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“Road Trip Mix”


For some reason the thought just dawned on me this past week that a car might actually be a PERFECT place in which to listen to music. Think about it — all that space on the dashboard allows for a pretty good sound system setup and pair of speakers and the close, fairly well-rounded space of the vehicle itself crafts an ideal sound wave habitat, with no echo or spatial entropy of any sort.

Plus, true to form, at least in the American cars, it seems, if they really nail any one area of development in the units, they make sure and do the sound systems up right. The only reason I know this is that in not owning a car I end up renting pretty often, usually before my trip grabbing some random stack of like 40 case-less CD’s, popping one in and musing to myself, when did this shi**y, dusty old CD start sounding like THIS?

For the songs on this mix, for the most part I’ve actually heard them in new, rented cars on one of my CD’s and had what you might describe as a religious experience. But I decided to make the mix two CD’s in length, so as to cater to a decent length of one single road trip. Life is a journey, not a destination. I finally have proof.

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CD1:
1 The Black Angels – “Currency”
2 Massive Attack – “Inertia Creeps”
3 Bjork – “All Neon Like”
4 The Velvet Underground – “I’m Set Free”
5 Procol Harum – “A Christmas Camel”
6 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “White Palms”

7 Talking Heads – “The Overload”
8 Broadcast – “Tower of Our Tuning”
9 Stereolab – “OLV 26”
10 The Shins – “Pink Bullets”
11 Wilco – “Ashes of American Flags”
12 Soul Asylum – “String of Pearls”
13 Ween – “Flutes of Chi”
14 The Roots – “Quills”
15 Ride – “Repetition”
16 Gang Gang Dance – “Inners Pace”

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CD2:
1 Bo Diddley – “Pretty Thing” (2:51)
2 Erika Wennerstrom – “Twisted Highway” (5:30) [8:21]
3 White Rabbits – “Hold it to the Fire” (3:41) [12:02]
4 Grateful Dead – “Good Lovin’” (4:48) [16:50]
5 Peter Tosh – “(You Gotta Walk and) Don’t Look back” (5:15) [22:05]

6 Fastball – “Fire Escape” (3:21) [25:06]
7 T. Rex – “Planet Queen” (3:13) [28:19]
8 Hum – “Dreamboat” (6:07) [34:26]
9 Third Eye Blind – “Never Let You Go” (3:57) [38:23]
10 Modest Mouse – “Convenient Parking” (4:08) [42:31]

11 PJ Harvey – “Teclo” (4:57) [47:28]
12 XTC – “Yacht Dance” (3:56) [51:24]
13 The Rolling Stones – “100 Years Ago” (3:58) [55:22]
14 Califone – “A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust” (5:53) [1:01:15]

15 Deerhunter – “Sailing” (4:59) [1:06:14]
16 Cigarettes after Sex – “Sweet” (4:51) [1:11:05]
17 Four Tet – “Plastic People” (6:35) [1:17:40]

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