Friday, May 31, 2013

HALP I NEED RUNNING MUSIC


4 days into a 10-day visit with in-laws and I have become an AVID RUNNER. 

Yesterday I even went out and bought myself a pair of actual running shoes. (2 days x 5 miles in "casual" athletic shoes = 1 enormous blister + 2 sore ankles.)

So here's my question: WHAT SHOULD I BE LISTENING TO?

Most of my old workout faves aren't fast-paced enough.


You guys have been killing it lately, b/t/w. Did I even mention I bought the Blu Dot table after this one turned out to be too big? I think I ought to just crowd-source everything from now on.
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  1. I had a brief foray into running a couple of years ago (before I realized I have a heart murmur) and it ended in disaster. However, I made some pretty good running mixes. I will have to dig at home + see if I can find them, but I do remember loving "Sour Cherry" by The Kills.

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  2. Probably not your style, but here's an entire website of free running mixes, all controlled for tempo/different speeds:

    http://www.djsteveboy.com/mixes.html

    The music isn't my favorite, but I like them a lot for running.

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  3. I run a lot but almost never with music, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's Blitz" album always makes me feel I could run up a mountain.

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    1. Yes! Totally agree with this. Great running album. Also, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Jay-Z and Kanye's album, and perhaps my number one favorite for running.... Robyn's Body Talk album.

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    2. Second LCD Soundsystem. Also, if you're not sick of hearing it already, "I Love It" by Icona Pop.

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  4. le tigre, "deceptacon," over and over and over.

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    1. PURCHASED.




      may also try a deceptacon pandora station

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    2. my favorite comment (today) on that video @ youtube: "still a better love story than twilight"

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  5. yes! I start every single one of my runs with Deceptacon, and every time I feel like I'm gonna die I play it again. Best running song ever.

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  6. I love dance and hip hop beats for running, anything beyonce, britney spears, jay z

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  7. Survivor by Destiny's Child. Always and forever.
    Flogging Molly is good to - nice consistent beats

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  8. Two Door Cinema Club, The XX and Michael Jackson keep my runs moving :) that, and Pandora

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  9. I actually love audiobooks or podcasts for running...not super motivating in terms of tempo/pace, but it does force me to stay out there longer so I can hear the end of the chapter.

    Also enjoy The Go! Team for running.

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    1. Yes, I occasionally end up crying on my run, but both Radiolab and This American Life = steady pacing and endurance challenges.

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    2. I have definitely ended up crying at Snap Judgement. But workouts make me want to cry anyway, so

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  10. This is a little weird, but when I was a serious runner in high school I really liked to listen to Meatloaf. Catchy, good beats.

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    1. I think Vasco Rossi is like the Italian Meatloaf and YES I listened to a lot of him.
      Power chords I needed, coolness I did not.

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    2. Jiovanotti forever. Tanto tanto.

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    3. You are not alone, my friend! & I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

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  11. 90s jock jams are really fun for running. "1-2-3-4", "Pump up the Jam", "Groove is in the Heart", "Tootsie Roll"...

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  12. Pandora is great for running. Until an ad tears into your ear drum. But it mixes for you! For free!

    PS HALP WHO WINS THE THING

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    1. they're supposed to notify via pinterest. i'll let you know....

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    2. p.s. Pandora's yearly fee = $36. SO WORTH IT not to have ads.

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    3. Hm, yeah, you might be very right about that.

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    4. yayeeee Pandora! my Crystal Castles station is bombbbb for running.

      also, I RILLY RILLY want those nikes now.

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  13. Reckless Kelly "crazy eddies last hurrah" weird but fast song I run to.

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  14. Not music but this: https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

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    1. I've been doing Couch to 5K (I love these mixes), but I recently came across Zombies, Run! I've heard mixed reviews -- is it any good? I hope so, because it looks like so much fun...

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    2. It is though if you are new to running I would recommend the 5k one and working up to the other one...I also have had friends do it too just because they love the story so much! I also like how it cuts in and out of your songs really smoothly.

