocktails while the night breeze cools you off. It’s a cool track to finish off the day with.

Tiamat – “Sympathy for the Devil” – Skeleton Skeletron [1999]
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The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet [1968]

For a doomy/gothic metal take on the Rolling Stones classic, check out Tiamat’s slow & heavy version. Add it to your future Halloween playlist, or allow the black skies of nighttime envelop and guard you as you listen to the bewitching vocals of lead singer Johan Edlund sing you off to a nightmare. This track is a perfect example of paying homage to the original while retaining Tiamat’s artistic identity. If you’re a fan of bands like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, or Type O Negative, Tiamat’s cover is perfect for you (the band is totally worth checking out too).

Chet Faker – “No Diggity” – Thinking in Textures [2011]
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BlackstreetAnother Level [1996]

This song takes me back to high school and for good reason: I was a freshman back in ’96. I LOVE the R&B, hip-hip, and soul music that came out during that decade because the songs were different, they were fresh, and they were just a blast to listen to. Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” is one of my favorite ’90s songs ’cause it has such a cool groove to it, a hypnotic beat, and Dr. Dre lending his skills to enhance the track.

Chet Faker does an equally funky cover that will transport you back to 20 years ago (!), to the time you first heard this jam on the radio. With a folksy vibe added to it and an electronic underbeat, the cover flows so well and it makes the perfect addition to anyone’s summer playlists or for house parties. If you can survive the heat long enough to dance/chill out to it, of course (Southwest USA FTW!).

Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold the World” –
MTV Unplugged In New York [1994]
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David BowieThe Man Who Sold the World [1970]

Back in ancient times, MTV used to dedicate a whole hour or so to an artist or band and give them an awesome platform to show off their acoustic skills to a very intimate live audience. Sometimes they released the performances on record and fans were able to get that same intimate feel at home. Alice in Chains had a memorable MTV Unplugged performance (check out “Nutshell” and “Down in a Hole” as two perfect examples), and I bought Alanis’ (it’s a great listen). Out of all of the MTV Unplugged performances that were released, Nirvana’s will forever remain to be the most iconic, with the whole band stripping down the music to its acoustic foundations, and Kurt Cobain just singing his soul out. One of the most popular songs from that acoustic session was their take on the David Bowie classic “The Man Who Sold the World,” from the album of the same name. Take a trip back in time to 1994 and watch the performance.

Yuna – “Come As You Are” [2011]
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NirvanaNevermind [1991]

Confession Time: Though they are hugely important to the generations before me and my very own, I’ve never been a Nirvana fan. I do like some of their tracks, but I was more of an Alice in Chains fan during the time that Nirvana was king of the alternative genre. Now that I’m older, I’ve been learning to appreciate their music a bit more, but “Come As You Are” has always been my favorite track from them. I haven’t heard any other music from Yuna, who’s a popular Malaysian pop singer/performer, but she nails the cover in an indie-friendly performance.

Amy Lee – “With or Without You” [2015]
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U2The Joshua Tree [1987]

Amy Lee, best known as the lead singer/co-songwriter of Evanescence, delivers a really trippy and Evanescence-esque version of the U2 classic. That’s really the only way that I can describe this cover. Some fans will love it and others will hate it, and then there are those that will be like, “Huh – that’s pretty groovy.” If you’re a fan of Lee’s vocal work, this is a perfect song to listen to late at night or during the middle of the longest rainstorm ever.

Fear Factory (f/ Gary Numan) – “Cars” – Obsolete [1998]
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Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle [1979]

This popular Fear Factory track became known to video game fans courtesy of its inclusion on the Test Drive 6 soundtrack. The cover itself was the second song released from FF’s 1998 effort Obsolete, following lead single “Shock” (also the album’s opening track). In a throwback to the original tune, FF invited Gary Numan to contribute vocals to their cover version, which later led to his inclusion in the space-age music video they shot for the single. The video is available above for your headbanging needs. “Cars” would later become one of FF’s most recognizable tracks, and it’s a really fun cover to jam out to.

Sylent Mari’s Music Mix [08.13.15] – #4

Wow – it’s been nine months since I last posted a Music Mix post? Geez… That’s nine months of missing out on some really great songs that I’ve been listening to non-stop on Spotify. I rarely listen to terrestrial radio anymore, although I do jam out to many of the CD’s that I still own. Yup – still like to have a physical product in my hands ’cause I’m all about cover art and lyric booklets.

This newest mix is a bit of a mellower breakdown of a variety of artists from different genres to wind down the work day, chill out and relax to over the weekend, or maybe if you’re feeling a bit creative and need some music to inspire the right side of your brain. Many of these songs are indie-based (a genre I never thought I’d dig until recently), and more than a few have been featured in television shows and film.

While I highly suggest listening to these tunes with earbuds/headphones on, you can still rock out to ’em through speakers as background ambient noise. Great for parties! Or if you’re an insomniac like me, it’s a cool playlist to fall asleep to.

If you have any future suggestions for songs or artists to check out, just give me a recommendation in the comments below. If ya got Twitter, feel free to tweet me @SylentMari.

Fear Factory – “Enhanced Reality” [Bonus Track] – Genexus

This is the newest song in both the playlist and this post; Genexus was just released this past Friday (August 7th). If you’re an FF fan and were disappointed by the so-so The Industrialist, this album is definitely worth checking out ’cause it’s a vast improvement over that last effort. This bonus track can be found on the digipak version of the album and it’s the last track, and it’s a great album closer. One of their mellower tracks that’s reminiscent of songs like “Timelessness” from Obsolete and “(Memory Imprints) Never End” from Digimortal, “Enhanced Reality” is just a beautiful ambient industrial track that’s more electronic than most of their songs. It’s one of my new favorite songs and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I first heard it. A perfect track to listen to while ending the evening on a high note.

Aquilo – “Put Me Down” – Calling Me EP

I dig Aquilo quote a bit. A mixture of dream pop & alternative R & B,  they’re a go-to for me whenever I am feeling a bit stressed out with the bazillion things I have going on in life. I just throw on some of their music, close my eyes, and imagine being anywhere else in the world. Actually – I think of their music as “I’m Already On Vacation” music. I’m physically here yet mentally on an extended vacation while listening to them. See out the rest of their music now.

Highly Suspect – “Lydia” – Mister Asylum

If you like your alterna-rock a little down-n-dirty with a small-bar feel, “Lydia” is the perfect song to jam out to. The “heaviest” track in the playlist, it’s a great rockin’ single from newer band Highly Suspect – a band that has a long career ahead of them. This is a song you play when you’ve have a house party going on or a couple of friends over and you’re relaxing outside and wanting something a bit louder to end your evening on a high note.

Adaline – “Broken Glass” – Famous for Fire

I love Adaline’s music. Her voice is simply majestic and calming, and her lyrics touch upon almost every emotion a person can feel in their lifetime. Famous for Fire is a really good album that has many songs worth listening to, and “Broken Glass” is one of my favorites from it. It’s got a driving, somewhat-grungy guitar riff that anchors the song, a groovy bassline, and great percussive work while Adaline sings her heart out. She has a new record coming up that I’m definitely looking forward to.

Other suggested tracks to listen to off of Famous for Fire: “Clean,” the title track, and “Poor You.”

Alanis Morissette – “You Owe Me Nothing in Return – Under Rug Swept

As is tradition, I always add at least one Alanis song to my music mix. This is a Top 10 favorite song for me, if not a Top 5 one. It’s held a lot of meaning to me for years since the album it’s featured on, Under Rug Swept, was released 13 years ago. It’s about giving your all to someone – whether it be a friend, significant other, or someone important in your life – and not expecting anything in return. So a selfless act of kindness that doesn’t need to be rewarded. What’s so cool about this song is that you can interpret it in different ways, but it describes my attitude towards those are in my inner-circle.This is also one of Alanis’ slower, more electronic, and lyrically fluid (the lyrics flow together smoothly) songs.

You+Me – “Break the Cycle” – rose ave.

Are you into dreamy folk pop? Do you have a quiet spot that you like to sit in and just daydream the hours away? Let this song help you drift off into a few moments of quiet and silence. You+Me is a unique musical collaboration between singers P!nk (love her) and Dallas Green (formerly of Alexisonfire/now solo – City and Colour). “Break the Cycle” is a gorgeous piece of acoustic pop that takes you away from the world for a few minutes, returning you with a smile on your face and a lightness in your heart. Their debut album, rose ave., is worth checking out and it includes a wonderful cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.”

Röyskopp – Eple – Melody AM

Some instrumental electronic music to zone out too. Another new favorite of mine.

Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack

I haven’t seen the last Hunger Games film yet – too much too watch, not enough time to watch it all. This song is featured on the soundtrack to the first part of the Mockingjay two-parter and is one of my favorite songs from Lorde. It’s got a driving groovy melody that’s catchy and a great dance tune too, or just to chill out to. Even if you’re not a Lorde fan, it’s still worth checking out.

Jacko Hooper – “Run Away With Me” – For You EP

For fans of Ben Howard, I cannot recommend Jacko Hooper’s first EP enough. He’s a terrific songwriter with such a strong and melodic signing voice, and you can feel him singing his soul out. His lyrics deserve your undivided attention and you can easily get lost in them. He was a surprise find for me and I’m sure you’ll be as into his music as I am.

Mumford & Sons – “Believe” – Wilder Mind

I was never really a Mumford & Sons fan; they aren’t the type of musical act that I normally listen to. Lately I’ve been trying to expand my musical vocabulary by listening to a lot of indie music and the many sub-genres that fall under it, and I’ve been greatly impressed. You might’ve heard “Believe” on mainstream rock and pop stations, and for good reason: it is a most excellent song. I haven’t stopped listening to it since I first heard it.

