We just heard that Ooga Booga will be closing their second and original store in Los Angeles after the summer. 356 Mission and its second Ooga Booga outlet closed down a year ago. The book/art/music store has been an important part of the LA underground scene for 15 years and will be sorely missed. Here’s a song by owner Wendy Yao’s friends in the short-lived Crazy Band, who were arguable even better than Mika Miko. Both of their releases are available for free on bandcamp. “The Law Is a Crime” was recorded live at The Smell, one of few places that have remained alive despite repeated threats to their existence. The laws are fucked if you can’t run a non-profit DIY space in a huge city like Los Angeles. Support Ooga Booga by buying something from their web shop, which will remain online.
The photo is from a few days ago when instagram robot Miquela “visited” the store (@lilmiquela).