As I have mentioned elsewhere around here I have lost some weight over the past 18 months. I have been exercising. I'm not running marathons but I have gotten to where I am walking 4+ miles a day including a lot of hills.
Walking is boring, especially if you're doing it inside on a treadmill. So when I got started I made a Treadmill mix. After a week that got pretty old, so I made another. then a few more then I hit on the idea I would make 30, one for each day of the month. So i did that in the summer of 08, made 30 mixes, and have gradually refined, altered, modified, and expanded them over time. So now I have 30 mixes of one hour each. And, aren't you lucky, I'm going to share them with you, one a day for the next 30 days.
The program that works for me goes like this: start calm, stay light, move to bouncy, and then increase the intensity, and finish with a cooldown song that is happy or triumphant or something. So yeah it's silly, so what. But these are not dance mixes, if you need a beat to time your workout to, these mixes won't work. It's for the mind.
I have managed, for the most part, to avoid keep playing the same band over and over. So over 30 mixes, no band shows up more than 3 times. There are two big exceptions to this that we will see in a few days.
Also, very little of what you see in these mixes is unusual or rare or anything. It's the programming, the way they fit together that might be of interest. Most of you would be able to reproduce them out of your existing music without downloading the mix.
1. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2. Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Yalla Yalla
3. Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan
4. Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car
5. Beck - Que Onda Guero
6. James Brown - Think (live)
7. The Modern Lovers - Modern World
8. LCD Soundsystem - Us v Them
9. Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks
10. The Godfathers - Birth, School, Work, Death
11. Mastadon - Aqua Dementia
12. Roxy Music - 2HB