Roadtrippin' to a New Life
October 23, 2013 3:16 PM   Subscribe

We're moving to Minneapolis on Monday after seven bad years in DC. We'll be making the drive from DC to MPLS over two days and need a soundtrack. Help us put together a playlist to kick off this new chapter in our lives properly.

We're both huge music fans and are open to anything but would like to keep with songs that embrace themes such as empowerment, rebirth, change, or progress. Since we've got at least 10 hours of driving each day to fill we'd love to have a good solid mix of tunes to keep us occupied and away from local radio and excited about our new life.

We really want a playlist that Jesse Pinkman would have had on full blast in final scene of "Breaking Bad". Bonus points if you can give us songs related to the Twin Cities.
posted by playertobenamedlater to Travel & Transportation around Minneapolis, MN (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Divine Comedy, Tonight We Fly
posted by scody at 3:24 PM on October 23, 2013


Atmosphere, Guns and Cigarettes
posted by craven_morhead at 3:25 PM on October 23, 2013


Husker Du's cover of Love is All Around
posted by goggie at 3:29 PM on October 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


1. Anything off the Rhymesayers label (Atmosphere & Brother Ali are the two big ones)
2. Everything Doomtree, including individual artists (Dessa, POS, Sims)
3. Jeremy Messersmith
4. Polica

All of the above are Minneapolis/Twin Cities-local.
posted by kavasa at 3:37 PM on October 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Replacements, Achin' to Be.
posted by gimonca at 3:38 PM on October 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


Steve Earle, Copperhead Road
posted by Sebmojo at 3:40 PM on October 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yo La Tengo, Spec Bebop.
posted by gyusan at 3:42 PM on October 23, 2013


No twin cities relation but it has to go on there anyway: Six Days on the Road by Taj Mahal.

I also find Graceland by Paul Simon to be a great road song that will hit some of the notes you mentioned.

And stop the MP3 player and tune to 89.3 once you get in range.
posted by ftm at 4:01 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'd go with St. Elmo's Fire.
posted by DingoMutt at 4:04 PM on October 23, 2013


Sia, Breathe Me
posted by dilaudid at 4:04 PM on October 23, 2013


Soul Asylum, Get On Out
Sugar, Hoover Dam
Bob Dylan, Shelter From The Storm
posted by padraigin at 4:05 PM on October 23, 2013


You want The Hold Steady. Great road trip music, battle-hardened but relentlessly optimistic, and a lot of their songs are about Minneapolis to boot.
Constructive Summer

Stay Positive

Stuck Between Stations
posted by malhouse at 4:09 PM on October 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


The entire Purple Rain album.
posted by The World Famous at 4:25 PM on October 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


More for the packing than the driving, but Cardboard Boxes by Loudon Wainwright is my absolute favorite moving song.
posted by jabes at 4:31 PM on October 23, 2013


Newsies, Santa Fe
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:34 PM on October 23, 2013


Listen to We Became Actors, particularly the song I Feel Like This Summer is Gonna Be One Long Hold Steady Song
posted by Area Man at 6:07 PM on October 23, 2013


Minneapolis by that dog. Great song by a great band.
posted by southern_sky at 6:52 PM on October 23, 2013


Trip Shakespeare, Jill Can Drive
(late '80s/early '90s Minneapolis band)
posted by limeswirltart at 7:17 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

Go West by the Pet Shop Boys

Sunshine by Atmosphere

She's Happy by the Gear Daddies

Spanish Pipedream by John Prine

First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
posted by triggerfinger at 7:33 PM on October 23, 2013


Kids by MGMT
posted by rue72 at 7:36 PM on October 23, 2013


This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
posted by otters walk among us at 7:38 PM on October 23, 2013


Don't go back to Rockville "and waste another year" by REM. Encouraging his girlfriend to leave the DC metro. More like a thank goodness we're leaving song :)

Another 80s REM song: Begin the Begin: "let's begin again like Martin Luther Zen, an anthology begins the begin"

Have fun!
posted by bessiemae at 7:40 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rock'N'Roll Is Alive And It Lives In Minneapolis by Prince, if you can get it. Recorded in response to Lenny Kravitz's Rock'N'Roll Is Dead.
posted by Dragonness at 8:40 PM on October 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Don't know if it hits your buttons but Har Mar Superstar's "Lady You Shot Me" will get stick in my head for days when I hear it on the radio. Going an entirely different direction, Trampled By Turtles' "Wait So Long" might be appropriate. Both Minnesota bands.

"And stop the MP3 player and tune to 89.3 once you get in range."

Repeating this in case you missed it in ftm's comment above. Welcome to the Twin Cities. :)
posted by caution live frogs at 5:35 AM on October 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Definitely add Mark Mallman's Minneapolis.

Chorus:
"Get me back to Minneapolis,
Oh Minneapolis,
Back to the Midwest,
Back to the city that river splits."

It's pretty catchy!
posted by mlo at 6:48 AM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Minneapolis is a Funkytown. Legend has it the song was originally written in Minneapolis (but probably about NYC, but it's the sound that matters, and it's a Minneapolis sound for sure). This is an extended mix for your long drive.

The Replacements - Skyway. You'll be happy to find the skyway come wintertime!
posted by kuppajava at 9:08 AM on October 24, 2013


There's a new Suburbs album just out.

And Frank Turner talks about your themes a lot. I loves me some Frank Turner in the car, the louder the better.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:20 AM on October 24, 2013


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