I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead

After cutting the cord and getting rid of cable and broadcast television, our choices in what we watched slimmed down slightly, but in other respects opened our eyes up to different programming. It also changed how we watched different shows.

With broadcast TV, you are limited to what’s going over the air or piping down the cable at the time you are watching. We were streaming things on-demand and had our pick of the litter. If we wanted to watch a single episode, we could. If we wanted to binge and marathon an entire season of something, we could.

And that’s how we came to Breaking Bad.

I don’t think that there’s been an on-screen relationship like the one that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul had on Breaking Bad and I don’t think there ever will be. It was special and they knew it. One of the great things about the show, apart from the stellar acting, was the music. Sometimes it was intentional and other times it seemed incidental, almost an afterthought. I remember reading an interview with the Music Supervisor and he said that after the episode is shot, he would make CDs of music that could be used in different scenes. Most of the music ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.

I remember there was a scene shot in the house that Aaron Paul’s character (Jesse Pinkman), I believe a party had just ended or something to that effect and the chorus of El-P’s “Flyentology” played in the background. I had never heard the track before or knew who it was by, but I knew part of the chorus was unmistakably Trent Reznor’s voice.

After doing some quick research I came upon the track information and the album that it came from…promptly snatching it up. I bought it for a) Trent Reznor’s vocals and b) the music would always make me think of Breaking Bad. I dug a little deeper into the connection between Trent Reznor and El-P and it hit me where I had seen the name El-P before…on Trent Reznor’s Every Day Is Exactly The Same EP, there’s a remix of “Only” done by none other than El-P. Not surprising given Trent’s involvement with other hip-hop artists like Saul Williams.

Tasmanian Pain CoasterEl-P (feat. Cedric Of The Mars Volta)6:55
Smithereens (Stop Cryin)El-P4:32
Up All NightEl-P2:36
Dear SirsEl-P1:33
Run The NumbersEl-P (feat. Aesop Rock)4:42
Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)El-P (feat. Cage)4:35
The Overly Dramatic TruthEl-P4:31
FlyentologyEl-P (feat. Trent Reznor)4:01
No KingsEl-P3:06
The League Of Extraordinary NobodiesEl-P2:35
Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise (This Must Be Our Time)El-P (feat. Cat Power)7:01