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TRACK PREMIERE: THE SIDE EYES “GET ME OUT”

October 22nd, 2018

L.A./OC punk quartet Side Eyes are back with a 7" sequel to their 2017 In The Red Records full-length So Sick: "Get Me Out" is upgunned hardcore punk with one big riff and one big concept that's right there in the title.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: KENNY SEGAL “HAPPY LITTLE TREES”

October 18th, 2018

Longtime producer Kenny Segal (Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, the Kleenrz, Milo and so many more) has finally put his first-ever solo instrumental album. Yes, he did a few Kenstrumentals—but everything on happy little trees is all brand new material, not tracks that appeared on someone else's album. And yes, that's absolutely a Bob Ross reference in the title, but happy little trees isn't really all that happy.

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TRACK PREMIERE: RAINSTORM BROTHER “HEAVY BLUE”

October 15th, 2018

Rainstorm Brother is songwriter John Isaac Watters (who you might remember from his Hi-Hat residencies, or other street-level sets) and electronics wrangler Tyler Chester, who together make an atmospheric kind of future folk, and "Heavy Blue" is a glimpse of their coming debut. It's a desolate piano-and-synth almost-ballad with barely-there drums and a relentless sense of tension and release. (If Springsteen covered more than just that one Suicide song, he might end up with something like this.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE BUTTERTONES “MADAME SUPREME”

October 12th, 2018

L.A.'s Buttertones have a surprise-attack single out right now and here's the A-side: "Madame Supreme," a dramatic noir-wave love song to a once-in-a-lifetime kind of woman or maybe to a nuclear bomb? Either way, it's about what happens when you got the power to really light up a room. "Madame Supreme" comes out today (get it here!) on Innovative Leisure with the b-side "Shutout," a cover of an extremely Buttertones-y song from the Walker Brothers' last full-length. (Dudes, check out the Numbers Band if you're seeking future flipside covers.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: ALEX LILLY “DISTRACTING ME”

October 11th, 2018

Alex Lilly has been a part of plenty of lovely local albums—including releases by Dengue Fever, the Bird and the Bee, the Living Sisters and more—and in January she'll be putting out her debut full-length release 2% Milk. Lead single "Distracting Me" is a light (but not slight) pop song with a punchy beat and engaging twisty-turny melodies, written about how romance re-orders priorities—and how every so often the unexpected choice turns out to be the right one.

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TRACK PREMIERE: slip “the optimist”

October 10th, 2018

slip is Taylor Brown, formerly of Vanaprasta and Sun Drug, and also spotted recently contributing guitar to his old bandmate Collin Desha's Low Hum. He's exploring something new with slip, however, ranging into a kind of terrain where endless sky and troubled sea all blur into the same uneasy darkness. His prior track "the patient" was uptempo but not upbeat, but "the optimist" ratchets up the tension yet again. It's something like when Radiohead covered Can, but with a surprise guitar break-out after the first nervous chorus—which is the first of a few surprises in this compact but potent song. slip has an album in the works, but "the optimist" single is out this Fri., Oct. 12.