blog image 1This week the Ladybug Transistor release their newest album Clutching Stems and it may just be their best yet. Filled with heartbreaking songs, sweeping melodies, perfectly calibrated arrangements, and the deeply felt but drop-deadpan vocals of Gary Olson, it's their best since The Albemarle Sound anyway and that's saying a whole lot! You can read more about it here, but before you slip away....Julia Rydholm & Kyle Forrester (the bike crew from the band) submitted a list of songs that should inspire you to go biking, but both were careful to point out that one should never listen to music while biking.

Kyle's choices:
The Kinks - "Mindless Child of Motherhood"
It's got that chugging, moving type thing, and you can't possibly pedal hard enough to keep up with the intensity of that one part.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Slower, but serious chugging, and pretty long, good for covering some ground.

Kirsty MacColl - "He's On the Beach"
The 12 inch remix is even better, cause it's longer. You could probably get 3 miles on that one.

Julia's choices:
Tom Verlaine - "Sixteen Tulips"

Upbeat, pop-beats. Puts the Spring in your pedal-step when I need to get a move-on.

The Bee Gees - "How Deep is Your Love"
This is more of a cruising tune, when there's room temp weather outside on a sunny weekend day, or a long waterfront lane to yourself on a summer night.