After a slow start to the month, I have found my stride (rimshot) and finally got some miles in the past couple of days. A 6 mile run on Monday was followed up with a 5 mile run on Tuesday.
The fact that these runs took place on a treadmill did not help matters. If you’ve read this blog for some time this summer, you’re well educated on the ridiculous heat in Baton Rouge this summer, making outside runs, even in the morning hours, a sweaty pain in the ass.
The good news, though, is August is about 25 percent done, and after August, the heat should subside. So for the next three weeks I’ll likely stay at the gym, sweat over three treadmills, get dirty looks from the socializing gym-goers and watch E! or Fox News on the TVs.
But at least I’ll have Pandora to keep me occupied during those runs.
Tuesday’s station was Sleigh Bells, a duo described as “American noise pop” on Wikipedia.
Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”
Why Sleigh Bells? Doesn’t this selection feel a bit random and out of the blue?
Absolutely. But I heard the band’s song “Rill Rill” on Monday and thought it would make a decent station to listen to because I have no idea what other bands or songs would fit with Sleigh Bells.
“Comeback Kid” was released in 2012 and was a constant on Sirius/XM’s AltNation station, so I know it well. I am by far no expert on Sleigh Bells. I wouldn’t even consider myself a fan, maybe just someone with a casual affinity to their sound. “Comeback Kid” has a similar sound to Sleigh Bells’ other hits, so it’s nothing too impressive.
Song Energy: 7/10
Run Motivation: 5/10
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
The Bird and the Bee – Polite Dance Song
Easily my favorite song of the playlist, even if it isn’t a good running song. Check it out.
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Sleigh Bells – “Tell Em”
“Tell Em” is probably the best gym song you’ll get from the Sleigh Bells Pandora station. The hard beat and loud crashes throughout will drown out the grunts from even the broeyist of bros.
Like I said, I don’t know much about Sleigh Bells, but I am familiar with this song as it was played constantly a couple of years ago. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just that something new would be nice.
Song Energy: 8/10
Run Motivation: 7/10
Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
This will always be my favorite Silversun Pickups/Carson Daly moment.
Tegan and Sara – “Walking with a Ghost”
I hadn’t heard anything from Tegan and Sara up to this point except “Closer.” This song is better by far.
Sleigh Bells – “A/B Machines”
A Sleigh Bells song I hadn’t before heard. Pandora was listening to me!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Kiss Kiss”
I’m not really sure what to make of this station. I expected bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to be there, but The Bird and the Bee, Tegan and Sara and Naked and Famous not so much.
The Xx – “Intro”
I could have done without this.
Late Of the Pier – “Random Firl”
Last song of the run, and it’s a song I hadn’t heard much before. After The Xx, I can appreciate this song a lot more. Even if it isn’t a great running song, it still beats the crap out of the previous selection.
This playlist was an interesting one to say the least. There were a few really good songs, some decent ones and one pretty terrible song. But at least it ended with a song I like.
Song Energy: 6/10
Run Motivation: 6/10