Song of the Day: Nada Surf - "No Quick Fix"

I became a bigger fan of the majestic, jangly pop-rock of Nada Surf once R.E.M. faded into the woodwork. Don't get me wrong, I dug the lads from Athens, Ga., but their last few albums just didn't move me. Thankfully, the N.Y.C.-based Nada Surf continues to soldier on, 20+ years later, despite never reaping the benefits of the enormous success they so deserve. Nada Surf's latest effort, the digital release B-Sides (Barsuk Records), collects previously unreleased tracks and bonus material from the band's four previous studio albums (Let Go, The Weight Is a Gift, Lucky, and The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy), many of which have never been available digitally in the U.S. If you don't know this band, listen to the first single, "No Quick Fix," and start buying them today. Well worth the effort.
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21 Most Important Music Moments From 'The O.C.'

21 Most Important Music Moments From 'The O.C.'
If you have this strange urge to listen to Death Cab and read comic books today, there's a reason: 10 years ago, on Aug. 5, 2003, "The O.C." premiered on Fox.

Seminal hardly begins to describe the impact Josh Schwartz's coming-of-age series had on popular culture. The first season exploded through the zeitgeist like a comet, helping user in the age of geek rule while also turning indie rock acts like Rooney, The Killers and the aforementioned Death Cab for Cutie into required listening for emo kids of all ages.

"The first six or seven episodes was really literally stuff off of my iPod," Schwartz told HitFix writer Alan Sepinwall in a new interview. "Some of the bands that we reached out to were these indie rock bands, and that was all we could afford. A lot of these bands probably would have had deeper reservations about having their music debut on a Fox teen soap,
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Best TV Soundtracks: 'One Tree Hill' Helped Unknowns Get Heard

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

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Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. Remember when Jake met Peyton at the airport with Gavin DeGraw's "We Belong Together" playing in the background? Remember when Tyler Hilton was introduced with his "Glad" tune? Thought so. Here's 10 moments that made an impact.

Also, stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured.
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Music: Music Review: Nada Surf: The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy

“I cannot believe the future’s happening to me,” Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws sings on the closing track of The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, and it’s a fair perspective. It’s been two decades since the band launched, and 16 years since its one-hit-wonder days as the purveyors of "Popular." The alternative era feels long gone: With hip-hop and electronic dance music established as dominant paradigms, both pop radio stations and the online underground have largely jettisoned the no-frills power-pop the band has spent its career whittling down to a fine point. Frankly, The Audience Is Indifferent ...
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Paul Rudd Ruins Lives In Our Idiot Brother's New Trailer

One of this past year's big Sundance success stories was Our Idiot Brother, formerly known as My Idiot Brother. The film stars Paul Rudd as the dopey sibling who gets kicked out by his girlfriend after being arrested for selling pot to a uniformed police officer. With nowhere else to turn, Rudd's character goes to his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.

We've already shown you one trailer for the film, but the newest one has even more footage of Rudd acting a fool. This second trailer also touches a little more on Rudd's character's evolving relationship with his sisters, and we've got a serious hunch that maybe - just maybe - in a shocking twist, the three sisters could stand to learn a little something from their idiot brother. Check it out below:

Our Idiot Brother was written and directed by Jesse Peretz, who
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Here Are The 10 Eurovision Performances You Don’t Want To Miss

Every year around spring, the flowers bloom, the snow melts into streams, the bears come out of hibernation, and dozens of tone deaf Europeans in leotards descend upon one lucky major city with a single goal in mind: Win Eurovision. Yes, Eurovision, the most spectacular televised musical fatality we look forward to every year. If you’re not familiar with the biblical proportions of this major talent competition, here’s a quick breakdown of events: Each European country included votes on a national song to represent them in the main competition. The entries are whittled from 40 down to 25 finalists, who then perform in a massively epic stage show in front of millions of people worldwide. Finally, the citizens of each country vote for their favorites (and no, they’re not allowed to vote for their own country) and voila: You have your Eurovision winner. But wait… Who cares about the
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'Sky King' Actress Died of Pneumonia

Beloved U.S. TV actress Gloria Winters-Vernon has died at the age of 78. Winters-Vernon passed away at her home in Vista, California on August 14 after a battle with pneumonia, her family tells The Los Angeles Times.

As Gloria Winters she enjoyed guest acting roles in numerous 1950s series, including "Richard Diamond", "Private Detective", "Racket Squad" and "Death Valley Days" - but she was perhaps best-known for her role as Penny in TV western "Sky King". She retired shortly after the series went off the air in 1959 but found love on the hit show before she quit acting, marrying Dean Vernon, a sound engineer on "Sky King" who died in 2001.

The "Sky King" role also inspired her to write an etiquette book for young girls, entitled "Penny's Guide to Teenage Charm and Personality" - which inspired alternative band Nada Surf's 1996 song and video "Popular"


Winters-Vernon is survived by her sister-in-law,
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Actress Winters-Vernon Dies Of Pneumonia

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Beloved U.S. TV actress Gloria Winters-vernon has died at the age of 78.

Winters-Vernon passed away at her home in Vista, California on 14 August after a battle with pneumonia, her family tells The Los Angeles Times.

As Gloria Winters she enjoyed guest acting roles in numerous 1950s series, including Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Racket Squad and Death Valley Days - but she was perhaps best-known for her role as Penny in TV western Sky King.

