• Triple Crown Records-Favorite Gentlemen
Like most music writers, I receive an avalanche of email each day. If I had time to read every message from start to finish, I would, but I don't. (If it's a slow day, maybe.) More often than not, I scan through each one, and if something catches my attention, I'll stop what I'm doing to check out the copy, listen to the song, and/or play the video. And if I like what I hear, I'll keep an eye out for the full-length.

From the press notes, Bad Books (Kevin Devine and the Manchester Orchestra) didn't sound like my kind of thing, but then I saw the magic words: Forest Whitaker. A song dedicated to the Oscar winner from The Last King of Scotland? I'm down.

There are some amazing clips in this video from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Color of Money, Bird, Smoke, and The Crying Game. And some utter ridiculousness, too, from Bloodsport and Scientology fiasco Battlefield Earth.

Best of all: it ends with Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Man, I could watch that final bit on an endless loop. (Odd, though, that the video includes a scene from Diff'rent Strokes, while ignoring his great arc on The Shield.)

As for the song, it sounds like the Rentals ("Friends of P") by way of Clem Snide.

Triple Crown Records and Favorite Gentlemen release Bad Books II on Oct 9.