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Badger
05-09-2011, 06:32 AM
Hey everyone!

We, and our Welsh Corgi, are driving from Indiana back to our native Oregon for a visit this summer. It's about 2300 miles, making it a perfect opportunity to listen to lots of different music. What are your favorite road-tripping albums/artists/tracks? I'm especially interested in stuff that came out in the last 1-2 years, but newness is secondary to awesomeness.

Once I get a bunch of responses I'll put together a Tom Bihn Forum playlist; if I have time I'll set up links to iTunes and Amazon.

Here are two things to get us kicked off (OK, three):
1. I am obsessed with "Dressed Sharply" (2011) by An Horse, probably because it sounds like every song that I used to listen to when I was in college in the late 90s.
2. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues (2011).
3. A little less contemporary (and a lot less indie): Michael Hurley's Long Journey (1977).

Thanks in advance!

Katy
05-09-2011, 07:01 AM
I can't guarantee you'll like anything I like. My absolute favorite road trip music is anything by Edith Piaf or Louis Armstrong. For something newer, I have been listening to Mumford and Sons a lot, possibly to the point of obsession.:cool:

Badger
05-09-2011, 04:43 PM
Hi Katy, thanks for your reply! I actually do like both Piaf and Armstrong--though I have to say I don't normally associate them with barreling through the Midwest. But the banjo on "The Cave"? Most definitely!

Frank II
05-09-2011, 04:48 PM
I listen to audio books and radio dramas on long drives. I get engrossed in the story and time just flies by.

Katy
05-09-2011, 05:05 PM
I listen to audio books and radio dramas on long drives. I get engrossed in the story and time just flies by. Indeed! I have all of David Sedaris' audio books and an extensive collection of This American Life podcasts. Though.. I'll be laughing at a stop light while listening to David Sedaris and the person in the car next to me will look at me like I'm insane.

JonP
05-09-2011, 06:16 PM
A couple of my favorite driving albums (can we still say albums?) are Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, and Pat Metheny - American Garage.

For new music, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Florence and the Machine are pretty good from what I have heard.

Maria
05-09-2011, 06:51 PM
Oh my musical taste is extreme - as in one end to the other, and people have stated rather eclectic. (From A to Z, from Abba to Yothy Yindi for bands. Okay that is "A to Y", but I do not know much of Zemlinsky, the Austrian composer.)

However, I do have a file for my IPod actually called "Road Trip". Much of it is old, but with a beat so you can "dance" in your seat to stay awake while driving.

Katy
05-09-2011, 07:59 PM
Oh! You can also make an account on Pandora and set up a few stations referencing the music you listed, they will generate a playlist of artists you may like :). It's a great way to discover new music!

gmanedit
05-09-2011, 09:28 PM
Opera. When it ends, it's three hours later.

Cymberleah
05-10-2011, 01:21 PM
When I was growing up, road trips always meant listening to some Beach Boys music. Long flat sections of highway still make me think of summer songs, even when I'm listening to something else.

AVService
05-11-2011, 04:03 PM
I drive between STL and South Florida a dozen times a year as well as to Denver,Cape Cod and others.
I listen to books on Tape and have been a member of Audible.com for 12 years or so.
With me if I don't time it right I end up having to drive around at my destination to finish a book! It just isn't the same unless I am in the car?

As for Music,I am "Old School" I guess,Allman Brothers,Buddy Guy,Gatemouth Brown,Little Feat,The Dead of course and another nod to American Garage especially going through the plains and I have become obsessed with Susan Tedeschi.
I guess I am really just Cheap for the Blues.

All just a prelude to a book usually.

I do carry a 30 gig load on an iPod and I am not afraid to use it!

Ed

jeffmac
05-11-2011, 07:38 PM
Here here on the books on Tape Ed. Musically some Lyle Lovett would be required, some Led Zeppelin and AC/DC to stay awake, Stravinski to make you think and no one makes me sigh like Jane Monheit.

With a tag line like AVservice what end of the industry are you in??

AVService
05-11-2011, 08:06 PM
Here here on the books on Tape Ed. Musically some Lyle Lovett would be required, some Led Zeppelin and AC/DC to stay awake, Stravinski to make you think and no one makes me sigh like Jane Monheit.

With a tag line like AVservice what end of the industry are you in??

Custom Residential,Commercial A/V & Integration and Automation. I try to put the "Custom" in Custom.
I also do "Sudden Service" on almost anything almost anywhere,mostly Boardroom Automation and Presentation Systems

Oh and if you like Jane Monheit have you listened to Hilary Cole?

jeffmac
05-12-2011, 05:44 AM
Custom Residential,Commercial A/V & Integration and Automation. I try to put the "Custom" in Custom.
I also do "Sudden Service" on almost anything almost anywhere,mostly Boardroom Automation and Presentation Systems

Oh and if you like Jane Monheit have you listened to Hilary Cole?

