Hot Routes: Week Four

22 Sep

Editor’s Note:  This is the Swanky roundup of our top picks and songs of the week, running every week of the 2012 Year of Football.  For a primer, check out the Introduction.

Week Four

 

Vanderbilt (1-2) at Georgia (3-0)

The pick:  Georgia (-14)

The track:  This Must Be The Place (Viceroy Edit) by Talking Heads

Some remixes/re-edits are listenable based purely on the high quality/timelessness of the original track.  Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place” definitely fits the bill for timeless classic that you can’t hear enough, so Viceroy’s remix smartly goes the subtle route – not doing anything loud or bold to overshadow that incredible original hook, but adding enough tweaks and flair to bring out a version worthy enough to be included in the original’s musical aura.

 

Michigan (2-1) @ Notre Dame (3-0)

The pick:  Michigan (+6)

The track:  Don’t You Forget It by The Allah-Las

I’m allowing my distaste for the overrated Notre Dame squeezebox they call a football program to come into this pick, so be aware of some emotional bias.  But even without that overwhelming urge to fade the Irish, 6 points looks like an attractive amount for Michigan in this game, based on the Denards’ recent success against ND.  This is looking like a close game, perhaps coming down to 3 points or so.  Even if UM doesn’t win, they can get close enough.

 

Kansas State (3-0) at Oklahoma (3-0)

The pick:  Kansas State (+14.5)

The track:  Sleeping Ute by Grizzly Bear

K-State has looked surprisingly effective behind the do-it-all legs of Collin Klein, surging out to some lopsided victories early in the season.  So it’s a little bit unexpected to see that they’re such big underdogs against an Oklahoma team that has flown largely under the radar this season.  So unexpected that it makes me pause before snatching K-State as an underdog – almost too good to be true.  But that extra .5 point is huge, and shouldn’t be missed.

 

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

The pick:  49ers (-7)

The track:  Tessellate by alt-J

alt-J dropped their new  album this week, and it is a very interesting listen.  The sound underneath the chilly vocals is a constantly shifting composite of electronic touches, guitars both acoustic and electric, and pounding piano chords.  It’s never boring, and more than often is a compelling and propulsive experience.  “Tessellate” is a standout.

 

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) at Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

The pick:  Cardinals (+2.5)

The track:  About That Life (Feat. Jahan Lennon) by Diplo

When one thinks of Diplo, one usually thinks of schizo electronic dancehall tracks that ride a nonstop wave of pure energy.  The prolific producer went in a whole new direction with his new release, the folky strummer “About That Life” with Jahan Lennon.  The result?  Acoustic is a good look on Mr. Lo.

 

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at San Diego Chargers (2-0)

The pick:  Chargers (-3)

The track:  September by St. Lucia

Atlanta is traveling coast-to-coast on a short week, and they seem a little bit ready for a letdown after an emotional primetime win against Denver.  The Chargers so far have looked efficient and effective this season, so they may be in prime position to take advantage of a Matt Ryan-led disappointment.

 

Last Week’s Record:  1 – 5

Overall Record:  4 – 12

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