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ALBUM PREMIERE: LITRONIX ‘PUMP THE GAS’ (OUT TODAY ON PORCH PARTY RECORDS!)

June 16th, 2017

Litronix mastermind Kevin Litrow spent months living above a frenetic gas station in Venice, the kind of place where the best and worst of people—the insanity, the mundanity and sometimes the raw humanity—is always on display. And when he moved away, he'd put everything he'd seen into an album with its feet on the pavement and its head (and heart) in the stars. Pump The Gas—produced with Avi Buffalo and available today from Long Beach's Porch Party Records label!—is like if Suicide kept the synthesizers and drum machines but added their own self-help philosophy.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ALTERNATIVE FACTS “TRANSPLANTS”

June 8th, 2017

Here comes some cosmic private-press psychedelia from skater/musician Norman Woods and his extremely topical new crew Alternative Facts and a song about people who move out to L.A.—or a place like L.A.—and then fall off the edge. (Although lines like, "You've lost all you had / and no one around you seems to care" are all too universal, really.) Don't let the subdued first half put you at ease, though: "Transplants" gets nice and ugly as it finishes, maybe to make the point about how these transplant stories sometimes end. Find more Alternative Facts here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: BILLY CHANGER “BEST OF FORTUNE”

June 1st, 2017

L.A.'s Billy Changer (once of Corners and excellent local production work, too) put out a fearlessly intimate LP of what he called "mutant pop" back in 2015, the fine-tuned product of some committed bedroom recording. But now he's got a fully realized studio album on deck and here's the title track "Best Of Fortune," a slow-burn life-in-L.A. song that matches the cracked beauty of the Pixies to genre deconstructors like Deerhunter and Wire. Billy Changer plays tomorrow at Mas Malo in downtown L.A. with Catsigns (with Stonio 69 of the Growlers). The show is $8 and all ages until 11 pm! Then after a Costa Mesa date on Saturday and a fest in Sonoma, he'll be heading out on tour with Broncho. Full itinerary below!

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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!