In honor of this week's 'Best of Los Angeles' issue, West Coast Sound is offering a week's worth of items that haven't been included in the print issue. Expect a string of additional Bests throughout the week.
As it turns out, a New Yorker has won the grand prize in HEALTH's sweepstakes to promote the release of their awesome new album, Get Color. Daniel Walsh found a golden ticket (ahem, the golden ticket) inside a copy of the CD he purchased at Sound Fix in Williamsburg, meaning he'll soon be on a flight to L.A. psyching himself up to the enviable task of taking on Six Flags Magic Mountain with none other than the actual members of HEALTH. And if you take the band's Twitter page as evidence of its collective mental state... well, with posts like, "A subway is not the best place to be on drugs," "Serious Question: If you had to fuck an animal, which would it be?" and "pooping," the idea of a friendly little trip to the amusement park gets a whole lot trippier.
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The actual details of the all-expenses trip are as follows:
LOS ANGELES ADVENTURE
ROUND TRIP AIRFARE. THREE DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS OF NON STOP ENTERTAINMENT. YOU ARE STAYING WITH US. WE WILL TAKE YOU TO MAGIC MOUNTAIN. WE WILL TAKE YOU THE ZOO. WE WILL BRING YOU BREAKFAST IN BED. WE WILL LOVE EACH OTHER.
DISCLAIMER: IF YOU HAVE BEEN REMANDED TO EITHER A PENITENTIARY OR A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY FOR A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE UP TO OR EXCEEDING 30 DAYS, PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH FULL DISCLOSURE. THIS IS FOR OUR SAFETY AND YOURS.
Which really is pretty incredible when you think about it. Especially considering that prize was only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are 65 other tickets floating around happy homes and unwitting record stores as we type this, featuring prizes as disparate as an vinyl test pressing of Get Color autographed in blood, "BJ's little league jacket" and a recording of a band member reading a short story. You can take a gander at a winning ticket, and that devoted Chicago fan's quest to find it, here.
HEALTH are currently touring Europe, but we assume they -- and one Mr. Walsh -- will be riding the Viper soon enough. That's a ride, not a euphemism.