On an inconspicuous strip of shops in Highland Park, Zane Landereth and Mahssa Taghinia are working around the clock to prepare for the Grand Opening of Mount Analog – a rare and exotic records shop featuring works by local and rotating musicians, artists and designers. Rabbits Black stopped in to sneak a peek of the audiophiles hard at work in anticipation of MA’s Saturday Grand Opening event where Mariachi El Bronx, Peanut Butter Wolf and more will perform.
Afternoon light slants thickly into the Highland Park space where Zane Landareth and Mahssa Taghinia have set up shop. Inside Mount Analog, records cover custom tables made from salvaged materials by Dave O’Brien. Truss shelves by Kyle Garner of Brooklyn’s Sit and Read house stacks of rare philosophy books and art prints by local artists, all of whom are friends of Landareth and Taghinia’s. Old PA speakers have been converted into lights which hang over windows and a listening station where customers can preview the store’s massive collection of vinyl artifacts and cassettes.
This beautiful space is a labor of love meant to foster community. As Landareth explained while navigating around the boxes of records that still need to be categorized in time for Saturday’s Grand Opening, Mount Analog will serve as a home for a more than just a wild collection of music: Furniture, audio gear, original art prints, clothes, books, and jewelry by local artists will appear in rotating pop-up shops. Dijital Fix will be digitally curating electronics in the store, and the shop-owners are making their space available for visiting DJs and musicians to stop by and spin or play for an hour or two before gigs.
Music at the store spans from Then to Now to Out – rarities and classics from Punk and New Wave to Kraut and Kosmiche, (Not) Disco and Rock Pop to House, Oldies, and L.A.’s Best. “We wanted to speak to the techno crowd ‘cuz there’s a lot of good techno coming out,” Zane confided. Mahssa (who has an encyclopedic knowledge of music) represents the U.S. branch of Finders Keepers Records, so expect an expansive collection of DJ-friendly, avant-garde music.
Come check it out Saturday from noon to 10 pm, when Mariachi El Bronx, Peanut Butter Wolf, Zig Zags, Peaking Lights, Pharaohs, Lovefingers, and many more artists will be playing live and DJ sets. If you can’t make it out tomorrow, you can catch some more live music at MA on Sunday from 4-8 pm when Mark Burgess of the Chameleons plays a solo acoustic set and DJ Juan Mendez spins.
Curiosity piqued? Some preview pics:
See you there!
Music and concerts are way better with friends!
Suggest this event to friends who like vinyl rarities, PB Wolf, Mariachi El Bronx, good music and hanging out.
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