So, this Monday we chatted to the lead singer of a band that may have created the definitive road trip album – Bootstraps’ Jordan Beckett.
Since he’s clearly the authority on the best possible tunage for long distance drives, we thought we’d ask the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter to make us a little playlist, with the Top 5 Road Trip Songs of All Time.
Luckily for us, Jordan was happy to oblige, saying, “The ‘Of all time’ part is a little overwhelming, but here’s a few that I think work together…”
Ocean Breaths Salty: Modest Mouse
“Isaac Brock is a fucking brilliant lyricist. His cynicism is as brutal as it is insightful and touching… He does all three in the first lines here:
Your body may be gone, I’m gonna carry you in.
In my head, in my heart, in my soul.
And maybe we’ll get lucky and we’ll both live again.
Well I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. Don’t think so.”
Mutual Slump: DJ Shadow
“Endtroducing is one of those albums you get lost in. The more you listen, the more you hear.”
Track 4: Sigur Ros
“You need something extraordinary to sing in a made up language and have listeners completely understand.”
I Can See The Pines Are Dancing: AA Bondy
“Bondy’s songs feel lived in. They have a warm familiarity and a sweet melancholy that isn’t heavy and depressing, but rather, sincere and human.”
Coming Down: Anais Mitchell
“This song hits on all levels of greatness. From her performance to the content here… it’s just too perfect.”
Bootstraps’ own road trippy loveliness is available on iTunes.