Half Marathon Finishing Line

A True Runner’s High

Turns out it may be endocannabinoids (like those in cannabis), not endorphins, that produce the so-called runner’s high.

Whatever the chemical compound, the result is real and it’s spectacular.

That said, I really enjoy this bit:

To survive as a species, we seem to have needed to run, and nature obligingly found ways to make this strenuous movement pleasurable by providing us with a runner’s high.

I certainly experience the runner’s high when I run or I probably wouldn’t be so inclined to keep doing it.

Here’s visual evidence from this past weekend’s half marathon.

Half Marathon Finishing Line

Half Marathon Finishing Line

If you’re still not convinced, the only way to know for sure is to lace up your shoes and go out for a run.

Running Towards Consciousness

Bruce got it, because he created Kung Fu.

Jiro gets it, because he is a sushi shokunin.

Henry gets it, because he’s a runner.

Ruben gets it, because he’s human.

I get it (and ignore it), because I’m human & I run.

There is this connection between mind & body – we call it consciousness & it reveals itself as intention – and I am BAD at being fully aware unless & until I lace up my shoes to go run.

We all struggle.
We all strive.
We all run.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Straight Outta

Straight Outta Memes

Since we’ve all seen (or made) those “Straight Outta Somewhere” meme images promoting the new movie about NWA, Straight Outta Compton, I thought I’d bring your attention to something else.

If you’re in the middle of the Venn Diagram of NWA fans & comic book fans, please enjoy Straight Outta Gotham. A former coworker of Jennifer’s is the creative force behind the whole thing & it’s been amazing to see the response online & on his Facebook feed.

I’m embedding the clean version but if you don’t have kids around (or if you’re in a more relaxed office), here’s the explicit version.

If superhero mashups aren’t your thing, you could always check out The Muppets singing NWA’s “Express Yourself”.

For other Muppet/NWA goodness, check out some other posts:

Happy Thursday!

Tame Impala Currents

Tame Impala: Currents

I hadn’t pulled the trigger to buy Tame Impala’s latest album, Currents, until a couple of videos crossed my path this morning.

First, I watched the haunting & emotional video for the single “Let It Happen”. It might be a little heavy for a Tuesday, but there’s no denying that it left an impression.

Then I did a little clicking around to accompany my morning coffee and heard Haim’s cover of “‘Cause I’m A Man”. Billboard has a great little post about the versions of the song & video that are floating around the internet.

For my part, I’d only heard either single on SiriusXM, but hadn’t bought the album figuring it might go on sale soon. I did the same thing with Tame Impala’s previous album, Lonerism, which I love.

If you’re in to atmospheric pop music or psychedelic rock (something like a more melodic, less melancholy Pink Floyd) check them out.

The album artwork also reminds me of the cover to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, which is always a good cultural, musical touchpoint.

You can listen to the album in its entirety on YouTube too.

Happy Tuesday!

King Tuff

Earworm: King Tuff

Not sure whether I heard King Tuff‘s single Black Moon Spell, from the album of the same name, on AltNation or XMU but it was definitely one of those SiriusXM stations.

Either way, I’ve been wearing out the YouTube versions of his most recent two albums, Black Moon Spell & King Tuff.

Black Moon Spell has been out for a while now; long enough for King Tuff to make the rounds at KEXP & Conan, but it’s so terse that it feels fresh after a ton of listens. So many, in fact, that I ought to just buy both albums.

If fuzzy, guitar-driven punk-pop that dabbles in darkness like a middle schooler who’s just watched The Exorcist for the first time isn’t your thing, skip this one. Otherwise, enjoy the non-ironic rock-n-roll, black fingernail polish & turn off your brain.

Happy Tuesday!