Going Galt

I was wrong about the rain, and it has turned out to be beautiful. I’m going to get some errands done and swing by Animal Friends.

Here is a question for you: It is 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, there is a cool breeze, and you are about to take a drive in the country. What is in your CD player?

Answer: Allman Brothers- Live at Ludlow Garage or Eat a Peach. I really see this as a no-brainer, but you might think otherwise.

165 replies
  1. 1
    neill says:

    nellie mckay, “get away from me”

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Sticking with your country kick: 12 Golden Country Greats – Ween

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    Death By Mosquito Truck says:

    What is in your CD player?

    Steely Dan is all I listen to when I’m driving in the mountains.

  4. 4
    donnah says:

    Sunset Rubdown or Wolf Parade. (same lead singer) Also anything REM, Built to Spill, Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah, or Josh Ritter.

    Have a great drive!

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    2th&nayle says:

    Good damn choice! But don’t forget “Win, Lose, or Draw” (I don’t know how to link it). Not one of their most popular albums, but well worth the money just for Dickey Betts’ “High Falls”, among others.

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    The Saff says:

    The Police – “Outlandos d’Amour”

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    LD50 says:

    Allman Brothers- Live at Ludlow Garage or Eat a Peach.

    You think those are better than Fillmore East??

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    shirt says:

    Golden Earring, Radar Love.

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    Brett says:

    U. Srinivas: Mandolin Duo. Either that or Sailing to Philadelphia (Mark Knopfler). But the carnatic music is strangely inviting on long drives.

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    Keith says:

    Right now, I’d probably go with “Chinese Democracy” by GnR (still not burned out on that yet) or “Frances The Mute” by The Mars Volta because weather (and music) like that requires an altered state of mind (while driving!)

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    rikyrah says:

    Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life ‘.

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    eric says:

    at dusk: Steely Dan’s Aja or Coltrane’s Sound.

    at night: Tangerine Dream’s Richochet or Yes’s Tales of Topographic Oceans — Revealing Science of the Gods.

    Rainy day: Berlioz’s Requeim, or Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.

    “convertible” weather: any early Beatles is fun; Mike Stern’s Standards or Pat Metheny’s Off Ramp or John Scofield’s Pick Hits.


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    Joel says:

    Cannot go wrong with Allman Brothers.

    I’m partial to Springsteen’s Born In The USA for the country drive myself.

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    JenJen says:

    I’ll say it again:


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    Lettuce says:


    I’d probably go with the Sex Pistols album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols…

    But I’m certain tomorrow would bring another choice.

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    Laura W says:

    Well, I’d take Jackson in a heartbeat but if you’re going for a female, Autumn has the Tunch Glare of Disdain down pat, plus she’s an energetic “dog cat”, which is sorely needed Chez Tunch.
    Nutmeg. Mew. Also.
    ‘Course, if you come home with Joselle I can further extend my consistently wrong streak through the weekend. But she’s a female Tunch by disposition.
    Nutmeg. Definitely.

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    patrick says:

    El Ray-O X’s first album.

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    eric says:

    My bad: Let me add to the list the MOST underrated rock album of all time: the first Pretenders album, i love driving to that album ….also Dire Straights Alchemy; and Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” (repeatedly)

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    Herb says:

    Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley…skip to the last track and turn it up.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    Randy Newman’s “Land of Dreams”.

    The song, not the whole album.

    The whole album is great but that song is perfect for driving.

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    freelancer says:

    Current contents of my 6 disc changer:
    I Monster – neveroddoreven
    Daft Punk – Alive 2007
    Weezer – Blue Album
    Silversun Pickups – Pikul
    Roni Size / Reprazent – New Forms
    Coheed & Cambria – Neverender, Night 3

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    Hawes says:

    Zombies-Time of the Season was always a great convertible tune, not that I have a convertible.

    Maybe a mix of Old ’97s tunes?

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    b-psycho says:

    No CD player in the car. Last time I was on a road trip my mp3 player had Three 6 Mafia songs on it.

  24. 24
    Brachiator says:

    What is in your CD player?

    What’s a CD player?

    At the top of the iPod playlist would be The Great Otis Redding.

    Or maybe Miles Davis, In a Silent Way.

    Or maybe a little old school Van Morrison, Moondance. “These Dreams of You” almost demands to be played in a rented convertible, top down, rolling on a curvy mountain road.

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    JasonF says:

    Lately, I’ve had Glasvegas’s self-titled debut and the Thermals’ Now We Can See in my car, so I guess I’ll go with those.

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    mr. whipple says:

    Just spent some time driving around PA, and these were my two favorites:

    Organ Blaster / Michael Murray


    FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886)
    Grandes Etudes de Paganini
    Six Consolations
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2/ Alice Sara Ott

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    Nicole says:

    Fountains of Wayne.