Zella Day – “Compass” – Kicker

This was featured in the following shows: The Vampire Diaries, Season 6, Episode 9 – “I Alone” & Catfish: The TV Show, Season 4, Episode 7 – “Whitney & Bre”

“Compass” is a rainy-day song for me. It’s hard to really describe the song for me, but pay close attention to the lyrics and vocals. Another song that requires your full focused attention.

Ghost Loft – “So High” – “So High” Single

There’s a few songs in this playlist that I discovered while seeking out fan videos for my favorite featured couple from Person Of Interest: Root & Shaw (Shoot). A lot of these videos helped pique my interest (ha!) in the show, which I really didn’t get into when it first premiered; what a fool I was. But the specific songs chosen for many of them hit me in the ‘feels’ quite hard, especially if you are caught up on the evolution of Shoot from their first meeting to what awaits us in Season Five (I’m a little nervous). “So High” is a terrific song that is pretty and soulful and kinda melts your heart, too.

The xx – “Infinity” – xx

This song was featured in the following shows: 90210, Season 2, Episode 8 – “Women’s Intuition” & Person Of Interest, Season 4, Episode 7 – “Honor Among Thieves”

While the song above was featured in a Person Of Interest fan video, this one pops up in an episode of the show during a really funny & flirty scene. Shaw is undercover trying to help out Team Machine’s latest “number,” a handsome thief named Tomas, and in the middle of her intimate first date/meeting with him, Root jumps onto comms and starts teasing Shaw about her date and brings up the flirting to levels past 10. Shaw is trying her hardest to not be affected by Root – but then Root had to mention their time spent hiding out in a CIA safe house, complete with zip ties & a hood and Shaw almost falters.
The rest of the episode is really, really good.

Band Of Skulls – “Cold Sweat” – Himalayan

This song was featured in the following show: Lost Girl, Season 5, Episode 2 – “Like Hell (Pt. 2)”

I don’t want to spoil the scene(s) that this song appears in because Lost Girl is still airing, and it’s best to binge-watch the fifth season after every episode has aired. The final eight episodes of the series will premiere on Sunday, September 6th and will be eight continuous weeks ’til the series finale. All I will say of this scene is that it features two sexy scenes featuring two core female characters in different scenarios. “Cold Sweat” adds to the sexual tension in both scenes by offering a sexy ’70’s-style rock groove to the mix.

The Kills – “Future Starts Slow” – Blood Pressures

This song is featured in the following shows: Political Animals (theme song) / Grey’s Anatomy, Season 8, Episode 4 – “What Is It About Men” / CSI: NY, Season 8, Episode 6 – “Get Me Out of Here!” / The Vampire Diaries, Season 3, Episode 17 – “Break On Through” / Person Of Interest, Season 2, Episode 16 – “Relevance” / Reckless, Season 1, Episode 11 – “And So It Begins”

This is quite the popular song for TV shows and for good reason –  it’s such a kickass tune. The Kills are a newer favorite group and I first discovered their music thanks to Lost Girl, which features “Sour Cherry” in Season One (“Vexed”) and “You Don’t Own the Road” in Season 3 (“Caged Fae”). For a lot of Person Of Interest fans, this song was introduced to them in Shaw’s first episode, “Relevance.” It’s a great introductory episode to a character that doesn’t take shit, takes charge of situations, is a one-woman army, and will even flirt with danger (literally). As Shaw ends quite the chaotic day for her, the song plays as her ex-government past comes up and tries to get rid of her. Obviously that didn’t happen, and we get this song that will always be associated with Shaw.

The Kite Strings – “Arcadia” – Vessel

So, so dreamy. Oh so dreamy. A great day-beginning song.

Maria Doyle Kennedy – “How You Remind Me” – Even Better Than The Real Thing Vol. 1

How do you make a Nickelback somewhat presentable & enjoyable for people who hate their music with the burning passion of a million suns? Be a badass singer and do a badass acoustic cover of it. If the name Maria Doyle Kennedy seems familiar to you, you might recognize her best as “Siobhan Sadler/Mrs. S” on one of my favorite shows: Orphan Black. Heck, she even sang in one episode of OB towards the end of Season 3 – “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow.” You need to seek the rest of her musical catalog immediately – she’s got so many songs to listen to, and she has a really mesmerizing & beautiful voice.

Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell – “Firestone” – “Firestone” Single

If I were to put this song under a genre, I’d stick it under indie alternative R & B dance (say that five times fast). It’s a cool song to do some moderate dancing to or bumping at a house party. That’s what the trendy people do, right?

Nothing But Thieves – “Wake Up Call” – “Wake Up Call” Single

If you like Death Cab for Cutie, The Black Keys, or Mumford & Sons, you’ll love this song. That is all.

Amber Run – “I Found” – Pilot EP

The song was featured in the following shows: Teen Wolf, Season 5, Episode 8 – “Ouroboros” & Saving Hope, Season 3, Episode 3 – “Awakenings”

This beautiful & melancholy song has been used in several fan videos for Shoot and each one that I’ve seen breaks my heart every time; that’s how I heard of it the first time and have loved it since. The song is absolutely perfect for the unconventional couple, and both videos below perfectly capture the heartbreak, the unconditional caring, and soul-crushing moments that make Shoot one of the best fandom couples ever. Amber Run has several other great tracks, but this is definitely my favorite of theirs’.

Klo – “False Calls” – Cusp EP

Another great day-ender. Funky beats and smooth vocals. You’re welcome.

Future Posts Coming Up In the Next Few Weeks – 06.05.2015

June is here! Summer’s gonna be here soon! My birthday’s at the end of the month! It’s LGBT Pride Month! All the exclamation points!!! Okie-dokie… Things are quite dead at work this summer, so it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up on the many posts that I’ve plotted out for this site since last year (yes, you read that right). Summer’s the time I binge-watch shows that are in my Netflix queue or catch up on newer episodes of shows that I’ve missed out on, or watch movies that I’ve been wanting to see. I even – GASP! – venture out of my apartment and socialize with other people on occasion.

Here’s some of the posts that you can look forward to in the next couple of weeks, and here’s hoping my muse doesn’t abandon me again:

My Adventures at Denver Comic Con [Amy Acker Edition]


I’ve been sick the past two weeks since my trip up to Denver, but I will finally have the chance to finish my write-up this weekend. Couldn’t see as much as I wanted to, but I did get the chance to meet a lot of really cool Shoot/Amy Acker fans while I was up there, and met one of my favorite actors too. I got to meet lots of Denver-based geeks and made some lasting friendships, which is always cool. At least I’ve got some cool cosplay pictures while I coughed up a lung or two.

Jaws 40th Anniversary Retrospective


Jaws is my favorite movie of all-time. It’s been my favorite since I was a wee lil’ girl growing up, and it has remained so throughout the years. I’ve seen it so many times that I’ve lost count and still watch it several times a year. This retrospective will cover my favorite scenes, quotes, characters, and why I love this damn movie oh so much. The post will be published on the official anniversary date: June 20.

Countdown to June 13th:
Three Epic Records Released on That Day 20 Years Ago
(Added June 13)


On June 13, 1995, three albums changed the music world and became genre-defining masterpieces that have influenced many musicians since their release. Those albums are Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Fear Factory’s Demanufacture, and Bjork’s Post. This post will be published on the anniversary date: June 13.

Sylent Mari’s Music Mix Has Returneth!


It has been quite a while since I last posted a music mix of songs that I dig and wanted to share with the world. I have more songs that cover multi-genres, and I will hopefully be posting that list sometime this coming weekend.

Next part of X-Files Retrospective Series:
My Most Favorite Scenes, Part 1


With the exciting news that The X-Files is returning with six brand-new episodes in January 2016, it’s given me the drive that I’ve been needing for a while to finish this retrospective series that I started a while back. This next part in the ongoing retrospective will cover the first three seasons of the series, and it’s going to be hard to select one or several scenes from each episode. This post should be coming out sometime next week.

New Feature:
Repeatables – Episode Rewind


Sometimes you’ll watch an episode from one of your favorite TV shows, and it sticks with you after you’ve viewed it for the first time. You rewind it, you rerun it, you tell your friends all about it. This is what Repeatables –  Episode Rewind is all about. There have been so many different episodes throughout the years that I’ve watched over & over and never got sick of. This year brought one from Person Of Interest, which is the subject of the first post (surprise!). There will be many more episodes explored, and I hope to make it a weekly feature.

TV Shows to Binge-watch Over the Summer


Sometime this year or last (I have the worst memory) I added a post about several shows that I discovered on Netflix and binge-watched while I was on a three week break from work. I didn’t do much thanks to a sprained ankle, so I spent my time discovering shows that were new to me and watched them. Now that it’s summer, II;’m adding more shows that I recommend checking out: some familiar to the masses, the rest cult hits that everyone should discover. That post will be coming up soon.

Classic Gaming – NES (Nintendo)


I’m a Nintendo fangirl. I’ve loved (most) everything Nintendo since my family first received the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in 1988, when a family member gifted it to us at Christmas. Since then I’ve always tried to get or played every system that Nintendo has released; yes, I even played the Virtual Boy a few times too. This trip down memory lane will feature quite a few of my favorite games from the NES, and there will be videos to accompany them. This will hopefully be a monthly feature that will also cover other gaming systems as well as classic video game makers and their iconic games and characters. First post will be delivered in 2-3 weeks.

The Fae-mily Has Return-eth! (Hiya LOST GIRL!) – Quick Recap of Seasons 1-4 + Bonus Round: Favorite Episodes!

I can’t imagine anyone playing Bo as amazingly as Anna Silk has. She’s done such an incredible job.

I’m so late with this, but that’s my usual M.O. Go me! I’m a bit behind on updating in general because I’ve been on a very long and welcome break from my Real Life Job that started on December 13th and ends tonight (three weeks!), and I’ve enjoyed the time spent catching up on sleep, wasting time playing World of Warcraft, hanging out with friends & family, and just being as lazy as humanly possible; a koala would be so jealous of me. I also needed time to re-focus and start writing again. Hooray for fresh new posts!

