For the February edition of the collab blog, T&E partnered with the Tucson Living Streets Alliance (LSA) to provide a soundtrack for their Cyclovia group ride event. The playlist highlights songs about transportation - biking, walking, running, skating, and public transport. Stream it below, and read our interview with LSA coordinator Tricia Schwartz to learn more about Cyclovia's vision of repurposing public streets to be more inclusive for all!
The playlist moves in themes of biking, walking, running, buses, trains, subways, skating, planes, and general songs of rides, highways, etc. Let's get movin'!
Curated by A. Iwasa, Alex, Parisa, Noa Martucci, Kurt B. and Joanna.
Some background on the playlist curation:
A.Iwasa - I started with a couple of songs that play in my head when I ride my bike. But then I thought about the songs that play in my head when I would hitchhike, or wash dishes at work and fantasize about hitchhiking, then the floodgates were open. My song selections are either tracks that either get me hyper focused when I'm riding, like “Pump the Breaks” or completely transport me into another place like “A New Wave” by Sleater-Kinney.
Alex - Have you ever gone for a walk while listening to “Walk” by Pantera? It’s hard to not feel determined about whatever it is you’re about to do. Skate music has to be some kind of punk, of course. Tyler, the Creator has a few cool songs about biking so I had to throw those on. Finally, I also had to throw in a couple of classics from the Bay Area’s Hyphy Movement - I was in high school during those days and people weren’t just ghost ridin’ the whip, they were ghost ridin’ EVERYTHING, especially heavily modified, candy-colored scraper bikes (which helped keep kids from disadvantaged backgrounds in East Oakland from falling into dangerous lifestyles during that time, by the way). Look up the video for the Trunk Boiz song when you get a chance. It’s life changing.
Parisa - For our “Songs about Transportation” theme, I was very inspired by KEXP’s Transit Operator Appreciation Day programming they did on March 18th of last year. For the entire day, they played songs about buses, trains, etc. while splicing in interviews with local Seattle public transportation workers and stories submitted by listeners about their memories and thoughts on public transportation. It was so fun to see the way the music and the stories all came together for a cohesive feeling of community and shared experiences.
Interview with LSA Coordinator
Collaborative Blogs & Playlists