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Guest Mixtape + Interview / Picture Atlantic: 22 Going on 40 – The Soundtrack of Growing Up

Photo credit: Future Sounds

Like certain music blogs or labels, we all have those friends that we can turn to for a good band recommendation.  More often than not, when those people tell you that a band is good – they are right.  That is precisely how I became acquainted with Bay Area indie rockers, Picture Atlantic.  Somewhere between winding down from a California tour this past August and pushing through the final stages of a brand new EP titled When Everything Is Numbers, band members Nik Bartunek and Ryan Blair were able to put together a gut squirming mixtape definitely evocative of their own raw, emotive sound.  In it they reflect on the tricky part of growing up that I like to call “freshman year of life.”  Rather than elaborate myself, I’ll let Nik and Ryan explain what they’ve called “22 Going On 40 – The Soundtrack For Growing Up.” And make sure to check out a couple of Picture Atlantic’s own tunes at the end of the article – a free download of “Muses” as well as a track off their new EP!

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America The Beautiful: Cowboys and Native Americans

I would like to start by dispelling the rumor that Los Angeles is 75 degrees at all times. This is absolutely not true. It’s a desert. Deserts get cold. Ask anyone who visits in December or January with only shorts and tank tops in their suitcases.  Future tourist, consider yourself warned.

…And I can’t really hate on the climate beyond that.

The weather here is still – for the most part – GORGEOUS. Even when the temperature drops to a whopping 40 degrees it’s usually bright and sunny without a cloud in the sky. Almost every day I hear that voice in my head that says, “it’s so nice out, you should play outside!” Then I remind myself that tomorrow is probably going to be just as nice, as will the day after that, and so forth. After being in Los Angeles almost three years you’d think the voice would die down, but something about being out here has made it grow instead.

The West has the best of every kind of terrain – ocean, mountains, desert – and from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake City every resident seems to know it. What California resident hasn’t hiked and/or surfed? Colorado, Utah and Montana are all known to have some of the best mountains in the world for skiing and snowboarding, not to mention Oregon’s Mt. Hood. The most famous National Parks can be found on this side of the country – Yosemite, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon.  There are rolling hills full of vineyards in Northern California, and the richly colored painted desert in Northern Arizona.  And if you’re not convinced yet, look at this:

Who could see something like that through their window and not want to be outside?

You can catch Truth & Salvage Co. at the Hotel Café TONIGHT at 9pm. Buy tickets here.

The Ruby Suns will be at The Echo tomorrow, April 14 at 8:30pm. Buy tickets here.

And videos about two guys who want some very different things…

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Kind of funny, all things considered.

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