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One of the members of the Rock Snob brain trust had an audience with New England Patriots quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady last night, since Brady is in town this week to host Saturday Night Live. The Rock Snob expressed his surprise to Brady about the latter’s surprisingly Snobworthy iTunes Music Store celebrity playlist, which, far from being filled with the wretched, expected jock-rock offerings of Hootie & the Blowfish and Toby Keith, was laden with Britpop (The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” Oasis’s “Wonderwall,” Coldplay’s “Shiver”), high-end rap (Nas, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest), and even a Soundgarden song! No Captain Beefheart or Roky Erickson, but still… for an NFL quarterback, wholly unexpected.

“You were expecting sort of mellow seventies type of stuff, right?” Brady said. “I’m kind of all over the map.” The quarterback explained that in the modern NFL locker room, just about every player has both an iPod and one of those portable Bose or Altec Lansing stereo doohickeys into which he can plug his Pod, making for a Babel of musical styles. If you’re open-minded, like Brady or placekicker Adam Vinatieri, you pick up on other guys’ taste and become an eclecticist. However, Brady says, most players’ musical taste is pretty much defined by position: the offensive linemen go for country, for example, and the defensive backs and wide receivers like gangsta rap. The one surprise: the Patriots linebackers, especially Ted Johnson, are jazz fans.

Brady’s musical guest on SNL will be Beck, ensuring that the young QB will further his Rock Snob education.

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