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12 January 2022
Need a Tarantino fix? This is the playlist for you! – featuring artists like Jack Nitzsche • The Pussycats • The Statler • Brothers • T. Rex • The Antler King • The Hillbilly Moon Explosion • The Runaways • Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
19 December 2021
Loud, dancey, electrifying…whatever you wanna call it– it’s you jolt of energy you need! – featuring artists like Franz Ferdinand• Basically Saturday Night• The Frights• The Vaccines• Art Brut• Castlecomer• SWMRS
24 September 2021
A MusicTo collaborative playlist of songs in and around one minute – featuring artists like The Clash • Bad Religion • M.I.A • Cru • Opeth • Pratley • BA Johnson • The Linda Lindas • Ramones
15 September 2021
Tracks where the piano – and occasionally the organ make all the difference – featuring artists like Tom Waits • James Leg • The Belfast Cowboys • Lou Reed • Joe Jackson • Wilco • World Party • Nina Simone
28 May 2021
The work of Frank Zappa spans three decades and contains 60 plus albums. On top of all that, he is completely unique compared to most rock musicians that came out of the 60’s and 70’s. A “Where to Start” playlist seems very necessary for one to dive into the ingenious world of Zappa.
26 May 2021
Picture the scene: you’ve burnt a million miles on your journey to escape reality. You’re out in the boonies, as far from other humans as you can possibly be. It’s just you, the open road, and your favourite tunes. And then you break down. Featuring artists like: All Them Witches • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • Eagles Of Death Metal • IDLES • The Kills • Band Of Skulls • Meat Puppets • Mastodon
17 May 2021
A dark dusty track, used in the introduction to the instant cult classic – “True Detective”.
27 April 2021
Sadly we’ve lost Damo but his music will cement his immortality forever.
15 March 2021
If the Devil had a bastard child I think I just found him.
9 February 2021
He brings an authentic feel and sound to his music – with a blend of sub genres – rich vocals and the ability on a Steel that would leave Junior Brown talking.
1 February 2021
Devil in The Desert is this week’s stripped back acoustic gem…
Dark, and cool as fuck! – it captures the journey of a man on the run, his taste for blood and his final demise.
19 January 2021
You’ve heard me ramble about the honesty and grit of Australian artists time and time again – but there’s definitely something special about our humble approach. David Place is no exception with “There She Goes”.
6 January 2021
“Ol 55” has the perfect vibe and energy to bring you back – starring an amazing arrangement of keys.
7 December 2020
You can feel the uncertainty of the year gone by through the songwriting and definitely with the lyrics – delivering a dreamy, what the fuck 2020, that almost allows you stand on the balcony next to Hood.
29 October 2020
20 October 2020
Lyrically on the darker side – but the rockabilly-esque back rhythm brings a lighter element to the track that rolls throughout – keeping you in your comfy chair and tapping your feet
13 October 2020
It’s been a while between tracks – and I figured we could all use something to lighten the load of day to day life.
This one’s a modern classic and a personal favorite of mine and I’m sure you’ll see why.
19 May 2020
Black Operator delivers another dirty, gritty treat for rock fans…
22 April 2020
Gritty, whiskey drenched songwriting is right up my alley…
14 April 2020
I’ve said it before – but who really wants rainbows and lolly-pops when it comes to music…
7 April 2020
Debut single from Windowstheband bring’s us a quirky little cow/surf track – thats hard not to love…
3 March 2020
Kicking off with her first recording way back in 78. Lucinda’s gritty-hard rockin, country-blues continues to please ears of musical tastes still today…
18 February 2020
After three days of roadtripping and camping vintage Volkswagen style, I was searching for some Lo-Fi goodness for the post dub fest blues…
4 February 2020
We all find ourselves hitting the open road for one reason or another…
28 January 2020
20 January 2020
I’m sure everyone know’s this week’s track…
13 January 2020
Being a sad sack of shit isn’t always fun – but it’s honest. In saying this I thought I should bring something a little more light hearted to the table…
7 January 2020
I’m not only hung over, but kinda worn out. A slightly, over indulged, festive season slob to be honest…
5 November 2019
Only just last week, the 24th of October marked the one year anniversary of Tony Joe’s passing.
