Shredding to the music

19 Oct, 2009

Whether it’s listening to music on the mountain or in the car before you hit the slopes, music in snowboarding can get your heartbeat pumped up for what’s to come that day.  It can distract us from our thoughts as we hit a rail to dial in that trick or it can keep us from being lonely on a day of riding alone.  Music shouldn’t completely zone you out since every rider should be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for listening to outside sounds when you need them, but music can spice up a day of riding just when you need it.
This year I upgraded to an IPOD nano 8GB after mine magically disappeared at Mt Hood, it was a bummer to see it go but I should have kept an eye on it better.  For headphones, I am trying out siege ear cannons this year and I also have skullcandy headphones to listen to music with.  For me I prefer to wear music when I’m riding alone especially in the halfpipe because it mellows me out or pumps me up.  Generally when I’m with friends I try not to wear headphones so I can talk while riding and stay in communication without worrying about missing a joke or the next spot to meet.
I’ve just started to acquire songs from this years snowboard films and will continue to add more in the next couple weeks.   I really appreciate websites like Rider Tunes that show what music is in the latest films and which are on itunes.

Here’s my current snowboarding playlist:

  • Alice in Videoland – Going Down
  • Architecture in Helsinki – Frenchy I’m Faking
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive  – Let it Ride
  • Ladytron – Seventeen
  • MGMT – Kids
  • Heart of Palm – Stand Back Up
  • T.I. – Whatever you like
  • TeddyBears – Punkrocker
  • Scott Sulivan – Calling for the dissolution
  • Miike Snow – Animal
  • MGMT – Time to Pretend
  • Weezer – Troublemaker
  • Kid Cudi – Day n’ nite
  • Busta Rhymes – I love my Bitch
  • CSS – Off the Hook
  • Felix Da Housecat – Ready 2 wear
  • The Doobie Brothers – Listen to the music
  • MGMT – Electric Feel
  • Flogging Molly – Black Friday Rule
  • TV on the Radio – Wolf like me
  • Le Tigre – Deceptacon
  • Silversun Pickups – Rusted Wheel
  • Spoon – Turn my camera on
  • The Grass Roots – Lets Live for Today
  • The Faint – Agenda Suicide
  • Caesars – Jerk it Out
  • Teddybears Stockholm – Yours to keep
  • Teddybears – Punkrocker
  • The Verve – Lucky Man
  • M83 – We Own the Sky
  • Tokyo Police Club – Nature of the Experiment
  • Beck – Volcano
  • The Raveonettes – Love in a Trashcan
  • Spoon – The Underdog
  • Dinosaur Jr – Budge
  • The Knife – Heartbeats
  • Primal Scream – Can’t Go Back

Each season I look for music to add to my current ipod collection and most come from a mix of snowboard films and purchased off itunes but I want to know what your “riding to” music collection is?

What songs are in your head when you are riding or even songs that get you pumped up for riding?  Let’s use this post and comments to find out what other shredders are listening to and see if we can add them to our own personal shredding tunes collection.

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  1. October 19, 2009

    sweet playlist!! Aside from many of the musicians you’ve listed, here are some additional bands/ artists I have prepped for the ride, both on and off the mountain.

    The Prodigy
    The Raveonettes
    Passion Pit

  2. Steve
    October 19, 2009

    Nice playlist! I listen to music every time I go boarding, I usually just leave a headphone out and the volume fairly low so I can hear whats going on around me.

    Closure in Moscow – “Sweet#hart”

    Atmosphere – “Can’t Break”

    Justice – “D.A.N.C.E. (Feat. Mos Def and Spank Rock) (Benny Blanco Remix)

  3. laz167
    October 19, 2009

    No Misfits? Definately an Ipod must have. Black Sabbath,Bad Brains old school hip hop..but no

  4. Ali
    October 19, 2009

    That is a nice collection I have a lot of those song on my IPOD as well. One band that I really like is ‘The Ark’ they had the first song in MDPs ‘Picture This’ called ‘One of us is gonna die young.’ They have a lot of other great songs that will pump you up for the next run.

  5. October 19, 2009

    Yeah, I agree with Ali–good list, and now I have some new music to check out! I love MGMT and The Knife. I’d add Beastie Boys, Girl Talk and Simian Mobile Disco. You have to be listening to good music on the drive, otherwise it can be so blah.

  6. sevendays
    October 19, 2009

    Watch out this colab playlist!!!

    Everyone is free to add songs!

  7. October 19, 2009

    New music to add, thanks! One suggestion – any music from Ronald Jenkees. His album, “Disoriented Fun” will be my go-to list of songs to snowboard with.

  8. lee durfee
    October 19, 2009

    im not gonna lie about this and act all indie or that i listen to the new band no one has heard of yet. and im not saying that everyone else does but the songs that i like most in the pipe or out with friends are pop songs. uggghh there i said it. things like brittney and justin, even some beyonce. hell neil diamond is even in there cause nothing is harder than diamond baby!!
    gonna add some stevie wonder after hearing it at karaoke on sat the way, burtner and mccarthy kill it when laying down the jams at karaoke. lol

  9. JT
    October 19, 2009

    I’m all over the place with my tunes. I am currently spending a lot of time listening to:

    Criteria : Any Album
    Tokio Hotel: Humanoid
    Anberlin: All albums
    AFI: Crash Love
    Time Tells All: Time Tells All

    and a whole bunch more….

