Spent part of the Christmas holiday driving a wonderful, white Dodge Caravan mini-van, which means it was time for a car rental soundtrack.
This one is a blend of old and new. It’s interesting to see the ruts I get into with my musical tastes; it’s just when I know that I’ll be stuck with music for a week, I want to make sure I can live with the choices.
- Block After Block, Matt & Kim. A new one. I liked the ‘Sidewalks’ album because it sounded kind of retro, but with a huge bass for dance-ability.
- Where’s Your Head At?, Basement Jaxx. Speaking of dance-ability … I think I was re-introduced to this song, I think, from Girl Talk’s free download of “All Day.”
- Walk On, U2. Ok … a veteran of car rental soundtracks nationwide.
- Stone Cold Yesterday, The Connells. Was happy to see that their music was now available for download on Amazon and iTunes. Got this gem to celebrate.
- All My Friends Are Insects, Weezer. This is on the Yo Gabba Gabba Soundtrack, Volume 2. Yes, Volume 2. It’s still a pretty cool song..
- Don’t Wait, Dashboard Confessional. Another veteran.
- Stay Young, Go Dancing, Death Cab for Cutie. A lot of people don’t like the new Death Cab for Cutie, but this song shines.
- mon désir, the violet burning. Love this band. Love this song.
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [Demo-Version], Bob Dylan. Subtly sarcastic. Yum.
- Sounds Like Hallelujah, The Head And The Heart. This album was my favorite download from 2011.
- Boomin’, TobyMac. It’s better loud.
- You Make My Dreams, Hall & Oates. Some songs capture a time period so well that they’re timeless. This may be one of those songs.
- Web in Front, Archers Of Loaf. With a lyric like “You’re not the one who let me down / but thanks for offering,” it’s hard not to like this song.
- Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey. This one sounded out of place on this soundtrack. Sometimes hindsight being 20 / 20 sucks.
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Coldplay. A new one. I like the whole electric-guitar-as-bagpipe thing.
- Who’s Got The Action, Dean Martin. I think every mix cold be the right mix for a little Dean.
- Road Regrets, Dan Mangan.
- If It’s Love, Train.
- Shake It Up, The Cars. Another song from the 80s … Is this a theme?
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Single Version), Bruce Springsteen. Since it was a Christmas trip, it seemed appropriate to end the mix this way.
So, there you have it. If you happened to get a white minivan and this CD was stuck in its player, let me know.
What songs would you have replaced/included?
We’re headed to Detroit in about a month … I’d better start planning for the next one.