Editor's note: Play welcomes actor and musician Jason Schwartzman on board as a guest blogger to share his top 5 favorite places in Los Angeles. Sure, you're all big fans of Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, but if you haven't checked out his band Coconut Records then consider it added to your to-do list. Davy, the new album from Coconut Records, was released this week on iTunes, Amazon, Spinner and other digital music outlets. Along with the first single “Microphone,” you can preview more tracks at www.myspace.com/coconutrecords. So without further adieu, here are Jason Schwartzman's…
Top 5 Favorite Places in L.A.
This is a G R E E E A A A A A T store! First off, it's in a beautiful old brick building on Beverly Blvd. and the space itself is open and light, and very inviting. Ten Over Six sells a variety of awesome accessories for both men and women, and cool stuff for your home. For the ladies, they offer lingerie, beautiful jewelry that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere, purses and bags, shoes and the most incredible limited edition CBC coats!!! For men, they stock great ties (which I own myself), old backgammon sets, dress shoes and sneakers, hunting hats, sunglasses and bags. They sell objects for the home, have a skateboard/glass Lazy Susan table, incredible vases, plates, silverware, lighting, and ceramic heads of different animals (I have the cat). On top of that, they carry fantastic books — my favorite being the hard to get Boris Vian collection published by TamTamBooks. Not to mention the sexy staff! All those ladies are super hot, and if you're in the market for some studly eye candy, ask for Joe (Careful! He's married!!!)
Address: 7427 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
2. Opening Ceremony
I love Opening Ceremony. I'm sure most people have heard of it by now, but if you haven't and you live in L.A. or New York, make a point to visit. They carry lots and lots and lots of different designers you'll most likely not find anywhere else! I get a lot of my clothes here because the designers they carry make nice things that will last a long time. The L.A. location has two levels, including a book section and CD store for your eyes and ears. Plus, I hate going into a store where the people that work there are cold and can't be bothered. Too cool for school! But at Opening Ceremony they're super nice and will take time to help you find whatever you need. Sometimes I go there just to hang out with all the people that work there.
Address: 451 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90048
3. Pro Drum Shop
I've been going to Pro Drum Shop for my drum needs since I was young, for both hardware and sticks. Stan and Jerry are brothers, and have owned the place since the beginning! It's a staple of my L.A. world, and any aspiring musician should try here first for your percussion needs. The brothers are some of the nicest men I know, and have the best selection of drums around. (Whatever they don't have, they can probably get for you.) They have great vintage drum sets for sale, too, which makes it feel like a museum — except you're more than welcome to bang away on the art. And there are always all kinds of incredible drummers lurking around. I make a point to go there once a week (if I can) just to see the guys and check out what's new in the store.
Address: 854 Vine Street, Hollywood, 90038
4. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater
This isn't really store, but I have to tell you all about my favorite place in L.A. It's in the an old landmark Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax, and has been completely taken over by lunatics. They show movies I PROMISE you will not find anywhere else. Each night is a different theme. Wednesdays are silent movies. Thursday is music night. Fridays are double-feature nights. They also have camp film night, disturbing cartoons and musicals. The people that work there love film, and if you do, too — or are even just in the mood to have a crazy night — you should go there asap. (Plus, they serve cupcakes and have couches.) It's a no-brainer, people. (If you want to rent great movies go to Cinefile. They stock the widest variety of hard to find, amazing films. The people who work there are the best and can recommend anything to suit your mood. Please support both Cinefile and Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater; they are both independently owned, a rarity these days.)
Address: 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036
Book Soup is my favorite bookstore in L.A. I've been going for years and years. They offer a selection of books ranging from best-sellers to hard to find and obscure books. The people who work there are kind, and love literature, so you can trust their recommendations section. You can walk in, tell them what kind of book you're in the mood for, and they'll take as much time you need to find something that you'll love. I've become friends with all of the people that work there (WHAT'S UP TOSH!!!! WHAT'S UP MANNY!!!!) and I often go in there just to hang. For a couple months I was in Book Soup at least once a day, would spend hours there just browsing and talking about books and music with everyone. This is my favorite place in L.A.; the city wouldn't be the same without it. Each time I drive by it I get happy.
Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069