If there is one thing that I have learned it's that if you are a cyclist, the thing most dear to your heart is tunes...well excpet for maybe beer but thats another blog post all together. No matter what your flavor we all have that song that we jam to on the way to the trail, or blast on the stereo while sucking it up on the trainer. There seems to be a theme song for every epic trail that spurs you on when you have nothing left. Its just part of what we do.
Music is a huge part of my life. I toured with a band for many years and it just seems to be that natural common thread among the world. Whenver I meet new folks or see someone I haven't talked to in awhile one of my favorite questions is "What are you listening to?". I thought it would be fun to ask that question of my Salsa comrades and post them up here for you to enjoy. Maybe you'll find something in common with one of us, or maybe you'll be introduced to something new. Afterall, there will always be more trails screaming for a theme song. In any case, here is what we are listening to. Feel free to share with us what you are listening to as well.
Eric Fredrickson – Sales, Warranty, Customer Service
1. As I Lay Dying - "The Powerless Rise" - I would have to say for the nonstop intensity and adrenaline of The Powerless Rise.
2. Old Crow Medecine Show - "Big Iron World" - For the laid back, old time simplicity of non-amplified instruments and while gathering around one mic for the Big Iron World album.
3. Social Distortion - "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" - The country ballad melodies mixed with raw electric guitars go so well with Mike Ness’ gruff voice and to-the-point lyrics.
David Gabrys – Sales Manager
1. Halloween, Alaska - "Champagne Downtown" – They’re a Minneapolis band, and funnily enough, I started listening to them a lot more this fall because I was actually in Anchorage, Alaska on Halloween day. They also have a nice creamy sound that conveys warmth and relaxation, both of which I’ve needed a fair amount of lately.
2. Lazerbeak - "Legend Recognize Legend" – Beak has done a lot of sound work for P.O.S. and other artists on the Doomtree label. He’s also a veteran of the infamous Minneapolis band, Plastic Constellations, whose music I love. Ever since the release party in October for his debut CD, I haven’t been able to put it away. It’s a great mix of hip-hop riffs, melody, and even some massive ballad sounds. One of my favorite artists.
3. The National - "High Violet" – The baritone voice of Matt Berninger is very warm, and captivating. I’ve been listening to High Violet a lot lately because of its warm vibe during these incredibly frigid temperatures.
Thomas Scherber - Purchasing
1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs - Because it’s an incredible album which gets better with each listen.
2. P.O.S. – Never Better - Because it’s the best and most innovative Hip-Hop album I’ve heard in a long time.
Mark Rane - Product Designer
1. Ben Gibbard and Andrew Kenny - “Home” - Not sure why, but I can’t get enough lately.
2. Travis - “The Boy With No Name” - Selfish Jean” was the only song that would calm down our baby when she was upset, and so it’s been the theme song in our house this year.
Chuck Sween – Warranty, Customer Service
1. Uncle Tupelo - "No Depression" - This one comes and goes in the rotation, but it’s been playing a lot lately. I know Jay and Jeff didn’t live the lives they sing about, and neither did I, but for some reason, it sounds like they’re singing about my adolescence. Maybe it’s the adolescence I wish I’d lived?
2. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - "Up From Below" - In music, I listen for intriguing lyrics, stories or characters to which I can relate, and unique voices or instrumentation. I haven’t had this album for long, but it seems to cover all the bases. Plus, I’m a sucker for female vocalists and brass.
3. The Gaslight Anthem - "American Slang" - They’re my generation’s Springsteen. Embarrassingly fun, fist-pumping, foot-stomping rock and roll. They even quote The Boss. If you don’t like them, I don’t understand.
Mike Riemer – Marketing
If I had to make a playlist that would last me forever, these artists and these songs would be on it.
1. Bruce Springsteen: Bruce isn’t all ‘Born In The USA’, you know. Here are some of my favorites of his lesser known tunes: This Hard Land, Lost In The Flood, I Wish I Were Blind, My Beautiful Reward, I’ll Work For Your Love, The Promise, My City Of Ruins, Stolen Car, Drive All Night, Iceman, and The Wrestler.
2. Lucinda Williams: If Bruce is the boss, Lucinda is the queen. She takes her incredible lyrics and applies her even-more-incredible voice to them. I’ll throw these on to start: Drunken Angel, Lake Charles, Metal Firecracker, Reason To Cry, Bus To Baton Rouge, If Wishes Were Horses, Crescent City, Words, Fruits Of My Labor, and World Without Tears.
3. Eddie Vedder: I actually don’t have that much of his music, but I’ll throw his Into The Wild album/soundtrack onto my playlist. It is that good.
Bobby Dahlberg – Sales, Customer Service
1. War of Ages – “Arise and Conquer” – I love brutal, thick, intense metal. These guys have a great sound and put on an amazing live show to boot. There is just something about old school gang vocals over a sick, double-kick chunky guitar breakdown that makes my heart skip a beat.
2. Blazing Haley – “Blazing Haley” - I’ve been working on this pseudo rockabilly/metal project with some guys lately and was looking for some guitar riffs to study. These guys were recommended to me to check out and I’m glad they were. Amazing bass lines and some really rippin’ guitar.
3. The Agony Scene - “The Agony Scene” – This is an old album that I have been really into again lately. Pretty aggressive metal with a vocal tone that is nothing short of amazing. I especially like this album for what is probably the best cover of “Paint it Black”
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