When the turkey’s been tasted, the football tossed and the Black Friday sales conquered, you’re going to want a sweet respite from the Thanksgiving nuttiness.
So here it is, complete with its own soundtrack. (You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging on a holiday weekend, did ya?)
Consider this TVLine Mixtape your own personal feast of great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. As always, spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we definitely want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Vampire Diaries, “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”
TITLE | “Walking Blind”
ARTIST | Aidan Hawken and Carina Round
ALBUM | n/a – we included this one because it’s awesome and we got reader mail about it, but the YouTube link below is the only place you can hear it. (If you find it available for download somewhere, shout it out in the comments!).
WHY IT ROCKED | Even though Elena and Stefan’s honest conversation about you-know-who is long overdue, it still feels like a nip at the jugular after everything they’ve been through. “I can’t do this, Elena. Not anymore,” Damon’s brother states, the song echoing his pain. Oof. Love sucks, doesn’t it?
LINER NOTES | Hawken’s version of “Little Boxes” was used as the opening theme for a Weeds Season 2 episode.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Second Opinion”
TITLE | “And Still, the Darkness Comes”
ARTIST | Aron Wright
ALBUM | n/a; the single is available on iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | We wanted Cristina to end the episode in Owen’s arms, with everything forgiven and forgotten. Instead, she wound up as Alex’s new roomie. At least we got this pretty song in the background.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Sons of Anarchy, “To Thine Own Self”
TITLE | “Heaven”
ARTIST | John Moreland
ALBUM | Earthbound Blues (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | How long before Jax and Tara officially turn into Clay and Gemma? Discuss. (Preferably with this gorgeous bluesy number, which backed Jax’s talk with Bobby and Chibbs, playing in the background.)
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Good Wife, “Here Comes the Judge”
TITLE | “Come Alive”
ARTIST | Hanni El Khatib
ALBUM | Will the Guns Come Out (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Will. Kalinda. Shots. This line: “I’m narcissistic enough to believe women should give up sex altogether after me.” What more do you really need?
SERIES AND EPISODE | How I Met Your Mother, “The Autumn of Break-Ups”
TITLE | “Low Rising”
ARTIST | The Swell Season
ALBUM | Strict Joy (2009)
WHY IT ROCKED | The second relationship-ending song of the column comes courtesy of Ted realizing that though he’s not currently with Robin, he can’t just cut her out of his life. And Victoria knows that, which is why her “I really hope you get her some day” parting makes us ache. Cue Hansard and Irglova, and let the melancholy flow!
SERIES AND EPISODE | Suburgatory, “Ryan’s Song”
TITLE | “Cutty Love”
ARTIST | Milo Greene
ALBUM | Milo Greene (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Who needs a life coach when you’ve got George telling you that your bedraggled, soaked, mascara-running self is the prettiest you’ve looked all night?
SERIES AND EPISODE | Parenthood, “One More Weekend With You”
TITLE | “Being Alone”
ARTIST | Love on a Real Train (Joachim Cooder feat. Robert Francis)
ALBUM | Love on a Real Train (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Nothing comes easy on this show, does it? Sure, new lovebirds Ryan and Amber frolicked in the waves to this ethereal jam, but only after living through a weekend of tough memories, fisticuffs and a funeral. Where’s that medical marijuana when you need it?
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)”
TITLE | “Kiss”
ARTIST | Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson)
ALBUM | The song is available on iTunes.
WHY IT ROCKED | After watching Avery and his band rock out at The 5 Spot, we’re starting to see why Scarlett finds it so hard to leave her slippery significant other. The dude is sexy on stage, and this song kills.
LINER NOTES | Hit up ABC.com for the full episode; Jackson’s performance begins around the 6:25 mark.