The Swamp Fox brought us,”Polk Salad Annie”,”Rainy Night in Georgia” and many more. His genre crossing collaborations stretched far and wide – as did his tribute’s…
21 October 2019
After a messy Saturday session with Matty from Box Falcon – I called on his help to hip me up for track to chew on this week…
8 October 2019
The debut single from Timothy Alice and The Dead Star Band – is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing –that hides cleverly behind the flow of easy listening…
1 October 2019
This week’s track may be 2016 young – but in my ears it’s totally up there with the likes of Passenger, Candy, and Lust for Life, not to mention earlier Stooges cuts…
23 September 2019
If your not familiar – get on board with this larger than life Texan, that brings it on home with his Old School Honky-Tonk flavour and a cult following thats bigger than a 59 caddy…
4 September 2019
In the backblocks of Iowa you might stumble upon one of America’s finest singer songwriters -“Greg Brown”…
27 August 2019
I never really give you an essay with each of my tracks – and this one’s no different. This weeks selection can pretty much do all the talking…
20 August 2019
Eighty Seven Nights has taken my ears by surprise! A six piece formed in 2018 in Charleston college, although members origins are wide spread throughout the US – Philly, NYC and Nashville to name a few…
13 August 2019
This week’s track may not be the normal dark, doom and gloom I usually serve up – but it’s one hellova track that found it’s way under my skin…
30 July 2019
“Psycho” …Quite easily the Godfather or even the great buck toothed uncle of all murder-ballads….
23 July 2019
James Leg is undoubtedly the coolest thing on my rotation list at the moment – not to mention the music world in general…
15 July 2019
We all endure hardships throughout our lives – some of us more than others. The men, women and family’s, that farm and live off the land do it tougher than any other demographic sector in Australia. Living remotely, drought, mortgage stress adds to the distresses of day to day life, and furthermore getting access to mens help – that we all take for granted here in the big smoke…
3 July 2019
I hope you connect with the melody that lurks in the shadows of this weeks track, courtesy of 80’s underground giants – Sonic Youth…
24 June 2019
Nashville rock outfit “All Them Witches” bring us change up this week, with a genre crossing fusion and lyrics that will leave you questioning your current dimensional space…
18 June 2019
Reminiscent of the good ol’ boys of country – the living legend “Wayne The Train” brings us a second addition to the playlist this week…
5 June 2019
It doesn’t matter who you are or think you are – where all just ticking over doing our own shit…
If the world was on count down to Armageddon, can you image the fuckwits coming out of the wood work – LOL…
14 May 2019
I gotta be honest – we’re eighty six tracks into the list and I feel like I’m getting a little stale.
Genres, sub genres and everything in between – I feel like I’m serving up steak and eggs every week – so I’m looking into my big black book of karma-sutra, cause I’m sure I can fuck your ears with a little more than my usual offerings…
7 May 2019
I’ve always felt that Morphine was one of the most appropriately named outfits in relation to their creative sound
Like the warm fuzz of an opioid – you can almost pack this track into your favourite implement, lay back and let the seduction take over…
1 May 2019
There’s absolutely no question about the imagery and atmosphere that Halford and the Healers conjure with their music.
Deeper than Hell is a definite essential on your next road trip, with its rich narrative lyrics, and a blend of rootsy sub-genres and flavours…
9 April 2019
Blues Man, innovator and genius.
Son of Dave’s genre crossing compilation of sounds has set him apart from any artist I’ve discovered…
2 April 2019
I recall lying on the floor in my teens, with In a Gadda da Vida blaring in complete darkness. It wasn’t the first time that I’d crossed paths with the piano or organ, though.
My Mother and Grandmother would play on the old Victorian Upright in the living room everyday – It was like clockwork – just like the old-man inhabiting the shitter at first bird’s of the day…
26 March 2019
A big thanks to Jesse from http://www.morosity.com/ for the introduction to this weeks feature artist.
Perfect Wife has all the pleasantry’s of a Mumford and Sons mainstream super hit – except for a couple of lyrical concepts…
19 March 2019
Desert or Ocean?
I just can’t decide where my heart truly lies.
For anyone that’s spent time out in the middle of nowhere, you know what I mean…
12 March 2019
Brisbane, Australia has been subjected to its fair share of ridicule….
For years we’ve worn the brunt of shit slinging from the southern states, regarding art, food and culture.
But in my opinion, we not only have the sunshine, but we also incubate some of Australia’s finest music – The Saints, Go-Between’s and Powderfinger – to name a few….
