444 Best Albums of 2022

Five Stars: Top 10 albums of the year.  I will be listening to these for years.

  1. Fantastic Negrito, White Jesus Black ProblemsSee the source image
  2. Kendrick Lamar, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers
  3. Tears for Fears, Tipping Point
  4. June Jones, Pop Music for Normal Women
  5. Fontaines DC, Skinty Fia
  6. Bitch, Bitchcraft
  7. Sarah Mary Chadwick, Flipped It
  8. Backxwash, His Happiness Shall Come First Even Though We Are Suffering
  9. Bob Vylan, Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life
  10. Ethel Cain, Preacher’s Daughter Four Stars: Really good stuff. Play that one again
  11. quinn, quinn
  12. Björk, Fossora
  13. caroline, caroline
  14. Astrophysics, Hope Left Me
  15. Porridge Radio, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
  16. Beyonce, Renaissance
  17. Soul Glo, Diaspora Problems
  18. Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen
  19. Petrol Girls, Baby
  20. Claire Rousay, A Crying Poem
  21. Rosalia, Motomami
  22. Brittany Davis, I Choose to Live
  23. Bambara, Love on My Mind
  24. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Blonde
  25. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Dahmer
  26. Peter Broderick, Piano Works Vol 1
  27. Sault, Earth
  28. Sault, Aiir
  29. Sault, UNTITLED (God)
  30. Sault, Today and Tomorrow
  31. Sault, 11
  32. Spanish Love Songs, Brave Faces Etc…See the source image
  33. yeule, Glitch Princess
  34. Ezra Furman, All of Us Flames
  35. Dry Cleaning, Stumpwork
  36. Lucy, Telepathic Humans
  37. RZA and DJ Scratch, Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater
  38. Marvin Tate’s D Settlement, Marvin Tate’s D Settlement
  39. Joe Rainey, Niineta
  40. Quinn Christopherson, Write Your Name in Pink
  41. Anna Butterss, Activities
  42. Anna Von Hausswolff, Live at Montreux Jazz Festival
  43. OHYUNG, Imagine Naked!
  44. The Cool Greenhouse, Sod’s Toastie
  45. Tom Waits, Grave Diggers
  46. 070 Shake, You Can’t Kill Me
  47. 700 Bliss, Nothing to Declare
  48. Girlpool, Forgiveness
  49. Burial, Antidawn
  50. Ibeyi, Spell 31See the source image
  51. Clarice Jensen, Esthesis
  52. Park Jiha & Roy Claire Potter, To Call out into the Night
  53. Tess Parks, And Those Who Were Seen Dancing
  54. Hagop Tchaparian, Bolts
  55. Danny Elfman, Bigger, Messier
  56. Ian William Craig, Music for Magnesium_173
  57. The Garden, Horseshit on Route 66
  58. Special Interest, Endure
  59. Oneida, Success
  60. Loyle Carner, hugo
  61. Lambchop, The Bible
  62. Various Artists, Music for Ko
  63. Alphaville & Deutsches Filmorchester Bablesberg, Eternally Yours
  64. Angel Olson, Big Time
  65. ShrapKnel, Metal Lung
  66. Francis Lung, Short Stories
  67. Lung, Let It Be Gone
  68. Horse Lords, Comradely Objects
  69. Teri Gender Bender, caundo yo era una nina See the source image
  70. Teri Gender Bender, i suddenly remember that i am not
  71. Teri Gender Bender, olivia she wanted me to leave her alone
  72. Teri Gender Bender, you were truly the one that made us
  73. Teri Gender Bender, madre would not allow it though
  74. Teri Gender Bender, x rays were taken to make sure i am there, that i exist
  75. Teri Gender Bender, erik, even he found it to be obscene
  76. Teri Gender Bender, Saturn Sex
  77. Teri Gender Bender, leaving her to be was just not an option
  78. Teri Gender Bender, pestering became a virtue
  79. Teri Gender Bender, funny
  80. David Bachman, Almanac Behind
  81. Gilla Band, Most Normal
  83. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, World Record
