I love my little Fiat 500. It's a 2012 and spent its first year as a rental car. Claret, that's what I call it, treats me well, is fuel efficient, and fits into parking spaces like a dream. It's also the perfect size for the Cornish-inspired roads of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
As far as my current playlist, this combination makes me happy. As someone who has experienced a lot of anxiety when getting behind the wheel for quite a long time, happy feelings and driving are quite a gift. In iPod album order:
"Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele"
Eels "Beautiful Freak"
Tom Waits "Big Time"
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "The Boatman's Call"
The Magnetic Fields "The Charm of the Highway Strip"
The Magnetic Fields "Distortion"
"Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog" Soundtrack
They Might Be Giants "The Else"
The Magnetic Fields "Get Lost"
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Henry's Dream"
The Magnetic Fields "Holiday"
Eels "Hombre Lobo"
The Magnetic Fields "The House of Tomorrow"
Future Bible Heroes "I'm Lonely (And I Love It)
Soul Coughing "Irresistible Bliss"
They Might Be Giants "Join Us"
"The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" Soundtrack
The Magnetic Fields "Love at the Bottom of the Sea"
They Might Be Giants "Nanobots"
8in8 "Nighty Night"
The Shins "Oh, Inverted World"
Tom Waits "Rain Dogs"
The Magnetic Fields "Realism"
Portishead "Roseland, NYC Live"
"The Royal Tenenbaums" Soundtrack
Peter Gabriel "Scratch My Back"
William Shatner "Seeking Major Tom"
Tom Waits "Small Change"
Flaming Lips "The Soft Bulletin"
Devo "Something For Everyone" (My absolute favorite driving music. Though it makes it EASY to drive fast.)
Sea of Bees "Songs for the Ravens"
Talking Heads "Stop Making Sense"
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra "Theatre is Evil"
X "Under the Big Black Sun"
The 6ths "Wasps' Nest"
The Magnetic Fields "The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees"
Eels "Wonderful, Glorious"
Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"
The Magnetic Fields "69 Love Songs"