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Historic Highland Park

by Artichoke

Garage-pop anthropologist Timothy Sellers presents 11 catchy songs about the people and history of his neighborhood of Highland Park, California.
Genre: Pop: Garage Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trash Day
4:33 album only
2. Highland Park
2:38 album only
3. Figueroa Street
1:27 album only
4. Old Man Brunk
1:14 album only
5. Arroyo Seco
2:37 album only
6. Here Come the Hipsters
4:05 album only
7. Our Back Yard Is Full of Cats
3:25 album only
8. A Country Boy in Highland Park
2:10 album only
9. Mr. T's Bowl
3:33 album only
10. El Dorado
7:19 album only
11. Charles Lummis
3:50 album only


Album Notes
“Historic Highland Park"
A musician explores his neighborhood.

I’ve written about the lives of scientists for two records, sung from the perspective of bees on one, described people as a form of weather in “Evaporation,” added melodies to Sex Pistols songs, and recently gone in a zoological direction with “26 Animals.” Most of the time I prefer to write songs by taking some sort of leap -- to sing as a frog, a bumblebee, or Albert Einstein. But on “Historic Highland Park” I stayed closer to home. I looked at my neighborhood, my experience living here, and a little of its history. Here’s what’s on the record:

"Trash Day" was written on a shiny spring Tuesday, which is trash day in Highland Park. When we play the song live, Steve performs his infectious trash can dance. "Highland Park" is the title song. The street I live on, "Figueroa Street," was once the longest street in Los Angeles. "Old Man Brunk" is about the first white dude living in the Arroyo Seco. Not much is known about him, but I like that he left San Francisco "because the town was good." Next: "Arroyo Seco." Behold the concrete trough! But touch not the waters, especially in August. "Here Come The Hipsters" is a paranoid fantasy of Sunset Strip creep creepage. I hope it’s paranoid, anyway. "Our Back Yard Is Full of Cats" was written on a day when our back yard was indeed full of cats. “A Country Boy In Highland Park” features Steve’s theremin in its full glory. Yes, I grew up with a composting toilet of my father’s invention. And I used to sing to cows while waiting for the school bus. Cows took a real interest in my early vocal work. Those Holsteins would hear me and amble over across the fields to stand nice and close, chewing and looking and paying mysterious and profound brown-eyed attention to my every syllable. Which does not remind me of “Mr. T's Bowl," our favorite indie rock bar in these parts. "El Dorado" is Artichoke's first song longer than seven minutes, and includes a short history of California and our place in the grand scheme. Finally, I went out on the porch and played "Charles Lummis," a biography of Highland Park’s own corduroy-clad humanitarian booster of the Southwestern United States, its people and history.

Big thanks go to Daniel Leyson for playing guitar on “Trash Day” and “Highland Park,” to Steve Collins for his theremin on "A Country Boy In Highland Park," and to David Hurlin for playing drums all over the record. Also thanks to the organizers of “Lummis Day” for having Artichoke play in 2008.

Timothy Sellers
greeen records, 2009



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Matt Ritvo

Historic Highland Park
Totally Rockin, totally creative, and totally funny. Timothy is awesome. The music that Beck or Weezer wish make if they could even find the county where a clue is located.

BJ in VT

Made Me Cry
Ah, Timothy, ya made me cry! The 2 CD's came yesterday and we popped Historic HP in the player and got all misty eyed over dinner. We love it out here in the woods but we miss Highland Park too. Artichoke, cheaper than airfare, and so much more fun! Many Thanks!



Great Fun
This CD is really great fun. The songs stick in your head, especially "Charles Lummis." Recommended and essential for anyone in or near Highland Park, Los Angeles. Of course, any neighborhood can relate to "Trash Day"!

Jason Fogelson

Historic Highland Park
Artichoke is my new favorite band. If you love They Might Be Giants, The Decemberists, Fountains of Wayne, give this one a try. A must for Angelenos!


Catchy and entertaining
"Trash Day" starts the album off with an infectious groove that doesn't relent much through the course of 37 minutes of great entertainment. The penultimate song, "El Dorado", is probably my favorite for its beautiful and swinging refrains.


One man's love of his neighborhood and pop music put down on record with enthusiasm, brains, a sense of humor. forget that bright eyes stuff, this is where it's at. long live artichoke!