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TRACK PREMIERE: THE CHAVEZ RAVINE “BERMUDA TRIANGLE”

August 16th, 2018

The Chavez Ravine—named of course after an infamous part of L.A. history—is the L.A. trio with Phil Guerrero on drums, Mando Lopez on bass and Manny Nieto on guitar and vocals, and between them they have a significant discography dating back to the 90s—and of course Nieto is a storied L.A. studio engineer (now at Suplex Audio) who's worked with Health, the Breeders, Tweak Bird, Traps PS and much more. They like to describe themselves as Devo meets the Wipers, but "Bermuda Triangle" has a nicely noisy Psychocandy-style love-song-gone-wrong feel. Says Nieto

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TRACK PREMIERE: FREE THE ROBOTS “NASI GORENG”

August 15th, 2018

Ferociously iconoclastic local producer Free The Robots—a.k.a. Chris Alfaro—always has something interesting on deck, and this time it's his very own installment of Bastard Jazz's Tempo Dreams compilation series, which is a showcase for producers (like B. Bravo, Tall Black Guy, Teeko, Pomo and Soul Clap) to present tracks they think deserve more attention. But besides putting together Tempo Dreams Vol. 5, Alfaro also knocked out some new work of his own:

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TRACK PREMIERE: DANG CLETS “SKIP”

August 14th, 2018

L.A. quartet Dang Clēts (formerly Waldo) have just manifested their new single "Skip," a just-off-center AOR indie-pop song that seems less about the sunshine and more about the haze that burns off in the morning. It's got welcome personality and some subtle-but-knowing production tricks that make sure the weird moments are the winning moments. They'll be playing tonight at the Bootleg with Mosaics, Fime and Sports Coach—get tickets here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: BUS “BUG-EYED FREAK”

August 10th, 2018

New L.A. trio Bus (Ken Arimura on guitar, Oliver Strouse on drums and Ned Vogel on bass/vocals) drop off this new track that's part right-now Oh Sees/Ty Segall garage-punk and part back-then Black Flag riffs and smash-and-grab Urinals energy—time to bug out? Well, that's kind of what the title suggests, isn't it? You can get this song here—hopefully first of many to come!—and they'll be playing downtown's Ham And Eggs Tavern on Sat., Aug. 11, with Thriller Party, Mint Trip and Znzn Canshan.

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TRACK PREMIERE: OBJECT AS SUBJECT “POM POM MOVES”

August 6th, 2018

Paris Hurley is a longtime performer and violinist—who's worked with Amanda Palmer, Mirah and YACHT, among many others—and OBJECT AS SUBJECT is the self-described feminist art punk outfit who deliver an explosive combination of performance art and revved-up stripped-down punk supercharged with political power. OBJECT AS SUBJECT's PERMISSION is out Fri., Aug. 17, on Lost Future and you can get it here. And OBJECT AS SUBJECT's record release ritual (presented by This Is Who We Are Now) is on Sat., Aug. 18, at El Cid in Silver Lake—info and flyer below and get tickets here!

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EP PREMIERE: NYLON SMILE “ANGEL OF DOUBT”

August 2nd, 2018

Nylon Smile is Nikolas Soelter, once of the Bay Area band Never Young but now moved back home to L.A. and debuting this intricate/intimate new project. Exquisitely produced by Jay Som's Melina Duterte with vocals by Taylor Vick (of Boy Scouts) and piano by San Francisco songwriter Rose Droll, Angel Of Doubt is a sophisticated and imaginative set of songs, with each track offering its own particular sort of individual personality.