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TRACK PREMIERE: SPACE BABIES “FREE EXPRESSION”

July 11th, 2018

Space Babies is cosmic Venice duo Rebecca and Michael Vest (with extraterrestial assistance from good ol' Dave Scher and John X Volaitis) and they're about to release the ambitiously experimental The Space Babies Show: A Song in a Day, which documents the ups, downs and inside-outs of their writing and recording process. Here's a very representative example.

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TRACK PREMIERE: RUFRANO “I WANNA HIT YOU” (R. STEVIE MOORE)

July 5th, 2018

Untamable pop genius R. Stevie Moore has been living free outside the confines of the music industry for decades, sending secret transmissions to each new generation. You Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct fans probably already love him, but now Long Beach's Porch Party Records is on board and then some with their new tribute comp Sensual Harrassment: Various Artists Outperform the Hits of R. Stevie Moore, titled (and subtitled) with particularly R-Stevie-an elan.

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TRACK PREMIERE: SAN CHA “DESESPERADA”

June 27th, 2018

L.A.'s SAN CHA is about to release a fearlessly personal debut EP called Capricho Del Diablo, a song cycle about a catastrophically collapsed relationship that threatened to obliterate everything SAN CHA had ever built for herself, and "Desesperada" is a stark and powerful song about hopelessness and distance, built around a menacing kind of negative space that surrounds the music like darkness around a tiny fire.

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TRACK PREMIERE: RARE PICTURES ON EARTH “YOUTH”

June 26th, 2018

Rare Pictures on Earth is guitarist/vocalist Chris Rager (Jail Weddings, Devon Williams and Frankie Rose) and bassist Allie Alvarado, who met while playing the same show and decided to put together a band. Their first show is tonight and their second-ever released song is "Youth," a down-but-not-despondent song that sounds like if the Verlaines were just totally immersed in the works of Jonathan Richman.

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TRACK PREMIERE: J. BONIGNO “TRIP”

June 22nd, 2018

Echo Park (via this continent and one more) musician J. Bonigno is about to release the follow up to 2017's charmingly hazy San Minotauro EP, and here's the especially charismatic A-side.

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TRACK PREMIERE: LFZ “NATURALISTIC”

June 21st, 2018

L.A. experimental guitarist Sean Smith has a new album about to materialize on Castle Face under the name LFZ, and his new song "Naturalistic" is seven scintillating minutes of something like Sandy Bull transformed into Terry Riley-style Rainbow In Curved Air fractal repetition, presented with such depth and clarity you can practically hear the air molecules vibrate and collide.