Got a secret?

Can you keep it? This might not be too much of a secret….but my guilty pleasure is really bad teenage dramas. I’m not talking about Twilight, I do have standards. However, set me in front of Gossip Girl or Make It or Break It and I can’t look away. My new latest obsession has been Pretty Little Liars. It’s so bad I even had to read the books while the show was in hiatus. I can’t even claim I watch the show for the good music (like I did when I watched The OC) , because the music kind of sucks. However, I know the Little Liars would listen to better things. Especially Aria.

Aria Montgomery is Rosewood’s “weird girl.” In the books she was a loner who knitted mohair bras before the lovely Allison snatch her up from loserdom. I like her because she’s original. She has a vintage style and is very put together. Plus she has an illicit affair with the hot teacher. The girl has it going on.

Having spent a year abroad in Iceland, I feel her musical tastes would lean toward foreign bands. Without further ado, click here to see what’s playing on Aria’s Zune.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaall-E

As a self-proclaimed Disney crazy person, I was shocked when I noticed our blog has absolutely no Disney characters’ playlists. How terrible! Obviously this is a result of MITN only recently expanding to film and literature and thus I have set out to remedy this obvious problem.

This was a pretty difficult decision with so many animated films and characters to choose from but I think you will agree that this little robot is worthy to be selected for Movies in the Newspaper’s very first animated character’s playlist.

Wall-E is very near and dear to my heart. The movie touches on important themes like consumerism, waste, and caring for our planet while the basic story revolves around two little robots that fall in love. Yes, I stand with the belief that this movie is a love-story. Sometimes I even think the morbidly obese human race flying around in space is just a complication in the budding relationship of Wall-E and EVE.

If you watch this movie carefully or have seen it as many times as I have (infinite) then you will begin to appreciate the true romantic that is Wall-E. 700 years of solitude on a polluted and unsustainable Earth has given Wall-E emotions and a true personality. All he really wants is someone to hold his hand.

Wall-E’s music selection is limited as apparently the only surviving video of life (dancing and music) on Earth is one of “Hello Dolly” which Wall-E re-watches, records, and dances along to with the hopes that he will one day meet his match.

If Wall-E could have preserved more of our music today, I think that his playlist would be made up primarily of songs about space, saving the world, consumerism and of course classic love songs. Head on over to 8tracks to check out Wall-E’s mix of Space Jams and Love Songs:

“and that is all that love’s about”

Sha-la-la-laaa! It’s a Sunny Day

This weekend, I watched The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. No offense to DJ Brady, the old school television show is classic good times, but these movies really make you nostalgic. They spoof everything overly ridiculous about the Bradys, like the breaking out in song for a Sears trip, to the things you sort of feel bad for laughing at in the series (but seriously, who doesn’t laugh when Marcia breaks her nose?)

I want to feature Jan Brady for this Music Monday. Not just because it’s Marcia, Marcia, Marcia all the time, but also because the Jan Brady in these films is such an incredible actress. She becomes awkward personified from the way she wears the little curls on the side of her part to her funny hair swinging walk to the way she pronounces “boyfriend.”

Jan’s record collection would consist of super cool tunes. She would probably copy some of her style from her groovy older sister, but she won’t be able to resist some more embarrassing songs keeping true to her uncool nature. We love you anyways, Jan. To listen to those tunes, click here.

My So-Called Life: A Celebration of Teenage Drama Through Song

If you are anything like us here at MITN, you would have known that last week Sundance Channel began to reair ALL OF THE EPISODES of My So-Called Life. This is a big deal, for many angst-ridden/nostalgic and once angst-ridden teenagers, which pretty much accounts for all teenagers anywhere at anytime. What I am trying to say is, at least give this show a shot. If you don’t have cable, get on your friend the Internet and visit Netflix, (and maybe other video sites?) which has the complete series up.

The show follows Angela Chase, a 15 year old girl doing 15 year old things, like getting mad at parents, dyeing her hair unnatural colors, and being generally moody. Wait, that makes it sound annoying. I swear, it is excellent. Seriously, just watch it. Please. And if you have, I salute you. The show features some cool mid-90’s tunes, which inspired me to create this playlist of high school melodramaticness (a word I just invented, to coincide with the 90’s music’s inventiveness). So it is guaranteed to be great. So just listen to it, please. Click Angela’s pretty face below to access 8tracks (or just click here).

