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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!

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TRACK PREMIERE: LOST IN STARS “DON’T YA!”

November 12th, 2018

Lost In Stars is L.A. musician and poet Dylan Willoughby, and his coming Fabula full-length is an electronic album with inspiration from several centuries—he specifically mentions John Cage (born 1912) and Hildegard of Bingen (born 1179) and he even reaches back into his own history with a reworking of his 1989 comp track “Growing Circles.” His newest single is the brooding and propulsive "DON'T YA," a slow-burner that suggests like Primal Scream with a goth-y/industrial finish. Says Willoughby: "Above percolating basslines and cheeky horns, [it's] a call for salvation on the dance floor.” Lost In Stars' Fabula is out Fri., Nov. 16—get it direct here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: HARRIET BROWN “MAN”

November 8th, 2018

Harriet Brown recorded his extremely solo new album at his new home in Los Angeles—except for vocal features by Ana Roxanne and Felicia Douglass, he played and sang everything himself—and the resulting Mall of Fortune is a soul record and something of a soul-searching record, too. New single "Man" is an especially incandescent song, something that connects the spirit and feel of Marvin Gaye or Shuggie Otis to the here and now—and it suggests good things from that Mall of Fortune full-length, due next year on Innovative Leisure.