    Props for mentioning the Old 97s, Hawes. I like me some Rhett Miller.

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    Isn’t Going Galt just the conservative version of the Welfare Mom?

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    GeneralB says:

    Ween is an excellent choice, but today’s driving for me will be KVHW 2-26-99 http://www.archive.org/details/kvhw1999-02-26c61

    In particular http://www.archive.org/downloa.....05_vbr.mp3

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    Lesley says:

    “Blue Sky” on Eat a Peach is the best song for driving in the country on a sunny day. Love that song.

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    burnspbesq says:

    The new Clapton & Winwood. Or maybe some Tony Rice.

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    2th&nayle says:

    Ok! Gotta take a little ride in the Way Back Machine and go with ZZ Top, “Rio Grande Mud”! “Francine” and “Chevrolet” are two of my all-time favorite road songs!

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    Big E says:


    John Coltrane

    played L O U D
    so it can cure the world of it’s ills.

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    Woody says:

    Sound track of “The Harder They Come”

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    Robertdsc-iphone says:

    Metallica’s Death Magnetic, complete with awesome Lars Ulrich air-drumming animations.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    See, this is why I mostly lurk and don’t post. My best road music is Haydn string quartets and a whole lot of Gilbert & Sullivan (for singing along). But Mr Whipple/26 speaks to me with the Liszt Paganini etudes.

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    geg6 says:

    Squeeze. For sure. Annie Get Your Gun. Black Coffee in Bed. Tempted. If I Didn’t Love You. Singing along at the top of my lungs.

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    Maxwel says:

    An mp3 containing my playlists of Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Springsteen and The Gals (Emmylou Harris, the McGarrigles, Enya, McKennitt, etc.).

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    auntieeminaz says:

    @JenJen: I second that emotion.

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    Joel says:

    Trans Canada Express (Boards of Canada) isn’t a great album, overall, but Dayvan Highway is an awesome track for driving.

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    Dulcie says:

    Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, or Rage Against the Machine “Live in Los Angeles”, or Alice in Chains “Dirt”.

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    Dulcie says:

    @geg6: I love Squeeze, especially when Paul Carrick is singing.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Or “Time Loves a Hero.”

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    AhabTRuler says:

    What’s a CD player?

    I have a 60GB iPod with about 13000 songs on it. What isn’t on it?
    Although, this has been making me giggle since Tattosydney posted it last night (this morning?).

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    You think those are better than Fillmore East??

    Greatest. live. album. evah. The album is like sex, you’re always in the mood for it.

    Give Cole a break. Most of his youth was misspent as a Republican. I don’t think he’s fully recovered yet.

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    Montysano says:

    Speaking of the Allman Brothers: I just saw a wonderful movie called “Tom Dowd: The Language of Music”. Dowd was a pioneer of recording studio technology, starting at Atlantic Records in the late ’40s. From there, he built an amazing resume until he died in 2002.

    He recorded all of the classic early Allman Brothers albums, including At Fillmore East. He had quite the life. When Ray Charles is thrilled to see you, you’re know living right.

    A related documentary, “Ahmet Ertegun: The House That Ahmet Built” is equally fine.

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    Turgidson says:

    Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

    by farrrrr my favorite album of 2009 to this point. Absolutely outstanding stuff.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @Joel: Disagree. Doesn’t necessarily flow as well as it should, but not bad quite good for an EP.

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    Right now it’s Bell X1, “Blue Lights On The Runway.” I bought it for the Talking Heads-ish “The Great Defector.” So far the rest of the album so is dreamy as to be ho-hum. Have the new Green Day waiting to be plugged in too.

    But if I was on Highway One, driving south through Devil’s Slide towards Half Moon Bay, I’d have on “Sincerely” by The Dwight Twilley Band. “I’m On Fire,” set to stun.

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    Gina says:

    “Just Can’t Stop It” by The English Beat. Or, if I want to wind the kids down a bit, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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    eric says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum: Joe Jackson Live with its version of Steppin Out…..exquisite.

    I love to crank live Jersey Girl by the boss…..

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    eric says:

    I love driving to the Gin Blossoms……

    (sorry for the multiple posts, but throw some OCD and ADD together and voila…….)

  53. 53

    geg6, I love “Annie Get Your Gun,” but when I hear the rhyme about “trigger” and “don’t shoot that singer” I am reminded of the old Nat. Lampoon album with the imitation Joan Baez singing to the Black Panthers. “Pull the trigger, n——, we’re with you all the way, just across the Bay.”

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    Perry Como says:

    Sublime, 40oz. to Freedom.

