HBO’s “The Leftovers” has the Best Music on TV. Here’s a Playlist for Proof.

If you’ve seen HBO’s The Leftovers, now in its second season (Sundays @ 9pm EST), you’ve felt the goosebumps that come along every episode when the perfect song plays over a scene.

It’s in these moments that you wonder who is the person picking these songs and, subsequently, how you can quickly change careers and pick songs for TV shows.


Many critics are in agreement that The Leftovers has the best music on TV right now, led by a chillingly beautiful and precarious score by Max Richter and a newly installed opening credit song in Iris Dement’s “The The Mystery Be” from her 1992 album Infamous Angel (listen in the Playlist below).

If you haven’t experienced this show (“experience” the key word here), The Leftovers is a series from Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), Damon Lindelof (LOST), as well as The Leftover’s author Tom Perotta and Sarah Aubrey. The series also stars Justin Theroux, leading us through a rapture-esque event, where 2% of the world’s population mysteriously disappears. Those who are left (“the leftovers”) must cope and come to grips with what has happened.

The show is dark, depressing, bizarre, and sometimes downright disturbing, which often heightens the accompanying music, which is sometimes intentionally juxtaposing the overall tone (i.e. DeMent’s song in the opening credits has a cheerful, rhythmic strumming pattern, all in major keys, that stands in stark contrast to the often dreary opening scenes).

Whether you become a fan of the show or not, the music alone is worth a listen. We created the playlist below with our favorite, most memorable songs from the show, which we will update as the show moves forward. We hope you hope along for the ride.

ICYMI – The Decemberists

Decemberists-2015At the beginning of the year on January 20, The Decemberists released their seventh studio album entitled What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. The band greets us with their indie-folk presence for the first time in four years since their critically acclaimed album, The King is Dead. With songs like “Cavalry Captain” and “The Wrong Year,” The Decemberists stay true to their sound that is as strong as ever. Wordsmith singer and songwriter, Colin Meloy, sings about recent events exposing how our remarkable world we live in is flawed and blemished. Check out the music video for “Make You Better,” which features none other than the amazing Nick Offerman. Enjoy!

Givers’ Sophomore Album ‘New Kingdom’ Out Tomorrow

Givers1Tomorrow’s the day people. After four years since their debut album, In Light, in 2011, Givers is releasing their sophomore album New Kingdom tomorrow. The psychedelic, afro-pop band out of Lafayette, Louisiana who brought us hits like “Up Up Up” is hoping to make another splash with this new album. Givers released a few singles since announcing the new album. You can listen to one of their singles “Record High, Record Low” below.

The Song exhibits the band’s melodic ambiance that had been present in their debut album. With a steady beat and pentatonic instrumentals, “Record High, Record Low” gives us an optimistic look into New Kingdom.

Givers is currently touring all over the East Coast through the end of November and is playing their final shows in their hometown.