Monday, August 14, 2006

And it gives you the munchies

Play it: Weeds Season 1
Stream: Elvis Costello "Little Boxes" (Weeds theme song)
Podcast: Weeds Music 101

The second season of the Showtime original series Weeds premieres tonight, and as an interesting 'gimmick,' they're having the theme song (Malvina Reynolds "Little Boxes") done by different performers for every episode. Tonight's premiere features Elvis Costello doing it (hear stream) and next week is Death Cab For Cutie. More performers tackling the ticky tacky include Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, Tim DeLaughter (Polyphonic Spree,) Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher (Squirrel Nut Zippers,) and Ozomatli.

Don't know if it will draw more fans to the show about da sticky icky, but combined with their scratch-n-sniff campaign launched last week, they could be on to something. Weeds is their series to pin HBO-like dreams upon, and they're going for it full-on.

If the opening theme artists draw interest, consider that nickel bag a gateway to the music of the first season, which I'm very high on (at the moment.) Besides the Folk classic great opening theme, the incidental music was composed and performed by one Joey Santiago (The Pixies.) Beyond that there's songs from Sufjan Stevens, The Mountain Goats, The New Pornographers, Nellie McKay, The Be Good Tanyas, Michael Franti and more. The song that hit the spot for me, though, was during Episode 4 ("Fashion of the Christ") when they played Sons & Daughters' "Blood." Whoah, dude... that was intense.

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drake leLane said...

Weeds - Season 1

* "Little Boxes" - Malvina Reynolds
* "David" - Nellie McKay
* "A Doodlin' Song" - Peggy Lee
* "Don't Stop The Music" - Kava Kava
* "All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands" - Sufjan Stevens
* "Ganja Babe" - Michael Franti
* "More Than A Friend" - All Too Much
* "Blood" - Sons & Daughters
* "Coffee's Cold" - Abigail Washburn
* "The Laws Have Changed" - The New Pornographers
* "Fake Purse" - Joey Santiago
* "Wacky Tobacky" - NRBQ
* "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" - Flogging Molly
* "The Littlest Birds" - The Be Good Tanyas
* "Who Knows" - Marion Black
* "Ballerina" - Leona Naess
* "Air" - Ephemera
* "Work song" - Dan Reeder
* "Step Away From The Cliff" - Blue-eyed Son
* "I Can't Move" - Martin Creed
* "It's Going" - john gold
* "Cotton" - The Mountain Goats
* "Birthday Video" - Joey Santiago
* "I Will Be" - Moses
* "Bleed" - The Negro Problem
* "I Can Hurt People" - Noam Weinstein
* "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar" - Hill of Beans

MJAPA said...

I just finished the first season of this show, and now I am hooked. :-) Looking forward to Season 2!! I hate waiting for the DVDs though. :(

drake leLane said...

Season 2 so far is pretty good... too early to tell... but I did nearly pee my pants last night seeing Kevin Nealon in tie-dye doing the robot onstage to a Reggae band.