    It’s 75 and sunny here. I just whipped up some watermelon puree, strawberry puree, kiwi puree, fresh lemonade and basil simple syrup. I’m going to teach that bottle of limoncello a lesson it won’t forget.

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    geg6 says:

    Eric: I’m with you on the Gin Blossoms. I can also rock out to some Green Day, especially American Idiot. For awhile, that was all I played in the car for about a year, alternating it with The Clarks, a really great ‘Burgh band.

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    Andy K says:

    The Who Sell Out

    Sweet Desolation Boulevard

    Toots and The Maytals Funky Kingston

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    KidA says:

    Silversun Pickups, their first album, “Carnavas.”

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Way OT here, but if you haven’t read Julian Sanchez’s take on the whole Sotomayor nonsense, well, holy fucking shit batman. It’s basically a tour-de-force of smackdown.

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    eric says:

    @geg6: I also love me Johnny cash at Folsom doing Jackson with the Misses……that just rocks…..

    Also like Chris Isaak Forever Blue and The Black Crowes (especially My Morning Song)

    Ghost of Tom Joad by RATM

    favorite lyrics from Gin Blossoms’ Cheatin

    Lord she was tall hair dark as midnight
    She had a way just like you do
    To make me feel just like a woman should
    You can’t call it cheatin’
    Cause she reminds me of you

    eric — no more

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    gus says:

    I made by own driving CD. Among other things, it’s got Sam Brown’s amazing live performance of George Harrison’s “Horse To The Water” at his memorial concert several years ago (I’ll be stunned if anyone else knows it), “Gimmee Shelter” off “Let It Bleed,” Santana’s “Jingo”, the Dan’s “Deacon Blues,” and Joni Mitchell’s “Two Grey Rooms,” a great tune that few seem to know.

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    dj spellchecka says:

    my number one choice was “who do you love” from “happy trails” by quicksilver messenger service..took up an entire side of the vinyl for you old folks…only problem was, if i listened on the freeway, i couldn’t help speeding…

    alternate choice: kraftwerk “computer world” [the whole album…]

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    eric says:

    Last one: Mediterranean Sundance by Paco and Al on Friday Night in San Fransisco….

    eric (really the last one)

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    Skepticat says:

    Usually a book on tape, but if it has to be music, zydeco by Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil or Victory at Sea by Richard Rogers. I like to think my tastes are eclectic, but they’re probably just weird.

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    Here’s a CD I made specifically for driving:

    01 Highway To Hell, AC/DC
    02 Roadhouse Blues, Doors
    03 Heigh Ho, Tom Waits
    04 We’re So Cool, Au Pairs
    05 867-5309, Tommy Tutone
    06 Affection, (forget the name of the band but they sound kinda like the Stones)
    07 I Want To Hold Your Hand, Al Green
    08 Takin’ My Love, The Jam
    09 Shameless, Flanders
    10 Back In The Saddle, Aerosmith
    11 Room To Rock, Matthew Sweet
    12 Take Her Where The Boys Are, (that SF punk band with Andy Prieboy singing)
    13 Money Changes Everything, The Brains original
    14 Talk To Ya Later, Tubes
    15 Come Into The Open, Penetration
    16 Love Crushing, Fetchin Bones
    17 I’m Not Like Everybody Else, Dave Davies live
    18 Caravan Man, The Lew Lewis Band
    19 The Wrong House, Dyke and the Blazers

    This is for when I’m driving by myself and want to crank it up.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @Laura W:

    Laura, an artist friend just turned me on to Etsy. Wowza.

    Are you on there?

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    rob! says:

    Bob Dylan, Together Through Life.

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    Here’s another mix for when I’m feeling more romantic:

    01 In My Secret Life, Katie Melua
    02 They Won’t Catch Us Now, Eoin Harrington
    03 A New England, Kirsty MacColl
    04 Fix You, Coldplay
    05 A Heart Needs A Home, Shawn Colvin & Loudon Wainwright III.
    06 Shadowdance, Shadowfax
    07 Sideways, Citizen Cope
    08 Weather With You, Crowded House
    09 What Love Can Do, Bruce Springsteen
    10 Great Expectations, The Gaslight Anthem
    11 Wishing Well, Morphine
    12 Swimming Pools, Thao
    13 School Days, Loudon Wainwright III (new version)
    14 When The Spell Is Broken, Bonnie Raitt
    15 Blues Run The Game, Jackson C. Frank
    16 Hold On Tight, T-Bone Burnett
    17 Daisy Chain, Matthew Sweet

    The best version of “Fix You” is in the documentary about the old folks who have the singing group. When they sing it after a member dies it breaks your heart.

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    canuckistani says:

    Talking Heads – Little Creatures

    If you can drive anywhere and not sing along to Road To Nowhere, you are a stronger man than I.

