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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Featuring Eminem, The Weeknd, JR JR and More! 15

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“Gone” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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How on earth did a whole month go by without me creating a new playlist? Sheesh! You know how it is—Thanksgiving shows up out of nowhere and the next thing you know there are gifts to buy, breads to bake and multiple holiday cards to send. It’s a wonder I was able to sneak one in this past week but I did just that (patting herself on the back.)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

Thanks!

  • Gone: JR JR

The band’s PR rep got in touch with me via my work for Fit Bottomed Girls where I am compiling a peppy/upbeat playlist to post sometime in January.

Those of you who actually know me would not exactly call me “peppy” (spastic, yes but not peppy.) However, this song just got under my skin and I decided to use it in classes this past weekend and everyone loved it. So there you go!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

For every class I teach I make sure  the “second” song is a butt kicker to get everyone in gear and to really get their collective heartrates up. This song might just be a wee bit too fast but, so what? It works!

 

  • Mass Romantic: The New Pornographers

One of my favorite Canadian bands really cooks with this playful tune that has a jangly sound. (I like me some jangle!)

 

  • Adventure of a Lifetime: Coldplay

I know there are Coldplay haters that exist in the world but I don’t give a rat’s butt about any of them. They know how to craft music  that will make you want to move and bop your head to the beat. #teamchrismartin

 

  • Lose Yourself: Eminem

True story—the gym’s stereo broke over this past weekend and I had to use a little boom box in a big room to teach my classes.  That in and of itself was bad enough, but having to play this amazing song by Eminem with a low volume almost killed me! You need volume to really raise the roof with this one. (Truth)

 

  • The Wolf: Mumford & Sons

Thee is nary a banjo in this one from the British band that really rocks it out here.

 

  • 2 Heads: Coleman Hell

Another Canadian (Thunder Bay, Ontario!) on my list and this one DOES indeed use a banjo with amazing results on his song here.

 

  • Can’t feel My Face: The Weeknd

ANOTHER Canadian (Toronto!) and this is his biggest hit in the U.S. so far. Just try to listen and move to the beat—it’s impossible!

 

  • Price Tag: Jessie J

I love this song because it mixes unbridled optimism with a fun /not-posh British accent.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The Silversun Pickups write songs that are so hard charging and excellent that they are virtually all perfect for high speed sprints and intervals.

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

Alecia Moore (P!nk’s real name!) writes some of the sweetest ear candy in the whole world and this romantic song always gets to me.

 

  • Time to Pretend: MGMT

Whatever happened to this band? Does anyone know?

 

  • Song for Someone: U2

Some people groused about getting a whole free album downloaded (for free!) into their iTunes accounts by one of the biggest bands of all time. (First world problems, people!) I on the other hand think it’s one of their best efforts and this song in particular is beautiful.

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!

 

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute “Superlove” Ride with Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Foos, Gaga & More 29

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“Superlove” Ride (50 Minutes)

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I am continuing my delve into club/dance music which is just slightly outside my comfort zone but Swedish DJ Avicii puts together such fun, catchy “warm-up” tunes. I love “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” so when I heard he recorded with Lenny Kravitz—I downloaded the song right away and decided to trip around the last couple of decades to being you this playlist. You’re welcome!!!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Superlove: Avicii & Lenny Kravitz

I love how the song seems to ebb and flow– making it a perfect warm-up for getting my students used to being on the bike. I have them match the beat with their peddling but it also works for any kind of group fitness class.

 

  • Fire Sign: The Gossip

Beth Ditto is a fierce singer and this tune really gets the room pumping with energy. (True story—the original drummer left the band to be a midwife!)

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyes Peas

The beat here is fun, happy and builds in joy as you move along which is just about perfect for any workout playlist.

 

  • Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

Sometimes you want your class to fall into a trance and just the music flow…this song does that very nicely from this Australian band.

 

  • Clocks: Coldplay

I know there are people out there who hate Coldplay and complain anytime they are played on the radio but I love them and this song always makes me want to go on long climbs and think about life.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

How committed is singer Dave Grohl to rocking out as hard as possible? The dude broke his leg falling off stage and stayed until the show was finished!

