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a note It’s a busy day here at the LAC offices. Every Monday, we call a weekly legislature to settle matters regarding blog post brevity, page count politics, sponsorship requests, and
Issue” has been no different. Admittedly, I began this journey
shift assignment for gifting suite purgatory. Today, like so many
intimidated by the subject, as I’ve always found the task of
Mondays, no one considers headphones. Our diligent interns
staying ‘up’ on music exhausting. But, after eight weeks and
are singing along to a filler track from We Can’t Stop, while the
a progression of compelling features, I think I might finally
account execs feverishly type emails to the melodic bliss of
get what all the fuss is about. Music is atmosphere, nostalgia,
Yuna. The events director hums along to the Distillers (I only
and companionship—intricate narratives that every muggle
know because I asked) while his jolting Cherry Bomb ringtone
and edgewalker can get behind.
interjects, perturbing everyone because WHY? Our online editor
Warpaint, the all-female group whose eponymous
and resident electronic music fangirl assembles an email blast to
second album radiates refined textures and psychedelic
the electro-acoustic beats of Darkside while, in the back, our art
grooves, conjures up existential reflections with a velvet
director and myself settle on a cocktail of police radio and the
stroke that gently invites you to sit cross-legged on the
Rainymoods app to sanctimoniously sooth our deadline anxieties.
floor. The women have an unwavering appreciation for the
While this amalgamation of aural flavor collectively
“underground” and Joshua Tree and still refer to The Satellite
scores our Monday, my thoughts drift down a sentimental
as Spaceland. In their words, they are not defined by, but have
channel. It occurs to me that this cacophony defines us: the
ultimately “Played the shit out of LA.” Elegantly invisible and
assorted discriminations of Angelenos, both born and actualized,
somewhat daunting is Warpaint’s brand of cool. And what’s
are products of ample cultural research, and personified by a
actually cool, as opposed to exclusivity, is the tangible output
battery of musical genres. Maybe it’s the Olympics, my nihilistic
– something that everyone can score their precious ‘me-time’
yoga teacher, or the extra coffee creamer, but this morning the
with. Inclusiveness is pervasive when it comes to music. And
noise is actually sort of charming.
even with indie music, everybody can sit at the lunch table.
Throughout each issue, our editorial team finds ourselves
for our fashion editorial, and the breathable garments we
the theme, as we dissect it to carve out cohesion between
recommend for your festival season, to the noisy chatter
words and photography. Coincidentally, it takes a somewhat
around Roy Choi’s POT, and a profile on the Soundcloud-era’s
symmetrical interlude to produce a bi-monthly publication, just
rising production collectives, we hope to provide context and
as it does to fall in love with a compatible human. The “Noise
utility to your early spring soundtrack. They say a book lover never goes to bed alone, but after the past couple of months, I’d argue the same for a music lover.
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hhh . . . your first apartment. That
music complex built for two. â€œIâ€™ve never lived
anywhere other than ... the [house] I grew up in
adultâ€™s life that beckons memories of missing
in Chicago,â€? Chance tells NME. â€œWeâ€™re getting
Ikea screws, curtain-less windows, and a
a compound so we figure we might invite people
partner-in-crime serving as your consistent plus
â€˜round to the crib and make some music in the
one for all unsupervised undertakings. If youâ€™re
house, then kick them out, and bring in some
Chance the Rapper, that new roommate is James
new people.â€? Can we come over?
Blake, and that first apartment is an industrial
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ike a fine wine, Snoop just seems to get better, or at least,
his brand more expansive, with age.
e know you’ve been up all night Tinder-ing, so LAC took
the liberty of researching all of LA’s
The pertinent hip-hop icon has lent
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his talents to leggings specialists,
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hatever the subculture you subscribe to, Los Angeles has a pretty happening music scene. That said, the city hasn’t produced
too many internationally successful and distinctively LA bands over the past few years. A notable exception is
record, it was important that we do that but we kind of
Warpaint. The all-female, four-piece make haunting and
had to pile it all into one song. Like, everyone needed to
assured music, based in a grooving psychedelia that
be heard on one song. We’ve all grown up as people in
is as prone to atmospheric jam-outs as it is to hooky
general. Making compromises comes with any successful
choruses. To me, their sound is somewhere between
relationship, just like a marriage. We don’t always get our
Topanga Canyon and Echo Park, but guitarist Jenny Lee
way, but that’s a good thing. There are four strong women
Lindberg disagrees. “I don’t necessarily think that our
in this band. We all have visions, we all have ideas. In this
music sounds super Californian,” she says. “Had we
record, we were more comfortable with kicking back and
been playing music in Portland or Reno or Wisconsin,
allowing someone to speak. That’s why I think this record
I feel like we’d probably be playing the same music.”
is more minimal and more spacious.”
Warpaint had been quietly whittling away in
After taking years to develop their aesthetic,
the Los Angeles underground for over half a decade and
the pace of Warpaint’s songwriting has quickened to a
cycling through drummers like the seasons before London-
sprint over the past year or so: “When we were done with
based label Rough Trade yanked them out of a deal with (at
tour, we were, for lack of a better word, just shitting things
the time) local hipster overlords Manimal Vinyl. They were
out. We were on tour for three years. We were super antsy
sort of ubiquitous on the Eastside circuit as they came into
to play new songs because we had played those songs
themselves. “We played The Silverlake Lounge so many
into the ground . . . We didn’t feel, like, a pressure. When
times,” says Jenny. “We love Spaceland (which is now The
we went to go record, we had too much material. We had
Satellite—but we still call it Spaceland), the Troubadour,
to narrow things down, which is a good thing. When we
The Bootleg . . . We’ve played the shit out of LA.”
made the last record, we were scrambling.”
Their meditative growth was by design and
The group trod a well worn path when writing
took place despite the group’s well-publicized industry
the record, down the 10 freeway, to Joshua Tree, where
connections. Lindberg explains, “When we joined as
a core of the songs for the current album came to
a band, the most important thing for us to do was to
fruition. “It was important to have that isolation and no
write songs we were happy with. We’ve never been in
distractions, explained Lindberg, “just hanging out with
a hurry. Ever. It’s just the kind of people we are. We’re
each other. Joshua Tree is so beautiful, super inspiring.
perfectionists. We didn’t want to rush the process.” She
It just extracts the creativity that’s already happening
goes on, “There are like seventeen versions of every
inside.” The group, and Lindberg in particular, have been
song. It took us a minute to be certain about what we
vocal in the past about their penchant for the herb, so I
were putting out there. In the very beginning, we weren’t
had to ask. She responds “I think, in general, music is a
ready. Everything happened when we were ready.”
joyful experience when you’re stoned. It enhances and
In 2010 it was their single “Undertow” that
magnifies the experience. When you’re stoned, you’re
broke them to the public at large. It’s mellow and flangey
able to pick and pull apart the music that you wouldn’t
with a loping beat and breathy vocals harmonizing pop
necessarily do if you were, I dunno, on coffee.”
melodies. The lyrics admonish someone, I won’t speculate
I query the role of drugs in the songwriting
as to whom, and it grows in intensity before descending
process. Lindberg responds, “I think psychedelic drugs
into a wash of post-rock shimmer. Like a lot of tracks on
are always really fun. You actually get something out
The Fool, the song tersely maintains diverse elements.
of those . . . We didn’t actually eat any mushrooms,
That trait was indicative of a developing
though. I think just being in Joshua Tree was psychedelic
egalitarian process. Lindberg elaborates, “It’s been
enough.” Whatever they did, they did right. Warpaint’s
important since day one that we all get heard. In the last
new, self-titled, album is more assured and composed than any of their prior works—They know that they’ve got nothing to prove to anybody and it has given them the freedom to just be themselves.
