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ALBUM PREMIERE: RINSE & REPEAT “FIG. 3” EP

February 22nd, 2019

Freaked-out Tustin duo Rinse & Repeat are about to put out their Fig. 3 EP on Burger, and it's the latest in a series of increasingly frantic not-quite-terrestrial post-punk, or maybe post-post-punk? Garden fans will find a lot to recognize on Fig. 3, but there's a lot of other stuff bubbling around in Rinse & Repeat's high-speed minds—Devo technicality and Devo techno-mythology, some of the Deadbeats' frontal-assault surrealism, goth-gone-Gary Wilson basement melodrama, even some wild-eyed 1984-style cyberpunk synthesizer insanity. (Also: very appropriate recorded-on-the-moon production style.) Fig. 3 finishes with a Looney Tunes instrumental salute to Pee Wee Herman, surely a major inspiration to the band.

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TRACK PREMIERE: TYPICAL SISTERS “TO THE LANDING”

February 22nd, 2019

L.A.'s Typical Sisters' coming album Hungry Ghost is somewhere between a soundtrack and a story, and single "To The Landing" is a subtle and contemplative piece that starts like one of those slow-build Can songs and then unfolds into almost conversational melodic counterplay. Bassist Clark Sommers wrote the song, and specifies its structure like so: "Driven by a turbulent drum ‘n bass groove juxtaposed with a crackling guitar melody, loosely offset by serene chords on the bridge and 'riding into the sunset' on the outro." Typical Sisters will perform at Zebulon on Sun., Mar. 24, with fellow instrumentalists L.A. Takedown and you can get tickets here. Hungry Ghost is available Mar. 22 from Outside In Music, and you can pre-order that here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: COSMONAUTS “SEVEN SISTERS”

February 21st, 2019

Been way too long since Cosmonauts were back on the planet—their last album A-OK landed in 2016, but now Burger is set to put out their new Star 69 this April. First single "Seven Sisters" is like the best and of course nastiest Spacemen 3 (especially Taking Drugs ... or How The Blues ... Spacemen 3) with skyscraping waves of noise and Darby Crash-style vocals that slash right through the song. (Space Germs—what a lethal combo.) In a time when a lot of psychedelic music is dissipating in its own Beatles-y dreaminess, Cosmonauts go back to that bottomless first-album-Stooges primordial sea and find the stuff of life. Evolution through relentless repetition—it worked then and it works now.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ROIDZ “POP SONG”

February 21st, 2019

New Zealand's Roidz started as Daniel Smith's heart-rending home-taped "songs of anguish and desire"—see here for all the evidence—but now they're a full four-piece band newly relocated to L.A., just in time for the release of their new Fight Night full-length tomorrow on L.A.'s Danger Collective. It's an album about what Roidz songwriter Smith calls "the emotion and the violence of being a young man in New Zealand," and that's the Fight Night title, the Fight Night art and especially this song, too, which is about the way feelings of rage and love and confusion can hit you all at the same time. It starts sweet and finishes slow, heavy and raw—it's a lo-fi pop song that just can't stay a pop song for long. Says Smith:

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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “BLONDIE”

February 20th, 2019

L.A.'s enigmatic James V is back with "Blondie," a characteristically unpredictable—is that synth tuba?—slab of jiggly-as-Jello funky new wave AOR. A lot of adjectives? Yes, but a lot going on here, as with all of James V's mutant maximalism, this time in service to a song quite possibly about heartbreak that's struggling to cut through waves of transgalactic pandimensional interference. (Naturally, it includes the lyric "Blondie ... call me.")

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TRACK PREMIERE: PANDER SERA “GAZEBO”

February 14th, 2019

There’s nothing more alluring than an auteur—the thought of a singular figure building a world and inviting you in to hear the esoteric thoughts kicking around their head. Well, Pander Sera’s thoughts are noisy. On the stadium-sized psychedelic fuzz track ‘Gazebo,’ bright, brilliant snares and ominous low-end ostinato grab you by your laundry-day t-shirt and pull you into a world apart from ours. Sera is a gifted multi-instrumentalist—most notably on these rocket shot drums; they sound like compressed cannons—whose music acts, in her words, ’as a satisfying expression of the internal oscillations she feels living on the cusp of perceived genders.’ ‘Set fire to your new gazebo,’ Sera belts near the end of this 2:22 romp. With heat like this coming from the speakers, she might just light the match for you. Pander Sera performs on Sat., Mar. 16, at Junior High—flyer below!