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When You See Sparks

A CLR Music Blog

You Can Never Leave: L.A. Burnout Mixes

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June 10th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Photo courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard

“I’m holed up in a Hollywood hotel suite
Tequila to drink and avocado to eat”

What do you do when you get tired of the place you live in? When you can’t stand the idea of heading down road that gets you to your house one more time? When you’d rather just take a right for once.

Do you move? Do you give up?  Let’s say you’re in Demascus, Maryland. Then I’d say yes. I’d say yes, get out of there. Find another Safeway to forage in. Find another lawn to mow.

But you can’t leave Los Angeles. You’ve learned that from the Eagles. So even if you can’t stand one more unreturned call, one more jammed drive through Hollywood, one more reference to “Hotel California,” you have to stay. You can’t leave. You’ve got to find a way to ride it out, instead. Maybe it’s fear of failure, maybe it’s knowing there aren’t as many places in America as special as this one. So instead of abandoning the place, realize you‘ve just let it get away from you. And all you’ve got to do is woo it back.

Don’t head to that bar again. Drive down the California Incline and drink the view. Don’t wait for that left turn that gets you to your house. Take the bus, get off, and feel the cement under your feet. Realize it’s still hot.

L.A. Burnout – A Compilation (Mix by Aquarium Drunkard)

L.A. Burnout 2: Still Burnt – A Compilation (Mix by Aquarium Drunkard)

Welcome to When You See Sparks, CLR’s New Music Blog

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May 10th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

We are pleased to announce the start of CLR’s new music blog. Ben Caro, a Los Angeles based writer, and Charlie Coffeen, a professional musician from Chicago, will be keeping you informed about all areas of the music world — concerts, albums, up-and-coming artists, as well as Charlie’s insights into life on the road and the state of the music industry.

The title of the blog comes from a Radiohead song, and alternative rock will certainly get extensive coverage but expect reports on all styles of popular music including jazz, country and hip-hop.

We hope you enjoy it and please give us your feedback as we sail into new territory.

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