One of my favorite musicians, and the man who inspired the name of this blog passed away yesterday in Memphis. He was 61. While the Beach Boys are the quintessential California band, Love is the quintessential LA band. Arthur Lee/Love's music perfectly captures both the light and dark sides of this city. Forever Changes is their masterpiece, but their first three albums are all essential. "Oh the snot has caked against my pants/ it has turned into crystal." I only saw him late in his career, but the first time blew my mind and the second time was really good too.