SPRING F O R WA R D It’s that time of year again. The time where our curated IG feed allows us to sympathize with the travel delays of east coast contemporaries through the pleasant detachment of 4G. With tank-top-weather impending, let’s begin gearing up for our summer pre-game, otherwise known as music festival season. Allow KCRW’s Valida to score your nominal spring with synthy vibes that summon a thawed out carousing.
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What MySpace was for indie bands, Soundcloud
Replacing the record label as the middleman
would-be bedroom producers and DJs no longer remain hidden within the four walls of their makeshift studios. Traversing the internet megaverse, a new batch of rising musicians have been able to reach fans and peers in the far corners of the globe, and music communities like Soundcloud have
collaborations of minds and methods— becoming the catalyst for the uprising of grassroots music production crews and collectives. With the help of these populist
was borne that leaves the suits out of the music business and provides for a dizzying volume of output. Not that we mind. Read on as we profile three rising stars in this cyber-era of homegrown music production crews.
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THE SOUNDCLOUD ERA SPAWNS GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED CREWS IN LA’S BEAT SCENE
What originally started out of boredom and a couple of 40
For Soulection founders Joe Kay and Andre Power,
oz. bottles, Preston James of Penthouse Penthouse and
an idea was all that was needed to kick into fruition
Great Dane used to expose and curate the most versatile
the quickest turn-around successes for a rookie crew.
and eclectic producers in the game. The challenge was on
Barely getting its feet wet three years ago in a thriving
the table: create a 30-second beat in one hour using the
beat scene, the Soulection prerogative remains the same
same sample and BPM. Once the beat cypher challenge
since its inception: to curate and create quality music
was made public, the pandora’s box of LA bedroom
within its respective family as well as outside of it. Add
producers was opened and Team Supreme weeded out
in a steadily growing roster—Esta, Lakim, Jeftuz, and
the cream of the crop. Mr. Carmack, Kenny Segal, Colta,
more rocking the Soulection eye on their sleeve—and a
Djemba Djemba, and more all align themselves with the
constantly expanding collection of 90s R&B-inspired new
team’s penchant for the obscurely dope and continue to
wave beats from its members and overflowing fanbase,
break that mold of what it means to be a producer in
Soulection is set to take their talents outside of southern
today’s saturated music industry.
California and into perhaps, more foreign waters.
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HW&W Blending inklings of all musical eras across the board, from hip-hop to house to Brazilica to disco, LA’s Huh, What and Where (HW&W) Recordings delves into eclectic sonic pursuits and is well within the crossfire of genre-bending, eliminating them from the likes of musical vocabulary altogether. From Perth’s Ta-ku and Montreal-bred Kaytranada, to LA’s own SoSuperSam, Bahwee, and Falcons, HW&W has flourished from a college dorm into a worldwide takeover. With new tours, new albums, and a new monthly party at Los Globos underway for 2014, HW&W is just getting started. HU HW HATANDWHERE.C OM
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D ELIBERATE cover artist hannah whitaker and her electroacoustic landscapes
hile sometimes it may have dispatched the
as organized light leaks. Whitaker borrows the woodlands and
critter, ultimately, curiosity cultivated the cat.
granite caves of Massachusetts and fuses them with Cage’s
Its inquisitive motives, for a time, promoted
influential composition. An experiment in control, and also the
exploration and thoughtfulness. Now if that cat could have
lack thereof, her avant- garde effort is only fully legible when
somehow expounded on the explorations and conquered
coupled with a conceptual breakdown. Even then, it takes a
riddles of felines past, then there is a fair chance, it too,
heady eye. Her images are civil unions of empirical structures
could have been remembered, a lion.
and anecdotal landscapes. While negotiating the layers, you ask
Whitaker, possesses an inaudible purr. A pitch so tuned to the
yourself, “How did she do that?” Whitaker
conceptual, you have to see it to hear it. Working with her 4x5
manipulating the film screens intrinsic to her large format
format Toyo field camera since her undergraduate years at Yale,
medium. By cutting away small shapes with a blade or punching
Whitaker manipulates light to suggest sound. For example,
miniscule holes directly into the screens, she experiments with
in 2012, she dipped into the pensieve of music theorist John
what has become her idiosyncratic shooting process. By applying
Cage. Cage’s Imaginary Landscape #1 (1939) is one of the first
multiple exposures, through a rotation of intentionally damaged
examples of electroacoustic music, and the proverbial binding
screens, she is able to supercharge a single film negative. Thus,
of Whitaker’s book of images, under the same title. It is a
producing an invasion of layers, textures, and colors to otherwise
compilation of deconstructed harmonic patterns, moonlighting
banal subject matter—like trees, and piles of trash.
HER WORK IS A COMPIL ATION OF DECONSTRUCTED HARMONIC PATTERNS, MOONLIGHTING AS ORGANIZED LIGHT LEAKS.
Limonene, a site- specific exhibition, commissioned by Locust Projects in Miami, is another application of this experiment in composing light and layers. A thoughtfully organized series of abstract still lives, Limonene stars litter collected while foraging the streets of Miami. These castaways of consumerism play part in a larger exploration of the seductive qualities of geometry. By applying numerical values to her photographs, it allows them to fit within numerical systems. Whitaker refers to this as a “structural approach to art making.” Mid- March of this year, in conjunction with M+B Gallery, Whitaker will be showcasing a yet- to- be- titled solo exhibition here in Los Angeles. While few will have any opportunity to see these works before their West Hollywood premiere, it is safe to anticipate Whitaker’s signature style. The forthcoming show will circuitously flow with the help of
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controlled secondary color schemes, manipulated film, as well
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as grey and white, quilted patterns—each and all hovering above New York City winterscapes, human forms, and elegant piles of paper waste. This time around the series bares reference to 20th century textile champion, Annie Albers. Hannah Whitaker’s active curiosity and explorations
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of metronomics, combined with the aesthetic triggers of her visuals, will likely keep her buoyant in the sea of conceptual arts. A continued reminder that thoughtfulness and geometry reign supreme, as they have for centuries.
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CES CONTEMPORARY OPENS ITS DOORS IN LA’S GROWING ARTS DISTRICT
our artists based on evolving criteria I have founded
the growth of emerging talent,” Carl Smith, CES
on my personal aesthetic,” remarks Smith. “What
Contemporary’s founder tells me as he takes me
you see here is what you would see in my home.”
through the gallery’s freshly minted digs on Mateo
Smith’s trajectory into a brick-and-mortar
Street in Downtown LA. It’s an unassuming space,
gallery curator began a decade ago in the Czech
cloaked amongst the industrial hamlet of the Arts
Republic. “I spent most of my twenties in Prague,
District, just beyond the border of Handsome Coffee-
where I was presented with unique opportunities to
induced gentrification. Its location is an interesting
work with young artists. After several pop-up style
combination of ‘off-the-beaten-path’ and ‘this-shit-is-
exhibitions in Prague I caught the bug.” Fast-forward
about-to-blow-up,’ sprinkled with a slew of eclectically
to 2014, and Smith, along with Gallery Manager
boisterous and extraordinarily superb street murals.
