Friday, December 3, 2010
Greetings from Laurel Canyon!
As many of you may or may not know, The Idelic Hour comes beaming to you directly from my garage nestled above the legendary Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. It's these beautiful and enchanting canyons of LA that are the inspiration for this week's Idelic Hour playlist.
As I look at the cover art of Joni Mitchell's 1970 release "Ladies of The Canyon," a pedigree of Californian artistry and songs come to mind more than our funky, bohemian neighborhood. Recently I've been posting segments of the super inspirational BBC documentary "Hotel California From Byrds to The Eagles" on my idleicsounds.com page as it feels like the spirit of the late 60's canyon scene has had a reemergence up here in the last couple years.
I have no problem laying claim to being at the very center of this revival. Bands have been piling in and out this garage for more than ten years. A couple of years ago I bumped into Alex Ebert wandering around the famous Zappa residence. It was on that afternoon he invited me into the pad across the street where he was recording and conceiving his new band Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.
Now we in the "canyons" boast new comers like the "Zappa-esque" Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Mamas & Papas-like Best Coast, as well as groovy new harmonies from Local Natives, Jamie Drake, Harper Simon and Coconut Records.
So take and hour and join us.
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Posted by Jon at 4:54 PM