Lost Girl came back to a hearty “You’ve been hella missed!” from fans when it premiered on its Canadian TV channel home, Showcase, on December 7th. The first two episodes were a two-parter titled “Like Hell, Pts. 1 & 2,” that featured Bo and fae-mily still reeling from the events of the Season Four finale. Some big things happened and it’s up to Bo to try and make everything work, but the poor gal really needs a break from her destiny, from continuously fighting off threats from everyone and anyone, and having sexy times with sexy people that will cuddle her hard – ‘cause she really needs lots of cuddles. And sex, of course.

If you are brand-new fan who’s watching the show for the first time, this handy recap post below will give you the teensiest lil’ idea of what the show is about. For American fans and other fans around the world who are waiting for the show to premiere in their countries (January 2015 for the U.S.), I thought it wise to give a quick recap of the first four seasons of the show, as a refresher for those getting ready to watch Season Five for the first time. For the lucky Canadian fans who have been watching the new episodes this live on their TV screens every Sunday – thank you for sharing this show with those of us who have been waiting (not at all) patiently for the new episodes.

Each season recap covers the main storylines, but don’t feature everything that has happened in each episode. I tried to mention the main plotlines that I thought were the most important, but apologies for anything major that I might have missed. I have longer individual season recaps written, but I won’t share those just yet. I’m waiting until right before the second half of Season Five premieres. Those recaps will feature many more story details, episode descriptions, and tons of screenshots.

Showcase has also given fans some extra special episode treats on their website. They have been featuring special enhanced versions of the Season Five episodes that have aired so far. Each enhanced episode includes some cool behind-the-scenes information and other cool & fun facts about the show and the myths, stories, and legends that the writers pull from to create each episode. I haven’t watched the enhanced episodes yet, but some fans have been sharing screenshots on Twitter and Tumblr. Thank you, amazing fans!

You’ll also notice that I’ve added a bonus section. What lies within? My favorite episodes from the series so far. I’ve chosen them for various reasons: some are hysterical, some are romantic, and some have shattered my heart into a million pieces, but overall they have really cool storylines. While I do have a favorite ‘ship (Doccubus), I’m down with liking the other ‘ships in the fandom too. So if you’re a fan of the other ‘ships, you’ll probably find some of your favorite episodes below as well.

Enough rambling from this writer – please enjoy this recap, and don’t forget to read the obligatory SPOILER ALERT! warning below.

THE EVER IMPORTANT SPOILER WARNING!!! If you’re unfamiliar with the series and want to watch it with a fresh view, please skip this post in its entirety; I’d love to have you return to it after you’ve seen the show. All others please proceed, keep your arms within your compartment, and sit back and relax and enjoy the craziest, weirdest, most frustrating and entertaining ride of your life.

Also, if LGBTQ+ content and open discussions of sexuality and sexuality being shown on-screen in general are not your cups-of-tea, then this show may not be for you because it can very, very queer and sexual at times. The leader character is a bisexual succubus, after all. So same-sex relationships or various topics about sexuality not your thing? This show ain’t for you, though there are many other reasons to watch it.

SEASON ONE – aka welcome to the sexy, dangerous, and fantastic world of the Fae, Bo Dennis!

One of my favorite opening shots from Season 1 – from the eighth episode “Vexed.” Also the first episode shot.

Season One is a favorite of many fans for a variety of reasons. I always find myself stuck between this and Season Two as my favorite seasons. In this season we are introduced to our heroine, Bo Dennis, and we watch as she learns that she is not a mere mortal, but actually part of a group of supernatural/mythological creatures called the Fae. The Fae are broken up into two factions: Light and Dark. Bo first meets her bestie/sidekick/human “sister” Kenzi Malikov after she saves the small-time thief from being assaulted by a creepo who likes to drop some “party favors” into a woman’s drink and his his way with her. Calling Special Victims Unit! Bo chi-sucks him in front of Kenzi, who records the incident on her smart phone (all the kids have one), and freaks out after she sees it after waking up in the infamous “Crack Shack” that she will eventually share with Bo.

Bo is kidnapped by the Light Fae, who are investigating an unfamiliar kill on their turf (creepo guy). Bo is forced to enter into a battle-to-the-death with the reward being a choosing of a faction if she survives. She does and decided to say “Screw you!” to both sides and remains unaligned and happily joining Team Human, in support of Kenzi. Bo, Kenzi, and the rest of their newly-minted “fae-mily” – wolf shifter Dyson, siren Hale, blood mage Trick, and human doctor Lauren – try to solve numerous cases in the Fae world, while Bo tries to find out more about her origins and her birth family.

We do meet one of her family members, her mother Aife (!), who ends up being the Big Bad for the season. Aife is a Dark Fae succubus who is pissed off at the Light Fae for personal reasons, and she almost takes out the Light Fae hierarchy in a suicide attack launched by one of her thralls. Aife does reveal to Bo that she was Light at one point, but the Blood King gave her to the Dark King, who did horrible things to her. She went mad and decided to seek vengeance against the Blood King. Bo doesn’t know (yet) that she also shares a connection to the Blood King. Aife and Bo fight it out over a nasty “family reunion,” and Bo comes out victorious. The same can’t be said for the rest of her fae-mily as they each fight their own battles, with Bo’s kinda-sorta beau Dyson suffering the most after a visit to an old crone that changes his life forever (or until the end of Season Two).

SEASON TWO – aka Team Bo fights off an ancient Fae enemy that wants to destroy all

Trick is horrified by the truths being told by Season Two’s Big Bad, the Garuda. My favorite of the ‘Big Bad’s.’

After the events of the Season One finale, Bo and her friends try to clean-up the aftermath of Aife’s attack on the Light Fae. Bo’s torn up ‘cause her mother’s dead(ish) and Dyson had his love for her stolen thanks to the Norn, the old crone mentioned above. She’s also had a falling out with her other lover, Lauren, but there could be a light at the end of tate tunnel. Or it could be reality about to bitch-slap Bo.

The leader of the Light, the Ash, is in critical condition and is replaced by a meaner and more rules-driven Ash named Lachlan – a Naga (hydra-like snake Fae).  Lachlan is a jerk to Bo and her friends on more than one occasion, and he even imprisons Lauren after an act of defiance on her part. Dyson’s backstory is covered in an episode that features a former friend and a woman that he once loved (who was married to his then-best friend): Ciara. Lauren has her own secret that’s been alluded since Season One when Bo questions her involvement with the Light. Lauren has a girlfriend named Nadia (!) who’s been in a coma for five years (!), or the length of servitude that she’s held with the Light Fae.

While Bo deals with two romantic blows, she does hook up with a Dark Fae named Ryan, a trickster Fae (a Loki). In the midst of her romantic mess, an ancient evil arises to wipe out both the Light and Dark, and humans as well – a fiery bird-like ancient Fae named the Garuda. He feeds on doubt and insecurities and faces off against Trick, who helped vanquish him with the Light and Dark armies fighting at his side centuries ago. The Garuda plans to corrupt Trick by entering his body and undoing all of the blood laws that he’s written as the Blood King, allowing him to feed as he pleases. There is a first failed attack against the Garuda that leaves Ciara murdered by him and Nadia killed as well; he possessed her after she awoke from her coma, and Bo was forced to end her suffering by stabbing her. What a raw deal! Bo is able to defeat the Garuda thanks to a combination of her friends and her blood working together. The big season-ending reveal? Trick is Bo’s maternal grandfather! And she’s named after her grandmother, Isabeau. Aife is also his daughter that he gave up to the Dark.

At the end of the season finale, we see Bo celebrating with her friends, but everyone has all of their own secrets that they are guarding close to their hearts: Lauren wants to flee all things Fae (she mentions this to Bo during a heart-to-heart in “Lachlan’s Gambit”), Dyson has gotten his love back (but hasn’t told Bo yet), Kenzi has a mysterious mark on her arm (after getting Dyson’s love back from the Norn), Hale starts to fall for someone (take a wild guess), and Trick still has more secrets about Bo and her origins and the identity of her father, but he’s not giving up that information. As Bo exits the Dal Riata (their home bar) to look for Kenzi after she steps outside, she glances into a mirror and sees her eyes glowing blue, and the succubus inside is getting a bit more powerful.

SEASON THREE – aka Bo vs. the Dawning vs. the Wanderer vs. Evil Human Foe

It’s Linda Hamilton! One of the coolest people ever. She guest-starred as Acacia, Tamsin’s mentor.

At the end of Season Two, we saw Bo and her fae-mily defeating the Garuda and dealing with their own personal crises. Bo’s Fae powers seemed to be growing and she started to gain more confidence in herself and her abilities. But there was also something darker starting to manifest within Bo, and she would spend a good portion of the season dealing with this sudden change, along with a new enemy to the Fae that comes in at the last-second and a little late to the show (like, literally – they make their first appearance in the eighth episode “Fae-ge Against the Machine”). A good portion of the season is built up to Bo’s ‘Dawning,’ an important and potentially dangerous right-of-passage that all Fae must complete before moving on in their evolution. If Bo doesn’t pass her Dawning, she will devolve into an icky UnderFae. Eww… With all the build-up for this ominous Dawning, the actual event is really quite tame, and it becomes more about another character than Bo herself; it’s her party, but she’s not really invited.

We are also introduced to a new character who will become a member of Team Bo at the end of the season: a Dark Fae valkyrie named Tamsin. Her origin and her reasons for being around the group are a mystery at first, but some of it is revealed in this season. Tamsin’s mentor Acacia also appears in a Tamsin-centric episode, “Delinquents.” Tamsin’s original purpose was to capture Bo for a bounty that she was hired for by a dark and frightening Fae named the Wanderer, who might or might not be Bo’s father. Tamsin does have her hand forced a few times and she tries to carry out the bounty, but in the end she sides with Bo, even though the Wanderer scares the crap out of her.

