Early summer 1990, I had just graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and hadn’t found a job, so my friend Todd and I packed up his Honda Civic and drove around the country. Here’s the long run-on sentence describing the route – We started in Pittsburgh PA, went south, and then all the way across Texas, up into the canyon states, and then across the desert to Los Angeles, up the coast highway to Seattle, down through the pacific northwest and then across the central states, and straight east back to Pittsburgh. I had $300 cash in my pocket, and a credit card (a Discover card – which to my dismay, was a new card at the time, so it wasn’t accepted at many places west of the Mississippi). Most of the days were spent driving between campsites and experiencing the whirlwind of Americana and many of the glorious wonders that Mother Nature and Friends have given us all over the country. Many pictures were taken from the passenger seat of the car (the film canister kind – remember when photos weren’t JPGs?!). ‘Zzyzx Rd’ is one of my favorites. I have a vivid recollection of that day. The weather was perfect, the scenery was perfect (we were driving through the Mojave Desert), great music was playing (many many mix tapes!), the trip had gone really well up to that point, and even though we were constantly driving, we were still having a blast.
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Brontide – Matador (0:00)
Adebisi Shank – Genki Shank (6:06)
Listing Ships – Equus Ager (10:53)
The Fierce And The Dead – 10×10 (15:35)
Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952 (20:00)
Sleepmakeswaves – (Hello) Cloud Mountain (27:01)
The Picturesque Episodes – Gloom And Doom (30:22)
Friend? – Slaps (38:56)
Bleaklow – The Sunless Country III (44:06)
Russian Circles – Death Rides A Horse (50:35)
Bardo Pond – Bog (56:24)