Amy Spain and a roster of unique, burgeoning talent
711 MATEO STREET LOS ANGELES, CA. 90021
that Smith has passionately secured over the years,
encapsulates the same cocktail of transformation.
have fashioned a thoroughly distinctive collection
Unobtrusive from the outside, it packs one hell of a
of mixed-media art. “I love what I do,” Smith
punch as soon as you enter. Between geometrically
fervently affirms. “The gallery format allows me to
inclined collage-based pieces by newcomer Jordan
be immersed in so many aspects of the art world
Clark and large-scale mixed -media canvases by
I treasure. I am personally delighted that digitally
established artist Robert Larson, there is undoubtedly
output paintings and graphic works are becoming
a little bit of something for everyone here. “I select
more accepted than ever before.”
I R EALLY WA N T TO BE o n th e f ront ier… TO BE A PA RT OF AN e volving m ovem e n t .
The gallery, founded initially in Laguna
district’s captivating staple of esoteric street artists. Not
Beach in 2010, recently closed its doors in exchange
to worry, the gallery is hitting the ground running with
for a brand new space right here in the underbelly of
new programming to be released on a monthly basis.
LA. “Our move to Los Angeles from Laguna Beach was
What’s next? Aside from presenting at VOLTA NY this
a necessary one that became evident in the fall of last
month, Smith is presenting works by Jenny Sharaf,
year,” says Smith. “We wanted to be a part of a larger
Jordan Clark, and Korean artist Zin Helena Song until
experience and introduce our artists’ work to a broader
April and plans to introduce new, budding talent such
audience.” So far the move has proven to be largely
as Mike Parillo and Lola Dupré in the coming months.
successful, with the inaugural show, Burst, receiving
“I am sincerely excited to introduce our artists’ work
enthusiastic reviews from the local community.
with Los Angeles. I really want to be on the frontier… to
No doubt, CES Contemporary has something
be a part of an evolving movement.” CES Contemporary
to prove. Being the new kids on the block isn’t easy.
may be the new kids in town, but they’re certainly
Especially when carving out a corner in the growing,
keeping up with the Joneses.
cool kid debate of downtown’s renovation and the arts
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GALLERY OPENINGS JENNY SHARAF & JORDAN CLARK DESIGNED IDENTITY CES CONTEMPORARY March 1st – April 1st Opening Reception: Saturday, March 1st, 6 – 9 pm Designed Identity premieres new work by emerging artists Jordan Clark and Jenny Sharaf. With an emphasis on collage, painting, and mixed-media installation, the exhibition portrays each artist’s exploration of celebrity identity and mythology in their respective forms. | cescontemporary.com
JACOB HASHIMOTO GAS GIANT MOCA - Pacific Design Center March 1st – June 8th Opening Reception: Friday, February 28th, 7-9 pm Combining traditional kite-making techniques and painting into sculptural environments, Hashimoto creates massive, space-altering installations with thousands of thin paper sheets. For MOCA Pacific Design Center, Hashimoto produces the third and final edition of Gas Giant, where the ground floor is immersed in black-and-white clouds of box kites that chromatically rise up the stairs and erupt into the secondfloor gallery with a kaleidoscopic explosion of light and color. | moca.org JAN ALBERS HENRY HURT VS. HOLLY HEAL 1301PE March 15th – April 26th Opening Reception: Saturday, March 15th, 6 pm Jan Albers’ drawings are abstract and figurative, often hugely colorful and sometimes expanding beyond the page and onto the gallery wall. The artist creates his portraits and abstract designs from several layers of paper that are cut or punched to reveal intricate matrices of crosshatched lines where pattern, colors, and density define the work’s various features. | 1301pe.com SUSAN SIRONI FORGET ME NOT Offramp Gallery March 16th – April 20th Opening Reception: Sunday, March 16th, 2 pm In Forget Me Not, Pasadena-based artist Susan Sironi uses vintage books as an initial source material, altering them into sculptural collages that reflect on history and a forgotten past. Sironi also works with the material she removes from the books to portray fragmented ideals, distorted history, and the passing of time. | offrampgallery.com MIKE KELLEY MOCA – The Geffen Contemporary March 31st – July 28th Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley produced a body of deeply innovative work that explores American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless self- and social examinations, both dark and delirious. The retrospective exhibit brings together over 200 works, from early pieces made during the 1970s through 2012. | moca.org ELLIOT HUNDLEY Regen Projects April 5th – May 10th Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th, 7 pm Mining the nostalgic and sentimental qualities of his eclectic materials, Hundley creates condensed ‘dreamscapes,’ entwining the personal and symbolic into friable mythologies with use of clusters of tiny figures, magazine clippings, and bits of fabric precariously held in place by pins. His collages transform the simple act of looking into an exploration of new discoveries. | regenprojects.com MARY WEATHERFORD David Kordansky Gallery April 19th – May 31st Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19th, 6 pm Inspired by natural landscapes, Weatherford’s work grows from her understanding of a particular site, transforming her experiential knowledge into intuitive expressions of color and light. These mood poems—rough-edged, vertical rectangles composed of thin, delicate washes of color—are affixed with tubes of neon light, activating the work both as painting and installation. | davidkordanskygallery.com PARIS PHOTO, LOS ANGELES Paramount Pictures Studios April 25th – April 27th Paris Photo LA returns for it’s second US appearance at Paramount Pictures Studios for a full weekend dedicated to historical and contemporary photography. Bringing together an esteemed selection of exhibitors, collections, and an array of public programs, attendees will experience the creative environment of Los Angeles, where Hollywood and film intersect with contemporary art and culture. | parisphoto.com
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photography LOTUS JOSEPHINE hair & makeup BAR BAR A YNIGUEZ styling HILLARY COMSTOCK agency NEXT MODEL MANAGEMENT
Hillary Comstock is the resident photo shoot producer and booker for Nasty Gal, based here in LA. She spends her free time art directing, Netflixing, and skipping Susan Miller’s word-y introductions each month. During her previous adventures as a model agent, Hillary signed Chaun, the girl with the perfect haircut, to NEXT Model Management. It seems as though they probably still text a lot. LAC got a chance to eavesdrop on their in-person convo:
IT ’S BEEN A WHIL E SINCE I’ V E SEEN YOU! Yeah, way too long if you ask me. . . I K NOW YOU’ V E BEEN SO BUSY L AT ELY—T R AV ELING BACK A ND F OR TH F ROM L A T O N Y, HOW H AS TH AT BEEN F OR YOU ? I’ve been working a lot, tr ying to balance my career with my home life. I just had a fashion stor y in NYLON come out this month. I’ve also had a lot of amazing oppor tunities come up since I’ve gone to NY. WH AT DO YOU LIK E A BOUT N Y WHEN YOU STAY THER E ? I love the feeling of the cit y mostly. There’s this comfor ting, carefree at titude there. It ’s a dif ferent kind of carefree at titude than the West Coast. I’m taking a week or t wo of f right now while I’m in L A, and then I’m planning on staying in the cit y for the nex t few months. SOUND S NICE, A N Y PL A NS WHIL E YOU’R E HOME ? I’m going to focus on my band, Gel Capsule, my awesome cat, Wednesday, and my best friend/boy friend/bandmate Ben. We are planning on taking a road trip up nor th to the Redwoods — it ’s been too long since I’ve spent time in nature. WHICH COAST IS THE BEST COAST ? The West Coast! It ’s just so chill on the West Coast. . .I star ted to fully appreciate Los Angeles while I was in NY.
