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PLAYLIST: ONE REPORTER’S OPINION – JAN. 17, 2018 – MAD WALLS GUEST DJ SET!

Here’s the playlist from L.A. RECORD editor Chris Ziegler‘s monthly radio show “One Reporter’s Opinion,” aired on dublab on Wed., Jan. 17, with new music from Earth Girl Helen Brown, Olivia Kaplan, Healing Gems and more … plus a guest DJ set by L.A. psychedelicists Mad Walls! Listen to the show here! The next edition of “One Reporter’s Opinion” will be at noon on Wed., Feb. 21. Send us music for consideration! Details on submitting at bottom.

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TRACK PREMIERE: EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN “CHAINS OF LOVE”

Last time we visited Earth Girl Helen Brown, she was writing about war with her Mars EP—part of her musical tour through the solar system—and now she's back to tackle love with this Venus EP and this song "Chains Of Love," which has a little Dolly Parton, a little Patti Smith, a little sha-la-la girl-group L-U-V and of course some of the Raincoats righteousness she had last time, too. That naturally adds up to a real-deal heartbreaker of a song, something with just as much power and tragedy and hope as her last EP. But if that one was about inhumanity, this one is about humanity ... which doesn't mean it has to sound any happier. Still—it's lovely just the same, isn't it? Venus will be out on cassette on Valentine's Day—of course!—and the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence (E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I.) will present Earth Girl Helen Brown backed by the Alpha Emitters for a cosmic extravaganza at the Griffin Tavern on Sat., Jan. 20! Flyer below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: MAST “NUTTY” (F. MAKAYA McCRAVEN, DAN ROSENBOOM, GAVIN TEMPLETON)

MAST's last album was an examination of love and war—and love as war—that attacked futuristic electronic composition with a jazzy sense of improvisation and freedom, and now MAST (a.k.a. Tim Conley, documented here and elsewhere by L.A. RECORD) is about to release a sequel that makes perfect sense. His coming Thelonious Sphere Monk is an exploration of and tribute to Thelonious Monk, and here Monk's "Nutty" gets a high-energy treatment from drummer Makaya McCraven, trumpet player Dan Rosenboom and saxophonist Gavin Templeton, who comes especially prepared for this project after time spent alongside Nels Cline. Thelonious Sphere Monk is out next Fri., Jan. 26, on Alpha Pup's World Galaxy jazz imprint—pre-order it here! Full info below.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ALMAS FRONTERIZAS “EL BARRIO”

Gilberto Rodriguez calls his band Almas Fronterizas "barrio soul," and that's exactly right—and exactly illustrated in "El Barrio," a video about movement and motion that's a shotgun-seat surface-street ride through a particularly classic kind of night, soundtracked by a song that slips easily between psychedelia, dub, Latin and more. It's a trip, in several different ways. Almas Fronterizas perform on Thurs., Jan. 18, at Zebulon with Chulita Vinyl Club DJs and a new project from Thee Commons members—get tickets here! And you can get the full Rosa Tropical EP from Almas Fronterizas here! (Look for a new project—with heavy connections to hometown heroes Chicano Batman—coming soon!) Full release info below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: NECTARINES “LIES”

Their debut 12" EP came out last year on Porch Party Records, but now Nectarines are gearing up for something new, and here's the first evidence: the catchy, propulsive and pretty much irresistible "Lies," premiering here before it hits anywhere else on the planet. Says Nectariner (and So Many Wizards mainman) Nima Kazerouni: "These sound recordings are not out anywhere. Never heard by the public." We're honored! And don't worry—"Lies" and another yet-to-be-released track will be available soon from the upcoming Nectarines bandcamp and the usual digital outlets. While Nectarines recordings feature Rachel Rufrano on lead guitar, Elise Ewoldt on bass and keyboardist Corina Camacho, the live line-up—performing tomorrow at the storied Prospector in Long Beach with Haunted Summer and more—matches bassist Zeynep Graves and keyboardist Jackie Yates with Kazerouni and longtime drummer Allie Bumsted. Flyer is below!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: NUMB.ER “FEAR” + “MODERN RELATIONS”

Numb.er is the longtime project of Jeff Fribourg, accomplished photographer—as well as L.A. RECORD contributor—and one-time Omnichord player in Froth. If you don't know what an Omnichord is, well ... it's a special little species of synthesizer that sounds futuristic and primitive at the same time, which makes it a natural part of the Numb.er sound. You may have heard the smoldering "Fear" on Mono Records' Life comp, and if not you should hear it right now. B-side "Modern Relations" is Numb.er with a more ferocious tempo, a dizzying but desolate post-punk song that lends the sound of 1979 U.K. a little of 1982 L.A.'s death-rock grit and energy. Numb.er starts their West Coast tour this Fri., Jan. 19, with Cold Showers at the Echoget tickets here! Full tour dates below.