Wednesday, April 04, 2007

From easy to stranglehold in twelve acts

Like that other HBO series, Entourage premieres the second part of their season (their third) this Sunday, and the DVD of the first part hit the shelves this week... by my calculations, that gives you now just four days to hug it out with the collection. Musically, the show packs in a tremendous amount of music for a 30-minute program, and the track choices are more then just a backdrop of partying in Hollywood.

Playlist: Entourage - Season 3, Pt 1

Take for instance how the season begins and ends. It all begins with Ghostface Killah's request to "Be Easy," which is indicitive of the mood the gang's all in. Vinnie's blockbuster Aquaman is about to open, the money's flowing and the stardom is a heartbeat away. The season ends with Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold," and without spoiling too much, most of that goodwill seems now to be up in the air.

So how did we get from easy to stranglehold? In the first few episodes, everythings mostly copacetic. Songs like Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright," "I Just Want to Celebrate" from Rare Earth and Sinatra's "I've Got the World on a String" are all in sync with the gang riding the wave of fame and fortune. Eric's managing a star now, Turtle's got his own biz now managing the up and coming rap star Saigon, and Ari's new business is breaking ground. But then things start to get interesting. Notice how the songs (in general) get more conflicted and dramatic, and aside from the diversion with The Ramones ("Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach" are used in conjunction with a Joey Ramone bio film pitch,) it progresses steadily until we're led to the introspection of TV on the Radio's "Staring at the Sun," which was as profound a moment as the show has had in it's three seasons thus far.

What do we have to expect with this second part coming up? More specific then the usual great hip-hop, classic rock and indie rock, I'd venture to guess that Kings of Leon will be in the mix, as they've featured the band in each season (and they have a new album out this very week... coincidence?) Here's the teaser trailer for what's to come.

Full tracklisting
HBO's episode-by-episode music and scenes

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Entourage - Season 3, Pt 1

1. "SuperHero" - Jane's Addiction - Theme song
2. "Be Easy" - Ghostface Killah - Episode 301 - Aquamom
3. "So Excited" - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Episode 301 - Aquamom
4. "Pouring water" - Baby Woodrose - Episode 301 - Aquamom
5. "Where'd You Go" - Fort Minor - Episode 301 - Aquamom
6. "Devil In Me" - 22-20s - Episode 301 - Aquamom
7. "Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker - Episode 301 - Aquamom
8. "China Grove" - The Doobie Brothers - Episode 301 - Aquamom
9. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" - Elton John - Episode 301 - Aquamom
10. "Rompe" - Daddy Yankee - Episode 302 - One Day in the Valley
11. "Petrified" - Fort Minor - Episode 302 - One Day in the Valley
12. "Call In The Cavalry" - The Shys - Episode 302 - One Day in the Valley
13. "I Just Want To Celebrate" - Rare Earth - Episode 302 - One Day in the Valley
14. "I've Got The World On A String" - Frank Sinatra - Episode 303 - Dominated
15. "I Love My Bitch" - Busta Rhymes - Episode 303 - Dominated
16. "Feel Good Inc." - Gorillaz - Episode 303 - Dominated
17. "Ride Wit Me" - T.I. - Episode 303 - Dominated
18. "Banquet" - Bloc Party - Episode 303 - Dominated
19. "Red Hot" - Jurassic 5 - Episode 303 - Dominated
20. "Lester Hayes" - Lateef the Truth Speaker - Episode 304 - Guys and Doll
21. "Cobrastyle Featuring Mad Cobra" - Teddybears - Episode 304 - Guys and Doll
22. "Put 'Em In Their Place" - Mobb Deep - Episode 304 - Guys and Doll
23. "Hip Hop" - Dead Prez - Episode 304 - Guys and Doll
24. "Bump" - Spankrock - Episode 305 - Crash and Burn
25. "Ms. New Booty" - Bubba Sparxxx - Episode 305 - Crash and Burn
26. "Fire" - Jimi Hendrix - Episode 305 - Crash and Burn
27. "Dirty Harry" - Gorillaz - Episode 306 - Three's Company
28. "Mas Que Nada" - Sergio Mendes - Episode 306 - Three's Company
29. "Do It To It" - Cherish - Episode 306 - Three's Company
30. "High Fidelity" - Jurassic 5 - Episode 307 - Strange Days
31. "Give It To Me" - J. Geils Band - Episode 307 - Strange Days
32. "Jane Fonda" - Mickey Avalon - Episode 307 - Strange Days
33. "Heaven" - Bitter:Sweet - Episode 307 - Strange Days
34. "The Sky Is Crying" - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Episode 307 - Strange Days
35. "My House" - Lloyd Banks - Episode 308 - The Release
36. "Woman" - Wolfmother - Episode 308 - The Release
37. "I Looked At You" - The Doors - Episode 308 - The Release
38. "In My Head" - Queens of the Stone Age - Episode 308 - The Release
39. "Gone Daddy Gone" - Gnarls Barkley - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
40. "Luchini" - Camp Lo - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
41. "Blow The Whistle" - Too Short - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
42. "it's gonna take some time" - The Defectors - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
43. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" - The Eagles - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
44. "Dead Girl Superstar" - Rob Zombie - Episode 309 - Vegas Baby, Vegas!
45. "Repercussions" - Saigon - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
46. "Writer's Block" - Fatlip - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
47. "I Gotcha" - Lupe Fiasco - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
48. "Jamaican Girl" - Obie Trice - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
49. "The Last Time - Gnarls Barkley - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
50. "No One Else (The Amalgamation Of Soundz Remix)" - Natalie Walker - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
51. "Knock 'Em Out" - Lily Allen - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
52. "Jungle Fever" - Chakachas - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
53. "Blitzkreig Bop" - The Ramones - Episode 310 - I Wanna Be Sedated
54. "Rockaway Beach" - The Ramones - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
55. "Supermassive Black Hole" - Muse - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
56. "At The Helm" - Hieroglyphics - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
57. "Drive Slow" - Kanye West Featuring Paul Wall - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
58. "Right Now" - Oh No - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
59. "Down And Out" - Cam'Ron - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
60. "Barbershop" - Murs - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
61. "Brooklyn Zoo" - Ol' Dirty Bastard - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
62. "Staring at the Sun" - TV On The Radio - Episode 311 - What About Bob?
63. "Campaign of Hate" - The Libertines - Episode 312 - Sorry, Ari
64. "Tell Me When To Go" - E-40 - Episode 312 - Sorry, Ari
65. "Taper Jean Girl" - Kings Of Leon - Episode 312 - Sorry, Ari
66. "Stranglehold" - Ted Nugent - Episode 312 - Sorry, Ari