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SINGLE PREMIERE: THE MAD WALLS “IT TURNS” + “ETERNAL LIGHT”

January 4th, 2019

Fearless local oneironauts the Mad Walls come roaring into the first days of the new year with this brand new single: "It Turns" is a from-beyond loner/downer that sounds like it came from the same distant place as F.J. McMahon or those blown-out live tapes of V.U. ballads, and "Eternal Light" is a too-freaked-for-freakbeat b-side with an anxious beat made for the trip from to anywhere to nowhere. It's a finer-than-fine follow-up to 2017's Tim Presley put-out Somewhere Anywhere EP, and you can get it right now from Hypnotic Bridge records—a label perfectly named and perfectly suited to put this out.

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TRACK PREMIERE: É ARENAS “MEREZCO MAS”

December 21st, 2018

The best presents are the ones that are truly a surprise—as well as the ones that were made by hand!—and É Arenas just showed up with both at once! Arenas is already known to L.A. RECORD readers both for his crucial work with Chicano Batman and with his outstanding solo songs as well—like his firestarting Mar Iguana EP from early this year—and this new "Merezco Mas" ("I Deserve More") came together in a burst of up-all-night energy just this very morning. It's a reminder about what matters most during the holidays, written in a flash of cosmic inspiration.

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE BUTTERTONES “SHUT OUT” (WALKER BROTHERS)

December 14th, 2018

The Buttertones' recent Innovative Leisure single "Madame Supreme" has this shock surprise on the b-side: "Shut Out," less a cover of a game-changing Walker Brothers song than ... well, a reincarnation. Revealed now in full is the power of Scott Walker over the Buttertones—his singular energy turns out to be one of the engines of the band. Yes, they swap in some attack sax for the original's slashing guitar, but even as the Buttertones make it sound like one of their own, this "Shut Out" is the definition of faithful. It's done with a dark, strange and overwhelming love—as it should be! Like the band explains

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE DATES “ANY OTHER NITE”

December 7th, 2018

Longtime rock 'n' roll lifer Garett Godard is also known as Gary With A Circle Around The A, and also also-known-as that guy with the wild style and the wilder sound from Personal and the Pizzas, King Tuff and more. His last single "Used Cars" was some delirious Dolls/Joneses/Stones-es glam punk, but solo debut Ask Again Later and new single "Any Other Nite" is ultra-pure power-pop heartbreak a la the "Shake Some Action" Flamin Groovies or (especially / heavily / lovingly) Teenage Fanclub, whose Bandwagonesque-esque Byrds-reborn vibe is all over this.

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE FLYTRAPS “CHA CHA HEELS FOR CHRISTMAS”

December 4th, 2018

Longtime L.A. RECORD favorites the Flytraps are here to tear a hole in the holidays with this wreck 'n' roll burner "Cha Cha Heels," which starts with a nod to Female Trouble and doesn't slow down for a second. The Flytraps will be opening for Ariel Pink and Redd Kross at Burger's New Year's Eve at the Standard, where Velvet Tinmine glambeasts Noah Wallace and Don Bolles will flood the floor with the finest Euro bubblegum. Flyer below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: TECHDIZZLE “ODYSSEY 05” (F. TERRACE MARTIN)

November 15th, 2018

L.A. drummer/MC/producer Techdizzle was featured recently on L.A. RECORD cover alum Brandon Coleman's "Giant Feelings" single, but he's got the kind of credits that could fill up the entire back of an LP. And on his coming solo debut All Or Nothin, he's just as wide-ranging as you'd expect. All Or Nothin is out Fri., Nov. 16, on the Order Label—get it here!