Top ten songs to hear while you’re running

Top-ten-songsWhether you use treadmill in a gym or at home or you prefer going out to run in the park, this kind of sport is definitely nice and healthy. Some people do it to lose weight, other to de-stress from work/life problems, other to keep healthy, some run to try to join the next marathon in a big city such as New York or London. Whatever is the reason to run, a pair of headphones which plays good music is the best way to “do it better”.

At this point, which might be the most suitable songs to run? The choice is subjective and depends from anyone’s preference. Anyway here is a list of 10 songs made with the help of Rockol UK, which, in our opinion, can not miss in your MP3 player when you are going to run.

  1. “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor (well, it’s not a surprise as it has always been chosen in the Rocky III movie)
  2. “Audio, Video, Disco”, Justice
  3. “Waiting for the Man”, The Velvet Underground
  4. “Electric Feel”, MGMT
  5. “Rock and Roll”, Led Zeppelin
  6. “I Ran ( So Far Away)”, A Flock of Seagulls
  7. “No Cars Go”, Arcade Fire
  8. “The Last Time”, The Rolling Stones
  9. “We are the champions”, The Queen
  10. “Wake Up”, Rage Against the Machine

Choosing the right song while you’re running help you to feel less fatigue and to “push” more and more. Those songs can also be very helpful in other situations, such as going to the gym to lift weights.

Music has always been very important in sport, so choose the best songs for you and go.

Top ten records to hear when you break up

top-musicWhen a love story goes to an end is a bad period for both the persons who decided to break up. Let’s have a look at the best songs to hear to try to feel better, also if it can be quite difficult.

Too much love kill you by Queen and Brian May, with a tremendously deep and touching lyrics, full of metaphors and expressions that seem to reflect any person who has broken up with someone else. Both the versions, the one played the Queen only and the one played by Brian May are very nice to hear. The last one have more simple arrangements in respect to the Queen version, at the end is a personal choice.

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. The music is ideal to hear in a negative period such as the one just after a separation.

The End by The Doors. The title of the says it all, is the song which maybe best reflects the end of a love story. Above all is a song that helps you to understand that is not the and of everything, as all the rest of your life keep going.

Here is the rest of the our top 10 songs to hear when you break up and you are trying to ascend.

    • Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
    • Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake
    • Single Ladies by Beyoncé
    • No Scrubs by TLC
    • Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe
    • You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
    • Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Surfing Strange by the Swearin

musicSurfing Strange” is the second album made by the Swearin, indie band from Philadelphia, composed by Allison Crutchfield (vocals, guitar), his twin sister Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee, Kyle Gilbride (vocals, guitar) Keith Spencer (bass) and Jeff Bolt (drums).

Muses are the same as the album debut (it’s name was “Swearin”, as the band itself): Pixies and Breeders. Same players but different way of play. If “Swearin” (2012) was a quite dynamic album, “Surfing Strange” (2013) plays in the defense line but with the same intensity, with a still effective result.

After the good start of 2012, many have been waiting for this second album with pretty high expectations, which have not been disattended. “Surfing Strange” gives us a further taste of what is the real potential of this band.

The real strength of these guys are to create curiosity with great pieces of music, such as “Gold Dust In The Sack” and “Watered Down”. They also want to create some of the most intimate and confessional lyrics ever, such as those in “Loretta’s Flowers” and “Curdled”.

Very particular are songs like “Melanoma” and “Echo Locate”, which seemingly calm but are ready to explode, thanks also to the sweet voice of Allison Crutchfield.

At the end of the disc is quite spontaneous to demand: when will the next one? Of course, we’ll always expect always something more.

As said by Allison Crutchfield at Stereogum “In the first album all the songs wer over, in this album ( Surfing Strange) not all are necessarily finished”. Basically, a different way to approach to the music which does not disappoint at all.

One Breath by Anna Calvi

One-Breath-Anna-CalviOne Breath by Anna Calvi is a really great job, full of talent and ideas. This second album by Anna Calvi is the right follower to the first one, which given to the music world a debut that bordered on perfection. The album has been recorded in France and mixed in Texas.

This album is, if possible, even more ambitious than the first one. The entire work brings Anna in unexplored territories, from the 80s to the hard -rock. Compared with the first album, this second work increase the instrumentation used and becomes a more complex production, by keeping the fundamentals of her style, from the vocal power to the ability in playing guitar.

One Breath” keep in mind what done in the first album (Suddenly, Tristan and Eliza are the songs) without offering a sudden changes of pace and atmosphere (Cry, Piece By Piece and Love Of My Life are the songs). All this means that the disk appears, on the whole, a little “schizophrenic”, although the class of the author cannot be put in discussion. The album offers accelerations up to hysterical moments mixed with more calm and relaxing atmospheres, almost angelic, without forgetting everything in between.

One of the best song in the album is “One Breath“, the seventh one, which talks about the time befose you have to open yourself. It talks about how this moment can be terrifying and scary, especially if you never did it before. It is also a moment full of hope, because whatever has to happen has not yet happened.

If you are looking for an album great to hear, with good sonorities and nice lyrics, “One Breath” is the one, as you will stand in front of another great job.

Girls In Hawaii by Everest

Girls-In-Hawaii-EverestEverest” is heavily influenced by the death in a car accident of the drummer Denis Wielemans, brother of singer and guitarist Antione. The event, which took place in 2010, has understandably stretched the creative process and the gestation of the album, which was started in 2009 and ended in 2012. This album has been produced with the financial support of the music department of the Wallonia, a Brussels region.

Starring are Christophe Léonard (guitar, keyboards), Antoine Wielemans (vocals, guitar), Daniel Offermann (bass), Lionel Vancauwenberghe (vocals, guitar), Brice Vancauwenberghe (guitar) and Boris Gronemberger (drums).

The first thing to notice while hearing this album is the atmosphere of melancholy, that pervades every song. Virtually all texts refer to Denis. The acoustic guitar is the real winning instrument of this album.

Is not possible talk about this album without imagining what might have happened after the car accident. “Everest” is at the same time a dignified and discreet cry of pain from a group of friends for Denis. For this reason is not possible to classify the album with a single word, such as “good” or “bad”, although it is always clear that the writing skills of this Brussels band remains untouched. As said, to fully understand this album, which can donate real and strong emotions, is needed to understand feelings before and after that accident.

The phrase “This is a chance to maybe grow up”, from “Wars”, the last song of the album, is the most significant statement of the album itself.

As said from the band “we have called this record “Everest” not only in reference to the mountain, but especially in reference to what happened to us in the last 4 years, which is a thing too big to be described in words”.

Curiosity by Wampire

Curiosity-WampireEric Phipps and Rocky Tinder are the two founding members of Wampire, a nice indie group, who play with Browning Cole, Kevin Rafn and Andrew Meininger.

This music group is part of the emerging music scene in Portland. Founded in 2007 as a electronic project, have become known in the house party of their city. In the beginning, their goal was to produce music that was danceable as possible.

Among the best album released by this group we can see “Curiosity” (2013), preceded by the single “The Hearse”.

The Wampire have wanted to give the album a retro impression, with old school synth and guitar riffs associated with accordions in reeds that give a gloomy and grim atmosphere. “Curiosity” is a various work with different changes in style, switching from “fast” pieces to those more slow and sensual as ballads.

The Hearse“, which is the first piece in the album, introduces us to the world of Wampire with a song full of energy in a ghostly atmosphere. In the second track, “Orchards” the songs resembles to  a western film, with a background at a slower pace. In the song the sound is very nice at all levels, unique and with nice lyrics. By talking about lyrics we say that they are a possible limitation of the entire work, as none of the songs tell stories or messages as the words are only used as a complement.

“Giants” has a variety of sounds and probably is the best song in the album. “Curiosity“, the song which gives the name to the album, has an impetuous beginning thanks to the guitar. After a break we have a more quiet and reflective tones with resumes a more frantic pace.

The album is also quite fast and concise, as the nine tracks last for about thirty minutes.

American Folk Tradition by Shawn Howard

American-Folk-Tradition-by-Shawn-HowardOne of the best indie music always made is “American Folk Tradition” (2013) written by Shawn Howard, a self-taught musician who started to play at the age of 12.

Among all the songs in the album, “Sonny“, which is the seventh, put in evidence great lyrics and music, giving the idea of a great piece of music in the whole. It’s one of the best which can be heard in this album.

Very nice is also “Wild Horses In Missouri” that, as is possible to imagine by the title, wants to give a real feeling of country, savage and “wild”. Sonorities gives this feeling, the song is very nice to hear by sitting on a sofa, closing the eyes and starting to image infinite prairies, horses and freedom.

“American Folk Tradition” has good lyrics that bring the mind to think.

Cowboy Diplomacy” is another good song that proof once more the Shawn Howard’s voice is very nice while singing country songs, in which he put in evidence all his potential.

At the end we can say that Shawn Howard has some good pieces in his discography. To fully understand then the best way is to know and understand the country world, as it’s the one which is always put in lyrics by Shawn.

The album in itself is very enjoyable and absolutely worth to buy it.

Just to complete the albums of this composer, there is also “Train to Texarkana” (2013), a series of original songs composed in the style of country music during seventhies.