Archive | October, 2012

on my boombox (on halloween): diplo and david lynch (sadly not together)

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, everyone! I thought I would hate this mid-week Halloween thing, but really it just means we’ve been celebrating Halloween for 4-5 days and will continue for another 4. I can get down with that.

Allow me to share what I”ll be listening to on this Hallow’s eve.
1) Diplo and Friends BBCR1xtra: Halloween Special. As a gift to all of us on this special holiday, Diplo and his cohorts just dropped a 3-hour mix on us. Yes, yes, yessss.

2) David Lynch- anything and everything you can find. David Lynch sounds perfectly eery enough for halloween, without needing to listen to the same old Monster Mash and Thriller-filled Halloween playlists again. Such as:
Pinky’s Dream ft. Karen O

Now get Spooky errybody.


on my boombox (at the gym): RwR workout playlist 2012

30 Oct

If there was one music blog post I was born to write, it is a workout music post. Among the bevy of ways I spend my free time, “exercising” might only be second to “listening to music” at #1  (and “struggling to lift my bike up stairs” would probably be #3). I love working out and have pretty much done it all when it comes to fitness routines: half-marathons, booty-kicking cycling classes, soul-cleansing yoga, embarrassing Zumba dances, and lazy, hungover elliptical sessions.

I will go out for a run no matter the time, place, or weather (even if I whine about it). I don’t  travel without my running shoes (even if I don’t always use them), and I will scope out the hotel gym the second I arrive somewhere. I am not crazy, I am simply an endorphin addict (and trust me, I have the appetite to match it).

However, I will also never workout without music. Instead, I will spend $18 on junky headphones at the gym when I forgot mine, and I’ll risk getting my phone snatched during the “no-music-allowed” Army 10-Miler, because lord knows I wasn’t getting through that without Spotify.

Admittedly, I sometimes listen to some seriously outdated, terrible music while working out. I firmly believe that no guilty pleasure music is off limits at the gym, so if Katy Perry gets your heart pumping, then go for it. But workout playlists need not be composed ENTIRELY of top 40 throwaways. Everything from indie tunes to classic rock to cutting-edge electro remixes can be the perfect tunes to get your butt moving

Thus, I am pleased to introduce the first RwR Workout Playlists. I’ve composed them in Spotify, so if you have the Spotify mobile app (as all of you should), then just download and go. For those of you who use iPods or something else, check out the lists and download the ones that strike your fancy.

Some notes: The scope of this playlist is large; it has everything from indie to gangsta rap to dubstep to Beyonce. Don’t be surprised if you don’t love every song, but there is something in it for everyone. Also, I’ve noted DC music (or DC-represented music) with a *.

1) Warm-Up:Some lower-key james for your walk to the gym, your first few minutes of cardio, or a gentler weight-lifting, yoga, or pilates session.

Alex Winston – Sister Wife
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High
Bassnectar – Here We Go
Best Coast – Boyfriend
Cherub – Doses & Mimosas
Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin
Cut Copy – Take Me Over
Dismemberment Plan – A Life of Possibilities
Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are – Major Lazer remix
Justice – Civilization
Juveniles – Hard Working Girl
K-OS – Crabbuckit
Kid Cudi – Mr. Rager
Kid Cudi – Up Up & Away
Lotus – Molluskunk
Nervo – We’re All No One (Edit) [feat. Afrojack and Steve Aoki]
Of Monsters And Men – Six Weeks
Ra Ra Riot – Boy
Salt-N-Pepa – Get Up Everybody (Get Up)
Santigold – Lights Out
Sbtrkt – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
Yelle – Que Veux-Tu – Madeon Extended Remix

2) Intervals: One of the most effective ways to increase the intensity of your cardio is to incorporate sprints or other bursts of speed and energy. I find this much easier to tolerate if I can just follow along with the tempo of my music, so I have particular songs that I use for intervals- when the beat drops or the chorus gets fast, it’s time to dial it up. (Note: This playlist includes a lot of dubstep- bass drops are ideal for intervals. If dubstep isn’t your jam, then skip em).