  84. Stormzy, This Is What I Mean
  85. Pusha T, It’s Almost Dry
  86. Sea Moss, Seamoss2
  87. Flume, Palaces
  88. Max Richter, The New Four Seasons, Vivaldi Recomposed
  89. John Luther Adams, Houses of the Wind
  90. Why Bother? Lacerated Nights
  91. Why Bother? Lovers and Addicts
  92. Why Bother? There Are Such Things
  93. Honey Dijon, Black Girl Magic
  94. The Armed, Ultrapop (Live)
  95. Al Qasar, Who Are We?
  96. Astrophysics, Selected & Tragic
  97. Hatis Noit, Himbrimi
  98. Grace Davidson, Sacred Chants
  99. Florist, Florist
  100. Bubble Tea and Cigarettes, There’s Nothing but Pleasure
  101. Thee Oh Sees, A Foul Form See the source image
  102. Post Malone, Twelve Carat Toothache
  103. Kali Malone, Living Torch
  104. Yard Act, The Overload
  105. black midi, Hellfire
  106.  S. G. Goodman, Teeth Marks
  107. Agender, No Nostalgia
  108. David Bowie, Toy
  109. Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Boy Named If
  110. Julie Cooper, Continuum
  111. Jake Blount, The New Faith
  112. Young Jesus, Shepherd Head
  113. The Weeknd, Dawn FM
  114. DJ Khaled, God Did
  115. Lucrecia Dalt, ¡Ay!
  116. Automatic, Excess
  117. Zeal & Ardor, Zeal & Ardorgeta
  118. The Beths, Expert in a Dying Field
  119. J Zunz, Del Aire
  120. Kelly Lee Owens, LP.8
  121. Park Jiha, The Gleam
  122. The Crystal Method, The Trip Out
  123. The Crystal Method, The Trip Out (Remixes)
  124. Raymond Byron, Bond Wire Cur See the source image
  125. Lacing, Never
  126. Bella Poarch, Dolls
  127. Chat Pile, God’s Country
  128. Organ Tapes, 唱着那无人问津的歌谣
  129. Sonic Youth, In/Out/In
  130. Editrix II: Editrix Goes To Hell
  131. Jack White, Entering Heaven Alive
  132. Wasted, Modern Lie
  133. Jack White, Fear of the Dawn
  134. FKA Twigs. CAPRISONGS
  135. Hammered Hulls, Careening
  136. Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries Remixes
  137. Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries III
  138. Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries II
  139. Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries I
  140. Klein, Star in the Hood
  141. Klein, Ghost Frontiers
  142. Locrian, Ghost Frontiers
  143. Locrian, New Catastrophism
  144. Billy Idol, The Cage
  145. Masonna & Prurient, Annihilationism
  146. Prurient, Creationist
  147. Boris, W
  148. TV Priest, My Other People
  149. Spider God, Black Renditions See the source image
  150. Elaine Howley, Silent Talk
  151. Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Cheat Codes
  152. Pussy Riot, Matriarchy Now
  153. Upchuck, Sense Yourself
  154. Stereolab, Pulse of the Early Brain
  155. Pixies, Doggerel
  156. Orville Peck, Bronco
  157. Denzel Curry, Melt My Eyez See Your Future
  158. Shove, Shove 2
  159. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down
  160. Midnight Oil, Resist
  161. Demi Lovato, Holy Fvck
  162. Ocean Child, Songs of Yoko One, Various Artists
  163. Caroline Shaw, Evergreen
  164. Diamanda Galás, Broken Gargoyles
  165. The A’s, Fruit
  166. Raum, Daughter
  167. Snooper, Town Topic
  168. Free Time, Jangle Jargon
  169. Tunnel, Vanilla
  170. Florenece + the Machine, Dance Fever
  171. Caterina Barbieri, Spirit Exit
  172. Linda Ayupuka, God Created Everything
  173. Sahel Sounds, Music from Saharan WhatsApp
  174. Jana Horn, Optimism
  175. Beth Orton, Weather Alive
  176. Hudson Mohawke, Cry Sugar
  177. Weak Signal, War & War
  178. Honningbama, Animorphis
  179. Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci, Winds, Bells, Falls