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    wmd says:

    Trailer Park Troubadours – Way Cool World.

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    redbeardjim says:

    Every driving mix should have “Red Barchetta” on it.

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    Woody says:

    Or Little Feat (the tightest stage-band EVER):

    “Waiting For Columbus” even though the cd shorts two cuts from the concert…

    Just give me weed, whites and wine…

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    Eric Hoffer says:

    Those little LA kids singing for Barack, endless loop, as I try to match his CO2 production by driving and driving and driving and …

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    Fern says:

    Stan Rogers – esp. Fogarty’s Cove or whatever the album is that has “Northwest Passage” on it.


    (Gotta have a little Canadian content!)

    Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

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    techno says:

    If you have the right car, the obvious choice would be: Haydn’s Quartet in C, Op.76, No.3 ‘Emperor’.

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    LD50 says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum:

    Fillmore East is in the top 5 of Greatest Live Albums Evah, but I don’t think it’s #1. THIS is number #1:


    Listen and see.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    David Byrne’s version of “Don’t Fence Me In” … especially if you’re on a winding mountain road with the windows down and you (and your friends) are willing to sing/shout along at the top of your lungs.

    One of my bestest memories of a dear departed traveling pal.

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    Laura W says:

    @gus: Ah, Two Grey Rooms. I have that wonderful CD on my iPod and when that song comes on during my walks I fast forward. (Normally, unless I’m winding down and feeling nostalgic and moody.)

    @Zuzu’s Petals: Ha. See that tacky pink ad to your left? Click on it.

    I am Time Machineing as we speak. So far, Not One Bad Thing has occurred. Of course, I’m only 2/3 done.

    I recently burned out on my new/old HONK and David Gray CDs since I played them up and down the mountain without ceasing. Yesterday’s trip was Joni Hejira (so I could hear Coyote again real loud with sunroof open) and Bonnie Raitt’s Luck of the Draw. Solid album, although I would’ve had Bonnie’s Road Tested and Joni’s Miles of Aisles in there but I played them up and down the mountain ALL last summer and well, they are on my walking iPod. I can only saturate so much, even with those two ladies.

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    eric says:

    Blister in the Sun.

    that is all eric

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    dj spellchecka says:

    @woody #69…”waiting for columbus” is now a two disc set…the two omitted tracks and a ton of extra material is now included….
    @ “live at the fillmore east” fans : the double deluxe edition is the way to go….

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @Laura W:

    Well duh is me! I was going about it all backwards-like … didn’t realize you clicked right through to Etsy. Great site though, eh?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Thank you. Yes.

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    Jeff Berardi says:

    For me, that kind of day demands some classic punk… London Calling* (Clash), Singles Going Steady (Buzzcocks), Machine Gun Etiquette (Damned)… something like that.

    *And if you don’t want to sing Rudy Can’t Fail with me, your ass can walk home.

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    Roots/rock steady reggae: Tommy McCook, early Bob Marley, Hortense and Alton Ellis.

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    Laura W says:

    @Zuzu’s Petals: You might not know then that the two skyscrapers above mine also click thru to etsy. Word got out I guess that BJ was artist-friendly. Another commenter had her products up there for Mom’s Day as well. I’ll bet John’s had about 6 etsians run ads on here thru Project Wonderful by now.

    It is a great site and only getting better with time and press coverage. It’s ridiculously cheap to have a store (probably one more reason why eBay is sucking ass these days), very user friendly, and very community-oriented if you’re into that (I get enough of that here, trust me.) I’ve purchased so much art for my home there that I will probably have forever (a lot of it cat art, naturally.) I buy gifts there and some of my supplies. I love supporting artists directly like that. And I’ve “met” some very talented and interesting people. It’s all good on etsy.

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    @LD50: I’m a huge James Brown fan. I saw James Brown, the Allman Brothers (with Duane Allman and Barry Oakley) and Little Feat live, and the Allman Brothers is the best live show I’ve ever seen. Hands down. It isn’t even close.

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    Dave in ME says:

    I think you have chosen well. Ludlow is just a fantastic set. The 2nd CD with Mountain Jam should have you covered for all your errands.

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    LD50 says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum:

    That ’71 James Brown concert looks to have been pretty phenomenal, tho. Check out this clip of it on YouTube:


    (I don’t know why the sound on that clip is so sketchy, the sound quality on the CD is perfect.)

    When I first heard Catfish Collins’ solo on “Ain’t It Funky Now” my jaw dropped. I played it 3 times.

