Never Met a Humble Monkey

We are on the road, driving the traffic-at-every-juncture 332 miles between Boston and Paoli, PA for a family visit. Playlists have been played, sandwiches have been eaten, magazines have been read, and now we’re in yet another jam. In New Jersey. No surprise there. (But seriously, Jersey is cool. Just not the highway and 60% of the shore).

There’s an air of manic desperation being circulated by our leaking A/C. We are hitting rock bottom and we’ve still got two and a half hours to go.

Solution #1: Best Dave Matthews imitation. It’s a draw – Matt sounds like a mix between Dave and Jimmy Fallon’s imitation of one of the Bee Gees. I managed a closer approximation of Dave if he was fused with an 90 year old male country singer. Try this with “Tripping Billies” – it’ll get you through about five minutes. Two more if you argue about the winner afterward.

Solution #2: Since we’re already listening to Dave Matthews Band (only the old stuff, please), a long conversation ensues about how monkeys are not humble, even if to say one is serves your song transition. Which in turn inspires talk of
what kind of tweets the Proudest Monkey would post.

Just ate your last banana. #ProudestMonkey

Nailed zookeeper with dookie. Match point. #ProudestMonkey

Poked your mom. #ProudestMonkey

We don’t know how twitter works, but this takes up another ten minutes in traffic.

Solution #3: Fantasy car shopping. If you had to pick one of the 1039 cars within view to be your next car, which would you pick? This takes up another three minutes until Matt almost rear ends a truck. End of game. (But first he chose the blacked-out BMW M6).

Two hours and ten minutes to go. Now what?

Also, how do people road trip with kids? #becauseisaidso


Your Every Playlist Song

This picture has nothing to do with anything.

Besides Ween’s “Your Party” (a song worthy of its own post, really) and the almighty “Sledgehammer,” another tune that merits its 4 minutes and 22 seconds on your playlist is Allen Toussaint’s version of “Blue Drag 07.”

Allen Toussaint – Blue Drag (Audio HQ) by STARDUST72

It’s equally superb over a summer thunderstorm, issuing static-flecked from those crummy portable speakers you use while painting the bedroom (mine plug into a 1999-era yellow “sporty” discman that has white specks from when I painted a barn and a bazillion feet of fence on the alpaca farm), as dinner prep company to chopping onions barefoot in a hot kitchen, or at the end of it all, harmonizing with the clink of fat wine glasses and cheese-plate chatter. At my parents’ house, it would probably elicit some twirlies and slow knee sways in the kitchen. This scene, basically.  We have a lot of neighbors.

You can put it on just about every playlist except “Sisters Work Out Mix 2011” (reserved for such classics as “Barbra Streisand” and the entire Daft Punk “Alive 2007” album) and “Mad & Hyper Mix” (Prodigy’s “Breathe” on repeat, obviously).


Rainy Playlists

For now, we haven’t seen much of Hurricane Irene in Boston beyond some heavy rain and dark skies. While we hope it doesn’t go much beyond that here, our hearts go out to anyone who has already been adversely affected by the storm.

Here are a few playlists to match the rainy weather.  We offer no apologies for the 90s throwback selections.

Rainy Playlist #1

1. ACDC – Thunderstruck
2. Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain
3. Funky Meters – (Doodle Loop) The World is a Little Under the Weather
4. Blind Melon – No Rain
5. Jimi Hendrik – In From the Storm
6. The Samples – Save It For a Rainy Day
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Naked in the Rain
8. Jonny Lang – Still Rainin’
9. Peter Gabriel – Red Rain
10. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
11. Alice In Chains – Rain When I Die
12. Garbage – I’m Only Happy When It Rains
13. Rusted Root – Rain
14. Pete Francis – During the Storm
15. Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women
16. RJD2 – Iced Lightning
18. Flaming Lips – Lightning Strikes the Postman
19. Sting – After the Rain Has Fallen

Rainy Playlist #2

1. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
2. Bruce Hornsby – Mandolin Rain
3. Percy Hill – Soggy Weather Skunk
4. Grateful Dead – Looks Like Rain
5. The Doors – Riders on the Storm
6. Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me
7. Jim O’Rourke – Ghost Ship in a Storm
8. Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
9. Traffic – Rainmaker
10. Moby – The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders
11. Citizen Cope – Hurricane Waters (for Ang)
12. Live – Lightning Crashes
13. Prince – Purple Rain
14. Jerry Garcia Band – Dreadful Wind and Rain
15. Johnnie Ray – Just Walking in the Rain
16. Blind Melon – No Rain (acoustic version!!)
17. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain
18. Phil Collins – I Wish It Would Rain Down on Me

Friday Afternoon Playlist

1. Gramatik – Friday

2. Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin

3. The Doors – Peace Frog

4. Pointer Sisters – Happiness

5. The New Mastersounds – Make Me Proud!

6. Stuff – Feelin’ Alright