Natalie Denise Sperl is the front woman of Los Angeles-based quartet Kill My Coquette whose self-titled debut EP is due out on January 20th. Armed with attitude and boasting rock & punk with a twist of blues, their influences include Jack White, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the New York Dolls, but they have a sound all their own. Written and arranged by Natalie, the 5-song EP was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Danny McGough (Tom Waits, Social Distortion).
My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It’s so fascinating and alluring to me. The beauty, the mystery. I felt like I was in another world when I first saw the place. I knew I would never be the same.
The first thing I do when I go there is..get to the first pull off I can find, get out of the car and get as close to the edge as possible. I love to explore. The park has many great hiking trails and campgrounds. Don’t forget to check out the Wall Drug roadside attraction.
Everyone should visit…Keepers Of The Wild Animal Park outside of Kingman, Arizona…at least once. It’s a non profit animal sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with rescued lions and tigers. I love this place. I stumbled upon it while on a road trip through Route 66 a few years back. It was a cold day in off-season, so I practically had the place to myself. All proceeds go directly to the care of the animals. Check it out!
The Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah…is a pleasant surprise. I might not had ever visited if it weren’t for a film I shot there titled “Alma.” The place is vast, and everywhere you look it’s bright white salt. It’s surreal, like you’re on another planet. It’s a must-see if you’ve never been there.
My favorite restaurant to eat at in the U.S. is…Hard question! I adore Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood for their Ribeye steaks, baked potato and dirty martinis complete with side car. The place is truly the oldest restaurant in Hollywood still operating. Everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Frank Sinatra has dined there. It’s a Tinseltown classic. It’s dark with plush booths. If those walls could talk…
The best place to find…garlic noodles is at Crustacean in Beverly Hills. Delicious and decadent, the world famous recipe is so secret only the family that owns it knows the ingredients. Even the wait staff doesn’t know. Finish your noodles off with a whole cracked garlic crab, or champagne-flavored crab while sipping on martinis overlooking exotic fish swimming under your feet in the aquarium floor.
Some great towns people may not know about to visit is…I always have a great time in Laughlin, Nevada. There are less crowds there than Vegas and they have the Colorado River. When it’s hot in the summer I like to jet ski down the river. They also have great Poker rooms.
Check out Big Bear in California for great snowboarding. I love Aspen and the bigger Colorado resorts, but Big Bear is an easy two hour drive from Los Angeles. Get a cabin if you stay overnight.
Del Mar, California is gorgeous. I love the race track there. Southern California has so many places to see!
Carl’s Corner…is a great truck stop. It’s off Highway 14 at 100 Center Street in Essig, Minnesota. I love this place because you can get in a game of pool while you wait for some of the best chicken in the Midwest. People come from all over to taste their famous broasted chicken and pizza. I recommend the veggie. Say Hi to Johnny Helget if you stop by!