    Best concert I ever saw was actually Iggy & the Stooges in SF on Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday. They played ALL of the Stooges’ first two albums. Amazing. And since Ron Asheton died last January, I’ll never see its like again. :-(

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    Manic Depression says:

    Bettye Lavette – The Scene of the Crime

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @LD50: The best concert that I have ever been to is the first Lollapalooza: Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band.

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    Shell Goddamnit says:

    I voted for Allman Bros before I read your last paragraph. I thought it was personal nostalgia though, didn’t know the sunshine & Allman Bros tie-in was so universal.

    Next up at least this week: Peter Case, Flying Saucer Blues. Paradise Etc is enough to make the nut but there’s more – Blue Distance is stellar for ex.

    Also: Beatles, Abby Road. Rubber Soul & Revolver work too.

    Alison Krause & Union Station, Two Highways.

    Steely Dan was a good pick.

    I know it seems a little weird, but Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. I am particularly thinking of Moonlight Mile. Moonlight, sunlight, whatever. It’s all light and it’s all right.

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    JasonF says:

    @Bob In Pacifica:

    06Affection, (forget the name of the band but they sound kinda like the Stones)

    If it’s this, then the band is the Lost Boys, which is a Steven Van Zandt side project. Sadly, the album hasn’t been released, though a few of the tracks were used on the Sopranos and Affection showed up on the second Sopranos soundtrack album. Great track.

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    gwangung says:

    Hm. A little different. Chamelon by Herbie Hancock. Put it Where You Want by the Crusaders. A whole lot of Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bad Moon RIsing, Sweet Hitchhiker, It Came Out of the Sky, etc.) and a big slug of early Motown (Four Tops, Smoky Robinson and the Miracles and the Young Stevie Wonder).

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @Laura W:

    Very cool. I especially like the function that lets you find artists in your area to support.

    I use eBay mostly to refurbish Mom’s wedding china, but anything that takes bragging rights away from Meg Whitman is great by me.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    I’m gonna go with Supreme Beings of Leisure Nice trancy lounge music. That or Delerium.

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    GReynoldsCT00 says:

    Anything Springsteen!

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    Anne Laurie says:

    The Spousal Unit is the driver in this household, and if he gets first pick on the player it’ll be classical guitar or Lorena McKennitt. Afterwards it’ll be our compromise artists — Steeleye Span, Melissa Etheridge, Peter Gabriel, Mary Chapin Carpenter. (There, I’ve skewed the bell curve all out of shape now.)

    Hope you’re having a great afternoon, John, and that your foray at the shelter is productive!

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    Cain says:


    U. Srinivas: Mandolin Duo. Either that or Sailing to Philadelphia (Mark Knopfler). But the carnatic music is strangely inviting on long drives.

    We’ve been going through a lot of carnatic music for some photo sound track for my grandfather’s birthday. I get a little tired after awhile. But if you want to hear some freaky shit, you should listen to “Avial” it’s like indian coldplay. Funky.

    I like listening to Irish folk when driving through the mountains. Old Clannad is one of my favorites.


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    Notorious P.A.T. says:

    Beethoven. “Pastorale” maybe.

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    Anton Sirius says:

    Taj Mahal – Giant Step

    Although I agree about the whole “CD player” nonsense. It’s the 21st century! Contemporize, man!

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    Cain says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    The Spousal Unit is the driver in this household, and if he gets first pick on the player it’ll be classical guitar or Lorena McKennitt. Afterwards it’ll be our compromise artists—Steeleye Span, Melissa Etheridge, Peter Gabriel, Mary Chapin Carpenter. (There, I’ve skewed the bell curve all out of shape now.)

    Loreena McKennit ftw! You should get him to listen to old Clannad that is some kick ass music.


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    Sounds like New Mexico weather, John. :-)

    Under the circumstances, I wouldn’t have any music at all on.

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    GReynoldsCT00 says:

    If I had to pick one song, a really good driving on a gorgeous day tune is “Call Me The Breeze” by Skynyrd…actually that song makes me happy rain or shine.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @Anne Laurie: Hey, while you are here, I wanted to remind you the Tattoosydney politely requested that we have a book open thread at some point tonight. I was hoping that you could fulfill his request later, and I promise not to junk it up with techno music videos. ;-)

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    Wini says:

    “The Essential Bruce Springsteen”

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    Montysano says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum:

    the Allman Brothers is the best live show I’ve ever seen. Hands down. It isn’t even close.

    I saw them two years ago, and they’re still great. The new band, w/Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, is fantastic. Back in the day, I always thought that Berry Oakley was the unsung hero in that band, and Oteil does a good job of filling those shoes. If there’s a more purely American side of music than Hot ‘Lanta/Elizabeth Reed, I’ve yet to hear it.

