I am a basic bitch, as they say: I am a female dog in Los Angeles. I like going for hikes and I like to get Blueberry Facials. I am a simple gal! One area of being an LA B that I haven’t quite excelled at is my trick ability. Most dogs here can like shake hands and stay and roll over and go Paleo. Me? I can sit and stay. Sometimes I can walk off leash. That’s it. But Jumpy? He’s can do parkour. Seriously! He’s a local pup who can jump off of trees and over bushes and ride a skateboard. I’m lucky if I don’t have an accident in the house!
Silver Lake was once alternative. Claims that it is still the progressive self it was persist and there are good cases for the neighborhood’s still being revolutionary—but it isn’t. The Silver Lake we know now, the Silver Lake that Los Angeles newcomers arrive to, is just a symbol of its former self. It’s almost a parody of what it means to be alternative, nearing the absurdities places like Williamsburg and Portland personify.
The neighborhood began to be what it is now in the sixties growing through the nineties—and it was a bit like West Hollywood: it was very gay. There was a concentration of bars and clubs for LGBTQ persons and even was home to one of the most influential LGBTQ bookstores. This history has been erased. The buildings have been demolished. The establishments have been flipped. A history of cruising has been lost. To mix metaphors, the area has been hetero-washed and cleaned of its queer history.
Another *quiet* weekend—but is it? It’s actually the opposite of last: everything last weekend and now everything is opening. It’s also 4.20. What does that mean? CHECK THE RECAP!!
It’s easy to be fascinated by Pyramid Vritra. According to his bio, the young LA musician has had successes via MySpace with the Odd Future crew and works part time driving a forklift in a South Los Angeles home improvement store. He’s a quiet, contemplative dude which is why his drawn out, almost spoken work song “Spool” feels very emblematic of his true self. He positions himself as a bit of a cosmic deity.
Dorian Wood is basically a young Antony Hegarty. They have a similar vocal range and style and both identify as queer musicians. Both artists are incredibly creative and pursue parallel tracks in visual and performance arts. While Hegarty comes from South England, Wood comes from Echo Park: they’re very different artists but share a similar sensibility.
Wood is still very much coming into his own too. He’s not content releasing music and letting it travel where it goes but instead uses his music as a means to ignite further artistic work. His latest album Rattle Rattle was released over a year ago yet there is still juicy media springing out from it. The latest example of this is the video for the album’s closer “O” which is more than a performance document or music video: it’s a collaborative art project.