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Brian Koppelman: 8Track

8Track with guest Brian Koppelman

8Track with guest Brian Koppelman

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Writer, producer and showrunner Brian Koppelman has built an impressive resume over the last twenty-plus years. He is best known for his work on the Showtime series "Billions," as well as films like "Rounders" and "Ocean’s Thirteen."

At his core, though, Brian is a music lover. In fact, he began his career in the music industry working in A&R. He also played a role in helping to launch the career of Tracy Chapman and was even credited as an executive producer on her debut album. With his diverse background and musical taste, I knew Brian would make a great guest for "8Track" — a part mixtape, part interview show we're excited to bring back on WFUV.

Tonight at 9 p.m., I'll kick off "The Alternate Side" with our conversation, where Brian talked about his career as well as sharing some terrific insight on his guest DJ picks under the theme: “Songs that could be movies but weren’t written by Bruce, Lou, Joni or Bob.” (You can also listen in the player above.)

  • David & David - "Welcome to the Boomtown"
  • The Hold Steady - "Slapped Actress"
  • Aimee Mann - "I've Had It"
  • Richard Shindell - "The Next Best Western"
  • Slaid Cleaves - "Drinkin' Days"
  • Robert Cray - "Right Next Door (Because Of Me)"
  • Jason Isbell - "Songs That She Sang in the Shower"
  • Guy Clark - "The Guitar"

[Recorded: 2/4/21; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop; Theme music: Caroline Rose]