Friday, August 11, 2006

Waving From Such Great Heights

...I had been meaning to do a post about great albums to listen to whilst travelling for a while. Given the news yesterday, I figure I had better focus on music I like listening to on trains - as opposed to in the car, when I often have to figure other people's tastes in there. Hey, it's only polite.

A while ago, I went to Oban for a Stag weekend, which was huge fun. The thought of the long train journey (no car at time) didn't appeal, particularly, but until it got dark, the scenery was fantastic. And I had music with me.

So great travel albums? Razorlight's Up All Night. Sigur Ros' Agaetis Byrjun (see a couple of posts below). Kraftwerk are a definite - but I would put Man Machine ahead of Autobahn (ooh! sacrilege!!) REM's Murmur...but my favourite travel album would have to be Give Up by The Postal Service. It's just fantastic. Ben Gibbard is a member of Death Cab For Cutie, who I like, but this is my favourite release of his that I have heard.

If you go to their website you can download three tracks, the same three you can download on the Subpop site. They do have a Myspace page as well. If 'such Great Heights' doesn't make you want to dance around the room (though I appreciate this may be a bit, y'know, forward on a train, then shame on you!) Get there and get downloading!

Then go and buy the album.


rick said...

i'd like to propose "Destroy Rock n Roll" by Mylo - which you told me about before became mainstream - and Furious Angels by Rob Dougan - it is a pity Clubbed to Death has been so over(ab)used as the album in it's entirety is a great musical journey.


unknown said...

ALl great choices Ed.

And I'd actually agree with you re; the Kraftwerk comment. So we are both going to hell for that one :)

My travelling album of choice would be 'Script of the Bridge' by The Chameleons. It has to be heard on a bus though. And it has to be played on an old-style tape walkman. The weather has to be a dull grey. It has to be around 4pm in September / October time. You have to be travelling from East to West coast Scotland and it has to be circa 1988-1990...

Not that I'm fussy or anything like that.

I have my own time machine... :)

JuzNik said...

I think I shared Colin's headphones in the past :P

Sorry for the delay, I meant to reply to this ages ago.

A bit of a commercial one here, but B52s "Cosmic Thing" is one of my travelling Favourites. Theres nothing quite like crossing the England Scottish Border at about 8pm during the summer just as the sun is going down and having Topaz playing.