Esopus CD #15: Television

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For our 15th CD, Esopus asked 10 musicians to create songs from scratch based on the television shows of their choice. Their selections, ranging from Democracy Now! to Cheaters, are a reminder of how one can run across just about anything on the tube—from the high to the low, the sublime to the ridiculous. The resulting songs offer proof that TV, whatever the cynics may say, can also serve as an excellent source of creative inspiration. 

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Stephin Merritt
New Theme from Meerkat Manor
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Los Angeles–based Stephin Merritt is best known as the principal singer and songwriter for The Magnetic Fields, whose albums include 69 Love Songs (1999; Merge) and 2010’s Realism (Nonesuch). Merritt’s work as a composer includes the scores for the films Pieces of April and Eban and Charley and the theatrical musicals My Life as a Fairytale and Coraline.

PLAYLIST
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Stephin Merritt
New Theme from Meerkat Manor
02
The Third Wheel Band
Tell You Twice
03
One Ring Zero
Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed (The Mythbusters Song)
04
Ryland Bouchard
Hope Rides Alone
05
Cloud Nothings
I Apologize
06
Andrew Cedermark
Still Life with Sour Mash
07
Festival
Today's Adventure
08
Autre Ne Veut
Live for the Baby
09
David Thomas Broughton
Age of Giving
10
Laurie Schwartz
There Was Also the Fact That He Was Shaped Like the Moon
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