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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.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GOOD TALK “CRAZY!”

August 30th, 2019

Here's brand new L.A. band Good Talk with their brand new single "Crazy!", which is just dripping with late-nite 80s FM character—it's even got the same soft sci-fi production as something like Marianne Faithfull's "Broken English" or one of those ultra-rare Stevie Nicks-a-likes that command big bucks in the seedy AOR collector underground. They've been called disco, but this is pop for long solo drives with the ocean on one side, the mountains on the other and barely a star in the sky. Stay in touch with Good Talk here—they've just started playing out—and get "Crazy!" on Spotify here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “LAVENDER”

August 29th, 2019

Local pop exploder James V is back with new single "Lavender," an uncharacteristically dreamy ballad from an outfit whose output (at least as heard on larecord.com!) tends toward the outre. But sometimes it's nice to feel nice, and "Lavender" offers its own sensory deprivation tank: it's warm, it's weightless and it might even provoke some unexpected personal insight, as long as you're able to tune out the rest of the world.