Most of us can still remember those days when we were young tots (tadpoles!) buckling up for the seven-hour nightmare of a drive with our family and any mysterious body odors they chose to bring along with them. Sure, road trips can be miserable… if you want them to. But that was not the case in my recent criss-crossing of this country from LA to NYC. I strapped on an optimistic, eager attitude towards some good-ol’-Lewis-and-Clark-style exploration and packed up my VW Jetta (she’s my lil’ Sacagawea) with one personal challenge in mind: to conquer the southern United States by simply driving through it. Ambitious, I know, but that’s how old-school explorers operate. So without further ado, I hereby claim this Tadpole Audio guest mixtape mine in the name of music-loving travelers everywhere!
Last week I all but abandoned you for traveling the old country, so this week I’m coming back with a musical journey across our great nation of the USA. First up of course is the Northeast – the nearest and dearest to my heart. I was born and raised in Connecticut, same as my dad, while my mom still sometimes shows hints of her old Massachusetts twang, even more apparent when visiting any of her seven siblings, most of whom are still residing in Cape Cod. From Boston to Philadelphia to New York City, whether you’re looking for a snowy winter in Vermont, or watching the leaves change driving down the Merritt Parkway through Connecticut – the northeast doesn’t disappoint. It boasts both the country’s onlyStew Leonard’s stores, as well as the Liberty Bell and Empire State Building. How can you beat that?
Other Suggestions: “Chelsea Morning” Joni Mitchell
Man, “Shipping Up To Boston” – what a great use in The Departed, right?
There was one track I was really bummed I couldn’t find. Franz Nicolay – formerly of The Hold Steady – is doing his own solo thing now and released a song on his most recent EP called “New England.” It’s with The Dresden Dolls and is amazing. Listen to it on his myspace page or catch him at the Bootleg Theatre on April 16. Details here.
Lastly, because I rediscovered the absolute JOY of this movie musical during my epic flight home from Europe -and because art that go balls-out to be sappy, silly and fun for the sake of it should never be discredited – here is the video of the day to get you ready for the morning tomorrow: