Thru Music

A lot of people have asked me what I’m (always) listening to while I’m hiking.

Here are some favorites:



Behind the Bastards (Robert Evans)

History of Rome (Mike Duncan)

Revolutions (also Mike Duncan)

Hardcore History (Dan Carlin)

Slow Burn (Leon Neyfakh)

More Perfect (Jad Abumrad)

All The President’s Lawyers (Josh Barro and Ken White)

Crimetown (Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier)

Sawbones (Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Hoops)

Serial (Sarah Koenig and Neesha)

Make No Law (m4popehat)



I find that vigorous hiking rarely allows for substantive textual engagement. So mostly I listen to candy – Brandon Sanderson, Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson, &c.





Art Tatum – The Complete Capitol Recordings

Dave Brubeck – Time Out

Nat Adderley – Work Song

John Abercrombie – The Third Quartet

JS Bach – Pao Casals doin dem Cellosuites

…sometimes the Fallout III soundtrack. Never not delightful.



5’nizza – ты кидал

Allman Brothers – Eat A Peach – One Way Out

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Tales from the Acoustic Planet (Vol II) – Valley of the Rogue

Brown Bird – Salt for Salt – Shiloh

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People – Almost Crimes

Built To Spill – Perfect From Now On – Hurt A Fly

Caribou – Andrra – Melody Day

Caribou – Andorra – After Hours

Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness – Yeti

Caribou – Swim – Odessa

Cave Story – Running Hell (Curly Brace’s theme)

The Coral – Self-Titled – Spanish Main

The Damned – Damned, Damned, Damned – I Feel Alright [by Iggy Pop]

Daphni – Jiaolong – Yes I Know

Daphni – Jiaolong – Ye Ye

Daphni – Jiaolong – Jiao (Daniel Snaith 3:16, apparently)

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… – The Number Song

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… – Mutual Slump

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… – Organ Donor

Dungen – Ta Det Lungt – Panda

Elliott Smith – Figure 8 – Junk Bond Trader

Elliott Smith – Figure 8 – Can’t Make A Sound

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer – Tarkus

Ethiopiques – 7 (Mahmed Ahmed) – Atawrulegn Lela

Fever Ray – self-titled – If I Had A Heart

Florence & The Machine – Lungs – Kiss With A Fist

Frank Zapp & Captain Beefheart – Hot Rats! – Willie The Pimp

Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport – Street Horrsing -> Rough Steez

Fugazi – End Hits – Break

Fugazi – Instrument Soundtrack – Turkish Disco

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – The Message

Gogol Bordello – Voi-la Intruder – Sex Spider

Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand [album]

Hawkwind – Space Ritual – Orgone Accumulator

Jethro Tull – Aqualung – Hymn 43

John Fahey – The Dance Of Death and Other Plantation Favorites – Variations on the Cuckoo

Kanye – The College Dropout – Jesus Walks -> Never Let Me Down

Kanye – The College Dropout – School Spirit

Kanye – Late Registration – Gold Digger

Kanye – Late Registration – Touch The Sky

Led Zeppelin – I – Baby I’m Gonna Leave You

Led Zeppelin – IV – Rock And Roll

Liturgy – Aesthetica – High Gold

Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones – More Room

Mahishtanu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame – The Noonward Race

Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza – La Primavera -> Me Gustas Tu

Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And It Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That – Prime

Metric – Live It Out – Monster Hospital

Mountain – Climbing – Theme For An Imaginary Western (a lot)

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless – When You Sleep

Nas – Illmatic – NY State Of Mind

Nathan Fake – Drowning in a Sea of Love – The Sky Was Pink

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – King of Carrot Flowers 1 (and 2) (and 3)

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Holland 1945

New York Dolls – self-titled – Personality Crisis

Nirvana – Bleach – Floyd the Barber

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Nigga Please – Got Yo Money

Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? – Cato as a Pun

Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu – Warni Warni

Parov Stelar – Catgroove (probably on repeat)

Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold [whole album]

Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted – Conduit for Sale!

Pixies – Surfer Rosa – Break My Body

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Shady Grove – Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder

Radiohead – My Iron Lung – The Trickster

Robbie Basho – Bashovia – The Falconer’s Arm (10/10)

Scott Joplin – played by E. Powers Biggs – Maple Leaf Rag

Scott Joplin – played by E. Powers Biggs – Peacharine Rag

Shellac – At Action Park – My Black Ass

Sidney Bechet – Jungle Drums – Sous Les Palmiers

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation – Silver Rocket

Sonic Youth – EVOL – Death To Our Friends

Sonic Youth – Sister – Hot Wire My Heart

Sugarloaf – [self-titled] – Green Eyed Lady

Sugarman 3 & Co. – Pure Cane Sugar – Funky So-And-So

Tobacco – Fucked Up Friends – Street Trash

Townes van Zandt – Big Country BluesTownes van Zandt – Big Country Blues

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico – All Tomorrow’s Parties

Wire – Pink Flag [album]

Wirrwahr – Ante Portas – Douce Dame Jolie

Wolves in the Throne Room – Diadem of 12 Stars – Face in a Nighttime Mirror (Part One)

Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) – 7th Chamber Part II (proteck ya nekk)

Wu Tang Clan – Iron Flag – Uzi (Pinky Ring)

Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP – Night

Zomby – Where Were U in ’92? – We Got The Sound




sometimes – particularly late at night, or in the middle of very bad storms – I like to put on what is basically a playlist for a shoggoth’s bar mitzvah.


Black Ox Orkestar – Az Vey Dem Tatn

Built To Spill – Perfect From Now On – I Would Hurt A Fly

Caribou – Swim – Bowls

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… – Stem/Long Stem

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… – Midnight In A Perfect World

Electric Moon – Inferno – Mental Record

Ethiopiques – 4 (Mulatu Astatke) – Yekermo So (A Man Of Experience And Wisdom)

Forest Swords – Daggerpaths [album]

Fugazi – Instrument Soundtrack – Swingset

James Blake – CMYK EP – CMYK

Kavinsky – Nightcall

Kanye – Late Registration – Heard ‘Em Say (or Drive Slow)

Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim – Night Terror

New London Consort – Sinners & Saints – Dum Pater Familias

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York – Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Radiohead – Kid A – Everything In Its Right Place

Sleep – Dopesmoker – Dopesmoker

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation – Trilogy

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico – Venus In Furs



Look, sometimes you just need some Lin-Manuel


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