I have not yet but I will look her up. I am the commercial/pro end of things as a mfgr rep in the SE. We sell QSC, Sennheiser, RDL, WPW and some other stuff...

Thanks for the tip on Hillary Cole!

annhay21x
05-15-2011, 11:42 PM
This makes my journey more interesting and cheerful. Hope you like it...
Take It Easy Eagles
On the Road Again Willie Nelson
Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd

AVService
05-17-2011, 06:38 PM
I have not yet but I will look her up. I am the commercial/pro end of things as a mfgr rep in the SE. We sell QSC, Sennheiser, RDL, WPW and some other stuff...

Thanks for the tip on Hillary Cole!

Sorry for the delayed reply,I have been camping and freezing while at it!

I have a good friend that is a Pro Rep. He sells Renkus,SKB,Galaxy,Digico,Rane,etc.

I am mainly in resi.install and commercial service.
I do sell Savant,Elan,Sonance-Sound Advance and nowadays anything at all as it is easy to get it "Sideways" as you know when times are rough!
It frees me up to install the best for the application not just what I am signed up to sell.
Times have really changed.

It is ironic really that no one needs what I sell and I have never been busier. A good place to be.

Small World amongst Bag Ho's?

Ed

Illinifan
05-17-2011, 07:37 PM
If you enjoy Mumford and Sons and are into the singer/songwriter sound Amos Lee, Brett Dennen, and Joshua James have always treated me well.

ChrisG
06-10-2011, 02:24 PM
However, I do have a file for my IPod actually called "Road Trip". Much of it is old, but with a beat so you can "dance" in your seat to stay awake while driving.

I have a similar mix on my iPod called "Workout" which I use at the gym, but which is equally suited for driving.

It's an odd mix of hard rock and country, believe it or not. Motley Crue, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc. with some Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and such mixed in. Plus some other stuff like the Black Eyed Peas and Flogging Molly thrown in.

eastercat
07-30-2011, 11:52 AM
I've been really enjoying the Decemberists and their (relatively) new album, The King Is Dead. Another album of theirs, The Crane Wife, is also really great for road trips.

Darcy
10-11-2011, 03:48 PM
I listen to a big mix of stuff that's on my iPhone, and right now I'm most pleased when songs from these artists/albums come on: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - HOWL (http://www.amazon.com/Howl-Black-Rebel-Motorcycle-Club/dp/B000A7S4B0), Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People (http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Songs-People-Mogwai/dp/B00009ATKS/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1318373093&sr=1-1) and Nick Cave/Warren Ellis - White Lunar (http://www.amazon.com/White-Lunar-Warren-Ellis/dp/B002LB6ENS/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1318373164&sr=1-1)

I'd like to find more new music to add to my playlists, so here's a bump for this thread so that we get more responses.

brian
10-11-2011, 04:20 PM
I listen to a big mix of stuff that's on my iPhone, and right now I'm most pleased when songs from these artists/albums come on: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - HOWL (http://www.amazon.com/Howl-Black-Rebel-Motorcycle-Club/dp/B000A7S4B0), Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People (http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Songs-People-Mogwai/dp/B00009ATKS/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1318373093&sr=1-1) and Nick Cave/Warren Ellis - White Lunar (http://www.amazon.com/White-Lunar-Warren-Ellis/dp/B002LB6ENS/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1318373164&sr=1-1)

I'd like to find more new music to add to my playlists, so here's a bump for this thread so that we get more responses.

Mogwai is excellent road trip music! In that same vein, these are two of my favorite road trip records: Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth (http://www.amazon.com/Those-Who-Tell-the-Truth/dp/B002U3CQJ8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1318373969&sr=8-4) and Do Make Say Think - Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn (http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Hymn-Country-Secret/dp/B0000CD5I3/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1)

I like to listen to things that are drawn out and pretty enough to relax me, but not so quiet as to put me to sleep.

Badger
10-11-2011, 09:34 PM
I'm a little embarrassed about my promise to make a playlist for the summer. I, um, applied for a job this past summer, got it, and had to move to a different state (and if you've ever done the academic job market, you know how weird that timeline is).

I'll definitely put something together for us for spring break.

@eastercat: we were supposed to see the Decemberists in Indianapolis this past summer, and they canceled literally hours before the concert. It was a huge bummer. The King Is Dead was a nice return after the strange (yet oddly compelling) The Hazards of Love.

@everyone else: thanks for all the awesome recommendations! Spring break! I promise.