5 March 2019
The Beasts of Bourbon have been pleasing fans down-under since the early eighties.
After decades of playing hard and truly living up to their name in every sense of the phrase, sadly we said goodbye last year to bassist Brian Hooper and guitarist Spencer.P.Jones. Unbeknown to the current line-up April 2018 marked the end of an era with their passing…
19 February 2019
In the wee hours of the morning, long after any order or political correctness was present – The drunks line up for their turn at navigating the stereo.
Anything is possible at this time of the morning – the good the bad and the ugly…
13 February 2019
I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to have this weeks’ track on the list.
My playlist is basically a virtual soundtrack of what goes through my speakers – so if I have a sudden urge to listen to a track – I do ( said scrabbling through the glove compartment.)
I must admit – if in company, I’ll always hear a track out… or at least fade out with the etiquette of a seasoned DJ – when I’m coherent LOL!..
6 February 2019
Grief and the loss of a loved one is devastating in anyone’s language…
From my own experience, unexpected loss has got to be one of the hardest. There’s just nothing that can prepare you for the roller coaster of emotions ahead…
30 January 2019
I’m gonna slowly lower you into the high energy of this week’s artist….
This is an acoustic rendition that might just win you over before you delve into their extensive electric catalogue at depth.
Known for their hard hitting southern rock and overtly political songwriting -The Truckers bring so much more to the table than meets the eye…
22 January 2019
Track of the week comes in from Texan singer songwriter Jacob Furr with his latest single “Return”
“Return” is the first single from his up coming third album. Written while on tour from Seattle to Charleston and recorded at Rockhill Studio in Fort Worth Texas with producer/engineer/ and guitarist Ryan Tharp…
16 January 2019
Happy New Year and welcome back to Burn a Million Miles…
To get us back into the zone I’ve gotta little Western Swing thing this week, from the legendary BR-549 …
6 November 2018
The king of cool deliverers us a another cracker this week – celebrating all things that red blooded rockers love – cars, gals, beer, steak and rodeo – sliced & diced with hard boiled blend of rockabilly and a big bold side of Jim’s spicy humour sauce…
30 October 2018
Every now and then you stumble upon an artist and the penny drops immediately…
I wasn’t a listener back in the days of “The War On Drugs” – I guess I’m a late starter – but I had an instant connection with the 2015 release of “B’lieve I’m Going Down”…
16 October 2018
I’m finding myself drifting off into the dark side of country all too often these days –
So with a recent request from a listener to lighten the f*ck up….here we are! lol……
Lucky for me – this week marks the release of Delilah Rose and the Gunslingers EP “Good Grief”…
9 October 2018
The last thing I want to do is slap a label on this weeks artist….and to be quite honest I think most of you would along with me
There’s just so many sub-genres emerging on almost a daily basis these days – it’s becoming hard to keep up…
11 September 2018
From Kate Vargas’ latest release “For The Wolfish & The Wandering”- Mountain Song conjures my own memories of time spent in the U.S and Australian deserts…
4 September 2018
I feel like I’ve almost most come full circle with my track selection on a Million Miles.
While not every track has had country or roots’y bones – I found myself transcending through sub-genres, the odd classic and cover – for familiarity – but this week was an easy choice being a favourite…
27 August 2018
Burn a Million Miles has not only been a playlist for me. But a compilation of some my life’s mongrel memoirs.
I’ve said it before the good the bad and the ugly…..
This weeks artist you all know and love – and many of you have probably travelled a similar roads of music discovery…
21 August 2018
I swear-I don’t have a Southern Cross tattoo….lol – but I do get patriotic when it comes to local talent. I’ve mentioned this before – but there’s definitely something special about the songwriters that emerge from Australia…
14 August 2018
I’m taking advantage of my guest spot here on the Grieve list by introducing you to one of Australia’s finest storytellers Mr. Paul Kelly.
A true Aussie icon, and indisputably the jewel in the crown of home grown artists, in my eyes. Fact or fiction, his writing has the ability to lift you from the darkest of depths or bring you to tears with honesty and realism that cuts to the bone…
31 July 2018
I’m Chris from the Music to Burn A Million Miles playlist – and I’ll be your guest curator for August. For myself – and regulars tuning into the playlist – it can be a place to seek shelter, to deal with the emotions that come with loss , and last but not least music to heal. I really hope you will enjoy the stories and music over the next few weeks…
24 July 2018
The punk and hardcore scene of the 80’s definitely took ownership of Gibby Haynes and the Buttholes. Until their number one single “Pepper”, the general masses had never really had a taste of what was on offer – besides snigering at the sound of the Butthole name from an overheard conversation in their lunchroom.