She retired shortly after the series went off the air in 1959 but found love on the hit show before she quit acting, marrying Dean Vernon, a sound engineer on Sky King who died in 2001.

The Sky King role also inspired her to write an etiquette book for young girls, entitled Penny's Guide to Teenage Charm and Personality - which inspired alternative band Nada Surf's 1996 song and video Popular.

Winters-Vernon is survived by her sister-in-law, Phyllis DeCinces.

Paul Rudd is on set with Zooey Deschanel as My Idiot Brother who also does Bat Mitzvahs

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Paul Rudd may be your idiot brother, but he has some hot ass sisters: Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. That's not the only draw to the upcoming comedy, My Idiot Brother. You've got Rashida Jones playing the girlfriend of Deschanel, Steven Coogan, and Jesse Peretz directing. Peretz is the former bass player for The Lemonheads and helmed awesome videos for Foo Fighters, The Breeders, and Nada Surf. He's also directed a couple of features: The Ex and The Chateau (also...
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Nada Surf: If I Had a Hi-Fi

Forever a tribute band On their sixth album, Nada Surf repurposes a dozen songs from inside and outside pop music’s canon. Covers, of course, are always fraught with peril, and at times singer/guitarist Matthew Caws’ inflection has a way of fermenting the source material’s latent cheese. On the synth-less “Enjoy the Silence,” he over-enunciates some of Depeche Mode’s most ironically banal lyrics: “Words are meaningless / And forgettable.” But on “Love and Anger,” a ballad originally energized by Kate Bush’s octave-bending trill, he belts the melody to better effect. The appropriation of other people’s words works best on “Agony...
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Music: Review: Nada Surf: If I Had A Hi-Fi

If Nada Surf followed the expected narrative, the band would have broken up and become a footnote not long after scoring a novelty hit with “Popular” in 1996. Instead, the trio soldiered on, building an appreciative following around the great 2002 album Let Go, a pair of not-so-shabby follow-up albums, and winning live shows. At this point, “Popular” has become the footnote in the career of a band with a powerful pop sensibility and a knack for emotionally affecting songs. Neither gift came out of nowhere, however, and If I Had A Hi-Fi finds Nada Surf paying tribute to its ...
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White Town Bring The Weird To Radio: Wake-Up Video

Remember when radio was really, really weird? In the late 1990s, there was a gap between the dominant forces in modern rock. Grunge had sputtered but the nü metal movement had yet to take hold, which left about a three year window where modern rock radio was just bizarre. Odd tunes like Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy," Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta," Nada Surf's "Popular" and Primitive Radio Gods' "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" became inescapable radio staples, partially because they were great songs but also because nobody really knew what else to do. It was a wild time, because you never knew what was going to break out. It seemed like anything could become a hit, and as a result, the radio world felt a little more open-minded a free-wheeling for a time.

Case in point: 1997 saw the rise of
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D Tour | Review

Director: Jim Granato Pat Spurgeon is a musician whose lifelong dream of being in a successful rock band is coming true with his band Rogue Wave. Unfortunately, just as Rogue Wave starts to take off, Spurgeon’s kidney (a transplant he received 13 years prior) begins to show signs of failing. As a career musician, Spurgeon is uninsured and has no “back-up plan.” Faced with twice a day dialysis and a search for a new kidney, Spurgeon simultaneously prepares to embark on a grueling tour with Rogue Wave because he does not want to forfeit his lifelong dream (and career). The tour is nicknamed the “D tour” because Spurgeon needs to get a “D” (for dialysis) fix twice a day. D Tour follows Spurgeon on his rocky and emotional quest for a matching kidney and overall health. Produced, directed, shot and co-edited by Jim Granato D Tour deals with two seminal
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Andrew Bird, Dawn Landes, Nada Surf, DeVotchKa and More Come Together to Remake Harry Nilsson Soundtrack

Dawn Landes, Andrew Bird, Nada Surf and DeVotchKa are among the eight artists to contribute to Songs From The Point!, a new compilation reinventing the music from Harry Nilsson's cult-classic cartoon musical. After its 1971 debut as a made-for-tv movie on ABC, The Point! amassed an adoring following for the sweet soundtrack composed by Nilsson, the songwriter who had previously released a handful of his own albums and written songs for the likes of The Monkees and Three Dog Night.
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The Weekend Jam: The Sea and Cake

Critics have called the Chicago four-some The Sea and Cake a "post-modern jazz combo". While we have no idea what that means, we’ll just go ahead and say it is premium chill tuneage.

The band which formed in ’97 saw a brief hiatus a couple years ago, but have come back with two albums since last May. The latest, Car Alarm, came out a couple weeks ago and is perfect for lazy Sundays camped out in the stacks. And whether you want to admit it or not, that time of year is fast approaching where some study soundtracks will be a necessity.

The opening track, “Aerial”, sets the theme for the rest of the album – upbeat enough to keep you awake, chill enough to play in the background. It has a sort of 90s feel, I immediately thought of Nada Surf or The Replacements. I really dug the track “Weekend
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Nada Surf tours, releases vinyl box set in November

On Nov. 25, Nada Surf will release all five of its studio albums on vinyl, for the first time, in a big limited-edition box set. Only 1,000 are being made and they include the bands first 7" single, a full-color 24-page lyric and photo book, and download codes for MP3 versions of The Proximity Effect, Let Go, The Weight Is a Gift and Lucky as well as codes to rare and out-of-print b-sides and bonus tracks.
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