Between the Wanderer and the Dawning, you’d think that Bo has more than enough to handle without going nuclear, but HA! Relationship drama, the Dawning, the Wanderer, a new Team Bo member…what else can Bo add to her daily planner? Oh – how about a human scientist that wants to turn Fae and kills random Fae for evil experiments? Lauren joins him (after having enough of the Light and Dark Fae’s crap) in the short term before realizing what his Evil Scientist plans really are and helps Bo & company stop him. After dealing with everything, Bo disappears in a mysterious black cloud of evil smoke while Lauren is mysteriously absent, Kenzi (and all humans, including Lauren) are enemies of the Fae State, Hale steps down as the Ash (he was becoming quite the Ash-hole), Trick escapes and still has secrets he refuses to reveal, and Dyson and Tamsin take a plunge over a hill and might or might not be dead (Spoiler Alert! Of course they’re not dead).

SEASON FOUR aka the season that still leaves me & most fans confused by its storyline

Gratuitous “Anna Silk’s washing a car and this is a very important scene, for science” shot. Thank you, TV Gods!

The introduction of the Wanderer storyline was an interesting addition into Bo’s overall journey of fulfilling her true destiny as the one who will unite the Fae & humans and finding out who her birth father is, but the actual reveal and execution of the storyline fell very flat and garnered A LOT of strong reactions from the fandom. The last few episodes of the season also saw us lose two beloved characters (one of them returns in Season Five), yet another evil human who becomes a Big Bad, and confusion about WHO the Wanderer is. This is the most basic of descriptions for this season ‘cause there were so many storylines running at the same time:

At the beginning of the season, we see Bo’s fae-mily seemingly moving on with their lives after the chaotic events of the Season Three finale, with no recollection or memory of Bo. Ah WHAT?!?!?! A powerful “amnesia” spell has them all blocking any memories of Bo, and it had to take someone or something powerful to do that. Could it be the Wanderer? After the spell has been removed, Team Bo uses all of their resources to find their missing succubus. They rescue Bo and try to uncover the mystery behind her disappearance: why was she taken, who was behind it, and when in the hell did she join the Dark Fae? All signs point towards the Wanderer, who turns out to not be Bo’s father…after all? Still kinda confused by this.

So who’s the Wanderer? A Dark Fae named Rainer. He was a warrior who tried to start an uprising against the tyrannical and ego-driven blood King (Trick) centuries ago. In return for his insubordination, Trick refuses to let Tamsin take his soul to Valhalla, where fallen warriors reside. Rainer is also revealed to be part of Bo’s destiny, and she has finally found the man she’s supposed to be with, much to Dyson and Lauren’s chagrin (probably Tamsin too). Rainer also has a connection to Bo’s dad: he’s a pawn used by Bo’s father to bring Bo to him and open the gates of Hel (big mythological hint as to her father’s identity). Tricked into joining together in (unholy) matrimony, Bo and Rainer unwittingly open a portal that will allow Bo’s father to enter our world. The only way to close the portal is Bo’s heart, but there’s no removal of organs involved – it’s someone closest to Bo. Once said person sacrifices themselves and walks into the portal, one of the main missions for Season Five is revealed, and that’s to bring this person back from the dead. Does Team Bo succeed? We’ll find out when Season Five begins.




* 1×01 – “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” – written by Michelle Lovretta (series creator)

* 1×03 – “Oh Kappa, My Kappa” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×05 – “Dead Lucky” – written by Emily Andras

* 1×06 – “Food for Thought” – written by Pamela Pinch

* 1×08 – “Vexed” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×10 – “The Mourning After” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×13 – “Bloodlines” – written by Michelle Lovretta

Honorable Mentions:

* 1×04 – “Faetal Attraction” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 1×11 – “Faetal Justice” – written by Peter Mohan

This playlist is missing a few song, but here’s many of the tracks played during the first season. Also check out the song “The Warning” by Neverending White Lights, from the episode “Vexed.” Great song and one of my new favorites.



* 2×01 – “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×02 – “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×04 – “Mirror, Mirror” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×05 – “BrotherFae of the Wolves” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 2×06 – “It’s Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×08 – “Death Didn’t Become Him” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×09 – “Original Skin” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×10 – “Raging Fae” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×13 – “Barometz. Trick. Pressure.” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×17 – “The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×20 – “Lachlan’s Gambit” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×21 – “Into the Dark” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×22 – Flesh and Blood” – written by Alan McCullough

Honorable Mentions:

* 2×03 – “Scream a Little Dream” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×12 – “Masks” – written by Grant Rosenberg

Here’s the Season Two playlist. Also check out “We Are Everything” by Brandon Chandler from the episode “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won).”



* 3×01 – “Caged Fae” – written by Emily Andras

* 3×02 – “SubterrFaenean” – written by Stephen Cochrane

* 3×03 – “ConFaegion” – written by James Thorpe

* 3×04 – “Fae-de to Black” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×05 – “Faes Wide Shut” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 3×06 – “The Kenzi Scale” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

* 3×08 – “Fae-ge Against The Machine” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×10 – “Delinquents” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 3×13 – “Those Who Wander” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 3×11 – “Adventures in Fae-bysitting” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

Jam out to tunes from Season Three. Also check out “Gravity” by Akua from the episode “Hail, Hale.”



* 4×01 – “In Memoriam” – written by Emily Andras

* 4×04 – “Turn to Stone” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×05 – “Let the Dark Times Roll” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 4×07 – “La Fae Époque” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×08 – “Groundhog Fae” – written by Emily Andras & Sam Ruano

* 4×10 – “Waves” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×13 – “Dark Horse” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 4×02 – “Sleeping Beauty School” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

Songs from Season Four. Lots of great songs featured this season.

Sylent Mari’s Music Mix [12.02.14] – #3

Welcome to this latest playlist of tunes that I am currently digging or have been my favorite go-to songs for years. This time around I’ve thrown in a few more songs from the ‘90s and a couple of bone-crushing, headbanging metal and heavy music hits. I was lacking heavy music so I have definitely delivered in this latest musical post.

A fun fact about this newest playlist: I was a tad buzzed when I came up with the 20 tracks featured in the player below, but they’re all really good choices that I‘m quite proud of. Well… I was after I sobered up and had seen the songs that I added. But I hope you (i.e. my wonderful readers out there hiding on the Interwebs) dig this eclectic collection of songs ‘cause I do.

While you listen to the songs in the playlist, I am currently working on and racing to finish the first of the long-promised Lost Girl posts that never fully materialized until now, five days before the premiere of Season 5. I’ve had Real Life giving me a hard time the past few months, and I also couldn’t bring myself to write about the show because it still hurts a bit that it’s ending so soon. It feels like I’m losing a friend, and I’ve never felt this connected to a fandom or the fans within it as I’ve experienced with this show.

While I dry my metaphorical fangirl tears, please enjoy the following songs. If you have any musical suggestions for me, please send them my way. I’m always looking for new singers and bands to listen to and add to my musical collection. 

Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula” – Muchacho

This is another one of those songs that I’ve heard a ton of times, but can’t figure out where exactly…” If this is what comes up when you hear “Song For Zula,” you’d be correct in guessing that you might’ve heard it in a TV show or film. If you’re a fan of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, then you’ll remember hearing this playing during one of their scenes in the film The Amazing Spider-man 2. If you’re a fan of TV shows, here’s the shows that it’s appeared on: Grey’s Anatomy – Season 9 / Episode 14 “The Face of Change,” Revenge – Season 3 / Episode 10 “Exodus,” and The Vampire Diaries – Season 4 / Episode 19 “Pictures of You.” This song is a beautiful minimalist ambient indie track that just hits you in the feels each and every time you hear it. It’s a lovely song to play during a romantic outing too. For extra creative points, you could hold your smartphone up like John Cusack-style from Say Anything (for the younger readers in the crowd, drop everything and see this film immediately) outside your crush’s loft.

Pantera – “Shedding Skin” – Far Beyond Driven

Pantera is one of my favorite metal bands. They had a sound that was both borrowed and uniquely theirs, and many have duplicated it since. Each of the bandmates brought their own attitude to many of their songs, which are now considered to be heavy metal classics to metalheads around the world, both young and old. There’s a hint of sadness in hearing this song or any Pantera songs nowadays because of guitarist Dimebag Darrell’s death, which happened almost ten years ago this month on December 8th, 2004. But I’m not going to mention the bastard’s name that gunned him down – that asshole doesn’t deserve to be mentioned. What does deserve mentioning is that Dimebag’s influence is far-reaching and his riffs were legendary. “Shedding Skin” is one of my Top Five Pantera songs, and it shreds like a mother. Pantera is at the top of their game as they deliver this song with skull-crushing strength – from Phil Anselmo’s growls and screams moving the song along, while Dimebag shreds up a storm of awesomeness, Rex Brown brings his signature bass-playing to anchor the song, and Vinnie Paul pounds the shit out of his drums. On December 8th, have yourself a couple Black Tooth Grins (shot of Crown Royal with splash of Coke) and jam out to Pantera while remembering all the musical contributions that Dimebag delivered to the metal world.

Dave Gahan – “Kingdom” – Hourglass

If you’re a Depeche Mode fan, check out frontman Dave Gahan’s solo debut, Hourglass. It has a lot of that familiar DM sound along with some really cool musical exploration from Gahan, who worked on the album with a few collaborators. “Kingdom” is a great first single off the record and has been featured in two vampire-related productions: the song was featured on the soundtrack to the first sequel based off of the ‘80s vampire classic, Lost Boys, and it’s a pretty crap film. If you’re a horror fan that has to see all the sequels based off a favorite film, then check out Lost Boys: The Tribe. If you’re a fan of vampiric private investigators and cops like Angel from Angel (also a Buffy staple for the first three seasons) and Nick Knight from Forever Knight, the TV series Moonlight featured the song in its first and only season in Episode 7 called “The Ringer.” The series starred Alex O’Loughlin (currently seen in the newer Hawaii 5-0 TV series) and Sophia Myles, who plays a mortal woman in the series, but played a vampire in the film Underworld. The video for the song is a bit trippy.


