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A Few of My Favorite Things, Silver Lake Edition

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EXPLORE AT UTRIP

I’m gonna be honest. I still don’t *really* understand what this site is or who uses it, but they gave me a (pro-bono) chance to shout out my favorite places for food, music, booze, caffeine, etc. in Los Angeles. Plus, they promised to call me an expert. To see my picks, go to Utrip, click “See Itinerary,” and then enter an arbitrary date (you’re not going to do this, I know, it’s okay). From there (ha), click on the little “Overview” tab above the map. FINALLY, you can scroll down to see some of the junk I like: Diablo, Vacation Vinyl, the Elliott Smith mural, Forage, Origami Vinyl, Hotel Café, Square One, Thirsty Crow, Amoeba Music, The Satellite, the Griffith Park Observatory, Sqirl, The Echo/Echoplex, Silverlake Ramen, the Troubadour, Guisados, Bootleg Theater, Elf Café, and the Hollywood Bowl. Oh, and “Sunset Strip” (barf) is supposed to be “Sunset Junction” (rad).

Fancy New Landing Page

It’s just better this way. Meanwhile:

An Interview With Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick

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One of our favorite young music-making weirdos of the past five years is Chaz Bundick — a dude better known as Les Sins and best known as Toro y Moi. Befitting his chosen aliases, he’s a musical polyglot, weaving psych-rock and summery pop into rap beats and dance pulse. Unsurprisingly, Bundick is a sharp guy with a sweet disposition, as we learned first hand upon sitting down with him at a coffee shop across from the SPIN offices in Hollywood. Read here:

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Watch: Liza Oppenheimer Channels ‘Midnight Cowboy’ in Music Video for ‘Los Angeles’

We here at Aural Standards are particularly partial to songs about our city, and “Los Angeles” by friend-of-the-blog Liza Oppenheimer is a new fave. We’ve also got a certain affinity for all (er, most) things Dustin Hoffman, so upon learning that the Dee Robertson-directed video for this folksy jangler would pay a little tribute to Midnight Cowboy, well, we were elated. Check out the clip below, and then learn a little more from Liza after the jump.

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Full Time with SPIN, Senior Writer, Los Angeles

Alright, enough with the third person. I am very proud to share that after nearly three years of freelancing for the very publication that inspired me to scribble about music in the first place, I am going full-time with SPIN starting now with the title Senior Writer. (Unofficially, you might also refer to me as West Coast Dude.) So that means fewer updates here, but it also means virtually all of my work will be appearing in one place anyway, so who needs a blog? Read SPIN. Gonna be a lot of news stories, some shared songs and videos, and a great deal of old school reportage, so keep up over there as we kick off a new chapter of web dominance. Match me, Sidney! So begins my year(s) of living dangerously.

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Riff Raff is Overcome with Ennui

Poor Riff Raff. (Video’s not new by any means, but we can’t get enough.)