May 16, 2006

Soon I'll Have a Whole New Head

As a newbie here in the world's cultural capital, I like to see Los Angeles through new eyes (thanks Nerd!) and now, thanks to Prehensile Thumb, I can listen to LA through new ears. The Thumb re-posted a quintessential LA mixtape. It starts with the perfect kickoff song, Luna's "California (All the Way)," and goes on for an hour of inspired LA pop, rock & hip-hop. Who knew there so many songs about Silverlame Silverlake? Or that Death Cab for Cutie loves singing about things they hate? Track list from the original post:

1. Luna - California (All The Way)
2. Beulah - Gene Autry
3. Van Dyke Parks - Laurel Canyon Blvd.
4. Eleni Mandell - Silverlake Babies
5. The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I'm Yours
6. Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle
7. The Game - Westside Story (feat. 50 Cent)
8. X - Los Angeles
9. Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die
10. Deathcab For Cutie - Why You'd Want To Live Here
11. Van Dyke Parks - Palm Desert
12. Van Dyke Parks - Laura Canyon Blvd
13. Death Cab For Cutie - 405
14. MC Honky - The Devil Went Down To Silverlake
15. Beulah - Sunday Under Glass
16. Van Dyke Parks - All Golden
17. Elliott Smith - L.A.
18. Tupac - California Love

If there's anything I'd add, it's People Under the Stairs' "Eat Street" - the ultimate LA hip-hop foodie tour.

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Prehensile Thumb said...

for a dude who says "silverlame" you sure do live AWFULLY close to the place. . .

blogger said...

True. Despite my proximity to the neighborhood I seem unable to influence its lameness.

(I kid. Deep inside I'm glad to have Silverlake right there, over the freeway, over the river, over the hill, as an option for my everyday needs.)