Sunday, August 28

Beautiful Oregon - A Roadtrip Mixtape

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in.
- John Muir

This past year I have been fortunate enough to live in the great state of Oregon.  Portland has an intoxicating vibe of idealism and creativity, but for me the best part of the state has been the unparalleled access to stunning nature areas.  Nowhere else can you get dense old-growth forests, fog-drenched coastal cliffs, clear blue lakes and majestic mountains all within a few hours drive.  The further you get from the city the more it seems like Mother Nature is the one in charge and man is merely permitted to stay on the property.

Of course in order to reach the wilderness you are required to traverse narrow, winding roads where the only sign of civilization is the skeleton of an old barn and a Datsun pickup with weeds growing through it. 

            And on these roads you need music.

Below are many of the tried and tested songs that have made many of these roadtrips special.  Hopefully you can find a way to enjoy them too.  I tried my best to capture the vast and epic quality of Oregon's landscapes.  The first half is all about the open road and the excitement of what is to come.  And the second half is for the night ride home.  Nothing but headlights on the road.  All the windows are down and everyone in the car is trying catch a glimpse of the moon in between the trees. 

  If you want the full experience check out my flickr page for some of the
year's better pictures while you listen.

  1. Paul Simon - Dazzling Blue
    There is a certain spaciousness to this song - like there could be so much more going on, but he keeps it simple to great effect.
  2. Junip - In Every Direction
    Jose Gonzalez's side project is not to be missed.
  3. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
    Great songwriting, americana vibe and raw power make MMJ the obvious go-to on a roadtrip (at least in the States).
  4. The Wood Brothers - Luckiest Man
  5. The Benders - I Can't Wait
  6. The Clean - In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul
    This is the best song I've heard all year.  I must have been asleep at the wheel, because the Clean have been around since '78.   Very excited for their new release, Mister Pop, on 9/8.  They remind me of The Waterboys
  7. Tapes 'n Tapes - Freak Out
    Great chorus.  Not to mention a clever video.  I gave these guys another shot after Outside called them one of the finest garage rock outfits around.
  8. Phish - Golden Age (TV on the Radio cover, Gorge Ampitheatre 8.6.2011)
    TV on the Radio got the Phish treatment at the Gorge this month.  Personally I think they do it better than the original.  They tease out the subdued funk and know how to make the chorus really hit.
  9. Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon - Middle of the Road
    Suntan lotion. Shades. Snacks - check.
  10. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Can't Find My Way Home
  11. Bon Iver - HoloceneIn part named after a Portland club.
  12. Great Lake Swimmers - River's Edge
    Great Lake Swimmers know how to set an atmosphere.  If the lyrics alone don't get you, the way Tony Dekker sings them will.
  13. Bibio - Saint Christopher
    Bibio knows what I'm talking about.  His video for The Ephemeral Bluebell was filmed along the Oregon Coast Highway.
  14. Geotic - Beaming Husband
    Will Wiesenfeld of Bath's has an ambient side project called Geotic.  Definitely some gems in his catalog so far.  Get them for free here.


images: Noel

1 comment:

  1. Michelle BachmanAugust 29, 2011

    smoke em if you got em



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