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VIDEO PREMIERE: ASAL HAZEL “CAN YOU HANDLE”

December 15th, 2017

Here's something special from L.A.'s Asal Hazel, who put out a happily hazy track with producer mndsgn in August and whose forthcoming Like Water EP includes work from not just mndsgn but Lindsay Lowend and L.A. RECORD alums Swarvy and KNXWLEDGE—look for that in 2018! But for now we've got a striking teaser video shot by Lyle Mouton that'll hold you til to then: "Can You Handle," which takes a few lines from the heart of the Usher song and turns them into a smoldering midnight mood piece. If there's such a thing as R&B noir, this is it. (Live version here too, if you want more!)

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TRACK PREMIERE: LARS FINBERG “IFFY LOVE” (F. SHANA CLEVELAND + TY SEGALL)

December 14th, 2017

L.A. RECORD alum (several times over) Lars Finberg has put out many (and many different!) records so far, but last week's Moonlight Over Bakersfieldreleased Dec. 1 on In The Red—is his first under the actual name Lars Finberg. Produced by Ty Segall with a few features from friends—like La Luz' Shana Cleveland on guitar on this song—Moonlight is a slightly fractured post-punk-pop self-portrait that'd fit nicely (but not too neatly) between Swell Maps, Prag Vec and the many high points in Finberg's own deep and daring discography. The record release show for Finberg's Moon Over BakersfieldFri., Dec. 22, at Zebulon!—is also a benefit for the Downtown Women's Center, and features openers Warm Drag, the magnificent Neil Hamburger, the unstoppable Megan Koester and more. Get tickets here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: L.A. LAW ‘LAW AND ORDER’ (MEMS. GAP DREAM + FEEDING PEOPLE)

December 13th, 2017

Back in October, L.A. RECORD premiered the first single from Burger superduo L.A. Law—that's Gabe Fulvimar from Gap Dream and Jessie Jones from Feeding People, her own stand-out solo album and more—and now we've got the thing itself! Law & Order is like Giorgio Moroder and Stereolab soundtracking the collaboration James Cameron and John Carpenter never made, with relentlessly funky synth bass and robotic drums and waves of digital atmosphere. And while atmosphere and robots are wonderful things, it's Jones who brings this to (alien) life, with vocals that sound like they're coming in from another dimension. It's music for a future that's still out there somewhere, and it's out on Burger on Fri., Dec. 15!

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DERDE VERDE: MEANDER BELT EP

December 11th, 2017

“Staring into Dying Light,” begins with stark strumming and reverbed vocals and drums as McKenzie’s lyrics warn, “It’s not gonna turn back time / staring into dying light / I don’t want to turn back time.” The echoes and percussion somehow evoke a particularly Midwestern isolation—flat lands, empty skies—but the song soon leaves the planet completely for something more cosmic.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LIMMS “WORRY, NOW”

December 11th, 2017

L.A. quartet LIMMS have an EP called Don't Worry set to release on January 1, 2018, and here's an excellent way to get to know them: the jazzy spaced-out slow-burner "Worry, Now" (because worrying is the first step to not worrying) and a deceptively pastoral video to match. It might seem like a nice pleasant ride through northeast L.A., but watch closely ... our bike rider isn't as cheerfully alone as he might think. LIMMS is Julian Keith (vocals/guitar/bass), Joel Martinez (bass/guitar), Evan Parulan (drums/percussion) and Elvis Galvez (guitar/vocals) and they'll be playing the mighty Bananas in Leimert Park on Tue., Dec. 19, and on Fri., Jan. 12, at the Indie Brewery in Boyle Heights—and if you miss them in real life, you can keep an eye on them here and here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BADLANDS “I FEEL LOVE”

December 11th, 2017

Here's a lovely cover by Badlands, the solo project by L.A. multi-instrumentalist Adrian Chi Tenney of PANGEA, God Equals Genocide and Spokenest. In this time-and-space-traveling video directed by Dave Paige (with cinematography by Marco Cordero and editing by Isaiah Fernandez) she takes the classic Donna Summer-Giorgio Moroder track "I Feel Love" and strips it down to the absolute essentials: rhythm, pulse and that timeless endless hook. As she explains: "'I Feel Love' is interpreted here by Badlands as an ode to self love, and recognition that we all deserve to feel love, in all the various ways we may feel it." "Love" is a teaser for Badlands' coming Slow Growth full-length, due next year from Lost Sound Tapes and Bite The Cactus Records.