T EL L ME A BOUT YOUR BA ND GEL CA PSUL E, WHER E DID THE N A ME / INSPIR ATION COME F ROM ? My boy friend, Ben, and I star ted it a few months ago. The name Gel Capsule comes from Ben’s brain — when I ask him how he would describe the band, he says “Gel Capsule mocks the comfor t that societ y provides to those who perpetuate it.” I have a hard time tr ying to put it in a genre, I guess it ’s just synthpunk with a bit of pop in there. Our full album came out on Valentine’s Day. Oh, and I play the key tar, so that ’s really fun. WHER E CA N W E FIND THE A L BUM WHEN IT ’S OUT ? Ben is put ting it out on his own label. There are a lot of really cool other bands on there too if you are in the mood to check it out, like Burnt, Beekeeper, and Advocators of Fun. DO YOU THINK YOU WIL L STICK WITH MODELING OR MOV E ONT O MOR E MUSIC /A R T-BASED PRO JEC T S ? Modeling is a sweet job, and I’m going to let it ride out on its own, but it’s one of those jobs where you need to have other creative stuff going on too. WH AT CA N W E E X PEC T T O SEE F ROM YOU IN THE FUTUR E ? In addition to modeling, I’m definitely going to continue with music, so you can expect more of that. I’m also planning to make an at tempt at acting this year as well. . .so we’ll see how that goes.
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HOME T OWN ? San Diego, CA. WHER E H AV E W E SEEN YOU ? Nylon, Oyster, Glamour, Junk Magazine, Urban Out fit ters, and at metal shows! ZODI AC SIGN ? Virgo. DO YOU BELIE V E IN A LIENS ? Yeah, they are all around us all the time! WH AT H AS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST JOB /ACHIE V EMENT Y E T IN YOUR CA R EER ? Working with Sofia Coppola, by far. The project is not out yet, so I can’t say much about it, but she was really cool. She is the nicest person I have ever worked with. EMBA R R ASSING MOMENT ON SE T ? When photographers ask me to show them my tits. HOW W ER E YOU DISCOV ER ED ? I was discovered by a modeling scout (L arr y Clauson). A N Y A DV ICE ? Take time for yourself ! WH AT A R E THR EE THINGS YOU CA N’ T LIV E WITHOUT ? Water, food, Ox ygen WHO WOULD YOU K ILL / FUCK / M A R RY ? I would kill all the racist folk!
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OF STONE ANDREW ARTHUR TIFFANI CHYNEL STYLING ASSISTANT LAUREN MCQUADE HAIR + MAKEUP BARBARA YNIGUEZ MODEL ALEX @ VISION MODELS PHOTOGRAPHY STYLING
ou know the outfit? That outfit you daydream of wearing
years to the trial and error of the production matrix, and carved
during the romantically haphazard, future best-night-
a niche in the market on their own terms despite notably lean
of-your-life? That flawless dress you want to be in when
resources. Garment monikers like Lovely Days, Lady Botanica,
you run into your nemesis? It’s flattering and graceful, chic and
Dharma Boardwalk, and Foreign Cinema illuminate six seasons
knowing, all without being forced—it instantly transforms you into
of ready-to-wear collections, a home décor selection, and a
the most elegant, effortless version of yourself. Thanks to Dallas
bohemian bridal medley to satisfy a growing audience of their
Wand and Cydney Morris of Stone Cold Fox, this look exists,
unwavering disciples. A non-oppressive vintage flare serves as
and is attainable for a reasonable price point. The Dana Point
a nod, rather than adulation, to western nostalgia and unites the
natives and co-owners of our favorite Southern California label
SCF lifestyle trifecta. LAC got a chance to pick the brains of the
grew up puttering with and fantasizing about fashion design like
reigning monarchs of our mental moodboard about color palette
so many young girls—but Morris and Wand stuck to it, dedicating
persuasions, Jane Birkin, and lawyers:
IT’S PRETTY BOLD TO BEGIN PRODUCING A LINE WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL SECURITY OF A SUBSTANTIAL BACKER. IF YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE GETTING INTO FROM THE JUMP, WOULD YOU HAVE STARTED? WHAT ADVICE WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOUR
off of, collaborate with, and ask for help. We love going to trade
YOUNGER SELVES AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR JOURNEY?
shows because you get a lot of people together hustling for the
Yeah, it is really tough, and I don’t think a lot of people believe us when we reveal that. I think the most we borrowed was $500 from our parents to put a deposit on our first office. We had to pay that back within a few months. At that time we were fresh out of college with not much to lose and a whole lot of dreams. Our expenses were low at that time, so it was easy to put all our
same thing. We also turn to our dads for some good financial or attorney advice. There’s no advice better than your fathers’ in our case(s). We are still two little young and wild children at heart who will only learn from years of living.
time into starting the company. We don’t regret how we started
WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER AND BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT LIFE, PARTICULARLY WHAT YOU WANTED YOURS TO BE LIKE SOMEDAY—
for anything, it really makes the brand what it is. We’re thankful
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE ACHIEVED THAT WITH SCF?
we don’t have to cut every single item or sew it now, but knowing
we did that for years makes us pretty proud. We had an idea—a
younger we imagined living in big beach houses with lots of
dream—an original idea and we just went for it. Now that we
naked babies, and hot surfer husbands traveling all the time.
are a little bit older, it would be harder to start a company, we
And yes we still want that one day, but right now we are in the
have more to lose now (homes, car payments, expenses, etc.)
thick of working late nights, hustling every day, and reaching
but we still have the same drive as we did four years ago, and
for a little break when we are older. I guess we would like to
anything you put your mind, time, and hard work into, there is a
work our asses off ‘til we have kids or absolutely break down.
way to make it work. We really believe in ‘work hard, play hard.’
We have lots of energy and are fine with putting all our time in
We still find time to enjoy ourselves, our youth, [and] our social
now. It feels so good to achieve things with the brand, and our
life, but still work hours and hours to make SCF grow. Advice I
futures, our families, is what we work for every day.
we are on our way hopefully. I think when we were
would have given ourselves: I wish I learned Spanish, and make THERE’S A CERTAIN SOMETHING TO YOUR LINE THAT GIVES
sure you trust the people you sell to.
A NOD TO VINTAGE WITHOUT CLINGING TO NOSTALGIA. DO YOU FIND TRADITIONAL SEASONS TO STILL BE RELEVANT?
WHAT IS THE CRUX OF THE SCF IDENTITY? HOW DO YOU
DO YOU THINK YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO ONE TO THREE
ACHIEVE IT SO CONSISTENTLY WITH DIFFERENT CUTS AND
CONCEPT COLLECTIONS A YEAR?
COLOR PALETTES EACH COLLECTION?
Yeah, so that has been a bit of a battle with SCF over the years. We
Well, we really stick to what we love. We don’t love crazy colors,
are completely California girls, so we don’t necessarily make coats
honestly. Everything looks better in black and ivory. And that
or a lot of pants. They are warm weather clothes or easy pieces to
is the true SCF vibe. But that being said, it makes the print or
layer. We still stick true to how we started—not being a fast fashion
gem tone color we do use, really pop. We have always loved
company, really putting our time and hands into each garment.
vintage clothes. We have an entire room at our office filled with
We strive to make SCF timeless, and not something that is trendy
racks and racks of vintage finds. I sit on Etsy, and drive far
or you want to throw away, and if we had items coming and going
and wide to find new vintage. There is something so unique,
quickly we see it as depreciating the value. Plus, we are a two-man
gentle, and delicate about vintage clothing that really gets me
company, and we’re always playing catch up as it is. Everything is
going. It all falls into lines of seeing photographs of the girls
also produced in Los Angeles, and we want to keep it that way. I
in the 60s and 70s—why did those girls like Brigitte Bardot or
think we will always stay with two major collections a year, a small
Jane Birkin look so damn good!? It’s because they have this
holiday and small summer collection. We love putting our time into
sort of natural, effortless, timeless beauty about them. And we
photoshoots, fabrics, prints, and textures, and that gives us more
really try to embody that in our clothes. Clean lines, beautiful
time to go all out. I’m sure it drives a lot of people crazy having to
fabrics, classic prints, and light textures. That is SCF: we want
wait, but aren’t good things worth waiting for?
to make you feel special when you are wearing it. We strive to make women feel confident and sexy.
