Monday, October 20, 2008

Pump It Up

We're a week and a half out of Natties. The time to build any kind of physical gains in muscle or endurance is essentially over, but there is time yet to work the head game. A big part of that includes setting the mood on that jittery and exciting drive from Siesta Key to the fields, and in the warm-up time before our first game.

On Bravo, Richter and I made team pump-up CDs for each of of the rental cars. Once at the fields each person is left to their own devices, literally, while we jog and go through our preliminary drills. I know a few of my friends' teams have a team CD that contains a song from each teammate. However you do it on your team, you probably do it; pump-up music is crucial to getting you in that Kill Mode mood. So I'm asking for some input, some opinion. What's on your player these days? What tracks are bumping? I'm got a few in mind so i will link their YouTube pages (I love that YouTube has become what I always hoped MTV would be — instant gratification for my music video–watching itches).

Introduce me to some new songs. Blow me away with an artist I've not heard before. I love all kinds of music as long as it's well done. With that in mind, here are a few songs playing in my ears as I slip into Sarasota green and strap on my cleats:

  • Picture Me Rollin' By 2pac, a classic.
  • Bloc Party's Banquet song is tasty in Original or Remix flavors.
  • The Faint were described as "being a little too emo for you, Hec" but I like Glass Dance just the same.
  • MSTRKRFT's a great group, and their video for the song Easy Love is memorable for obvious reasons. Song's tight too.
  • I can't say enough about how incredibly disgusting Little Brother's lyrics are (in the good way). Dominant group, and the 9th Wonder production on The Getup is straight nasty.
  • Yes, The Knife is a weird group, and their videos feel like a bad acid trip, or a great one. Still, Silent Shout is a great song.
  • Aesop Rock is back on the scene with a new album, and his non-stop rhyming on the title track for None Shall Pass keeps everything thrusting forward. It does it for me.
Alright, there are a few for you to pick over. Feed me some of your sick-nasty head bumpers in the comments section.


Handy said...

Rock based:
-Battle Without Honor or Glory (from Kill Bill Soundtrack)

-Fuckin' in the Bushes (from the fight scene of Snatch, by Oasis)

-I Shot William H. Macy by Head Automatica

-The Rat by the Walkmen

-Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio

-Cold Cash and Colder Hearts by Thrice. A little emo but pretty killer (political rage, not about a girl thankfully)

-Big Riff by Cave In

Hip Hop based:
-Victory by Puff Daddy and the Family (seriously, go back and listen, it's ridiculously good)

-The Ratatat remix of "Party and Bullshit" originally by Notorious BIG

The Return by Jay-Z (remix of a Jay-Z blueprint-era verse with a Nas Illimatic chorus, sick)

-Mouths to Feed by Ludacris (Beirut remix optional)

Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk

DVNO by Justice

-(DJ) Handy

Handy said...

Oh, and "Whoop that Trick" from the movie Hustle and Flow.

Hilarious too.

Anonymous said...

Please watch this and then fuck off

Anonymous said...

Hood Internet vs. The Pack

Whole tape, especially Dumb Irene... that's some good shit.

Frodaddy said...

puppets, by atmosphere
SPAZZ, by N.E.R.D.
Everyone nose, as well as the remix, also by N.E.R.D.
Adagio for strings, DJ Tiesto
Cocaine running around my brain, DJ Isaac

Anonymous said...

atlas - battles

genesis - justice

made you look - nas

Bones said...

To me the most important song is the last, and my mixes always end with this:

My teammates and I usually do laps around the parking lot at full volume, windows down, until the song is over.


PS Kanye's "Stronger" pumps me up WAY more than Daft Punk. Sorry handy.

Anonymous said...


I love three tracks from "Odyssey:"

"Just Let Go"

"Never Win"

"We Need a War"

Mark said...

currently in heavy rotation on my Kill Mode mix:

Rock Star - N*E*R*D

Where's Your Head At - Basement Jaxx

You'll Find a Way - Santogold

New Noise - Refused (We named our team after this song)

Northbound Breakdown - Lifetime

Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979

Run - Ghostface Killah & Jadakiss (Ratatat Remix)

btw, you can get the ratatat remixes free (they are internet issued) by "googleing" it.


