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TRACK PREMIERE: JOEL WESLEY HARDING “I DON’T MIND YOU”

June 20th, 2019

Local legend-slash-hero Joel Jerome—of unflagging dios (malos) fame and mastermind behind the Abbey Road West studio, which incubated a bunch of the good bands in L.A. right now—has a new full-length called Glassell Skyline and the new name Joel Wesley Harding. (Well played on both counts, Joel.) He'll be giving away the album as he plays it in full at a show at McCabe's in two weeks, and here's a teaser track, designed like the rest of the record "to listen to while sitting in the tub thinking about old flames," he says.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PACHYMAN “BIG & EASY”

June 19th, 2019

You know Pachy Garcia from synth-punk firestarters Prettiest Eyes—we just reviewed their coming album here—but now it's time to meet Pachyman, the DIY alter-ego who's about to put out a totally together set of classic reggae, dancehall and dub. "Big & Easy" sounds like a straight shot of 1960s/1970s Lee "Scratch" Perry/Keith Hudson-style analog dub with endless negative space and a perfect sense of pace and dynamic, even though it was inspired by a notable figure from Jamaica's early 80s. Pachyman In Dub was written/recorded/produced by Pachy himself in his own house earlier this year, and will be out on Permanent Records on July 12—pre-order here!

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MIMI TEMPESTT INTERVIEW + “ROUGH DIAMOND/THE MONDRIAN (DOUBLE FEATURE)” VIDEO PREMIERE

June 18th, 2019

Jackhammering, jackhammering, jackhammering: Chinatown, which borders cranes-in-the-sky booming downtown L.A., is lousy with construction. The tempestuous Mimi Temptestt grew up in this neighborhood. Her album Rough Diamond demarcates a two-year period of growth, thrills, sadness and love. Rough Diamond dropped earlier this year, and she's releasing the first video from that project at The Lash on Tues., June 18, at I Do What I Want, a queer art extravaganza. This interview by Tolliver.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: NYXE “PISCES MOON”

June 17th, 2019

L.A.'s Nyxe and director Lexie Alley made this intensely symbolic video that's directly plugged in to the fundamental forces of nature—fire, water, light and darkness, of course. And it was even filmed on the night of that January lunar eclipse to add yet another source of power. Between Nyxe's unsparing musical clarity (check out the Spotifyography here) and Alley's unwavering focus on her subject, "Pisces Moon" is almost more like watching a ritual than a simple music video. (Or at least like watching some undiscovered Kenneth Anger project.) The whole project was something of a reawakening or rebirth, too, says Nyxe:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ELECTRIC LOOKING GLASS “SOMEDAY SOON”

June 14th, 2019

L.A.'s new crew Electric Looking Glass revel in aspects of psychedelia often neglected these days. No harsh fuzz or caveman clumsiness here—instead, ELG are concerned with the finer things, and "Someday Soon" is a lovingly architected (because this is just too sophisticated for a word as blunt as "built") UK-style pop-psych song with every shimmering detail rendered just-so. "Someday" comes from a twin-spin double-A-side 45 due in July from Hypnotic Bridge Records, who already boast a top-notch roster of L.A. RECORD-a-delic favorites like Mad Walls, Creation Factory, Frankie and the Witch Fingers and Triptides. They'll play a private show on June 29 at L.A.'s historic and gorgeous HM157you can RSVP here—as well as a set at Harvard and Stone on July 18.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: ELUSIVE “BONSAI TREE”

June 13th, 2019

L.A. producer Elusive has a discography that branches, flowers and digs deep to put down roots, and that's why his newest Bonsai Tree makes so much sense. It's a refinement of everything this instrumental experimentalist does, delivered with the fine detail and mind-boggling complexity that comes only from with tiny tools and colossal amounts of patience. (And much like an actual bonsai tree, it suggests a whole world within its limited physical space.) Bonsai Tree is out Fri., June 14, on Dome of Doom with a show that night at GENR8R's residency at the Del Monte in Venice. (He'll also be at York Manor for Hiding Places with L.A. RECORD alums Kenny Segal and Lealani on June 27—info here and flyer below.)