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The Roadtrip: Days 7-9

September 4, 2017

Day 7: Grand Canyon Day Trip

We took a day off from driving toward Phoenix and went up to see the Grand Canyon.

46. Anybody Out There? – Burlap to Cashmere. Almost certainly the only Christian flamenco-fusion band that was ever popular.

47. Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie. “Death of an Interior Decorator” is the only song on this record that isn’t flawless.

48. Give Up – The Postal Service. After hiking six miles at the Grand Canyon, I fell asleep on the way back to Flagstaff and missed half this record. Boo.

49. Give Us Rest – David Crowder Band. A massive triple album that capped the band’s career, this record almost can’t be contained in words. It is an experience and a half.

Day 8: Flagstaff to Scottsdale

Coming into the home stretch!

49b. Give Us Rest – David Crowder Band. Did I mention this is a triple album?

50. The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Stuart Duncan, YoYo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meier. We finally hit the high desert (you know, the part with Saguaro Cactus), and this kind of felt appropriate. I almost chose some Calexico, but I wanted to hear this more.

51. Ocean Eyes – Owl City. I won’t say who chose this record, but we both enjoyed the crap out of it.

51b. “Elegy” – The Young Blood Brass Band. A one-off while trying to figure out what to listen to next.

52. Declaration of Dependence – Kings of Convenience. KoC is pretty distinctive: I’d never heard this record but still was able to guess that it was them.

53. Bleed American aka Jimmy Eat World – Jimmy Eat World. We were driving through Mesa, so it worked.

Day 9: Scottsdale to the Phoenix Airport

All things come to an end, and so did this journey. I sent Kevin off early in the morning to

54. Goths – The Mountain Goats. Another great album from 2017, this low-key record was a suitably soothing way to wake up. It also put a nice bookend on it: Mountain Goats at the beginning, Mountain Goats at the end.

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