When you're in a band, it's inevitable that you'll eventually be on the road. At first it sounds exciting, and for most, it is. However, when hour-long trips turn into day-long trips, it can get exhausting. For that reason, music plays an important part in the process. Yes, of course your favorite bands have their own favorite bands that make them feel nostalgic, and today SoCal rock band HAWAI
share an exclusive playlist for Baeble which consists of 20 songs that they love to listen to on the road. Songs that make them feel nostalgic, artists that they've performed with... Whatever it is, they have also shared an intimate explanation of each song. Also check out their catchy new single "I'm Not Dead" below.
1. Kurt Vile - "Wakin on a Pretty Day"
This is the perfect song to start a playlist and to start your morning drive to work. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and start your day off right. It's one of those songs that is super repetitive and just keeps going and you wish it never stopped.
2. Cass McCombs - "What Isn't Nature"
Cass has to be on every playlist. He's got a song for every situation and every time of day. The exact situation I'm thinking of for this song is that I just went to Taco Bell and now I'm driving to the beach with the windows down and I'm eating a crunch wrap.
3. The War on Drugs - "I Was There"
Great record. Great song. This whole album feels like driving to me. Some songs are night driving songs, some are morning songs. This one is a sunset song, like that perfect time of day when everything is golden orange and you're on a drive and you just feel relaxed and happy. This is the song I want in that moment.
4. Wilco - "Either Way"
This has to be the most summer driving album of all time. Besides maybe Summerteeth. This song starts off the Sky Blue Sky
record and perfectly captures the titles mood. As I'm listening to it, I'm driving to Palm Springs in my mind.
5. Thee Oh Sees - "The Contraption/Soul Desert"
Let's be honest, I could have chosen this song specifically or any other of their other songs. They're pretty much all the same, but that's a great thing. You always know what you're going to get with Thee Oh Sees and they are always reliable for a good drive when you just want to listen to loud music and not think about anything.
6. The Stands - "I Need You"
I know nothing about this band at all. I don't know where they come from, how many albums they have, if they're still a band at all? I don't think I've ever even heard another one of their songs before. However, this may be one of the best songs of all time. Bold claim I know, but it's undeniable. I dare you to listen to this without smiling. A while back, Jake and I were driving from Santa Barbara to Orange County and listened to it over and over and over until we got home. It's a very sentimental driving song for us.
7. Hazel English - "Make It Better"
We recently played a few shows with Hazel English and became good friends and are big fans of her music. When you are playing shows with the same band every night, it's easy to develop a bond and appreciation for certain songs. All of her songs are great, but this is my favorite and it reminds me of leaving Phoenix after our last show with them and just feeling really good about life.
8. Deerhunter - "Revival"
This album, Halcyon Digest,
is the one that got me really into Deerhunter. It's such a solid, upbeat and fun album. Bradford Cox is such an interesting and entertaining songwriter and this is a standout song. Back when CDs were a thing, this is the only one I had in my car and it didn't come out for probably a year. When I hear this song, I just think of my steering wheel and my CD player and everything else inside my car. This song is driving for me.
9. The Strange Boys - "This Girl Taught Me a Dance"
There was one summer I remember in particular that I probably went to the beach about 6 days a week all summer long. At the same time I was really into The Strange Boys. It was the perfect soundtrack to driving to the beach and drinking beers and being an idiot with your friends. Sometimes I will turn this on the car and reminisce about a time with no responsibilities.
10. The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow
I think I first heard this song on The Darjeeling Limited
and fell in love with it. I went out and bought the Lola vs. Powerman CD and finally replaced my Deerhunter CD in my car and listened to this album for the next year. This song is such a classic. Guaranteed to make any drive a little better.
11. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Fright Night (Nevermore)"
I was lucky enough to spend some time in Kenya a few years back. During my time there I made a little movie documenting my life there. We filmed us driving around town in weird cars and motorcycles and discovering the most insane stuff you could imagine. It's a really good video by the way, I hope you get to see it someday. Anyways, this is the song we put to the video, and every time I hear it I'm transported back to Africa driving on the opposite side of the road dodging dogs and chickens in the street.
12. Opeth - "Masters Apprentices"
I used to be very heavily into Death Metal. Mostly from the Scandinavian region. Opeth was my favorite band. I remember I had a job that I worked at 6 AM everyday and this is the song I would put on my way to work to wake me up. It's so heavy and straightforward it almost makes me laugh because it's so ridiculous. I had to throw this on the list because it was my morning car song for a long time, although I don't expect it be yours.
13. Radiohead - "There, There"
Always up for controversial debate, this could be Radiohead's best song of all time? Well I don't care what you think, it's my best song. I could talk forever about all the reasons why it's the perfect song, but Radiohead doesn't need any of my hype. Turn it on in your car and just float to your destination.
14. Porches - "Be Apart"
A great song.
15. Eliot Sumner - "Information"
We were lucky enough to play a show with Eliot, and I couldn't remember the last time before that where I was so impressed with a band. After that night, this song became a staple in my drives. It's so drive-y and drive-ish. Turn it on and you will know what I'm talking about.
16. AA Bondy - "Surfer King"
This song choice is specifically for when you are driving late at night in downtown LA or any other big city. Turn this song up loud and look up at all the buildings and lights. Where is AA Bondy by the way? Can someone who knows him tell him to please come back. We miss you.
17. Sun Kil Moon - "Lost Verses"
I know Mark Kozelek is from San Francisco, that may be subconsciously the reason Sun Kil Moon takes me directly to driving around SF. I picture Ocean Beach on a foggy, cold day. I would have chosen a song from Ghosts of the Great Highway
but it's not on Spotify, so this is next best. There may not be a song that makes me feel as warm inside as this does.
18. Bob Seger - "Shakedown"
You can't go on a road trip without blasting Bob Seger classics. It's quintessential driving music. The Silver Bullet Band was another one that is not on Spotify. This is the only one I could find and I've never heard it before, but it's Bob Seger so I'm sure it's amazing.
19. Girls - "Lust for Life"
A fun song perfect for sunny drives. It talks about girlfriends and pizza and sun tans and beach houses and lots of other fun stuff. I do believe there is an F word or two in there too so beware! NSFW.
20. Smith Westerns - "All Die Young"
Jake used to live in Nashville and I went out to visit him a few times. On one of the times I made another video much like my Africa video. This is the song I put on it and it reminds me of being young and driving around Nashville. It probably won't remind you specifically of that, but it's a good song and it's sentimental to me, so it makes the list.
Listen to HAWAI's latest single "I'm Not Dead" below: