i met my friend jess back in college. we worked at a busy downtown cafe slinging lattes with a little side of attitude. nothing out of the ordinary for an overworked + sleep deprived barista. i instantly wanted to know her. she was, and remains, a vibrant, charismatic, and beautiful natural red-head with an infectious laugh. above all else she has impeccable taste in music; and for that we will forever be bonded. she attends music festivals like it is her job, is constantly advising me of the next band that is about to blow up, and is one of the only friends i have that can truly rejoice in the anticipation of a live show for one of our favorites. her love of swing music, pin up style, and her obseession with the LA street artist 'morley' make her all the more charming.
she relocated to LA a few years back, and as a colorado native i think even she was surprised at how much she has grown to love it. and maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the deep music culture that permeates the city. whatever the reason, her love for the california sun has brought about this playlist. i was thrilled she agreed to create the first guest playlist for the cedra sessions and i'm hopeful it won't be the last contribution she makes to this blog.
/// photos: one, three, eleven, fifteen, + sixteen/m.cedra; two, four, twelve, + fourteen/shaunna nygren; seventeen/kinfolk ///
here is what jess has to say:
"i was so excited when i was asked to make a playlist for the cedra sessions! being a transplant from CO, i never thought i would love LA as much as i do. there are SO many songs about this state, but this is a mix of songs that i prefer about cali, LA, san fran & others that make it as best coast puts it...well, best: the only place for me. and no, phantom planet DID NOT make the list. come on, gimmie a LITTLE credit.-Jess *artwork is my favorite street artist, morley. he changed my life."
DIRTY GOLD///CALIFORNIA SUNRISE
FATHER JOHN MISTY///HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETARY SINGS
BILLY BRAGG + WILCO///CALIFORNIA STARS
RED HOUSE PAINTERS///CRUISER
DAWES///TIME SPENT IN LA
LED ZEPPELIN///GOING TO CALIFORNIA
GIRLS///LIFE IN SAN FRANCISCO
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS///COME BACK FROM SAN FRANCISCO
JOLIE HOLLAND///GOODBYE CALIFORNIA
THE AVETT BROTHERS///PRETTY GIRL FROM SAN DIEGO
THE DECEMBERISTS///LOS ANGELES, I'M YOURS
BEST COAST///THE ONLY PLACE
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS///CALIFORNIA GIRLS
COCONUT RECORDS///WEST COAST
RAMONES///CALIFORNIA SUN (BMI)
VAMPIRE WEEKEND///CALIFORNIA ENGLISH
THE ARCTIC MONKEYS///FAKE TALES OF SAN FRAN
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD///SWEATER WEATHER
RAC///HOLLYWOOD (FEAT PENGUIN PRISON)