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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Road trip: a list of records for driving

From tomorrow until Sunday I'll be on a road trip, a small break (somewhat forced) from work. But before leaving and following Kathryn Calder's idea/list you can read on the recommendable music website, here's my list of records that, in my opinion, must-be on any unforgettable indie music trip. That's what we'll be hearing in our car tomorrow. Which would be yours? Have fun!

Highway Revisited- Bod Dylan. Mandatory. A classic among classics. Hard for me to imagine a song that fits the road better that the iconic "Like a Rolling Stone". "Blonde on Blonde" won't we a bad choice either. Perfect start.

The Joshua Tree- U2. The second undisputed and personal classic that had to be included. Songs with a cinematic quality, that evoke landscapes, ideal for the open spaces and long roads.

Murmur- R.E.M. And the third masterpiece. A unique record, mysterious and joyful at the same time.

Suck It and See- Arctic Monkeys. Sunny day ahead on the road? Then it's a perfect choice. Don't forget your sunglasses!

Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand. We accelerate the rhythm as we drive. Uptempo, dynamic and catchiest indie-rock. Plus is one of the favourite bands of the driver, so I have to concede her that.

I Love Your Glasses/Fuerteventura- Russian Red. On the list 'cause we'll see her gig on Friday at Mercat Música Viva de Vic. Besides, her songs are perfect for a sunny and lazy early afternoon.

Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes/The King Is Dead- The Decemberists/ The Rip Tide- Beirut. This trio of records/artists come "in a pack" because this is the perfect music for a trip to the countryside. As a matter of fact, any record from them will do.

The Back Room- Editors/Turn On the Bright Lights- Interpol. Change of mood, more somber, upbeat and gloomy. Great choices for night driving.

Central Reservation- Beth Orton. My choice for late night/early morning driving. What else could be better than returning home lulled by Beth's voice?

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