February 9th, 2018

Collin Desha is the man behind the band Low Hum and this pulsing—or smoldering? Or even throbbing?—LCD Soundsystem-style disco-punk song called "Loss of Sophistication," which pairs a slash-and-burn attitude with a relentless synthesizer riff and an unexpectedly atmospheric ending. Says Desha: "'Loss of Sophistication' is a song that deals with the way I see capitalism eating itself alive. We are all sort of sucked into it unconsciously. I see it everywhere living in this city, and how chasing this unattainable happiness slowly eats away at us day by day. This song is a reminder that there’s more to life and that when people come together there IS a light at the end of the tunnel." Low Hum's self-titled EP will be out Fri., Feb. 23, on Chain Letter Collective, also home of L.A. RECORD alums dimber, and you can pre-order here—and Low Hum will also be playing the Moroccan on Feb. 28. with TEST, Altar Egos and a DJ set by James Supercave.



February 8th, 2018

L.A. RECORD alum Rudy De Andaread his classic hat-vs.-freeway anecdote here!—gives us this brand new song to kick off his quickie west coast tour with sci-fi scion Adan Jodorowsky that starts next week and includes a stop at L.A.'s Zebulon on Tue., Feb. 20, with Carlos Nino DJing. (Get tickets here!) "Helado" is a sweet dream of a song with De Anda's characteristically nimble guitar, just-perfect synthesizer by Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman, propulsive percussion by Edgar "Meshlee" Modesto of Buyepongo and guest vocals by Gemma Castro, and you can explore her solo work here.



February 7th, 2018

In the grand and greasy tradition of obscuro Euro glammers like Mothers of Track, Clutch and Dave Dean, L.A.'s own Hammered Satin turn in this grinding salute to the easy rider, complete with start-it-up motorcycle sound effects. As one might expect from a band that opened for the mighty Giuda, it's got everything a good glam song demands: riffs, rhythm, soaring guitar solos and lots of spots to yell HEY! (And it's a nice intro to a revamped lineup now including guitarist Beth Boyd from the Flytraps and drummer Victor Penalosa of the Zeros and the Flamin Groovies, who join Noah Wallace, Conor Behrle and Dan Sandvick.) They'll play March 8 at Harvard and Stone, but you can get their "Silver Streak" single digitally now. (It'll hit vinyl this summer on Rad Cat.) And Hammered Satin's Noah will DJ with Don Bolles at their Velvet Tinmine glam night at the Monty on Fri., Mar. 2, for the official Burger-A-Go-Go afterparty!



February 5th, 2018

Team Supreme-rs Mike Parvizi and Preston Walker are the L.A. duo Penthouse Penthouse, and they've just finished an ambitious (and uncomfortably relevant?) new concept album about the things one must do when facing planetary annihilation. It's called Cruise Control, and it was made with an arsenal of coveted vintage equipment—classics like a Juno 106 synth and a Linndrum drum machine, as well as the lovable import-bargain-bin SX-1000 synthesizer—and an armada of collaborators, including this track's featuree KingJet as well as Carla, Love Logiq, Marvel Alexander, Fox, and Tony Larchmont, JNTHN STEIN, Bahnseye, Goodnight Cody and Zien Garcia. "To The Sun" is the album's opener and de facto mission statement, an appropriately propulsive track with sleek and subtle AOR-gone-RnB production and of course a touch of the cosmic, too. This is just the start of the story, so to find out how they go from "To The Sun" to closer "Shipwrecked," you'll need the full album. Penthouse Penthouse's Cruise Control is out Feb. 9 on Alpha Pup—pre-order here!



January 25th, 2018

L.A.'s Zig Zags don't mess around, but they do like to make a mess—so behold the after-hours apocalypse flick that is their brand new "Blood Guts and Bullets," a smash-and-grab thrash 'n' roll song that sounds like Ron Reyes fronting some undiscovered '82 Metallica demo. It's available only on the new installment of the "Sweet Times" series, also including like-minded freaks Dealer, Char-Man and Hydromedusa, and it's already almost gone! Fight desperately to obtain a copy here and/or bathe in the blood and guts live when Zig Zags embark on a weekend-warrior tour next week with a stint at the Birth Defects' record release at the Echo on Jan. 31, a bill with Reatard-rockers Cheap Tissue in Vegas on Feb. 2 and a blow-out with Feral Ohms (with Comets on Fire's Ethan Miller) and one of Death Hymn #9's last shows in Long Beach on Feb. 3. Complete release info below!



January 24th, 2018

L.A.'s Cheap Tissue play punk like they're a rock 'n' roll band, or maybe rock 'n' roll like they're a punk band—either way, it's fast, loose and loud. They're finishing off their Cretin Hop/Lolipop co-presented residency at the Echo tonight and here's a premiere to mark the grand finale: "Apeman," due out in March on their Lolipop full-length. Don't think Kinks—think Hammersmith Gorillas, and be ready for a wild one tonight.