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    Simone says:

    Walter Salas-Humara’s band “The Silos” 1990 self-titled album…: “The Silos.” Fantastic. I would post a rapidshare link if I could find one, or a torrent. Track it down; wonderful wonderful album; here’s the AllMusic write-up:

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    Laura W says:

    @Anne Laurie: Hey, while you are here, I wanted to remind you that UOme a Sara Steele painting so you can master the art of posting pics here.

    How about this one, in keeping with the Peach Eating theme of this gorgeous day?

    (I promise not to let Ahab junk it up with techno music videos. ;-)

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    Simone says:

    … P. S. … the XHTML description above this comments entry box, for oldies like me… sucks.

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    clay rhys says:

    Bulgarian Wedding Music – Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov.
    Yes, I’m serious.

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    ChrisB says:

    Lots of excellent choices here. I’ll add The Doobie Brothers (e.g., China Grove, Listen to the Music and, needless to say, Rockin’ Down the Highway), Joe Cocker and Eve 6.

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    John Cole says:

    @geg6: Very solidly played. I see you Squeeze and raise you Yaz, Walk Away from Love.

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    Ruemara says:

    If I’m riding, I can have my ipod on for 3 days straight without repeating a single song.

    Top of the list is Frou Frou-“details”, Big Band ReMixed-“blue flame”, Mute Math-“typical” (whole damn album is amazing). The rest might be ican speak chinese for ipod, or ican speak japanese. And I forgot, Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman” off the Verve 2 Remixed album. God I love a well stocked ipod.

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    John Cole says:

    BTW, if anyone is still reading this, I forgot to take the Allman brothers with me. Fortunately, I had Brothers in Arms and Love Over Gold in the glove compartment or I would have had to turn around.

    Also, kitties today were adorable. Was particularly fond of a 12 year old named Smokey who had an underbite. I pet him for a solid 45 minutes and he was just a total attention whore.

    Tunch is standing over the keyboard staring at me and sniffing. I think I am in trouble for cheating.

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    Carrie says:

    I don’t drive….yet.
    Trampled Under Foot by Zeppelin always struck me as a happy/fast driving song.

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    Death By Mosquito Truck says:

    I think I am in trouble for cheating.

    Nothing says I’m sorry like a can of tuna.

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    bago says:

    Ah, a CD player. How quaint.

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    Svensker says:

    How to choose?

    Van Morrison “Sense of Wonder” album.

    Joe Cocker, anything pretty much.

    If I want to get in the zone, some Philip Glass.

    If I want to drive fast and happy, Corelli and/or Vivaldi.

    Joe Bonamassa for the groove.

    Richard Thompson, Jealous Words, any old time.

    Rachmaninoff’s Vespers if I’m feeling quiet.

    Or, if it’s Sunday night, Christine Vitale’s “Group Harmony Hour” from 8-9 p.m. on 89.1 WFDU.fm, stream it live on the web. For new doo-wop, as well as some old. Plus TONS of Jersey attitude.

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    DougJ says:

    I always thought the Allmans’ “Blue Sky” should be the theme for a Georgia state tourism campaign (they’re from Macon).

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    cleek says:

    the two live Gillian Welch EPs, Some Girls, Shins “Chutes Too Narrow”, etc..

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    JenJen says:


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    Turgidson says:

    @John Cole:

    Tunch is standing over the keyboard staring at me and sniffing. I think I am in trouble for cheating.

    Are you getting this on tape?

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    magisterludi says:

    Heavy Weather- Weather Report got us thru many a long drive. Birdland is irresistible.

    Anything Walter Fagen-related, too. Especially in a convertible.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    I don’t have a CD player in my car, and I don’t have an iPod. I listen to MPR (NPR) and ball games. Or I just switch from station to station. Or I turn off the radio.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Ruemara: oo, I love Frou Frou

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    @John Cole:

    Ah, my favorite Dire Straits album. Good choice.

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    lr says:

    Flying west on I-10 (at one time the most undermaintained interstate in the nation) to New Orleans, singing Brown Sugar and Jumping Jack Flash at the top of our lungs…ahh, good times…

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    PaulW says:

    a burn CD mix of 80s pop and punk… Plimsouls, Siouxie, Police, Smithereens, Killers, Clash, early U2 (pre-Achtung). For backup, the 4-disk Led Zepp box set.

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    Hedley Lamarr says:

    I’m mainly concerned that you couldn’t figure out whether it was going to rain. Real men are weather hawks!

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    Going Galt + A drive in the country + Music = Pre-90’s Rush.


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    David Atkins says:

    Mozart’s Requiem :-)

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    calling all toasters says:

    Gotta love Anton for picking Taj Mahal and Gus for Sam Brown’s “Horse to Water.” But for a ride through idyllic, pastoral redneckia, there’s nothing like mellowing out to “Ready to Die.”

