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TRACK PREMIERE: ELOS “DATA WEST SUITE”

October 18th, 2017

L.A. producer ELOS last visited L.A. RECORD with an album full of musically mutated video game themes and now he's back with a new track from a new album about a society betrayed by bit rot. The "Data West Suite" (the opposite of Data East?) is a complicated digital journey through a complicated digital subject. Says ELOS: "Data West soundtracks a digital world forgotten due to obsolescence. Its denizens were promised a new world of eternal youth, infinite knowledge, customizable avatars, and farming jobs in an environment that felt like home. They were instead fed to the algorithm. What happens to the human brain after 200 years of data degradation?" ELOS' Data West is out Fri., Oct. 20, on Dome of Doom.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ALEX ROSE “ELEPHANT EYES” (F. ANNI ROSSI)

October 16th, 2017

Singer-songwriter Alex Rose put four years and thousands of miles into her coming Arcadian Pages album—it's music and literature in moments she caught along the back roads and side streets of California, New York, Texas and more. And now that she's landed in L.A., she's about to put it out into the world. "Elephant Eyes" is a spare and deliberate experiment in negative space, where every note gets the room it needs to fully bloom—especially in the second half of the song, thanks to multi-instrumentalist Anni Rossi delivering a melodic counterpoint via a one-of-a-kind instrument.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOHN CARROLL KIRBY “POROY STATION”

October 12th, 2017

Keyboardist John Carroll Kirby has been previously involved in collaborations with Blood Orange, Connan Mockasin and Solange, but now he's about to release his debut solo album—like the title implies, it's an expansive instrumental tour of the world. "Poroy Station" is glowing with new-age fusion energy—the kind of thing that would've fit right between Napoleon Cherry and Harry Case, had either of those albums ever made it to stores. (Otherwise: maybe a California-facing beach in Japan circa 1986?) Kirby performs at RBMA's showcase for the Outside Insight label tonight at Open Beta—get tickets here! And Kirby's Travel is out Fri., Oct. 27, on Outside Insight—get it here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: BIRTH DEFECTS “YOLF”

October 11th, 2017

Birth Defects are the L.A. band that play hard, fast, loud AND ugly—too many people leave out that last one—and when they're really setting themselves on fire they come off like the Dicks' Gary Floyd fronting some bar-breaking Zeke-style punk. They're back now with "Yolf," the first salvo from their coming second album—produced by Ty Segall, just like the last one—and it's ninety nasty seconds of Motorhead-style thrash 'n' roll with some dental-drill guitar work. Birth Defects' Everything Is Fine—an ethos for this era—explodes into being on Jan. 26, 2018, on Wavves's Ghost Ramp label, and they'll be putting some new scorch marks on the stage at their record release show at the Echo on Jan. 31.

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TRACK PREMIERE: TRACY BRYANT “A CROWDED ROOM”

October 6th, 2017

Tracy Bryant found not just a new sound but a new voice after his much-missed band Corners, and last year's solo debut Subterranean came through so clearly that it was more a mirror than a self-portrait. Now he's got a new album almost out, and here's a glimpse. Bryant's A Place for Nothing And Everything in its Place is out Oct. 20 on Burger, and he'll be playing a quick Palm Springs festival slot (with Best Coast, Nick Waterhouse and Shannon and the Clams) before heading to Europe in December. Full tour info below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: DOE PAORO “BLIND” (HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR)

October 4th, 2017

Doe Paoro is the globetrotting musician whose 2015 album After (ANTI-) won plenty of praise for its unflinching examination of self and setting, and now she's back with a characteristically unpredictable take on someone else's song. "Blind" is her transformation of the propulsive loft-disco dance debut single by Hercules and Love Affair into something spare, stark and intimate—it's a complete reinvention of the original. She's got a new album slated for next year, but she'll be spending the first three Wednesdays in November in residency at the Hotel Cafe.