  180. Christian Lee Hutson, Quitters
  181. Conan Gray, Superache
  182. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Let’s Turn It Into Sound
  183. Pan Amsterdam, Eat
  184. More Ease & Claire Rousay, Never Stop Texting Me
  185. Joan Shelley, The Spur
  186. See the source imagePhil & The Tiles, Phil & The Tiles
  187. Alt J, The Dream
  188. Sault, Air
  189. Spoon, Lucifer on the Sofa
  190. Spoon, Lucifer on the Moon
  191. Sofie Birch & Antonina Nowacka, Languoria
  192. The Casual Dots, Sanguine Truth
  193. NOBRO, Live Your Truth Shred Some Gnar
  194. Emmanuelle Parrenin, Targala, la maison qui n’en est pas une
  195. Living Hour, Someday is Today
  196. Doechii, she/her/black bitch
  197. Incapacitants, As Loud as Possible
  198. King Hannah, I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me
  199. Metric, Formentera
  200. Katie Alice Greer, Barbarism
  201. Julian Eastman, Joy Boy Vol 2
  202. Muna, Muna
  203. Mabe Fratti, Se Ve Desde Aqui
  204. Stabat Mater: Tallis, Dowland, Byrd, von Bingen and Ruiz del Corra
  205. ArrDee, Pier Pressure
  206. Craig Finn, A Legacy of Rentals
  207. Mdou Moctar, Afrique Refait
  208. Pool Kids, Pool Kids Stream LYZZA music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on  SoundCloud
  209. Seth Kasselman, Analogous Fools
  210. Lyzza, Mosquito
  211. The Suffers, I’m Not Afraid
  212. Sniffany & the Nits, The Unscratchable Itch
  213. Red Gaze, Healing Games
  214. Beach House, Once Twice Melody
  215. CMAT, If My Wife New I’d Be Dead
  216. Gang of Youths, Angels in Realtime
  217. SCUDFM, Innit
  218. Blood Incarnation, Timewave Zero
  219. Rolo Tomassi, Where Myth Becomes Memory
  220. Courting, Guitar Music
  221. Bill Orcutt, Music for Four Guitars
  222. Cordae, From a Birs Eye View
  223. Otoboke Beaver, Super Champon
  224. Maria BC, Hyaline
  225. Camp Cope, Running with the Hurricane
  226. Mary Lattimore and Paul Sukeena, West Kensington
  227. Cheryl B. Engelhardt, The Passenger
  228. Lalalar, Bi Cinnete Bakar
  229. Kee Avil, Create
  230. Pan Daijing, Tissues
  231. The Chats, Get F***ed
  232. renforshort, dear amelia
  233. Ben Lukas Boysen, Clarion
  234. Black Country, New Road, Ants From Up Here
  235. Big Joanie, Back Home
  236. Barre Phillips & György Kürtág Jr., Face à Face
  237. Concerto Mediterraneo, Sixteen Seasons
  238. Shamir, Heterosexuality
  239. Horsegirl, Versions of Modern Performance
  240. Lamb of God, Omens
  241. Young Prisms, Drifter
  242. Whatever the Weather, Whatever the Weather
  243. Whatever the Weather, Beats in Space 012
  244. The Soft Pink Truth, Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This?
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  245. Joey Bada$$, 2000
  246. 200 Stab Wounds, Slave to the Scalpel
  247. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Return of the Dream Canteen
  248. Sam Prekop and John McEntire, Sons of
  249. Destroyer, Labyrinthhitis
  250. A Place to Bury Strangers, See Through You
  251. Show Me the Body, Trouble the Water
  252. Linda Smith, Love Songs for Laughs
  253. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Omnium Gatherum
  254. Armani Caesar, The Liz 2
  255. Pedro the Lion, Havasu
  256. Ty Segall, Hello, Hi
  257. Dawn Richard, Pigments
  258. Arooj Aftab, Vulture Prince
  259. TSVI & Loraine James, Gloom
  260. Debit, The Long Count
  261. Boris, Split
  262. Peppadavid13, Iannis Xenakis: Electroacoustic WorksSee the source image
  263. Jitwam, Third
  264. Sam Henshaw, Untidy Soul
  265. Gavilán Rayna Russom, Trans Feminist Symphony