 

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

I wish these two would record a whole album together—this song just cooks!

 

  • Breathe: The Prodigy

My inner 90s rock goddess loves hearing this band anytime and this particular tune is perfect for sprinting.

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

I cannot believe this band has been together so long that they are now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (I am OLD!)

 

  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is best known for their druggie anthem “Semi-Charmed Life” but I really like this song so much more.

 

  • Complicated: Avril Lavigne

If it has been a while since you heard this one from Avril—go back to it. She did some might fine songwriting here and she was just 16 years-old when she recorded it.

 

  • Ordinary World: Duran Duran

This may be my all-time, most favorite Duran Duran song of all time after “The Reflex” and “Girls on Film.” (Though “Planet Earth” is pretty amazing as well… (Use this one as your cool down, of course.)

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Counting Stars” 50-Minute Ride 8

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“Counting Stars” (50-minute Ride)

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Are you ready for a tough workout? This 50-minute playlist that I created is filled with music that will hopefully get you motivated on your next ride or run. As usual—there is a mixture of newer tunes with a few 90s gems. Enjoy!

 

  • Counting Stars: OneRepublic

OneRepublic is a band from Colorado who wrote this super-catchy song that makes my head bop to the beat.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & The Tantrums

Today one of my favorite students told me this was her favorite song from this list. Fitz & The Tantrums are a Los Angeles band that writes fun tunes that will make you want to sing along.

  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You): Kelly Clarkson

This has to be one of my favorite songs of all time. Seriously—Kelly Clarkson just sings the hell out of it.

 

  • Dangerous: Big Data

I got this directly from the Internet—“Big Data is a paranoid electronic music project from the Internet.’ Not sure what that means but Dangerous has a bouncy energy I love.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

Whenever I want to set the volume to “11”—I put on some Foos!

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

This is my favorite song from American Idiot!

 

  • Get Off This: Cracker

When I want to reminisce about young & free in the 90s—I play songs like this one.

 

  • My Moon My Man: Feist

Where is Feist these days? I miss her!

 

  • Americano: Lady Gaga

I loves me some Gaga and this live version is fun to watch!

 

  • I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge

This is a new band from Vancouver and this song makes me want to dance around the room.

 

  • Stupid Girl: Garbage

Shirley Manson is my spirit animal.

 

  • Get Higher: Black Grape

This song is wonderfully subversive and fun.

 

  • Pets: Pornos for Pyros

I wish I could find the original video for this song as I recall it being freaky and fun.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Crystal Vases” 50-min Ride P!nk, Gwen Stafani, Green Day, Nicki Minaj 8

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“Crystal Vases” (50-minute Ride)

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Is it cold enough for you? (West Coast peeps can just shut their collective pie holes, by the way. We get it—it’s nice there. Now stop bragging about it on Facebook!)

Anyhoo I finally got around to creating a new playlist and it received kudos over the weekend by my picky students. It’s a mixture of old & new tunes and I hope you all enjoy it. (Now enough of the Polar Vortex crap!)

 

  • Crystal Vases: The Last Royals

I love this song to use as a warm-up as it is fun and poppy sounding. However—try tot to focus on the lyrics as they are rather, um, depressing.

 

  • Hell: Tegan and Sara

My fondness for Canadians continues with this duo who write some really catchy pop-rock tunes.

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

If you need a go-to that is guaranteed to get the whole room into a groove—try this one from P!nk. Cuz it rules!

 

  • World Turning: Fleetwood Mac

I love Lindsey Buckingham and this one is one of my all-time favorites from his early days in Fleetwood Mac.

 

  • Midnight City: M83

This is one of those slow, climb-type of songs that reminds me of 80s New Wave music.

 

  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

Personally, I prefer the version where she curses…B A N A N A S! (Don’t worry, this video is clean.)

 

  • I Don’t Feel Ike Dancing: Scissor Sisters

If there is a happier sounding song in the world—I have yet to find it.

