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Kevin Warwick, Reader staff writer, is obsessed with...

Friday Night Lights theme song It officially feels like winter when I'm plowing through episodes of a critically acclaimed, now-defunct TV drama. I've listened to the Friday Night Lights theme by W.G. Snuffy Walden approximately 43 times thus far, and it's obvious that the rolling and atmospheric Explosions in the Sky sound, ripped off or not, makes the football exploits of Dillon Panther dreamboats like Tim Riggins, Matt Saracen, and Coach Taylor all the more inspiring. Can't lose.

Sparks, "Mickey Mouse" The Mael brothers have been experimenting with the Sparks brand of quirky new-wave synth-pop since the early 70s. The 1982 album Angst in My Pants was at that point one of the band's most accessible, finally prompting recognition in the States. Plus, what says "America!" better than a track about Mickey Mouse? The hooky, synth-rock song is a clap-your-hands, big-grin dancer with auspicious lyrics like "Basically, everything is easy / Give it a try, you'll see I'm right / 'Cause if a mouse can be special, well, so can you."

Black Breath Yes, it's cool getting an advance promo of an album. It's even cooler when that album is the follow-up to one of 2010's best metal releases. Black Breath's sophomore effort, Sentenced to Life, drops at the end of March and ups the Entombed-wrecked ferocity of Heavy Breathing, if that's even possible. These dudes embody old-school gritty thrash metal in the best sense. Rippers like the title track and "Mother Abyss" will make chucking cinderblocks at shit that breaks seem like the best idea ever.

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