Besides your house, where is the first place you can’t wait to go to when you get home from tour?

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.

Movie theater:

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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