Depeche Mode – “Only When I Lost Myself (2007 Remastered Version)” – “Only When I Lose Myself” Single / The Singles > 86-98

For the longest time I thought this song was featured on Depeche Mode’s 1997 album, Ultra, but it turns out that it’s a B-side that never made it on pressings of the album when it first came out. It was later included in the DM singles collection The Singles > 86-98 – the collection also came out on DVD which included all the videos from the album. The song should’ve been included on the album and it would’ve fit into the album’s theme perfectly – Ultra is one of my personal favorites. I hold the song close to my heart for various reasons, and the lyrics are so… I’ve included the video below so you can get a better visual of the song as you listen to it:

Austra –“Lose It” – Feel It Break

LOST GIRL SPOILER ALERT! Featured in Lost Girl’s second season, Austra’s “Lose It” is played halfway through the sixth episode “It’s Better To Burn Out Than Fae Away.” Doccubus fans will instantly recognize this song ‘cause it plays during a pretty sexy scene. For the rest of the audience, the scene in question involves Bo coming home after hearing about the then-Ash, Lachlan, paying a visit to the Crack Shack looking for Lauren. Lauren fled the Ash’s compound after he requested that all Light Fae human employees be kept under guard in their personal quarters. Lachlan had his goons grab Kenzi while Lauren went into hiding, but she came out and told him to back off of Kenzi. After he leaves, Lauren realizes that she may be putting Bo and Kenzi in unnecessary danger, so when Bo arrives home, Lauren tells her that she’s leaving to go back. Bo – with her heart breaking quietly – stares into Lauren’s eyes and leans in for a kiss. Lauren quickly asks her if this was about getting over her previous lover, Dyson, but Bo said “It’s about us.” Queue lots of making out, followed by a frantic removal of clothing and more kissing and groping and all kinds of sexiness. The next day we see Bo waking up to stare down at Lauren and she kisses her in a very sweet morning-after moment. Perfect song for a perfect scene.

Fear Factory – “God Eater – The Industrialist

No gods, no kings, only man…” Fear Factory has always had a common theme that’s been heavily used throughout their 20+ year career: the war against man versus machine. Taking inspiration from cyberpunk films, including Blade Runner and especially The Terminator (and its sequel), Fear Factory has always spun interesting tales between the two sides fighting against each other, as well as exploring the bleakness that has permeated humanity for the past few decades as well as our obsession with technology and the future. FF has released two concept albums that further explore the relationship between man, machine, and government force and interference in an awesome album (Obsolete) and a so-so one (The Industrialist). “God Eater” comes from the latter of the two, and the concept of The Industrialist is a vision of the world from a sentient being’s point-of-view. This machine wakes up and discovers the world of man surrounding it and sees the prejudices that man has against it and each other. “God Eater” is a sort-of battle cry for the machines to wake up by their de-facto leader, the Industrialist, and a reminder that man is just that – a being of flesh and bone and not a god nor king. It’s a very epic track that has lots of dark electronics interwoven with the massive guitar sound and Burton C. Bell’s harsh vocals. One of the highlights of a mixed album that is lyrically great, but musically much of the same from FF.

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – “Falling Slowly” – Music From The Motion Picture Once

Watch the film Once. You won’t be disappointed and you will fall in love with it and the soundtrack. Here’s the video for the song “Falling Slowly,” which I would love to have played at my future wedding…if I ever cross that path. Winking smile

En Vogue – “Free Your Mind” – Funky Divas

Love this song, love this video, love this group. This song is still very much relevant today with its anti-prejudice message, The track also mixes a hard-driving guitar riff as En Vogue lays down some killer vocals while being the fierce divas that they are. I saw them in concert a few years ago, and this song was as kickass live as it is recorded. The song appeared on Modern Family in Season 2 / Episode 8 “Manny Get Your Gun.”

Nightwish – “Wish I Had An Angel” – Nemo

I honestly don’t remember adding this song to my playlist initially, but I was pretty buzzed when I did. We all love epic symphonic metal too, don’t we? This is one of my favorite symphonic metal tracks; it also sounds like a battle anthem that could easily find itself on the soundtrack to a fantasy film. Unfortunately, it found itself stuck on a soundtrack to a Uwe Boll film (Alone in the Dark), who also directed a music video for them. I wonder if he used video game scenes in the music video… Actually – I’m kinda scared to find out. The soundtrack itself features a crapload of awesome metal and hard rock bands, so I guess Uwe was responsible for something kinda cool. I miss former lead singer Tarja Turunen, who brought a really operatic sound to the group (check out their cover of “The Phantom of the Opera” from the musical, and a favorite of mine – gorgeous and haunting). Nightwish is still releasing lots of records, but ”I Wish I Were An Angel” is definitely a highlight from the band.

Judas Priest – “Beyond the Realms of Death” – Stained Class

I’m a big Judas Priest fan. I’ve seen the band twice and rocked my heart out to their many classics and their newer efforts when I saw them a few years ago. The first concert I attended (both performances were post-2000) by JP had Motörhead and Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath, but with Ronnie James Dio – R.I.P.), right before Dio passed away the following year due to a long battle with cancer. That first performance was an early birthday present for me: they played Albuquerque on June 28th, 2005, the day before my birthday. My friends and I caught the end of Motörhead’s performance – just in time for “Ace of Spades” – but we saw all of Heaven & Hell’s set. It was amazing to see them live and I’m glad I was able to see Dio singing his metal heart out to many Dio-era Black Sabbath classics including “Sign of the Southern Cross” and “Falling Off The Edge Of The World.” When Judas Priest appeared after their set, with Rob Halford riding out on stage on his signature Harley, the crowd went absolutely nuts. That first performance saw them doing a lot of their classics and some selection from their recent release, Angel of Retribution. Hearing “Beyond the Realms of Death” live for the first time way just…wow. It’s a fan-favorite and one of their mellower tracks, but still a damn powerful song. I caught the band a few years later in August 2008 with Queenrÿche as the opening act, before Geoff Tate pissed off the rest of the band and they had an epic fight that was eventually settled. Good times…

Local Natives – “Colombia” – Hummingbird

Dreamy melodic indie rock – that’s the best way to describe Local Natives’ music. I’ve never been a huge fan of the indie music scene, but I’ve been listening to a lot of really good indie bands over the past two-three years. I’ve got Lost Girl to thanks for turning me on to a lot of them. Local Natives was a band I discovered thanks to Alanis Morissette’s Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify, and “Colombia” was one of the tracks that really grabbed my attention. I can’t properly describe it, but it’s another track worth hunting down and listening. I happened to catch their performance on Austin City Limits earlier this year while hanging out at my parents’ house. My mom happened to stop on PBS and I was listening to this song and trying to figure out why it sounded so familiar, and then I realized that it was them. If you can find that performance online, take a few minutes to hear and watch it; lots of great energy and good music.

Deftones – “My Own Summer [Shove It]” – Around the Fur / The Matrix Motion Picture Soundtrack

Deftones were huge when I was in high school in the mid-to-late 90’s. This song received heavy radioplay and was also featured on the soundtrack to the first (and best) of the Matrix trilogy. You can’t help but scream along to this song at the top of your lungs, no matter where you are. Don’t do it at work or school though ‘cause you don’t want to cause a distraction and/or possibly arrested for disorderly conduct. It’s a badass “F*** you!” song that brings out the teen angst in anyone who listens to it. I remember the video quite vividly too, with its extreme color contrasts and the band performing on clear platforms in the middle of a lake, while great white sharks circle them (gotta love stock footage). I was more drawn to the sharks than the band in the video, but everyone who knows me are well aware of my love for great white sharks. Yeah – they’re my favorite animals. If you want to tap into that jaded part of yourself that’s still a bit rebellious, crank this song up to ‘10’ and scream along to the song.

Type O Negative – My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” – October Rust

Note: Spotify has the song misspelled, as your can see in the playlist. Nothing I can do about, but maybe I should contact them and let them know?

One of the things that I regret in life was not getting the chance to see this band live. I had a few opportunities to see Type O Negative in concert when I was in my teen’s and 20’s, but alas those chances quickly passed. Unfortunately, the band’s former frontman, the strangely-sexy and imposing Peter Steele (dude was well over 6’5”) passed away a few years ago due to natural causes. I remember hearing about his death and being absolutely gutted because his music spoke to me and many friends. It was dark, dripping with lots of black humor, with bloodlust and longing thrown in for the Goth girls and boys in the crowd. They are still one of my favorite bands, and this song is a large reason why. If you’ve never seen the video, I have included it below for your viewing pleasure. How many songs about polyamory do you hear on the radio? The song is classic TON and you can groove to it while singing along, but still not lose any Goth street cred.

VAST – “Flames” – VAST

Have your ever heard a song and considered it the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard? You find it hard to describe why the song touches you deeply, so you struggle to find adjectives that work with your emotions towards that particular track. In this case, this moving tune from the one-man band VAST (fronted by the hugely talented Jon Crosby) is impossible for me to describe in words that would fit it properly. You will feel very strong emotions when you hear it – that I believe. As gorgeous as this song is, I think I’d use it as my wedding song if I ever take that path towards matrimony in my life. If you’re still reading this entry, stop immediately, and find this song on the playlist and press “Play.” Close your eyes and let your mind wander, drifting off into a blissful state as this song speaks to you in whatever way you allow it to.

