Portland II and Road Trip Tunes

There are three places we always go when we visit Portland: First Cup, Everyday Music, and Music Millennium.

First Cup Coffeehouse is so tasty, and they’ve just expanded so you can always be sure of getting a seat (inside or out). I always go for the spicy Chai tea, and the lemon ginger poppy seed scone. Ad likes the jalapeno bagel, and Hair Bender coffee. 













Everyday Music and Music Millennium are both great places to go to get cheap used CDs. I’ve found Everyday Music to be a little on the cheaper side. They’ve got a huge selection of used stuff, and lots of bargain CDs that are only one or two dollars. But Music Millennium sometimes has free in-store performances (we saw The Black Angels there once), so they’ve both got their perks! 














Ad and I scoured both music stores to get some cheap new tunes for our road trip back to PA at the end of July. We made the trip from PA to WA last summer w/ only one new album in the car and that was a mistake. Here’s what we got:

Weezer – Pinkerton

Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

Blind Melon

The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine

Devendra Banhart – Oh Me Oh My…

Franz Ferdinand

Pickin’ On Franz Ferdinand, a Bluegrass Tribute

Bill Monroe – 16 Gems

Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites

It’s an odd combination, but we’ll be on the road for days so who knows what mood we’ll find ourselves in! The rule is, we can’t listen to any of them until we start the trip. I may have already listened to Trampled by Turtles and Bill Monroe accidentally. I’m on a bluegrass/newgrass kick at the moment, so I can’t really be blamed.

Any suggestions of must have road trip music?

4 thoughts on “Portland II and Road Trip Tunes

  1. Mike and I always rock out to Best of the Animals on road trips! It is my personal fave, with songs like We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Roadrunner, Baby Let Me Take you Home…perfect for the road and to keep driving energy up.

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