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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):

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?

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.

UO City Pages: See More Lana

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

Lana Recommends


  • Scoops
    712 N Heliotrope Dr.
    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

    4803 Eagle Rock Blvd.
    Potato Tacos! Yum!
  • Pure Luck Vegan Restaurant

    707 N Heliotrope Dr.
  • Night Moon Cafe inside of Golden Bridge

    6322 De Longpre Ave.
  • Shojin Vegan Japanese Restaurant

    333 S. Alameda St.
  • Little Dom's

    2128 Hillhurst Ave.
  • Babycakes

    130 East 6th St.
  • Honda-Ya
    333 S. Alameda St.
  • Forage

    3823 W. Sunset Blvd.


  • Ooga Booga

    943 N. Broadway #203
    Amazing store with amazing 'zines, records, clothes, books, etc.
  • Family Bookstore

    436 N. Fairfax Ave.
    Amazing bookstore with zines, records, dvds, books.
  • Opening Ceremony

    451 N. La Cienega Blvd.
  • Creatures of Comfort

    7971 Melrose Ave.
  • TenOverSix

    8425 Melrose Ave.


  • Cinefamily

    611 N. Fairfax Ave.
  • Griffith Park Observatory

    Overlooks the city. So pretty at night. You can go on hikes with the dogs on trails.
    2800 East Observatory Rd.
  • Lucas Hair Salon

    1541 Echo Park Ave.
    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

    1200-D N. Alvarado St.
    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

    1200 N. Alvarado St.
    Community microcinema. You can also take your super 8 film to be developed and transferred there.
  • Chris Burden Installation at LACMA

    5905 Wilshire Blvd.
    It's really romantic and I dream about the guy who will take me there to run around and picnic at night.
  • The Smell

    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

1375 E. 6th St.

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

The L.A. Gun Club

UO Recommends


  • The Apple Pan
    10801 W. Pico Blvd.
  • Café Stella
    3932 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Cookbook

    1549 Echo Park Ave.
  • Father's Office

    Multiple Locations
  • Fatty's

    1672 Colorado Blvd.
  • The Milk Shop

    7290 Beverly Blvd.
  • Millie's Café

    3524 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Pie N Burger

    913 E. California Blvd.
  • Pink's Hot Dogs

    709 N. LaBrea Ave.
  • Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

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

    7312 Beverly Blvd.
  • Hugo's Tacos

    Multiple Locations
    "Amazing food and homemade horchata. Get the honey chipotle salsa."
  • Malo

    4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
    "Ground beef and pickle tacos, fried plantains, and awesome burnt habanero and crème salsa."
  • Pinches Tacos

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


  • Big Foot Lodge

    3172 Los Feliz Blvd.
  • Cha Cha Lounge

    2375 Glendale Blvd.
  • Darkroom
    7302 Melrose Ave.
  • Medusa Lounge

    3211 Beverly Blvd.
  • Red Lion Tavern
    2366 Glendale Blvd.


  • Amoeba Music

    6400 Sunset Blvd.
  • Book Soup

    8818 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Catwalk Vintage

    459 N. Fairfax Ave.
  • Craft Workwear

    523 N. La Cienega
  • Driftwood

    3938 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Hidden Treasures
    154 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
  • Iko Iko

    1298 Sunset Blvd.
  • Melrose Trading Post

    Every Sunday
    7850 Melrose Ave.
  • Mister Freedom

    7161 Beverly Blvd.
    "Amazing vintage clothes, as well as Mister Freedom's own line of limited handmade denim, coats, bags, etc."
  • Mohawk General Store

    1102 Mohawk St.
    "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

    1720 N. Vermont Ave.
  • OK Store

    8303 W. Third St.
  • Origami Vinyl

    1816 W. Sunset Blvd.
  • Pasadena Flea Market

    First Sunday of the month
    1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • The Reformation

    8117 W. 3rd St.
  • Resurrection Vintage

    8006 Melrose Ave.
  • Revival Vintage

    7403 Beverly Blvd.
  • Rose Bowl Flea Market

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

    1818 N. Vermont Ave.
  • Space 15 Twenty

    1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
  • Urban Outfitters

    7650 Melrose Ave.
  • 1100 Westwood Blvd.
  • 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
  • Vacation Vinyl

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


  • The Echo and Echoplex

    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

    1717 Silverlake Blvd.
  • The Troubadour

    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."


  • Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

    Hollywood Forever Cemetary.
    6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  • Merry Karnowsky Gallery

    170 S. LaBrea Ave.
  • Museum of Jurassic Technology

    9341 Venice Blvd.
  • New Image Art Gallery

    7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • This Gallery

    5906 N. Figueroa St.
  • True Tattoo
    1614 N. Cahuenga Blvd.