“West Coast” by Coconut Records – SOTD

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“West Coast” by Coconut Records
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“And if you shake her heart enough she will appear.
Tonight I think I’ll be stayin’ here.”

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“West Coast” by Coconut Records is track 2 on the bands’ debut album released in 2007. The song and album were produced by Mike Einziger of Incubus in Casa Chica, Malibu, in August of 2006.

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The album was conceived by actor Jason Schwartzman, as Coconut Records. He wrote all of the songs and performs the majority of the instruments.

The music video (see above) features skateboarding performances by Mark Gonzales, in Germany.

“West Coast” by Coconut Records

I first heard “West Coast” on an episode of the TV series, The OC. The music from that series was pretty fantastic and led to me discovering many new artists and bands, most notably Death Cab For Cutie.

This song is one of those music discoveries.

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“West Coast” feels like a coming back song to me, or at least a wanting to come back one.

The lyric “I wish you would’ve put yourself in my suitcase” is brilliant and delivers the emotional heft of a long distance relationship perfectly. It holds that feeling of miles apart, and of long, lingering phone calls heavy with “wish you were here” sentiment. It is the stuff of airport goodbyes where the tug of war of “wish you’d stay” and “wish you’d come with me” take place. Or, as the lyric sings, “I wish you would’ve put yourself in my suitcase”.

The lyric above, “I talk out loud like you’re still around.” feels like the aftermath of a loss, or at least of separation. It feels like missing someone in the middle of the night, too late to call, or maybe you can no longer call at all.

Can you hear the sting of longing there?

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It is also one of my favorite “California” songs, one that invariably winds up in any California/Los Angeles-centric mix I make.

“West Coast” (live) by Coconut Records