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TRACK PREMIERE: THE PRETTY FLOWERS “CREAM OF CANVAS”

April 23rd, 2018

The Pretty Flowers is an L.A. indie quartet ("indie" meaning "indestructible" as much as it means "independent," of course) made up of members of the Breakups, Jungle Jungle, the Shirley Rolls and the mighty Henry Clay People, and "Cream of Canvas" is the debut single from their coming Why Trains Crash full-length. (Record release show tix here!) It's heartfelt Thermals-core with a little warped Pinkerton-ian melody—a downer but a rocker at the same time, which you may well discover is kind of the Pretty Flowers' specialty. They've got a small set of local shows coming this summer—dates across the greater L.A. area below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: DREAM PHASES “EASY LOVE”

April 20th, 2018

Dream Phases is the longtime solo project of L.A.'s Brandon Graham, who's crossed paths with a lot of top-flight L.A. pop-psych luminaries—from Joel Jerome to Brian Bell's the Relationship to the Blank Tapes' Matt Adams, who guested on this track—and who's working on what sounds like it'll be a knockout full-length for summer release. Here's the A-side of their just-out-today single on Lunar Ruins, an effortlessly winning piece of gently psychedelic power-pop that sounds like Teenage Fanclub turning into Apples In Stereo. (Teenagers In Stereo?) Anyway, what that means to you is: oohs, ahhs, hooks, riffs and unflagging confidence and charisma. The record release show for this 7" will be on Tue., Apr. 24, at the Hi Hat with Send Medicine and more, with a short West Coast tour to follow. Characteristically charming flyer by Matt Adams and full dates below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: EX MYKAH “BERLIN LIES”

April 20th, 2018

L.A.-based sessioneer and polymath Ex Mykah is about to put out his debut album, and here's the first single: a lushly produced—maybe even to the point of adjectives like "narcotic"—hip-hop-gone-abstract song that's bristling with strange and anxious energy in everything from its rhythm to its melody. That's exactly the point, too, according to Ex Mykah: the song is "about falling into a vortex of sex and drugs [and] losing your mind," prelude to an album used to examine the grimmest aspects of modern life. (Specifically: "Social class, broken economic systems, drug abuse, and moral decline.') Ex Mykah's full-length will be out later this year on Kowloon Records (also home of Cocaine Kisses) and you can visit Ex Mykah here.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: LEVITATION ROOM “WARMTH OF THE SUN”

April 20th, 2018

East L.A.'s Levitation Room have a new single about to materialize into being and it's two songs of fully committed 66 UK psychedelia-gone-80s paisley underground—yes, that is a sitar in the first few seconds!—with an A-side dedicated to the metaphorical potency of the sun (not too unlike the Misunderstood) and an explicitly dreamy instrumental B-side that recalls classic Third Rail-era Rain Parade. "Warmth Of The Sun" is limited to 100 extravagantly individualized vinyl copies—each one on unique psychedelic splatter vinyl—and is available for pre-order here from Greenway Records. They'll play this Sunday at Resident with fellow L.A. RECORD featurees Mad Wallsget tickets here and flyer below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: REARRANGED FACE “120 DOGS”

April 12th, 2018

Agitated art-punk outfit Rearranged Face has a new full-length incubating and here's the first track to escape: "120 Dogs," two Chrome-y minutes of jittery smash-hittery with red-alert-warning synth sounds, powertool fuzztone and just slightly deranged vocals. You could even sing along, if you're alienated (or just alien) enough. The rest of their Arcane Free Drag tape for Mock Records explodes into this dimension on Fri., Apr. 20, and they'll trade covers of each other with the band Red Channel on Sat., Apr. 21, at Permanent Records' Record Store Day After Party at the Hi Hat, also featuring Hooveriii and Golden Grease—get tickets here!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: CHARGE IT TO THE GAME (FAT TONY + KYLE MABSON) “BAD BOY” (F. JUICEBOXXX)” + “Y.B.N.” (F. B L A C K I E)

April 12th, 2018

Rapper Fat Tony (recently mentioned in our cover story on producer Morris) and producer and hometown hero Kyle Mabson are about to put out their debut full-length as Charge It To The Game, and these are the first two songs: the propulsive "Bad Boy," featuring rapper and mythic literary figure Juiceboxxx, and the relentless "Y.B.N.," which features genre-destroying Houstonian B L A C K I E. Says Tony: