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TRACK PREMIERE: NOCANDO “SALTY” (SEVERED OUT MAY 26 ON HELLFYRE CLUB + DOME OF DOOM)

May 25th, 2017

L.A. mainstay Nocando suffered a series of severe changes a few years ago, and the result is this song "Salty" (produced by Curtiss King) and his unflinching new album Severed, which chronicles disaster and what comes after. Severed is Nocando's first full-length since 2014's Jimmy The Burnout, due out Fri., May 27, on Hellfyre Club with a cassette on Dome of Doom.

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TRACK PREMIERE: BRIAN ELLIS “TO HECK WITH IT”

May 4th, 2017

Escondido producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Ellis just rolled off the 5 with "To Heck With It," a deftly funky track that links lush '70s AOR to some Terry Riley synthesizer-waterfall action and a punchy little bridge—if you're looking for a track to chauffeur you between smooth operator Ned Doheny and Mofunk-ers like XL Middleton and Eddy Funkster, this is it. (And if you're looking for more on this vibe, check out that new Numero Seafaring Strangers stuff.) Ellis' Mirror/Mirror album is out Fri., May 19, on Chit Chat Records—more info here!

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ZIG ZAGS “RIDDLE OF STEEL”

February 9th, 2017

L.A.'s Zig Zags return from the desert wastes with this extremely relevant new song "Riddle of Steel," an homage—or Crom-age?—to the true ethos of Conan the Barbarian, which (without spoiling too much) depends more on the hand that wields the steel than the steel itself. Truly a lesson for our times, for better or worse, so study up with the b-side to their coming "Ripping Death" 7", out on Fri., Feb. 24, on Famous Class!

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TRACK PREMIERE: CORBO “I’M GOOD” (F. REMY KAY)

February 6th, 2017

Corbo is Corbin Clarke of L.A.'s Bür Gür and this is the first single from his coming solo album on New Los Angeles: two and a half minutes of air and space with just-so pop touches and pitch-perfect vocals by labelmate Remy Kay, who pours limitless depth and feeling into to a lyric as simple as "I'm good." Corbo's album will be out later this month and you can keep an eye on his music here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: MIND MELD “MOUTHBREATHER”

February 3rd, 2017

MIND MELD are members of Endless Bummer and Jesus Sons—as well as some of the people from Permanent Records—and they do heavy garage-psych with a little of the 60s and 70s and a lot of the white-hot right now. Above is the grinding "Mouthbreather" from their just-about-out self-titled LP, available on Feb. 17 from (of course) Permanent Records. They start their residency this Monday at the Echo and they'll be there for the rest of February (with some great support bands) and if you hurry, maybe you can still get one of the deluxe editions of their new LP!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: GYPSY MAMBA ‘MAGNETIC SYNDROMES’ (OUT TODAY! RELEASE SHOW FEB. 2!)

January 27th, 2017

Rootnote Collective co-founder and producer auteur Gypsy Mamba is back with Magnetic Syndromes, sequel to his 2015 full-length Da Feenux. It's a trip in every sense of the word—a deeply detailed album that unfolds like a fractal. Magnetic is out today on Alpha Pup, and Gypsy Mamba will celebrate with a best-of-the-best release show next week that includes L.A. RECORD contributors DJ Nobody and Senay as well as ELOS, co.fee and tons more. Full details below!