December 24th, 2012 - A little rain and the lake has water!
Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles
There is a park in Los Angeles called Elysian Park, and we went for a walk there with some friends and we decided to do a photo session there … We still didn’t have the album title then. As I mentioned, we thought of going “Happy Sad” at one point. And then Elysium just floated out because of Elysian Park. It seemed to fit … the mood of the album.In his British accent, Tenant, who can be seen here with Elysian Park’s Avenue of the Palms in the background, pronounces the name of the city’s second largest park as “Eh-LIZ-ee-an.”
Since 1962, TAIX has operated at its current Location in Echo Park and been a beacon for delicious cuisine, the finest staff, all the while developing into a citywide Landmark. I THEREFORE MOVE that the intersection of West Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue in Echo Park be named “TAIX Square” and direct the Department of Transportation to erect permanent ceremonial signage to this effect.But what about Echo Park’s many other long-time restaurants? Won’t they want their own square, too? Brite Spot, the diner located across the street from Taix at the same intersection, has been in business since 1949. Three blocks east on Sunset, Barragan’s Mexican Restaurant opened in 1961 and remains operated by the same family. Looks like the city might have to find more ceremonial signs and Echo Park intersections.
The juxtaposition of Thompson’s serious food — including a clever dish of John Dory on a black-bubble bed of miso tapioca “risotto” in aromatic candied shiitake butter — with the unpretentious familiarity of his staff and the laid-back atmosphere of AYC makes for a playful dining experience tailored for lazy summer nights.