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Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights

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Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls Red Ink, 2006 A bright glimmer of hope in the ever-digressing genre of pop-punk, Boston’s very own Boys Like Girls has produced a quality, stable debut album. Their music has fun hooks and catchy lyrics, with a happy sound but plenty of depth. Great songs for first listeners are “Dance Hall Drug” and “Heels Over Head.” Check them out on PureVolume, MySpace or even on LiveJournal– they’re definitely worth your time.     -Amanda Huff Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy Presents: Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space Varese Sarabande, 1967 This vinyl is a unique piece of my father’s collection (along with a stack of 45s containing various Star Trek episodes, the soundtrack to The Hobbit, and the original Star Wars soundtrack). Leonard Nimoy can actually sing pretty good, but what makes this record kinda erie is that he does it in his Mr. Spock persona. Just imagine the highly logical Vulcan we all know and love singing “Twinkle, Twinkle little Earth”. I recomend any Star Trek fan or huge nerd listen to this album at least once.         - John Kane Friday Night Lights NBC, Tuesdays 8PM/7 CST While the action on the field in Friday Night Lights is spectacular, the show is really about the drama off the field and paints an illuminating picture about life in a small West Texas town that lives and dies with it’s high school football team.  “Friday Night Lights” does for West Texas what the O.C. does for southern California, trading in the mansions and lavish parties for the pageantry of Friday night football games and the dirt and grit of the oil roughnecks that turn out to watch them.     - Ben Whelan I’ve been feeling in a lounge music mood lately, so here’s a three-fer for y’all of classic lounge/funk/spoken word classics.  Well, maybe classics only to me, but hopefully to you as well.     -Shea Mullaney William Shatner Has Been Shout! Factory, 2004 I’m not a Shatner fan, but I think this is one of the funniest, most lyrically insightful albums I’ve heard in a long time.  Since Kirk can’t sing, he talks his way through the numbers over lounge-y rhythms and with notable guests like Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Joe Jackson, and Aimee Mann.  A must for any lounge lizard. Supreme Beings of Leisure Supreme Beings of Leisure Palm, 2000 Surreal and soothing, no one I’ve ever played this for has not fallen instantly in love with Supreme Beings.  From the funky “Golddigger” to the haunting “Strangelove Addiction”, Supreme Beings of Leisure will have you reaching for that repeat button. Smashmouth Astro Lounge Interscope , 1999 This album is a California surfer lounge classic.  It’s a wonderful blend of classic 70s lounge, alternative rock guitars, and Caribbean (not to mention Marijuana) infused vocals.  There were several hits off this album such as “All Star,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” and “.” This album is a must have for any well-stocked lounge.