WHO DO YOU TALK TO FOR ADVICE? ARE THERE ANY OTHER RETAILERS OR BRANDS YOU ARE CLOSE WITH?
WHEN ARE YOU GIVING LA THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
Now we have a lot of friends in the industry that are our age, and
we seem to all be dealing with similar problems and solutions.
It’s definitely on the radar. We have been looking into pop-
It is so nice having peers in the same industry to bounce ideas
up shops for Coachella this year, hopefully in our hometown of Venice Beach, and hopefully a permanent store residence somewhere in Los Angeles in the next year or two.
text ERIN DENNISON
THE REFORMATION DOES VINTAGE RIGHT
“U NFORTUNATELY ,
FASHION IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS
TO WASTE AND POLLUTION .
WAY THEY DYE THINGS , SEW THINGS ,
WASTE THINGS , IT ’ S EVERYWHERE .
IDEA OF ETHICAL FASHION
SEEMED COMPLETELY ARCHAIC TO ME WHEN
R EFORMATION .
straight to the racks with no middleman; a step ahead of the vertically integrated retailer giants known to satisfy
HAS CREATED A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN BE SILLY
AND FUN ABOUT FASHION WITHOUT HAVING TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT .”—Y AEL
HAIR JULI AKANEYA MAK EU P MARK DE LOS REYES MODEL KAT O’BRIEN @ WILHELMINA
materials to create limited edition collections that head
TO WEAR THAT ALSO HAPPENED TO BE THE BEST CHOICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT .
STYLING & SET DESIG N RAUL GUERRERO
using an amalgamation of vintage pieces and surplus
JUST WANTED TO GIVE PEOPLE SOMETHING THAT THEY LOVED
P HOTO GRAP HY HANNA TVEITE
location. The garments are made locally in LA and NYC,
A FLALO , C REATIVE D IRECTOR
our appetite for fast fashion. The boutique employs a rather egalitarian approach to “it-girl” musing
Vintage shopping isn’t for the faint of heart.
Chung, Zoe Kravitz, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have
Anyone who’s spent a Sunday rifling through the $1 bins
been known to frequent the spot), and, with manageable
at Jetrag is all too familiar with the anticlimactic reach
price points of $300 and under, everyone has access to
for delicate lace, anticipating an exquisitely cropped
their innovative collections.
jacket, but instead uncovering a deranged Disney
We paid a little visit to the Melrose location
princess neckline. At Reformation, designer Yael Aflalo
and were greeted by Anna Elinsky, Reformation’s west
does the dirty work for us, selecting optimal canvases for
coast high priestess, who agreed to participate in our
her spot-on alternations, all handled in their new 27,000
light interrogation. The challenging parking situation
sq. ft. factory downtown, and all for an exceptionally
was decidedly worth it once we entered the minimalist,
reasonable markup. Reformation began as a side project
well-lit space. Touching everything as we walked, we
to remedy the wasteful design process, and just a few
fell more in love than anticipated, while Drake and
years later, the store is opening the doors on its third
Future scored our conversation.
CAN YOU TELL US YOUR MELROSE PARKING TRICKS?
I just got towed so can I ask you for yours? IF I WANT TO WEAR A FULL PRINT AND I’M 5’2, ARE YOU GOING TO STOP ME?
Nope, you’re going for it and I’m right behind you! IS IT ANNOYING WHEN PEOPLE TRY ON CLOTHES AND WEAR THEM AROUND THE STORE?
No. It’s annoying when you want me to envision how that dress would look without your jeans at your ankles. HOW DO YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN YOU’RE WEARING A JUMPER?
You have a buddy zip you half way before you go in and get you when you come out. WHAT ABOUT IF YOU’RE AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL AND YOU’RE WEARING A JUMPER?
You. Wear. Separates. To. Music. Festivals. CAN YOU WEAR A PETER PAN COLLAR TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL? OR IS THAT JUST FOR ALEXA CHUNG?
Sure, just make sure you don’t stand next to Alexa Chung. HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR VINTAGE UN-SMELLY?
Steam it a lot. When that does nothing, just love the smell. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE REPURPOSING PROCESS. SPECIFICALLY, YOUR SEASONAL CUTS— WHERE DO YOU GET THAT FABRIC?
We use vintage, deadstock, and now our own Reformation-designed limited edition prints. The beauty of Reformation is we have what you want NOW, not three months early. We also don’t only have specific seasonal fabrics; you can find something beautiful that you can work for any season, any time. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET NEW STOCK?
Every Monday and Thursday, what are you waiting for?
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LA-BRED ROY CHOI TALKS MILKSHAKES, STRAIGHT CALI, AND HIS NEWEST VENTURE, POT ADRIAN GAUT NOAH BRISCOE
The innovator and chef behind LA institutions such as Kogi BBQ Taco Truck, Chego!, Sunny Spot, and A-Frame is back to the grindstone, dishing out something fresh, through his food and written word. Roy Choi had a few minutes to talk to us about his new restaurant project, POT, at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, his new book, and his thoughts on what fuels him, literally and figuratively.
Los Angeles, though full of stellar ethnic and casual dining spots, is also a gold mine of fine dining establishments. With your past experience in high-end restaurant operations and, conversely, less pretentious ventures like the Kogi Truck, Chego!, Sunny Spot, and even A-Frame, one has to ask, what are your thoughts on the idea of “Fine Dining”? Is it ever worth the cost in your world? Fine dining is awesome. It’s like classical music. It’s formal and technical and complicated and fancy. But that doesn’t mean street food is not. People try to correlate the two in hopes of some push or pull for a story or a conversation piece. But they are different. Like music is different. But just because one form exists that doesn’t mean the other cannot or that one has to go away. Remember the whole hoopla of ‘fine dining is dead.’ GTFOH. Of course fine dining is worth it. The labor, the skill, the detail, the ingredients. But it should be compared to itself and not an experience that lives in a whole other realm. Just like the opera and a mosh pit are different. Feel me?
With the publishing of your book, LA Son: My Life, My City, My Food, many are learning of your background as a troubled youngster who had a revelation while watching Emeril Lagasse cook, leading you to the best culinar y school in the countr y, the Culinar y Institute of America in New York. You then spent some time in some ver y well regarded kitchens in New York City. Why the return to LA from a culinar y powerhouse like NYC? What about LA draws you in and keeps you an “LA Son”?
The opening of POT, your new project at The Line Hotel, has created a lot of buzz. What can we expect and what might surprise us? Hot pots and induction burners at your table and all kinds of kimchi . . . an open kitchen counter . . . a salted fish program . . . plus much more.
When you need a quick refuel, what does Roy Choi make for himself ? Give us an idea of a 10-minute prepped lunch you would be happy to eat? Soft egg, rice, soy sauce, butter, sesame oil, kimchi, hot sauce, refried beans, tortillas, pickled chilies.
