Los Angeles, I’m Yours

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be in a car somewhere on the Interstate 10, nothing but desolate desert … and the Flying J truck stop in Ehrenberg, Ariz., for some Wendy’s, on the way to Los Angeles. For a six-hour car drive, I don’t get to Calif. as much as I should. So I’m looking forward to my three days there.

The highlight of the trip is Wednesday’s show with The National and Talkdemonic. Cannot wait. After reading Ryan’s recap of the Chicago show and Frank’s review of the Toronto show, I’m even more excited for this sold-out event.

We’ll also be seeing my sister-in-law June, who is very much pregnant. Due to pop next month. So here’s a Talkdemonic song off the new one, Beat Romantic, for her รขโ‚ฌโ€œ and our soon-to-be nephew.

Talkdemonic | Junesong

My boy Royce has promised he’ll be posting while I’m gone … so there will be no interruptions of your regularly scheduled programming.

Also …

I absolutely forgot to recap my haul from Saturday’s record swap meet in Phoenix. I was having little luck finding much: I picked up Inxs Kick on 12″ and a live Marvin Gaye album.

I decided to hit one last table. The lady was super nice and said all LPs were $4 or three for $10. She told me the 45s (two boxes worth) were 50 cents apiece. So I snag the Rolling Stones’ Out of Our Heads and the Cream Disraeli Gears on 12″. Need that third one, right? So I go back and find the Who, Live at Leeds. Not only is the record in decent shape, the cover opens up like a folder and contains paperwork with typed lyric sheets and other odd, record label stationery and such. The woman couldn’t believe I found it and says it books for $50-$70. I immediately feel awful, telling her she should take it back. But she insists that I found it so I should have it in the three for $10 deal under the condition I don’t resell it. Done.

As for the 45s, I snagged a bunch of Michael Jacksons for the jukebox at home. The gems were a Capitol 45 (orange vinyl!) of Blind Melon’s No Rain and an REM 45 for The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite with a ridculously cool cover on the b-side of The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

Here it is, converted from vinyl.

REM | The Lion Sleeps Tonight

7 thoughts on “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”

  1. It’s so frickin’ amazing and incredibly cool that you posted R.E.M.’s version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

    Lemme explain: My three-year-old daughter loves this song. OK, no big surprise, most kids do. But, just this past weekend, we were driving around and it came on the radio and, again, not surprisingly, she went nuts.

    The only problem was, when it was over, she wanted me to keep playing the song over and over. (As three-year-olds are wont to do.) But of course I couldn’t keep playing it over and over because it was on the frickin’ radio.

    So I promised her that I would find the song so we could listen to it together whenever we wanted. Now you have made that possible, and I can’t thank you enough.

    Again, all of this happened just a few days ago, so the fact that you decided to post this is just an amazingly cool coincidence.

    Thanks again.

  2. Wow, thank you both. Those are both really strange and very cool coincidences. Daver, hope your daughter likes this version as much as the original!

  3. I’m guessing she will — other current favorites of hers right now include “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and “Come Dancing” by The Kinks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again!

  4. great scores at the record swap meet.

    Have a blast in LA. I saw the National in NYC in Jan., but only for their part in the NY Guitar Festival’s tribute to Springsteen’s Nebraska. (the Boss showed up for an encore w/ the whole lot of the evening’s performers, including some indie and alt folk heavywieghts, and downtown avant garde & jazz types like Vernon Reid & Gary Lucas).

  5. … and I thougt it was the other “sleeping” song from R.E.M. (The sidewinder sleeps tonite). But this cover version is even better than what I expected.

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