Sunday, 26 February 2012

My Every Move

I just discovered You Know You Like It by AlunaGeorge via a pal on Facebook. I found it on YouTube but I just hated the video, totally isn't the style I imagined. When I just listened I had a Tricky - Maxinquaye thing going on in my head.  It sounds sort of trip-hop like that, and the voice is really similar to the woman who sings on that album (Martina Toply-Bird) but the official style is R&B and the video has a sort sleazy MTV look to it. So listen here's a link to the tune on SoundCloud: 

You Know You Like It

Using the tap for BPM tool I am getting 91, to be honest I haven't run to this yet but it feels like a great running song.

Why try to run away?

Its Sunday, its sunny, I'm leaving on holidays tomorrow, so time for a hit song: Slow Cheetah by Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Perfect 90 BPM for a 180 SPM run, where you unleash your inner slow cheetah.

Oh and in case you haven't had the pleasure to see this Runner's World Magazine video with freshly converted runner Flea, check it out.  Oh and pay close attention to his shoes!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

'A thousand miles from where it all begins'

I have run to Speak For Me by Cat Power so many times. The style is singer/songwriter, which is a style of music I love, but not always for running. This song however is quite powerful, with her deep almost masculine voice, it really gets me running.  If you like Cat Power head on over to her page on Epitonic for some free downloads.

The BPM using MixMeister is 91, so works for a 180 SPM run.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Everything is a Game!

To a Hammer is a sweet little pop/folk love song by the adorable Erin McKeown. If you like this song you might want to go to her page on Epitonic where she has two other songs available for free download.  Erin McKeown is one of the artistes on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records.  I'm a big fan of Ani and many of the artists she publishes. If you like this socially-conscience singer-song writer type of music check out the Righteous Babe Record page on Epitonic.

And of course the BPM, To a Hammer has a perfect 90BPM, which will help you hit that 180SPM cadence when your running.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Living Things

The River is a beautiful song from 'indie art-pop ensemble' Anathallo. Using MixMeister BPM Analyzer I get the BPM at 89, the beats per minute tool puts it at 88 or 89, so this is perfect for a 180 SPM run.

The lyrics are really strange, I think its about drowning, but I am not sure.

Either you can just download the tune at Epitonic, here, or listen to it here, or watch to it on YouTube, but I have to say I really don't like the photo on the YouTube video.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

No one knows how far I came

Boo by Moloko is kind of an old song, from 1995, last century! Since I got the album about when it came out, that means I've ran quite a number of times to this tune! I get it at 91BPM using the tap for beats per minute tool.


Friday, 10 February 2012

Natural Elastic Recoil Frequency

Don't have a song for you, but in case you missed all the tweets and blog-o-shere buzz about it, have a listen to the the latest Trail Running Nation podcast, where they interview Dr. Mark Cucuzzella about natural running.  He talks a lot about running form, shoes, and all the good stuff, but the bit that caught my attention was what he says about cadence.  He says that the human body has a 'natural elastic recoil frequency' of 85-95 steps per foot per minute, or about 180 total steps.  Very interesting stuff!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

6 Free Running Songs for Feb 2012

Well I've been kind of busy, just started seriously using, spent some time getting it to srobble from all my listening methods. So I haven't posted in a while so to make it up to you here's my list of the 6 free songs for February 2012.  These songs are all available on Epitonic for free and legal download.  To download the song, click on the name of the song.  The band name links to wikipedia or another site, wikipedia or, about the band.  They all are close to 90BPM so work for a 180SPM (strides per minute) run.

Stay Gold by The Big Pink 88BPM
   English electro-rockers, who  "Shine a light for us to follow". Great song for night running while wearing a head lamp...

Motivation by Clams Casino  88 BPM
   One dude from New Jersey. I can't figure out the genre... its good though.
   From those San Francisco hipsters Deerhof, I think I'm starting to have a thing for them. 
   My favourite song on the list, electronic kind of, but has some cello going on in there too. I love cello.  I love how looking for running music lets me discover amazing bands like Big Sir.

On'n'on by Justice 91BPM
   French upbeat electro rock. Gaspard and Xavier will get you in the mood to run.
   Fast, high energy American hip-hop.  Get some power in that running.

When I am Small (RAC Mix) by Phantogram 92BPM
OK this is seven not six, but I have already posted this song.  At the time of the post I didn't realise that it was available for download on Epitonic, I updated the post, but in case you missed it, I am repeating myself.  Download this sizzling track right away.

Not enough free music for you?  Make sure you didn't miss my other 6 free running song posts for Jan 2012 and Dec 2011.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Right Now

So how about some hip-hop?  Here's a radically minded track, which also happens to have a BPM of 180. Get out there and run, Right Now!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Catch Up January 2012

So its already February, one of my favourite months.  I commute by bike and every morning and evening is lighter.  I love the cold and the return of the light. 

My first post this February is the catch-up list for January on Spotify, Run To The Beat January 2012 180BPM.  There's one missing song Let The Future Tell by Daedelus but its available for free on Epitonic, so click here to download it, that way you'll have everything.