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EP PREMIERE: É ARENAS “MAR IGUANA” + “EL NOPALITO”

January 23rd, 2018

L.A. RECORD is honored to premiere the new 45 from É Arenas, bassist of the mighty Chicano Batman and producer (for Brainstory and more) and righteous solo artist, too. If you missed his full-length debut Nariz in 2016, you should go track that down—but first you should listen to "Mar Iguana," a hot-to-the-touch surreal-yet-real story about (says Arenas) a "marine iguana who loves to smoke weed but is worried about his friends locked-up for weed-related crimes even though California recently legalized the use of recreational marijuana.” It's bristling with cosmic synthesizer and bursting with energy, inspired by the breakneck quebradita music and dance Arenas remembers from backyard parties as a kid. B-side "El Nopalito" is maybe a little less manic but no less irresistible, and Arenas and band will be celebrating its release on February 2 with sci-fi future-funkers Chola Orange and Big Fun at the Moroccan Lounge downtown! Flyer below:

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TRACK PREMIERE: PAUL BERGMANN “LOVE ON THIS PLANE”

January 23rd, 2018

L.A. RECORD alum Paul Bergmann is currently temporarily dislocated from L.A., but he's still making music for the time of night when the city looks and feels utterly deserted—like his brand new "Love On This Plane," five minutes of dramatic desolation that sounds a little like Leonard Cohen acting on some up-all-night production advice from Lou Reed and/or Alex Chilton, who might have recognized some of the blown-out Third sessions spirit in the last bleak moments of this song. Enjoy—although "understand" might be a better word for it—and keep up with Paul here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE PANDORAS “IT’S GETTING HARDER ALL THE TIME”

January 22nd, 2018

The Pandoras were one of the great L.A. rock bands—four wild-eyed 60s-punk cavegirls with ripping riffs stripped outta then-unknown garage 45s, all backing the animal-style vocals of lead growler Paula Pierce, who passed away in 1991. (Representative video here!) But in 2015 the Muffs' Kim Shattuck—a Pandoras member who started in the mid-80s—was at the front of a Pandoras reunion for the 2015 Burger Boogaloo, and the wild welcome there inspired them to get back together—with Melanie Vammen, Karen Basset and Hillary Burton—and record this brand new EP, which includes both Pierce originals and covers, too—like this bubblegummy take on the Mindbenders' "It's Getting Harder All The Time." Hey! It's The Pandoras will be out on Burger on Fri., Mar. 23, and you can pre-order here! Full press release below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: TRIPTIDES “ALL MY LIFE”

January 19th, 2018

L.A.'s Triptides have psychedelia down to a science—it's really just chemistry, after all—and their newest "All My Life" is a brightly colored splash of prime '66 UK pop-psych that starts at "Tomorrow Never Knows" and takes off toward a kaleidoscope sun. (Yes, there is lots of phaser!) It's the first track on their coming Visitors album, due out April 6 on their longtime label Requiem Pour Un Twister, and they'll naturally be touring Europe next month to mark the occasion. They'll also perform at the Jesus Sons residency at the Echo on Mon., Feb. 26, but full tour info and flyer is below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN “CHAINS OF LOVE”

January 19th, 2018

Last time we visited Earth Girl Helen Brown, she was writing about war with her Mars EP—part of her musical tour through the solar system—and now she's back to tackle love with this Venus EP and this song "Chains Of Love," which has a little Dolly Parton, a little Patti Smith, a little sha-la-la girl-group L-U-V and of course some of the Raincoats righteousness she had last time, too. That naturally adds up to a real-deal heartbreaker of a song, something with just as much power and tragedy and hope as her last EP. But if that one was about inhumanity, this one is about humanity ... which doesn't mean it has to sound any happier. Still—it's lovely just the same, isn't it? Venus will be out on cassette on Valentine's Day—of course!—and the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence (E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I.) will present Earth Girl Helen Brown backed by the Alpha Emitters for a cosmic extravaganza at the Griffin Tavern on Sat., Jan. 20! Flyer below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: MAST “NUTTY” (F. MAKAYA McCRAVEN, DAN ROSENBOOM, GAVIN TEMPLETON)

January 18th, 2018

MAST's last album was an examination of love and war—and love as war—that attacked futuristic electronic composition with a jazzy sense of improvisation and freedom, and now MAST (a.k.a. Tim Conley, documented here and elsewhere by L.A. RECORD) is about to release a sequel that makes perfect sense. His coming Thelonious Sphere Monk is an exploration of and tribute to Thelonious Monk, and here Monk's "Nutty" gets a high-energy treatment from drummer Makaya McCraven, trumpet player Dan Rosenboom and saxophonist Gavin Templeton, who comes especially prepared for this project after time spent alongside Nels Cline. Thelonious Sphere Monk is out next Fri., Jan. 26, on Alpha Pup's World Galaxy jazz imprint—pre-order it here! Full info below.