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VIDEO PREMIERE: BRAINSTORY “BEAUTYFUL BEAUTI”

September 16th, 2019

L.A. RECORD alums Brainstory are back with "Beautyful Beauti"—a title that recalls "A Wonderful Why," from their long-ago first EP. It's a gently dazed and dreamy song with Brainstory's characteristically agile instrumentation and powerfully confident boom-bap drums that set this down somewhere right between Arthur Lee and De La Soul.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PINK $OCK “STAY IN TONIGHT”

September 12th, 2019

You'll probably know just what this new single by L.A.'s Pink $ock will sound like by the art—they included everything but the glass of white wine with ice cubes—but just in case a pastelified beachfront paradise at sunset doesn't compute for you, expect smoothness so smooth it's practically intoxicating. "Stay In ..." is a late-nite FM1980s ode to Betamax-and-relax that lands gently between litely funky AOR and a slow-mo modern funk b-side, drifting toward the sound of Hobo Camp locals like Boy Dude or Brian Ellis, although Brian Ellis is lately into a gloriously bold AOR-auteur sound, as detailed here. Anyway: this is luxury itself, from a crew of people that includes members from normally more abrasive L.A. RECORD featurees Wild Wing, although as we heard this summer, even Wild Wing is succumbing to the power of the synthesizer. Single is out Friday the 13th—Spotify it here and get on board here.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JANE CHURCH “STORM RYDER”

September 6th, 2019

Jane Church—named after a Sparks demo from the 60s—is the floppy hat-wearing fluffy-haired ex-New Yorker Matt Stevenson, who blows through bittersweet 60s-style rock songs like a brooding Lou Reed hurricane upending the sandy philosophy books and wine jugs left on Kevin Ayers' tropical beach, with a Big Star power pop warm front rolling in from the south.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: WORN TIN “SOMETHING’S COMING”

September 6th, 2019

Warner Hiatt is Worn Tin and his new song "Something's Coming" lands between Kurt Vile, Sebadoh and John Lennon's solo downers—and people who miss L.A.'s dios should get where this is coming from, too. Hiatt's found a sweet spot where his music is understated but not minimal, which gives it a kind of revelatory intimacy. He's left space for some splashes of synthesizer and made lots of room to for both the humor and the existential bleakness in his lyrics to bloom.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ZIG ZAGS “HUMANS MARCH (LET’S DIE)”

September 3rd, 2019

L.A.'s much-loved Zig Zags (including L.A. RECORD contributor Jed Maheu, who has a Royal Trux interview in our most recent issue) put out their latest They'll Never Take Us Alive back in May, and now they're just about to re-release their earliest music, too. 10-12-18 is a 2XLP collection of demos, rarities and oddities, ripped from the crypt in which they've lain for too many years, and L.A. RECORD is humbled to premiere stygian album closer "Humans March (Let's Die)." Longtime readers may remember this in its original form as part of a split soundtrack 7" for the debut issue of The Humans comic book by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: DAISY “BLEACH”

August 30th, 2019

L.A. trio Daisy are a band who found their sound at the opposite limits of loud and quiet—when they hit, they hit hard, and when they pull back, you'll basically be alone with the soft rustling of your thoughts and breath. It's a dynamic that was all over the rock underground of the 90s, and it still sounds powerful now.