Dustin Krapes: Vermont House, Los Angeles, CA

[Pictures from "Ladies Night" at Vermont House, May 23, 2009, LA]

"To get to Vermont House, you have to go behind this shoe store on Vermont Avenue called Vermont Shoes. There's a parking lot in the back, that's where the DJs play usually. There are some stairs that go up above the shoe store, that's where we live, and the bands generally play in our living room. Before we started throwing shows, we bought pizzas and took them to all the neighbors... we haven't had much trouble since then. [But] we can only throw shows on Saturdays, because the landlord doesn't work on Sundays so we have time to clean up on Sunday. One time, Crystal Antlers was playing in the living room, and my band Halloween Swim Team played right before them, and we basically set up in my bedroom -- the drummer had set up his drums on my bed, there were amps on my dressers, and people were standing on my desk. That was pretty fun. I am definitely willing to live with a dirty carpet in order to have a good show at the house. In the living room there are stairs that lead down to a small bedroom, and people have fallen down those stairs -- one of my bandmates' ex-girlfriends once fell down the outside stairs and got a black eye."

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