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VIDEO PREMIERE: GEMMA CASTRO “MÍRAME”

April 2nd, 2018

Gemma Castro—who has worked with L.A. RECORD alums like Rudy De Anda and Low Leaf—put out a lovely self-titled EP in 2016, and then spent month after painstaking month making this dreamy Super-8 video with co-director Oscar Flores. "Mírame" is an understated song that's lo-fi in a way that actually makes sense, like a TV broadcast coming in from thousands of miles away with a rigidly retro video aesthetic as a lens to closely examine a story about love and alienation. Castro's EP is available here and she performs on Sat., Apr. 21—Record Store Day!—at High Fidelity Records in L.A. Castro explains the story behind the video:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LEAN “INACTION”

March 26th, 2018

Lean is the L.A. duo of Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon, sessioneers who became both kindred spirits and creative partners, and now—not much more than eighteen months or so after they started—they're prepping their debut LP Years. Here's "Inaction," an understated song and video by director Davy Greenberg about what happens when the connections don't connect like they did before—it'd be almost stark, except for the hooks. Lean's Years full-length will be out May 25 on Killphonic and they'll play the Bootleg on May 24get tickets here!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BUNDY “WHO LET ME IN” (LIVE)

March 26th, 2018

Long Beach's Bundy put out their Bastard Performer album earlier this year and recorded this live-to-drive session earlier this month, and here's the result of all that momentum: a driving indie rock confessional about love (or life?) gone wrong, with guitar used mostly as a blunt instrument and just enough synthesizer to keep things moving. Bundy have a sort of residency-in-all-but-name thing happening this April, with shows every week across Long Beach and OC. First up is a set at the Continental Room on April 1, and more dates below. You can stream their album here too!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TROPA MAGICA “LSD ROMA”

March 23rd, 2018

Tropa Magica is the new band by brothers David and Rene Pacheco of thee (mighty) Commons, whose psychedelic punk-cumbia magically and cosmically connected at least three continents and as many generations. Now with thee Commons discography triumphantly concluded, Tropa Magica is set to take flight, especially with this new song "LSD Roma." You can visit Tropa Magica here, and you can read the story of this video—told by David Pacheco, and it is definitely a story—below:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: CHOLA ORANGE “2 LIVE CHOLA”

March 22nd, 2018

Heavy late-night public access TV vibes in the new video from deliriously psychedelic funk outfit Chola Orange, here to pour out four trippy minutes of mad-scientist basement-lab instrumental homebrew. It's smashing drums and sci-fi synthesizer of all varieties—light, heavy and full-on-assault—delivered by some old-school (or is that art school?) marionettes, who of course return to their home planet by the time the video ends. If you spot the Gary Wilson and Brainstory easter egg stage right, you'll get where these guys are coming from—or going to? And if you wanna go with them, well, this is the B-side of their new "Soul Blazer" 7", released earlier this month—get a copy here! (A-side's a jammer, too.) Chola Orange will play Sat., Apr. 7, at the DBA Bar and Gallery in Pomona. Flyer below!

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VIDEO PREMIERE: CHRIS PRICE “SICK BOY”

March 20th, 2018

Chris Price's new "Sick Boy" sounds like Elvis Costello via the later Pretty Things—nicely deployed fuzz, less-is-more drums and plenty of particularly corrosive songwriterly venom. (This makes pairs well with Stiv Bators' "Evil Boy," actually.) Says Price, helpfully annihilating any ambiguity: "'Sick Boy' is dedicated to the president. The video was a couple nights of me, Kyle Safieh and Corey Perez messing around with fire and water. It was a hell of a lot of fun to make." "Sick Boy" comes from Price's new Dalmatian album, released digitally last week on the mighty Omnivore label, home of both Big Star and Arthur Alexander.