Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Music I Ran To, 2013

This is the time of year we are inundated with "Best of..." lists.

The best movies we never saw, the best albums we never listened to, the best books we never read, the best of everything we had little time to experience.

I've given up even trying to keep up with it all.  There's just too much.  Time and money are finite so it helps to know what you like and who you want to spend time with.

That being said, I listened to more music this year than probably any other I remember.  Most years I probably add about 60-70 songs as "permanent" status on my iPod.  This year, I added over twice as much as usual - some of it new stuff, some of it older stuff that I discovered for the first time (My Bloody Valentine, Superchunk) or rediscovered (The Postal Service and Hole).  And most of it helped push me along through more than a few runs.

So here was my year in running and music - a mix of some mostly new and some old.  Just one person's uninformed opinion in the sea of many voices/blogs...

Favorite New Albums (in no particular order)
Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse
Superchunk, I Hate Music
Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
My Bloody Valentine, m b v
Mikal Cronin, MCII

Winter-Spring Songs

These are the cold, dark months.  Lots of electronic music and treadmill running.  The weeks I limped around training for Uwharrie.  One of my highlight runs was a strange 7 AM run down the Vegas strip off of few hours of sleep as other guys on bachelor parties stumbled home from casinos.  Somehow I managed a race each month, none went great, but I toughed through them all.

Wham City, Dan Deacon
Simple Song, The Shins
Play Hard, David Guetta (feat. Ne-Yo & Akon)
Where Them Girls At, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj
Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia
Tidal Wave, Sub Focus
Promises, Nero
Mute, Youth Lagoon (not a huge fan of the video, but love the buildup from the middle to the end of this song)

Before Your Very Eyes, Atoms for Peace
Stuck Together Pieces, Atoms for Peace


The world wakes up in May and falls into a hazy slumber by July.  I had a damn good summer this year.  Single track trails and afternoons staring out onto the Carribean in Saint John.  Got my speed back on the track.  Fullsteam Brewery runs.  Loops around Duke East Campus baking in the sun.  Found the free low-key parkruns.  Ran Forest Park in Portland and down the side of an old volcano at Crater Lake.  Every time I go out west, I hate that it is a 6 hour flight away.

Most of the first half of Armin Van Buuren's Intense
Nothing Better, The Postal Service
Brand New Colony, The Postal Service
The Same Old Ground, He's My Brother She's My Sister
Crown on the Ground, Sleigh Bells
Noonan, Marnie Stern
Latch, Disclosure
Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Run Right Back, The Black Keys
Celebrity Skin, Hole
Awful, Hole
I Need Your Love, Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
I Love It, Icona Pop
Can't Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pyramid Kosmos, The Octopus Project
FOH, Superchunk

Early Fall

Went to some great shows at the Cradle (Superchunk, Kishi Bashi).  Hopscotch Music Festival.  Broke a 5 minute mile down Hillsborough Street in Raleigh (haven't done that since 1999).

Her Fantasy, Matthew Dear
Side of the Road, Big Black Delta
Dance Only, Only Dance, The Everymen
Boss Johnny & the Get Lucky, The Everymen
Coney Island High, The Everymen
Sonsick, San Fermin

Funeral Singers, Califone
For Ash, Marnie Stern
Transparency is the New Mystery, Marnie Stern
Walking Through that Door, Future Islands
Tin Man, Future Islands
Put the Gun on the Floor, Big Black Delta

Later Fall

Peak racing season.   The air is cool, the leaves turn, and my stride hits another gear.  All the injuries from the winter are a distant memory.

ATT 10 Miler:  1:02:09 (PR)
Santa Scramble 5K:  17:08 (fastest since high school)
Gallop and Gorge 8K:  29:15 (PR)

Weight, Mikal Cronin
Ghosts and Creatures, Telekinesis
Daylight, Matt & Kim
Rhinestone Eyes, Gorillaz
The Mother We Share, Chvrches
Gun, Chvrches
Lies, Chvrches
Recover, Chvrches
Flashbulb Eyes, Arcade Fire
Afterlife, Arcade Fire
Run the Heart, Sleigh Bells
A/B Machines, Sleigh Bells
Pursuit of Happiness, Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki remix)
When You Sleep, My Bloody Valentine
I Only Said, My Bloody Valentine
only tomorrow, My Bloody Valentine
See It My Way, Mikal Cronin

Total Miles for 2013:  1346

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