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TRACK PREMIERE: REBECCA SCHIFFMAN “EVERY MOMENT LASTS FOREVER”

April 23rd, 2019

L.A. musician/artist/jeweler and more Rebecca Schiffman has a complicated and fascinating artistic history, crossing paths with everyone from Neko Case to Lena Dunham to Linda and Bob Belcher in Bob's Burgers. (Researching her history is an experience in itself.) But she's here today with a new song about the loss of someone special. Schiffman will be performing tomorrow—Wed., Apr. 24—with Calvin Johnson and Wished Bone at All Star Lanes in Eagle Rock. More info here!

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ALBUM PREMIERE: THE PRETTY FLOWERS “GOLDEN BEAT SESSIONS” LP

April 22nd, 2019

L.A.'s the Pretty Flowers weren't quite planning to make a covers record, but something that started as a project to really give their new drummer Sean Johnson a studio workout has turned into a heartfelt valentine to the music the band (and maybe you?) all hold near and dear. Pretty Flowers' Golden Beat Sessions is out on cassette on Dirt Cult on Fri., May 3, and you can pre-order here. (The band also has CDs here.) Pretty Flowers play this Sunday, Ap. 28, at the Moroccan Lounge with Telekinesis—get tickets here!—and they'll do a set of west coast dates at the end of May.

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TRACK PREMIERE: THE AGGROLITES “POUND FOR POUND”

April 18th, 2019

It's been too long since L.A.'s Aggrolites had something new for the world. They never disappeared, of course, as anyone who hit any of their New Year's shows at Alex's Bar can attest. But now they've got an agonizingly long-awaited new studio full-length just about ready—their first since 2011—and it's quite appropriately titled REGGAE NOW! REGGAE NOW! is out on Fri., May 24, on Pirates Press Records and you can pre-order it here! And they're about to head out on a giant tour, with a local date at House of Blues Anaheim on June 22. Full dates below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: GIANT KILLER BATS “LONELY IN LOVE, DEAD IN HEAVEN”

April 17th, 2019

McKoy Kirgo was once frontman of Talk In Tongues, but now he's leading the new outfit Giant Killer Bats, who deliver us this dreamy sneak-peek of their coming EP. Kirgo's "Lonely in Love, Dead In Heaven" has a little Oasis-style BritPop, a little of the Cure's melancholy and maybe even a little Byrds-ian balladry, especially when Grady Kinnoin (of the Sons of the Southwest) unfurls that pedal steel. Either way, it'd have fit as nicely deep on the b-side of some undersung Creation Records LP back in the 90s as it does now as part of Giant Killer Bats' debut Bats 1 EP on the cusp of the summer of 2019.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ADRIAN YOUNGE PRESENTS JACK WATERSON “ALL HAIL THE EMPEROR”

April 17th, 2019

L.A. RECORD cover alum Adrian Younge (interviewed here) is a contempory master of the concept album, with a discography that concentrates decades of record collecting and musicianship into impeccably produced omni-genre projects. Now he's followed his lush and lavish Voices of Gemma (reviewed here) with an even more overtly psychedelic album made with longtime collaborator Jack Waterson, the man behind Highland Park's vintage-equipment Disneyland Future Music as well as founding member of pioneering paisley-punk band Green On Red. Adrian Younge Presents Jack Waterson is available now from Linear Labs—get it here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: SECOND STILL “DOUBLE NEGATIVE”

April 15th, 2019

L.A. trio Second Still's new "Double Negative" is a deft and even desperate post-punk/synth-wave song with a driving Joy Division rhythm section, celestial guitar and plenty of brutalist Berlin atmosphere. It's the kind of thing that fits perfectly between harsh unblinking neon light and the hard cold concrete in the first moments of a blank blue dawn. (Maybe that explains part of the title, which explains the process of turning two nothings into something.) Second Still's Violet Phase album is out Fri., May 3, on Fabrika and Sentimental Records, and you can get it here or here. They'll be playing two nights at the Echoplex with Lebanon Hanover next week before heading out on a European tour—full dates below!