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The L.A. Complex Music Ep. 1: Give Up

January 10th, 2012

Love the music on The L.A. Complex? Find out how the amazing Music Supervisors behind the show pick the songs for each episode! MuchMusic brings you the exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop on how each song is chosen AND you can listen to songs from every episode of The L.A. Complex here!

Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

A significant tone piece, this song was found by Martin Gero, the show’s creator and guru. We had many songs placed into the scene and then this one popped up. The voice, the lyric, the “message” and the superlative rhythm and musicality all hit the perfect notes to open the show. Picture Editor Mike Banas did a superb job editing the song to picture and the mixers did a great job at mixing with the storylines. It feels Los Angeles and speaks volumes to the stories we follow! Thanks to Karen O, YYY’s and management.

Whale Tooth songs/appearance

The script called for troubadours to play in “The Lux” in each episode. In the summer of 2011, we presented 8-12 bands/artists/songwriters to the producers. We knew this was the band! We are glad they arrived at that conclusion on their own. We got lucky with Whale Tooth. The content of their songs, musicality and ease with which to work with were right on. We use eight of their songs and their vibe, plugged in or acoustically, fits the tone of The Lux. Smart observations on love and life, great harmonies and passionate playing add warmth, excitement and ingenuity to The Lux.

Give Up by Half Moon Run

We have loved this band for about a year now and have wanted to use a song of theirs in this show as soon as we were hired. We had sent this song to the picture editor with a description of the song and he placed it in this scene, which sets the introspective tone perfectly. Borrowing a bit from Radiohead, Half Moon Run creates a sonic palette that is stunning. And their lyric prowess and delivery are unique and touching. Look for their debut in 2012.

K Stomp by Pack A.D.

We needed to hit that stage with a sexy “bam”! We have liked Pack A.D. for some time and had their album, We Kill Computers, hanging around. Fun romp, loud, brash and perfect for Alicia. Sirens is the new album and it is excellent. Look for it on Mint Records and for more songs from the group in the show!

Listen to all the songs from Episode 1 of The L.A. Complex here!

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