I used to be a huge Grandaddy fan. I still am, now that Jason Lytle's back solo-ing it up, but Grandaddy's The Sophtware Slump was the soundtrack to my first few years in Los Angeles c/o Rob Mars who left LA years ago and has still, thankfully, stayed a close friend. He visits occasionally when he has a show in town (see above & below), but even when he doesn't, he's still here, in the ghosts that linger on the stoop of my old Genesee duplex next to the gas station.
mobil pegasus
"super power" by: Robert Mars

The first time I heard Grandaddy was with Rob, en route to Fingerprints in Long Beach. He'd take me record shopping often, pull discs like daisies from a field of plastic spines and pass them to me one by one until I tipped over.

"There," he'd say. "That's good for now."

I miss those days, the record store missions, Rob living down the street. I love today, of course, but shopping Itunes in sweatpants at 11:43pm on a Monday isn't the same as perusing the aisles of "USED" with dear friends. So here's to Rob and record stores, El Caminos in the west and getting nostalgic as I near the end of my track list.

Doo doo do-do-do-do... Doo doo do-do-do-do-do-doooooo, do do doooooo...

97. El Caminos in the West performed by: Jason Lytle via Grandaddy