It’s the Fourth of July! A time when we can all reflect on the glories of our country, free from the rigors of work and the hectoring soliloquies of Aaron Sorkin. Even the snarky steam-fitters of the Hollywood Prospectus blog have a couple days off to catch up on episodes of Pretty Little Liars and update their showrunner slam books (Hate U, Veena!). As for the Hollywood Prospectus podcast, it will return on Friday, feted with fireworks and fatted with assorted grilled meats.
But it just wouldn’t be right to leave you, as the great prophet Timbaland once said, without a dope beat to step to. So, in that spirit, we proudly offer up some Spotify playlists, perfect for outdoor cookery or indoor living. In their own idiosyncratic ways, these more-or-less mixtapes were artfully designed to get you from the first, frozen fumblings of the hot dog wrapper straight through to the ill-advised fifth beer and the inevitable accidental cannonball into the inflatable kiddie pool. (As for the sunburn hangover, you people are on your own.)