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VIDEO PREMIERE: def.sound “12TH AVE”

June 21st, 2019

The rose that grew from concrete, the vine grown from the desert: South Central soliloquist def.sound has built a career around lush, buoyant instrumentation and polysyllabic re-imagination of a life anchored in L.A. And what a unique life it’s been. A lifelong vegan born in a food desert, he’s well-versed in contradiction and in the work it takes to water oneself until fully grown. The song—from COLORED Disc 1ne, out July 23—is built around a Vine of Shiloh Dynasty singing and playing guitar, a recent-aughts reference too good to not mention here. (From apps to slaps—damn.) For all the rhapsodic, confessional bars in his oeuvre, this is the strongest return to his roots.

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TRACK PREMIERE: WILD WING “TRIUMPH”

June 21st, 2019

From the future-now department comes this unexpected new song by L.A.'s Wild Wing, who normally deal in heavy-to-crushingly-heavy punk-y/psych-y rock. On "Triumph," however, they cut out everything but the cool steel frame of the song and bring in some synthesizers to fill out the space. The intense and unsettling result is somewhere between a Devo deep cut (especially on the topic and the backing vocals) and a Neu! outtake, with some animal desperation in the vocals just to make sure this still fits in with the rest of the wild Wild Wing discography. "Triumph" is from Wild Wing's New Futures, out today, and the band will play a record release show tonight (presented by Pretty But Wicked) at Non Plus Ultra. Lyrics below!

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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: