By Antony & Spencer. This weekend, three of our S&N contributors got to catch up in person for the first time in years. The occasion was our editor Spencer’s very first trip to California. (Editor’s Note: Yes, I’m writing about myself in the third person, for reasons that will be obvious later). Spencer is very much aware that it is inexcusable for this to have taken so long, especially now that the trip is over and he’s discovered just how much he loves the West Coast lifestyle. After a multi-day tour of Los Angeles that was (unsurprisingly) heavy on Hollywood history, Spencer’s trip gave him the chance to reunite with longtime friends and S&N contributors Mark and Antony over very large beers at San Diego’s Biergarten and Modern Times, where we talked music, dating, parenthood, tacos, and a whole lot more. And in honor of the trip, Antony compiled a little travel music for Spencer—who couldn’t pass up on sharing with the rest of you. (As you can see, these joint postings cause a lot of awkward drafting issues. Don’t complain, you’re getting free music).
So enjoy a few pictures from our first S&N West Coast summit, and download a wonderfully unconventional soundtrack for your own California travels.
Download S&N Mix 24: The Road To California.
- Gregory Alan Isakov – Liars
- Karl Blau – Fallin Rain
- James Blake & Bon Iver – I Need A Forest Fire
- Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
- Local Natives – Past Lives
- The National – Peggy-O
- Grant-Lee Phillips – Yellow Weeds
- John Moreland – Heart’s Too Heavy
- Kevin Morby – Dorothy
- Okkervil River – Okkervil River R.I.P.
- Robert Ellis – California
- Plants And Animals – So Many Nights
- Idlewild – Utopia
- The Staves – Roses
4 thoughts on “The Mixologist: The Road To California”
@Spencer. Loved seeing you. Dig the photo essay. And the mix is okay.
Oh and what do you mean by unconventional mix?
Haha, well, you admirably resisted the urge to include songs that might make a more conventional California mix — “California Love,” “Hotel California,” pretty much anything from The O.C.… You know, all the terrible choices I would have made. 😉
Was listening to the mix during my commute today and it’s making me wish I weren’t back home just yet! That new Isakov song is just fantastic.
Yes, the Isakov is stunning. It’s from his album with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks — just a real thing of beauty.