On the Road: Perpetual Motion’s Eclectic Bullshit Playlist

Words by Justin Coffey
Photos by WESTx1000

To be perfectly honest, it’s been a long time since anyone asked me to share what I’ve been listening to. I used to swap CD mixes with my God brother growing up, but nowadays I just keep a running tab on Spotify, and if anyone gives a shit, well, it’s out there, free for ya’ll to indulge in. I’d like to think I have an eclectic taste in music, but I’ve come to realize that’s total bullshit, the kind of bullshit that too many people tell other people. Do you really like Bach? Really?! The reality is, I grew up listening to basically two types of music; the 80’s leftovers my parents introduced me to, and an assortment of rap music ever-present in my middle and high school years. That’s left me with what I’d call, well, a confused state of audible enjoyment. That classic rock playing in the background? Please turn that shit off. The G&R song that everyone knows the lyrics to? Well, I don’t. I’m left looking for solace on Spotify, passing songs back-and-forth with my God brother, a lot like how we did in 7th grade.

So, when Wayward asked me to share what I’d been listening to on the road, of which I am perpetually, I figured instead of curating a thing and then overthinking it, I’d just share the top 20-ish songs that have been making me (more) deaf these last few months. Kyra and I have been on the road for four years now, traveling mostly by motorcycle. So, listening to music is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s through my SENA Bluetooth headset, other times out of the speakers on the loaned-out Indian Chieftain, or most recently, when a bartender at a cantina in Baja asked me to plug my phone in and play music… However it happens, though, I don’t falter much on what music I like: bad 80s shit, rap music you don’t hear on the radio, and more recently some of that old-school country stuff.

This list then, it’s sort of eclectic if I were to look at it existentially. Warren Zevon because that’s the only tape my father had in his 1985 Peugeot 505 when we took a road trip to Idaho to see where Hemingway shot himself (with an Abercrombie & Fitch shotgun, for those curious). My friend Raz Simone, a Seattle born rap artist that’s doing big things. A little Bootsy Collins and Shade, because I have feelings and shit. Other stuff you’ve probably heard (Post Malone, Meek Mill, Hank Williams, etc) and hopefully some things you haven’t. Also Do or Die, because if you know me, then you know. All of this, however, is what I push play on most often—at least recently. What it isn’t, is a list of things I think you’d like. That’s like letting a stranger order you a drink, and then having to drink it, even if they ordered a Michelob Ultra. Pick your own poison. Here’s mine.

Follow along on the Journal for the next couple months for episodes and behind-the-scenes looks at Justin and Kyra of WESTx1000’s new travel series, Perpetual Motion. Learn more about the series and check out the trailer here.

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