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UO City Pages: LA, Los Angeles with Lana Kim

As an executive producer of
music videos at The Directors
Bureau and host of The Lana
Show, Lana Kim gets to hang out
with lots of really cool musicians
and ask them stupid questions,
or no questions at all. Here,
her take on what to do and where
to go in Los Angeles.

UO City Pages: LA, Read The Interview

You lived in Las Vegas before you moved to LA. What was growing up in Vegas like?
Growing up in Las Vegas was really boring. There was nothing much to do but cause trouble. There was an all-ages venue that I was at three to four times a week called the Huntridge Theater. Then the roof caved in before a Circle Jerks show, so for a while, we would go to shows out in the desert.

We would break into rock quarries and run around and climb all over the conveyor belts and machines, or hang out in a parking lot behind a super market doing something really dumb, ditch school and ride the tram between Treasure Island and the Mirage, or go exploring around pitch black caves in Red Rock Canyon. That's where I fell down an eight-foot crevasse and scraped my teeth down the side-wall of rocks.

Tell us about the blog that you and your brother Eli have, which is called The Rivalry.
He lives in NY, and I'm in LA. The Rivalry is a visual conversation between the two of us. Things we make, things we find, the things we like, things we to share with each other.

Most people don't know this, but the column that gets the most clicks grows and takes over the site. My side took over for a while, until one day we were equal again. I know Ely was just sitting there clicking on his own side to even it out!

Did you guys have a rivalry as kids?
I'm the older sister so whatever I say basically goes... which means that I was a brat. Our mom didn't let us have lots of soda, so when we did get it, it was a big deal. I guess I finished the rest of the Pepsi and refused to share with Ely... so he kicked the glass into my face as I was drinking it. It left a bruise across the bridge of my nose, and a red ring around my mouth for days. Looking back now, I know I deserved it.

How did the idea for The Lana Show come about?
Basically I talk a lot. And I get really awkwardly excited about things. So Roman [Coppola, her boss] thought I should share that with the world.

When you first started the show, it was filmed in the broom closet at The Director's Bureau. Why'd you stop?
We shot about 12 episodes in the supply closet before it got demolished in the office remodel!

Advantages: I got to sit really close to cute boys.
Disadvantages: I got to sit really close to cute boys, which made me really nervous and uncomfortable.

How long does it take to make an episode, and do you do it all yourself?
Depends on how many people at the Bureau I can convince to stop working for a bit to help me shoot. The shoot can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on much I go on and on. But the bands always seem to have fun and want to hang out even if we're done shooting.

Then I have to sweet talk a friend or editor to cut the episode. I would do it myself, but I would probably then just edit myself out of the entire thing. So it all depends on favors from friends and volunteers to make it happen.

So, what do you do at The Director's Bureau as an executive producer? When you're not busy sweet-talking people into editing your show, of course.
Basically overseeing everything from start to final delivery of a video—from receiving tracks, to giving advice and feedback to the directors about their ideas/treatments, to putting together budgets, to overseeing production, to dealing with labels and bands, to begging and pleading crew and vendors to cut us a deals and favors because of dwindling budgets... it goes on and on.

What are the three best things about working there?
1. The people
2. Lunchtime with everyone around the table
3. Homemade guacamole and our sparkling water on tap

What is your current favorite video?
I'm probably a bit too biased to mention my current favorite music video, so I'll just list my favorite current YouTube video:

This one is a little old, but still so good (a clip from AFV): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td9ndmvMu1U

If you were going to make a highlight reel of The Lana Show, what moments would be on it?
Makeshift table falling down, talking to Will Oldham about his poop, the cookie eating sequence with the puppets, talking to Collette the dog.

Who is your dream guest for The Lana Show?
JAY-Z or Beyoncé

Who would be the guest-from-hell on The Lana Show?
Satan?

What has been the most awkward moment?
There are way too many to count.

First couple that come to mind:
When we talked about things we liked, Sebastien Tellier said "Sex" and I said "For me, it's animals." And he said, "Sex with animals?" Ugh. And having to pretend to be somewhere else in the split screen with Girl Talk when I was only sitting inches away from him! It's really hard to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you and not look at them! I kept screwing up and looking over at him!

What do you like most about living in LA?
My friends, and all the interesting things that they create and do.