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  15. Well, I really think it depends on how far you're running. A long run for me is anything over 5miles. And for those I need a good plodding beat. My go-to is The Strokes (specifically the album Is This It). If I'm feeling a bit on the poky side and just want to relax, Bob Marley or Queen. And if I want to do a short, quick run...top 100 music all the way. Beyonce, Britney, Eminem, Lady Gaga. All music I'd NEVER listen to if I wasn't running. BUT, it gets the job done. hahaha :)

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    1. oops, i just posted as my hubby...didn't realize that he was logged in to my computer :) LOL

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    2. LOL, indeed.

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  16. Kate Bush "Running up that Hill"
    Kanye West "All of the Lights"
    Karmin "Look at me Now"
    Gnarls Barkley "Crazy"
    MIA
    Busta Rhymes "Gimme Some More"

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    1. Shannon is right about all of this.

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  17. First of all get Spotify on your phone, Pandora is archaic. Secondly listen to DWNTWN.

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    1. ooh also... Swedish House Mafia and Robyn (clearly), and Charli XCX, A$ap's Fuckin' Problems is also awesome to run to.

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    2. I like Rdio pretty well. WAY less invasive and pushy about social media; you don't have to use a facebook account as you do with spotify.

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    4. Spotify and Pandora serve totally different purposes. I use them both: Spotify to find specific stuff, Pandora for discovery... which is still a million times better at that than Spotify Radio, so not at all archaic in my book. I should probs try out Rdio as a Spotify alternative because yeah, that facebook shit is annoying.

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    5. Songza... better than both Spotify and Pandora

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  18. I'm all about the Slits when I need to get pumped up. Sometimes a little Motorhead. When I work out, I want to be reminded that NO ONE CAN FUCK WITH ME.

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  19. runningmixes.com has all sorts of FREE downloads.

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  20. Teddybears - Different Sound is my greatest gym jam of the moment.

    Teddybears - Automatic Lover, although this one is a bit slower

    Kid Cudi - Dat New New, Viking remix. Kid Cudi isn't really my... style... but this remix is great. Give it a chance to the 1 min mark.

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  21. I'm all about Girl Talk for working out, either "All Day" or "Feed the Animals" albums. You can kind of zone in and out of listening and tracks always seem to pick up and kick ass right when you need it.

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    1. Yep. I was going to recommend Girl Talk, too. Love. Night Ripper is my favorite, though, I think.

      I'd have to go look up my old work out mix but I know my favorite specific song is "The New Workout Plan" from Kanye's College Dropout album.

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  22. Janelle Monae "ArchAndroid", the whole album in order. Especially
    "Dance or Die"

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    2. Ooo! I know the violinist in this group. Definitely.
      -Anon from 8:44

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    3. I'm so glad someone mentioned Monáe. If only for her potential import to #pantsweek, tuxedos, women who like to wear men's clothes, best woman...

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    4. Or maybe her actual musical and performance talent. In addition to just her looks and style? Cuz that woman deserves respect beyond #panstweek.

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    5. Well, yeah, she's killer—so talented in myriad ways. I mentioned those tags in particular because they are categories of interest on this blog.

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    6. Oh hah. Totally missed that. Foot->mouth.

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    7. Oh, it's cool. It did seem kind of diminishing.

      Sorry for being so fucking civil, ESB.

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  23. The Knife, Ladyhawke, and in the other direction, JD McPherson.

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  24. I've been too lazy to make any new running mixes so I've been using the Pandora stations instead. Their Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout station usually pulls through for me.

    But now I'm taking notes and resolving to be more pro-active.

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    1. Yes to the Pop and Hip Hop workout station on Pandora. Sometimes gets a little repetative but depends on how frequently you run.

      They also have a Rap Strength Training station if you're in less of a "fun run" mood and more of a "I'm going to break the concrete with my angry feet" run.

      Last Pandora station I think eveyone should have for working out/life in general: Beyonce.

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  25. The new charli xcx and Justin Timberlake are both fantastic for running, particularly the JT tracks featuring and produced by Timbaland (Don't Hold the Wall, Tunnel Vision).

