Bloomsday 2012 [Playlist]

Tomorrow (Sunday May 6th) is Bloomsday!  A day when 50,000 plus insanely driven Spokanites and visitors will hit the streets for one of the biggest 12K races in the world.  7.46 miles of moderate intensity that boosts a painfully unavoidable hill of magnanimous proportion frightfully known to locals as “Doomsday Hill”.  And yes, I am running it.

I am not exactly the most fit and/or healthy person in the world.  I do tend to run whenever I can, as George W. Bush once suggested, to “purge my system of poisons”.  Whatever bouts of debauchery that can not be burned out through morning coffee usually seems to find its way out through my pores as a stride through the downtown streets of Spokane, often ending with a leisurely stroll through just a few of the hundred acres plus that is Riverside Park.  But, alas, I have once again decided to partake in the most holiest of holy running events in Eastern Washington.  It really isn’t as bad as some people could make it out to be.

And with said running, must come music.  I don’t fancy myself one of those people who sincerely claim that they “must have music” when they run.  They are wrong.  And ridiculous.  In fact, ear buds are not actually allowed to be used during Bloomsday.  Why you might miss one of the few locally driven bands playing along the course that you don’t care about, and probably aren’t actually worth the cost of the 30 seconds of listening you had to endear as you passed on by.  But, this is no deterrent from bending rules that were meant to be completely broken.  While I don’t believe I “must have music”, I want to.  And that is good enough for me.  It gives me a chance to dig into some more exciting songs that I wouldn’t normally listen to at home in my ratty pajama bottoms and the morning paper & coffee/bourbon.  Yes, this is my time to get loud.  I like my running music upbeat.  Is there really any other sort of way?

And I seem to be having a stream of illustrious fortitude for very loud music lately (my latest music show goings being seeing TacocaT and Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children Macnuggits).  So, I thought it would be nice to let everyone know what will be illegally blistering my ears for the (hopefully) fulfilling 7 1/2 miles I plan to endure.  Below is a list of 30 tracks that will guide me along this self righteous passage.  And the next time you find yourself yearning to sweat out the previous night’s over indulgence, think of all these great tunes, and get your self righteous out on the streets.  Let’s begin:

(Note: Many of these tracks will be highlighted with links to sites where you can stream/buy/love the songs themselves.  Enjoy!)


TacocaT – Volcano

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling – First We Take Manhattan (Leonard Cohen cover)

Walk Off The Earth – Somebody I Used To Know (Gotye cover)

Fun. – All The Pretty Girls

The Ascetic Junkies – Jenny, Don’t Do That!

Soul Distraction – Not Gonna Sing About You Anymore

Nas – Black Zombies

Axemunkee – Acid Django

The Fenbi International Superstars – Two Miles From Home

Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children Macnuggits

The Memorials – Flourescent’s Unforgiving

Atmosphere – American Disgrace

Hosannas – When We Were Young

Jared Mees & The Grown Children – W.W.J.B.D.

Iron Maiden – Run For The Hills

Tyga – Rack City

Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children Macnuggits – Sandwiches & Ammunition

Mother Love Bone – This Is Shangrila

The Illness – Lengua De La Muerte

Flying Spiders – Fadism

Golden Bloom

Blitzen Trapper – Fletcher

Portugal. The Man – So American

Golden Bloom – Rhyme The Reason

Rush – Tom Sawyer

Kanye West (featuring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, & Bon Iver) – Monster

Strength – Metal

Corey Chisel & The Wandering Sons – Born Again

Trick Trick (featuring Eminem) – Welcome 2 Detroit City

Sleater Kinney – Entertain

The Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth

The Jesus Rehab – Holiday