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TRACK PREMIERE: MEXICO CITY BLONDES “ADDIO”

February 26th, 2019

Santa Barbara duo Mexico City Blondes sound like they make music at (and for) the moment the clock strikes midnight—especially this cosmopolitan cloud-of-smoke song "Addio." ("Goodbye" but in Italian, which is just so perfect for this band.) The silhouette of Portishead looms over this like the mystery man in a film noir, but there's plenty of classy continental influence as well—like the unexpected fuzz guitar that sounds like it came off some giallo-ready library album. Mexico City Blondes' Blush is out May 3 on Burger Records—pre-order here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN “IN MY OWN WORLD”

February 25th, 2019

Oakland's Sugar Candy Mountain is floating further and further into the psychic stratosphere on their new "In My Own World," which is a song that responds for feelings of claustrophobia by opening up wider and wider. It's hard to tell if there's more vapor than wave in play here, but either way this is a single fit for the gentlest 80s private-press album waiting to be discovered. The band themselves mention aspects of the Delfonics and Toro Y Moi, but there's no need to get caught on specifics: "In My Own World" is about escape for escape's sake, and we don't want anything to get in the way.

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TRACK PREMIERE: WIRES ON FIRE “GOD’S GUEST LIST”

February 25th, 2019

L.A. band Wires on Fire didn't last long as they should've, but they still left scorch marks. Their Buddyhead full-length in 2007 looked to be a leap to bigger things, but fate and circumstance saw the band disband by the end of 2008. We interviewed them back when L.A. RECORD was just one big piece of paper, right around the time they were working on what would've been their second full-length in between bassist Michael Shuman's gigs as the new guy in Queens of the Stone Age. Other than a pair of singles, nothing from that planned album has been heard until now.

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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—pre-order it here! 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.