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VIDEO PREMIERE: DISTRACTOR “ORBITAL”

April 24th, 2018

Here comes punky Costa Mesa synth-pop outfit Distractor with an adorable Rezillos-y sci-fi song and a ridiculously ambitious video—truly, something that finally deserves a word like "epic!" This is basically a DIY backyard blockbuster, complete with eye-blinding CGI and heart-tugging emotional twists. (Also a very impressive wizard staff.) The message: believe in yourself, but ask for help, and get out of the damn cave once in a while, too. Distractor's Burger full-length This Time I Got It All Figured Out is out now, and the album and video are dedicated to the memory of their original lead singer Glen. It's a long story, so we'll let them tell the whole thing below.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: OLIVIA KAPLAN “BARELY ABOVE” (LIVE)

April 12th, 2018

L.A.'s Olivia Kaplan delivers a live performance (directed by Hannah Baker with sound by Adam Gunther) of one of the stand-out songs from her recent stand-out release At The Seams . She's backed here by the same core crew that played on that EP, but this version is subtly different from the recording, with new room for bright and lonesome slide guitar and Kaplan and backing singer Johanna's vocals. (People who get misty at Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"—there are moments in this song just for you.) Kaplan will perform with Gregory Uhlmann—also recently premiered on L.A. RECORD—at the Bootleg on Tue., May 1. Get tickets here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: AZALIA SNAIL “CHERRY BLOSSOM”

April 10th, 2018

Local legend Azalia Snail—introduce yourself to her discography here if you're unfamiliar—put out her new Neon Resistance album last month, and here's an appropriately vivid video to go with it: the lush (naturally!) "Cherry Blossom" was shot and directed by Snail at a Japanese garden in the Sepulveda Basin and pairs lovely scenery with a song that might be a little sadder than it first seems. There's a little Siouxsie, a little Iggy and just enough retro-futuristic synth—or is that an Omnichord?—at play here to give this song a hazy and even timeless sort of feel. Her Neon Resistance album (with this song, a positively stirring Tom Petty cover, a tribute to Suicide's Alan Vega and more) is out now on CD and digital via Silber Records with vinyl release on deck for next month, and she'll be playing in Brooklyn in May, too. Flyer below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: HAMMERED SATIN “RAD CAT RECORDS THEME” + “SILVER STREAK”

April 5th, 2018

L.A. glammers Hammered Satin pop up today with two smashing new videos, both directed by Logan Feser. First, a theme-song-slash-infomercial for local label Rad Cat, spotted recently on L.A. RECORD not just for a coming Hammered Satin 7" but for their Mr. Elevator (who no longer reside at the Brain Hotel) full-length. It's a storming stomping Euroglam theme song in the grand tradition of storming stomping Euroglam theme songs, and yes—of course it has handclaps! And the video's got impressive production values—behold, thee Rad Cat come to life—and a timeless Wizard Of Oz-meets-Rock 'N' Roll High School monochrome-to-color plot, too. And second is the kaleidoscopic video for "Silver Streak," a song about when the rubber hits the road. (It'll hit vinyl on Rad Cat soon.) Keep up with Hammered Satin here and check in with / check out Rad Cat here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: COLOR TV “KRISTINA” + “SHE’S UPTIGHT” (LIVE)

April 5th, 2018

Here comes L.A.'s Color TV, absolutely nailing two Shoes-style power-pop songs, thanks in part to a rare and necessary kind of guts and bite that's too often forgotten in the genre. It's not power pop if it doesn't have some power, right? (Plus "She's Uptight" feels like one of those released-too-late Nerves songs.) These videos were shot/edited/everything by the production duo of Tony and Gabe, who tape sessions like this in their Highland Park basement when Tony isn't making records with Crystales or the Squids. Right now they've got clips with Peach Kelli Pop, Shannon Lay and other recent L.A. RECORD featurees, and you can keep up with them here—and Color TV play the Modern Time Machines' record release show (our premiere here!) at the Satellite on Mon., Apr. 9, if you want to recreate an experience like this in real life!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: PEACH KELLI POP “LOS ANGELES”

April 4th, 2018

Allie Hanlon and her band Peach Kelli Pop have one EP about to come out and a new full-length coming next, and now here's a new video that's a little work of art all its own! "Los Angeles" is Leave Home-y punk-pop with a Pixies break in the middle, and an unexpected plot twist, too. Really, it's more like a short but sweet movie than a music video—sometimes funny, sometimes gross, sometimes kinda sad and sometimes strangely and resonantly real.