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The Top 10 Best Songs Of Russian Doll

Russian Doll Netflix
Russian Doll Netflix
Source: IndieWire

“Dying is Easy. It’s Living That’s Hard” isn’t the catch phrase of the game Russian Roulette, but from the new Netflix series Russian Doll. Released on February 1, the series tells the story of New York game developer Nadia who keeps dying and re-living her birthday party every day. Like the Russian dolls that influenced the title, it’s a multi-layered story, which gets increasingly intriguing as you binge through the eight episodes.

A dark homage to the 1993’s classic Groundhog Day, the comedy-drama series was created by Natasha Lyonne (of Orange is the New Black fame), Leslye Headland (Heathers), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). The series is entirely written and directed by women, allowing the actresses to really dive deep into their complex roles.

Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia and is stuck on the day of her 36th birthday party. Later in the series she meets Allen played by Charlie Barnett and learns he too is stuck in the loop. As the story develops we also learn more about Nadia’s background with her mother (played by Chole Sevigny). Other actors in the series include Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton II, and Rebecca Henderson. It’s tough to explain too much of the story without spoiling it, but we’ll give you an idea as we look at our favorite songs.

1. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Morning After

This 2017 song, a collaboration between Ariel Pink and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) is in episode one – the first morning after Nadia’s first death. It plays while Maxine, Nadia’s friend and host of the birthday party, is showing off her art projections. Ariel Pink’s hypnagogic pop melody and Weyes Blood’s folksy voice provide the perfect background for Maxine’s art.

2. Pony Sherrell – Don’t Put Off ‘Til Tomorrow

Pony Sherrell’s “Don’t Put Off ‘Til Tomorrow” from her 1956 album Jungle, Ungle, Um, Bai! features in the second episode of the series. As Sherrell sings, “Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do tonight…Why take a chance on losing something great?” Perfect advice for Nadiya who will be facing death yet again at the end of this epside. Jungle, Ungle, Um, Bai! was just re-released last year.

3. The Limiñanas – Migas 2000

Playing in episode two as Nadia finally decides it’s not worth trying to fight her death, this garage-psych song is a perfect fit. The Limiñanas are a French husband-wife duo who sing in a mixture of French, English, Spanish, and Italian. “Migas 2000” actually gives the singer Lionel’s grandmother’s recipe of a popular Spanish dish made from bread crumbs and meats (migas).

4. Caldera, Caldera!

Classified as a pop-noir song, Gemma Ray’s “Caldera, Caldera!” plays as Nadia drunkenly stumbles through a park in episode three. There she meets a homeless man, Horse, who attempts desperately to cut her hair.

5. Gang Gang Dance – MindKilla

Episode three ends with “MindKilla” – right as Nadia has the mind-blowing realization that she is not the only person who keeps experiencing death day after day. The NYC experimental group’s synths and singer Lizzi’s distinct vocal styles put you in the mindfuck moment Nadia is experiencing.

6. Beethoven – Piano concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58: Rondo-vivace

While Nadia wakes up each day to Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up”, Alan wakes up to this upbeat Beethoven classic in episode four. He has a much more optimistic look at his repeated death!

7. Timber Timbre – Black Water

“Black Water” plays out the fifth episode as once again death strikes. The desire “all I need is some sunshine” helps bring the viewer back to their (hopefully) brighter reality from all the darkness of the series. The freak folk, bluesy Canadian group’s music is a perfect spooky cinematic fit.

8. Jacqueline Taieb – La plus belle chanson

A French pop song from the 1960s, “the most beautiful song in the world” plays in the sixth episode as Nadia and Alan have sex for the first (and only?) time. The yé-yé song provides a magical escape for the two characters who are stuck in a seemingly-endless time loop.

9. Cults – You Know What I Mean

Episode six ends with this doo-wop 2011 song that is all about a desire to be saved from everything that is going wrong in life. (Like continuously dying.) “Tell me what’s wrong with my brain cause I seem to have lost it”…

10. When In Rome – The Promise

Episode seven opens with 1987’s “The Promise”, a love plea that plays while we see Nadia as a child with her mother. As Nadia’s family and friends steadily disappear, a promise to “always be there” seems to be floating away.

A Playlist Fit For The Flash

The Flash playlist
Source: Revenge of The Fans

Unlike traditional superhero tales, the role of The Flash was not only portrayed by one character. In fact, according to DC comic books, the speed force had an effect on four individuals, namely Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen. These characters might be known to many, particularly if you’ve been following the CW Network series, The Flash. This supernatural force left these characters with lightning fast speed that, particularly in Barry Allen’s case, was used to put an end to evil crimes taking place within the city. But, what would someone that moves from one place to another at an unnatural pace listen to?

Jamming While Fighting Crime

Someone who gets around so speedily could definitely use some jams to keep things interesting and, more importantly, fun. If you were to stumble across an iPod that holds a collection of The Flash’s all-time favourite hits, what would it consist of? Would it be classics, or is he more of a Hip-Hop and R&B kind of guy? Let’s take a closer look below.