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UO City Pages: LA, Eat, Shop, Drink, Dance

Lana Recommends

Eat

  • Scoops
    712 N Heliotrope Dr.
    323-906-2649
    The best ice cream ever. AND they have lots of vegan and non-vegan choices! Tai made special flavors of vegan ice cream for The Lana Show party!
  • Senor Fish in Eagle Rock
    (senorfishonline.com)

    4803 Eagle Rock Blvd.
    323-257-7167
    Potato Tacos! Yum!
  • Pure Luck Vegan Restaurant
    (www.pureluckrestaurant.com)

    707 N Heliotrope Dr.
    323-660-5993
  • Night Moon Cafe inside of Golden Bridge
    (nitemoonvegan.blogspot.com)

    6322 De Longpre Ave.
    323-988-4052
  • Shojin Vegan Japanese Restaurant
    (www.theshojin.com)

    333 S. Alameda St.
    213-617-0305
  • Little Dom's
    (www.littledoms.com)

    2128 Hillhurst Ave.
    323.661.0055
  • Babycakes
    (www.babycakesnyc.com)

    130 East 6th St.
    213.623.5555
  • Honda-Ya
    333 S. Alameda St.
    213-625-1184
  • Forage
    (www.foragela.com)

    3823 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-663-6885

Shop

  • Ooga Booga
    (www.oogaboogastore.com)

    943 N. Broadway #203
    213-617-1105
    Amazing store with amazing 'zines, records, clothes, books, etc.
  • Family Bookstore
    (www.familylosangeles.com)

    436 N. Fairfax Ave.
    323-782-9221
    Amazing bookstore with zines, records, dvds, books.
  • Opening Ceremony
    (www.openingceremony.us/)

    451 N. La Cienega Blvd.
    310-652-1120
  • Creatures of Comfort
    (www.creaturesofcomfort.us)

    7971 Melrose Ave.
    323-655-7855
  • TenOverSix
    (shop.tenover6.com)

    8425 Melrose Ave.
    323-330-9355

Visit

  • Cinefamily
    www.cinefamily.org

    611 N. Fairfax Ave.
    323-655-2510
  • Griffith Park Observatory
    (www.griffithobs.org)

    Overlooks the city. So pretty at night. You can go on hikes with the dogs on trails.
    2800 East Observatory Rd.
    213-473-0800
  • Lucas Hair Salon
    (www.lucasechopark.com)

    1541 Echo Park Ave.
    213-250-7992
    It's like Barber Shop the movie! Except with women. I stop by to say hi and to talk, even if I'm not getting my hair done.
  • Machine Project
    (machineproject.com)

    1200-D N. Alvarado St.
    213-483-8761
    An experimental space that is always changing.... a forest, a shipwrecked boat. They have workshops and classes where I learned to build an underwater microphone, pickling, etc.
  • Echo Park Film Center
    (www.echoparkfilmcenter.org)

    1200 N. Alvarado St.
    213-484-8846
    Community microcinema. You can also take your super 8 film to be developed and transferred there.
  • Chris Burden Installation at LACMA
    (http://bit.ly/7DK6o)

    5905 Wilshire Blvd.
    323-857-6000
    It's really romantic and I dream about the guy who will take me there to run around and picnic at night.
  • The Smell
    (www.thesmell.org)

    247 S. Main St.
    All ages venue. $5. The best.
  • Studio Backlots (Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, etc)
    It's so fun to run around backlots! You're in NY! Oh! There's an empty suburban street! Oh! There's a huge airplane crash! Oh, we're out in the ocean! Oh there's the Friends intro fountain! Oh, there's Conan O'Brien's parking space!

Best Date Spot

The L.A. Gun Club
(www.thelosangelesgunclub.com)

1375 E. 6th St.
213-612-0931

Best place to take your parents when they're visiting:

The L.A. Gun Club

UO Recommends

Eat

  • The Apple Pan
    10801 W. Pico Blvd.
    310-475-3585
  • Café Stella
    3932 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-666-0265
  • Cookbook
    (www.cookbookla.com)

    1549 Echo Park Ave.
    213-250-1900
  • Father's Office
    (www.fathersoffice.com)

    Multiple Locations
  • Fatty's
    (www.fattyscafe.com)

    1672 Colorado Blvd.
    323-254-8804
  • The Milk Shop
    (www.themilkshop.com)

    7290 Beverly Blvd.
    323-939-6455
  • Millie's Café
    (www.milliescafe.net)

    3524 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-664-0404
  • Pie N Burger
    (www.pienburger.com)

    913 E. California Blvd.
    626-795-1123
  • Pink's Hot Dogs
    (www.pinkshollywood.com)

    709 N. LaBrea Ave.
  • Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
    (www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com)

    Multiple Locations
  • Mexican Food
    (Because, in LA, it gets its own category)
  • El Coyote
    (www.elcoyotecafe.com)

    7312 Beverly Blvd.
    323-939-2255
  • Hugo's Tacos
    (www.hugostacos.com)

    Multiple Locations
    "Amazing food and homemade horchata. Get the honey chipotle salsa."
  • Malo
    (www.malorestaurant.com)

    4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-664-1011
    "Ground beef and pickle tacos, fried plantains, and awesome burnt habanero and crème salsa."
  • Pinches Tacos
    (www.pinchestacos.com)

    Multiple locations
  • Tacos Delta
    3806 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-664-2848
    "Best taco stand on the East side, try the red salsa."