Alanis Morissette – “Baba” – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

When Alanis first released her international debut album, Jagged Little Pill, it wasn’t a huge hit. Thanks to heavy rotation on alternative rock stations of the debut single, “You Oughta Know,” the album quickly found its way climbing towards the top of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. While never reaching the #1 position, it did spend a healthy amount of time in the Top 10 months after its release. While Jagged Little Pill became an international smash hit and selling a bazillion (30+ million) albums, Alanis was quickly becoming jaded and disconnected from reality because of the sudden fame that was thrust in her face.  She took a few months and traveled the world, landing in India and have a spiritual epiphany of sorts. She found herself again, had a new sense of calmness and reflection, and flew back to the U.S. to work on her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. “Baba” is a very kickass track and one of the highlight of SFIJ; it’s also her best album, IMO. A somewhat-harsh look at foreigners who travel to India for instant spirituality-on-order, Alanis mixes her own experiences of seeing these so-called spiritual pursuers being led by false “gurus” towards some version of enlightenment vastly different from the one she experienced.

Phantogram – “Bad Dreams” – Voices

Suggestions for properly listening to this song: Turn off all lights, turn on the nearest set of Christmas lights/lava lamps/UV lights, shut your eyes, and let this song drift you off into a magical space of dreamscapes touched by a slight dash of nightmares. This song is also one of my creative go-to’s ‘cause of its dreamy ambient groove. So stop reading the rest of this post and listen to this song now.

Haujobb – “Let’s Drop Bombs” – New World Order

If you’re into Future Pop or 1980’s-inspired Industrial/Electro music, than this song  will speak to you loud and clear. I bought this album through a mutual friend’s record label (shout-out to DSBP Records – check out their collection of Industrial/Electro/EBM/Coldwave artists and albums), and I highly recommend it. I’ve got my physical CD copy staring at me ‘cause there’s still quite a few music fans like me out there that love to have a physical product in their hands as they enjoy the music that speaks to them. Yes – I’m a tape and compact disc (CD) aficionado. “Let’s Drop Bombs” is dancefloor-ready for the masses that meet weekly at local Industrial/Goth nights with a coarse and danceable beat.

Bif Naked – “Lucky” – I Bificus

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Season 4 episode “The Harsh Light of Day” and the show Moonlight in its first season, during the episode “Fated to Pretend.” (Haha – another vampire show entry). The first time I heard this song on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it gave me chills – you know that cliché everyone uses to describe something that gets under their skin on an emotional level. The song was played during a very vulnerable moment in Season 4 when Buffy sleeps with a fellow college student that she falls for, only to find out that the guy’s an asshole and only used her for sex. In many ways it mirrors the first time Buffy made love to her then-lover Angel, and the sadness and vulnerability she felt when she woke up after their night together and found him gone. We later find out that Angel lost his soul and became Angelus again, who ran off to feed his newly-energized bloodlust.  When Buffy later confronts Parker, he casually tells her that it meant nothing to him, thus crushing her emotionally a bit more. If you separate the song from the scene it’s featured in, it’s quite a beautiful and melancholic song. It’s one of my go-to moody romantic songs.

Korn – “A.D.I.D.A.S.” – Life is Peachy

This song definitely takes me back to middle & high school. Or the age group that comprised most of Korn’s fanbase at the time – though much hasn’t changed (demographically speaking) in the 20 years since Korn blew up on the alternative/heavy music scene with their debut album, their self-titled effort Korn. Twenty years already!  Out of all of Korn’s earliest efforts before they lost key members and created a craptastic dubstep-influenced album, I chose this song. It was considered a bit dangerous and raunchy when it hit airwaves; not nearly as racy as what most teens are exposed to now, but it was at the time. “All day I dream about sex, all day I dream about fucking…” Lead singer Jonathan Davis has a sexy and sinister vibe vocally on this track, and the music is also dark, a bit dirty, and raw. The video that accompanied the song was banned by a few music video stations at the time because it was a little bit messed up: the police come upon a terrible car accident and we see the members of Korn dead in their vehicle and female passengers in another vehicle dead. At various moments in the video, we see the band members struggling to get out of their body bags. My favorite scene in the video is at the very end, when we see the coroner opening up Jonathan’s bag, and he’s dressed in woman’s lingerie – a risqué  move at the time to show gender-mixing.

Slayer – “Raining Blood” – Reign in Blood

Feeling angry and a bit frustrated with something in your life? Feel like letting out any pent-up anger by screaming and thrashing your head about rapidly? Want to time travel back to the 1980’s when speed/thrash metal was groundbreaking and insane and fast and heavy? If you’ve said “Yes” to all three, then this Slayer classic will help your rock out your frustrations. With an instantly recognizable guitar riff and accompanying dueling guitar attack from Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (R.I.P.). killer drumming from drum god Dave Lombardo, and Tom Araya’s signature growls and screams, “Raining Blood” is a heavy metal classic that still impresses the masses to this day. Kids know all the words to the song, it’s one of the first songs that beginning metal guitarists learn, and it’s an awesome song to crank up and screaming along to while you’re cruising in your vehicle of choice. You can hear the song playing in your head, can’t you? Winking smile “Raining Blood” was featured in the show Californication in Season 2 / Episode 1 “Slip of the Tongue” and the movie 30 Minutes or Less.

Sylent Mari’s “Weekly” Music Mix [11.17.14] – #2

Sure – it’s not exactly in keeping with the idea of weekly musical posts that I had planned on doing a few months ago, but I’m trying kids! Here’s my latest post on music that I’ve been listening to and on heavy rotation on my Spotify playlists. Some of the songs are the newest hits that are hot at this moment, and other songs are ones that I’ve listened to for years that I’ve always loved. You may recognize a few of the tunes from various television shows or cinematic features – I’ll indicate what they’ve appeared in with each entry.

If you’d like to hear more from a particular artist, or have any artists I should check out based on the selections in this playlist, share your favorites with me in the comments below, tweet me your suggestions to @SylentMari, or shoot me an e-mail to sylentmari @ gmail.com.

A Spoilery Reminder: Some of the songs below come from significant moments from the TV shows and films. Major spoilers will have a warning before the scene in which the song is played is revealed. Some of the shows and films mentioned are: Lost Girl, The Matrix, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Queen of the Damned, The Crow, and The Walking Dead.

Alanis Morissette – “I Remain” – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alanis has written some really beautiful and fantastic soundtrack songs over the span of her career, and this is one of them. “I Remain” is featured in the ending credits of the Jake Gyllenhaal-Ben Kingsley-Gemma Arterton film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, (loosely) based on the video game series of the same name. An interesting mix of Middle Eastern rhythms and orchestral magic, Alanis’ quiet and poignant vocals and lyrics compliment the music perfectly. She was nominated for a Golden Globe award for the song, which she performs quite frequently in concert in recent years, breaking up the song in three-part segments throughout her set. One of my favorite songs.

Alice in Chains – “Down In A Hole” – Dirt

If I had to come up with a Top 50 list of my all-time favorite songs, “Down In A Hole” would be featured on it, and probably in my Top 20. My favorite AIC track, this beautifully depressing song is one of the band’s strongest, and one that even non-fans are familiar with. It’s an even harder song to listen to years after Layne Staley’s unfortunate death due to a drug overdose – his haunting vocals still bring chills to me. One of my most memorable concert experiences was hearing this song live during Jerry Cantrell’s set when he opened up for Nickelback back in 2002, when Nickelback was starting to become the huge act that they are now. Layne was discovered almost two weeks before that performance, and hearing Jerry talking about the passing of his bandmate and friend while trying not to cry was hard. What made that moment even more somber and memorable was when he dedicated this song to Layne and seeing almost of the concert-goers around me pull out their lighters and holding them up high in the air in solidarity of the fallen singer, while we all sang along to the song. Such a powerful moment and one I will never forget.

Amy Lee (feat. Dave Eggar) – “Lockdown” – War Story: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

“Amy Lee, Amy Lee…that name sounds very familiar.” If you guessed that she is the co-founder and frontwoman of Evanescence, then virtual cookies for you! While that band is currently in-stasis as Amy regroups (and sues her former record label for missing profits), she got the opportunity to venture into a creative area that’s she always wanted to tackle: scoring a feature film. That dream came true when she helped score the music for a film called War Story, released this year and starring Catherine Keener and Ben Kingsley. The music is a mixture of traditional film orchestral composition with electronic and ambient sounds swimming in-between, and Amy Lee’s signature vocals accompanying a few of the tracks on the soundtrack. “Lockdown” sounds like it could’ve been featured on Evanescence’s last record. Hope Amy decides to do more feature films with that “epic” ton she’s always featuring in her band’s music.

Ben Howard – “Oats in the Water” – The Burgh Island EP

A fan-favorite from this show’s fourth season, “Oats in the Water” plays during a pivotal scene in Season Four / Episode Five of The Walking Dead, in an episode called “Internment.” MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT! In the previous episode, Rick told Carol to “F- off” after he found out that she had mercy-killed Karen and another survivor in the prison after they were becoming worse from the horrible virus/flu that they had contracted from another survivor. You can argue with me about the nature of the killing, but as we return to the prison, we see Hershel doing the best that he can under the circumstances as he tries to treat those who are also succumbing to the same virus/flu – including Glenn. END SPOILER ALERT! Rick and Hershel have a conversation separated by a glass window that peeks into the prison’s Death Row, where the sick survivors are currently being quarantined. At one point Hershel turns to his Bible, opens it, and starts to sob as this song is playing in the background. One of my favorite episodes from the so-so fourth season.

