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ALBUM PREMIERE: ANTHONY VALADEZ ‘FADE AWAY’ (OUT NOW ON PLUG RESEARCH)

November 4th, 2016

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez releases his latest full-length on Plug Research today: Fade Away, an understated and subtle set of songs that feel like a day and a night in a uniquely special kind of life. He's got a roster of guest vocalists to help bring each moment of the album to life—like Bird on stripped-down "Pretty Picture" and Alex Isley on "Miss You Like Crazy"—and then he's got his own instrumental compositions, too, like the jittery activity and the conversation-as-song closer "Cab Driver." Fade Away is available on iTunes here and from Valadez here, and you can check in with Valadez on KCRW here as well.

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TRACK PREMIERE: BRASS BOX “DDM” (RECORD RELEASE SHOW SAT. NOV. 5!)

October 31st, 2016

Brass Box is an L.A. quartet fronted by Ammo Bankoff—also an L.A. RECORD contributor—that's dedicated to making the kind of music that should soundtrack a sand-dune-to-shoreline road movie by David Lynch, and here's their Halloween gift to you: "DDM," an atmospheric (and then some) song where dreamy shoegaze-y waves of sounds slide through lonesome guitar leads. This is a track from their Ivory Skies EP, available on Wed., Nov. 2nd., and Brass Box will play their EP release show on Sat., Nov. 5, at Vega's Meat Market.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ROSES “JULIAN MARCH” (RECORD RELEASE 10/28 AT THE HI HAT!)

October 27th, 2016

L.A.'s Roses (Juan Velasquez, Marc Steinberg and Victor Herrera) are about to release their full-length debut and L.A. RECORD is proud to premiere this single: "Julian March," four minutes of beautifully produced post-punk-pop with melodies like the Cure, drums like Echo and the Bunnymen and perspective like Talking Heads. Camera Trouble is out tomorrow on Group Tightener and the record release show is Fri., Oct. 28, at the Hi Hat with Post Life, Crystals and special guests!

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TRACK PREMIERE: WISTAPPEAR “CRAZIEST OF TREATS”

October 25th, 2016

L.A.'s Wistappear left the city with a minivan full of everything last year and took the long way around the country to Athens, Georgia, where they camped out in the recording studio for weeks to make their coming Knack for Whatever album, due out next month. Here's a new track from Knack—the slightly cracked indie-pop song "Craziest of Treats," dressed up with a little gentle Elephant 6-style psychedelia (Olivia Tremor Control's John Fernandes contributed to the album) and featuring a couple unexpected plot twists. Their record release show is Sat., Nov. 12, at Red Gate Recorders in Eagle Rock—$5 entry to this all ages show, and free download of Knack For Whatever is included!

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TRACK PREMIERE: DIAMOND ORTIZ “NATURAL FUN” (F. MONIQUEA)

October 17th, 2016

L.A.'s Mofunk Records (home of this issue's poster dudes XL Middleton and Eddy Funkster, also a resident at the invincible Funkmosphere) is back with another full-length synth-funk wrecker, this time from their powerhouse producer/musician Diamond Ortiz! Loveline hits vinyl (and digital and CD) on Nov. 18, and this single (featuring L.A. RECORD cover alumna Moniquea) is a perfect introduction if you aren't already following Ortiz's potent kind of funk. Pre-order it here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: MAST “ME AND YOU” (F. ANDRÉE BELLE)

September 23rd, 2016

Ambitious L.A. polyinstrumentalist MAST outdoes himself on his coming Love And War album, a colossal and complex three-part journey through love and loss with help from Taylor McFerrin, Tim Lefebvre (who played bass on Bowie's Blackstar), drummers Makaya McCraven and Louis Cole, the Koreatown Oddity and many more. This track features singer Andrée Belle, both subject of and singer of Love And War's final suite. The entire three-piece album will be out Oct. 7 on Alpha Pup Records!