Los Angeles: huge, sprawling, and eclectic, has been likened to microcosm of the country as whole — truly a melting pot of various cultures, ethnicities, tastes and influences.  So is her music.  With various scenes and sub-scenes, rarely has there been a defining “sound” that marks the overall zeitgeist of what is happening in the city at any one time.  In 2008 I set out to create a compilation of a dozen or so L.A. based artists that I felt were creating something both unique and diverse.  After some thought I decided that there needed to be a running theme, something to tie the artists together into a cohesive whole, a common bond.

As records tend to do, a revisited appreciation of Paul McCartney’s 1971 solo album, RAM, had begun to see a resurgence of sorts within a number of local eastside artists, coming up in conversations and on the turntables of various house parties.

The theme was found.  Over the course of the second half of 2008 eleven Angeleno artists individually went in to various studios, rehearsal spaces and apartments to record their take on what is my favorite, and arguably, McCartney’s best solo work…. the end result is RAM On L.A.

Released as a high-quality 320kbps MP3 digital download, the not-for-profit compilation is available free via Aquarium Drunkard.  Listeners are encouraged to make donations to No More Landmines, the fantastic cause that “helps and empowers communities around the world by removing the threat of landmines and unexploded weapons.” A cause championed by Sir Paul McCartney himself.  Donate here.

Download: RAM On L.A. :: A Los Angeles Music Sampler (Zipped 132 MB)

Tracklisting:

Earlimart :: Too Many People
Frankel :: 3 Legs
The Parson Redheads :: Ram On
Bodies of Water :: Dear Boy
Radar Bros. :: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Naptunes :: Smile Away
Los Baby Fools :: Heart Of The Country
Le Switch :: Monkberry Moon Delight
The Broken West :: Eat At Home
Amnion :: Long Haired Lady
The Parson Redheads :: Ram On (reprise)
Travel by Sea :: The Back Seat Of My Car

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65 Responses to “RAM On L.A. :: A Los Angeles Music Sampler”

  1. […] a follow-up of sorts to last year’s stellar Ram on L.A. compilation, Aquarium Drunkard has curated a tribute comp for Television’s overlooked 1978 […]

  2. […] to name but a few.  The results are well worth some attention and can be downloaded for nowt from here if you’re a skinflint, though you are politely encouraged to make a donation to No More […]

  3. […] to name but a few. The results are well worth some attention and can be downloaded for nowt from here if you’re a skinflint, though you are politely encouraged to make a donation to No More […]

  4. […] at Aquarium Drunkard compiled a track-for-track tribute to the LP from various L.A. artists titled RAM On L.A.; it’s a free download. tweetmeme_style = "compact";ShareTags: Paul McCartney, The Morning […]

  5. Yay! I’ve been waiting for indie artist to get on a cover of Ram. If no one else had stepped up I was going to start my own band called Ram of God and play it live. Thank you for saving me from that since I don’t really play or sing well enough.

  6. […] you missed this in June…. Last year Aquarium Drunkard released RAM On L.A. — a local music compilation featuring eleven Los Angeles artists each covering a track off […]

  7. […] you missed this in June…. Last year Aquarium Drunkard released RAM On L.A. — a local music compilation featuring eleven Los Angeles artists each covering a track off […]

  8. […] entitled—wait for it—L’Aventure. Like the L.A. take on McCartney’s RAM the year before, L’Aventure is a study in not only the reinterpretation of material, but of the diversity of […]

  9. nice job, fellas. RAM is my favorite macca solo.

  10. […] “Los Angeles: huge, sprawling, and eclectic, has been likened to microcosm of the country as whole — truly a melting pot of various cultures, ethnicities, tastes and influences.  So is her music.  With various scenes and sub-scenes, rarely has there been a defining “sound” that marks the overall zeitgeist of what is happening in the city at any one time.  In 2008 I set out to create a compilation of a dozen or so L.A. based artists that I felt were creating something both unique and diverse.  After some thought I decided that there needed to be a running theme, something to tie the artists together into a cohesive whole, a common bond. As records tend to do, a revisited appreciation of Paul McCartney’s 1971 solo album, RAM, had begun to see a resurgence of sorts within a number of local Eastside artists, coming up in conversations and on the turntables of various house parties. The theme was found.  Over the course of the second half of 2008 eleven Angeleno artists individually went in to various studios, rehearsal spaces and apartments to record their take on what is my favorite, and arguably, McCartney’s best solo work…. the end result is RAM On L.A. Released as a high-quality 320kbps MP3 digital download, the not-for-profit compilation is available free via aquariumdrunkard.com.  Listeners are encouraged to make donations to No More Landmines, the fantastic cause that “helps and empowers communities around the world by removing the threat of landmines and unexploded weapons.” A cause championed by Sir Paul McCartney himself.  Donate here. With a truly diverse lineup, comprised of both Los Angeles stalwarts and new faces alike, listeners get to sample a slice of the present “sound” of Los Angeles, while revisiting one of, if not, the best solo effort by one of the greatest artists of the last five decades. Every penny of donations from listeners will go directly to No More Landmines.  Many, many thanks to all the artists involved for their time and talent (aquariumdrunkard.com) […]

  11. […] in a string of new bands fiddling with well-spoken Rockabilly. An elocution nut’s nirvana.V/A – RAM on LA charity album(from Aquarium Drunkard)Impressive sampler of new LA music collated by the team behind Aquarium […]

  12. […] In 2008 I put together a not for profit RAM tribute compilation entitled RAM On LA. Released in 2009, the comp focused wholly on Los Angeles artists each taking on one of the […]

  13. Ram definitely is one of my favorite albums.

    The interpretations by the LA artists are just great! Probably the one that I liked the most was ‘My Long Haired Lady’.

  14. […] Speaking of which, did anyone else listen to this? […]

  15. […] DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Speaking of which, did anyone else listen to this? […]

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