Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The 50 States: California


So we continue our journey across the great 50. Today the rockin' arrives at California. Will we ever leave?

Oh California, you glutton for publicity. You bastian of public relations and sunshine. The golden rays always cast you in a favorable light. You are honey colored in perpetuem on every map ever made. Until you make that great swan dive into the pacific you will remain the west of which there is no wester. You are always the destination, never the departed. You can shake people, suffocate them, burn them, leave them in the dark, and yet you are still at the top of every kids wish list. In fact, out of every song ever written about you -- only Death Cab for Cutie wanted to get away from your evil clutches.

California was dubbed a state in September 1850. California gives us such great things as really big trees, turkeys, avocados, the Hollywood Bowl, The Walk of Fame, movies, porno, one out of every eight US residents, five-hundred-thousand earthquakes, raisons, grapes, wine, the most beautiful sunset ever witnessed, and the highest and lowest points in north america. Oh, and every major celebrity ever. Aaaaaand the coolest state moto: EUREKA!

No doubt about it, we love you California.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the picture of the girl in the bikini? Did she write a famous song about California, or did you just want to put a girl in a swimsuit on your blog?

Raisins is spelled R-A-I-S-I-N-S.

I appreciate the shout-out to California, but I'm most anxiously looking forward to North Dakota.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hey anonymous -- thanks for the comment! You're right, i totally fucked up raisins. My apology, that was just sloppy.

The girl in the swimsuit is less about the girl and more about the swimsuit. Actually it's more about a hot chick in a fucking bikini, but a bikini which was invented int he great state of california. booooooya, excuse to put a hot chick in a geeeky-ass music blog.

Rob.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous diebertranden said...

Try also the extremely funny "Moving to LA" from Art Brut
"Drinking Hennessey with MOrrissey". Moahahahahah

4:58 AM  
Blogger joe gumbo said...

Can’t wait til’ I get my own blog… every day I’ll post:
CAT POWER
SUFJAN STEVENS
DEATH CAB FOR FRIKIN CUTIE
(whatever THAT means FOR CHRISTS FRIKIN SAKE)
FRANZ FERDINAND & HIS flat-assed DECEMBERISTS
BECK BJORK BLECCH
THE EELS, THE KILLERS
& kill me please THE STROKES
the WHITE (no kiddin) STRIPES
DANGER MF DOOM (I AINT RACIST)
THE BEASTIE FOSSILS, MATT PONDS’ IMOGEN HEAP
RICHARD ELIOT SMITH THOMPSON
JOSE SEU JORGE GONZALEZ ESTEFAN…. & HIS LOW ARCADE FIRE
BEN FOLDS YO LA TENGO IN THE PIXIES in front of witnesses
BELLE & SEBASTIAN (stereolab without the stereo nor the lab)
BEN GIZZARD OR WHATEVER THE FUCK HIS NAME IS
Here’s a new group: THE PREDICTABLE CAUCASIANS
And I’m the lead singer!
I LOVE MTV! I’m equally proud of my American public school education!
Then I fall on my rusty knife. If Osama don’t get me first!

A brilliant satire. NME

8:06 PM  
Blogger heather said...

This is FABULOUS.

Didn't LL Cool J have something about goin back to Cali? Also...

The Lucksmiths - The Chapter Of Your Life Entitled San Francisco

and

In San Francisco - The Welcome Matt

Good work! I think I am going to link to this post on my blog.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Dexter said...

X - Los Angeles

Concrete Blond - Still in Hollywood


great list...

9:05 AM  
Blogger Flatlander said...

The Decemberists - Los Angeles

The Decemberists - California One

Love the project.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Cali mix without the Beach Boys is like peanut butter without jelly! If you're sick of the hits, try "California Saga: California" from the Holland album.

Mark

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Decemberists song, and one of my favourites of all time, for the list...

"California One/ Youth and Beauty Brigade"

Great song, that.

1:01 AM  
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what about...that the oc theme song??

"we've been on the run
driving in the sun..."

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I like the post and the girl.

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