Thursday, June 2, 2022

Thirty Odes to Los Angeles

       In putting together this Los Angeles themed compilation, I decided to exclude songs that were really songs about California or were primarily focused on Hollywood related themes.  Instead, I tried to only use songs that were about Los Angeles or a particular landmark or street in Los Angeles.  It's nowhere as noirish as I though it would turn out to be, but maybe it's partly about the fact that a lot of of folks who are singing about Los Angeles aren't from there.  Anyway, hope both Angelenos and non-Angelenos enjoy it.  (I also re-upped the compilation "L.A. is the Place For Me" which features mid and late 1960s acts that recorded in Los Angeles.)


  Disc 1

A Night in LA

Ry Cooder

East L.A.


Ode to L.A.

The Raveonettes

Drinking in L.A.

Bran Van 3000

Los Angeles


This Town

The Go-Go's

Los Angeles


Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham

Bobby Whitlock

Coming into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie

Old L.A.

New Multitudes



Whittier Blvd.

Thee Midniters

Funky L.A.

Paul Hemphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists

The Recipe

Kendrick Lamar

Leaving LA

Father John Misty

Disc 2

Let Me Back In

Rilo Kiley

Come A Long Way

Michelle Shocked

Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles


L.A. Blues

Tom T. Hall

Los Angeles

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's

Screenwriter's Blues

Soul Coughing

Back In L.A.

B.B. King

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

A Tribe Called Quest

Blues for Los Angeles

Bill Frisell


Elliott Smith

Los Angeles


Los Angeles Mood (Chromium Descensions)

Tom Waits

Los Angeles Blues

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

Angeles Crest

Chelsea Williams

Los Angeles

Joe Williams


Anonymous said...

Desperadoes Under the Eaves .........


Crab Devil said...

Thank you!

heartsofstone said...

Thanks so much (for all you do for all of us).

Ishkabibliophile said...


I confess I'm not a huge Zevon fan, but I think I screwed up by not including him. Gotta do another volume at some point.


Ishkabibliophile said...

@Crab Devil and Heartsofstone,

Quite welcome! This one was a lot of fun to put together.