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TRACK PREMIERE: JOEL WESLEY HARDING “I DON’T MIND YOU”

June 20th, 2019

Local legend-slash-hero Joel Jerome—of unflagging dios (malos) fame and mastermind behind the Abbey Road West studio, which incubated a bunch of the good bands in L.A. right now—has a new full-length called Glassell Skyline and the new name Joel Wesley Harding. (Well played on both counts, Joel.) He'll be giving away the album as he plays it in full at a show at McCabe's in two weeks, and here's a teaser track, designed like the rest of the record "to listen to while sitting in the tub thinking about old flames," he says.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PACHYMAN “BIG & EASY”

June 19th, 2019

You know Pachy Garcia from synth-punk firestarters Prettiest Eyes—we just reviewed their coming album here—but now it's time to meet Pachyman, the DIY alter-ego who's about to put out a totally together set of classic reggae, dancehall and dub. "Big & Easy" sounds like a straight shot of 1960s/1970s Lee "Scratch" Perry/Keith Hudson-style analog dub with endless negative space and a perfect sense of pace and dynamic, even though it was inspired by a notable figure from Jamaica's early 80s. Pachyman In Dub was written/recorded/produced by Pachy himself in his own house earlier this year, and will be out on Permanent Records on July 12—pre-order here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: ELUSIVE “BONSAI TREE”

June 13th, 2019

L.A. producer Elusive has a discography that branches, flowers and digs deep to put down roots, and that's why his newest Bonsai Tree makes so much sense. It's a refinement of everything this instrumental experimentalist does, delivered with the fine detail and mind-boggling complexity that comes only from with tiny tools and colossal amounts of patience. (And much like an actual bonsai tree, it suggests a whole world within its limited physical space.) Bonsai Tree is out Fri., June 14, on Dome of Doom with a show that night at GENR8R's residency at the Del Monte in Venice. (He'll also be at York Manor for Hiding Places with L.A. RECORD alums Kenny Segal and Lealani on June 27—info here and flyer below.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: CROWN PLAZA “NO NEED TO SHOUT”

June 13th, 2019

Nima Kazerouni is a person who never has nothing going on, and in that spirit here's a new song by Crown Plaza, one of his many varied off-center pop projects. "No Need To Shout" is a teaser for a long-in-coming full-length produced by Scott Barber of the Barber Shop, as well as a gentle take on what happens when you're feeling like you're spread too thin. Crown Plaza plays tonight at Harvard and Stone with recent premiere-ees Soft Sailors and more, and you can get "No Need To Shout" at their BandCamp for the next month here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: FELL RUNNER “SAME WAY”

June 12th, 2019

L.A.'s Fell Runner are a cluster of CalArts alums (including L.A. RECORD featurees Gregory Uhlmann and Tim Carr) whose exuberantly experimental indie rock is the kind of music that materializes when every instrument is in an inspired conversation with every other instrument. It's crackling with a stop-start energy that's the sonic equivalent of " ... and you won't believe what happened next!" They start a quick west coast tour tonight but they'll be home for their record release show at the Bootleg on Wed., June 19get tickets here! Full dates below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: MIRRORBALL “NATURAL WORLD”

June 6th, 2019

Mirrorball is the duo of vocalist Alexandra Johnstone—formerly of White Dove, enthusiastically reviewed here—and longtime local guitarist Scott Watson, and on "Natural World" they're matching stylishly narcoticized 80s FM AOR production to a melancholy song about uncertainty and confusion. If there's unexplored territory between Fleetwood Mac's best b-sides and Kate Bush at her most celestial, that's where Mirrorball wants to be. "Natural World" is the B-side to Mirrorball's Dangerbird Microdose 7" released last month, which you can get here.