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Dangerbird Records lands in stylish new nest designed by Barbara Bestor

January 4, 2010 |  4:57 pm


Did Silversun Pickups money buy the Dangerbird fellows their fancy new digs?

We can only hope for all parties involved, but either way, it's an eye-catching pad. Style Section L.A., founded by two L.A. Times fashion refugees and an editor for the Advocate, posted a Q&A recently with Dangerbird co-owners Peter Walker and Jeff Castelaz about their label's headquarters, which was designed by local architect Barbara Bestor. It's a natural collaboration -- Bestor and Dangerbird have been defining Silver Lake cool for many years now. Bestor is the author of "Bohemian Modern," a documentation of area homes, and Dangerbird has cultivated not only the Silversun Pickups but also Sea Wolf, Division Day, Dappled Cities and Darker My Love.

The new compound anchors the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lucile Avenue in a striking shade of cerulean blue, and it features two buildings linked by an outdoor space with a basketball court that will eventually host performances. (Perhaps they'll break it in for Sunset Junction?) But, as writer and photographer Kiino Villand points out, the heart and soul of the building is the graphic on the outer wall in honor of Castelaz's son, Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz, who died of cancer last year, and Pablove, the awareness and fund-raising foundation that supports the pediatric cancer community in and around Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Read the piece here for more on the Dangerbird home and its open, airy vibe.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo: Kiino Villand