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VIDEO PREMIERE: BANNY GROVE “LITTLE CAR”

April 11th, 2019

On "Little Car," local absurdists Banny Grove continues the exploration of vehicular themes that informed the band's 2017 EP, "Cars In Control."

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TRACK PREMIERE: SALT LICK “MIDNIGHT OIL”

April 10th, 2019

Salt Lick are the Permanent Records house band and if you've been to Permanent—or picked up any of those Brown Acid comps—then you'll understand this sound instantly. It comes from a time after Sabbath and before punk, when band after isolated band arose determined to make their own noise from nowhere with guitar, bass, drums and a dedication to rock in its hardest-edged form. (Although they definitely made room for sludge and tar, too.) Salt Lick's coming self-titled full-length is in the proud tradition of those DIY shredders that time forgot, and opener "Midnight Oil" is half caveman rage and half Stooge-y wreck 'n' roll, like the band that could've/should've opened the show recorded for Metallic K.O.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: CORBO “10am”

April 9th, 2019

L.A.'s Corbo last visited L.A. RECORD with this eyeball-rewiring pixelstravaganza, but now he's here with a new album and an invitation to live a cooler gentler life with "10am," an audiovisual dip in the pool that's all new age atmosphere and an daytime basic-cable infomercial aesthetic. It's actually a (meta) commerical for Corbo's new Vision album, released last week as a collab between L.A.'s label/space/collective Chewing Foil and Starburns Industries' cassette tape of the month series. Says Corbo:

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TRACK PREMIERE: F I N K E L “F E E L A L R I G H T”

April 9th, 2019

L.A. duo F I N K E L (Jane and Brian Spencer) have an existential new single that hides hard questions in a soft and gentle pop song about balancing introspection with the need for connection. It's not exactly lo-fi, but "F E E L A L R I G H T" isn't here to set fire to the laptop speakers. Instead, it's a song best explored between dusk and dawn, when there's just enough light to make out all the different shades of grey. Exploring the human condition in four minutes with a chorus—not a bad way to try and figure out why we're here.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: VAGUESS “SOME KINDA MEANINGFUL”

April 5th, 2019

Vinny Earley's Vaguess put out their vicious Guilt Ring full-length in 2017—our review here—but now they've got a new record that's more a slow burn than a scorcher. You get it—it's the kind of thing you look away from for a second and suddenly the whole place is on fire. This DIY video is a perfectly unrehearsed complement to a song about the power of nothing, starring a guy (Earley, of course) who does unto others as he'd have them do unto him, which works pretty well until the other guys are done with him. Vaguess plays a release show for Have A Good Summer tonight at the Factory DTLA with Traps PS, Wild Wing and Liposuction, and they'll be in Europe next month. Get the record here or stream it here, and check the full tour dates below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: POW! “HERE IT COMES”

March 28th, 2019

L.A./S.F. outfit POW!portrayed perfectly in this classic photoset by Marcos Manrique—are preparing their fourth full-length for a May release, and in the spirit of celebrating bold and unexpected futures, they've just revealed new single "Here It Comes." It's stylish and confident future/primitive punk that sounds like the Screamers album Eno never produced, with sinister synth and Warm Jets weirdness in service of something that could well work as an oblique strategy: "Ready? Here it comes!"