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Audio Agitation: Getting out of Gateway City

Audio Agitation
Laura Heidotten | St. Louis Public Radio

This week’s audio agitation is inspired by wanderlust, our health reporter's recent travels to Thailand, and the desire to get up and go. Sometimes the sun is up, the breeze is fine, and it doesn’t matter where you’re headed, you just need to be in motion. At that point it's time to take a walk or hop in the car or on a train. Many songs about travel also acknowledge the troubles that come with travel, because it's not always an easy ride.

The songs included below in some way honor that urge to travel. And if you can find a song made by a local musician that talks about travel by horse and buggy, let me know, we’re pretty car-heavy in this playlist. 

SCRUB: Scrub’s music is cheeky, and rooted in the pursuit of good times. There’s a certain self-mockery in some of his songs. The song takes the age-old tradition about making music about cars and says even broke down cars deserve some love. He's been making music around the city for a number of years, having come from a small town in rural Missouri. Movement is an older track that provides context for the emcee’s evolution. Scrub intends to release an album with Ace Ha later this year.

Warning – some songs may contain explicit language.

iLLPHONICS: This band’s been playing music and performing around St. Louis since 2006.  They draw on elements of pop, funk and hip hop.  The group draws heavily from multiple genres of music. They’ve collaborated with a number of local musicians including Thelonius Kryptonite and Syrhea Conaway of Syna So Pro.  They’ve also recently released the song  “What D’Ya Like" from their forthcoming album “Gone With The Trends.”

Nelly: This classic song remains one of his best.  Possibly the ultimate St. Louis travel song.

Audio Agitation is a recurring playlist culled from recent and upcoming releases or shaped by events on St. Louis' ever-changing music scene. If you're from the STL area or Missouri and you're putting out a record you think we should hear, send a heads up to warnold@stlpublicradio.org.

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