FMD — Travel Music

Today I'll be off on my annual 175-mile weekend bike trip on the Paul Bunyan trail. It's a lot of fun and even though I will burn probably over 10,000 calories riding my bike, I will also consume close to that same amount of beer (and food).

I'm long past the day when I would listen to music while I rode, way too dangerous for this guy with all the distracted drivers out there but I know people who still do. But it got me thinking about travel music. Is there a certain band or kind of music you like to listen to while traveling? For me driving doesn't matter, I can take any kind of music. However, for some reason I have always thought R.E.M. goes well with train travel. Back when I lived out east and also was in Europe, I would always listen to R.E.M., it just kind of brought me back in time and was complimentary to the motion of the train.

Any specific travel music you enjoy? Or not. Don't forget to drop your lists.

20 thoughts on “FMD — Travel Music”

  1. Speaking of great music to travel to, check out here for your full preview of the Summer Mix. It's a raw, uncut mix in that I still haven't gotten around to figuring out how to break it into separate but seamless tracks. There are 3 files there, all are the same thing, just different levels of quality.

    I think this year's turned out really, really well actually. Very "summery".

    “Reggae Got Soul” – Toots & The Maytals
    “Street Fighter Mas” – Kamasi Washington
    “Once In A Lifetime” – Angélique Kidjo
    “Ramble Tamble” – Creedence Clearwater Revivial
    “Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest of Them All” – Father John Misty
    “Life Ain't Fair And The World Is Mean” – Sturgill Simpson
    “Overtime” – Shopping
    “The Scene Between” – The Go! Team
    “D.A.N.C.E.” – Justice
    “Everybody Wants To Be Famous” – Superorganism
    “All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    “Subterranean Brainblow” – Peaking Lights
    “Tilted” - Christine and the Queens
    “Zydeco Gris-Gris” – BeauSoleil
    “Raspberry Beret” – Prince
    “Get To Know Ya” – NAO
    “Cliffs Of Dover” – Eric Johnson
    “New Ways to Fail” – Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
    “Summertime” – Ella Fitzgerald
    “The Crusher” – The Novas
    “Girlfriend” – Anderson East
    “Zombie” – Bad Wolves
    “Summer’s End” – John Prine
    “Bodys” – Car Seat Headrest
    “Can’t Hardly Wait” – The Replacements

    1. Well hey, this might just make a good soundtrack for my travel to NOLA this weekend. (Look out, meat, the librarians are coming!)

    2. Protip for iTunes users: if you go to the "Song Info" section of the mp3 and click on the Remember Play Position box, then the Music app will allow you skip ahead or behind 30 secs. Easier to move around a bit than use the slider.

    3. I was mid-listen when I commented here last night (see below) ... the second bit was every bit as enjoyable as the first. Well does it all, and thanks joe for the invite.

  2. 1. DJ Cheb i Sabbah “Alkher Illa Doffer (Bassnectar Remix)” Underground Communication*
    2. Jan St. Werner “Cervo” Miscontinuum Album
    3. Beastie Boys “Body Movin' Fatboy Slim Remix” Solid Gold Hits (Clean)
    4. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”* Want More
    5. James Blake “I Only Know (What I Know Now)” Klavierwerke EP

    6. Gene Autry “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” The Western Collection
    7. Sonic Youth “Kim Gordon & the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream” Sonic Nurse
    8. Julian Baker “Funeral Pyre” Funeral Pyre 7"
    9. Crumb Brothers “Seat in the Kingdom” Soul Food: an E-6 Mix
    T. Eric Copeland “Guk” Whorehouse Blues 7"
    E. Sonic Youth “NYC Ghosts & Flowers” NYC Ghosts & Flowers

    1. Bonus track on Bassnectar's album.
    4. Wilco cover


    01. “Sweet Leilani” – Werner MullerHawaiian Swing
    02. “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” – Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsDig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    03. “Colleen” – Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band
    04. “Cherry Coffee” (prod. Jam City) – KelelaCut 4 Me
    05. “Missing One” – Bonnie “Prince” Billy Lie Down In The Light
    06. “Running Hands With The Night” – The Joy FormidableHitch
    07. “Loud Places (feat. Romy)” – Jamie xxIn Colour
    08. “Street Singer” – Merle HaggardBest Of The Early Years
    09. “I Feel So Good” – Muddy WatersAt Newport 1960
    10. “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – BeyonceI Am… Sasha Fierce


    1. I listened to Teens of Denial on the road from Fargo to Winnipeg many, many times the year that record came out. It is.

  4. "My Michelle" - Guns N Roses
    "The Jack" - AC/DC
    "Bad Blood" - Bastille
    "Cant Find My Way Home" - Blind Faith
    "Right Place Wrong Time" - Dr. John

    "Pencil Thin Mustache" - Jimmy Buffett
    "Living After Midnight" - Judas Priest
    "There She Goes" - The La's
    "We Found Love" - Rhianna
    "Promises in the Dark" - Pat Benatar

    1. If this is your travel music ... I wanna ride with you, go where you’re going.

  5. I don't have any specific go to travel music, however I tend to listen to whatever I'm into at the time a lot more. That usually ends up with a specific album/artist imprinting on a particular trip (ex: Austin: William Oneyebor, Pittsburgh: early Mitski), and that usually means I'll eventually never listen to it again.

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