Music to Trot the Best Coast to…

We often take for granted the beautiful city we live in, so today we’d like to pay homage to The Big Orange a/k/a Shaky Town a/k/a Los Angeles the only way we know how— through song(s)!  So whether you’re visiting for the first time or exploring the “depth beneath the shallow“, throw on this mix of tunes about the best city on the best coast.

1. Like us, Murs takes pride in Southern California roots, but knows that “a lot of out-of-towners can’t handle this city.” —rye

2. And when People Under The Stairs spread the love for their city in “The LA Song”, they also made my favorite freeway reference ever, “At the shows with the flows and they think the crowds groovin / Its like the 405 at 5:30 nobodys movin.” –caitiebee

3.  On the Cold War Kids’ “Santa Ana Winds”, Nathan Willet sings: “Seatbelt sticks in the poison heat / My pores are opening” — all too common occurences living in this sweaty, sticky city —rye

4. Los Angeles is an inherently lonely place…we live miles apart, drive in cars alone, nobody walks the streets…but sit back, bask in your personal time, and enjoy Flying Lotus’ “…And The World Laughs With You” –caitiebee

5.  Here’s a gem from the fantastic “Little Darla Has A Treat For You” compilation series: Acres Of Fakers by Land Of Ill Earthquakes. Or, Southern California in a nutshell —rye

6.  I just have to include the beautiful ode to my hometown “San Fernando Valley” from Mel Torme’s California Suite —rye

7. My favorite Los Angeles Anthem: Kendrick Lamar’s “The Recipe” – especially this Black Hippy remix –caitiebee

8.  Not an ode, but more of a poignant story with a reference to one of the best coast’s best beaches. Also one of my favorite Patti Smith songs. “Redondo Beach.” —rye

9. And we’re always Mellow Yellow –caitiebee

10. There is truly nothing more L.A. than Los Lobos, here’s “Saint Behind the Glass” –caitiebee

11.  The wonderfully irreverent Camper Van Beethoven have to know, “aren’t y’all cowboys from Hollywood??” —rye

12. And you better bet we are thinking about quakes and  Fire Fire Fire all of the time, this tune is by Ebenezar Calendar –caitiebee

13. Que Onda Guero, a donde vayas? This will make you love LA: envision little Beck wandering the streets of East LA. –caitiebee

14.  BONUS: Addison Groove: “Fuk Tha 101”—  If you haven’t uttered these words at least once, then you’re either mute, or haven’t lived in LA . —rye


Music to Weather the Winter to…

Hello friends! As some of you may have heard, part time Punxsutwawney Phil decided to grace us with his furry presence this last Sunday, observing his own shadow on a nippy Sunday morning at Gobbler’s Knob. In other words, we’re due for six more weeks of ungodly winter weather.

To our friends on the east coast/mid-west/rest of the country, we want you to know that we feel your pain (it dropped to 50 degrees here in LA the other day!), and that when the cold feels unbearable, just remember the words of Sean Lennon’s mother: “Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” So while Old Man Winter rages, throw on this playlist in another addition of “Music to…”

Na Zdorovie!

1. Let’s start out raw with Jay Reatard – My Shadow. ‘Cause while the iconoclast in me scoffs at the tradition of Groundhog Day, another part of me wishes that my shadow held the same amount of climatic predictability. But sometimes you’re just given a shit hand in life. –rye

2. It rained in Los Angeles last night! I’m no climatologist, and I  haven’t a clue what that means for our mega-drought…but until we seem on solid footing I’ll keep doing my rain dance to I Sing Rain by Gary Numan. –caitiebee

3. Speaking of rain, this is my favorite song to listen to in the rain, All Living Things by Katie Kim. If you want more on her check out the post below. –caitiebee

4. You’ve become restless and claustrophobic after your 6th day snowed in your vacation cottage with your least favorite side of the family, and the only way left to cope is to put on music that reflects your state of mind. So try the frenzied Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Cabin Fever!” –rye

5. Or maybe this has given you an opportunity to spend all your time indoors with your significant other. If so, the vibey, cosmic disco of Heroes Of The Galleon Trade’s “Winter Island Romance” may suit you and your partner better. –rye

6. When I lived in Berlin, I learned they just boogie their pain away in sub-zero temperatures. Shake your booty to some Dip Dap by Siriusmo, you’ll feel better I promise! –caitiebee

7. In some areas, the snow may be nice enough to play in, or maybe even make snow angels in. But instead of playing a track from XTC’s New Wave classic “Drums & Wires” like you usually do, throw on a track from “Lure of the Salvage”; a collection of sludgy, tripped out semi-dub versions of former XTC tracks, melded together by Andy Partridge himself. Let’s say, I Sit In The Snow by Mr. Partridge. –rye

8. Meanwhile in California…Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst. –caitiebee

And this song hasn’t made it to youtube yet…