the trout house

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the trout house
4295 ensenada dr
los angeles, california 91364

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This house (more of a cabin, really) is where Don van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) coerced, bullied, and brain-washed the Magic Band into creating content for the 1969 album Trout Mask Replica.

For eight months, the band lived communally in this house and rehearsed endlessly. Only one band member was allowed to leave at a time to get food, which for a month consisted of one small cup of soybeans daily. Visitors to the house recalled the members looking "cadaverous" and that "the environment in that house was positively Manson-esque."

The bizarre rehearals meant that the band was able to record 20 instrumental tracks in a single six-hour recording session. Trout Mask Replica remains an influential album, despite it being unbearable to casual listeners.

Still from The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart