You always want a wicked mix to snowboard to. Everyone wants to rock down the hill to the latest Kanye or Jay-Z track. As I’m headed out to the hills of Ontario tomorrow (yes, hills, not mountains, yawn) for the first time in my adult and “decent ability at navigating down a mountain or hill” based life; I figured I’d share the music that has stuck with me since the beginning and ending of epic mountains for me in Fukushima. These are those quintessential tracks that get it done. My playlists in the past have included everything from Me and Mrs Jones and Green Onions to System of a Down’s BYOB, Immortal Technique’s Peruvian Cocaine, and Freaky Flow’s Let Me Know. So, hopefully it’s a well rounded group that I present below.
1) Gearing up – Cake – Comfort Eagle/Arco Arena
These are the ultimate songs to gear up to. You’re sorting out your board, throwing on the gear you didn’t wear on the drive to the hill. These are the songs you prep to. Not too hardcore, but they say, I’m getting in the zone and “I’m in it to win it” if that’s actually something you say in your head.
2) Get Going – Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack / House of Pain – Shamrocks & Shenanigans
You hit the top of the hill, and are going to rock a warm up run. You’re pumped to be there and want to smash out, but not too hard, because that could get embarrassing if you push too hard on your first run. Boom, these tracks.
3) Pumped UP – Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter / 2pac featuring Big Pun – I’m a Rider / Kasabian – Club Foot
Yes these are old school, but they get the job done for the “I’m about to crush the park out type rider.”
4) Just riding, chilled out. Tellsion – Gallery (anything by these guys) / Minus the Bear – I lost all my money at the cockfights / Pinback – Prog (anything by Pinback really).
Going for some flatland tricks, waiting for friends because they’re slow? These ones.
5) Random others
I could include about a thousand other songs that I feel are essential to any snowboarding list at this point, but hey, here are just a few others that didn’t fit into the categories above, but are awesome none the less.
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
Cast of Cheers – Human Elevator (anything by the guys)
Nada Surf – Blankest Year
Maps & Atlases – Artichokes
In an effort to not overload anyone’s browser I’m going to cut this, but be aware, I could go on.