Post # 1
Next up on the big pre-baby to-do list is to start working on my music situation, because god help me if I were to go into labor now with my music all helter-skelter. I’d need an epidural right away just because I can’t do a damn thing without the right tunes.
When I’m running half-marathons, life starts to suck around mile 6-7 and then it REALLY sucks between miles 8-11, so I always build my race playlists so that there’s a bunch of awesome trance, drumb&bass and other electronic music playing during that stretch of time. It trances me right the f*** out so I can ignore whatever pain my body is in. Crossing my fingers hard enough to dislocate them that a similar effect can be achieved while I’m in labor.
BUT — I think I’ll be in labor a lot longer than it takes me to run 3-5 miles, wamp womp. SOOOO, I need to seriously beef up my trance music options. And this is where you come in! I’ll gladly take any recommendations at all for:
— Tracks that are amazing that I need to have and put in my playlist
— Artists/DJs that are amazing whose entire albums I should get and listen through from start to finish
— Podcasts from DJs that are absolutely amazing and should check out
— Specific episodes of podcasts that are the cream of the crop and don’t waste my time with anything else, no sir episode 589 is the one I want!
I am fully willing to pay money for albums/tracks that are worth buying!!
A few podcasts that I used to listen to that are still on my iPod are the Drum and Bass Arena Podcast, Rotation with DJ Addison, and the Nocturnal podcast with Matt Darey. But I haven’t listened to or downloaded new episodes of these podcasts in years, so of course there are now HUNDREDS of new episodes in iTunes and I’m totally overwhelmed and don’t even know where to start listening to and choosing which ones to put on the ol’ iPod.
HELP ME BEES. PRETTY PLEASE.
Post # 3
@iarebridezilla: Well, I just started really getting into this type of music and I gotta tell ya I’m really LOVING it. So far my Favorite artists are the ones below. I also posted links to the songs I have on my I pod!!
Above and Beyond
Armin Van Buuren
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVvpsC2rKqk (LOVE this one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EaE0_gQLw0 (LOVE this one too)
Post # 4
@Sweetescape1976: ah, thank you SO MUCH for sharing these!!! This genre is so huge and so much of it is very mediocre compared to the stuff that is awesome, so I knew I needed some guidance before trying to launch into finding good music on my own 🙂
Loving the Tiesto and Armin van Buuren — I think maybe I should also start a Pandora station on my phone with one of them as the start artist … then I can note whenever it plays a track I really like and add that to my list!
And I guess I need to get back to listening to some of those podcasts from back in the day. Haha maybe I can install iTunes on my work computer so I can listen to trance music while I work and save some time 😉
Post # 5
@iarebridezilla: one of my fav albums of all time is BT – Movement in Still Life. It’s an amazing journey, a sum of it’s parts. You can listen to just one song if you like but it’s the full album that is really special. Some beautiful vocals, pop your headphones on and get lost in the journey 🙂
Edit: Ugh this is the US version, can’t find the UK version for you which is much better. Skip the first two songs (too base in your face for me) and go straight to Dreaming.
But the best has to be Northern Exposure by Sasha & Digweed. Holy shit is this an album. It is the album that got me into music in the first place. You can get lost in yourself listening to this. Its amazing, another journey, perfect mix of trance & house music & the best way to lose yourself in the music.
Another classic. Transport by Paul Oakenfold. I don’t know how old you are so perhaps I’m posting things that aren’t really up your ally? These albums are from 1996 – 2000 so pretty old school when you consider music that is popular now. This album is fucking amazing and has some classics back to back (Gus Gus- Purple & Tilt vs. Paul Van Dyk- Rendezvous)
I could post about this all day. Music was my whole life and I travelled the world watching anything and everything I could. London 2000 was an amazing time for music. Many great DJ’s were playing small clubs where you might be in a room with 100 people. Today those same DJ’s play to 100,000 people at outdoor events. Just amazing.
