Hot Routes: Week Five

29 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 Five

N.C. State (3-1) at Miami (3-1)

The pick:  Miami (-2)

The track:  Fall 4 U by Chad Valley

Chad Valley’s “Fall 4 U” finds a nice musical sweet spot between the already-neighboring worlds of 80’s synth-pop and early-90’s R&B.  This is the kind of jam that you can find yourself on the dance floor to, and/or that you would put on your Keith Sweat-inspired mixtape.

Clemson (3-1) at Boston College (1-2)

The pick:  Clemson (-7)

The track:  The Rifle’s Spiral by The Shins

Clemson is coming off a tough loss to Florida State, and they have a lot of incentive to bring the intensity to a game that might otherwise be considered a trap.  Just because Clemson lost to a Top 5 team doesn’t mean they can’t handle a weak ACC opponent.

South Carolina (4-0) at Kentucky (1-3)

The pick:  South Carolina (-20)

The track:  No Strings (RAC Mix) by Mayer Hawthorne

RAC bring the funk to Mayer Hawthorne’s already pretty funky song.  They also smartly keep some brass section touches and preserve the defiant come-on energy of the original track.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

The pick:  Bengals (-1)

The track:  Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out

The Jaguars are not a good football team, and Cincinnati is a decent one.  That’s what this comes down to.  It will probably be a gross, low-scoring clusterfuck, but the better team should eventually prevail.  And Cincy should win by at least a few points.

San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at New York Jets (2-1)

The pick:  49ers (-4.5)

The track:  My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Rust Never Sleeps is a great album that’s structured a bit different from the norm.  For one, it blends audio from both live and studio sessions, so that you can occasionally hear crowd noise on a track with some in-studio polish.  The other thing of note about the album is that it starts acoustic with some haunting, yearning, beautiful country soul, and then about halfway through becomes electric, with some dirty, ragged, searing rock energy.  Because of this different structure, we get two versions of the timeless song My My, Hey Hey – one acoustic and one electric.  The acoustic brings the heat with some harmonica that will break your heart.

New Orleans Saints (0-3) at Green Bay Packer (1-2)

The pick:  Packers (-7.5)

The track:  September (Alex Metric Remix) by St. Lucia

The Packers got jobbed last week and I’m saying that as a Seahawks fan.  They know they should have had a win, and they’re rightfully pissed.  They’re also upset because they haven’t been playing that well, and they need to start picking it up.  They’ll bring all of that pent-up energy to bear against a reeling Saints team.

Last Week’s Record:  4-2

Overall Record:  8-14

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