ALBUM PREMIERE: EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN ‘MARS’ EP
L.A. RECORD is honored to present the premiere of this portable little powerhouse EP by Earth Girl Helen Brown and her Center for Planetary Intelligence Band, second in a series metaphorically exploring the planets and what they mean. This thing is bristling with big-credit guests (Ty Segall, Nora Keyes, Jack Name, Shannon Lay … see below for complete list!) but more importantly it’s bristling with charm, personality, originality, commitment and—because this record never stops at four things when it can try five—conviction, too. The do-everything-at-once spirit of the mighty Homosexuals is all over this, as is the overwhelming righteousness of the Raincoats, which means cracked-but-more-perfect-for-it pop songs with lightning-strike sax and undeniable lyrics. But Eno, Lou Reed, Annette Peacock, Broadcast, Devo, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine on “Breaking In My Heart” when he sounds so sad—that’s all here in cut-up fragments, too. All this is missing is a cover of Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War,” and the last track is here for the same reason: “Last chance,” sings Helen, somewhere in the middle of a chronological chronicle of war and what it isn’t good for, which lands somewhere between Sun Ra and Zounds’ grinding “War.” Listen til the very end—duty demands it. The Mars EP is available Friday from Empty Cellar and Earth Girl Helen Brown et al perform at a bunch of local shows soon, starting Sunday at Zebulon and culminating at Echo Park Rising. Full credits and dates below. And can’t wait for the Pluto EP!
Empty Cellar Records and the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence Band are pleased to announce the summer installment of the E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I.B. 2017 seasonal series, MARS. Featuring Heidi Alexander, Tahlia Harbour, Sonny Smith, James Finch Jr., Jamin Barton, Tim Presley, Ty Segall, John Dwyer, Jack Name, Mikey Young, Dave Sitek, David Cousin, Warren Huegel, Dylan Hadley, Mikal Cronin, Nora Keys, Enrique Tena and Shannon Lay. MARS is concerned with the topic of war.
Available from Empty Cellar Records on limited edition 100% post-consumer recycled cassette tape 7/28. All proceeds benefit organizations committed to the cessation of violent conflict, the promotion of peace, and the dissolution of the military industrial complex.
Empty Cellar Records/E.G.H.B.C.F.P.I.B.
8/6 w/ Ablebody + Bart Davenport @ Zebulon (LA)
8/9 w/ LFZ + Run On Sentence @ the Hyperion (LA)
8/16 Echo Park Rising @ the Echoplex (LA)
9/1 w/ the Fresh & Onlys + Lars Finburg @ the Resident (LA)
9/28 w/ Sonny & the Sunsets @ the Chapel (SF)