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TRACK PREMIERE: LARS FINBERG “IFFY LOVE” (F. SHANA CLEVELAND + TY SEGALL)

December 14th, 2017

L.A. RECORD alum (several times over) Lars Finberg has put out many (and many different!) records so far, but last week's Moonlight Over Bakersfieldreleased Dec. 1 on In The Red—is his first under the actual name Lars Finberg. Produced by Ty Segall with a few features from friends—like La Luz' Shana Cleveland on guitar on this song—Moonlight is a slightly fractured post-punk-pop self-portrait that'd fit nicely (but not too neatly) between Swell Maps, Prag Vec and the many high points in Finberg's own deep and daring discography. The record release show for Finberg's Moon Over BakersfieldFri., Dec. 22, at Zebulon!—is also a benefit for the Downtown Women's Center, and features openers Warm Drag, the magnificent Neil Hamburger, the unstoppable Megan Koester and more. Get tickets here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: L.A. LAW ‘LAW AND ORDER’ (MEMS. GAP DREAM + FEEDING PEOPLE)

December 13th, 2017

Back in October, L.A. RECORD premiered the first single from Burger superduo L.A. Law—that's Gabe Fulvimar from Gap Dream and Jessie Jones from Feeding People, her own stand-out solo album and more—and now we've got the thing itself! Law & Order is like Giorgio Moroder and Stereolab soundtracking the collaboration James Cameron and John Carpenter never made, with relentlessly funky synth bass and robotic drums and waves of digital atmosphere. And while atmosphere and robots are wonderful things, it's Jones who brings this to (alien) life, with vocals that sound like they're coming in from another dimension. It's music for a future that's still out there somewhere, and it's out on Burger on Fri., Dec. 15!

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TRACK PREMIERE: ELUSIVE “FRUIT ROLL UP”

December 7th, 2017

L.A. producer Elusive is on some kind of unstoppable streak right now: tomorrow he's releasing his third (or maybe fourth or even fifth?) full album this year, and right now he's premiering the sweet and stretchy instrumental "Fruit Roll Up," one of dozens of tracks on his new Sketches for Dome Of Doom. (He's putting out so much music lately that this isn't even the first food-related song he's had on L.A. RECORD!) You can get a copy of Sketches here—this track might be a little snack, but the album itself is a nice satisfying meal.

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TRACK PREMIERE: WENDY RAE FOWLER “SVENGALI”

December 6th, 2017

Wendy Rae Fowler is a former member of desert rockers Earthlings? and We Fell To Earth who's also contributed to albums by Queens of the Stone Age, Mark Lanegan and more, as well as recently composing the soundtrack for the pastoral-psychedelic gardening film Flicker + Pulse. Now she's about to release her solo debut Warped and "Svengali" is the lead single: a slow-motion kind of post-apocalyptic blues, alive with distance and dissonance and the sci-fi dynamics of an old-school dub track. Warped is out in March on Round Trip and you can pre-order a copy here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: PRETTIEST EYES “POOLS”

November 20th, 2017

Prettiest Eyes is the sci-fi Puerto Rican-Mexican-via-L.A. space-punk trio—including lead vocalist and drummer Pachy Garcia, bassist Marcos Rodriguez and keyboardist/electronics manipulator/vocalist Paco Casanova—whose new Castle Face album Pools is a terror from beyond space and time. It's twelve tracks of monstrous bass, relentlessly rigid Liebezeit-style rhythms and vocals torn from another dimension. There's some Chrome, some Hawkwind, some of the gnarliest moments of Sonic Youth and all of the cosmic noise and pain of space that drove Cordwainer Smith's fictional astronauts insane. Which of course all adds up to ... a close encounter of the fifth kind. (That's where the UFO communicates.) Order your vinyl Pools here and catch them at their record release this Sunday at the Echo! (They'll be touring the U.S. in February 2018 as well—full dates below!)

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ALBUM PREMIERE: BUYEPONGO ‘TUMBALO’ EP

November 10th, 2017

L.A.'s Buyepongo are practically omnipresent in local music—they play show after show without losing a bit of their relentless live power, and now they've managed to capture that magic on their new Túmbalo EP, recorded at producer (and L.A. RECORD contributor) Jonny Bell's Jazzcats studio. It's absolutely crackling with energy—a pitch-perfect fusion of Buyepongo's (beyond) pan-Latin sounds with lightning-strike chicha guitar, rhythmic inspiration from at least three continents and a particularly contagious kind of energy. Their record release show is tonight at Zebulon, and then they'll be lighting up the terrific Tropicalia festival with Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, Os Mutantes and more this weekend! See them live any chance you get and grab the EP here!