  10. Erlantz
    October 19, 2009

    Elvis Presley: Burning love
    The Jacksons Five: I want you back
    The Who: Baba O Riley
    Dead Kennedys: Moon over Marin

  11. Deciblast
    October 19, 2009

    Ill-Esha – Tar Paper Landscapes
    Ill-Esha – Whoompcast
    edIT – Crying Over Pros for No Reason
    Of Porcelain – A Southern Summer’s Breeze
    Jay-Z – Blueprint III
    Ratatat – Ratatat
    PANTYRAiD – Mixtape v5
    Frankmusik – Complete Me
    Fake Blood – Essential Mix
    Teenage Love Graffiti Soundtrack

  12. October 19, 2009

    The Rome Thompson jacket has the best ipod control by far- I used it all last season and it is so easy to use- just a small toggle switch on the forearm that you can press down to pause when you hit the lift line and simple up and down for volume and left and right for next song. It is so great!

    PatMill and SoGnar have a good FREE mixtape for some new music to shred to.

  13. Steven Ness
    October 19, 2009

    Afghan Wigs – Rebirth of The Cool
    Beck- Que Honde Guero (What’s Up White Boy)
    Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
    Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
    Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up to Dry
    Cold War Kids – Something Is Not Right With Me
    The Cribs – Our Bovine Public
    The Dodos – The Season
    Imperial Teen – Ivanka
    Kings of Leone – Genius
    The Minutemen – This Ain’t No Picnic
    The Minutemen – Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
    Okerville River – Unless It Kicks
    Television – See No Evil
    The Walkmen – The Rat
    Wolf Parade – Shine A Light
    The Roots – Sacrifice
    Wu Tang Clan – Ghost Dog
    Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

  14. schmeiske
    October 19, 2009

    I have an huge playlist for shredding and tons of varieties of music in them, but here are some great bands for gettin down that haven’t already been mentioned.

    Matt & Kim, Au Revoir Simone, The Rural Alberta Advantage, MSTRKRFT, Soulwax, Animal Collective, Junior Boys, Flying Lotus, No Age, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Friendly Fires, Iron Maiden (yeah, I said it), and k-os.

    There are a lot more where that came from, but I decided to keep it limited. Oh, and good call on Miike Snow, that album is gooood (but the interweb remixes of a lot of those songs are better).

  15. steven
    October 19, 2009


    teenage love graffiti soundtrack is a must

  16. Brek Leines
    October 19, 2009

    on resort mobbin around and having fun its all about the beats:

    Method man and redman blackout 1 and 2
    lil wayne
    rick ross
    the knux
    busta rhymes
    and more…

    For pow and in the trees goodness:
    redhot chile peppers
    queens of the stoneage
    and a few more that ive blanked out on

    Always rock the ipod shuffle 2 gb

    Small and durable and easly workable with gloves on…or mits

  17. Carl Hungus
    October 20, 2009

    Riding tunes are not the same as car tunes, or serious listening tunes for me. Not everything is on itunes, sadly, some is out of print. Most of it is either big beats or just uplifting in a pretty kind of way.

    Leftfield-Swords, Africa Shox
    (works for surfing too)–Gs6gLRk

    Prodigy-Diesel Power, and most of Fat of the Land
    Bowery Electric-Empty Words, Freedom Fighter, Shook Ones
    Chemical Brothers: Block Rockin Beats, Let Forever Be
    Crystal Method-Trip Like I do, Busy Child, High Roller, Keep Hope Alive
    Massive Attack-I Against I (w Mos Def), Future Proof
    Bomb the Bass-Black River (w Mark Lanegan)
    Mark Lanegan w SoulSavers- Revival
    The Cult-She Sells Sanctuary
    Dalek-Ever Somber
    Outkast-Hey Ya
    M83-Teen Angst, We Own the Sky, Moonchild, Run into Flowers
    Billy Idol-Dancing with Myself
    Aphex Twin-The Waxen Pith
    Arcwelder-And then Again
    Main-Spectra Decay
    The Melvins-Safety Third
    My Bloody Valentine-Soon
    Music for a Found Harmonium-Penguin Cafe Orchestra (end of Napoleon Dynamite)
    Plastikman-Konception, Outbak
    Police-Everything She does is Magic, De Do Do Do
    Primal Scream-Higher than the Sun
    Project Pale-Driving these Icy Roads
    Prong-Snap your Fingers
    Public Enemy-Lost at Birth, Bring Tha Noize, She Watch Channel Zero
    Slayer-Angel of Death
    Rhythm of Snow-Getting closer to an Unknown Goal
    Ride-Leave Them All Behind
    Swans- Blood Section

    Guess that’s it for now

  18. October 20, 2009

    You HAVE to check this site out. The Hype machine. All the newest craziest mixes that are awesome for shredding. The Lykke Li remix for Kings of Leon “Knocked up” is insane. Same with The scanners- Low Life, LA riots remix, and Uffie- Pop the glock. Regular mix.

  19. tooscoops
    October 20, 2009

    I still have yet to set up a riding specific playlist. and my library could be called eclectic at best. but i do have to say a song will pop on that i normally wouldn’t think to put on a riding playlist, but i just goes so smoothly.

    i never would have thought classical would go well, but riding backcountry, just make sit seem that much more epic… crooners on the flats… love it, belting out bobby darin so all the skiers hear me and can clear a path so i don’t get stuck… dragonforce for when you need that puch to try dropping somewhere you normally wouldn’t.

    music is key, but my problem is losing it. if i lost my music, i don’t know what i’d do… and i’m prone to lose things.

  20. Chronic
    October 27, 2009

    A good source which lists all the tracks used in most of the Snowboard movies out there is:
    Check it out.