Every music enthusiast, no matter how diligent one is in endlessly perusing the indie blog rolls, is bound to miss a good song or two, or even a worthy new buzzband entirely. One of the main ways I discover music that slipped by my ears unnoticed is by watching TV shows and movies with quality music placement. Disgusted by the bastardization of Skins by new MTV programming, I recently turned to the original UK series for solace. The soundtrack for each and every episode is impeccable: from LCD Sound System to Lambchop to Fionn Regan to Cat Stevens to XTC. Here are two songs and bands I remained completely oblivious to until I rediscovered the fabulous teen drama from Britain’s e4. The first track “Asleep at the Trigger” is an avant-gard electro-rock gem from Autolux off their first full-length effort Future Perfect. The second is an alt-rock bouncer from Canada’s own Born Ruffians; it’s called “Hummingbird,” and it is off their superb sophomore release Red, Yellow & Blue.

MP3: Autolux – “Asleep At The Trigger”
MP3: Born Ruffians – “Hummingbird”