Boyle Heights – Lolipop Records is making progress creating a new headquarters and living space. The record store/recording studio/label – formerly of Echo Park – now has a building permit to convert an old warehouse in the 2800 block of East 1st Street into a recording studio and live-in loft.
The owners of the record store/recording studio/label told L.A. Weekly last year that they were leaving their old shop on Glendale Boulevard next to the Echoplex, and setting up in a warehouse owned by the Mary Pickford Foundation. Bands and performers have already been recording music and holding barbecues in the compound, portions of which date back to 1910. But now the permits will allow Lolipop to move forward with an ambitious renovation.
The owners have noted that the new space at 2826 E 1st St. would need a lot of work. “The foundation is fucked up,” Wyatt Blair, Lollipop’s founder, told the Weekly. “The electrical is fucked up and the plumbing is fucked up. They found asbestos. They found lead in the water.”
According to the company’s web site, they started releasing underground bands on cassette tapes in 2010. A year later Blair moved the operation from his garage in South Orange County to Echo Park. The company eventually expanded to vinyl records, 45s and CDs. They also branched off into management, and created their own recording studio. The Weekly noted in 2015 that anyone could record and sell their music there.
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