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International singles hour

February 8, 2012

I’m at the Southwest Texas Pop Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Despite the name and location, I’ve already met people from India and Ukraine. Poring over the schedule and picking which talks I’m going to hit (Sci-fi! Poetry! Gaming theory! Harry Potter!) is incredibly fun.

It reminds me a great deal of SXSW, only with more citations. The number of beards is roughly the same.

I’m a big fan of “Rocking in All the Wrong Places” videos (note Broncho’s masterly take on the theme), so I’m all up in The Foreign Resort‘s clip for the Bloc Party/Joy Division-esque “Take A Walk.” Megaprops to the escalator shots and all the unsuspecting Danes who thought this was awesome.

If I told you that a band called Mombi released a song called “Glowing Beatdown,” you’d expect it to be a mega rave-up, right? Or at least really fast? You (and I) would be wrong. It’s a spare, delicate breakup song. It’s right up my alley, much more so than my aforementioned vision of “Glowing Beatdown.”

And, because it’s February now, here’s the month’s Top 10 Workout Songs from RunHundred, courtesy of Chris Lawhorn:

This month’s top 10 is full of little surprises.  Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj’s “2012” actually came out months ago.  But, the new year (and an apt title) have given it a second wind.  Also, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera got a hip-hop makeover, courtesy of Mac Miller.  Outasight got their first taste of chart success.  And, Adele turned in a performance so forceful that most folks didn’t seem to mind that the song’s more of a ballad than a traditional workout jam.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music site.

Flo Rida – “Good Feeling (Jaywalker Remix)”

Jay Sean & Nicki Minaj – “2012 (It Ain’t The End)

Cobra Starship & Sabi – “You Make Me Feel… (Felix Leiter Remix)”

Beatfreakz – “Somebody’s Watching Me”

Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away (R3hab Club Remix)”

Train – “Drive By”

Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”

Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera & Mac Miller – “Moves Like Jagger (Remix)”

Outasight – “Tonight Is The Night”

Selena Gomez & The Scene – “Love You Like a Love Song (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix)” –Chris Lawhorn

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