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  26. Spotify. The Tunigo app has great curated playlists for everything from the hyper-specific "Running High Tempo > 140 bpm" to "Cool Indie Runnings."

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  27. Three songs that I can put on repeat during long runs to keep me moving:
    'Lose Yourself' - Eminem
    'Jesus Walks' - Kanye
    'Don't Tread' - Clint Dempsey

    I also enjoy 'Girls' by Beyonce, 'Golddigger' by Kanye and 'Country must be country wide' (if you don't mind a little country).

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  28. you didn't ask, but i watch old episodes of charmed while i run, and they are amazing.

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    1. might not work so well on the STREET

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    2. running through parts of brooklyn is like watching old episodes of charmed.

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    1. GIRL TALK is the BEST! Got me through my Marathon. never bored. also Norweigan Recycling

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  30. The Girl Talk album ALL DAY! I listen to it on almost every run and havent gotten sick of it yet!

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  31. Because I am pretty fucking literal, my first song is always Springsteen, Born to Run - I hate that moment when you leave the house and have to casually move from a walk to a run and something about the self-mockery helps me through that first awkward block and a half, like I'm in on my own joke.

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    1. and as well as good shoes (and a sports bra) investing in fancy running leggings with crotch ventilation (?) is a gamechanger.

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    2. I use Queen - Don't Stop Me Now for a very literal inspirational start to my workouts

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  32. MIA's first album, Arular is a running must + her new-ish track Bad Girls. Also Justice's Cross.

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  33. I took these from my Bitchface playlist, but that's how I look when I run, so:

    Fix up, Look Sharp - Dizzee Rascal
    Lose Control - Missy Elliott
    Hate on Me - Jill Scott

    More fun, less bitchface:
    The entire Safari Disco Club album by Yelle. Over and over.

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  34. I probably run slower than most folks, so these might be a tad too mellow beat-wise:

    Creator by Santigold
    What You Need by INXS
    Cissy Strut by The Meters
    Genius of Love by Tom Tom Club
    Goin' Up the Country by Canned Heat
    I Need A Man by The Eurythmics
    I'll Be Around (Club Remix) by Cee-Lo & Timbaland
    Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See by Busta
    Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine
    Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
    Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles

    Also, way to go with the running!!

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  35. Also the Rye Rye remix of Robyn's Never will be mine. Catchiest thing evar.

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    1. Oh man, I completely overlooked Robyn. This is fantastic.

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  36. I admit it is pretty random (and ancient) but somehow Queen's "I want to ride my bicycle" is my go to tune when I need help up a hill...I'm sure Freud would have had a field day with that one. So love your running trainers!!

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  37. I love the Marnie Stern album This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That. Usually use it as wake-the-fuck-up music, but it'd probably pump you up for a run, too.

    Like others have mentioned, Robyn & LCD Soundsystem, especially Sound of Silver.

    I've been weirdly into kpop lately, despite speaking zero Korean. "I Am the Best" by 2NE1 is an awesome song for running.

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  38. I'm maybe a weirdo here, but I actually prefer to listen to more chill music when I'm running - I run fairly long distances (for me, anyways) so I find if I have music that's too pumped up, I just burn myself out. So I run a lot to Yeasayer, Bon Iver, Broken Bells, Iron and Wine, and the Acorn.

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  39. I like the free Indie Soup Runner podcast.

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  40. Songza has a couple of fun workout/runningmixes

    It helps to have variety.

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  41. Ugh. I'm hoping my anon comment might cancel out the two above me.

    I prefer podcasts (TAL, Risk, Snap Judgment, Radiolab, Smart People, god that list makes me sound insufferable) but before I figured out that the music's beat messed with my rhythm I kept Moving Units, The Stooges, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, The Detroit Cobras and Block Party in pretty constant rotation.

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  42. Marina and the Diamonds always pump me up. Also, Sahara Hotnights have a good number of up temp running ones (Hot Night Crash and Who Do You Dance For?). And Robyn, Crash and Burn Girl in particular makes me work out harder.