  266. Katie Dey, Forever Music
  267. Tanya Tagaq, Tounges
  268. Spread Joy, II
  269. Pigeon Pit, Feather River Canyon Blues
  270. Claire Rousay, Everything Perfect Is Already Here
  271. Kendraplex, Two Rivers
  272. Pup, The Unravelling of Puptheband
  273. William Basinski & Janek Schaster, “…On Reflection”
  274. Cat Power, Covers
  275. Beechwood, Sleep Without Dreaming
  276. Trupa Trupa, B Flat A
  277. Johann Johannsson, Drone Mass
  278. Bright Eyes, Letting Off the Happiness: A Companion
  279. Alex Cameron, Oxy Music
  280. Alex G, God Save the Animals
  281. Avril Lavigne, Love Sux
  282. Guerilla Toes, Famously Alive
  283. Leikeli47: Shape Up
  284. Meat Wave, Malign Hex
  285. Hinako Omori, A Journey
  286. SOAK, If I never know you like this again
  287. Eli Winter, Eli Winter
  288. Che Noir, Food for Thought
  289. Summer of Soul Soundtrack
  290. Juile Doiron & Dany Placard, Julie & Dany
  291. Yungchen Lhamo, Awakening
  292. Springtime, Night Raver
  293. Ezmeralda, En Átomos Volando
  294. The Weather Station, How Is It that I Should Look at the Stars
  295. Sun Ra and His Arkestra, Media Dreams
  296. RiskR, Staring Aimlessly Into the Sea’s Heart
  297. Interpol, The Other Side of Make-Believe
  298. Polyphia, Remember That You Will Die
  299. Broadcast, Mother is the Mily Way
  300. Sharon Van Etten, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
  301. Black Dresses, Forget Your Own Face See the source image
  302. Sofie Birch, Holotropica
  303. Quelle Chris, Deathflame
  304. Max Richter, Max Ukulele
  305. Anna Tivel, Outsiders
  306. Cypress Hill, Back in Black
  307. Beast Nest, Sicko
  308. Pan American, The Patience Fader
  309. Chronophage, Chronophage
  310. Croatian Armor, Remember Rainbow Bridge
  311. Max Richter, My Brilliant Friend
  312. Ryuichi Sakamoto, Exception
  313. Straw Man Army, Sos
  314. Julmud, Tuqoos
  315. Anouar Kaddour Cherif, Djawla 3 Stars: A good listen, not a heavy rotation.
  316. Sweet Knives, Spirtzerita
  317. Sea Power, Everything Was Forever
  318. Malibu, Palaces of Pity
  319. Alvayys, Blue Rev
  320. SZA, SOS
  321. Amber Mark, Three Dimensions Deep
  322. Run the Jewels, RTJ Quatro See the source image
  323. Starcrawler, She Said
  324. RZA, Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes
  325. Sun Ra Arkestra, Living Sky
  326. Muse, Will of the People
  327. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Summer
  328. Foals, Life is Yours
  329. Bartees Strange, Farm to Table
  330. The Waterboys, All Souls Hill
  331. Drake & 21 Savage, Her Loss
  332. Mizmor, Wit’s End
  333. Just Mustard, Heart Under
  334. Placebo, Never Let Go
  335. ELUCID, I Told Bessie
  336. The Linda Lindas, Growing Up
  337. The Mountain Goats, Bleed Out
  338. Jarv is, This is Going to Hurt
  339.  Rival Consoles, Now Is
  340. Kevin Morby, This is a Photograph
  341. Goatwhore, Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven
  342. Black Eyed Peas, Elevation See the source image
  343. Mobley, Cry Havoc
  344. Kiwi Jr, Chopper
  345. Boldy James & Real Bad Man, Killing Nothing
  346. Mykki Blanco, Stay Close to Music
  347. The Stroppies, Levity
  348. Orion Sun, Getaway
  349. Omar Apollo, Ivory
  350. Green/Blue, Paper Thin
  351. Sonja, Loud Arriver
  352. Maggie Rogers, Surrender
  353. Undirheimar, Vardlokkur
  354. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Made in Timeland
  355. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Changes
  356. Biosphere, Shortwave Memories
  357. Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer, Recordings From the Åland Islands
