I've decided every roadtrip is required to include Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians.
Although, I'd say that Unwound were remarkably consistent throughout their career, never releasing anything less than a very good album.
I've listened to Nirvana - Nevermind while driving from Portland to Seattle. It's a pretty great way to listen to it.
I've got a pretty solid four days of listening ahead of me...leaving tomorrow. Any more recommendations?
Today was pretty amazing overall.
Started out with what was the only regret of the day, with the new Smashing Pumpkins album. It's been getting surprisingly positive reviews, even from normally critical outlets, and as a fan of their older material I really thought I'd like it. But it was awful. Even more hollow and pointless than Zeitgeist, at least that album had a few good tunes on it. I just really hate their latter-day production, everything sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. And even the songs people have been saying good things about were dreadful.
I'll keep it short in regards to the rest of the day's listening:
Deerhunter - Weird Era Cont. - I had a sudden urge to listen to this going over the grapevine, and it was amazing. So many solid tracks that I hadn't noticed before.
Bert Jansch - L.A. Turnaround - Absolutely, without a doubt the highlight of today. His vocals reminded me a bit of Gordon Lightfoot, but with much stronger and more impressive instrumentation in the songs. The second track, the instrumental "Chambertin," was just incredible. Props to Still-Ill for the rec. Perfect for heading up the 5 in the middle of nowhere.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Firstborn is Dead - Another awesome recommendation. At this point, I was starting to feel a bit tired, and this gave me a bit of a second wind. The opening track, "Tupelo," is just all sorts of fantastic. Thanks, P.
Liars - WIXIW - I had originally intended to listen to another rec, but with the sun going down called an audible and put this on. So glad I did, it worked great in that context.
After that, I was getting pretty wiped and needed some solid adrenaline to get me to my destination, so I finished off the drive with The Men - Leave Home, Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come, and the first few songs from The Stooges' Fun House.
Another fantastic drive today:
Television - Adventure - Not bad, but not great, especially when compared to Marquee Moon.
Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream - I was pretty fatigued right off the bat, and this always does the trick.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See a Darkness - I listened to this album for the first time near Lake Shasta last year on the same drive, and especially after having watched Old Joy a few months ago (which Oldham stars in, and features a lot of similar scenery), this was a must.
Will Oldham & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf - A perfect continuation of the previous record.
Elliott Smith - Either/Or - I hadn't listened to this front to back since college, and it was amazing. So glad MiroirNoir recommended it.
Atlas Sound - Logos - Had the urge to put this on while driving through the mountains. From where I stand, this really is Bradford's Person Pitch. It's very sleepy and much more subtle than PP, but every bit as brilliant. I put it on the same high pedestal that his best Deerhunter work is on, yet for some reason I seem to be the only one who loves this record so much. "Criminals" might be my favorite song he ever penned.
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You, Disc 1 - Wonderful. Reminded me a bit of Pinback at times. I had always avoided this band because of their name, they sound like they'd be some aggro metal band. Cursive and Primal Scream suffered the same assumptions, haha. Disc 2 tomorrow.
Manitoba - Up in Flames - This was an excellent listen as well. I'm not super well-versed in Snaith's material aside from Caribou's latest album, and this definitely makes me want to go back and spend some serious time with it all.
Nirvana - Unplugged in New York - Perfect for driving through the Pacific Northwest. The cover of the Meat Puppets' "Plateau" was the standout that floored me in high school, and "Oh Me" really stuck out today.
Pixies - Surfer Rosa - I've listened to this front to back probably 100 times, and I know they're from Boston or some shit, but they were so essential to the Seattle sound that I find it mandatory to listen to them when driving through this part of the country.
Thanks for all the recs!
Glad you enjoyed you re-acquaintance with Either/Or!
Wrong thread, but have you seen Paranoid Park? Thinking of "Angeles" reminded me of that film, and of Gus Van Sant, the Pacific Northwest's great auteur and Elliott's friend.
I haven't, but it's been in my Netflix queue forever. I need to get on that.
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Real Estate - Days
Parliament - Mothership Connection
White Zombie - Astro Creep: 2000
Led Zeppelin - 2
That's what I can think of off the top of my head
Levitation Festival - 5/8 - 5/10 - Carson Creek Ranch
Courtney Barnett - 6/5 - The Mohawk
The Avett Brothers - 6/27 - Whitewater Amphitheater
Death Grips - 7/18 - The Mohawk
Kraftwerk - 9/25 - Bass Concert Hall
The Cure - Pornography
Brian Eno - Discreet Music
Aphex Twin - Drukqs
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
The Antlers - Hospice
Amon Tobin - Bricolage
Squarepusher - Music is Rotted One Note
Autechre - Tri Repetae+++
Roy Harper - Stormcock
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
As soon as you get out and see the sun:
Joanna Newsom - The Milk Eyed Mender
Devin, listen to Human Bell - S/T. Listening now for the first time in a long time and I'm pretty certain I could peacefully choke on my own vomit to this.
Edit: I just found out that John Schmersal is part of Caribou. As one of the driving forces of both Brainiac and Enon, two of the most incredible spaz-pop bands ever, I feel that deserves mention.
Oh, and my favorite summer albums of the past few years:
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Ty Segall - Melted and Goodbye Bread
I've listened to all 3 of those albums so many times it's kind of unhealthy at this point.
Can we request music for flights? 3 hours from Phoenix to Chicago, then 2.5 hours from Chicago to Fort Meyers, Fl -- I am staying on Sanibel Island all week. I may be reading for most of that time, so background reading music could be an option. I haven't heard anything very new except Jack White and Beach House from this year, and I need suggestions that are available on Spotify. Thanks, guys.
This is for tomorrow, July 7th, but I can also use music for my return trip on July 14th.
amy - Another Green World
I work at a wine shop/wine bar. I was so horrified at whomever put on their pandora which included a ton of Kings of Leon, so I am trying to compile a few nice playlists of music. What type of stuff would you like to listen to while swirling a nice glass of vino?
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" - Elliot Lurie & Looking Glass
5/22: Move D, Reaganz, Sassmouth @ Monarch
5/28: Refused, White Lung @ GAMH
5/29: Spoon @ The Fox Theater, Oakland
5/29: Max Cooper EMERGENCE @ PW
5/30: Neutral Milk Hotel @ Pappy & Harriet's
6/2: Kiasmos ft. Olafur Arnalds, Rival Consoles @ The Independent
6/6: Matthew Dear, Daniel Bortz @ Public Works
6/12: Christian Loeffler @ TBA
6/17: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ The Independent
6/21: Underworld, Jungle @ The Hollywood Bowl
6/25: Until the Ribbon Breaks @ The Rickshaw Stop