The Von Bondies - No Regrets
#5 in the five albums that most vividly evoke a specific time of our lives thing of which I will have more than five.
January, 2008. My third visit to California but my first time in San Francisco. We bought this album at Amoeba Music because we needed something to listen to for the ride back to Sacramento. I knew I knew “that one song they do” (which turned out to be C’mon, C’mon) but I knew nothing else about them.
Love at first listen. Every song. Everything about the album. We listened to it on the drive back, hit repeat a couple of times, then listened to it every time we got in that rental car for the rest of the trip. When I got home I spent a good portion of the cold winter weekends reading while listening to Pawn Shoppe Heart.
This memories of this album stretch through two months and always evoke specific memories: the realization that California was meant to be my home, losing my fear of flying, Haight Ashbury, downtown Sacramento, New York slush and snow, reading three Christopher Moore novels in the space of two weeks, feeling like my life was finally shaping up to be how I pictured it.
It’s a really, really good album.