  358. Mydreamfever, Rough and Beautiful Place
  359. Lets Eat Grandma, Two Ribbons
  360. Nia Archives, Forbidden Feelingz
  361. Kendra Morris, Nine Lives
  362. Empath, Visitor
  363. Flume, Palaces the Remixes
  364. Momma, Household Name
  365. Molly Nilsson, Extreme
  366. Stella Donnelly, Flood
  367. Oren Ambarchi, Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin, Ghosted
  368. Sasami, Squeeze
  369. Daphni, Cherry
  370. Karate, The Bed is in the Ocean
  371. Mo Dotti, Guided Imagery See the source image
  372. Ty Segall, Whirlybird
  373. Cass McCombs, Heartmind
  374. Glorilla, Anyways, Life’s Great
  375. They Hate Change, Finally New
  376. Rammstein, Zeit
  377. Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul, Topical Dancer
  378. Jenny Hval, Classic Objects
  379. Drive by Truckers, Welcome 2 Club XIII
  380. Rick Ross, Richer Than I Ever Been
  381. Future, I Never Liked You
  382. Vince Staples, Ramona Park Broke My Heart
  383. Mint Julep, Covers
  384. Arcade Fire, We
  385. Dreamville, J. Cole, D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape
  386. Anais Mitchell, Anais Mitchell
  387. The Lumineers, BRIGHTSIDE
  388. Palace, Shoals
  389. Yumi Zouma, Present Tense
  390. The Reds, Pinks, and Purples, Summer at Land’s End
  391. Mitski, Lauren Hill See the source image
  392. Earl Sweatshirt, SICK!
  393. Sleaford Mods, Live at Nottz Arena
  394. Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
  395. Hurray for the Riff Raff, Life on Earth
  396. Oso Oso, sore thumb
  397. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Toast
  398. Belle and Sabastian, A Bit of Previous
  399. Soccer Mommy, Sometimes, Forever
  400. Black Keys, Dropout Boogie
  401. Vince Staples, Ramona Park Broke My Heart
  402. Romero, Turn It On
  403. Roedelius & Tim Story, 4 Hands
  404. Nyokabi Kariuki, peace places: kenyan memories
  405. Nilüfer Yanya, Painless
  406. Camila Cabello, Familia
  407. Ryan Cassata & Rillakill, Everything Changed
  408. Big Nothing, Dog Hours
  409. Stromae, Multitude
  410. Undeath, It’s Time… To Rise from the Grave
  411. Messa, Close
  412. Bonobo, Fragments
  413. Carmen Villain, The Midnight Demon Club
  414. Ravyn Lanae, Hypnos
  415. Galcher Lustwerk, 100% Galcher
  416. Nicfit, Fuse
  417. Logic, Vinyl Days
  418. Scuti, Intoxication
  419. Jeff Tobias, Recurring Dream See the source image
  420. Partner Look, By the book
  421. Colin Hay, Now and the Evermore
  422. Charlie XCX, Crash
  423. Namir Blade, Metropolis
  424. Dean Hamilton, Limina
  425. Krallice, Crystalline Exhaustion
  426. Grace Ives, Janky Star
  427. Shinichi Atobe, Love of Plastic
  428. 2 Chainz, Dope Don’t Sell Itself
  429. Father John Misty, Chloë and the Next 20th Century 2 stars: I am not sure what happened here, but something went wrong,
  430.  The 1975: Being Funny in a Foreign Language See the source image
  431. A-ha, True North
  432. Simple Minds, Direction of the Heart
  433. Abba, Voyage
  434. Fishbach, Avec les yeux
  435. Cate Le Bon, Pompeii
  436. Superchunk, Wild Loneliness
  437. Véhémence, Ordalies1 Star: Turn around now, don’t listen. You can’t unhear what you have heard
  438. Gunna, Drip Season 4ever
  439. Bladdee & Ecco2K, Crest
  440. Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
  441. The Smile, A Light for Attracting Attention
  442. Jack Harlow, Come Home the Kids Miss You
  443. AWOLNATION, My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers & Me
  444. Bruce Springsteen, Only the Strong Survive