17 July 2018
This week’s track – yet another masterpiece from the lads over at Morosity
Yes – I’m a little late serving up their latest offering released in May – but better late than ever and to be frank, I can’t see this track getting tired anytime soon…
2 July 2018
From their 99′ release “69 Love Songs” – a three disc behemoth – this weeks track is “A Chicken With It’s Head Cut Off”.
Stephin Merrit front man, multi instrumentalist, and lyrical genius brings us a hilarious analogy of being head over heals!…
25 June 2018
The classics are great don’t get me wrong! I can sit down and watch re-runs of Mash and Gilligan’s Island year after year until the bowl is empty.
I know… you die hard hard fans will kick a stick up my arse for this – but when It comes to music, certain classics may be brilliant in their own right – but seriously- they’ve been absolutely flogged to death for decades.
19 June 2018
Demi Mitchell has got the indie scene talking here in Australia…
This weeks track submission “Medicine Woman” put me straight under Demi’s seductive spell.
Less is definitely more in my eyes and “Medicine Woman’s” fragile assembly – and narcotic slow core restraint has been nailed brilliantly…
11 June 2018
Remember the good old days of film, cinema and drive in…..
The stoner endorsed yellow-coloured pop corn, a plethora of lollies being pelted from the back row – Oh, and don’t forget the four extra bodies you smuggled into the drive in, in the trunk of the Chev.
29 May 2018
You all know of my early musical tastes from my bio, if not – I finally came out of the closet with my hardcore peers. My new found obsession of country, roots and anything with a bit of meat on the bone, there was no turning back. Just like this week’s artist, I was hooked…
22 May 2018
Latest submission to the playlist this week comes in from New Yorker Stephen Babcock.
With the arrival of his latest E.P “Fiction”, it’s been a hard choice to select just one track for the list – and definitely encourage listening from front to back, but today I’m show casing “Seersucker Dress” a personal favourite…
14 May 2018
If you didn’t know any better this week’s track could quite easily be mistaken for a campfire sing along.. however, it would surely ruffle the feathers at your average Scout Jamboree..
Kindly shared by the Music to Question Existence playlist, “Weightless Again” is this weeks feature track.
6 May 2018
Australia’s the breeding ground for some extraordinary talent, Paul Dempsey – front man from Something For Kate is no exception.
After punching out a long list of credible Alt-Rock albums with the band, 2009 marked the release of his debut solo album…
30 April 2018
I’m throwing you a bone from the 90’s this week. Well – not exactly! Delivered by the fore-mother of cool Patti Smith – and written by the late Kurt Cobain as you all would know.
24 April 2018
I’ve almost swung outside my usual box this week with a track from American Rapper Everlast (Erik Schrody)
Not only known for his solo work but his earlier projects -“House of Pain” and “La Coka Nostra”…
15 April 2018
With absolutely no shortage of awesome sounds rolling out of Canada – This week I have the talented singer-songwriter Lisa Le Blanc.
Someone recently asked me if I could focus on more female talent on the list so here we are……I knew exactly where to kick it off.
8 April 2018
I still recall hearing the original of this weeks track, back in the late 80’s .
The original as most of you would know, was written and delivered by Pixies’ front man, Francis Black. From the Surfer Rosa release, “Where Is My Mind”, has not only become a signature dish amongst Alternative listening circles – but has also been extensively used for film and TV advertisements and even video games, exposing it to the broader masses…
2 April 2018
This week’s track submission comes in from Canadian and multi instrumentalist Matthew Maier – Aka Steig.
His debut album “Steig” is full of diverse rootsy genres and elements that I love and seek out when I’m on the trail of discovery…
26 March 2018
This week’s track comes from Canadian outfit Timber Timbre.
I’m going to start you off with “Magic Arrow”, from their 2009 self titled release – purely based on my path of discovery. This track has had some exposure on soundtracks etc and figure some of you may recognise it – anyhow it’s a good place to start you on your journey.
20 March 2018
I’m so lucky to live in such an amazing part of the world – Surrounded by National Parks and local surf breaks, not to mention – a world class surfing reserve.
