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VIDEO PREMIERE: JOEL JEROME “IT WILL FEEL GOOD TO DIE”

October 18th, 2019

Longtime L.A. RECORD featuree Joel Jerome once fronted the mighty dios (malos) and then set himself up as one of L.A.'s premiere engineers: his Abbey Road West studio was the incubator for much-loved locals like Cherry Glazerr, the Buttertones and Froth. He's never stopped writing and recording his own music, of course, and new single "It Will Feel Good To Die" finds him in fine (and philosophical) form. Besides the Radiohead influences discussed comprehensively below, there's a powerful Neil Young connection at work, too—a bleakness that shifts into something maybe more hopeful, depending on how deeply you let yourself sink into the song. (That's kind of how mantras work, isn't it?) And anyone who's run through all of David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name on a long night drive will also recognize the vibe here instantly: reflection born from isolation. Jerome explains the song and his homemade video:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EDDINGTON AGAIN “FAV” + “SWEET (BAPARI REMIX)”

October 17th, 2019

"Fav" is the second single and smoldering lead track on this summer's Damani3 EP on Apollo Records, a visceral and soulful experiment by L.A. RECORD cover alum Eddington Again that reassembles pop and R&B from the frames up. This video by Kellen Maloy, Miss Inglewood, producer YERSELF and Eddington turns Chinatown's Human Resources into a waking dreamstate: magical purple light and layers and layers of imagery, from between the sheets to up on the screen. (Kinda covers it all, doesn't it?

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VIDEO PREMIERE: CORBO “KIM J” (FT. CALLIE RYAN)

October 10th, 2019

L.A.'s digital psychonaut Corbo put out his Quatro Treses album this summer via like-minded pixelpushers Chewing Foil, and now thanks to this all-consuming video by the enigmatic Paul Plastic, you can almost physically transport yourself into the song.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE UNCLAIMED “YOU NEVER COME”

September 30th, 2019

Frontman Shelley Ganz has been at the head of the Unclaimed since their debut for the legendary Moxie label in 1980, so you can trust that he's in complete command of this style. In an era when garage sometimes more means OC-style Posh Boy punk, the Unclaimed are working with more primordial stuff. "You Never Come" and two more are out next month on Groovie Records—get the EP here!

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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.