Top 100 Running Songs of 2022

In 2022 races came back, everyone put out an album, and the world moved again.

If you need some music to move to, here are my 100 favorite running songs of the year.

Listen to the playlist at https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/2022-running-songs/pl.u-zPyLl4YseBV6MdB

  1. Better Each Day, NOBRO
  2. Wicked & Bad, Bob Vylan
  3. Jackie Down The Line, Fontaines D.C.
  4. Yada Yada, The Suffers
  5. Chaise Longue, Wet Leg
  6. Hoodie Girl, June Jones
  7. LL Cool J, Leikeli47
  8. Fate of the World, RZA & DJ Scratch
  10. 2p Machine, Francis Lung
  11. Birthday Party, Porridge Radio
  12. Happy Birthday Forever, Tess Parks
  13. Pink (Freak), Elliot Lee
  14. I Want A Woman, Teri Gender Bender
  15. Want Want, Maggie Rogers
  16. Abomination, Shamir
  17. I Choose to Live, Brittany Davis
  18. No Small Thing, Tears for Fears
  19. HOLD ON, YOU BELONG (People Like Us), Ryan Cassata & Hello Noon
  20. Highest Bidder, Fantastic Negrito
  21. Dreamin Of The Past (feat. Kanye West), Pusha T
  22. Auntie Diaries, Kendrick Lamar
  23. American Freestyle, quinn
  24. Rise Above (feat. BERWYN), Ibeyi
  25. Awal (feat. Lee Ranaldo), Al-Qasar
  26. Unholy, Sam Smith & Kim Petras
  27. Post Punk, The Crystal Method, Hyper & Iggy Pop
  28. Kick Me, Danny Elfman & Iggy Pop
  29. Punk Rock Loser, Viagra Boys
  30. Fight for Our Lives (feat. Janey Starling), Petrol Girls
  31. Woah Life Wow, Agender
  32. Work Until I Die, S.G. Goodman
  33. Rich, Yard Act
  34. Chinese Rocks, Why Bother?
  35. Honest Living, Meat Wave
  36. Esperanto, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul
  37. Kind of Girl, MUNA
  38. let you down (feat. Jake Bugg), renforshort & Jake Bugg
  39. Chicken Wings, Samm Henshaw
  40. you in everything, Gang of Youths
  41. Happy Hour, Romero
  42. Here Ever After, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  43. Brother the Cloud, Eddie Vedder
  44. Shinigami Eyes, Grimes
  45. Darkside, Amber Mark
  46. Queen of Ice (feat. Dizzy) [Pet Shop Boys 7″ Mix], Claptone & Pet Shop Boys
  47. Sandwich Sharer, illuminati hotties
  48. 50ft Queenie (Live at Ivy Room), Year of the Fist
  49. I’m Afraid of Americans V1, David Bowie
  50. Superstar, Beach House
  51. Nashville, CMAT
  52. ETA, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & Anderson .Paak
  53. KitKat, Scuti
  54. A Well-Made Woman, King Hannah
  55. House, Sweet Knives
  56. Run, Zeal & Ardor
  57. Mermaid Airplane, Guerilla Toss
  58. Hey Hey Rise Up (feat. Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox), Pink Floyd
  59. Pardon?, Otoboke Beaver
  60. GP, Lelo
  61. More, Rachel Bobbitt
  62. The Foundations of Decay, My Chemical Romance
  63. Game Time, Boldy James & Real Bad Man
  64. Atura o Baile (The World Is Yours To Take) [feat. Lil Baby] [Funk Remix / Budweiser Anthem Of The FIFA World Cup 2022], Tears for Fears, Mano Brown, L7nnon & Papatinho
  65. ESCAPE (feat. Kučka), Flume & QUIET BISON
  66. Ketamine (Ultrapop Remix), Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum & The Armed
  67. Don’t Be So Hard on Your Own Beauty, yeule
  68. (Herman’s) House, Special Interest
  69. The City Has Sex (Companion Version), Bright Eyes
  70. Come & Go, ArrDee
  71. Forever Chemicals, Placebo
  72. no chants, Joe Rainey
  73. The Real, The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  74. Porta one (feat. RZA), Logic
  75. Life Is Yours, Foals
  76. Poor People, Weak Signal
  77. Jigsaw, Conan Gray
  78. Be My Enemy, THE BOBBY LEES
  79. FLAG (Feel Like a Girl), Coach Party
  80. I Think I Love You, Osaka Popstar
  81. Stepping Off Too Quick (Not About To Die) [6th Demo], Wire
  82. Communion, Che Noir
  83. Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince, Tianna Esperanza
  84. Old Wisdom, Pedro the Lion
  85. Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 “L’estate”: I. Allegro non molto, Alessandro Quarta, Concerto Mediterraneo & Gianna Fratta
  86. Parables (Remix) [feat. Eminem], Cordae
  87. Why, Chat Pile
  88. Story of the Century, Ty Segall
  89. 6L GTR, The Chats
  90. Arena of Blood, Thee Oh Sees
  91. Hata Benim Göbek Adim, Lalalar
  92. I Wanna Hold Your Electric Hand, Oneida
  93. More Than It Hurts You, The Front Bottoms
  94. New Beginning, Automatic
  95. Roadkill, Starcrawler
  96. Running From The Ghost, Billy Idol
  97. Nomatterday, Pixies
  98. French Lessons, Mykki Blanco, ANOHNI & Kelsey Lu
  99. Get Deluded, The Cool Greenhouse
  100. Sainted, Big Joanie

