For the video to his band Fort King's haunting “Everything Falls Apart,” singer-songwriter Ryan Fuller wanted to pay tribute to two of his favorite symbols of a bygone Los Angeles: the late poet/boozehound Charles Bukowski and Hollywood Park Racetrack, which hosted its last race back in December and is being demolished to make way for condos.
With the help of director Mike James and fellow singer-songwriter Matthew Teardrop, who perfectly embodies a modern-day Bukowski in scruffy New Balance sneaks, he succeeded. See the video below for a final glimpse of the Hollywood Racetrack before it gets shipped off to the proverbial glue factory.
Fuller, a Florida native, still describes himself as an L.A. outsider, and Fort King's music as “New Weird Americana.” Tonight in Venice, Fort King will share the stage with another L.A. outsider: Ruthann Friedman, an enigmatic folk singer whose 1970 album Constant Companion has long been a sought-after collector's item for fans of other underground hippie-era singer-songwriters like Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan. Friedman is celebrating the release of her first new album in over 40 years, which is named after another touchstone of vintage Los Angeles: Chinatown. Sensing a theme here?
The show is at 525 Venezia and it's free. Go to Facebook for more information.