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DON’T FIGHT IT! FEEL IT!: 10 L.A. 45s FROM SOUL CLAP DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN

May 23rd, 2015

Jonathan Toubin will be presiding over his legendary Soul Clap and Dance-Off on Sunday, May 24 at the Regent Theatre (tickets and info here!), and to whet everyone's appetite he's filled his new YouTube channel to bursting with these top-flite L.A-releated 45s! All brilliant selections and descriptions below by Toubin, of course. So sorry but now you have absolutely no choice but to get out and go to this—the soul has spoken!

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EMPTY PALACE: STARS AS NEURONS IN YOUR BRAIN

May 21st, 2015

Holy shit, we said when this arrived in our inbox: shredding guitars, analog synths, psychedelic lyrics, and raging drum solos the likes of which we thought had gone extinct thirty years ago, presented along with some of the most gorgeous rotoscope-style album art we’ve seen in awhile. As for the vibe of the music itself: think late Black Sabbath plus Iron Maiden with a little Blue Oyster Cult in the mix, and you’ll have the idea. The day they headline their first arena show, I’ll remember the first time I heard this record. They play tonight at the Satellite. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR: THERE WAS NO DOUBTING

May 15th, 2015

When Songs From Suicide Bridge came out on singer-songwriters David Kauffman and Eric Caboor’s own Donkey Soul Music in 1984, Prince and Tina Turner were about to top the singles charts and the local underground was looking to punk, paisley, hardcore and the beginning of L.A. hip-hop—and Kauffman and Caboor were two guys four-tracking an album that sounded like it came from another planet, and a very distant one at that. As Caboor sang, they were “lonely losers” seeking same. Now, after more than thirty years, they’ve found their audience, thanks to a reissue on Light In The Attic. David Kauffman speaks now about playing basement shows in Echo Park back and the way the big picture is actually the little picture. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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ADRIAN YOUNGE: MAKING BEATS IS TELLING STORIES

May 14th, 2015

Producer-bandleader-polymath extraordinaire Adrian Younge will be celebrating his newest project Linear Labs: Los Angeles at the Regent on Fri., May 15, with a roster that reads like the wall of honor in a quality record store. To celebrate, we're reposting this archival interview done at the release of Twelve Reasons to Die, his 2013 collaboration with Ghostface Killah. Enjoy this discussion of the step before the step that got Younge to Linear Labs: Los Angeles and don't miss the show!

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THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS’ TOMMY HALL: WE WANT PEOPLE TO THINK

May 8th, 2015

Last month, something unexpected happened: the announcement of a reunion of the surviving line-up from the Elevators’ epochal Psychedelic Sounds LP, who will triumphantly headline Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation this weekend. With much-appreciated help, L.A. RECORD was able to secure three Elevators interviews. Today, we're proud to post the most in-depth interview with band co-founder and songwriter Tommy Hall since ... well, ever. Here the philosophical engine of the Elevators talks with musician and producer Ty Segall.

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THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS’ RONNIE LEATHERMAN: WE WOULD’VE BEEN GUNSLINGERS

May 7th, 2015

At the very end of the 13th Floor Elevators’ long discography is a ghostly version of “May The Circle Be Unbroken,” recorded at a distance by Roky Erickson as his band faded away. If we were writing a month ago, that would be where everything had ended. But last month, something unexpected happened: the announcement of a reunion of the surviving line-up from the Elevators’ epochal Psychedelic Sounds LP, who will triumphantly headline Austin Psych Fests’ Levitation this weekend. With much-appreciated help, L.A. RECORD was able to secure three Elevators interviews. Today, Chris Ziegler takes a first-person tour through Elevators history with bassist Ronnie Leatherman, who watched the band form, played on Psychedelic Sounds and then returned for Bull Of The Woods and the final moments of the band.

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