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PLAYLIST: ONE REPORTERS OPINION – AIRED WED. MAY 15 ON DUBLAB!

May 17th, 2019

Here’s the playlist from L.A. RECORD editor Chris Ziegler‘s monthly radio show “One Reporter’s Opinion,” aired on dublab on Wed., May 15, with new music from L.A. RECORD featurees like Mousey, Eddington Again, XL Middleton, Brainstory, French Vanilla and more! Listen here! “One Reporter’s Opinion” is dedicated to showcasing new music from the greater L.A. area. If you are a musician who lives anywhere from L.A. to OC to the I.E. or the Valley or maybe beyond, email us links to music at fortherecord@larecord.com. The next show will air at noon on Wed., June 19, on dublab.com.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BRENDAN EDER ENSEMBLE “PURPLE”

May 17th, 2019

Echo Park's multitalented Brendan Eder has worked with L.A. RECORD featurees like Sam Wilkes, Colleen Green, Joel Jerome and Paul Bergmann as an arranger, drummer and producer, but he also (and of course!) helms his own Brendan Eder Ensemble, where he can experiment with sound and vision to his heart's content. His winning "PURPLE" is like Weldon Irvine or David Axelrod soundtracking Fantasia—evocative, imaginative, pastoral and even whimsical, but also big drums—and this new video is almost its own pink-elephants experience, except this is a happy hallucination. The Brendan Eder Ensemble will perform at El Prado on July 18—and don't miss the B.E.E. version of a post-credits scene here, either! It's the video recap you didn't know you needed.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: DAM-FUNK “HOOD BIZ”

May 17th, 2019

L.A. mainstay DāM-FunK changed the landscape-slash-soundscape of L.A. music, not just with his sound but with his attitude, determination and dedication to principle—as he says so often, funk is a way of life, and he lives it. Now L.A. RECORD is honored to help spread the word on his brand new STFU II EP, sequel to 2015's STFU EP and immediate follow-up to last year's Gemini-twin Garrett album (reviewed here) and transcendent Architecture II EP. As DāM-Funk explains: “In this time of colossal distractions, easy trouble online, heavy trolling and cancel culture, this project provides an alternative to instead … just lay back, take a deep breath, stay outta trouble and simply ‘glyde’ for a while. Nothing illegal about that, right?” The STFU II EP was released last night at midnightget it here and get the vinyl here! Full credits for the video below.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: THE CURE TO HEADLINE PASADENA DAYDREAM FEST

May 15th, 2019

The Cure will headline the Pasadena Daydream Festival on Sat. Aug. 31, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl with support from Pixies, Deftones, L.A. RECORD featurees Chelsea Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle and lots more! Tickets go on sale at noon PST this Fri., May 17—get them here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JAGGED BAPTIST CLUB “CHANGE TODAY (START FEELING GOOD)”

May 15th, 2019

Blake Stokes was the former frontman of the underrated L.A. outfit TEST, but he's back with a supercharged new outfit called Jagged Baptist Club and a wild new song about going wild. The pounding four-on-the-floor frontal assault "Change Today" is like when Primal Scream decided to out Stones the Rolling Stones: 60s attitude with maxed-out rock-and-then-some production and an everything-in-the-red aesthetic that's got room for screams, shouts and even synthesizers if they sound like they're about to blow a circuit. Jagged Baptist Club's Reptile Super Show is out June 28 on Chain Letter Collective and you can pre-order it here now!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: STARCOTICS “FALL DOWN THE STAIRCASE” + “BLOODWATER”

May 13th, 2019

Starcotics is a new L.A. quartet—including Spencer Lewin, Wyatt Bridges, Dylan Bostick and sometimes L.A. RECORD contributor Bennett Kogon—and their debut single is two dreamy/screamy songs they very correctly call "emogaze." (They've got a few whisper-y moments, too, just in case you're worried they aren't hitting the full dynamic spectrum of emoness.) They're working on their debut Starcotica album, and you can immerse yourself in all things Starcotic here, here and here.