Björk – “All is Full of Love” – Homogenic / Greatest Hits

You gotta love Björk and all of her eccentricities that bleed into her widely imaginative musical career. You also have to be cautious around her or she’ll go nuclear on you (she’s mellowed out in recent years and hasn’t had any major temper tantrums). Björk has always been a favorite artist of mine because her music is so hard to pin down and so different from most everything out there, past and present. “All is Full of Love” was featured in the 1999 religious-themed film Stigmata, starring Patricia Arquette as an atheist who has strange wounds appearing on her hands and body, which look strangely similar to the wounds Jesus himself had on the cross (if you believe that Jesus existed). Of course random stuff starts happening to her, and it gets a bit convoluted at times and a bit heavy-handed. As an atheist I found it a little offensive because it presumes that we’re selfish jerks until we “see the light,” one of the messages of this film. I hate that stereotype – most of us are very compassionate people who love, care, and try to help our fellow human beings in any way we can. Mini-rant over – ahem. Besides being featured in that film, this is a gorgeous track that is fast becoming of my new current favorite tracks.

Christophe Beck – “Close Your Eyes (Buffy & Angel’s Love Theme) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Original Television Series Soundtrack

Lots of fangirl feels ahead! There are songs that sometimes bring strong emotions to us when we hear them, reminding us of certain moments in our lives or things that we’ve experienced while watching our favorite films or television series. In the case of this instrumental track featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it gives me chills along with tears. MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT! Playing towards the end of the Season Two episode “Becoming, Part 2” (Episode 22), Angel lost his soul midway through Season Two and became his psychotic vampiric self again, Angelus, who succeeded in mentally, physically, and emotionally torturing Buffy and her friends. He even killed a then-key member of the Scooby Gang – technopagan and Giles’ lover, Jenny Calendar. Buffy and Angel have an epic swordfight and just as Buffy’s about to kill Angelus, sending his evil self to Hell and closing a portal to a demon dimension that he had opened up, his soul return. Angelus becomes Angel again, and the poor guy has no clue what’s happened since his demon took over again. Poor Buffy is so conflicted at this moment – while her lover has returned, she has to kill him to save the world. She whispers to him, “Close your eyes,” as they hold each other – while this track plays in the background – and she runs him through with her sad. END SPOILER ALERT! Also one of my favorite moments from any TV series, as sad as it is.

Depeche Mode – “Surrender” – “Only When I Lose Myself” Single B-Side (UK)

This song is one of the tracks left off from Depeche Mode’s ULTRA album, and I wish it had made the final tracklist. ULTRA is also one of the all-time favorite albums, and this would’ve been a nice track to close out the album with. When I hear this song, I imagine a 1920’s or 1930’s-inspired video with burlesque dancers, gangsters, flappers, and a detective trying to solve a crime in film noir-style, complete with traditional black-and-white film. I see the band performing in a smoky bar, with Dave Gahan front and center and performing his magic in a very dapper outfit. If you’re a DM fan that hasn’t heard this song yet, listen above and seek it out if you can find the single, ‘cause I still love to buy albums and singles in physical forms like vinyl or CD’s.

Econoline Crush – “Razorblades and Bandaides” – The Devil You Know

When I look at my many playlists of songs that I love and am influenced by in my creative works, I’ve noticed that many of them are dark, bitter, emotionally heavy, depressing, and break-up songs. I’ve always liked sad songs and I sometimes find them more interesting than upbeat or “happy” tracks. This song from Canadian band Econoline Crush is one of my favorite break-up songs. “I miss you more than words could ever say, I miss you every single empty day…” The thoughts those words reflect sometimes swim through our heads after we’ve gone through a painful end to a relationship, but maybe it had to end for a reason – to find ourselves, to find the person we’re really meant to be with, etc. If you’ve never heard of Econoline Crush, check out their albums The Devil You Know and Affliction and the Purge EP. They’re a mixture of post-grunge, industrial, and heavy alternative rock.

Fluke – “Zion” – The Matrix Reloaded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A sexy funky ambient track that appears during that massive rave scene in Zion. We all know the scene – massive underground dancing orgy-athon intercut with scenes of Trinity and Neo getting it on in an undisclosed location…or their pad in Zion. It’s a cool ambient dance track and a perfect way to wind down your evening after a night out.

Garbage – “#1 Crush” – Absolute Garbage (Special Edition) / Romeo + Juliet Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I think this is one of the mist heavenly and sexiest songs of all time. Very 1990’s but that’s not a bad thing. This Garbage hit was heard all over alternative stations when Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet came out. Do you remember the film? A then-modern contemporary take starring Leonardo DiCaprio (before he became a mega-star thanks to Titanic) and Claire Danes (known for her role on my So-Called Life at the time), the film is definitely interesting, seeing characters dressed up in ‘90’s fashions while quoting the classical Shakesperean lines from the play. The soundtrack itself is worth seeking, but “#1 Crush” is the standout. The track oozes sex in the music and Shirley Manson’s lustful vocals, and should be added to any bedtime playlist. Here’s a great live version from Monterrey, Mexico from 2012.

The Hundred in the Hands – “Keep It Low” – Red Night

The theme of this week’s playlist is electronic, ambient, moody music to chill out or be creative to. Or to have sexy nighttime moments to. “Keep It Low” fits all three categories and is a more recent favorite track. Featured in Season Three / Episode Five “Faes Wide Shut,” the song is played during the intro scene. Bo and Lauren, after having a serious discussion about their relationship at the end of the previous episode, agree to Bo feeding on others to heal herself and give poor Lauren a break form their nightly sexual escapades. The women are dressed to the lines as they look for a potential “victim” for Bo to bed while hanging out in the Dal Riata, and there’s a hilarious moment where Lauren gives poor Trick (Bo’s grandfather) a bit TMI about trying to deal with her girlfriend’s “coital requirements.”

Keane – “Somewhere Only We Know” – Hopes & Fears

Yes, this song received lots of radioplay a few years ago, but I love it. I tend to discover songs long after they’ve hit the airwaves because I don’t listen to local radio stations – I’m usually listening to our one local progressive talk station. And modern radio sucks because of all the commercials and the same songs are always on rotation, even if it’s a classic rock station. Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” has also been featured in several television series’ and films, including Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Life, and the film He’s Just Not That Into You. Groove to this UK band and transport yourself five years back to 2009.

Lioness – “They Clip the Wings of Birds” – The Golden Killer

Featured towards the end of Lost Girl’s fourth episode in Season Three, “Fae-de to Black,” this song plays in the background MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT! while Bo confesses to her girlfriend, Lauren, that she slept with her ex-boyfriend, Dyson, to help herself heal after receiving a very serious injury while trying to save a human earlier in the episode. As Lauren stares at Bo, angry tears threatening to fall from her eyes, Bo pleads with her to say something. Instead of screaming at Bo or leaving her apartment, Lauren leans in and grabs Bo and pulls in for a kiss. Defeated, Lauren and Bo come to the realization at this moment that Bo needs other sexual partners to fully heal herself as a Succubus, but she will remain monogamous to Lauren. END SPOILER ALERT! One of the few times a show has even broached the topic of open relationships, in this particular instance it’s necessary for Bo to survive and what I like most about it is that it’s not frowned upon or seen as anything salacious. Along with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer scene mentioned above, this always always makes me cry. At the time it aired it was very hard for me to watch, having gone through a break-up a few months before.

Massive Attack – “Safe From Harm (Perfecto Mix””)” – The Insider: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Used in in the final scene in one of director Michael Mann’s best films, 1999’s The Insider. If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story. In the fictionalized version, a research chemist who worked for one of the major tobacco companies exposed disastrous information about the harmful effects of cigarettes on consumers in an expose on CBS’ 60 Minutes. The man went through personal and professional ruin, but the film perfectly illustrates what happens to whistleblowers who release and unveil information that they believe the public needs to know about. Al Pacino plays a 60 Minutes producer named Lowell Bergman, and as Massive Attack closes out the film, we see Al Pacino making a cool exit out of a building in the only way Al Pacino can. 

P!nk – “Try” – The Truth About Love

I’ll just leave the music video here:

My favorite P!nk song. It’s beautiful, it’s somber, it’s heartbreaking, it has more adjectives I could use, and it’s also one of the best pop songs released in recent years. The video is beautifully shot and executed and breathtaking. If you’ve seen any of P!nk’s live performances, you know how well-choreographed they are with the acrobatics and dancing. I never get tired of listening to this song and could put it on repeat easily.

Robot Koch (feat. John LaMonica) – “Nitesky” – The Other Side

I started seeking out more of Robot Koch’s music after I first heard the song below in a fan-made music video. I found this song on Spotify and instantly loved it. Along with the song below, I can’t easily describe it, but it’s a sad, quiet, melodic track to listen to in the background when company’s over, or alone and with your thoughts as the day ends.

Robot Koch (feat. Susie Suh) – “Here With Me” – “Here With Me” Single

I don’t have any words to describe this song beyond amazing and touching. The first time I heard this song was in a Lost Girl fanvid for Doccubus called “Here With Me,” same as the song. The song wouldn’t leave me afterwards, so I immediately sought it out. I’ve added the video below, and even if you’re not a fan of Lost Girl or Doccubus, the video is still worth checking out because it’s very well-done and edited. The song is also featured in Season 1 / Episode 3 of the show The Blacklist.

Sara Bareilles – “Gravity” – Little Voice

I always discover really good songs from artists that I like years later, it seems like. Maybe I should buy more albums when I get the chance. I love “Gravity.” It’s a song that kills me a little on the inside every time I hear it, but only because it’s such a beautiful piece of music. I discovered this song while listening to Alanis Morissette’s Valentine’s Day Spotify playlist. She had this song and “I Choose You” on her list, and I thought it was cool that she was a Sara fan too. If the song sounds really familiar, you may have heard in several different shows, like The Vampire Diaries, Army Wives, Community, and So You Think You Can Dance.

