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Here it is – the highly-anticipated second summer mix CD at The Blah Blah: Baby, You Can Drive My Car.  Pop this bad boy into your CD player and drive until your butt cramps up and your bladder’s about to explode.

Man, I love road trips.  Nothing clears my head like driving for 10 or 12 hours straight, getting away from everything you’re used to.  Road trips are therapeutic for me.  I don’t even need to be going anywhere amazing.  Just the fact that I’m leaving wherever I am and doing nothing but driving is enough sometimes.

Given the choice between flying and driving, I’d always rather choose driving, as long as the cost is the same and I can get enough time off to do the drive.  Flying always leaves me a little discombobulated feeling, like I just went through some intense time travel or warped to a different planet.  I get off the plan and feel disoriented for a while, like I shouldn’t have gotten to California from Wisconsin in under 5 hours.  Driving leaves me time to clear my head, see the country, and adjust to the fact that I’m going somewhere.  By the time I get there, I’m ready for it.

One time, I found out my friend Greg had never been west of Minnesota (we live in Wisconsin), so I convinced him to drive with me to Wyoming and back in under a day and a half.  We cranked high speed and got there in about 13 hours.  It was about 3 am so I pulled off the highway and napped for a couple hours before we drove to Devil’s Tower, snapped some photos, then headed home.  We stopped at Mount Rushmore for maybe an hour, cruised into the Badlands, shopped at Wall Drug, and got home in time for a late dinner the next day.  I was short on funds for the trip, and Greg couldn’t get more than a day off of work, which made it a challenge, but a memorable one.  My lack of funds meant we ate nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the whole time.  At the end of the trip, exhausted and delirious, we stopped for the best McDonald’s meal I’ve ever had.

I made this CD with road-tripping in mind.  Some songs are actually about road trips.  Others just have an “I’m driving a car for a really long time” feel to them.  Hope you enjoy it.

1. Robbie Seay Band – Better Days (Download or Stream)
2. The Listening – The Factory (Download or Stream)
3. Justin Fox – When You Drive (Download or Stream)
4. Destroy Nate Allen – Arizona (Download or Stream)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Download or Stream)
6. Havalina Railroad Company – Tundra (Download or Stream)
7. Jason Harwell – California (Download or Stream)
8. Rosie Thomas – Much Farther to Go (Download or Stream)
9. Jeremy Enigk – River to Sea (Download or Stream)
10. Jeff Caylor – The Egypt Vibe (Download or Stream)
11. The Innocence Mission – Lakes of Canada (Download or Stream)
12. The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download or Stream)
13. Don Chaffer – Motel Rooms (Download or Stream)
14. Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens – Worried Shoes (Download or Stream)
15. Starflyer 59 – No New Kinda Story (Download or Stream)
16. mewithoutYou – A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains (Download or Stream)
17. Brave Saint Saturn – Gloria (Download or Stream)

Enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

Note: all MP3s will be removed after one week.

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You have one more day to vote on Round 2, Group 2, but if you’re ready for more, here are your bands for today:

The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download Streaming)
Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You (Download Streaming)
Derek Webb – Mockingbird (Download Streaming)
Destroy Nate Allen – Come to the Mountain (Download Streaming)

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Sufjan Stevens
2) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Derek Webb
3) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Destroy Nate Allen
4) Sufjan Stevens vs. Derek Webb
5) Sufjan Stevens vs. Destroy Nate Allen
6) Derek Webb vs. Destroy Nate Allen

All votes must be received in the comments by 7:30 am CST on Friday, February 1, 2008.

Official Links
The Cold Comfort Band MySpace

Derek Webb MySpace
Buy Derek Webb MP3s on iTunes
Buy Derek Webb CDs at Amazon 

Sufjan Stevens Website
Buy Sufjan Stevens MP3s on iTunes
Buy Sufjan Stevens CDs at Amazon 

Destroy Nate Allen MySpace
Download all Destroy Nate Allen’s songs for free 

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

If you need ’em, the official Superbowl I rules are here, but otherwise, below are your four artists (with sample songs) for Group 9:

The Cold Comfort Band – Awake in Me Oh Morning Sun
Brent Cashell – Better Me
Audio Adrenaline – Some Kind of Zombie
Brooke Fraser – Hymn

Download the MP3s if you need to, but judge the artists and not just the one song I put up.

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Brent Cashell
2) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Audio Adrenaline
3) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Brooke Fraser
4) Brent Cashell vs. Audio Adrenaline
5) Brent Cashell vs. Brooke Fraser
6) Audio Adrenaline vs. Brooke Fraser

Now let the voting begin! All votes must be received by 7:00 am CST on Monday, January 14, 2008.

Official Links
The Cold Comfort Band MySpace

Brent Cashell MySpace

Audio Adrenaline MySpace
Buy Audio Adrenaline MP3s on iTunes
Buy Audio Adrenaline CDs at Amazon

Brooke Fraser MySpace
Buy Brooke Fraser MP3s on iTunes
Buy Brooke Fraser CDs at Amazon

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

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