Today the bus took a turn. Big deal, you say. So what?
In my three years of public transportation use in LA, the bus has ventured off of Wilshire Boulevard exactly twice. Once when President Obama was in town and today.
So, yes, big deal. We were at the intersection of Wilshire and La Cienega. We'd sat through three lights already. When the bus driver swung that wheel and brought us off of Wilshire and onto La Cienega it was such a shock that is was like being on a roller coaster.
The day Obama diverted our bus I sat next to a very large black woman who spoke on her cell phone as if she were at a Metallica concert. She began to complain that the bus was being routed along Pico because of the President. She said, "Now I understand why people are changin' they minds about him."
Now months later after he just got rejected by his own party when he tried to extend Bush tax cuts I understand as well.
1. Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy
For many years I thought that Eva Cassidy was alive and black. Imagine my surprise to find that she was white and dead. And that she could somehow, from beyond the grave, with white skin, save this Sting song from itself.
2. Old Brown Shoe - The Beatles
I don't remember hearing this song today. We hadn't turned off Wilshire yet and I was engrossed in David Sedaris' hilarious "Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim".
3. How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin could sing the phone book and it would rock. Hard.
4. Molly And Tenbrooks - Sam Bush And Friends
Bluegrass players make me sick. The worst one is better than your favorite guitar player.
5. Season Of The Shark - Yo La Tengo
I am mildly perplexed whenever I see the name Yo La Tengo. I listen, I like. And then they exit my brain COMPLETELY until the next time. They have no staying power in my soul.
6. Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
I am a late arrival to The Kinks bandwagon and I jumped on because of Terry Reid. For a while Terry Reid sang with Big Mondays out here in LA at The Joint in a band led by Waddy Wachtel. Some of the greatest musical moments I've witnessed happened with that particular group. One of which was Terry Reid singing "Waterloo Sunset". I'd never heard it and it left me almost in tears in the bar. I think I Googled it and was shocked to find out it was The Kinks. I decided then and there that I was a full on convert. In fact I felt guilty that I'd waited so long.
7. My Phone's On Vibrate For You - Rufus Wainwright
If Rufus Wainwright doesn't age gracefully I'm going to be very upset with him. Because I don't think anyone has ever come straight out of the gate with as many perfections as he as. Most artists either warm up over several albums or cool off or take a bad step but this little fucker keeps topping himself. Love love love love love.
8. Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce
If you have never heard Lenny Bruce you ought to be ashamed of yourself. The greatest ever.
9. Canstlleation Funk - El-P
The "Fantastic Damage" album is one of those sonic clusterfucks that gets gnarlier every time you hear it. It is instantly recognizable when it comes on and while it is impressive music it is disheartening. Why? Claustrophobia, misanthropy, despair, violence, regret, disdain, and psychosis make strange bedfellows with sick beats and dope rhymes.
10. I Get A Kick Out Of You - Dolly Parton
If you think Dolly is all boobs you're an idiot.
11. Mansion On The Hill - Bruce Springsteen
When Bruce nails it he really nails it. This song shoots a painful arrow right into my gut every single time.
12. I Love Paris - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
This guy is truly nuts.
13. My New Town - Jack Logan
More painful arrows in guts.
14. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
15. I Can't Wait - The White Stripes
I wonder if Jack White is living up to his potential.
16. Jilla Done Smell Nice - Pimp Fu
17. Moon River - Oranj Symphonette
18. Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Leadbelly
19. Basin Street Blues - Miles Davis
See, a detour by the bus was just enough to make me incapable of analysis all the way to the end of the trip. Besides, Sedaris just got funnier and funnier. Now I need a new book.