Album reviews

Album reviews

THEE COMMONS: PALETA $ONORA

August 7th, 2017

Thee Commons are best known now for making music that gets people bopping, moshing and dancing to cumbia all at the same show—a sound that could have only originated with L.A.’s next-generation of Chicano rockers. Paleta $onora all but acknowledges this—on a song called “Selena’s Butt,” no less!—when Pacheco softly sings: “Ni de aqui, ni de alla, pero aqui nos vamos a quedar / Tocando musico sin parades / Nunca vamos a parar.” ["Not from here, not from there, but here we’re going to stay. We play music without walls. We’re never going to stop."]

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BANNY GROVE: CARS IN CONTROL EP

August 4th, 2017

Banny Grove reach the height of their musical and lyrical powers on closing track, “Dogs FM”, a satire of media bias that’s as catchy as it funny: “Dogs are so cool! / They say just what they mean / And they never have a secret agenda." It can only get weirder from here.

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EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN: MARS EP

August 3rd, 2017

Mars is bristling with big-credit guests (Ty Segall, Nora Keyes, Jack Name, Shannon Lay—plenty of people who’ve been in L.A. RECORD already) battalionized here as the Center for Planetary Intelligence Band, but more importantly it’s bristling with charm, personality, originality, commitment and—because this record never stops at four things when it can try five—conviction, too.

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GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH: DESERT CENTER

August 1st, 2017

Off-kilter, kitschy, and nothing but salty, greasy fun, Desert Center is kinda like the scene in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure where he desperately grooves to “Tequila” in a biker bar. It’s surreal, atomic age fun that’ll make every eye-patched Satan’s Helper dance.

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ELUSIVE: MOMENTS

July 29th, 2017

On Moments we find Elusive using samples, glitches, beats, and keyboard sounds in order to create a sort of glitched-out futuristic lounge jazz.

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LINK WRAY: SELF TITLED

July 28th, 2017

Social protest, gospel, roots rock and Jesus-hippie sentiments are scrambled together with all the sluggish pacing of a Billy Jack movie. Fans of “authenticity” will dig this hugely but many others will file it among the curios of this wonderfully strange era.