P4K Picks Baseball Video Game Soundtrack

At first blush Pitchfork curating a soundtrack for a baseball video game may not make a whole lot of sense from a brand lending/editorial perspective, but think about it: Major League Baseball 2K8 is a video game, and Pitchfork posts videos. That works, right? Almost maybe, but regardless it’s a good play for the Forkers to move into video game stuff; hell we even have a Video Games category. Maybe Rock Band: Pitchfork Edition would make a little more sense, but to their credit listening to Battles’ “Atlas” while turning double plays in your Starter cap is, at least, a thing. (Also to their credit, Matador and Sub Pop have worked similarly with 2K8 games in the past.) The soundtrack’s 17 cuts deep, seven of which come with a Pitchfork Picks asterisks. Check it:

Battles – “Atlas” *
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Need Some Air”
Blitzen Trapper -“Wild Mountain Nation” *
Dinosaur Jr – “Almost Ready” *
Jay Reatard – “My Shadow” *
Kasabian – “Reason Is Treason”
LCD Soundsystem -“Watch the Tapes” *
Modest Mouse -“Dashboard”
Peter Bjorn & John – “The Chills”
The Cars – “Moving in Stereo”
The Cool Kids – “88” *
The Cure -“Never Enough”
The Flaming Lips – “The Wand (No MF Edit)”
The Hold Steady – “Stuck Between Stations” *
The Presidents of the United States of America -“Cleveland Rocks”
The Revolution Fox Experiment – “Hyper Charlie”
The Strokes – “Someday”

* Pitchfork Pick, sorry Strokes and BRMC