Rockstar Playlist: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

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

The Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere”

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“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”

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“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”

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“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”

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“I’ve so far only heard this song on the radio while I’m driving, but it really works in that context.”



Blackalicious – “Deception”

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“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”

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“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”

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“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”

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“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”

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“Sometimes you need to have a shameless ‘top of your lungs’ kind of singing moment. Might I suggest doing it here.”



Disclosure – “Latch”

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“One of the most cohesive records of the past few years. It’s a winner.”



Sister Nancy – “Bam Bam”

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“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”

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“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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David Swanson