Does anyone have any particular favourite music they love to listen to when on the road? I love to listen to music when on a bus journey watching the world go by outside the window. A particular favourite of mine for this is the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. How about you?
#1 steve74 has been a member since 27/1/2010. Posts: 4
Into the Wild soundtrack is a really good call for road music. Love old punk/post-punk on the road: Meat Puppets, the Fall, Wire, Gang of Four, Soft Boys, Gun Club, the Replacements, the Damned, Birthday Party/Nick Cave. Also really dig Big Star when out and about. Cheap Trick. Can. Neil Young. Grateful Dead. Tom Waits. Bill Laswell. Sun City Girls. We have a solid collection of folk and pop from all over South East Asia, so always have some regionally appropriate tunes on hand and carry along burned CDs to give out to local folks we meet along the way.
I really like the idea of having local music for the place you're travelling in. I'll be heading to South East Asia later in the year so you'll have to recommend some!
#3 steve74 has been a member since 27/1/2010. Posts: 4
the bizarre and amazing Sublime Frequencies label can be thanked for much of our collection of SEAsian music, run by well-traveled Sun City Girl Alan Bishop. Check out their offerings Sublime Frequecies, order online from Forced Exposure
#6 steve74 has been a member since 27/1/2010. Posts: 4
"I really like the idea of having local music for the place you're travelling in."
Yes, indeed. Apropos of that, here's a couple of suggestions for travel through Cambodia (newly come to me):
> soundtrack to the film "City of Ghosts" (filmed mostly in Phnom Penh and Kep, and the movie itself is worth a serious watch).
> cross-cultural suggestion: Dengue Fever (the band, not the illness). LA-based group, Cambodian singer, many re-makes of 60's and 70's (pre-Khmer Rouge) Khmer pop/rock songs ... some of it is like surf guitar goes to Phnom Penh.
In any case, I think you need different moods of music for the differing moods of travel, no?
Have fun with it, and happy travels!
I managed to leave home with a set of loudspeakers, fancy headset, an iPod charger, an iPod charger adapter... but left the iPod in the bathroom (d'oh!) so I got a CD player in BKK & bought my music along the way.
I was really impressed by a place in Phnom Penh - I'm struggling to remember the name but it was advertised all over the place in the lakeside area. They had the most comprehensive mp3 assortment I've seen anywhere.
I was listening to Eddie Vedder, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead's 'In Rainbows', Radio1 Live Sessions and a little known band called The Durutti Column which do some fantasticly atmospheric music. Then I bought a guitar and all hell broke loose.
Still wish I'd had my iPod though... :)
Cunningmcfar, got to agree with Tom Waits. its prety much the best thing to have on while your floating about.
#9 45baht has been a member since 25/1/2010. Posts: 21
Re City of Ghosts, some of that soundtrack features music from the Cambodia Rocks compilation. You can download them all from here:
It is a cracking collection of music and I used one of the tracks as the backgrounder for my first stab as video, which you can see here.
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yup, the Cambodian Rocks series, well, rocks. Sinn Sithamouth is a genius, Ros Sereysothea as well. There are a couple of films about them and the the Khmer rock scene, The Golden Voice and Don't Think I've Forgotten. Haven't seen them yet, but I here's a trailer for Don't Think I've Forgotten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGFI6AH9KJ8
sorry try this one:
CunningMcFar: Great trailer! Thanks for sharing.
It's amazing to see how Cambodian culture flourished, in new directions, in the 60's and 70's. This has to do with music, and also with architecture (see http://www.vannmolyvannproject.org/Home_Page.html and also http://newkhmerarchitecture.blogspot.com/2008/09/teacher-training-college-russian.html ).
And it was all brought to a bloody end by the Khmer Rouge.........
If you're into music, and will be in Hanoi in May, there is an international music festival on. Dengue Fever (amongst many others are playing).
More info here: http://www.camafestival.com/indexen.html
Thanks for all the posts above. I have been spending time tracking down the music from City of Ghosts, Dengue Fever - and reading a bit about the Khmer music of the 60's and 70's. Interesting stuff!
busylizzy: Thanks for the information! I'm not going to be that way until December and January. Too bad --- I was just saying this morning, how great it would be if Dengue Fever were to be playing a gig in Phnom Penh when we're there..........
Have fun with your musical explorations. That 60's and 70's Khmer music is very cool, no?
One other thing: All the original music would've been cut on vinyl, of course. If you come across a source for any of that, or for originals transferred to digital/CD, please pass it on.
I like to have a selection of music as what i listen to depends on my mood or the scenery or the feel of a place. for example in Goa i listened to a lot of trance and beach house.