Snowflakey workout music question #45356
March 24, 2013 10:10 AM   Subscribe

"Abel" by The National, which is essentially "Born to Run" filtered through indie rock, is the perfect workout song for me, combining the key elements of (1) simple chord progression and song structure, (2) layered instrumentation, (3) lots of energy/intensity (including vocal energy/intensity). Recommendation engines' recommendations have been lacking in (1) and (3), so I'm turning to you guys: can you suggest songs with those elements?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I got one right off the bat, hopefully more will come to mind.

Walkmen - The Rat
posted by carsonb at 10:28 AM on March 24, 2013 [4 favorites]

Off the top of my head in a rush, probably will come back to add some...

The Arcade Fire -- Keep the Car Running
The Joy Formidable -- Cradle
Matt & Kim -- Daylight
Sleater-Kinney -- Everything
TV On The Radio -- Wolf Like Me

(YouTube videos for quick reference, but man, the fidelity on some of those is horrendous.)
posted by threeants at 10:31 AM on March 24, 2013

Seconding The Rat. Try also:

Gaslight Anthem - High Lonesome
posted by fishmasta at 10:42 AM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

The Constantines - Draw Us Lines
The Constantines - Working Full Time
posted by Midnight Rambler at 11:00 AM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Guster isn't for everyone, but my favorite-ever song to run to, which I think has all the elements you describe, is Say That To My Face. Apparently I'm not the only one who feels that way, when I searched Youtube for it just now I found this hilarious video of a guy dancing to it while loading the dishwasher! That's how I feel when I listen to it, too.

I also like running to Wild Nothing's Chinatown. I wouldn't call the vocals intense, necessarily, but the beat is so great, its feels like it's pushing the song forward physically (making it good for running.)

I don't listen to them so much anymore, but Jimmy Eat World's Pain is good for an angsty workout.

(On preview, listened to The Rat- suggested above- I'd never heard it before, but good call! Gonna have to add it to my list as well.)
posted by GastrocNemesis at 11:09 AM on March 24, 2013

Two Sugar Albums come to mind:

Copper Blue and File Under Easy Listening.
posted by bobdow at 12:03 PM on March 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

I came to suggest The Rat and Wolf Like Me. Here are some more from my playlist:

The National - Mr November
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Me and Mia
The Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Bloc Party - Helicopter
Bloc Party - This Modern Love
Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Pearl Jam - State of Love and Trust
Radiohead - 2 + 2 = 5
The Strokes - 12:51
THe White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Constantines - Hard Feelings
Constantines - Young Lions
Constantines - Hotline Operator
Constantines - Good Nurse
Sleater-Kinney - Entertain
posted by synecdoche at 12:08 PM on March 24, 2013

I highly recommend the fantastic Shreveport band Gashcat, who certainly bring it in the energy department.

The Morning Sun
Every Summer, Every Spring
Ghost of a Ghost
posted by The Notorious SRD at 12:14 PM on March 24, 2013

Ooh, the above mention of Ted Leo makes me think the whole Shake the Sheets album is probably a rich vein.

Harborcoat by REM is a little slower than your example, but I love it for running. The drums! Maybe closer to the tempo you want is this.
posted by clavicle at 1:52 PM on March 24, 2013

Really the entire The Hold Steady catalogue should keep you well-situated in Springstein-filtered-through-indie-rock tunes.
posted by incessant at 2:39 PM on March 24, 2013

Look into the work of Dan Boeckner, indie rock's own Bruce. "This Heart's On Fire" by Wolf Parade, for example.
posted by zjacreman at 2:41 PM on March 24, 2013

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home (my favorite spinning song, but I figure it might work well for running, too).
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:45 PM on March 24, 2013

Check out Elvis Costello's Get Happy!, the entire album. Something about the pacing and sequence of songs, a collection of pissed-off, Stax-influenced rockers, really works for weights or calisthenics.

Most of the songs clock in well under 3:00, so there's no time to get bored with any one tune. And 2 or 3 minutes is just enough time to knock off a set, catch your breath, and move on to a new exercise, with a new tune. Any somewhat slow tune is immediately followed with a fast one.

Some sample cuts:

I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
5ive Gears in Reverse
High Fidelity
I Stand Accused
posted by Bron at 3:43 PM on March 24, 2013

Rural Alberta Advantage - Deathbridge in Lethbridge
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion, Heads Will Roll
posted by clearly at 8:12 PM on March 24, 2013

"Born to Run" filtered through indie rock

This is my favoirte genre. Check out The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:27 PM on March 24, 2013

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