With this week coming to an end, we’ve seen another Noosa Surfing Festival unfortunately come and go…. So for this week’s track I thought I’d throw an Australian icon into the mix……Ed Kuepper – just to help soften the blow….
13 March 2018
We all know and love Tom Waits. If you don’t – you should…
I actually spent a few hours preparing a track and a write-up this week, but lost the lot as I hit the send button.
The reason for this worthless info, you ask? Well….
5 March 2018
This week’s track submission is from critically acclaimed Dutch five piece “Black Operator”.
From my first listen I knew I had to have this track on a” Million Miles” playlist… The dirty roots’y rock and the dark tales and murder ballads get me every time… I can just picture it – a soundtrack – an old car on a forgotten hi-way…a perfect place to commit the perfect crime…
27 February 2018
As I role though the years it seems, I’m saying farewell to friends all too often.
I buried one of the good ol boy’s this week, a true brother…
20 February 2018
We can’t keep rollin without a little Waylon in our lives…..
The undisputed king of the Outlaw Country movement – flat mate of Johnny Cash – connoisseur of all things party related, and last but not least a major influencer for so contemporary artists.
13 February 2018
Behind the wheel for most of us is a time to reflect…The good times – success – lost and found love – overwhelming grief and at times, the self torture…
For good or bad It’s my think tank. I’m sure you’ve let your guard down out on the road, let your music take you away, rejoice in it’s brilliance or seek shelter in lyrics – especially when they confirm you not alone.
6 February 2018
To be honest…
I’ve never really had a huge knowledge of the Blues. One, I don’t know what I’m looking for – or where to even start when filtering through endless boxes at a Record fair. I might know all the big names, but no idea of contemporary artists. This week I was fortunate to have it handed to me…
29 January 2018
As I shuffle through the memories, Radio Birdman is blaring on cassette, I’m on a surf trip…somewhere….anywhere…..or just didn’t care.
I recall my Old Man giving me my first car…. an old Holden utility, Australia’s answer to it’s big brother… the El-Camino…
22 January 2018
We’re driving head on into the darkness with The Gun Club this week.
Emerging in the late 70’s out of Los Angeles, they played a part reinventing the Punk scene – with Country, Blues and Rockabilly flavours…
15 January 2018
How many of you there love the Rev? I know I do….
It’s easy to see why The Reverend Horton Heat is so popular – even in mainstream circles.
With hilarious story lines to the lyrics, and the classic trademark sound of the Gretsch and Double Bass. These guys will take you on a high energy journey through the world of country, surf and psychobilly flavours.
9 January 2018
I gotta be honest I probably wouldn’t have put the original track on the turntable, but I also wouldn’t have turned it off…
I can only imagine putting yourself out there as an artist must be one tough act to follow …. pardon the pun… Harder again, pulling off a cover of a track that swept the planet, went platinum… and since been listed on a Rolling Stone’s top 100 songs of the Decade and furthermore their Top 500 songs of all time….
1 January 2018
Kinda been looking for the perfect placement of a Gillian Welch track, but I sort of came to the realisation it doesn’t matter where Her music sits… It’s just so beautifully brilliant and track placement is totally irrelevant. The melancholy beats per minute, and the fragile restraint of Her vocal’s had me lining up at the record market until I had the entire discography under my belt…
18 December 2017
Something that’s been missing from a Million Miles is a solid Blues track’s, but fortunately I was handed one this week from the talented Mike West out of Liverpool UK.
In Mike’s former life he kicked off his career in a Thrash/Metal outfit, so at times, I’m sure you’ll recognise the tough gravel vocals and how it’s been used to Mike’s advantage whilst he continues to keep it real with his acoustic, Alt Country, Blues and roots flavours.
12 December 2017
This week we have “Pretty Pimpin” from the incomparable “Kurt Vile” former guitarist for “The War on Drugs”.
I first heard this a few years back ,out on the road, and just loved the Indie/roots flavour it has going on, but it was actually the lyric that got me and reminded me of “Paul Kelly’s” “Look so Fine but Feel so Low” so don’t be fooled by it’s catchy facade…
5 December 2017
Burn a Million Miles has been receiving a large number of awesome track submissions recently, and it’s not only the quality, but they’re just sitting so well on the playlist. This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Paul from “Evil Edna” based out of London, who’s known for his trademark Harmonica and Edna’s killer stage shows.