Songs For El Nino
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2016

  • Posted by: Sabrina Cognata

Christ, I love Los Angeles. I love it. My veins thunder with the heartbeat of this great city. Los Angeles is great. It's tacos, tans, waves, sunshine, babes, booze and bullshit. It's everything you imagine. Everything television says it is and even more that TV can't even begin to explain. It's a city founded by fakes and frauds with blind faith and ego. A city that continues to be run by the legions of beautiful people and dreamers, their pockets lined with hope and work ethic.

The dreamers give this city it's magic, and they always have. We have our own soundtrack, one filled with smooth grooves and discontent. For me, a drive across town means Steely Dan winding me around the dangerous curves of Mulholland Drive; the Beach Boys directing me down PCH and into a palatial Malibu party.

Everywhere I go there's a story about a song or a song that tells the story of this city. And this is the story of El Niño, a storm that blurs out the sun and floods our streets. What I'm saying is buckle-the-eff-up, slow down and let me navigate your drive through the wild, wet streets of my L.A.

Dig all of the tracks on YouTube below as well as a Spotify playlist version of the mixtape (minus Prince and Mr. Lil Jeans who do not have their music on the service).



"My God Is The Sun" by Queens of the Stone Age




"I Love LA" by Randy Newman




"Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival




"Purple Rain" by Prince




"Why Does It Always Rain On Me" by Travis




"Umbrella" by Rihanna




"The Fairest of the Seasons" by Nico




"Conversation 16" by The National




"The Word Hurricane" by Air (Virgin Suicides Soundtrack)




"Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers




"Island In The Sun" by Weezer




"California Dreamin'" by Mamas and the Papas




"Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys




"It's Coming Down" by Cake




"Drive" by The Cars




"Slip Away" by Clarence Carter




"Under Pressure" by David Bowie & Queen




"The Rake's Song" by The Decemberists




"Alameda" by Elliott Smith




"Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem




"It Ain't Over TIll It's Over" by Lenny Kravitz



"The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire as performed by Mr. Lil Jeans




"Fire In The Hole" by Steely Dan

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