In coolborhood Silver Lake, Sunset Junction is basically the hip Times Square. The area has everything and two stores that we love are comic book shop Secret Headquarters and record store Vacation Vinyl. They both are so unassuming and low key while resonating a very cool aura about them. We had the chance to speak with one of the co-owners of both of the stores, Dave Pifer, and got to hear all about how it is to run a store in the coolest part of town.
Artist Clare Graham has a knack for turning trash into treasures. His most recent body of work consists of furniture made from soda can tops, net and plastic wrapped bondage stuffed animals, button mirrors, and cabinets made from teddy bear eyes. His work is the recent subject of a little show at JF Chen and it is one of the craziest things we’ve seen. Some of his work is pretty affordable, too.
It’s hard to do a new Mexican concept in LA because we have so much Mexican food and we’re so close to many authentic food makers. Who did new Mexican right? PettyCash. The Beverly based restaurant has been storming the LA food scene with their irreverent, comfort food slant on Mexican food and drink. This is a place you must eat at if you are in town now. We’re obsessed.
There have been a few gas stations in town that have lost their signage and are just naked fluorescent signs. We’ve passed them countless times and are a bit obsessed with them because they look like a gas station designed by a Light & Space artist, a la Dan Flavin. They’re so simple and accidentally aesthetically attractive. We’d love to see more stations look like this!
Local Natives are OK. A. Crusher agrees because, well, he used to be in the band. The new music act is Andy Hamm–former member of the band’s–latest music project that sees him doing rock his own way which is much more interesting than his previous work with the Natives. There are just a handful of songs out by him and they are totally wonderful. Want something not as rocky? We highly recommend you try out LA dancemaker and YACHT clique member Jeffrey Jerusalem’s latest songs.