Rockstar Playlist: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Josh Epstein of the automotively-named rockers offers up the ultimate road-trip mix.

ENTERTAINMENT  |  October 8, 2013By David Swanson

The Talking Heads - "Road To Nowhere"
"I am a believer in music as a tone setter, so what better way to begin a road trip than with the ultimate road trip jam?"

 
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Mi Si Ba To"
"This is a criminally obscure band from the Republic of Benin, West Africa. Try and not move a little bit when it's playing."

 
Shigeto - "Perfect Crime"
"Though he is from a town only 30 minutes from us, I first learned about Shigeto from my Grandma - who plays bridge with his Grandma. It's a small world if you're Jewish sometimes."

 
Man Man - "Head On"
"I've so far only heard this song on the radio while I'm driving, but it really works in that context."

 
Blackalicious - "Deception"
"This song gets me every time. It's a perfect song. Perfect."

 
Beenie Man - "Sim Simma" 
"I first heard this song while driving around in Jamaica. I was probably high, but it was an instant favorite."

 
Kanye West - "Heard Em Say"
"Kanye is a polarizing dude, but him with Jon Brion is unmatchable. Also, when he wants to be, he can be heart-wrenchingly cutting."

 
Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum"
"The production on this track (by Christian Rich) is the perfect bed for Earl to do his thing."

 
Aretha Franklin - "I Say A Little Prayer"
"This song was recorded by accident. Aretha and her girlfriends/singers were sitting around between takes one day and started singing this. The producer rolled the tape, and boom."

 
Robyn - "Dancing On My Own" 
"Sometimes you need to have a shameless 'top of your lungs' kind of singing moment. Might I suggest doing it here."

 
Disclosure - "Latch"
"One of the most cohesive records of the past few years. It's a winner."

 
Sister Nancy - "Bam Bam"
"If you really listen to this recording, it's sort of sloppy. The delay setting is super weird on the vocal. But it just sounds so good. "

 
Little Wings - "Look At What The Light Did Now"
"This is a song that Feist has sort of made popular, but the original is in my opinion so much better."

 

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