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PI JACOBS: HI-RISE RANCH

April 10th, 2015

PI JACOBS Hi-Rise Ranch TCC Music Pi Jacobs offers six songs of electrified Americana on Hi-Rise Ranch, which was crafted under the guidance of super-producer Eugene Toale. In her press release, Jacobs credits Toale—whose diverse previous work stretches from early bangers with Kanye West to…

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BELL GARDENS: SLOW DAWNS FOR LOST CONCLUSIONS

April 4th, 2015

BELL GARDENS Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions Rocket Girl Bell Gardens’ sound is something of an anomaly in today’s music scene. Instead of in-your-face garage rock or heavy electronic beats, this duo’s newest release Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions is an atmospheric journey that seeps…

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SHOCK: SHOCK PROOF 1976-1979

April 1st, 2015

Until now, Shock were one of the very few L.A. punk bands on that famous Feb. 78 SAVE THE MASQUE flyer—which their singer made!—that didn’t yet have a comprehensive retrospective. Yes, they did get a Rave Up reissue a while back, and their Killed By Death (bootleg) classic “This Generation’s On Vacation” got a bootleg EP release of its own, which is surely one of the most irritating forms of flattery. But now resurrector label Artifix (home of Bags, Eyes, Deadbeats and more) has given the Shock the treatment they deserve with this almost-everything comp covering 1976 rehearsal to 2013 reunion.

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ISAAC ROTHER AND THE PHANTOMS: “HEEBIE JEEBIES” 7″

March 30th, 2015

Isaac Rother & the Phantoms “Heebie Jeebies” 7” Mock Records It might be lazy music journalism to describe Isaac Rother as a white Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with an Afro, but sometimes it’s okay to just cut to the chase and make the most obvious comparison,…

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TUXEDO: TUXEDO

March 13th, 2015

Finely machined boogie funk that seems like it was painstakingly unfrozen in a secret lab, which is a nice way of saying crooner Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One nailed this sound like they got a government contract to do it. The unrelenting contents: claps and kicks, girls on the chorus, an orgy of old-school synthesizer and even one fully committed Michael Jackson-style “Ohhhhhhhh!”

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BELLA NOVELA: TELEMETRY

February 26th, 2015

The album’s cover shouts out to Thin Lizzy, the first song channels what Gwen Stefani would sound like if she fronted Dragonforce, and everyone from Iron Maiden to the Motels are referenced in the other eight tightly packaged three-minute tracks (“Lenora” is an 80s power ballad transported to Baja). The songs are decidedly new but entirely familiar, making Telemetry—even without a zombie-apocalypse narrative present in 2011’s The Archeress—an easy album to listen to and an even easier album to love.

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