Los Angeles: Soundtrack for the Angels


February 3rd, 2010 ~ American Routes' host Nick Spitzer uncovers the music and cultural traditions of Los Angeles: from Hollywood to neighborhood. Join Nick as he travels across the City of Angels to hear from legends -- including Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and songwriter Randy Newman -- and explores musical cultures with Cambodian-born rapper PraCh Ly, Louisiana Creole zydeco accordionist T-Lou, and East L.A.'s Ersi Arvizu. Plus conversations and music from Mexican-American rock band Los Lobos, R & B saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, and rockabilly guitarist Glen Glenn. Along the way we visit L.A. musical landmarks -- including the famed Capitol Records recording studios.

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  • Open Bed: Badge of Honor Jerry Goldsmith
    L.A. Confidential Soundtrack, Restless
  • Peter Gunn Suite Ray Anthony
    Ultra-Lounge Volume 7: The Crime Scene, Capitol
  • Motor Head Baby Chuck Higgins and his Mellotones
    Straight to Watts: The Central Avenue Scene 1951-54 Vol.1, Ace
  • Los Angeles Blues Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
    Los Angeles Blues, West Side
  • Act Naturally Buck Owens
    21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: L.A. Classics
  • SEGMENT: Thomas Newman
  • Instrumental: Mountain Greenery The Ernie Freeman Combo
    Ultra-Lounge Vol.8: Cocktail Capers, Capitol
  • The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man Rolling Stones
    Singles Collection: The London Years, abkco
  • Vine Street Swing Johnny Otis
    The Capitol Years, Collectables
  • 3 Cool Cats Ry Cooder featuring Little Willie G
    Chavez Ravine, Nonesuch
  • Frank's Wild Years Tom Waits
    Swordfishtrombones, Islands
  • Instrumental: Straight to Watts Jimmy O'Brien
    Straight to Watts: The Central Avenue Scene 1951-54 Vol.1, Ace
  • Blues on Central Ave Joe Turner with the Freddie Slack Trio
    Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956, Rhino
  • Fine Brown Frame Nellie Lutcher
    Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956, Rhino
  • Laguna Slim Gaillard Quartet
    Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Big Jay McNeely
  • SEGMENT: praCh Ly
  • End Bed: Bernie's Tune Al Caiola
    Ultra-Lounge Vol.17: Bongo Land, Ultra-Lounge Vol.17: Bongo Land
  • Open Bed: Hector (Part 1) Village Callers
    The West Coast East Side Sound Vol.2, Varese Sarabande
  • SEGMENT: Louie Perez of Los Lobos
  • Chuco's Cumbia Los Lobos
    The Town and the City, Hollywood
  • Los Chucos Suaves Lalo Guerrero
    Recuerdos – Memories, Lalo Guerrero
  • SEGMENT: Ersi Arvizu
  • SEGMENT: T-Lou
  • Instrumental: Fiddle Time Tex Williams
    Tex Williams and his Western Caravan, Capitol
  • SEGMENT: Dave Alvin
  • California on My Mind Merle Haggard & the Strangers
    Mama Tried/Pride in What I Am , Capitol
  • Long Journey Home Rose Maddox
    Sing a Little Song of Heartache, Bear Family
  • SEGMENT: Glen Glenn
  • Instrumental: The Sudbury Nickel John Doe and the Sadies
    Country Club, Yep Roc
  • Sin City The Flying Burrito Brothers
    The Gilded Palace of Sin, Edsel
  • Will the Wolf Survive? Los Lobos
    How Will the Wolf Survive?, Slash
  • Clip: Randy Newman
  • I Love L.A. Randy Newman
    American Routes original recording,
  • Clip: Brian Wilson
  • California Girls The Beach Boys
    Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, Capitol
  • End Bed: The Beast Milt Buckner
    Mulholland Drive soundtrack, Milan