In the past few years you ’ve been hanging with some big-name celebrity chefs: Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Wolfgang Puck to name a few. What are your thoughts on the growing culture of chef stardom? Is that a world you think you could balance with your life and cooking philosophies? They said chefs were rock stars and celebrities but only a small handful actually can afford that life in the chef world, so that moniker is false. We don’t get the star treatment and benefits that A-list celebrities get, nor do we get the multi-million dollar signing bonus or stylists. There is a small few that have reached that status but our fame outshines our actuality. We are still in the kitchens paying bills and dues. As far as celebrity goes, I think where I am is pretty close to what it means to be
I came back to LA at the height of my career. I became
famous as a chef, hate me or love me, so I think about
the chef of the Beverly Hilton. It was the homecoming I
that and try to forge new paths so that chefs following in
had spent my professional life building towards. I left LA
next generations will have a little more and get closer to
to fix my flaws and came home when I was ready. Then it
bridging the gap between fame and fortune.
all dropped again and the city, this time, had my back for good. I loved my time in New York, but I’m straight Cali.
You ’ve described your mother as a ver y talented cook in her own right, known among her social circles as a gifted pur veyor of Korean food. What does she think of your food? What is her favorite of your innovations?
You are a self-proclaimed “ milkshake connoisseur.” So where can we get a great milkshake in LA? The Disney Soda Fountain in Hollywood of all places. Serious . . .
I think she likes my food. She seems to love the blackjack quesadilla.
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A L L T H AT J A Z Z There’s a time to indulge your illicit fast-food affairs and there’s a time to get classy and dine at a restaurant that leaves you feeling cultured rather than calorie-guilty. Elevate your dining experience with some live jazz and you’ll be sure to impress the homies with how cultured you are. Besides, we can’t deny the opportunity to treat more than just our tastebuds. Your ears will thank you. LITTLE TOKYO DOWNTOWN | BLUE WHALE
This intimate but upscale jazz bar is located right in the heart of Little Tokyo (Weller Court, to be exact) and they take their performers seriously. Breaking from convention, the stage is set smack dab in the middle of the space for everyone to enjoy. You’ll find live jazz and blues performances nightly, and though the accompanying food menu is not the primary focus at Blue Whale, the offerings are tasty in their own right. WHAT TO GET: The aptly named “Bitches Brew” is an umami bomb of flavor—a mix of wild mushrooms sauteed with garlic, parsley, white wine, and cream served on brie cheese-topped organic polenta. We also recommend the “Live Evil,” sliders with angus beef, caramelized onions, and gruyere. | bluewhalemusic.com
SANTA MONICA | THE CHARLESTON
Gastropub meets jazz club at Iron Chef America alum Jet Tila’s Santa Monica restaurant slash lounge. Though there’s a variety of live entertainment each night at The Charleston, they’re most well known for their weekend jazz brunch available Saturdays and Sundays. WHAT TO GET: Get your day off to an unctuous start by ordering the Maple Glazed Pork Belly Served with a potato hash, sunny side egg and toast. If you’re a benedict fan, The Charleston offers several varieties, though we recommend the Short Rib Benedict in particular. Want something fried for brunch? The Charleston brines their chicken in buttermilk and serves it up with a waffle and maple syrup. Nothing like starting your day with a good ole dose of gluttony. | charlestonla.com
MID CITY | ROOM 5 LOUNGE
This lounge sits just above swanky Italian eatery, Amalfi. As such, it’s mostly hidden away and provides the perfect refuge for those seeking an evening of live music without sacrificing their appetites. Lucky for you, Amalfi’s full menu is available here, making Room 5 a unique destination to fit in both live entertainment and a full dinner service. WHAT TO GET: Delight in their Pumpkin Ravioli with mushroom sage sauce, or their Fusilli with baby artichokes, shitake mushrooms, leeks, aged ricotta cheese, and white truffle oil. Not into pasta but can’t resist the earthy allure of truffles? Amalfi’s rendition of Ahi Tuna Tartare comes with black truffles and shallots. Yum. | room5lounge.com
WEST HOLLYWOOD | TOWER BAR
This bar and dining destination sits atop the Sunset Tower Hotel and boasts an old Hollywood vibe of elegance. Each night, a duo on piano and double bass perform live. If you don’t manage to snag a table indoors, don’t fret because the view outside on the terrace is arguably one of the best in the city, and the turquoise pool is stunning at night. While your check will be on the pricier end of the spectrum, the impeccable service and ambiance are worth it, making Tower Bar a great date spot. WHAT TO GET: The fare here is classic California and Frenchinspired cuisine. If you love seafood, order the chilled seafood tower. At $75, it’ll cost a pretty penny, but it’s enough oysters, steamed mussels, shrimp, lobster and king crab to share among two or three. | sunsettowerhotel.com
MID-WILSHIRE | PIPS ON LA BREA Casual yet stylish, Pips on La Brea’s warm atmosphere and friendly service makes it a great place to take a date or have an impromptu dinner with friends. There’s live jazz Tuesday through Saturday night, or visit on a Sunday for their popular brunch. WHAT TO GET: If you’re a brunch loyalist, swing by on Sunday for their signature champagne brunch buffet. Really, who can say no to a made-to-order omelet and eggs bar, or a bottomless sangria and champagne menu? Otherwise, the lunch and dinner offerings are just as tempting. We recommend the chicken brochettes with onions, green and red peppers, and a white wine mango sauce; or the crab-stuffed mushrooms with roasted bread and spinach lobster sauce. | pipsonlabrea.com
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THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU NOHO’S BLACK MARKET HITS THE WEST SIDE WITH SCOPA ITALIAN ROOTS
From a safe distance—like, way across the elbow where
and Pablo Moix. Arguably LA’s coolest cocktail guys, you may know
Washington meets Abbot Kinney—these two guys look like they
Steve and Pablo from their vibe-heavy haunts Pour Vous and Harvard
belong. We’re talking smart salt-and-pepper haircuts; simple, well-cut
& Stone. Two years ago, they worked with Sal, Mario, and Antonia on
denim; buttoned-up plaid and chunky, grey cardigans. Cross the street
the beloved Studio City restaurant, Black Market. It went so well that
though, and you’ll meet Sal Aurora and Mario Guddemi, two cousins
they’ve all reunited to sprinkle some magic west of the 405.
from a big New York, Italian family who grew up playing a card game
But enough of the shoptalk. Who’s thirsty? Let’s start with
called Scopa. Get them talking about the whopping Sicilian-style rice
the Bullock’s Wilshire, a bonded bourbon cocktail that’s smoother than
balls their Grandmother used to make, and the whole Venice thing
Bruno Mars on ice. For something more whimsical, there’s the Robber
collapses faster than you can say straciatella.