Drink

  • Big Foot Lodge
    (www.bigfootlodge.com)

    3172 Los Feliz Blvd.
    323-662-9227
  • Cha Cha Lounge
    (www.chachalounge.com)

    2375 Glendale Blvd.
    323-660-7595
  • Darkroom
    7302 Melrose Ave.
    323-931-3800
  • Medusa Lounge
    (www.medusaloungela.com)

    3211 Beverly Blvd.
    323-382-5723
  • Red Lion Tavern
    2366 Glendale Blvd.
    323-662-5337

Shop

  • Amoeba Music
    (www.amoeba.com)

    6400 Sunset Blvd.
    323-645-6400
  • Book Soup
    (www.booksoup.com)

    8818 W. Sunset Blvd.
    310-659-3110
  • Catwalk Vintage
    (www.catwalkdesignervintage.com)

    459 N. Fairfax Ave.
    323.951.9255
  • Craft Workwear
    (www.craftworkwear.com)

    523 N. La Cienega
    310-855-3976
  • Driftwood
    (www.driftwoodla.com)

    3938 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-644-1272
  • Hidden Treasures
    154 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
    310-455-2998
  • Iko Iko
    (www.ikoikospace.com)

    1298 Sunset Blvd.
    323-719-1079
  • Melrose Trading Post
    (www.melrosetradingpost.org)

    Every Sunday
    7850 Melrose Ave.
  • Mister Freedom
    (www.misterfreedom.com)

    7161 Beverly Blvd.
    323-653-2014
    "Amazing vintage clothes, as well as Mister Freedom's own line of limited handmade denim, coats, bags, etc."
  • Mohawk General Store
    (www.mohawkgeneralstore.net)

    1102 Mohawk St.
    213-484-8162
    "Men's and women's clothing and home goods, including great mid-century modern furniture, and it's run by the Generic Man dudes."
  • New High Mart
    (www.newhighmart.com)

    1720 N. Vermont Ave.
    323-638-0271
  • OK Store
    (www.okstore.la)

    8303 W. Third St.
    323-653-3501
  • Origami Vinyl
    (www.origamiorigami.com)

    1816 W. Sunset Blvd.
    213-413-3030
  • Pasadena Flea Market
    (www.pasadena.edu/fleamarket)

    First Sunday of the month
    1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • The Reformation
    (www.wearethereformation.com)

    8117 W. 3rd St.
    323-203-1102
  • Resurrection Vintage
    (www.resurrectionvintage.com)

    8006 Melrose Ave.
    323-651-5516
  • Revival Vintage
    (www.revivalvintagela.com)

    7403 Beverly Blvd.
    323-933-3708
  • Rose Bowl Flea Market
    (www.rgcshows.com)

    Second Sunday of the month
    1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
    "The best place in the whole world!!!"
  • The Secret Headquarters
    3817 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-666-2228
    "Rad comic shop where you can drink a beer and read comics."
  • Skylight Books
    (www.skylightbooks.com)

    1818 N. Vermont Ave.
    323-660-1175
  • Space 15 Twenty
    (www.space15twenty.com)

    1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
  • Urban Outfitters
    (www.urbanoutfitters.com)

    7650 Melrose Ave.
    323-653-3231
  • 1100 Westwood Blvd.
    310-443-9765
  • 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
    323-465-1893
  • Vacation Vinyl
    (www.vacationvinyl.com)

    3815 W. Sunset Blvd.
    323-666-2111
    "Heavy/experimental/metal/psych vinyl record shop, run by Hydra Head Records and guys from Secret Headquarters Comics."

Music

  • The Echo and Echoplex
    (www.attheecho.com)

    1822 W. Sunset Blvd.
    1154 Glendale Blvd.
    "The Echo hosts small to mid-sized local and touring acts, and The Echoplex (in the basement below) hosts larger shows in one of the best sounding venues around."
  • Spaceland
    (www.clubspaceland.com)

    1717 Silverlake Blvd.
    323-661-4380
  • The Troubadour
    (www.troubadour.com)

    9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
    "A legendary club that launched many careers back in the day, including Tom Waits and Guns N' Roses. Radiohead also played OK Computer here live for the first time! It's smallish, but not cramped, and has great sound."

Visit

  • Cinespia Cemetery Screenings
    (www.cinespia.org)

    Hollywood Forever Cemetary.
    6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  • Merry Karnowsky Gallery
    (www.mkgallery.com)

    170 S. LaBrea Ave.
    323-933-4408
  • Museum of Jurassic Technology
    (www.mjt.org)

    9341 Venice Blvd.
    310-836-6131
  • New Image Art Gallery
    (www.newimageartgallery.com)

    7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
    323-654-2192
  • This Gallery
    (www.thislosangeles.com)

    5906 N. Figueroa St.
  • True Tattoo
    1614 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
    323-462-4745