The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway’s Playlist

Books are humanity in print
-Barbara W. Tuchman

Two weeks ago we premiered our very first fictional character’s playlist from the silver screen. Today marks our very first fictional character from the written word. We believe that reading can be the most visual of the arts, relying far more on the readers’ imagination. Readers visualize scenery, characters, architecture, voice inflection, accents, colors, sounds, and of course, music. To kick off our very first literature playlist, I chose a novel that I hope is familiar to all of us (especially with the recent news of the Gatsby mansion being demolished) and that is known to many as “The “Great American Novel”:

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby highlights life after the first World War, a time known as the “roaring 20’s” when American society prospered amidst a soaring economy. The novel is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young bachelor wanting to learn the bond business. Nick moves to Long Island’s North Shore known as “West Egg” and rents a summer cottage next to the mansion owned by wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby, famous for his lavish parties. Nick becomes involved with several other wealthy individuals who spend their time going to parties in elegant estates and mansions. The imagery of these parties stand out the most in the novel and were truly representative of the “American dreams” of high society during the time period. The 1920’s were truly a time for celebration and nothing fit that mood better than jazz music.

As you can imagine, Nick Carraway attended many grand parties and danced the night away to the hits of the time such as Benny Goodman’s “Bugle Call Rag” and Glenn Miller’s “Farewell Blues”. Other jazz legends of the 1920’s and beyond (Ellington, Mingus, Gershwin) are truly essential music for this playlist.  And finally, Chopin’s “Nocturne” undoubtedly sets the mood for the finale of the novel in which Nick leaves for the Midwest, never to forget his summer spent on West Egg.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”


My name is Peggy Olson, and I’d like to smoke some marijuana.

What better way to give tribute to this past weekend’s Record Store Day than by featuring a character who has a kick-ass record collection. When talking about Mad Men, the show about the glamour age of Madison Avenue and the three martini lunch, everyone automatically thinks of suave Don Draper. At Movies in the Newspaper, we happen to think of a heroine, Ms. Peggy Olson.

No character has evolved more than Peggy. She first started on the show as a conservative, Brooklynite secretary. Four seasons later she becomes a marijuana smoking, stripteasing senior copywriter. You can’t help but admire a woman who breaks through extremely thick glass ceiling in the old boys’ club of the advertising world.

The following mix is compromised of tunes from women that Peggy may have identified with during lonely nights after work, with a Chubby Checker song thrown in the mix because the girl also knows how to party:

A Tale of Two Years

Movies in the Newspaper presents….

The Very First production….

Of a movie character’s mixtape….

That rock n’ rolls the concept of time…

Starring (come on, you should have guessed this by now)…..

Marty McFly.

If you are any where near cultured or knowledgeable in the realm of movies, you know Back to the Future. I know it became an instant hit for me when I saw it as a wee lass. I mean seriously. Tight jeans, time traveling, crazy scientists, and 80’s cheese? What more could you want. It pretty much guided most of my thoughts (“Mom? Would we be friends if you and I were the same age?”) and games I would play (Playmobil-land was turned on it’s head, let me tell you). And to this very day, it is one of my top favorites. One of the reasons? Of course, Marty McFly. Michael J. Fox was the epitome of cool (in my child mind), and evoked it down to the very last button on his red downy vest/lifesaver. But he wasn’t just plain cool. He was weirdo-cool. What kind of skateboarding, guitar-riffing teenager is beffies with an aging, crazed scientist? This guy. And that makes him that much more endearing.

Marty McFly had the privilege of experiencing two different times in music history: 1955, the early era of rock n’ roll, and 1985, a time where rock had diversified and was more experimental and ‘out-there’. Both of these periods are characterized most excellently (thanks, Bill and Ted) in the film’s set, costume, and, most importantly, music selections.

The first time Marty sets foot in his town in 1955, Mr. Sandman (the Chordettes) is playing in the background, as old cars drive around, the clocktower still works, and Coke is super cheap. The tinkly fresh sounds aren’t really what Marty is used to. Which shows (skipping to the end of the movie here…) when he solos magnificently, and embarrassingly, to Johnny Be Good at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. His love of rock, and the guitar, shows here even though we did get the first clip of him being blown clear across Doc Brown’s place via sound. It is also implied in the opening scene that Marty is jamming to “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News on his way to school. I strongly believe that this scene is what sent this single up the charts in 1985. Were you aware that the band and producers believed that the other song, played at the end credits, “Back in Time”, was going to be all that? Well, you are now. And the reason it didn’t happen is pretty much because Marty didn’t listen to it on a skateboard and get some girl’s number while it played in the background.

From his experience living in two very different worlds, he is able to appreciate and understand both new and old (or old and new, depending on what year you’re in) rock n’ roll. You want to hear what Marty is listening to as he hitches rides on the back of cars and takes a drive up to the lake house with his girlfriend? Check out his mixtape. It contains a lovely mix of modern takes on old rock, early rock n’ roll, amazing guitar solos, and 80’s hits.