Chris Ziegler

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AOLANI: THAT’S WHAT I WANNA BE

October 18th, 2018

At its deepest, romantic love is all-consuming—it’s something universal, and something powerful enough to provoke both fixation on another and contemplation of oneself. And it’s the inspiration for 20-year-old Gardena singer-songwriter Aolani—born Kalyn Aolani Oshiro-Wachi—on her new self-titled EP. She performs at the Echo on Sat., Oct. 20. (She'll also perform at Tropicalia next month in Long Beach.) This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: KENNY SEGAL “HAPPY LITTLE TREES”

October 18th, 2018

Longtime producer Kenny Segal (Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, the Kleenrz, Milo and so many more) has finally put his first-ever solo instrumental album. Yes, he did a few Kenstrumentals—but everything on happy little trees is all brand new material, not tracks that appeared on someone else's album. And yes, that's absolutely a Bob Ross reference in the title, but happy little trees isn't really all that happy.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: PRATLEY “WOULDN’T”

October 16th, 2018

Pratley is the cheerfully iconoclastic L.A. duo of James Watson and Sam Wilkes—recently spotted with a very well reviewed solo LP on Leaving—and their "Wouldn't" is supremely and confidently discordant song that's basically guitar, drums, synth and white-hot sizzling id. Pratley plays Fri., Oct. 19, at the Troubadour with Parcelsget tickets here!—and "Wouldn't" is available on their self-titled full-length from last year.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: SHANNON LAY “RECORDING 15”

October 15th, 2018

L.A. favorite Shannon Lay returns with this extremely fitting video for her "Recording 15," arguably the heart—or part of the heart—of her recent and excellent Living Water LP. Director Mike Nikolla gives her exactly the setting she needs: an empty room, an empty sky, and a wide-open desert landscape, all of which give this Bridget St. John-style devastator the space it needs to go on forever.

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TRACK PREMIERE: RAINSTORM BROTHER “HEAVY BLUE”

October 15th, 2018

Rainstorm Brother is songwriter John Isaac Watters (who you might remember from his Hi-Hat residencies, or other street-level sets) and electronics wrangler Tyler Chester, who together make an atmospheric kind of future folk, and "Heavy Blue" is a glimpse of their coming debut. It's a desolate piano-and-synth almost-ballad with barely-there drums and a relentless sense of tension and release. (If Springsteen covered more than just that one Suicide song, he might end up with something like this.)

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ALBUM PREMIERE: DOE PAORO ‘SOFT POWER’

October 15th, 2018

L.A.’s Doe Paoro has a new album with a new sound that’s actually an old sound. No more synths and digi-drums—at its best, Soft Power connects Paoro’s vocals to a classy/classic big-budget/big city 1970s soul backing band, the kind of top-flite outfit that helped put soft power in the sad songs on Bobby “Blue” Bland’s Dreamer or Roberta Flack’s Quiet Fire.