Bassnectar – Upside Down
Bassnectar – The Matrix
Bassnectar – Blast Off
Bassnectar – The 808 Track (feat. Mighty High Coup)
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Crystal Castles – Not In Love
David Guetta – She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) [feat. Sia]
David Guetta – Memories (feat. Kid Cudi)
Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)
The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope – Feat. Big Boi
JAY-Z – On To The Next One [Jay-Z + Swizz Beatz] – Explicit Album Version
JAY-Z – Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
Kid Sister – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)
The Knocks – Make It Better
Lykke Li – Get Some
Madonna – Hung Up
Major Lazer – Hold The Line feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass – Clean Version
Nicki Minaj – Starships – Explicit Version
Rihanna – We Found Love
Rusko – Somebody To Love
Santigold – GO! – feat. Karen O
Simian – We Are Your Friends (Original Mix)
SOJA – To Whom It May Concern
Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
Tiësto – C’mon (feat. Diplo)
Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
Yellow Ostrich – Elephant King
Zedd – Spectrum – Radio Mix

3) Long Run: This could also be called the “general” category. It’s a mix of tunes that are chill enough to help you zone out on a long run, with others that are more intense and high-energy to sustain any workout.

Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime – Radio Edit
Architecture In Helsinki – Heart It Races
Beyoncé – Get Me Bodied – Extended Mix
Big Boi – Shutterbugg
Big Boi – Tangerine
Big Boi – You Ain’t No DJ
Big Gigantic – High Life
Childish Gambino – Outside
Chromeo – Hot Mess
Chromeo – Tenderoni
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
Crystal Castles – Untrust Us
Crystal Castles – Vanished
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Daft Punk – Digital Love (Boris Dlugosh Remix)
David Byrne – Miss America
Deadmau5 – Some Chords
Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff – feat. Rob Swire
Diplo feat. Billy The Gent & Long Jawns – Butters Theme (feat. Billy The Gent & Long Jawns)
Dismemberment Plan – What Do You Want Me to Say?
Dizzee Rascal Feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome – Dance Wiv Me – Radio Edit
Ellie Goulding – Lights – Bassnectar Remix
Ester Dean – Drop It Low
*The Fly Girlz – Welcome 2 Brownsville
*The Fly Girlz – Fly Girlz
Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
Genius/GZA – Gold
Handsome Furs – I’m Confused
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You
Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are – Major Lazer remix
*Imperial China – Mortal Wombat
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope – Feat. Big Boi
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
JAY-Z – Show Me What You Got
Kelly Rowland – Motivation – Diplo Remix
The Knocks – Blackout
The Knocks – Dancing With the DJ (Dave Edwards Remix)
Lady Gaga – Electric Chapel – Two Door Cinema Club Remix
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
Lil Wayne – Let The Beat Build
Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
M.I.A. – Galang
M83 – Kim & Jessie
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Major Lazer – Get Free
Major Lazer – Sound Of Siren
Matt and Kim – Lessons Learned
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Robyn – Indestructible
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
Robyn – U Should Know Better
Robyn – Cry When You Get Older
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop
Salt-N-Pepa – Whatta Man
Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes
Santigold – Creator
SBTRKT – Wildfire (OVO Remix feat. Drake)
SOJA – You Don’t Know Me
Spank Rock – Car Song (feat. Santigold)
Spank Rock – Bump
Summer Camp – I Want You
Tiësto – Feel It In My Bones
Tune-Yards – Gangsta
The White Panda – Midnight Life
The White Panda – Your Woman (Remix feat. Dorrough)
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica (Extended Mix)
Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
Wu-Tang Clan – Bring Da Ruckus
Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner
Yuksek – On A Train – The Magician Remix

4) Audial Gatorade: Your edge. Your limit. Your “omg get me out of this gym/off of this bike/over this hill/out of this pose NOW” feeling. When you hit those moments, you need what I call “audial gatorade”- those tunes that can turn you from brink of death into superwoman (err, or at least make you keep going).

Avicii – Fade Into Darkness – Vocal Club Mix
Avicii – Levels – Radio Edit
Azealia Banks – 212
Beyoncé – Crazy In Love feat. Jay-Z
Big Freedia – Booty-Whop
Bonde Do Role – Marina do Bairro
Chromeo – Night By Night
Darude – Sandstorm – Radio Edit
Diplo feat. Nicky Da B – Express Yourself (feat. Nicky Da B)
El-P – Drones Over Bklyn
Eric Prydz – Call On Me – Radio Edit
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
*Imperial China – Corrupting the Integrity of the Grid
Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Kreayshawn – Twerkin!!! featuring Diplo and Sissy Nobby
Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot – Explicit Version
Madonna – 4 Minutes – feat. Justin Timberlake And Timbaland
MSTRKRFT & N.O.R.E. – Bounce (feat. N.O.R.E.) [Extended Version]
Prince – 1999 [Edit]
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Reptar – Orifice Origami
Rihanna – We Found Love
Skrillex – Bangarang – feat. Sirah
Skrillex – Kyoto – feat. Sirah
Three 6 Mafia vs. Tiësto with Sean Kingston and Flo Rida – Feel It – Explicit Album Version
Walk the Moon – Anna Sun

5. Cool Down: The best part of any workout- your endorphins are flowing but you are D-O-N-E with the huffing and puffing and pain of the workout itself. So, relish your accomplishment and listen to some down tempo tunes to bring down your heart rate. These could also work during any of your more chill (read: more hungover) workouts.

