I have a running soundtrack!

I decided a month ago that after I move to Amsterdam I’m going to start running more. While I would prefer to play tennis, running is an easier box to check.  Tennis is at minimum a two person sport and I know one tennis player in Amsterdam, me. I did bring my racquet, just in case.

So how’s it going? Well, tomorrow marks my second week here and I haven’t started running yet (unless you count running to Central Station in Rotterdam to catch the hourly train to Amsterdam).  I’ve had a bunch of excuses: works been crazy, the weather hasn’t cooperated and – the lamest excuse and actually biggest deterrent – I stream my usual playlist and my data plan won’t allow this. Lamest excuse ever but I’m not a runner. Music is the only thing that gets me through it.

Well today, one of my project ends. The sun is kind of shining. AND I found a playlist! It’s a little lower bpm than I would prefer but let’s keep it real here, I’m using the term “running” very loosely at this point. It’s more of a jog, huff, walk, enjoy the scenery, snap a few pictures, jog again style of running. Any other running playlists I should download?

The playlist is courtesy of Disco Delicious (a great blog to follow btw), can be downloaded here and features these tracks:

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1. Osibisa – Survival
2. The Clash – Should I Say Or Should I Go? (Leo Zero Re-work)
3. Led Zeppelin – Trampled Underfoot (John Daly Edit)
4. The Who – Eminence Front (The Love Supreme Edit)
5. Ruf Dug – Dirty (Unabombers Remix)
6. Black Cock – Luna Party
7. Leo Zero – Bon Bon
8. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
9. Hotbath – Midoff
10. Little Carlos – Shake Your Body Down (Reggae Version)
11. Soft Tigers – Mr. Ice Cream
12. Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
13. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Benediction Moon
14. Blue Velvet – Summertime
15. Geoff Love and His Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra
16. Harry Nilsson – You’re Breaking My Heart
17. A Mountain of One – Bones (Thomas’ Way of the Ancients Remix)
18. America – Horse With No Shame (Todd Terje Edit)
19. Enoch Light & The Light Brigade – Ob-la-di
20. Isaac Hayes – Groove-A-Thon (Part 1)
21. Harry Nilsson – Coconut
22. Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like
23. Pipilloti Rist – I’m A Victim of This Song (Wicked Game)
24. Nobukazu Takemura – Untitled


Brand New Heavies

Can’t say that Brand New Heavies are a prominent part of my playlists but a new friend asked if I wanted to check them out next week at the MC Theater here in Amsterdam and of course I said yes. Now rediscovering their great jams and listening to their new tunes. Boogie, above, is definitely one of my faves.

Well I just came to boogie I’m all about
The boogie, tonight’s ’bout the boogie

Check out their new single:

Can Amsterdam handle two recently transplanted American girls getting their funk on? We shall see…


Tessa Rose Jackson

Since I’m new to the city I’ve taken a just say yes policy to invitations extended to me. So when a friend of a friend who I was meeting for the first time last night invited me to see her friend’s sister (I’ll draw a diagram mapping that out later) perform at Paradiso, of course I said yes. So glad I did!

Meet Tessa Rose Jackson, half Dutch, half English singer songwriter and rising star. Maybe it was the excitement of the evening, as it marked the release of her first album, but she glowed on stage – a magnetic brilliance that only the few soon to be supernovas possess. And she’s only 20 years old!!!

Tessa reminded me a lot of two Swedish indie acts, Acid House Kings and Maia Hirasawa (of Hello Saferide), that I absolutely adore since listening to them always brings a smile to my face. Take a listen below.

Thank you Tessa Rose Jackson for a wonderful close to my 4th day in Amsterdam. If Indie pop is not your thing, she’s also managed to assemble a band that was not only talented but also very easy on the eyes – so you may still want to catch them live simply for the eye candy.