Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Tomorrow morning, my sister-in-law will be returning from Iraq. After nearly a year away, she will be mom to her two girls once more, and I will return to being mom to only my own.

And thus, early Friday morning, I'll be heading up to Oregon for a long overdue break. A Sabbath*, if you will.

It'll be about a 9-hour drive, by the way, so I'm happily taking music suggestions.**

*Hat tip to A.J. Jacobs. If you haven't read "The Year of Living Biblically", do it. Do it now!

**Though my 19-month old daughter has already made it clear what she'd like to listen to on the drive up. Yesterday, at the library, she toddled over to the audiobook section and immediately pulled George Carlin's "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?" off the shelf. I really wish I could take credit for that level of awesomeness, but I think it's pretty much all her.


Fiat Lex said...

Soundgarden is a good choice for driving music. My personal fave songs are "Ty Cobb" and "Never the Machine Forever."

You may not know of Local H, but they are loud and angry, and their repetitions and driving rhythms sneakily downplay the piercing intelligence of their lyrics. "Machine Shed Wrestling" and "24 Hour Break Up Session" would both be awesome for driving, and are conveniently located on their most recent album.

Pearl Jam tracks which are good driving songs include "Last Exit" and "Do the Evolution" (which is just good on general principles).

If you like Bjork, my recommendations include "Innocence" and "Nature Is Ancient."

Tori Amos songs which would work include "Professional Widow" (there are some good remixes of it out there as well) and "Raspberry Swirl."

My boyfriend Dave says you need some Dead Hot Workshop, especially "A" and "Burger Christ."

Pretty much anything by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, or their previous incarnation, the Refreshments, makes great driving music. They are a little like Dead Hot Workshop, but a little more polished and well-enunciated and less sad.

If you need a classical music fix, I recommend some Arvo Part. Also I really like Messaien's "Quartet for the End of Time." Here is a link to the awesome story of how he came to write it.

Oh, and Mike Doughty, either solo ("Busting Up a Starbux") or with Soul Coughing ("Soundtrack to Mary") is always a winner.

I'm sure I will think of more recommendations as soon as I surf elsewhere!

:) Enjoy your vacation, and congrats to your sister-in-law for serving and for getting to come home!

Geds said...

The world's greatest driving songs, in no particular order:

Dead Hot Workshop, "A"
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, "Beautiful Disaster" and "Americano"
The Verve, "Rolling People"
Lovehammers, "Straight as an Arrow" and "Black Angel (Not Gonna be the One)"
Alternate Routes, "On and On We Whisper"
Lucky Boys Confusion, "Hey Driver"
Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step" and "#41"
Gin Blossoms, "Learning the Hard Way" and "Lost Horizons
Idlewild, "City Hall" and "No Emotion"
Jimmy Eat World, "A Praise Chorus"
Local H, "White Belt Boys," "High-Fiving MF," "All the Kids are Right," "How's the Weather Down There?"
Manic Street Preachers, "Stay Beautiful"
Mike Doughty, "Ways + Means"
Monster Magnet, "Silver Future" and "Spacelord"
Our Lady Peace, "Will the Future Blame Us?"
Pearl Jam, "Corduroy," "Hail, Hail," "Given to Fly," "Even Flow," "Rearviewmirror," "Gone," "Animal," "Breakerfall," "Inside Job"
Poe, "Walk the Walk," "Wild," "Hey Pretty (Drive-By 2001 Mix), "Could've Gone Mad"
Garbage, "Temptation Waits," "When I Grow Up"
Republica, "Ready to Go"
Radiohead, "Just"
Raine Maida, "Careful What You Wish For," "The Snake and the Crown"
Refreshments, "Banditos," "Nada," "Heaven or the Highway Out of Town," "Tributary Otis"
Richard Ashcroft, "Keys to the World"
School of Fish, "Three Strange Days"
Screaming Trees, "Nearly Lost You," "Sweet Oblivion"
Smashing Pumpkins, "Ava Adore"
Soul Coughing, "Rolling," "Super Bon Bon"
Soundgarden, "Loud Love," "Fopp," "Superunknown," "Like Suicide," "Burden in My Hand," "Ty Cobb"
Spacehog, "In the Meantime"
Stone Roses, "Love Spreads"
Stone Temple Pilots, "Interstate Love Song"

Um, y'know what? I should stop. Unless you don't want me to.

The Woeful Budgie said...


I know of Local H, but the only song I'm familiar with is "Bound for the Floor", which got some radio play for a while.

Pearl Jam is totally a go. I've got that covered. They were one of the first bands I started listening to when I was coming out of the Christian-bubble and developing my own taste in music. Later on, "Corduroy" became sort of a deconversion anthem for me, along with "I Am Mine".

I like Tori, though I think, like with Ani DiFranco, I have a hard time getting into the music itself. I know, I know, shame on me. I keep trying, but I think I'm more of a Fiona Apple kinda gal.

I must confess, though, that I have never Bjorked. (I'm sorry. That's just a name that begs to be verbed.) I may have to give it a go sometime!

Wow! Thanks!

Excellent suggestions, all. This is gonna be a good trip.

sinned34 said...

I know I'm a little late, but I can't help but comment:

For some great Prog Rock, check out Porcupine Tree and Riverside. My recommendations are:

Porcupine Tree - "Lazarus", "Arriving Somewhere Not Here", "Halo", "The Sound Of Muzak", "3", "Blackest Eyes", and "Even Less"
Riverside - "Panic Room" and "Conceiving You"

For modern rock with a "classic" vibe, try Clutch, Audioslave, and the Odds. My favorites:

Clutch - "Regulator", "Mercury" and "The Mob Goes Wild"
Audioslave - "I Am The Highway", "Like A Stone" and "Be Yourself"
Odds - "Eat My Brain" and "Heterosexual Man"

For something heavier yet still accessible, try Ra. My wifes favorites include:

Ra - "Taken", "Rectifier", "I Believe", "On My Side", "Only" and "Say You Will"

For one of the best bands ever, Check out Tool (warning: this is venturing into progressive metal)

Tool - "Aenema", "Forty Six & 2", "Stinkfist", "Schism", "The Pot", "Sober" and "Vicarious"

For "Tool Lite", try A Perfect Circle - all the intelligence of Tool, but a more mainstream sound:

A Perfect Circle - "Passive", "Judith", "Three Libras", "The Hollow", "The Outsider" and "Weak And Powerless"

The premiere black metal band Opeth has a number of very pretty songs that are basically Prog Rock (warning, don't venture far from these songs into the rest of Opeth's discography unless you're a metalhead!):

Opeth - "Harvest", "Windowpane", "Atonement", "To Rid The Disease", and "In My Time Of Need"