Barron. Green Chartreuse is having its moment, and here it shines in all
Stra-chee-a-tell-a. Learn it, because you’re going to love it.
its herbal glory. You’re going to want to order the Ricotta Crostini—this
THIS, Sal taught us, is the CENTER of the burrata—the most extravagantly
is how they do bread and butter on Planet Perfect—and a Romanesco
creamy cheese known to man. And Scopa Italian Roots presents you with
Salad—warm veggies tossed with mint, currants and hazelnuts,
several opportunities to indulge. Chef Antonia Lofaso (of Top Chef fame)
because they’re still claiming green things are good for you. Cholesterol
mixes it up with sweet ruby beets and bright tangerines; dollops it on top
shmesterol, the Rice Ball is probably necessary. This thing is bigger than
of a hearty plate of braised pork shank and parpadelle; and spreads it
a tennis ball, breaded, fried and stuffed with pure dry aged beef, peas
over bright crisp arugula to crown a hot meatball hero fit for Hercules
and ricotta. It’s given us a new understanding of the phrase: to die for!
himself. Two years ago, you wouldn’t expect to see old-school American-
Something inside you might suggest you’ve had enough, but
Italian dishes gobbled up at a swanky joint like this. But with Antonia’s
ignore it—we haven’t even gotten to the pasta yet! At Scopa all the
help, Sal and Mario are serving childhood favorites to the west side set
noodles are all made fresh in house and served to hug you from the
in a lofty space that feels more Meatpacking District than Venice Beach
inside out. The Oxtail Ragu is exemplary: savory and hearty but not
(you can probably still wear flip-flops, but why would you?).
greasy or heavy, which is good news considering Antonia’s famous fried
Scopa is the second project from this yet-unnamed dream team (how about the Restoraptors?) that also includes Steve Livigni
fluffernutter sandwich will inevitably end up on your plate. Googled and verified that “Fluffernutter” is in fact Italian for fucking amazing.
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RECIPE 1 1/2 OZ WHITE RUM 1/2 OZ MEZCAL 1/2 VELVET FALERNUM 1/4 OZ CREME DE MURE 3/4 OZ LIME JUICE Combine all ingredients into a shaking tin. Shake with ice until chilled. Strain and serve in a chilled glass with a lime wheel.
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MEZCAL TAKES CENTER STAGE AT THE WALLACE
3833 MAIN STREET CULVER CITY, CA 90232 THEWALLACELA.COM
In the clamor of a busy restaurant or bar,
With its mezcal base, the Grommit is a drink
there’s often a dish or drink that catches the eye of
that has at its core an attention-grabbing, loud spirit. With
everyone in the dining room. At the Wallace, that star
its smoky characeristics, Zack explains, “you never want
is the ‘Grommit.’
to disguise mezcal.” Like all the cocktails on the Wallace’s
As it waltzes past in the server’s hands, you’ll
menu, the Grommit has its own personality, down to its
catch a glimpse of a vibrant rosy hue, with a small flash
aroma and the way in which it hits your palate. It’s smoky,
of green, lent by the lime wheel it’s garnished with. Act
but balanced with the slightly sweet and fruity blackberry
on your intrigue and you’ll find that everyone else is
liqueur. Still, as Zack notes, “mezcal and blackberry go
ordering it too—with good reason.
well together, but they don’t see eye to eye alone.”
A well composed cocktail can be a tricky
That’s where the rum comes in, bringing the
game of harmony; the primary spirit must be given
three together. Lastly, lime juice adds a citrus burst, and
a stage on which to shine while also allowing its
Velvet Falernum, with its ginger, lime zest and allspice
accoutrements to perform their necessary role in
zing, rounds out the drink. The completed concoction
adding depth and complexity. In this task, beverage
is a supremely well-balanced cocktail—a full chorus of
director Holly Zack easily succeeds, although it’s not
floral and earthy flavors through which the mezcal sings
without its challenges.
in all its smoky, spicy glory.
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We love our mixology-fancy-pants-voodoo-magic as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want a stiff pour and questionable jukebox choices. No need to pretend you know what Cynar or Chartreuse is, here the vernacular consists of “whiskey, neat.” We give you the lowdown on our favorite spots so you can explore the quirks and get your Tom Waits on.
HOP LOUIE | CHINATOWN If there’s a neighborhood of LA that’s been shamefully underexplored, we think it’s Chinatown. Look for the pagoda inside the Chinatown plaza to find Hop Louie, a dive bar parading as a restaurant established in 1941. If you squint enough in the windowless, dim space, you’ll find autographed photos of celebs like Jackie Chan and lanterns hanging from the walls. For the best bang for your buck, get a scorpion bowl: a “fishbowl”-type concoction with fruit juice, rum, and brandy, and who knows what else. It’s strong and will get the job done. Lucky for you, Hop Louie is a quick five minute walk from the metro gold line and offers Americanized Chinese food to soak up the booze. HOPLOUIELA.COM
SMOG CUTTER | EAST HOLLYWOOD This one is for the brave. Smog Cutter is the kind of place that elicits impassioned hate or steadfast loyalty. The staff are notoriously irritable, there’s a strictly enforced two drink minimum, and the faux wood paneling and seedy atmosphere are less than alluring. We’re not even sure their health rating was legitimately secured. But if you question the rationality of anyone who’d order less than five drinks, and don’t mind being hustled into karaoke by the staff, then this is the place for you. Abide by Smog Cutter’s precarious etiquette and you’ll be rewarded with stiff drinks, a community of eclectic regulars, and a dive bar you can call home.
TATTLE TALE ROOM | CULVER CITY If a bar opens at 6am and can stay in business, it must be doing something right. This Culver City institution is unabashedly loud and grimy, but has unusually agreeable staff, friendly regulars, and karaoke is free after 9:30pm. Admittedly, Tattle Tale attracts an odd mix of characters (the gun store nearby may have been an indication), but that’s part of the appeal. This is the kind of place you go to and marvel at the strangers you meet. You could even get hit on by an 80-year-old. If that’s your thing. Us? We’re always down for a little dive bar adventure with friends we haven’t met yet. TATTLETALEROOM.COM
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ast issue, we gathered with y’all to celebrate the release of the “Romance Issue” at our favorite spot in Hollywood,
No Vacancy. Guests got reasonably turnt (are we still saying that?) thanks to our pals at Deep Eddy’s while dutifully hashtaging IG shots to the sweet sounds of Lady Pills. Turns out all the MSG, caffeine, and strained personal relationships were worth it. Can’t remember his/her name? Head to our
DRINK AND DRIVE
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Recently, Champion USA held it’s inaugural pop-up at Tried and True Co., introducing the highly anticipated 2014 Street Active Collection to the hip-hop heads and streetware enthusiasts over on Fairfax. This season, LAC had the pleasure of cohosting the pop-up-slash-launch party for the industry veterans. The launch was a nod to hip-hop nostalgia, showcasing classic rap jams provided by DJ Hapa and DJ Seano, with b-boys and b-girls servin’ the floor and Hennessy flowing throughout the evening. To top it off, artist Mike Norice was in the building live painting an exclusive piece repurposing The Wu-Tang Clan’s infamous “C.R.E.A.M“ – Champion Rules Everything Around Me. Here are a few snaps from the first of many west coast celebrations for the iconic brand.