 

  • Brain Stew: Green Day

Give me some crunchy-sounding guitars just about any day of the week, thankyouverymuch.

 

  • Holding on for Life: Broken Bells

The first time I heard this song I was convinced it was Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon singing as the Bee Gees. Love it though I know nothing about this band.

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

Are they names after the President(s?) Does anyone know the answer to that?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—I prefer the dirty version of this tune. (NSFW! Really!)

 

  • Stars: Moby

For some reason Moby seems to write the perfect songs to use for “climbs.”

 

  • Changes: David Bowie

“Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “New Year’s Day” Ride U2, Pompeii, Foos, The Sheepdogs & More 2

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“New Year’s Day” (50-minute Ride)

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It might seem by the title of this week’s playlist that I was celebrating the arrival of 2014 and therefore it is special for the New Year’s holiday. No! The first track (one of U2’s best IMHO) just happens to be an excellent song to start off a class. The beat is strong, consistent and helps everyone get into the mood to ride. Therefore–you can use this playlist any time of year for a kick ass workout.

 

  • New Year’s Day: U2

Great warm-up song that can be played any time of year. Really!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

I always like to think of this song as THE perfect second tune to play in a spin class as it ramps up the energy and gets everyone in a good mood.

  • Gettin’ Jiggy With It: Will Smith

Is there anyone more charming and likable than Will Smith?

 

  • But if You Close Your Eyes: Pompeii

This could be my new favorite band as they write some of the best songs for working out and getting motivated to move.

 

  • No More Drama: Mary J. Blige

I have talked about this tune before but it truly  is fantastic for hills and climbs.

 

  • Modern Love: David Bowie

I like to do strength intervals here with 15-seconds of hard work and 30-second rests in between.

 

  • Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs

This is another song I have talked about before but it is just too damn catchy for words!

 

  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

One of my students recently told me “every time I hear the Foo Fighters– I feel like doing sprints.”  The Foos know how to get people excited!

 

  • White Rabbit: Jefferson Airplane

“Remember what the door mouse said …feed your head!”

 

  • The Hardest Button to Push: The White Stripes

Bump, bump, bump—I love the beat of this song.

 

  • Ghosts: Ladytron

My students climb to this with gradually increasing resistance with the last minute being the toughest part. I tell them to work at their top level until they hear the gong. If you listen to this song you will know what I mean.

 

  • The Impression I Get: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I am not sure what a “bosstone” is but I do love this 90s tune.

 

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

Throwing in a little Zep gives me the happies.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Feelin’ Alright” with Fave Radio Stations the @Shazam App 7

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“Feelin’ Alright” Playlist (50-minute Ride)
The online radio I listen to every day plus the super-groovy music app Shazam.

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(A picture of my cats “Feelin’ Alright” because they are too damn cute not to show off to the world!)

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It’s been a while since I put up a playlist so I today I present one that I think will rock your socks off. (Or just give you some ideas for tunes to add to your MP3 player.)

Students have commented on my “eclectic” song selections which I take as a supreme compliment. The fact is I plan put together all of my classes carefully so that music swings, wails, bounces, grooves and more. Every single song must work with the others in sound, pace, mood, male vs. female voice and more.

In fact, my playlists are so unpredictable that people try to guess how old I am (not saying) and where I am from. Some of the things I have heard from my students:
• “You have GOT to be from Boston to know that band!” (I’m not.)
• “Are you from Detroit?” (Nope.)
• “Did you really see Nirvana in concert? (Yes.)

But my favorite was the time a dude who looked like a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster (complete with handlebar mustache) whisper to me slyly “Please tell me you are a Canadian, too!” (Sorry—born and raised in the U.S.)

As a consultant I work a great deal from home and like to have music keep me company. Unfortunately most stations in the New York City region suck BIG TIME so I usually listen online (when Time Warner is not screwing with my Internet) to get any good, new and interesting music.

