Well, home is the absolute, and also to see my parents. But M Café [7119 Melrose Ave., Hollywood] would be the No. 2. If you don’t know, it is a macrobiotic café that is totally vegan (except they serve fish, too). I love it there, and the food is so good.
Favorite Record store:
Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach [18822 Beach Blvd.]. Good records used, mainly, and hard to find punk stuff. I know it isn’t technically L.A., but it is awesome.
Venue to play:
Other than the Smell [247 S. Main St., Downtown] and Pehrspace [325 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles] – which I haven’t played at, but really want to – I like the Echo [1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park]. It always sounds good because of the sound guy, Scott, and it is on the East Side so it is pretty close to everything. I like house parties, too.
Venue to catch up ’n’ coming bands:
Again, the Smell or Pehrspace. They both offer a DIY feeling and no security, and it is always $5 or $6. Places like this are keeping underground music vital.
Do you have a special L.A. concert-going memory?
Well, I have been to so many, but I really used to love to go to a place called the PCH Club. It shut down back in 2001, but that place was amazing. I saw such great bands there – Le Shok, !!!, the Locust – and so many shows early on from bands that would make a big splash. I always wanted to play there but never got the chance to.
Restaurant, and your favorite dish there:
One of my favorites is Flore [3818 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake]. The Tempeh Reuben is incredible.
Skylight Books [1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz]. They have a bit of everything, and they are really good at recommendations.
I like big cheesy ones like the Grove [189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles]. Giant malls and overcrowded theaters with kids and all sorts of commerce, I get a kick out of that stuff.
Place to buy music equipment:
I usually go to the Pro Drum Shop [854 Vine St., Hollywood]. It rules, and the people who own it are very friendly. I always ask them stupid questions that drummers should know already, and they are always very sweet about it. The all-time best was a place called Black Market Music, but it closed.
Do you have a special place to go for inspiration when you’re writing?
The beach or the shower – I guess water has something to do with it.
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