The weekly podcast where a musician (Nick LaGrasta), a painter (Caleb Brown), and a comedian (Chris Darden) review soundtracks, tribute albums, and random compilations of the last few decades to try and decide if they are actually any good. Joined by occasional guests, the hosts draw insight from their respective backgrounds to discuss music, film, and pop culture, while they engage in a nostalgic and comedic review of each week's selected album—track by track.
Orange County: The Soundtrack
The Track Listing boys all applied to Stanford to get our doctorate in podcasting but somehow our transcript got mixed up with another podcast's transcript! Our only option was to review the Orange County soundtrack this week and get some sort of catharsis. This was Nick's pick and we took a road trip down memory lane for the Colin Hanks/Jack Black teen flick that epitomized the early 2000's era. With tracks from the Offspring, Foo Fighters, Crazy Town, Cake, and Phantom Planet, we really burn down the admissions office with this ep. Nick also prepared an edition of Covers Blown for us that uncovered songs we absolutely wished never existed. At the end of this episode, we recommend our favorite color song and add those gems to the Track Listing Spotify Playlist. We dedicate this episode to all the kids trapped in Orange County who might end up at a safety college lest they live out their lives stuck in their parents' mansions.
Johnny Mnemonic (Music From The Motion Picture)
In the distant future (2021), all good music disappears and only Keanu can save us because he has a floppy disc full of .wav files jammed in his brain. That's the plot to this week’s soundtrack, Johnny Mnemonic. Caleb picked this 1995 cyberpunk soundtrack and provided a new game that had Nick and Chris FEUDing for hours afterward. You’ll hear some trippy tracks from Stabbing Westward, Helmet, Orbital, Bono & The Edge (sorry U other 2). We also dig in deep to this flick which has a star studded cast, even a goddamn dolphin. Check out our Spotify Playlist to see our recommended songs of future past! Now excuse me, I’m having a case of the black shakes.
American Psycho (Music From The Controversial Motion Picture)
Do you like the Track Listing Podcast? I’ve been a big Track Listing fan ever since the 2019 episode on Reality Bites. But I think this week’s episode the American Psycho soundtrack is the groups undisputed masterpiece. You can practically hear every nuance of every hot take the boys have on this 2000 controversial cult classic. Chris really came into his own (commercially and artistically) by picking this soundtrack and coming up with a brand new game about musicians having public meltdowns. The whole episode has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the commentary a big boost. Most people probably don't subscribe to the Official Track Listing Playlist. But they should, because they've added their favorite Psycho Killer songs and the playlist is also a personal statement about the podcast itself. This is a great, great episode, a personal favorite.
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar
Swayze, Snipes, Leguizamo...no, it's not a 90s B action movie. It's a movie about 3 drag queens on a road trip who may or may not have murdered a cop. This week's soundtrack is To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. Yes, that's the film's title. We wrote that correctly. Nick picked this episode, Caleb prepared a game of Super Group to stump us and we also recommend our favorite song with an absurdly long title. We learned a lot about the drag world and a lot about ourselves this episode. Please now refer to us as Penny Kravitz, Steely Jan, and Jenny Loggins. Submit your guesses as to who is who.
The Big Chill
Sometime in your 30s you begin to realize your limitations and that you will never accomplish certain goals and dreams. Luckily, there's a soundtrack about it! It's called The Big Chill and it was Caleb's pick for this week's episode. The 1983 star studded movie has one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time, featuring greats like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Three Dog Night and Procol Harum. Nick prepared a grueling edition of Super Group which was as difficult as our collective existential crisis during the recording. Tomorrow isn't promised, so let's all get together at our friend's estate in South Carolina, recognize our mortality, dance to some old records and bully Jeff Goldblum.
Action Jackson (1988)
NAME: Jericho Jackson NICKNAME: "Action" HOME: Detroit PROFESSION: Cop OBJECTIVE: Uhhh unclear. MUSICAL TASTE: Listen to find out! This week's episode is Action Jackson, the Carl Weathers cult classic. Chris picked this soundtrack and it's got some great 80's R&B jams from the Pointer Sisters, Sister Sledge and of course VANITY. Chris also prepared a round of Tinsel Town Tunes (with some sea shanty vibes?) and we recommend our favorite "action" song. We need help from our listeners on this one, please let us know if Vanity is a good in this movie or if Prince is just inhabiting her soul.
Always a fun listen!
I don’t listen to a ton of podcasts, but this one has quickly become a go-to for me. These guys are hilarious, and have so many great takes on movies, music and pop culture. Every episode is a blast, even if I haven’t seen the movie.
This is a great fun podcast that takes it one track at a time.
Aural Cinematic Celebration!
This is such a fantastic spin on the cinematic conversation. Check out their A Knight’s Tale Episode to hear what I mean. The discussion is passionate, informed, and entertaining. Click subscribe. You won’t regret it. Rock on, gang.