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ZIG ZAGS “RIDDLE OF STEEL”

February 9th, 2017

L.A.'s Zig Zags return from the desert wastes with this extremely relevant new song "Riddle of Steel," an homage—or Crom-age?—to the true ethos of Conan the Barbarian, which (without spoiling too much) depends more on the hand that wields the steel than the steel itself. Truly a lesson for our times, for better or worse, so study up with the b-side to their coming "Ripping Death" 7", out on Fri., Feb. 24, on Famous Class!

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TRACK PREMIERE: CORBO “I’M GOOD” (F. REMY KAY)

February 6th, 2017

Corbo is Corbin Clarke of L.A.'s Bür Gür and this is the first single from his coming solo album on New Los Angeles: two and a half minutes of air and space with just-so pop touches and pitch-perfect vocals by labelmate Remy Kay, who pours limitless depth and feeling into to a lyric as simple as "I'm good." Corbo's album will be out later this month and you can keep an eye on his music here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: MIND MELD “MOUTHBREATHER”

February 3rd, 2017

MIND MELD are members of Endless Bummer and Jesus Sons—as well as some of the people from Permanent Records—and they do heavy garage-psych with a little of the 60s and 70s and a lot of the white-hot right now. Above is the grinding "Mouthbreather" from their just-about-out self-titled LP, available on Feb. 17 from (of course) Permanent Records. They start their residency this Monday at the Echo and they'll be there for the rest of February (with some great support bands) and if you hurry, maybe you can still get one of the deluxe editions of their new LP!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: GYPSY MAMBA ‘MAGNETIC SYNDROMES’ (OUT TODAY! RELEASE SHOW FEB. 2!)

January 27th, 2017

Rootnote Collective co-founder and producer auteur Gypsy Mamba is back with Magnetic Syndromes, sequel to his 2015 full-length Da Feenux. It's a trip in every sense of the word—a deeply detailed album that unfolds like a fractal. Magnetic is out today on Alpha Pup, and Gypsy Mamba will celebrate with a best-of-the-best release show next week that includes L.A. RECORD contributors DJ Nobody and Senay as well as ELOS, co.fee and tons more. Full details below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: GREGORY UHLMANN “TOO MUCH TO BEAR”

January 13th, 2017

L.A. guitarist/composer Gregory Uhlmann (who you may have spotted helping out Matt Kivel) is about to release his debut Odd Job, and here's the aptly titled "Too Much To Bear," a tense and even menacing track built on the same spare and arctic alienation of Elliott Smith and Radiohead, especially once the chaos creeps in at the end. (Happy Friday the 13th!) He'll be having a record release show on Wed., Jan. 18, at the Bootleg with Jeff Parker (Tortoise) and SUPERET, and the Odd Job album will be out on Feb. 10 on Dog Legs Music.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ELUSIVE “8-BIT FANTASY” (OUT NOW ON DOME OF DOOM!)

January 6th, 2017

L.A. beatmaker Elusive has a long history both in the city's music community and on L.A. RECORD—check out his past work here!—and now he's back with a new album on Dome of Doom. Cosmic Web is out today and we've got a particularly evocative track above: "8-Bit Fantasy" does just what is promises and more, delivering plenty of technological menace and unease through two antsy minutes that sound like the load-screen soundtrack to the most terrifying pixelated boss ever. If you wanna advance to the next level, you can get the tape or the digital here!