‘Broad City’ Original Soundtrack

Sometimes people forget music is as important to a television show as the setting or even the characters. NBC did a grand job with Parenthood and shows like Atlanta on FX continue to do so, but we’re here to talk about the soundtrack for one of the funniest shows in constant play in my home, Broad City. YASSS Queen, the music that surrounds the lives of Abbi and Ilana as they deal with jobs that suck, love, lust, family and everything else in the human experience with New York as their backdrop and a soundtrack that includes everything from vibrancy to swag – basically everything we’re used to when we watch the show comes rolled into one on the executive produced soundtrack by Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Matt FX.

Opening with the intro that fans have become familiar with, the soundtrack also caps the album with the extended version of DJ Raff’s “Latino & Proud” as well. At least we won’t go years thinking that little part was the only part of the song. I mean, how long until you knew there was more to that Fresh Prince song? What I loved about this record was that it not only represented the show, but the city of New York. You had a variety of neighborhoods in the mix. Speaking of Latin and proud, that wasn’t the only track. You got the lively “Tigre” from Jarina DeMarco to “#NOTYOURS.” While there was a fair share of hip hop, I definitely expected more from watching the show. I also realized that perhaps I’m not cool enough after hearing the likes of Tasha The Amazon’s “Steady Noe” and K Rizz’s “YES Bitch.” On top of the Latin infused music and the hip hop there one track that I felt at home with and really loved. “Let ‘Em Say” from Lizzo & Caroline Smith was like something you’d hear on RuPaul’s Drag Race and because of it, I was like, “YASSS Queen!”

The music that comes from a show is critical because it sets the tone just as much as the lines being delivered. Broad City is set in a landscape that is full of life and diversity and the songs they fill their show with fully represent that, as well as the vibe of the show. To say you’d like the soundtrack if you like the show wouldn’t necessarily be true, but I can say if you are a fan of the Big Apple scene, check out the Original Soundtrack for Broad City, out October 28.

Diamond Mind: Heavy Metal Sunshine

There was a lot going on when I popped in Diamond Mind’s Heavy Metal Sunshine. Definitely comparable to those giant boxes of chips your mom buys you in elementary school so you can have a little variety throughout the week in your bagged lunch. Yup, that’s what you get with this Canadian band that is able to combine bits and pieces of pop, soul and even minstrel-like sounds into a record.

Having already made a name for themselves on a local level, Diamond Mind hopes to spread their name across borders and seas with this record and they just might. Going back to the chip reference, “Diamond Mind” was like the good ol’ Doritos. A great choice at the start of the week. Cute, fun and definitely their poppiest tune in the box. Not too different though with a little funk, “Horseless Coach” was like that track’s cousin, making it the Cool Ranch option. Lyrics and whatnot aside, the delivery had a case of sex appeal. Towards the middle of the week and the record, “The Janks” served up an odd troubadour minstrel vibe, while “Front Page Of The End Times” caused some drama like a Hot Cheeto would.

Diamond Mind have created quite the treat grab bag with Heavy Metal Sunshine thanks to the surge of styles they’ve constructed to put on display. Perhaps   in some cases, Heavy Metal Sunshine is due out October 7.

Peaer: Peaer

A chicken nugget in one hand and my other on the keyboard, I’m listening to Peaer’s self-titled album. The whole time felt like when you’re hanging out with that one friend who is a constant Debbie Downer, but has like one funny thing to say. Not a record I could find myself listening to on a daily basis, but definitely for those who find themselves looking for the vinyl pleasures of Tigers Jaw, and going to catch Seahaven live.

Know those coming of age films set in the Middle of Nowhere, USA? The soundtracks to those live for songs like “Pink Spit.” Or at least that’s what I envisioned when it started to play. The sad spirits continued to rise as that trippy alternative rock came through in a new, modern way via “Cliff Song” and “Third Law.” “Karma Police” anyone? As things continued to progress, I was not feeling it on a personal level until “Sick” came into play. On some level, we can all relate to the simple line, “Sick of being tired of myself.” We all get down on ourselves at some point in our lives and after awhile, it can get not only frustrating but down right embarrassing. So of course you’d get tired of feeling low about who you are. Another song for the downtrodden, but a more universal appeal.

As the last nugget is consumed, so ends my time with Peaer. Not a record I’d place in my heart, but one I’m glad to share because there are people out there who’d find this sorrow sounding album a delight. If you’re a fan of Pedro The Lion and again, Seahaven – make sure to check out Peaer, out September 30 on Tiny Engines.