Morgan Neville -- whom LA nerds will know as the maker of Shotgun Freeway, among dozens of music documentaries -- recently shot a Todd Snider music video. The video shows the alt-country Nashville singer in a big ol' Echo Park boho kind of way. He wakes up in the morning, shaves, makes a decision about himself in relation to the means of production and then gets down to business, driving up and down Sunset Boulevard and other Echo Park thoroughfares. Neighborhood folks will recognize just about everything, but the highlights include Snider striding into Alexander's Brite Spot diner and convincing a kitchen worker to quit his job; at the Downbeat Cafe and other venues he sings freedom to the workers; at the CalFed Building, the closest thing Echo Park has to a skyscraper, he uses a bullhorn to call enlightened employees down to the street. The newly liberated drive around the neighborhood in Snider's VW bus. You can tell the video was shot very recently because the Rodeo Grill on Sunset is missing its sign -- the one where the donkeys pull giant tacos along the ground. I have always loved that sign and have been hoping it would return one of these days, but so far, nothing.
The Snider song is "Looking for a Job." Snider's The Devil You Know, from which Looking for a Job comes, happens to be one of my favorite CDs in recent release. But that's a coincidence.