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LAist interview: Todd Clifford, Sea Level Records

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With all the hand-wringing over the closures of Aron's and Rhino Records, you might think any non-Amoeba record store in Los Angeles is doomed. But that would mean you've never visited Sea Level Records in Echo Park. Dedicated music fanatic Todd Clifford opened the store in December 2001, and it's survived ever since selling CDs, vinyl and the occasional art piece. Sea Level's speciality is indie rock and local music; it's got listening stations stocked with new CDs and frequent in-store performances (Hudson Bell and The Glass Family are next, on March 4 and 5). Of course, Sea Level is on MySpace; it also has a plain old website. In the offline world, it can be found at 1716 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park.

Name, age and occupation:
Todd Clifford. 31(derful). Slave to Sea Level.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and what neighborhood do you live in now?
8 1/2 years. Los Feliz.

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Do you have an all-time favorite LA band? Or list of favorites?
Silversun Pickups. Pine Marten, the Movies and 400 Blows are up there too.