Playlist: You’ll Be Traveling For Thanksgiving

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Traveling for the holidays is annoying at best and difficult and time-consuming at worst, which is why drowning out everything around you is the most important.

As a Canadian, I’ve never seen American Thanksgiving before, but this year I will, and it will be at my girlfriend’s parents’ house in northern Arizona where they have woods and bears and guns and Republicans, which isn’t terrifying at all. We have to drive for what should be seven hours but will probably be eleven, and though we will probably be binge-listening to Serial, I hear it will eat exactly one mile of road trying to get out of Los Angeles at rush hour, and so music is so important. Anyway where are you traveling next week? How are you getting there? What are you listening to?

Playlist: You’ll Be Traveling For Thanksgiving

Light Enough To Travel – The Be Good Tanyas
Long Line Of Cars – Cake
Bring Night – Sia
Don’t Cha Stop – The Cars
Dance Apocalyptic – Janelle Monae
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
Lost In The World – Kanye
Night Time – The XX
The City – The 1975
Twilight Galaxy – Metric
Lost – Frank Ocean
Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
Out Of The Woods – Taylor Swift

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  1. No traveling here. I have Thursday off, but I have to work on Friday.

    I might listen to some of the music anyway, however.

  2. Flying from Northampton MA to Detroit MI! Now I’ll be listening to this playlist, because it is the best. Before it would have been Howlin’ Wolf.

    …who am I kidding, it will still be Howlin’ Wolf.

  3. “they have woods and bears and guns and Republicans”
    don’t you have 3 out of 4 of those in Canada

  4. Thanks for the suggestions – I love treating myself to new playlists before trips.

    And yikes, that’s a lot of driving for you – hopefully no snow on the roads. I won’t be driving over the Thanksgiving holiday itself due to my work schedule, but I will be taking a road trip the weekend afterwards with my younger brother to help drive him back to college. It’ll be across the state, about 5 h each way… so not as long as your trip, but still in need of music.

    Some of my travel-related song suggestions: :)

    “Hop a Plane” – Tegan and Sarah
    “Hopeless Wanderer” – Mumford and Sons
    “Breakdown” – Jack Johnson
    “I will follow you into the dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
    “Steer” – Missy Higgins
    “From Finner” – Of Monsters and Men
    “Miles from Nowhere” – Cat Stevens
    “Take me home, country roads” – John Denver

  5. The Stef link just prompted a photo, which was adorable but I couldn’t get in any contact…

    I’m looking for a Tegan and Sara themed workout playlist. I’m talking about not just flash mob-esqe singles from “Heartthrob” but do expect those.
    I want it all, please?


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