Post # 6
@Sweetescape1976: Holy crap, are you me? Well, I started getting into this stuff back in 2005/2006. I was at Armin’s A State of Trance in Madison Square Garden this April for my 30th bday, and I will be seeing ATB in concert in October. I saw Tiesto back in like 2006 or so, and I saw Above & Beyond back in 2007. It’s seriously my favorite genre, and your choices are awesome.
@iarebridezilla: I love SweetEscape’s list, but I would also add to that:
Markus Schulz – Check out “Perception” – pure trance.
Giuseppe Otoviani – I am spotifying his new album “Magenta” like whoa.
Dash Berlin – He has amazing vocals incorporated into all his tracks if that is what you are into.
The Thrillseekers – NightMusic Volume 1 – The “B” side (think it’s called the Producer) – it’s probably my favorite non-stop trance compilation of all all time – it is basically a gorgeous symphony of EDM.
If you still need more, Richard Durand is ok as well.
Also, Tiesto’s newer stuff is nothing compared to his old stuff. If you want to hear what heaven sounds like, I recommend Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza.
Post # 7
@MrsNewDay: ah, you guys are AWESOME!!! All this stuff has been added to my list and I’m going to start listening to whatever I can right now!!
Post # 8
@MrsNewDay: Haha. Great minds think alike. 🙂 Soooo Jealous that you you got to see Tiesto. and OMG, I’m goin to see ATB in October too. I’ll be seeing him at the Palladium in Los Angeles. Sooo excited.
Post # 9
@iarebridezilla: A few more classics. I’m sure you have head of them but might have forgotten them over the years. Perfect to labor to 🙂
Massive Attack – Mezzanine. Pretty much one of my most fav comedown albums.
Morcheeba – Big Calm. Beautiful album, perfect for labor. Cuisy vocals, love it.
Portishead – Dummy. Another amazing album
Post # 10
@FauxBoho: Ah, love those classics. My hubby and I listen to those on long road trips. Portished is a personal favorite.
Love this mix:
And anything by The Crystal Method (their “Vegas” album is my favorite)
the “Fight Club” soundtrack
the “London” soudtrack (composed and mixed by TCM)
and just for kicks, the “Revolutions” album from the X-Ecutioners.
*Edited to correct a link*
Post # 11
@FauxBoho: I need to check these out! They are the more “old school” bunch – many of which were out/”famous” before I got into this genre. Thanks for these suggestions!
Post # 12
@FauxBoho: you’re the best!! Since you have such a wealth of information on the subject, I’m going to pick your brain a little. I’m more into the drum & bass side of electronic — I like my music a little bit harder 🙂 any recommendations that are more towards that side of things? I’m definitely going to make sure I have a whole giant variety of stuff with me since I don’t really know what I’m going to want to listen to, but some stiffer bass lines to focus on wouldn’t be a bad thing to me!
Post # 13
Not really trance, more on the electronica side, but if you need something more midline, I’d recommend Ratatat.
LP3 and Classics are my favourite albums 🙂
Post # 14
@iarebridezilla: You want to labor to base in your face? lol that is hilarious! I will have a think but I’m less D&B more trancy house, funky vocal mixes, breaks etc. The only D&B I’m familiar with is Goldie, Roni Size & Pendulum.
Post # 15
@FauxBoho: haha I just want to be prepared for all possibilities 🙂 The times that I have, ahem, possibly partaken in an illegal substance or two (I admit to nothing) … have all been at Drum & Bass events, so I sort of want to mimic that headspace if I can — if I actually have any desire to at the moment of labor, that is. Since I think my brain may be producing similar chemicals at the time! I’m also making a playlist of super duper hard Marilyn Manson/Korn type music too for if I REALLY need an energy boost
Post # 16
@iarebridezilla: haha yes, i know where you are coming from. I feel drum & bass might be stressful but if you must then this is a good option: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv64JhpGWAs If there is such a thing as relaxing drum & bass then this is it. Energizing/relaxing (sort of)
I personally would go the trance route. It’s called trance for a reason 😉