Music for a mountain roadtrip?

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Music for a mountain roadtrip?

by Bubba Suess » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:22 am

Perhaps this has been a thread in the past, but I am curious what music y'all listen to when driving to the trailhead or just driving through scenic country.

For myself, the James Gang and Joe Walsh are my go-to set, though the Eagles are not too far behind, especially if I am in the southwest (there may be a pattern there...). I confess to some Hank Jr too, which is a fall back to my days in the mountains around Chico, CA.

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by Bubba Suess » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:30 am

Do you know Old Crow Medicine Show? I saw them at Hardly Strictly back in October and they were nuts.

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by Sierra Ledge Rat » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:04 am

Sigur Rós


Trippy psychadelic space music from Iceland.

I'll never forget bouncing across the interior highlands of Iceland, the Sprengisandur, looking out across the desert and the ice caps, listening to the first CD by Sigur Rós.

It was like doing acid but better.

But Beethoven's Choral Symphony is a close second!

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by McCannster » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:55 am

I got my pre hike playlist:
Hard Sun, Eddie Vedder
Running Down a Dream, Petty
Under a Glass Moon, Dream Theater
Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
In a Big Country, Big Country
Achilles Last Stand, Zepplin,
Foreplay/Long Time, Boston
Show Me How to Live, Audioslave
Stairway to Heaven, Zepplin
Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits.

And My post hike playlist, for when we get back to the car exhausted, yet psyched we finished:
Through the Fire and Flames, Dragonforce
Tubthumping, Chumbawumba
Panama, Van Halen
Radio Nowhere, Springsteen
Have a Nice Day, Bon Jovi
Nobody, Skindred
Heroes of Our Time, Dragonforce
Summer of 69, Bryan Adams
Barricades of Heaven, Jackson Browne
YYZ, Rush
500 Miles, The Proclaimers

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by kiwiw » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:02 am

sound of silver, LCD soundsystem. and CCR. really good driving music.

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by rmick25 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:58 am

Anything by NEIL YOUNG!!!

Except maybe his 80's album "Landing on Water"

Apparently though his record label Geffen had sued him for making “uncharacteristic” albums, and Landing on Water was just another way to tick them off. Way to stick it to em Neil!
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by SpiderSavage » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:04 am

Bubba - From the looks of your set you need to cross over to The Dead: "The Other Ones."

Also check out Dave Alvin one of my heros from: BootLiquor radio on

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by Mark Doiron » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:43 am

I started boycotting broadcast radio a decade or more ago when the RIAA refused to enter the Internet era for distribution of music. Once they finally did, they started a huge anti-piracy campaign which I found distasteful (no, I don't pirate). It's amazing where your musical tastes will go once freed from the boring, popular crap of Clear Channel Communication. (in its heyday), StationRipper, Zune DJMix, Pandora, Shazam (to ID tracks I hear wherever) and other independent music distribution channels are now my guide. I've found that I really enjoy the music of Amethystium, Peiter Nooten, Alexi Murdoch, Chicane, Age of Echoes, Helio Sequence, Badly Drawn Boys, Air (no, not that Air), Alpha Wave Movement, and a bunch of other mostly indy artists. If you subscribe to ZunePass, you can find many of these artists and download their music for no additional charge (Some of these artists are long since gone to the dust bin of history--thanks to the loss of Thank you, RIAA, for your successful campaign against the competition.). If you are an iPod person--I don't have any advice for you since you'll have to pay for each and every track--that must really suck.

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by splattski » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:45 pm

"Open Country Joy" by Mahavishnu Orchestra is the sound track for the mountain trip movie in my mind.

Also "The Gumbo Variations" by Zappa.

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by dskoon » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:52 pm

Have to agree with the above poster, early Neil is pretty nice, driving through wide-open country. And Dylan.

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by aedwards » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:16 pm

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway


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