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  43. Laura Mvula's "Sing to the Moon"

    It's not consistently fast paced--although it has moments "Green Garden" has a nice beat--but the album is SO good, and surprising lyrics like "She don't stop; she don't stop" in "She" are definitely running appropriate. I've run to the album a handful of times.

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  44. Beth Ditto's I wrote the book! I wish there was a whole record of this sound from her...

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  45. these are all so embarrassing so turning on the anon...
    but ke$ha gets me GOING GOING
    david guetta - every chance we get we run (literal pick), in my head, i'm a machine, turn me on, who's that chick
    call me on broken glass - the annie lennox/cary rae j mashup
    chris brown - beautiful people
    calvin harris - feel so close
    macklemore and ryan lewis - can't hold us
    anything alphabeat
    and yeah.. ROBYN

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  46. I'd like to ditto whoever said to get a Spotify subscript on your phone- I run 30-60 miles/week and this is how I get by. Currents on my run list are Ellie Goulding, My Morning Jacket, and oddly enough the new Fall Out Boy album. You can't go wrong with anything Yeah Yeah Yeahs, either.

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  47. Gotta Gettaway, Stiff Little Fingers is the opening song on my playlist
    Don't Upset the Rhythm, Wild Young Hearts
    Robyn, as suggested by a bunch of others
    Also the Scream 4 soundtrack (I know) has a bunch of songs that I like to run to, including Bad Karma, Something to Die For, and Run for Your Life.

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  48. I like to listen to M.I.A. while I run!

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  49. Just listen to anything that's over 180 beats per minute. That's your basic running tempo. That way you can listen to WHATEVER songs strike your fancy. Personally, I run to a lot of New Wave 80's music because #1- It's ridiculous, and #2- Most songs fall within 180 bpm or faster. And I believe you can even do an itunes search for songs that fall within that tempo range. Welcome to the running club!

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    1. Thank you for confirming that it just DOESN'T WORK if the beat isn't fast enough.

      Billy Idol got me through on Saturday, and I am not ashamed.


      <3

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  50. the lower dens. they get me into a meditative groove -- i forget what i'm doing and then somehow it's done.

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    1. you've prob heard but in case you haven't ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO9SnF1_sMQ

      i know i know. ugly link.

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    2. also if you wanna kick it old school, the Run Lola Run soundtrack works wonders.

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  51. I didn't see one mention of Daft Punk? Any album, except maybe the newest one...jury is still out.

    Daft Punk
    The White Stripes

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  52. Agh I can't believe no one has mentioned this! The whole album TREATS by Sleigh Bells. Just make sure your headphones aren't on too loud before you hit play and then be prepared to destroy pavement and punch air while you run.

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  53. This American Life Podcast. Yes.

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  54. That depends on the music you like. I'm a huge fan of mixes when I run. Lately this Boiler Room set is just lighting my life on fire. Brenmar and DJ Mike Q back to back. You'll need to sign into Soundcloud to download but that's easily done with Facebook or Google.

    I'm also really into basically any mix put out by Dis Magazine. I still return to this Kilbourne mix, which gives major dilated pupil 90s happy house (turns out that's a seriously fun genre to revisit) realness.

    Also, the new Zebra Katz mixtape is out and it is gorgeous and plush and dark and sexy and fierce and EVERYTHING. CANNOT recommend it more highly.

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  55. Fitradio (I think there's an app) has a few running stations. "Electric Run Radio" and "10K/5K Run" plus lots of other playlists.

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  56. I've been really into Parov Stelar on my runs lately. Many tracks on the Princess album. Here's a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fkOqXAHLKQ

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  57. I can't believe nobody's said Apocalypso by The Presets. That album is a start to finish workout.

    Also HEALTH//DISCO, and Cross by Justice.

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  58. This isn't what you want to hear, but I'll say it anyway. Try running without music. It is very freeing.

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  59. Die Antwoord (Baby's on fire), Dragonette (Fixin' to thrill), Girls (Lust for life), M83's Midnight City, Zeus (Kindergarten) and Dum Dum Girls (In my head) are all working for me right now, along with the usual top 100 nonsense.

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