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Friday, April 13, 2012

I Desperately Need Your Boppy Running Music

Posted by on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

So: I've taken to listening to old This American Life podcasts while I run because I'm not terribly music savvy and the playlists I currently have on my ipod make my ears bleed and my face yawn.

But the other day I was running along the Burke Gilman and it occurred to me, after passing a few very concerned looking people, that I was sobbing. It wasn't my fault—I was listening to an old TAL podcast and it was the Everyone Has Cancer episode in which they build up your emotional connections to all these people and then, ta da! They all drop dead. I couldn't stop listening! And weeping! While running!

Worse, this isn't the first time I've caught myself weeping while running (I think my body just weeps sometimes because it hates sports), and it simply cannot stand.

Please, music fans: I need your help. I need new, good music fit for long runs. NOTHING SAD. Stuff on my ipod right now includes everything from Girl Talk and Robyn to Talking Heads, the Rocky theme song, some Bollywood tunes, and that one Justin Beiber song about crushin' on a girl.

I am not a snob. I will download whatever albums or individual songs you recommend. I just really need some bossy people with good taste to tell me what to get because I'm totally worthless at this stuff.


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David Schmader 1
Any and all early hiphop: Funky Four Plus One, Grandmaster Flash, the Sequence...aim for a Sugar Hill Records greatest hits volumes 1 or 2....

Also: the greatest hits of Prince. (Do you mind if you get a little wet down there when you're jogging?)
Posted by David Schmader on April 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
You can download 45 mins - 1 hour mixtape-style playlists specifically indie music and for runners from I'll PM a Spotify playlist that I use to you as well! Happy running!
Posted by TnySilvrHammers on April 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
newradio 3
James Murphy & Pat Mahoney FabricLive 36. This mix is incredible.…
Posted by newradio on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 4
YES. Thank you. These are all awesome suggestions (and thanks, @2, for the email!).
Posted by Cienna Madrid on April 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
derek_erdman 5
I've always though that the Sea & Cake's The Fawn would be good for running.
Posted by derek_erdman on April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Boppy? Sounds like you need some Charlie Parker.…
Posted by mollman on April 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
girl with no name 7
If you're looking for fun, fast motivating music to get your speed up, you can never go wrong with Matt & Kim, The Go! Team, or Passion Pit.

Also fun for running: Fitz & the Tantrums.

For longer runs where I don't need to be motivated by fast music, I actually like to listen to either musicals (any and almost all) or stand up comedy albums (can't go wrong with Patton Oswalt). I'm such a dork :)

Posted by girl with no name on April 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
matt 8
Mike Nipper and Dave Segal are just steps away, right?

They got what you need.
Posted by matt on April 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Though I will *only* listen to it while working out, I find house/techno is good to move to. Deadmau5, Daft Punk and, er,even David Guetta.
Posted by emilyp on April 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
I normally just put on a girl talk album and call it good.
Posted by dudley morehill on April 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM · Report this
julie russell 11
These are some songs from my old spin (indoor cycling) classes.
Stereo MCs Connected- warm up
A3 Hypo Full of Love
Christina Aguilera Dirty
Master Blaster Since You've Been Gone
Diverse Certified
Iggy Lust For Life
Sonny J Can't Stop Moving
Bjork I Miss You
Moby 007 theme- sprints
Pepe Deluxe Everybody Pass Me By - climb
Iggy The Passenger- climb
Daft Punk Celebrate
Pepe Deluxe The Beat Experience- cool down
Posted by julie russell http:// on April 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM · Report this
pharmswede 12
You are possibly far too cool (as a stranger staffer and all), BUT, The Killers' Sam's Town is about the best album I've found. Makes me sprint up hills and stuff. And so accessible!
Posted by pharmswede on April 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM · Report this
Groove Armada - Superstylin'
Bomb the Music Industry! - Hurricane Waves
Safri Duo - Fallin' High

Posted by a kid on April 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM · Report this
@8 - you can't carry a record player while jogging!
Posted by sam browne on April 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM · Report this
* Dirt off Your Shoulder - Jay-Z
* Crazy in Love - Beyonce
* The Laws Have Changed (from second album) - New Pornographers (and most anything from their first album Mass Romantic)
* You Can Do It (Put Your Ass Into It) - Ice Cube
* Electric Relaxation - A Tribe Called Quest
Posted by bookworm on April 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
NaFun 16
This psytrance album -…

And get the Resident Advisor, XLR8R, and Beef Records podcasts.
Posted by NaFun on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
My favorite running songs are super catchy and poppy:

Shrag - The Pregnancy Scene, Mark E. Smith, More Than Mornings, Lost Dog, Faux Coda…

The Plasticines - Pas Avec Toi…

The Arctic Monkeys - You Probably Couldn't See for the Lights But you Were Staring Straight at Me, Still Take You Home, From the Ritz to the Rubble…

Posted by virginia mason on April 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Don't wear earphones while running.

You might get hit by a car.
Posted by Look out, it's a car! on April 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this

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