Running Errands with the Mild High Club

PUBLISHED IN ISSUE 13
RUNNING ERRANDS WITH THE MILD HIGH CLUB
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOE MCMURRAY 

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Alex Brettin, the visionary behind The Mild High Club (Stones Throw Records), recently upped his game in a big way with the purchase of a 2004 Honda Odyssey. He used to drive a Ford Transit or something with only two seats and a windowless, caged-in bed that, if you happened to be stuck back there, made you feel like an illegal alien or a kidnap victim. With the purchase of his new vehicle—a seven-seater which features four “captain’s chairs,” an all-leather leather interior, and a CD player (among other amenities)—Alex and his band will be able to tour the continent in style. I spent a few days tooling around town with Alex getting food, running errands and hanging out.

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This is Alex emerging from his new van. He looks a little angry or annoyed, but he’s just mugging for the camera. 

 

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For Christmas this year Alex’s dad gave him the Steely Dan box set, which we listen to all the time when we’re driving around. Not everyone likes Steely Dan. 

 

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We stopped by our friends’ AirBnB in Echo Park, where Alex found an acoustic guitar to jam on. 

 

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Here’s Alex after a meal at La Reyna, our favorite Mexican place. Alex usually orders a couple tacos or maybe a muilta. I almost exclusively have the ‘caldo de pollo.’ 

 

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The man in the sunglasses is Andrew aka Burt. He plays guitar in The Mild High Club. He drives a Volvo. 

 

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Alex humoring me in the beautiful sunset light. 

 

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Alex fires off a shower of confetti at the Chinese New Year Parade. 

 

 

Listen to Mild High Club below ; )