I wanted to give a “shout out” to a few of my favorites today:
• 107.1 “The Peak” Nyack, NY: http://www.1071thepeak.com/  I get up every morning and put them on first thing as I apply my makeup. Great selection of adult alternative rock and Caroline Corley is my favorite radio personality out there right now. (Hey Caroline—Gordon Downie is MY boyfriend!)

“Alice at 97.3” San Francisco, CA: http://radioalice.cbslocal.com/ Midday here I listen to “Sarah & Vinnie” live from the West Coast to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip plus they play all of the popular (and current) songs people seem to like. Normally I hate “hit” music but occasionally they play something that makes me really happy. I have to know what the kids like amIright?

104.5 KFOG San Francisco, CA: http://www.kfog.com/ They used to be my favorite station in the world but the morning show has been busted up so I just check in from time to time. I would say it is also adult alternative rock station as well but a bit on the mellower side.

“The Edge” Toronto, Ontario: http://www.edge.ca/ I have a strong, passionate and innate love for Canada (as well as most Canadians) plus head-banging “alternative rock” music and this station is my secret fix. I am convinced no women listen to them but I still just love The Edge to death. Fearless Fred in the afternoons is my main guy.

WXRT-FM Chicago, IL: http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/ Not to oversell it but this is now my favorite station in the whole wide world and when their internet stream doesn’t work I want to bawl my eyes out. They play everything from The Who to Fiona Apple to Paul Simon to Feist to Led Zeppelin. If you do nothing else—check them out today and let me know what you think. (DJ Frank E. Lee rules my word by the way!)

Please feel free in the comments to send me links to your favorite stations. I am always on the lookout for good music!

When I do find songs that I like, I reach for my iPhone and Shazam the hell out of it. This app can identify songs and artists by some sort of magic system and I would be lost without them. I seriously do not know how it works but if you want to learn more about the Shazam app (there is a free & a paid version) check them out here :http://www.shazam.com/

I was contacted by Shazam and they offered me the following quote which I think works well with my ride today. (I am getting to the playlist—be patient!)
“We all have a soundtrack to our lives – music to drive to, read or study to, and, of course, work out to. In fact, studies have shown that music can really help your motivation when you’re exercising, helping you train faster or longer. ”

Will Mills, Director of Music and Content

Go and check out Shazam’s Blog if you want ideas for more songs. They are NOT paying me to talk about them. It’s an app I have happily paid for and just wanted to pass along for your information.

And now—on to today’s playlist!

Feelin’ Alright: Joe Cocker
I love every single thing about this song and think it has such a wonderful build in energy that is really makes for the perfect warm up tune. (Though sometimes I picture John Belushi doing an imitation of him and it makes me giggle.)

Everybody Talks: Neon Trees
This is the fastest damn song I have heard in a while and people seem to love it.

Just Like a Pill: Pink
This is one of those songs I learned from “Alice 97.3” that has been around for ages but did not fly in my radar before. (I think I have a crush on Pink now. She is so damn cool!)

Who Loves You: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
If you get a chance to see “Jersey Boys” do so. It will have you obsessed with Frankie Valli music.

• Zombie: The Cranberries
God, I just love this song to death and it is perfect for a long climb.

…Baby One More Time: Britney Spears
The one and only song from her I really care about.

She: Green Day
Excellent, fast-paced tune to get people in the mood to move fast.

Gold Guns Girls: Metric
One of my favorite bands that I am dying to see live (please come back to New York!)

No Light, No Light: Florence & the Machine
When I put this on I blare the living hell out of it. Florence RULES. Period.

Icky Thump: The White Stripes
For some reason Jack White has been occupying my thoughts. Hmmm….

Time to Pretend: MGMT
Another “perfect climb” song that gets everyone in the mood to add more gear and work harder.

Stompa: Serena Ryder
A new favorite tune that came into my world through The Edge in Toronto.

Unknown Legend: Neil Young
The “Grandfather of Grunge” writes some of the most beautiful songs in the world and this one is one of my favorites.

So what do you think of my list? Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to send me your suggestions!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,
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