CBus Marathon 2022

Athlete? Am I one of those?

Sometimes you just have to push through the pain.

The conditions for the 2022 Columbus Marathon were ideal. It was cool and overcast in the morning, which meant not having to run a full day under the sun. About three hours later the sun came out and made it a beautiful day. My friend Sean Martin ran with me the whole way, making the miles pass much more quickly. His wife Julie chased us around on her bike and fed us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Poptarts.

Despite a perfect day, a marathon is hard.

The first 18 miles of this race were rather effortless. My goal was to average 13 minutes and 30 seconds per mile, but I ran each of the first six miles at less than 13 minutes per mile. I saw friends around the course, bands played, I high fived with kids, and lived out the Team Possum instruction of making new friends. I listened to a playlist with songs from every year I have been alive and enjoyed the jams.

Despite all of that, a marathon is hard.

My body felt good for 18 miles, but unfortunately a marathon is 26.2 (actually today’s was 26.5). I did a good job of managing food and nutrition, but everything hurt and my body wanted to stop (or at least walk). Despite the pain, I kept putting one foot in front of the other. My pace in the last three miles dropped, but to the pace I initially planned on running for the whole day.

After weaving through the neighborhoods of Upper Arlington, we headed back toward downtown Columbus. Soon we were back among familiar areas and crowds. With a half mile to go I turned to a runner I met on the course, because we had been passing each other back and forth for much of the race, and said “let’s finish this.”

We crossed the finish line strong. My average pace for the race was 13 minutes per mile flat, 30 seconds per mile faster than my goal. I had hoped to finish under six hours and I finished under 5:45.

My ultimate running goal for any race is not as much about time as effort. I want to know I gave it everything I had, no matter what the clock says. Today, I accomplished that. I poured it all out there and couldn’t ask for more.

Flag City Backyard Ultra

For years I have been fascinated by the backyard ultra race format, created by Lazarus Lake. In these events, competitors have an hour to run a loop. And then, an hour to run the loop again. And then, an hour to run the loop again. This continues until there is only one runner left standing.

I recently saw a Facebook post for such a race, the Flag City Backyard Ultra in Findlay, Ohio. This version featured a 4.3 mile loop around a reservoir. Twenty-two runners went out at 8:00am and had an hour to get back in the circle and start again at 9:00am.

I knew going into this race I would not be competitive. Two years ago, I could’ve run an ultra length distance. I haven’t run more than 13.1 miles this year. As we were setting up for the run, the person next to me shared he had once run 222 miles in one event. I was the second oldest runner, am still carrying around extra weight, and building back my conditioning. This would be a training run for me.

Runners navigate this kind of course differently. Some run as fast as they can in order to give themselves time to rest before the next go at the top of the hour. Others run slow to finish just before the next lap to keep moving.

I was shocked that I was the only person using the second technique. By the end of the first mile of each loop I could no longer see the person ahead of me. I was the last person to finish each of the first three loops and only made it back into the starting corral circle with seconds to spare for the fourth go.

A little over a mile in to the fourth lap, the wheels fell off. It was hot, humid, my legs were cramping, my endurance was spent. I thought about turning back around, knowing it was closer to get back to the start that way, than to continue three more miles on the loop. But I kept pushing forward. I continually tried to resume running and my calves continued to cramp. I knew I would not make the hour time cutoff but I kept pushing the best I could. As I approached the finish line, Public Enemy’s “Welcome to the Terrordome” played in my ears and I managed just over a 12-minute mile pace for the last third of a mile.

