This is a playlist of songs which reference California and/or locations within California. To narrow down the list, I’ve only chosen songs that explicitly reference Californian locations in the title. Essentially the playlist moves from Los Angeles to San Francisco with a couple of detours. Where possible I’ve tried to find video links that are audio only because I feel MVs can often distract from the songs. I also tried to find songs that evoke California, rather than just have my favourite songs with California in the title (alright, there’s a lot of those too)
I have made a YouTube playlist of all these videos for your convenience. However I can only find a live version for ‘The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco’ so I would recommend using the the vimeo link that I put up for that vid.
The ubiquity of drug use has run rampart this season. Sure it relates to its prevalence in America circa 1968, but it also underlines this season’s – and 1968’s – tackling of chaos and waywardness and the futile attempts to manage it. This theme has been well managed by this season, but by its very nature, it leads to episodes and characterisations that don’t really amount to much. Now Mad Men has never focused heavily on driving forward narrative arcs, but by the end of each episode we should get a better sense of these characters, who they are and what they want. What we get in this episode is two very enjoyable story lines that don’t really amount to much and a couple of less interesting side tales of office politics.