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TRACK PREMIERE: PEEL’D “EASE THE HELM”

May 10th, 2019

The multitalented producer/musician Lewis Pesacov (of Fool's Gold, Foreign Born and lots of great studio work) started incubating new music somewhere in between becoming a father and climbing a mountain, and the result is his new Peel'd—a project born of discovering that deeper love and those higher heights. "Ease The Helm" has its roots in that sweet spot in the 70s back when the Troubadour was for folk singers (before the Bags came in and tore it up!) and Asylum Records was making a new kind of cosmic-country slash health-food-and-hot-tubs sound for California.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ORIENTAL BEATLES “SERENA”

May 8th, 2019

Oriental Beatles is the new outfit fronted by vocalist/guitarist/synthesizerist Stephanie Chan (of Dunes) and filled out by fellow synthesizer wizards/whisperers Marty Sataman and Mark Lee, and "Serena" is their debut single. It's somewhere between post-punk and synth-pop—maybe like Young Marble Giants and Yellow Magic Orchestra? A little?—and although its got the heart and even vulnerability of a bittersweet b-side pop anthem, there's plenty of gently experimental knob-twisting in service of subverting expectations, too.

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TRACK PREMIERE: BRAINSTORY “MNEMOPHOBIA”

April 29th, 2019

Much-loved Rialto band Brainstory—interviewed here—announced a few weeks back that they'd signed on with Big Crown for an album and single with legendary producer L. Michels, a name known and revered among anyone with an interest in soul and funk music. This promises to be a partnership for the ages, and the B-side of their "Dead End "single proves it. Brainstory's "Dead End" 45 is available digitally from Big Crown—and get that Thee Lakesiders 45 we reviewed if you ever get a chance! Like so many Big Crowd releases, this is a vital record ... if you can find it! Brainstory will put out their L. Michels-produced full-length this fall.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: HAMMERED SATIN “VELVET VORTEX”

April 26th, 2019

L.A.'s committed glamrockers Hammered Satin are ready with their new Velvet Vortex album, and it's a gloriously over-the-top homage-slash-valentine-slash-absolute-reincarnation of what's known now as "junkshop glam." Vortex has the spirit, the energy and (probably most importantly) the personality of the original wave of this stuff—it takes guts to get this glam. Velvet Vortex is out today on vinyl from Deadbeat—original home of the mighty Giuda—and you can get black wax here or the deluxe pink vinyl version here, with cassette on Burger of course. (And this probably somehow sounds better on pink.) They've got a few shows coming this summer listed below, and as luck would have it Don and Noah are doing a special Wired Up night at the Monty on Sunday night. (And check them out on dublab here as well!)

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ALBUM PREMIERE: THOMA ‘DETROIT’

April 25th, 2019

Experimental electronic duo Thoma (Tristan de Liège f.k.a. Stratus and Benjamin Hill a.k.a. Askanse) have a new album called Detroit—named after the city where it was finished, although Los Angeles was where its foundations were laid—and it's a precisely crafted but unpredictable piece, alive with the breath and life that came from the woodwinds it sampled. Like Gas, Oval or early Warp releases, Detroit uses electronic music as a prism to make a refracted rainbow of jazz and experimental music, some dating back to the dawn of the digital age. It's out Fri., Apr. 26, on Future Archive Recordingsget it here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: KELLY FINNIGAN ‘THE TALES PEOPLE TELL’

April 24th, 2019

Monophonics frontman/keyboardist Kelly Finnigan is just about to release his solo debut The Tales People Tell on the storied Colemine label, and it's immersed in late 60s/early 70s soul—especially the kind of heartrending ballads and sweet soul b-sides that sound best when its just you and the record and the thoughts in your head. The Tales People Tell is out Fri., Apr. 26, on Colemine and he'll be playing that very night at the Mintget tickets here!