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Threesome: City of Angels

January 30, 2009

gursky_los_angeles[image: Los Angeles by Andreas Gursky, C-print, 1999. From the exhibition “Global Cities” at the Tate Modern, UK]

I’ve been on a roadtrip in the Central Coast of California all this week, and it’s beautiful, but I think I am temperamentally more suited to grey Seattle, icy Cambridge, or even foggy San Francisco. This became particularly apparent to me as I took a look through my music collection for this trio of songs. No sunshine, no surfing, no California dream in sight.

MP3: Youth Group – The Destruction of Laurel Canyon [buy]

MP3: Elliott Smith – Angeles [buy]

MP3: Bad Religion – Los Angeles is Burning [buy]

2 comments

  1. Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” is still my favorite paean to Southern California. Although the Mates of State cover of the theme song from The O.C. is pretty good as a genuine positive approach to the region.


  2. Thanks, Scott – I’ll have to check out the Mates of State cover (although I haven’t heard the original…)



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