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    Ed in NJ says:

    Depends on the mood, but lately it’s been one of either Son Volt-Trace, Six of the Best (a fan-created recording on a 1982 Genesis w/ Peter Gabriel reunion) or The Hold Steady-Boys and Girls in America.

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    Bad Horse's Filly says:

    @geg6: I was going to go with J. Geils, great for spring/early summer driving songs. Then you mention Squeeze and I’d have to say great choice, too. Both remind me of great days of my youth in Boston.

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    Ash Can says:

    I listen almost exclusively to classical and jazz these days, but in a situation like that I believe Earth Wind & Fire would be first on the playlist.

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    geg6 says:

    Glad I got the Squeeze fans going. I went to run some errands and get groceries just after posting abd grabbed some CDs to take along. I grabbed randomly and came up with Elvis Costello’s Greatest Hits and Bob Marley Legend. Put the top down on the convertable and rocked out to the songs of my college days. It was awesome. Now I will make my chicken and veggies in white wine, garlic, and rosemary sauce and settle in for some hockey. GO PENS!

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    Fulcanelli says:

    Anything by the Hellecasters. Loudly. Early 70’s Van Morrison or a good blues mix…

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    gus says:

    I should mention that the CD I burned and described above is not in my car at the moment. It’s lost.

    I tend to play the same stuff over and over. So, these days I’m driving around with two CD’s. The first is “Something for You” by Eliana Elias, her tribute to Bill Evans. The second is “Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quintet,” an effective amalgam of bluegrass, old-time music, and a few of Washburn’s adapted Chinese songs, sung in Mandarin. Having Bella Fleck in the group is a Very Good Thing.

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned “Riders on the Storm” which seems to me to be almost a quintessential driving tune.

    And, what about “Good Vibrations”, “Help Me Rhonda” and “Sloop John B?”

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Something live; probably a noncommercial recording of either Springsteen (doing a summer show), The Who, The Decemberists, Dire Straits (probably one of those awesome 1985 shows), or The Grateful Dead, or, more specifically, the entire Last Waltz by The Band (including all of the tracks that didn’t make it onto the commercial version), or The Byrds performing in Amsterdam in 1970.

    Also: Fern @73: Thanks for reminding me; add Home in Halifax (Stan’s great live album) to my list.

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    Concerts? Someone mentioned concerts.

    As a young lad I saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium, but only saw them. Could not hear a note. Scary, really.

    Saw one at Fillmore East in maybe winter-spring 1970, Allman Brothers opened, Love was second and the Grateful Dead closed. All three acts put on great shows (Arthur Lee’s voice was amazing), and some of the Allmans and Love joined the Dead for encores that went early into the next morning. Sat in the back and drank red wine. I lived on Avenue B back then and walking home at 3a.m. through the burnt out tenements was taking your life in your hands. Great music though, and worth it.

    Then there was the “Farewell America” tour (check out the book title) with Mink DeVille, Rockpile and Elvis Costello & The Attractions. Costello did the South American version of “Less Than Zero.” Really great show, but then I was really loaded too.

    Am I noticing a trend here?

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    ascap_scab says:

    It is 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, there is a cool breeze, and you are about to take a drive in the country. What is in your CD player?

    Depends on how fast I want to get there.
    Quickly — American Speedway
    Slowly — The Smithereens

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    Anne Laurie says:

    What an amazing place the Intertoobz are, without the dark glamour (original sense) of the links faeries this old folkie would never have run across the band NIGHTWISH:

    Over the Hills & Far Away

    And I wish to state for the record that Tuomas Holopainen is the closest I’ve seen to my idea of Greebo in human form…

    He’s Just A Big Softy Reely

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    Anne Laurie says:

    You should get him to listen to old Clannad that is some kick ass music.

    Yah, I *knew* I’d forgotten someone! We got our first Clannad LP in the late 70s, when we were part of an audience of maybe two dozen at a house performance in Ann Arbor. The Spousal Unit even likes some of the early Enya tracks, although solo she’s a little too air pudding for my unsophisticated ear.

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    gus says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Fairport Convention when Sandy Denny was in the band?

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    Jim-Bob says:

    I think any decision that concludes that the Allman Brothers is music really IS a no-brainer…

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    gus says:

    @Bob In Pacifica:

    Best concert for me: Rahsaan Roland Kirk in a tiny basement club in Ohio. Some drunk jerk in the audience kept shouting out “Chuck Berry!” He just wouldn’t shut up. Finally, Kirk quoted the opening riff from “Johnny B. Goode.” The small crowd cheered and the drunk stayed quiet.

