The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's soundtrack is the latest in a proud, increasingly long young-adult franchise movie tradition: Pitching their soundtracks at the college-rock types who actually buy compilation albums. It's streaming now on iTunes, and that means it's time for another set of strikingly competent tracks pointed at aging male near-hipsters. Which is great for me, because I'm one of those! The National? Check. Coldplay? You bet. Lorde?
Okay, sure, everybody loves Lorde. But how and why does this keep happening?