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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

in

an

intimate,

two-month

relationship

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the

homage

paid

to

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origins

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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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W

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.

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What MySpace was for indie bands, Soundcloud

is

for

producers

today.

Replacing the record label as the middleman

between

musician

and

listener,

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

helped

spawn

unprecedented

collaborations of minds and methods— becoming the catalyst for the uprising of grassroots music production crews and collectives. With the help of these populist

platforms,

a

new

paradigm

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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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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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

New

York

City- based

photographer,

Hannah

Whitaker, possesses an inaudible purr. A pitch so tuned to the

yourself, “How did she do that?” Whitaker

achieves

these

visuals

by

manually

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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text RACHEL MANY art ROBERT LARSON

CES CONTEMPORARY OPENS ITS DOORS IN LA’S GROWING ARTS DISTRICT

fostering

our artists based on evolving criteria I have founded

the growth of emerging talent,” Carl Smith, CES

“We’re

on my personal aesthetic,” remarks Smith. “What

Contemporary’s founder tells me as he takes me

interested

in

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

CES

711 MATEO STREET LOS ANGELES, CA. 90021

really

Contemporary’s

interior

similarly

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.”


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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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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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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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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:


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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

Well,

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

BRICK-AND-MORTAR?

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.

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THE REFORMATION DOES VINTAGE RIGHT

“U NFORTUNATELY ,

FASHION IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS

TO WASTE AND POLLUTION .

T HE

WAY THEY DYE THINGS , SEW THINGS ,

WASTE THINGS , IT ’ S EVERYWHERE .

T HE

IDEA OF ETHICAL FASHION

SEEMED COMPLETELY ARCHAIC TO ME WHEN

I

STARTED

R EFORMATION .

straight to the racks with no middleman; a step ahead of the vertically integrated retailer giants known to satisfy

IT

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

WE

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

(Alexa

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.


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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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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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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.


EBANOS CROSSING IS AN ENCOUNTER WITH SEDUCTION AND CULTURE. A COCKTAIL DINING EXPERIENCE FORGED DURING THE 1920’S & 30’S, BIRTHED FROM THE NEED FOR SECRECY, AND A DEMAND FOR FORBIDDEN SPIRITS. EBANOS CROSSING OFFERS THE ENTICEMENT OF THE PAST, IN THE COMFORT OF A NEW AGE LOUNGE. WE PAY HOMAGE TO THE TRADE ROUTES OF PROHIBITION’S PAST IN ORDER TO BRING YOU THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE. WITH AN AWARD WINNING MIXOLOGY PROGRAM COUPLED WITH DELECTABLE, VIBRANT CUISINE, THE SECRET HISTORY OF LA’S PAST IS REFLECTED ALL AROUND YOU.

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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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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

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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.


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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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