Monday, October 4, 2010

Out sick; Need your help

I missed Lincoln Calling. I missed Local Natives. I missed Little Brazil's "comeback." I missed Cursive. I missed Land of Talk. Lately, I've missed a ton of stuff.

Basically, I've been sick for about a month, which has required multiple doctor's visits, blah blah blah. You don't need to know the details. Anyway, you probably haven't seen me around lately. And I haven't seen the inside of a rock club since August.

I also haven't seen the inside of a gym in more than a month. Barely being able to breathe isn't exactly conducive to working out, you know?

I was readying myself for the gym this morning and realized I hate all of my old "working out" playlists. They're old, uninspiring.

So, I'm making some new ones. But it's been tough. You gotta follow the rules for a good playlist, but on a workout playlist it also has to be music that pushes you through that last rep or drives you through another mile.

That's where I'm stuck.

I have the following on my list so far:
"Slack Motherfucker" by Superchunk
"Slight Figure of Speech" by the Avett Brothers
"Tell Em" by Sleigh Bells
"Percussion Gun" by White Rabbits
"The Seeker" by The Who
"You're the Best Around" by Joe Esposito (yes, the song from the montage scene in "The Karate Kid")
"Cyanide" by Metallica
"Burial" by Miike Snow

But they aren't final choices by any means. I need more. I need better.

So, what do you think? What would you suggest for the perfect workout playlist? What's on your list? What's the best workout song ever? (Aside from "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky, that is.)

Let's talk in the comments.


  1. I think there are two schools of thought for a good workout mix. Some people need high-octane, upbeat music to keep their energy level up. Some people need the kind of music that will take their mind off of what they're really doing. I'd say I'm of the latter camp. Most of the music I listen to for a workout is usually pretty chill, with intricate arrangements or amazing lyrics to ponder. Otherwise, I'd say a really good podcast is the way to go.

  2. I workout for 2 hours a day, so having it start high and stay high never worked for me, just need songs that drive me to take the next step, and do the next set. here is a copy and paste from the playlist in my iTunes:

    • Anthem For The Underdog 12 Stones
    • More Human Than Human White Zombie
    • Thunder Kiss '65 White Zombie
    • Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio
    • Headstrong Trapt
    • Wake Up Tim Armstrong
    • Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
    • Swagga Like Us (Feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil' Wayne) T.I.
    • Live Your Life (Feat. Rihanna) T.I.
    • Under The Knife Rise Against
    • Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Rise Against
    • Rockstar 101 Rihanna Feat. Slash
    • False Pretense Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
    • Freedom Rage Against The Machine
    • Township Rebellion Rage Against The Machine
    • Fistful Of Steel Rage Against The Machine
    • Sleep Now In The Fire Rage Against The Machine
    • Breathe Prodigy
    • Where Is My Mind? The pixies
    • Float On Pickin' On Series
    • Your Love The Outfield
    • Guiding Light Muse
    • Party In The USA Miley Cyrus
    • She Just Happened The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    • Rocket Man Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    • Wild World Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    • King Without A Crown Matisyahu
    • Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Got Money (Feat. T-Pain) Lil Wayne
    • Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix) K'naan
    • 99 Anthems Jaydiohead
    • She's Country Jason Aldean
    • Undead Hollywood Undead
    • How You Like Me Now The Heavy
    • Get Up Goldfinger
    • The Champ Ghostface Killah
    • Callin' Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
    • Won't Back Down Fuel
    • Fully Alive Flyleaf
    • Within A Mile Of Home Flogging Molly
    • White Flag Warrior Flobots Feat. Tim Mcilrath
    • Rise Flobots
    • All my fault Fenix tx
    • It's My Time (Clean) Fabolous
    • Won't Back Down Eminem Feat. P!nk
    • The Warrior's Code Dropkick Murphys
    • Loyal To No One Dropkick Murphys
    • Tomorrow's Industry Dropkick Murphys
    • The State Of Massachusetts Dropkick Murphys
    • Dirty Water Dropkick Murphys
    • Fields of Athenry Dropkick Murphys
    • The Dirty Glass Dropkick Murphys
    • Forever (Main) Drake Feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne And Eminem
    • Al Pacino Chilldiggers
    • Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Cage The Elephant
    • Who Are They Buck o nine
    • Time Won't Let Me Go The Bravery
    • Death By Diamonds And Pearls Band of Skulls
    • Light Of The Morning Band of Skulls
    • Airplanes, Part II B.o.B
    • Cochise Audioslave
    • Prelude 12/21 AFI

    The ipod goes on shuffle, and this is about 4 hours of music, sometimes I skip a song.

  3. Running without LCD Soundsystem should be illegal.

    DJ Shadow - You Can't Go Home Again
    RJD2 - Deadringer
    Clash - First LP
    X-Ray Spex

  4. Aaron - I try to go for a little of both. I need some stuff to push me as well as some stuff for me to kind of space out. Got any specific recommendations??

    Tree - Damn, man. That's quite the list.

    krossfader - LCD Soundsystem... Good call.

  5. Here are a couple songs I've been listening to when I hop on my bike to head to the coffee shop in the morning: "Sons of Avarice" by American Steel, "These Old Shoes" by Deer Tick and "Ten Things" by Paul Baribeau — one of my favorite musicians I discovered when I was living in Michigan.

    Feel better.


  6. Daft Punk is Playing at My House-- LCD
    Little Sister-- QOTSA
    Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim remix)-- Wildchild
    Bump-- Spank Rock


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