Today is the day. The day we board our one way flight to Austin with visions of tex mex and our family dancing in our heads. No words seem quite fitting– although, there are more thoughts here. It’s hard to know exactly how to book end this perfect decade of palm trees and hollywood, but an ‘Ode to California’ playlist from the man, Matt Mugford, seemed pretty fitting. He was one of my very first friends here in LA and his wife Beth is one of my besties. I’m so wishing I could pick up their Highland Park bungalow right about now and drop it in Austin, but the next best thing, will be lots of trips back to the west coast! Take it away, Matt! (And thank you for this gift!)
Had to bring back the comments for the (goodbye) CALI PLAYLIST and the Pinkstons. Some of the comments might be a bit sappy, but hey my friends are moving so deal with it! It’s been a great decade in LA. So many great great memories to treasure and surely this isn’t the end, just on to a different phase of the adventure. LA won’t be the same without you, but you have definitely left your mark on this place and on us. Thanks. Love you mucho.
Now for some CALI JAMS!!
1 . 2Pac & Dr. Dre – California Love
No California summer playlist is complete without it. It’s just an obligation to myself and everyone who might listen to this.
2. Grimes – California
This song sounds happy, but it’s a super sad song. Like, I’m happy for the Pinkstons, but ultimately I’m quite sad.
3. Miguel – waves (Tame Impala Remix)
I’ve been pretty obsessed with this waves remix EP. So many great and different versions of this rad song. The suave persona of Miguel + the psychedelic cool of Tame Impala is kind of a perfect Cali vibe. Plus, waves.
4. Beck – Wow
WOW! You’re moving! Like right now? Giddy up! You might have to dig a little but it makes sense.
5. Delta Spirit – California
Even though the lyrics of this one are a little backwards for the situation at hand, it felt right to include a Delta Spirit song since they have been a pretty consistent presence in these playlists along with…
6. Ryan Adams – La Cienega Just Smiled
I guess Goodbye Hollywood Blvd. might have been the better pick here, but this works too. La Cienega just smiles and says “I’ll see you around”.
7. LANY – Made In Hollywood
Had to include this just because Jen and I’s good LA friend is married to the drummer of this band. So it just works.
8. Eagles Of Death Metal – Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
This song is painfully funny. Will miss runs to LAMILL and the meadow!
9. Jamestown Revival – California (Cast Iron Soul)
This one seemed appropriate because these guys are from Texas, moved to LA, and this is their lament to move back to Austin. Which I think they might have done already. So be on the lookout for them out there! Hopefully your soul is in better shape though.
10. Young Mister – Pasadena
A new group I’ve been digging recently. I believe I was living in The Dena when we first met. So this qualifies.
11. Local Natives – Past Lives
A great LA band. Am reminded of a night at the Barnsdall Art Park wine tasting event where some of the guys from Local Natives were there… so naturally Jen and my wife (drunkenly) went up to them to tell them how much they liked their music. Classic.
12. Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
Kind of the ying to “California Love”‘s yang in the Cali playlist department. Ventura Blvd. won’t be the same without the Pinkstons, especially on Sunday mornings at the Farmers Market!