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what would be on your playlist?
night: chet baker
I'm heading over to that part of the world at the end of Sep. Flying to Vancouver, staying there for a few days, then dipping down through Seattle for a couple of nights, and on to Portland for a few nights, before heading back up to Vancouver to come home.
All of those Low End Theroy/Brainfeeder LA lot really. The music makes me think of hot sticky sunshine and a modern day hiphop version of psychadelia. Check this vid out...
and it was amazing.
Top memories include:
Roaring through the Arizona desert to Welcome to Sky Valley as LOUD AS POSSIBLE and feeling like Kowalski in Vanishing Point.
Driving along route 1 as the sun set across the ocean to the strains of Come On Die Young. By the time Christmas Steps came on we were travelling along a lonely road lined with massive trees which stretched overhead, with the moon glancing through.
Heading through the mountains of Yosemite to the strains of 'The Civil War' by Matmos, which felt strangely like going to find our fortune in the Californian gold-rush.
Cruising into LA to the dulcet tones of N.W.A., which made us simultaneously feel like total badasses, and massive culture-hijacking honkeys.
America is the best for roadtrips. Doing a cross-Canada trip in a few weeks. Time to start planning the playlist I think!
alternating with Razorlight's second.
and recently spent the weekend driving (north of LA) around Monterey Bay (check out those Monterey pines: it's like a giant Bonzai tree)...I can tell you unequivocally you need....
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon
visiting the family. Grew up in Salinas (known for lettuce and John Steinback), just east of Monterey. The Monterey bay area down to Big Sur might be the closest thing we have to heaven on earth, breathtaking.
Good call on Pinback. The wife and I drove down Hwy 1 to Big Sur when we were there. I loaded up the iPod with a mix of some post/rock stuff. You dont want to be hassled with lyrics whilst crusing hwy 1 thru that stretch.
But when in LA, you gotta bump that mid 90s (NWA, Ice Cube, Dre, Snoop, Dogg Pound, Tupac, blah blah) rap stuff.
And if you dont listen to a Beach Boys tune at some point while looking at the ocean in LA/San Diego, then Im afraid you haven't experienced life at all.