All told, my feet traveled 16.9 miles, the farthest in a long time. By the time I finished, only six runners remained on the course. In many ways I gave it all I had and I am proud of that effort.

Darby Creek Bison 10K

Sometimes you find the race. Sometimes the race finds you.

I guess.

I went to Battelle Darby Metro Park on a Saturday morning simply planning to run some of my favorite trails. I saw signs that a 10K was happening. I walked over to the event and asked when the race was starting, they said 20 minutes. What timing.

Since I didn’t know about this event, I hadn’t registered. Then I realized it was an Ohio River Road Runners Club race. This is a group I have been a member of and run in many of their races. I also quickly saw several friends and Team Possum members I hadn’t seen since COVID. A great impromptu happening.

The course was familiar. I had run this same exact path a month earlier for the FLIP 10K. Except, in that race I missed a turn and ran a four-mile 10K and DNFd. This time I successfully followed the course.

I did not set any speed records. In fact, I ran this same race four years ago and did so three minutes per mile faster. But it was great to run with old and new friends. So good to be back.

African American Male Wellness 5K

Last year the African American Male Wellness 5K was the first race I ran after bouncing off a car. I don’t know what got into me that day, but I got a burst of energy that propelled me beyond expectation. A year later, I don’t think I have run that fast since.

This year, the African American Male Wellness 5K happened on my birthday. Last year, it was striking how this event of shared values and partners happened less than a mile from the church and we didn’t have a presence. This year Church and Community Development for All People were out in force. The church tabled with the Healthy Eating and Living program. Not only did we share the opportunities we provide, but 18 or so of our people participated in the walk/run.

For me, I did not run as fast as last year, but I ran a double loop. In an effort to increase my endurance, I ran the course twice propelled by great crowds, the drumming of Greg Pearson, and a great event. I flirted with the idea of a third loop, but the remnants of COVID weariness disavowed me of any such notions. Nonetheless, a great way to start a birthday.

Hilltop U.S.A. 5K

It is tough not to be able to run with the speed and strength that I had before bouncing off a car.

The Hilltop 5K course is my PR course. On a day when I didn’t particularly expect it, I ran a PR with my Possum friends back in 2019.

That was not today.

With my body still building back strength and carrying extra weight, I knew that was not possible.

But it was good to be back on this familiar Camp Chase trail. When the race started I fumbled with my phone and thought to myself, it feels like a swamp out here. Perhaps not as bad as Florida, but a 5K in July nonetheless.

My A Goal was to break 30 minutes. After a slow start, I was chasing that down. But at two and a half miles in my stomach was unhappy. I thought I was going to puke. I didn’t, but in walking a bit I missed that goal. Next, I hoped to finish in under a 10 minute mile pace. When I saw the finish line I broke into a spirit and finished with a pace of 9:58.

While not hitting my top goal it was great to be back amongst the runners and we raised almost $3,000 for Hilltop veterans.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Something inside so strong…

First on the First

A year ago at this time I was on the couch with a broken arm and broken leg after getting hit-and-run by a car on Christmas Eve. While I lay on the couch, January 1st of 2021, my neighbor Cathy ran the “First on the First 5K” for me.

Today, we ran the race together on a wet morning.

825 people had nothing better to do on a New Year’s Day morning but to gather in the rain and run three miles through Westerville neighborhoods.

I spent 2021 recuperating from the accident. During the last year I didn’t keep track of how many miles I ran or how long it took me to complete them. I just tried to work my way back.

Today is the beginning of being back. It was not a particularly fast run, we averaged close to 11:00 minute miles. My weight is 30 pounds more than this time last year. But I strapped on my Garmin watch for the first time in a long time and took the first steps to being back as a runner.

We were hoping to set a new PR for Cathy but missed that by 20 seconds (making the last mile uphill didn’t help that).

It rained so much I couldn’t see out of my glasses, but it is good to be back.

I am not sure what races I will run this year. COVID has made organized, in person races uncertain. But today I begin the journey of running 2,022 miles this year–only 2,019 to go!

Photo by Robb McCormick Photography http://www.robbmccormick.com ©2021