Long before Chris Christie was plugging up political opponents and their citizens on the highway, Bruce Springsteen was jamming the New Jersey turnpike with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
There tend to be two groups of people when it comes to Bruce Springsteen: those that love him, and those that think he is overrated but inevitably doesn’t his music well. For most music folks I know, there tends to be a bit of light bulb moment when you just get what Springsteen does. Whether it’s finally seeing his immaculate gift of storytelling, prophetic understanding of American culture, or you just caught him live and felt his magic (as I did), something just sinks in.
As we finish up the first week of the last month of 2013, we are getting close to shifting to year end lists, and all that was 2013 in music (and a few other areas). For now, I will release one last list that is not related to best-of-2013 lists, and just give five classic tracks I have more or less discovered recently. I have previously done odds and ends playlists here and here.
It’s been a surprisingly busy fall in terms of new music releases, and with a three-man crew, we have been unable to cover all the notable releases this fall. So in order to make up ground, I figure I would highlight five of my favorite tracks from this fall. So without further ado, here are some of my fall recommendations.
Breaking Bad is back in full swing for its final eight episodes, and two episodes in, I can’t get my mind off the show. Beyond the brilliant acting, cinematography, and incredible story, music supervisor Thomas Golubić has crafted some of the greatest TV music moments of all-time. So as a way to talk more Breaking Bad (without having to watch Talking Bad) and to give the show’s music its proper due, here are five of my favorite songs/music moments from Breaking Bad. Also, let this serve as a SPOILER ALERT: I may spoil a thing or two if you haven’t seen the show at this point.
Having recently attended a live taping of the wonderful Chicago-based music podcast Sound Opinions, I thought it might be a good idea to use my Friday playlist slot to tout some music podcasts, since podcasting really helps fill out my week. I will say considering podcasts are a listening medium, there are nowhere near as many great music podcasts as comedy (which Austin gave a list of last year), news, and other categories, but alas, I still have five great ones for this list. Also there are several great podcasts that talk about music as well as other pop culture, but I decided to stick with 5 straight up music podcasts.