Big Scary Made a Playlist Capturing Life on the Road

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Big Scary is headed to NYC this week, and to celebrate, we asked them to put together a playlist that captures their life on the road. Listen and enjoy below, and be sure to catch them this Friday at Mercury Lounge!


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This playlist is based on the flow of our listening desires whilst driving around the US for the past three weeks. We begin in the Pacific Northwest. The people are smart, they’re politically au fait (Bernie Sanders all the way), they are listening to the latest music and have sophisticated tastes. It’s warm but pleasant at the end of Summer, and our driving takes us through tall pine forests. Bumbershoot festival is a point of focus.

Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Ainslie Wills – Drive

Cake – The Distance

Jess Ribeiro – Hurry Back To Love

Then we slide down to the West Coast. San Francisco takes us back in time because we sleep in a five story house with a history of housing incredible guests (like Janis Joplin), and where the acid movement took off. Further south the folk are cool. Hip hop rules in LA as does the hot sun.

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends

Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun

Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach

Slum Sociable – All Night

Cutting east we sojourn at Joshua Tree. Time is slow but moves too fast. We could stay here forever. Alien landscapes and cool interiors make us super relaxed. We have a sound bath at The Integratron and keep an eye out for other-worldly goings-on.

Bahamas – Lost In The Light

Mac Demarco – Just To Put Me Down

Methyl Ethyl – Twilight Driving

Babes – Life Come Into Me

After Phoenix we skip the concrete of the 90 for as long as possible, taking old Western Highways, complete with cowboy hat wearing police officers dozing in their squad car in the shade, and old train tunnels carved out of rock mountains. This pleasant part doesn’t last, as eventually everyone feeds onto the interstate. The endless drive to Austin makes you reach for music that is on its own schedule. Music that you love but rarely find time for in-between emails and youtube clips and instagram.

William Onyeabor – Good Name

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Head On/Pill

From Texas we get to Tennessee for the first time. Memphis. She’s full of history. She’s proud. There’s a little crumbling but a sense of eternal energy. Hip stores but not hipsters. Everyone is in love with their city and what they do in it. We get to Sun Studio and The National Civil Rights Museum and old diners and proud Bar-B-Q.

Howlin’ Wolf – The Wolf Is At Your Door

The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself

Leaving the South, you cling to the sweet mood for as long as possible. Respect for the great music of this land. A desire to go back and listen to every old song you’ve never heard. But as the dusk approaches and the cooler winds creep in, your mind re-sets and re-focuses on this decade.

Blake Milles – Wintersong

Yuck – Georgia

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