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TRACK PREMIERE: PINK $OCK “STAY IN TONIGHT”

September 12th, 2019

You'll probably know just what this new single by L.A.'s Pink $ock will sound like by the art—they included everything but the glass of white wine with ice cubes—but just in case a pastelified beachfront paradise at sunset doesn't compute for you, expect smoothness so smooth it's practically intoxicating. "Stay In ..." is a late-nite FM1980s ode to Betamax-and-relax that lands gently between litely funky AOR and a slow-mo modern funk b-side, drifting toward the sound of Hobo Camp locals like Boy Dude or Brian Ellis, although Brian Ellis is lately into a gloriously bold AOR-auteur sound, as detailed here. Anyway: this is luxury itself, from a crew of people that includes members from normally more abrasive L.A. RECORD featurees Wild Wing, although as we heard this summer, even Wild Wing is succumbing to the power of the synthesizer. Single is out Friday the 13th—Spotify it here and get on board here.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: WORN TIN “SOMETHING’S COMING”

September 6th, 2019

Warner Hiatt is Worn Tin and his new song "Something's Coming" lands between Kurt Vile, Sebadoh and John Lennon's solo downers—and people who miss L.A.'s dios should get where this is coming from, too. Hiatt's found a sweet spot where his music is understated but not minimal, which gives it a kind of revelatory intimacy. He's left space for some splashes of synthesizer and made lots of room to for both the humor and the existential bleakness in his lyrics to bloom.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ZIG ZAGS “HUMANS MARCH (LET’S DIE)”

September 3rd, 2019

L.A.'s much-loved Zig Zags (including L.A. RECORD contributor Jed Maheu, who has a Royal Trux interview in our most recent issue) put out their latest They'll Never Take Us Alive back in May, and now they're just about to re-release their earliest music, too. 10-12-18 is a 2XLP collection of demos, rarities and oddities, ripped from the crypt in which they've lain for too many years, and L.A. RECORD is humbled to premiere stygian album closer "Humans March (Let's Die)." Longtime readers may remember this in its original form as part of a split soundtrack 7" for the debut issue of The Humans comic book by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GOOD TALK “CRAZY!”

August 30th, 2019

Here's brand new L.A. band Good Talk with their brand new single "Crazy!", which is just dripping with late-nite 80s FM character—it's even got the same soft sci-fi production as something like Marianne Faithfull's "Broken English" or one of those ultra-rare Stevie Nicks-a-likes that command big bucks in the seedy AOR collector underground. They've been called disco, but this is pop for long solo drives with the ocean on one side, the mountains on the other and barely a star in the sky. Stay in touch with Good Talk here—they've just started playing out—and get "Crazy!" on Spotify here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “LAVENDER”

August 29th, 2019

Local pop exploder James V is back with new single "Lavender," an uncharacteristically dreamy ballad from an outfit whose output (at least as heard on larecord.com!) tends toward the outre. But sometimes it's nice to feel nice, and "Lavender" offers its own sensory deprivation tank: it's warm, it's weightless and it might even provoke some unexpected personal insight, as long as you're able to tune out the rest of the world.

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TRACK PREMIERE: SUSAN “CASSIOPEIA”

August 29th, 2019

L.A.'s Susan is a band, not a person, which provokes the same confusion Blondie always had to combat—but either way Susan is someone you'll want in your life. Their latest is the compact and potent "Cassiopeia," named for a queen who sacrificed everything for her vanity, and it sounds like "Judy Is A Punk" transformed to fit into Dolly Mixture's Demonstration Tapes. That's punk energy with post-punk wit, depth and clarity. (Or poetry at velocity, as someone once probably said.) In their L.A. RECORD interview, you'll see how they attack horror with humor, and that's a tactic they're even better at now. Their new As I Was album is out Fri., Sept. 6, on San Diego's formidable Volar label and you can get it here. (Their debut full-length and prior EPs are also available.)