Footloose – Kenny Loggins


This timeless track takes its rightful place at the top of the playlist, and frankly, it should come as no surprise. With an upbeat tune and catchy lyrics, this classic would put a spring in any normal person’s step, so just imagine what effect it would have on a speedster like The Flash.

Always On Time – Ja Rule ft Ashanti


With lightning fast speed on his side, we doubt that The Flash would be late for any engagement. Ja Rule and Ashanti made the perfect musical pair, and this R&B classic has the power to get anyone out onto the dance floor. When running around fighting crime all day, a sprinkle of Ja Rule and Ashanti’s hit would definitely have the power to keep this superhero running around town for a little longer.

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa


Even a supernatural speedster gets tired from time to time. What better way to keep moving than by grooving to the beat of the classic hit by Salt-N-Pepa, Push It. Released in 1986, this title has probably found itself on many infamous playlists, so it comes as no surprise that even a superhero like The Flash is drawn to it.

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This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan


It’s Friday night and The Flash is getting ready to make some bad guys pay for their crimes. What better way to get the job done, than by showing others exactly how the superhero thing is done. While evil never rests, even a flashy speedster needs to ring the weekend in with a bang, and this anthem is definitely the perfect way to do that.

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams


After a long week of fighting crime, even a superhero deserves a pat on the back. While superheroes very often do not receive the credit they deserve, a bit of self-praise could go a long way. And what better way to clap for yourself, than with the all-time favourite hit by Deniece Williams. In this case, this lightning fast hero is definitely “The Man”.

Musical Hits – The Only Way to Fight Crime

Perhaps music can be considered another superpower, we see the magical effects of it every day. And if supernatural beings like The Flash have also found good use to it, perhaps the answer to world peace is not as complicated as many people portray it to be. Until we find a solution though, we still have groovy superheroes like The Flash to thank for their crime-stopping efforts, and evidently, their fantastic taste in music too!

Sound Photography – Connecting Hearing, Seeing and Feeling

The science of sound explored
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The ability of songs to evoke and encapsulate emotions is well known, and other tones can do the same. Think of a movie scene – how much of the mood is related to the visuals, and how much to the auditory effects? Ever tried watching a horror movie with no sound? It’s not nearly as scary!

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Taking this to the next level, composer Stuart Fowkes is now using technology to bring artists, auditory and visual imagery, and feelings together like never before, creating a Sound Map that’s documenting everything we hear.

Cities and Memory: Fowkes’ “Global Collaborative Sound Project”

The composer began this initiative in 2014, and its activities are described on its website as “remixing the world, one sound at a time”. He explains that he is interested in “sound mapping”, or documenting what can be heard in an encyclopaedic and true-to-life way.

Interested parties from all around the world are invited to make contributions, and the greatest on going undertaking to date is the Sound Map. Field collectors make in-situ recordings, and then hundreds of artists add their own interpretations, which are synthesised into one reimagining.

The result is a set of two files to represent each location; the City and Memory versions. The name was inspired by Italo Calvilo’s book Invisible Cities, in which Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan all the fantastic metropolis’ he has seen on his travels.

Ultimately, it turns out he is not explaining different places, but detailing his native Venice over and over again, giving fresh perspectives each time. The idea of various experiences of the same thing being equally unique and valid fitted perfectly with Fowkes’ vision, and the name was set.

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Other Impressive Endeavours

The composer explains that the field recordings are compelling to artists simply from a creative point of view, and the Map also harnesses new technology to help people think about the world around them in new ways. Now other Cities and Memories ventures are doing the same thing.

Prison songs, sacred places’ echoes, the cacophony of protests and other important sonic landscapes are also featured, and the latest project is the beautiful Sound Photography idea. This has already drawn a great response from all around the world, with Fowkes himself making contributions.

What Does the Sound Photography Initiative Entail?

In this particular case, the idea was to explore the relationships that could be established between melodic tones and static images, rather than video as is more commonly seen. Volunteers submitted photographs of different scenes that were put into a database, from which artists chose an image and used them as inspiration to create compositions.

Fowkes took a glorious picture of sunlight breaking through the leaves of a tree, and wrote a piece called Gratitude to go along with it because he had felt so thankful to witness and capture the moment. The clip is a wonderful synthesis of the words “thank you” in several different languages.

All the other images’ tracks have their own personal stories, and in some ways the Photography is more individual than the original Map because each recording is a single person’s expression. In both cases, of course, and with everything that Cities and Memory does, the objective is to bring harmonies into our awareness more.

As Fowkes says, it is the “neglected sense” even though it is the first one that we are aware of. And he’s right – the human auditory system is fully formed and functional from 4 months in utero, whereas the visual system only begins to work after birth, and then takes weeks to really adjust.

In light of all this, employing modern developments to connect with others via our ears seems like a great way to use our technological powers for good. We’ve been able to tour the Louvre and other incredible spaces online for some time now; this seems like an obvious next step.

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