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Later this month, Nic and I are taking a road trip down the West coast - discovering the beauty that is the state of Oregon - for her 30th. More or less we will be driving or sleeping the majority of the time, hitting as many scenic destinations as possible. We were talking yesterday and realized planning for 24 hours of driving within a 3-day period requires some well thought out music selections.

I’d love to throw in my favorites and just drive, but road trips require some crazy variations. You need morning music that suits the mood as the sun comes up. You need your classics for the sunny drives in the middle of the afternoon as you drive through the middle of nowhere. You need music to keep you up as you try to make it another 60 miles to your next hotel.

There are some staples for us:
  • The Shins – Oh Inverted World
  • Cat Stevens
  • Genesis/Phil Collins
  • New Amsterdams
  • Modest Mouse
  • Decibully
  • Neil Young/Mason Jenning – when Nic is asleep
  • Ween – Chocolate and Cheese
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Band of Horses

This list could go on and on. But I’m sure there are hundreds of bands I’m missing. So hopefully any herohill readers can help plan our trip. I’m not just hoping to hear your favorite bands, because these aren’t really our favs. I am hoping you can suggest some great driving music. We are going to be in the middle of nowhere, going small town to small town; kind of like the drive in Elizabethtown, except Nic is not annoying like Dunst, and the only physical trait I have in common with Bloom is the ability to grow a cheesy mustache, but not a full bear. So we are hoping to have the music match the trip.

So leave your suggestions for us… PLEASE!


@ 4:55 PM, Anonymous kicked the following game:

I just found your blog a few weeks ago, and I enjoy it a lot.

Anyway, the following are some albums that I've enjoyed on random camping treks around Ontario with my wife.

New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (good for hangovers to lift the spirits a bit)

Simon and Garfunkel

Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days (I loved this one while driving through the barren countryside of Manitoulin Island)

My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves (good night driving music when there's nothing but you and the narrow road in front of you)

Nirvana - Bleach (put this on if you're driving in a storm)

Ocean Colour Scene - One From the Modern

Grandaddy - Sumday (open the sunroof on a sunny day, and indulge your inner pop geek)

Stone Roses - debut (see Grandaddy)

White Stripes - De Stijl or Elephant (roll the windows down)

Linkin Park (put this on if you're feeling crazy and want to dare yourself to drive the car off a cliff to end the pain)

Enjoy your trip!
Matt

 

@ 5:36 PM, kael kicked the following game:

Here are some of my favourite car songs (Your mileage may vary).

My Other Car is a Beatle - Jay-R (L'Trimm vs. Armand Van Helden vs. Beatles vs. Gary Numan)
Happy Hardcore Knight Rider theme. I'm sorry, I don't know whom it's done by.
Down By the Riverside - Five Blind Boys of Alabama
I Don't Like Mondays - Boom Town Rats
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
The Distance - Cake
Crossroads - I prefer Cream's version, but YYMV
Magic Carpet Ride - Originally by Steppenwolf, also remixed by the Crystal Method
Somewhere Out There - Our Lady Peace
We're Not Going To Make It - Presidents of the United States of America
Banditos - The Refreshments
Mexican Moonshine - Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Cherry Cola - Savage Garden
Every Day Is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
Come On Eileen - The Reel Big Fish cover

 

@ 10:49 PM, Anonymous kicked the following game:

Lindsay said ya'll were looking for roadtrip advice so...

My favourite CD to keep me awake while driving in early mornings (for those all night drives) is "Big sounds of the drag" by Junkie XL. Those same crazy kids that did the Elvis remix a while back, but it's before their Elvis days.

plizak on livejournal

 

@ 10:14 PM, Mike Roberts kicked the following game:

What's up Ack,

Here are 10 suggestions off the top of my head:

1. LATE FOR THE SKY...JACKSON BROWNE
2. NORWEGIAN WOOD...THE BEATLES
3. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME...SAM COOKE
4. LIGHT OF DAY...JOAN JETT
5. MY BACK PAGES...THE BYRDS
6. CHANGE OF HEART...TOM PETTY
7. PEANUTS...THE POLICE
8. WORKING AT THE CARWASH BLUES...JIM CROCE
9. LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW...THE HOLLIES
10. SHERRY DARLING..BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Have a safe trip buddy.

 

@ 9:06 PM, Mad Mitten kicked the following game:

Ack, do not leave home without the following tunes:

Bring the Noise--Public Enemy (to wake your road-weary ass up in the morning)

The Passenger--Iggy Pop (not trying to take you too literally here--don't worry, I'm not going to suggest "Driver 8" next--but this may be the greatest driving tune there is; you could probably just put it on repeat for the entire trip)

Range Life--Pavement

You Can't Rollerskate on a Buffalo Herd--Roger Miller (good advice, and a better road tune)

Life--Sly and the Family Stone (happy, pre freaked-out drug-crazed Sly, for when you're driving with your best girl down a sunny road)

Old '55 or Heart of Saturday Night--Tom Waits (sun's set, stars are out, best girl is asleep on your shoulder)

I've Been Tired--the Pixies (a jagged and pointy steering wheel banger to keep you awake while looking for a campsite at 3 a.m.)

Have a good trip!

 

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