BON JOVI IS PERFECT ROAD TRIPPING MUSIC YOU HIPSTER SNOB
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Swans 9/8, Modest Mouse 9/26, Cibo Matto 10/4, The Weeknd/Schoolboy Q/Jhene Aiko 10/10, Placebo 10/23, Charli XCX 10/25, Digitalism 11/7, First Aid Kit 11/13, Tame Impala 11/15, Sky Ferreira 11/23&24
Mad Decent Block Party 9/19, Holy Ship! 1/3-6/2015, Coachella 4/10-12&17-19/2015
Grofť - Grand Canyon Suite (Bernstein conducting NYPO suggested though Dorati/Detroit is also recommended)
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Catherine Wheel - Whirlpool
Mercury Rev - All is Dream
Plus the following to get you to somewhere around 12 hours
Last edited by mountmccabe; 05-16-2012 at 10:22 AM.
I have used Whirpool on a road trip before, and my sister said it made her too sleepy. I am not sure if it would bother me or not. Personally, if I'm driving and ESPECIALLY if it is at night, I like music with a lot of vocal harmonies, or at least a lot of complicate melodies so I can keep myself awake while trying to figure out each melodic part. Chrome is perfect for that.
D'angelo - Voodoo
Roy Ayers - He's Coming
Paz Lenchantin - Songs For Luci
Last edited by Hannahrain; 05-20-2012 at 09:39 PM.
Montezumas - S/T.
Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Or pretty much any long album designed to get your mind off what's going on. But those three. First.
That's the sense I displayed. I love that drive down the 5. I had to be in Point Loma by 6am the morning after the Grizzly Bear show at the Wiltern in '09. I made the drive in under two hours. My iPod was out of power, so I was left with the 3 discs in the car with me: CocoRosie - Noah's Ark, Marissa Nadler - Little Hells, and Cat Power - You Are Free. They turned out to be utterly perfect for the ~1am-3am drive with my girlfriend asleep in the passenger seat and the glimmering sea to my right. Divine times.
The passage up from SD to LA where you go thru south Orange County always reminds me of Cursive - The Ugly Organ. I had a great drive through there once listening to that album, and it always sticks with me. Same with Daft Punk - Homework through Red Rock Canyon, just north of Mojave.
The Ugly Organ has seen countless rotations in my car, mostly on the 60/10W drive from the I.E. through Pomona into L.A. because that drive always reminds me of the Saddle Creek shows I've seen at the Glasshouse over the years.
Listened to R. Kelly's 12 Play on the ride up to Belly Up tonight, and Moodyman's Silent Introduction on the way back down at 1am. Perfection.
I have another long drive this week, this time from LA to Denver. I leave on Wednesday. Four day round trip, and I would greatly appreciate some more album recs! Particularly albums that would mesh well with this kind of scenery:
Days 1 and 4:
Days 2 and 3:
The one & only Zzyzz road! That 15 East drive is a personal classic. For the wide open desert plains, I prefer psychedelicosmic rock(re: Gram-)oriented albums like The Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin, Gram Parson's Grievous Angel, practically anything by Pink Floyd (The Wall especially), The Mars Volta's Frances the Mute and (say what the haters will) The Joshua Tree. I also like to fill up all that unfathomable space before me with the sprawling compositions characteristic of Godspeed You! (maybe F#A#infinity or Lift Your Skinny Fists...), Tangerine Dream (Force Majeure or Stratosphere), and LindstrÝm's Where You Go I Go Too.
P.S. Great thread, OP. This game is fun.
Another great psych album perfect for desert driving is Flower Travellin' Band - Satori.
Any chance I get to recommend Coil's Musick To Play In The Dark, Vol. 1, I take, and it would be perfect for night driving through some mountains.
Some other random recs:
Quiet Village - Silent Movie
Cul De Sac - China Gate
anything Afrobeat, I've spent many road trips killing large portions of Pitchfork's Africa 100
Death In June - The Guilty Have No Past
German Oak - German Oak
Brightblack Morning Light - s/t
Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland
for something new, 120 Days - 120 Days II