Rock and Rolls of Fat

All hands on deck! Sound the alarm! My post-pregnancy body is shot to hell and hasn't snapped back to its former lithe shape. I've started trying on occasion when I work up the energy here and there sometimes but sporadically to exercise. I bought some new joggers (my shoe size decided to join the rest of my sizes by kicking up a notch), got a membership to the nearby gym (sorry, "health and fitness club"), and a new mp3 player. Now all I have to do is get some high-energy tunes to motivate me to pause in my work, sneak past my kids, and get my heart rate up for something other than ZP throwing a train at AP. My taste in music is eclectic. The bulk of my music collection is indie-leaning but there are the odd tunes (world music, country, jazz, blues, rock, soul, etc.) mixed in. However, the ones that are "good to work out to" are few and far between. So I look to you, constant readers, to help a sistah out hyah. What music moves you and what music makes you move? In exchange for your bouncy tunes, I will break down the following acoustic, emo, retro tune for ye so you can be part of my indie world.

His Indie World
Mary Lou Lord

I don't think I fit into his Indie world
Guided By Voices and Velocity Girl
Eric's Trip and Rocket Ship, Rancid and Rocket from The Crypt
Bikini Kill and Built to Spill, it's plain to see that I don't fit

He says my songs are too deep and gloomy
He wishes that I could be more like Jenny Toomey
Just give me my Joni my Nick, Neil, and Bob
You can keep your Tsunami, your Slant 6 and Smog

"What's the story?" He says, "Butterglory"
I say, "what's the news?" He says, "the Silver Jews"
His heavenly hang-up is getting me down
And it's making me wonder why he's hanging around

Cause I don't fit into his India scene
Huggy Bear and Helium and Half-Japanese
Sebadoh and Sentridoh and Superchunk and I don't know
Doug and Lou and Calvin too and Kim and Kim and Kim and Kim

Yeah I’m stuck in the past and he's stuck on his four-track
But I can't get through to his one-track mind
I push play and record and a major chord
Maybe I’ll win his heart this time
Maybe I’ll win his heart this time


fathima said...

MUSIC! hkay
artists in general: MIA, Santogold, Kanye West, Lupe FIasco, Hard-Fi, Gnarls Barkley -- these should be easy to find/pirate
recent favourites:
K'naan - ABCs
The Heavy - Set Me Free
Amadou and Mariam - Sabali
Florence & The Machine - You Got rhe Love

baj said...

thx! i have some kanye (the popular tunes) and gnarls, but the rest are all new to me. much appreciated!

Julestress said...

I like techno, electronic, trance, etc. Lots of beats and it varies in speed. Go to Pandora.com and choose those channels for a listen and see if you find anything you like. I'm riding a bike though, not running...

Gojira said...

Check your iTunes -- you should have some MIA (Hombre) from one of Elbert's mixes. That boy is prescient.

Rihanna is fun for perking you up. I like Disturbia.

Lykke Li -- I'm Good, I'm Gone (indie but peppy).

You def need Electric Six's Gay Bar.

Also, NOT peppy for exercising, but do you have Nighttiming by Coconut Records? The whole album is so good. (Hey, remember when artists actually tried to make more than two songs on an album good? Ah, the Pleistocene era, good times.)

And I miss you, you stupid Bandarijkan! Why do you persist on living in DC with that "family" of yours? Pfffft. I watched Zeep's baby potato again yesterday.

baj said...

jl - techno would get me moving but i just can't get into trance and hope i don't slip into one when exercising. i enjoy pandora but i can't listen to it at the gym. unless i can bribe the managers to pipe in my music. hmmmm... ;)

gj - bah! i dinnae see it on my itunes but i wonder if it's one of the unlabeled ones. will check out the other recommendations. nae, dinnae have nighttiming but am excited to hear it! and LQTM re: baby taypato! i don't think i can wait around until wagamama's opens for your next visit. come sooner! the guest room is now equipped with a heater AND electric blankie! i bromise you can watch all the celebrity poker matches you want.

HijabMan said...

I'll be sending you my workout music list soon. You'll probably fall over laughing though, with the range of ....celine dion, shania twain, eminem, rage against the machine, etc

baj said...

awesome! i will have to hide it from TP but i'll definitely use it. better yet, send me a mix cd!

Anonymous said...

Bob Marley anything

baj said...

vat? isn't he more for lounging around in the summer with your limonata watching the people walk by?

Jacob Patrick said...

I listen to a lot of System of a Down when I'm lifting, because most of the time I'm trying to get into a "flight or fight" mentality. I like to get worked up before a big lift. Their album Toxicity is decent for that.

If I'm feeling a little more relaxed, here's some fun stuff:

1)Operation Ivy's album Energy.

2)Erykah Badu's songs "Soldier" and "Danger"

3)The Avett Brothers' song "Matrimony"

4)Snoop Dogg's song "Gz and Hustlas"

5)Method Man's song "Bring the Pain"

4)Wu-Tang Clan's song "Shame on a Nigga"

I'll try to think of some more. If that's too much hip hop, I can probably find some high-energy alternatives.

baj said...

thanks! will check those out! i try to get into 'flight or fight' mentality too but the storylines i come up with (gotta bike faster or else . . . the train . . . will run over . . . the kids) doesn't cut it.