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close – Radio Edit
*Deleted Scenes – Fake IDs
*Deleted Scenes – Take My Life
Diiv – Doused
The Dodos – The Season
Drive-By Truckers – Heathens
Drive-By Truckers – Decoration Day
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
J Cole – Work Out – Explicit Version
Kleerup – Until We Bleed – Feat. Lykke Li
Mc Solaar – La Belle Et Le Bad Boy
Phantogram – Don’t Move
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
SBTRKT – Right Thing To Do (feat. Jessie Ware)
SOJA – Here I Am
TLC – Creep
TLC – Waterfalls
TLC – No Scrubs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

on my boombox: my month of travel, in song

9 Oct

September and October 2012 will forever be known as “the months of DC absenteeism.” I’ve been zipping all over the place via plane, train, bus, and roadtrip this month, so DC show-going has been mostly on hold.
That said, traveling is often a great way for me to forever relate certain music to a particular trip or experience. Sometimes it’s the song that plays on repeat when you’re drinking with your college friends during a reunion weekend; maybe it’s a new album that keeps you sane through a long flight delay. Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to see a local band play in a new city you’re visiting.

So, here is the rundown of the music I’ve been digging this month, that I will forever associate with these particular trips. (Note that I’m not including my Lotus show trip to Philly in my list of travels, because I already featured a Lotus track in my last track. But you should still listen to more Lotus).

1. Road trip to Notre Dame: Noosa, “Walk on By (Sound Remedy Remix)”

During a road trip all the way to South Bend, Indiana, to watch Notre Dame crush Michigan, this song played double duty: not only did it get us pumped up enough to turn the end of our 10 hour road trip into a party, but we continued to play the song throughout the weekend. And why wouldn’t we? This song inspires infectious party enthusiasm for anyone who listens to it. I should probably never listen to this song when I am trying to convince myself to stay in one night, because I wouldn’t even last through the first verse before getting off the couch and putting on some make up. Welcome to your fall party anthem, friends. You’re welcome.


2. A weekend in New Orleans: Panorama Jazz Band at the Spotted Cat Jazz Club

Any self-respecting music fan knows that when you’re going to New Orleans, you’re going to Mecca. You’re going to the place that gave literal birth to the defining genres of contemporary music: jazz and rock n roll. The music seeps into every aspect of New Orleans life, and I loved visiting a culture that was so immersed in its love of music. After all, we’re talking about the city that fostered the rise of everyone from Weezy to Frank Ocean to Big Freedia (and bounce music as a whole).

Naturally, I was ecstatic when the weekend’s plans included a trip to Frenchman St., a strip in the French Quarter that is bursting at the seams with live music venues. We ended up at a place called the Spotted Cat, a place that forever changed my perception of jazz clubs- for the better. At least in New Orleans, the term “jazz club” need not imply stuffy, fancy, old crowds, or expensive drinks. Picture your favorite funky dive bar, but put a small stage at the front and feature extremely talented musicians there every night of the week- free of charge. Needless to say, i was in heaven. Check out Panorama, the band I had the lucky pleasure of seeing on Saturday night.


3. Homecoming weekend in Charlottesville: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Heist

For this particular trip, I’m still in the lead up phase. So, this piece of music gets to play the role of “album I listen to while obsessively day dreaming about Homecoming weekend in Charlottesville.” Homecoming in Charlottesville, home of my alma mater UVA, is always one of my favorite weekends of the year. Thus, I usually need a great piece of music to listen to repetitively in the week prior, for several reasons: to get me excited for the unprecedented amounts of fun I’m about to have while reuniting with my old college friends, and to distract myself to make the week go by faster. And, of course, said music will be played repetitively during the road trip down 29 South, lest I burst with impatience during the drive.

THANKFULLY, Seattle-based white rapper-producer duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis just dropped a new album that totally fits the bill. The Heist includes songs featuring everyone from Schoolboy Q to Ray Dalton to Eighty4 Fly to Band of Horses.  The whole album is top notch, but a particular stand out track is “Same Love,” a moving tribute to gay marriage, in support of Macklemore’s gay uncles. Macklemore conveys a sense of empathy that is entirely endearing and unexpected, and the input from Mary Lambert is perfect. Yes, I will be listening to this album the entire way to Charlottesville, and the party-ready track below will make more than one appearance during the weekend.

“Thrift Shop”