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Anonymous said...

The. Roots.

Anonymous said...

Memphis Bleek - Alright (Ratatat remix)

Anonymous said...

List of Demands - Saul Williams

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You know I'm allergic to Kill Mode, but when I get up there closer to Angry-Yet-Righteous-Stare-Into-The-Middle-Distance, I listen to:

Yell Fire!

by Michael Franti

I Second the earlier mention--this is for all you Choir Nerds out there--of the Adagio for Strings (a killer piece from Samuel Barber) remixed
by DJ Tiesto

It's hard to imagine that this hasn't been mentioned yet--it's for those drives in for the last minute laughs that still bind a group:


Along the same lines for the bar afterward:
(win or lose).

Outkast delivers on several fronts, but you can't beat Big Boi catching his beat running like Randy Moss:

the ball.

Mark your territory with Nirvana's Drums of

For the Chosen

Ja, Now we

For the
Masters of the Game.

I can't really speak to the Ladies, but maybe it looks something like

And finally, but never least, over in

End transmission from the PRM


Simon Talbot said...

The Presets - My People

Bliss N Eso - Woodstock 2008

The Potbelleez - Don't Hold Back

Bluejuice - Vitriol

Grinspoon - Don't Change

Hilltop Hoods - Recapturing The Vibe (Restrung)

Juan Sebastian said...

Young Jeezy - Who Dat

...basically any Jeezy. Phelps listened to him in Beijing too.

David said...

Some of this just sounds like y'all are tryin to be hipsters.

To be frank about the whole thing.
The old stuff from Atmosphere and Aesop are better, and nothing beats the Rocky theme except for "Mars" from The Planets by Gustav Holst. It is the first song.

Anonymous said...

Sorry guys, this song beats them all

Amon Amarth - Asator

But only if you can tolerate it.

nickongpauco said...

I prefer all those tracks where it sounds like someone is rocking out with a Nintendo

Freezepop Less Talk More Rokk

Metro Station Shake It


Bloc Party Flux

Black Kids Im not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance

Matt and Kim Lightspeed

Matt and Kim Yea Yea

Robin Sparkles Lets Go To the Mall

Justice DVNO

Anything from the Hood Internet especially the Genesis vs Justice – Genesis Squared track

NateB said...

Not turn this comment section into musical discussion, but David, you are crazy if you are saying Aes' "old stuff" is better than None Shall Pass. If by "old stuff", you mean 3 or 4 tracks off Labor Days, then maybe you have a point. The cd on the whole is just a huge jump forward by any measure though.

For fans of distorted alt-rock, Gardenia by Kyuss is the song you've been looking for.

AMW said...

Massive Attack and Mos Def, I against I

Hogan said...

bone thugs - wind blow

Jay Schulkin said...

Little Brother is my favorite musical act, but I can't imagine getting pumped up to Kill by them.

Jake s said...

The Point of No Return - Immortal Technique

El Manicero said...

All kinds of music, can usually get an mp3 out of it. Check out Santogold. Black Keyes for starters.

George Brell said...

This is what I like to listen to the half hour before I get on the field.

First couple songs, chill out and get in the groove. Feel the beat for the day.
Blowin Trees - Nappy Roots
Trying to Find a Balance - Atmosphere
Saviorself - Jedi Mind Tricks

Start getting the swagger. Feel confident to play confident.
G-Code - Geto Boys
DXL (Hard White) - DMX

Last thoughts, particularly for the D-line. Chorus on the last song is what I want in my head on the line.
'Till I Collapse - Eminem
Slit Wrist Theory - 36 Crazyfists

ellsworthless said...

Besides the Amon Amarth reference I didn't see much metal on the list.

The Red Chord - Dreaming In Dog Years

Brutal at 2:34

Anonymous said...

any kevin riley freestyle does it for me.

Anonymous said...

cowboys from hell
both by Pantera

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