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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Storefront Report: Silver Lake record label looking for a roommate

When the owners of Dangerbird Records took over a former Silver Lake furniture store, they hired  local architect Barbara Bestor to remake the Sunset Boulevard building into a free-flowing compound that suited the up-and-coming indie music company. But times have been tough in the music business since Dangerbird, which is home to such acts as Silversun Pickups, moved into the new office about three years ago.  There have been cutbacks and management changes, including the recent departure of co-founder Jeff Castelaz, who now heads Elektra Records. Now, 3,120 square-feet of space in the Dangerbird compound  is up for lease, according to LoopNet.

The asking rent for the space, which comes with a combination of private offices and a shared work space,  comes out to more than $10,000 a month.  The listing raises the possibility that it can serve other uses.  “This location is considered ground zero for Silver Lakes trendy restaurants and coffee houses within walking distance,” said the listing.

An employee with Dangerbird said the company will remain in the building, which is located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lucille Avenue. “We are simply looking for another tenant for our available space,” she said.

Bestor focused the corner building inward, eliminating many of the picture windows and covering those that remained with perforated metal louvers. Inside,  the  office space for the indie music company overlooks a sunken, outdoor patio with basketball court.  The outdoor part of the compound proved a popular spot, Castelaz said in a story about the Dangerbird compound in Style Section L.A.:

I work out on the b-ball court twice a week — core strength training, stuff that makes me hurt for days. So I’d call it a “torture pit.” It’s a great space to just be in. It’s about eight feet below Sunset Boulevard, so you get a feeling of being away from the action, but you can still see it if you want. Some of our colleagues have started venturing to the back yard to have lunch, and there’s been a major movement within the staff to have meetings out there rather than sitting in someone’s office or the conference room. It’s kind of like going to the park to have a meeting.



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12 comments

  1. “Bestor focused the corner building inward, eliminating many of the picture windows and covering those that remained with perforated metal louvers.” – yeah Im not so sure what that was all about. This always gave me a very unwelcomed vibe walking past this compound.

    • Those (non-perforated) louvers are to keep not-so-innocent passers from peeking in and seeing the expensive temptations and for security. They also filter out that intense southern sunlight………..now you know.

  2. Lars was right!

  3. that is an insane amount of money for an indie label to have as overhead.

  4. Here start the Whole Foods, Trader Joes cries.

  5. Now that he’s gone, Jeff’s lavish monument unto himself hath served its purpose. Perhaps Dangerbird can function in a more responsible manner now.

  6. Will the Pablove Foundation leave the space also?

  7. I still remember this place as the home of Mac’s Liquor – that angled wall was the entrance. I used to buy the LA Times there for 25 cents on my way to work. Damn, I sound old!

  8. Maybe if they signed some decent bands they would be doing better.

  9. I agree with “for realzies”. They took a building that engaged with its surroundings and walled off from the community. I understand how the use of the building demanded it. The shame of it is that there are so many other buildings along sunset that already turn away from the public and many of them are located in less social and conspicuous places. Even if this location was a must the facade is a lost opportunity.

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