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Friday Night Lights Original Television Soundtrack

Monday, July 23, 2007


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July 17, 2007 - LOS ANGELES, CA — Friday Night Lights Original Television Soundtrack will be released July 24, 2007, on Artists’ Addiction Records. A weekly drama centered around small-town Dillon, Texas, “Friday Night Lights” premiered in October of 2006 to mass critical acclaim and with season two making its’ debut on October 5th. The album’s producers are Artist Addiction principals Jonathan Miller, Jonathan Platt and veteran music executive Jonathan McHugh. Jason Katims is executive producer of “Friday Night Lights” and executive soundtrack producer of Friday Night Lights Original Television Soundtrack.

“Every song on the ‘Friday Night Lights’ soundtrack was used in the show, most of them in prime spots where they really enhanced the emotional impact of the scene,” says Liza Richardson, music supervisor for the critically acclaimed NBC TV series. “

“We were adamant that the soundtrack be a true reflection of the show,” adds Katims. But we had an embarrassment of riches of great music to choose from, so we narrowed down the track listing by making sure whatever we chose was especially representative.”

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the “Friday Night Lights” fans another piece of the show they can identify with, as well as help build excitement for the upcoming season,” comments Shelli Hill, Vice President of Video, Music & Product Development for NBC Universal Television Distribution.

Inspired by the celebrated 2004 film “Friday Night Lights,” the program is set in small-town Dillon, Texas, home of the state-champion Panthers high school football team. And though the gridiron is the show’s ostensible raison d’être, its action is driven by a compelling ensemble of characters who, even when their team wins the game, must struggle with the vagaries of daily life in West Texas. Hailed as one of the top ten shows of 2006 by Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the critically acclaimed drama “Friday Night Lights” also received 2006 honors by the American Film Institute (AFI) for Television Program of the Year and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

The eclectic Friday Night Lights Original Television Soundtrack, which was licensed to Artists’ Addiction Records by NBC Universal Television Distribution, is a worthy companion to the primetime drama. Offering listeners the opportunity to relive some of the show’s pivotal moments are Tony Lucca’s rendition of Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town”; the Like Rebel Diamonds Mix of The Killers’ “Read My Mind”; “I Turn My Camera On,” by Austin, Texas, outfit Spoon; OutKast’s jazzy “Idlewild Blues”; Whiskeytown’s “Everything I Do”; “Rewind,” by Stereophonics; Starsailor’s “Keep Us Together”; the beat to “Big Big Kid,” from rapper Jibbs; “So Divided,” by
… And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead; the Drive-By Truckers’ “Goodbye”; “Dead Man’s Will,” one of Iron & Wine’s shimmering collaborations with Calexico; the previously unreleased José González cut “Storm”: a cover of Suicide’s “I Remember,” from Chris Brokaw; and “First Breath After Coma,” courtesy of the Austin post-rock instrumental outfit Explosions in the Sky, who scored the film “Friday Night Lights” and contribute much to the television show, including its hypnotic theme music.

Richardson, a highly respected player in film and television music whose credits extend from “Y Tu Mamá También” (2001) and “Lords of Dogtown” (2005) to the animated feature “Surf’s Up” (2007), agrees with Katims that the show’s music serves as another character, taking on the role of omniscient narrator.

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Expanding on the hit feature film and best selling book “Friday Night Lights,” this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard. The Dillon Panther’s faced many challenges their first season with Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, “Grey’s Anatomy”) at the helm, but after much hard work, determination and a victory at the State Championship Game, the team’s fate at the start of yet another new season and Taylor’s family’s future with them, continues to remain uncertain.

The talented cast also includes: Scott Porter (“Music & Lyrics by…”) as the Panther’s injured former star quarterback, Jason Street; Gaius Charles (“The Book of Daniel”) as feared running back Brian “Smash” Williams; Taylor Kitsch (“The Covenant”) as reckless and self-destructive full back Tim Riggins; Connie Britton (“The Brothers McMullen,” “24”) as Taylor’s supportive wife and high school guidance counselor, Tami; Zach Gilford (“The Last Winter”) as Matt Saracen, the new team captain and star quarterback, and Minka Kelly (“What I Like About You”) as Lyla Garrity, Panther cheerleader and Street’s on again off-again girlfriend. The series also stars Aimee Teegarden (“Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) as Coach Taylor’s daughter, Julie; Adrianne Palicki (“South Beach”) as Tyra Collette, and Jesse Plemons (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Landry Clarke.

Executive producers are Peter Berg (the film “Friday Night Lights,” “The Rundown”), who also wrote and directed the pilot, Jason Katims (“Roswell”), Brian Grazer (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Cinderella Man,” “A Beautiful Mind”), David Nevins (“Arrested Development”), Sarah Aubrey (“Bad Santa,” “The Kingdom”) and Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “Surface”). “Friday Night Lights” is a production of Imagine Entertainment, Universal Media Studio and Film 44.

About Artists’ Addiction Records
Artists’ Addiction Records, formed in 2005 by principal Jonathan Scott Miller, encompasses Artists’ Addiction Music Publishing, Artist Addiction Soundtracks (with principals Jonathan Miller and Jonathan Platt) and Stop! Go music supervision. The multifaceted company’s mission is to bring consumers and clients the finest in branded entertainment and music supervision. This includes soundtracks to contemporary films and television shows, album releases from established artists, and music supervision of various high-profile films, television programs and commercials.

About NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages.

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01. Devil Tow Tony Lucca
02. Read My Mind (Like Rebel Diamonds Mix) The Killers
03. I Turn My Camera On Spoon
04. Idlewild Blues Outkast
05. Everything I Do Whiskeytown
06. Rewind Stereophonics
07. Keep Us Together Starsailor
08. Big Big Kid Jibbs
09. So Divided …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead
10. Goodbye The Drive By Truckers
11. Dead Man’s Will Iron & Wine/Calexico
12. Storm Jose Gonzalez
13. I Remember Chris Brokaw
14. First Breath After Coma Explosions In The Sky
posted by Shelia, 7:20 AM


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