15 PARTY LIVE RACING @ SANTA ANITA PARK
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SHOW THE MOTH @ LOS GLOBOS
FASHION ARK & CO SAMPLE SALE @ ARK & CO HQ
15 FOOD TENT: FOOD LA @ SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
CONCERT LONDON GRAMMAR @ THE EL REY
CONCERT REBIRTH BRASS BAND @ THE MINT LA
FOOD ART OPENING BEERBUS TOUR SUSAN SIRONI @ BEERBUS.LA @ OFFRAMP GALLERY
FOOD LA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL @ LA PLACITA OLVERA
31 ART OPENING MIKE KELLEY @ MOCA GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
CONCERT HOW TO DRESS WELL @ THE ROXY
ART OPENING JAN ALBERS @ 1301PE
CONCERT G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE @ HOUSE OF BLUES
COMEDY IMPROV @ WESTSIDE COMEDY THEATER
22 FOOD ALL-STAR CHEF CLASSIC @ LA LIVE
PARTY LA CANVAS CARNIVALE @ DTLA
ART HELEN PASHGIAN: LIGHT INVISIBLE @ LACMA
CONCERY CODY CHESTNUTT @ THE TROUBADOUR
CONCERT ALO @ THE TROUBADOR
CONCERT KRAFTWERK @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
20 ART OPENING MATT SAUNDERS @ BLUM & POE
CONCERT ST. VINCENT @ THE WILTERN
CONCERT FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB @ THE ECHO
CONCERT MARCO BENEVENTO / ELECTRIC FLOWER GROUP @ THE MINT LA
CONCERT STEED LORD @ LOS GLOBOS
CONCERT LINDA PERHACS @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY
CONCERT LA DISPUTE @ THE GLASSHOUSE
26 PARTY ASTRONAUTICA @ LOW END THEORY
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FESTIVAL ABBOT KINNEY FIRST FRIDAYS @ VENICE
FOOD OMMEGANG BEER DINNER @ KINGS ROW
PARTY HW&W LA MONTHLY KICK-OFF @ LOS GLOBOS
CONCERT THE ATARIS @ HOUSE OF BLUES
FOOD PINS + PUNS @ ANGEL CITY BREWERY
PARTY RECORD CLUB @ ORIGAMI VINYL
PARTY OPEN PING-PONG TOURNAMENT @ SPIN STANDARD
ART OPENING VISIONS OF THE SOUTH @ LACMA
PARTY CONCERT SXSW KICKOFF LORD HURON @ THE VIPER @ THE FONDA ROOM
1 ART OPENING ART OPENING JENNY SHARAF JACOB & JORDAN HASHIMOTO CLARK @ MOCA PACIFIC @ CES DESIGN CENTER CONTEMPORARY
PARTY ART WALK EXHIBIT + PARTY @ VAPE SUPPLY CO. DTLA
CONCERT AGNES OBEL @ THE ROXY
ART OPENING JACKSON POLLOCK @ THE GETTY
PARTY LOCO DICE @ SOUND NIGHTCLUB
8 ART OPENING APEX @ SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
CONCERT WHISKEY SHIVERS @ THE ECHO
8 CONCERT RUSSIAN CIRCLES @ THE EL REY
PARTY LIVING ROOM AFFAIR @ EBANOS CROSSING MARKET DOWNTOWN FLEA MARKET @ SPRING STREET
CONCERT REAL ESTATE @ THE FONDA
FOOD EXPLORING PINOT NOIR @ EAT.DRINK.AMERICANO
COMEDY THE JAM @ WESTSIDE COMEDY THEATER
ART OPENING 50 SHADES OF BLACK @ SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
CONCERT SAM SMITH @ BELASCO THEATER
CONCERT ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES @ THE TROUBADOUR
PARTY DUB CLUB @ ECHOPLEX
FOOD FARMER’S MARKET @ GRAND PARK
30 PARTY 143 @ FOOTSIE’S
29 SHOW FRANZ FERDINAND @ THE WILTERN
19 FESTIVAL BROKECHELLA @ DTLA
FESTIVAL STAGECOACH @ INDIO
CONCERT LA DISPUTE @ THE GLASSHOUSE
CONCERT RUFUS WAINWRIGHT @ THE ORPHEUM
CONCERT CHEYENNE JACKSON: MUSIC OF THE “MAD MEN” ERA @ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
CONCERT ART NEW DIVISION MARY @ LOS GLOBOS WEATHERFORD @ DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY
FAIR PARIS PHOTO @ PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS
FOOD HAPPY HOUR @ THE THREE OF CLUBS
CONCERT MYSTIC BRAVES @ THE ECHO
COMEDY JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED @ IMPR THEATRE
ART OPENING JAIME SCHOLNICK @ CB1 GALLERY
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PARTY PART TIME PUNKS @ THE ECHO
ART OPENING ELLIOT HUNDLEY @ REGEN PROJECTS
FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES BEER FESTIVAL @ LA CENTER STUDIOS
CONCERT DAN CROLL @ THE EL REY
THEATER THE BOOK OF MORMON @ THE PANTAGES
ART OPENING GRANT MUDFORD @ WUHO GALLERY
CONCERT KELELA @ THE ECHO
CONCERT CUT COPY @ HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
PARTY SCHOOL NIGHT @ BARDOT
12 PARTY FUNKY SOUL @ THE ECHO
12 FILM CLUELESS @ ELECTRIC DUSK DRIVE-IN
PARTY PAINT-OUT / SCULPT-OUT @ THE AUTRY
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OUT AT BURNING MAN THERE’S no wrong way OF PLAYING MUSIC . . . IT WAS A PLACE FOR US to cut our teeth.
AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY FROM SAMURAI HONOR CODE AND SURREALISM, TO BURNING MAN AND BEYOND—ELECTRONIC TRIO THE GLITCH MOB DISH ON THEIR CREATIVE DNA AND THEIR NEW ALBUM, LOVE DEATH IMMORTALITY.
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YOUR TRACKS OFTEN SOUND CINEMATIC, IMPLYING A NARRATIVE AND A FEELING. IS THE SONG-MAKING PROCESS EVER EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTING, OR IS IT ENERGIZING?
Music for us is like a church, or like a catharsis. We’ve all kind of found a path and we have a great creative resonance—we’re grateful to get up everyday and get to create music. When we’re feeling something great or sad we put that into the music. If something really bad happens, and you have a trauma, you have like a song that’s like the light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve all had those songs that help pull us out of a dark hole and are inspirations for us. So when people come back and tell us that our songs have been the soundtrack for something like that in their life, that’s really an honor for all of us to get to create that narrative. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HISTORICAL TEXTS, ART, AND POETRY THAT HAVE INFLUENCED LOVE DEATH IMMORTALITY?
HOW HAS BURNING MAN INFLUENCED YOU GUYS?
We’ve all been going to Burning Man for years. We all feel very feel inspired by going out there, especially going out there as artists and DJs. We’d be home in our younger years, trying to create stuff that we would think about being played at Burning Man. Out at Burning Man there’s no wrong way of playing music. It’s such a bizarre thing where you don’t have to rock the crowd, you can play whatever you want—anything. There’s so many people, so much going on that you’re bound to fall into this cool magical moment with whatever you’re playing out there. We learned to just do whatever we think feels right and sounds good for us. If we’re true to that then hopefully people will be as into it as we are. That was a big inspiration for all of us.
We would go to the library and get stacks of books—Dali, Miró, Picasso
There’s something about Burning Man that’s in our DNA. Our first
. . . We’d be like ‘this is a painting of weird animals and a melty clock’
shows were at Burning Man, before that we were just playing as
and dive into what [Dali] was saying, write down the title. Something that
individual DJs. It was a place for us to cut our teeth. Creatively,
really resonated with us was ancient samurai texts. There was this main
all you care about out there is how you’re gonna blow their minds.
samurai manual, it was like a heroic text, a battle manual for samurais.
It’s like a big cauldron—there’s no VIP, no entrance, etc. Because
How they lived their lives, the code of honor, the meditative and spiritual
everyone out there is in such an alien place, your goal isn’t about
approach to life . . . it was an interesting mix of Dali and samurais.
playing whatever’s cool or the hottest track. It’s really ripe for
There’s something about this record that hit that note. In the past, we’d
experimentation. We would make tracks just to play at Burning Man
read through huge stacks of books and grab like one little sentence from
and experiment. We play at clubs and festivals but the real show for
a Walt Whitman book. It was kind of random, but we definitely wanted to
us is to play at Burning Man and get to play new stuff. It’s definitely
get off the internet and Wikipedia and dive into stuff that was untapped.
a huge part of our existence.
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