It rained on Friday and it continued on into Saturday! It was glorious! But I noticed something…The people of California really can’t handle rain. It is a hard adjustment to make and within the first rain drops the city kind of starts to break down, things stop functioning, people stop driving and I wouldn’t be surprised if some people melted.

The rain cleaned out the smog from the air and for the last day and half the sky has been bright blue with big beautiful fluffy clouds floating in the cool breeze. Glorious indeed.

A mix for you to enjoy!

mp3: New Land, Emma Pollock

Watch The Fireworks 2007Get It

mp3: In Transit, Albert Hammond Jr.

Yours To Keep 2007Get It

mp3: Aging Faces/Losing Places, Kevin Drew

Spirit If… 2007Get It

P.S. The new Beirut album, The Flying Club Cup was released on emusic as an advance. Of course I downloaded it, I can’t wait to share my thoughts on the new album and give you a taste. Stay tuned.


10 Responses to “This Beautiful Weekend”

  1. Anne on September 24th, 2007 6:03 am

    I lived in California for 5 years and have just recently moved out. I knew I had been in CA too long when it would start raining and I was so excited, I would go outside just to feel the rain.

  2. g on September 24th, 2007 7:59 am

    here is something you may find interesting in case you havent stumbled across it yet. wes anderson’s new short film called ‘hotel chevalier’… “a prequel of sorts that was made a year before “Darjeeling” even began filming”

    Anderson’s goal apparently would be for all future Darjeeling viewers to view this first.

  3. Rachel on September 24th, 2007 10:09 am

    Anne I am with you I have certainly been in California too long, I literally jump for joy when it rains here. I need to move to Seattle for awhile I think.

    G, thanks for this link I can’t wait to watch it when I get home! ;-)

  4. FiL on September 24th, 2007 3:05 pm

    Tee-hee! I know how much you like the gloom & wet, so I’m happy for you!

    We gonna get you back on Contrast Podcast someday? Pleeze???

  5. Rachel on September 25th, 2007 8:03 am

    FiL, I will return soon I was actually thinking about the CP as of late so now that I am all settled I need to bring out my mic already! ;-)

  6. mjrc on September 26th, 2007 4:19 am

    i love it: “i wouldn’t be surprised if some people melted.” : )

  7. Rachel on September 26th, 2007 11:43 am

    seriously I think some people did…now it is all back to the same old same old: 70 degrees and sun, sun, sun.


  8. colin on September 26th, 2007 5:21 pm

    i suggest, for the sake of human progress and all round happiness, that californians move to glasgow and glaswegians move to california for 6 mths of the year. then the whole rain/sunshine/smog/storms thing would be in some kind of ‘natural balance’.


    btw, i’m just in from seeing iLiKETRAiNS at king tuts (yes, here in scottish california) – and one of the support bands made me think of you – Her Name Is Calla. Now, I know you are Rachel, not Calla, but their music made me think of you :) i’ll be posting on them soon and their debut 7″ is out on Monday: see here –

    their set, literally, blew me away…

  9. Rachel on September 26th, 2007 6:10 pm

    Wow, I have heard a little of them but not enough to form any real opinion. I will have to take a serious listen now that I have your approval and recommendation. ;-)
    And I think your 6 month trade is a smashing idea…I just wish it was possible.

  10. colin on September 26th, 2007 6:41 pm

    To be fair, they have ‘changed musical direction’ a little of late. Now, much more post-post-rock in a Mogwai meets Muse meets Sigur Ros meets electronic-beep-beep-Radiohead kind of way. I love them dearly, already. The lead singer looks great and sings like an angel. The music belongs to them all and is brass-section-enhanced-tastic. :)

    And yes, if only.

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