Static-X – Cold (Radio/Deep Freeze Mix) – Queen of the Damned: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This movie was the epitome of everything wrong with a movie that was trying to pander to teens and be “original” in a post-Matrix world: really horrible CGI, really wooden acting, a very generic soundtrack half-filled with decent songs, and destroying the integrity of not one but two books that was its source material: Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat and Interview with the Vampire. Some of the highlights of the movie were Aaliyah (for the younger readers out there, a popular R & B singer from the ‘90’s who died too young in the early 2000’s) as the vampiric goddess/queen Akasha, mother of all vampires, and this song from Static-X, which was featured in the film. Wayne Static also lent his vocals to the song “Not Meant for Me,” another song from the soundtrack. Check out the video for the song on Youtube – it has a cool vampiric theme to it.

Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Empty” – Purple / The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This song, along with a few others on this playlist, were brought to you by the 1990’s – or when alternative rock was badass. Stone Temple Pilots was one of the biggest bands of the decade, and they were featured on several soundtracks, including this one. It’s a perfect addition to The Crow and it brings back lots of memories of the decade and the first time I watched the film and ventured more into the world of The Crow.

You+Me – “Break the Cycle” – rose ave.

Have you heard of You+Me? No? A musical duo that’s flown under the radar how could that be? And those vocals sure do sound familiar… If you haven’t listened to the indie folk pop stylings of You+Me yet, drop everything that you’re doing and seek out their debut album, rose ave., and you won’t be disappointed. You+Me is the collaborative duo of Alecia Moore and Dallas Green, who are better known by their stage names and projects: P!nk and City and Colour. Dallas is also the former frontman for the Canadian group Alexisonfire, if you’re into the modern post-hardcore movement. “Break the Cycle” was one of the first singles released from their debut album, and it’s a wonderful example of their musical collaboration, and something different for P!nk fans to check out. I hope they continue to make more music in the future because rose ave. is a really terrific album.

The xx – “Angels” – Coexist

See the Robot Koch entries. A pretty minimalist ambient electronic number with great lyrics. Great dream pop to lull yourself to sleep with. Featured in the new version of 90210, Gossip Girl, and Made in Chelsea.

Sylent Mari’s Weekly Music Mix [08.28.14]

Oh look! Wait a second! Could this be a…a…a brand-new post that’s not related to anything in particular? Why yes it is! While I really should be wrapping up my Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective and continuing on with my X-Files retrospective, as well as completing the 3,000+ ideas I have waiting to be written and blogged about, I’m testing out a brand-new weekly segment to this blog. I hope you are as entertained as I was while coming up with it while insomnia kicked in earlier this morning (“F Yeah, Insomnia!”).

Thanks to the magic that is Spotify, though their artist payment model is pretty crappy – that’ll be a future guest post from a friend, I can embed my playlists into this blog for everyone’s auditory pleasure. I listen to a wide range of music and a variety of genres. I am open to listening to just about anything, except for my roommate’s Top 40 mix, most popular music nowadays is horrendous, and this obsession with EDM and Dubstep and their terrible offspring is ruining good electronic music genres.

So what am I listening to this week? An eclectic mix of songs, with many on the list appearing in various television series. Well, mostly Canadian series with a few American ones thrown in. Let’s take a look at this week’s musical selections:

If you love television shows that fall under the sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural genres, you’ll recognize many of the selections. The other tracks are recent songs or songs that I’ve loved for years that I’ve also featured in this first mix. As a quick disclaimer, I should mention that there are some spoilers for the following series: Lost Girl, Buffy the Vampire SlayerBitten, and Orphan Black. It’s more in reference to which scenes the tracks play in, but you have been properly warned.

8 MM – “Around the Sun” – Between the Devil and Two Black Hearts

Appears in Season 3 / Episode 4 (“SubterrFaenean”) of Lost Girl, playing in the background as Lauren and Bo have sex for the first time as a canon couple. Damn awesome track for that scene, and a personal favorite.

Adaline – “Famous for Fire” – Famous for Fire

Appears in Season 1/ Episode 2 (“Prodigal”) of Bitten, during a scene where lead character Elena is in her old bedroom at Stonehurst manor, while her old flame Clay lurks outside her window.

Alanis Morissette – “Tapes” – Flavors of Entanglement

As I’ve established in this blog already, I’ m a huge Alanis fan. Yes – still after all these years. This haunting track off her post-Ryan Reynolds engagement period is a moody ambient track that have some really emotional vocals to match the mood of the lyrics, about having so many thoughts haunting your mind at the same time. It’s a common theme in Alanis’ music.

Alanis Morissette – “Edge of Evolution” – Havoc and Bright Lights

The ending track to Alanis’ most recent record, “Edge of Evolution” is a song that I’ve been addicted to since I first heard it after I bought the album. Though the lyrics are a little hokey (about evolving one’s self-consciousness), the music is quite superb, and it also features a really awesome bassline that is the highlight of the track.

The Belle Game – “Blame Fiction” – Ritual Tradition Habit

Appears in Season 1 / Episode 10 (“Endless Forms Most Beautiful”) of Orphan Black, in a scene where Cosima makes the shocking discovery that each of the clones has been secretly coded with an ID tag that can be found in their DNA, indicating that they’re the property of the Dyad Institute.

brian botkiller – “Welcome to Postwar USA (ft. En Esch)” – Welcome to Postwar USA

Botkiller is a local electronic music artist here in Albuquerque that I’ve met here-and-there throughout the years in my goth/industrial circle of friends & acquaintances. Check out his other tracks – you won’t be disappointed. The track features industrial music legend En Esch (KMFDM, Slick Idiot).

Curve – “Chinese Burn” – Come Clean

Appears in Season E / Episode 14 (“Bad Girls”) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy and Faith take subtext to all new levels during a sexy dance scene at the Bronze in the episode. The sexual tension was so thick that it reached Mulder & Scully levels at several points throughout the episode.

Evanescence – “Lost in Paradise” – Evanescence

This is a song that should appear in a film or television show soundtrack because it’s so moving and epic. A big orchestra sound + Amy Lee’s signature vocals + lyrics about alienation due to fame = classic Evanescence track.

Fear Factory – “Resurrection” – Obsolete

Before The Matrix came out in 1999, Fear Factory released a concept album called Obsolete that had a story similar to Neo’s journey in the first film. The album itself is a “sequel” to their first concept album, the groundbreaking Demanufacture, which was heavily inspired by The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This is Fear Factory’s most accessible and epic track, with heavy moments for older fans and quieter moments for new ones getting into metal.

Jace Everett – “Bad Things” – Jace Everett

Otherwise known as the True Blood intro theme. R.I.P. True Blood, and I’m sorry that your ending proved to be as unsatisfying to fans as Dexter‘s final bow.

Keaton Henson – “You” – Birthdays [Deluxe Edition]

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT: Appears in Season 4 / Episode 13 (“Dark Horse”) of Lost Girl, this song accompanies the last scene in the Season 4 finale. The scene in question still breaks my heart: Bo visits her best friend Kenzi’s grave, swearing to do whatever it takes to bring her back. Also featured in the series In The Flesh in Season 2 / Episode 6.

Lana Del Ray – “Once Upon A Dream” – Maleficient: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I’m not a Lana Del Ray fan. I find her annoying, boring, pretentious, and a mass-marketed female “idol” for young women who should find better singers to listen to. This is the only Lana track that I can tolerate because I love her dark and haunting take on the classic song from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, re-envisioned for the recently-released film Maleficent, based on the most iconic of Disney’s villains.

The Neighbourhood – “Honest” – The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This song plays during the ending credits. Really great track to an enjoyable film (I liked it, though it had its faults).

Pale 3 – “In My Head” – The Matrix Revolutions: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Appears in the scene where Morpheus, Ghost, and Trinity fight their way through the Merovingian’s BDSM-themed club to try and get Neo back from the “limbo” location he’s trapped in.

Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents” – Tramp

This song appears both in The Walking Dead and Lost Girl, both in pivotal ending scenes. For The Walking Dead, it’s the scene in which Rick leaves Carol behind after discovering that she’s the one that killed Karen and the other sick member of their group in the prison, to ease their suffering before they succumbed to their illness (Season 4 / Episode 4 – “Indifference”). For Lost Girl, it’s the last scene in the Season 2 finale “Flesh and Blood,” where Bo stares into a mirror and notices that her eyes start to glow blue, indicating that the Succubus inside is ready to have fun. This leads into one of the major story arcs of Season 3.

Slipknot – “Snuff” – All Hope Is Gone

If you haven’t seen the video for this song, I suggest you see it immediately. Featuring cameos from Malcolm McDowell and Ashley Laurence (Kirsty Cotton from the Hellraiser films), this deeply emotional track is one of my all-time favorite songs, and a huge departure for slipknot, who bring the music down to a very slow, melodic level in the track. Doesn’t mean it’s still not a heavy and powerful song.

Stabbing Westward – “Why” – Wither Blister Burn + Peel

This would be “Snuff” more than a decade after Slipknot released that song. Stabbing Westward is known for guitar-driven industrial music, falling under the Industrial Rock sub-genre, but this song is one of their slower tracks, but still a very powerful track that has so many great layers of electronics and traditional instruments mixed into the track. The vocals by lead singer Christopher Hall are both angsty and longing.

VAST – “Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me” – Turquoise & Crimson

One of my all-time favorite songs. This is a different version of the original track, with “From Me” omitted from the title, and more soundscapes added to the background. The track can be found in both Smallville (Season 8 / Episode 10 – “Bride”) and One Tree Hill (Season 1 / Episode 21 – “The Leaving Song”).

Velvet Chain – “Strong” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Music from the Television Series

Featured in the first season of one of my favorite shows, “Strong” is the song that I most associate with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Playing on stage at the Bronze in “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date,” Buffy and her date Owen are slowly dancing to the track. It’s a sweet moment and one of the few breaths of air that Buffy is allowed to take before things get chaotic as the series progresses.

Young Galaxy – “Queen Drum” – Invisible Republic

“Queen Drum” was featured in the first season of Orphan Black, but the exact episode is escaping me. Just means that I have to re-watch the season. What a bummer… ;)