    Worst concert: Santana and Clapton on a double bill in a huge metal bandbox with rotten acoustics. Santana was all wrapped up in his guru at the time, while Clapton was all wrapped up in heroin. Shoulda been great. Was awful.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Bob in Pacifica @140:

    Best shows I ever saw were Peter Gabriel, with Stevie Ray Vaughn opening (major difference in styles, and both were great); The Who at Shea Stadium in 1982 (it was cold, but after splitting a gallon of screwdrivers among the five of us, we weren’t feeling it); Renaissance at My Father’s Place on Lawn Guy Land (the venue is tiny, and getting backstage afterward was splendiferous); and the Grateful Dead with some of the Neville Brothers at Giants Stadium (Iko Iko rocked! Also, there was apparently a tornado warning up, storms were all around us, and the band was totally grooving). Ah, to be young again…

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    LD50 says:

    Fairport Convention when Sandy Denny was in the band?

    My wife saw Sandy Denny at the Troubadour in LA about 2 years before she died. She sat about 6 feet from her. I am *way* jealous.

    She also got to hang out in a bar a little bit with her beforehand. I asked her what Denny was like, and she said “loud”.

    She also saw Love and the Seeds opening for the Beatles at Dodger Stadium in ’66. *sigh*…

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    Montysano says:

    My first concert? Jimi Hendrix and Chicago Transit Authority at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis. I was 15. My mom drove me 20 miles to the show, went home, then drove 20 miles back. I don’t think I was ever quite the same.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:


    Best concert for me, just on all ’round quality of experience:

    Bill Graham memorial concert, Golden Gate Park

    Worst concert, same reason:


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    Lettuce says:

    #78, eric:

    Blister In The Sun is last on my list. Ugh.

    And the bass player is also last, and I have reason to have him last. (When you spend a minute part of your life trying to get someone, you ought to call the person up in the future if you get famous.)

    On the other hand: As much as I detest him, he’s done a great thing with his son.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Tunch is standing over the keyboard staring at me and sniffing. I think I am in trouble for cheating.

    And for not bringing any back home for Tunch! Who needs a hairy housemate dammit!!!

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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole@ Top:

    It is 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, there is a cool breeze, and you are about to take a drive in the country. What is in your CD player?

    XTC – Skylarking
    Van Morrison – Into the Music
    Yo La Tengo – Fakebook, or maybe Painful or Electro-Purra
    Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights
    Joni Mitchell – Court & Spark
    The ‘Mats – Hootenanny or Tim
    Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
    New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
    Husker Du – New Day Rising
    Something by Astrid Gilberto
    Maybe something from Jenny Lewis and/or Neko Case

    Clearly my imaginary CD player in my imaginary car has a very large multi-disk tray.


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    OriGuy says:

    Driving music? Can’t beat the Beach Boys. Early Jefferson Airplane works, too. These days, though, I’m more into folk and Celtic. I’m on a Fairport kick at at the moment.
    I saw Loreena McKennitt a few years ago after The Book of Secrets came out. That was a great show.

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    JackieBinAZ says:

    The indie crowd needs some representation so I’ll offer mine – Radiohead’s Pablo Honey (Kid A on the other hand is terrible car music), Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone and The Stage Names by Okkervil River.

    The Gin Blossoms are the headliners this month at a county-sponsored barbecue in Flagstaff. We get Ween in September.

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    gray lensman says:

    I’m in the ’94 Miata and the weather is nice, it’s Freddie King’s “Burglar” with the top down. If it’s raining, I Iisten to the rain on the soft top and the tires hissing on the asphalt.

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    Tattoosydney says:


    Hey, while you are here, I wanted to remind you the Tattoosydney politely requested that we have a book open thread at some point tonight. I was hoping that you could fulfill his request later, and I promise not to junk it up with techno music videos. ;-)

    Awww. Thanks.

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    Phoebe says:

    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

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    Steeplejack says:


    Love Power Peace and Fillmore East are both in my top five, and I don’t even usually like live albums.

    Another great live album is Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. Highlight for me: Neil Young’s against-the-grain guitar solo on “My Back Pages” after Eric fucking Clapton has already done a solo a verse or two earlier. Genius answer to every guitarist’s nightmare: how do I follow Clapton?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Laura W:

    Bonnie Raitt.

    I have a soft spot for Takin’ My Time, because “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” is one of my all-time favorite songs.

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    Janefinch says:

    Hayes Carll. You like “real” country…check out “Trouble in Mind”. “She Left me for Jesus” is an instant classic.

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    TomStPaul says:

    Easy choice. The Bogmen – Life Begins at 40 Million

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    katiemc says:

    @Ash Can: YES.. ” do you remember..the 21st of September” This song makes me happy, happy when played at top volume while driving 75!

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    clearly the answer is straight outta comptom by nwa.

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