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VIDEO PREMIERE: CALIFORNIOSOS “SISTER MAGICK”

Californiosos is twin icons Farmer Dave Scher—one of the Eden Ahbez-iest guys to lately pick up an electric guitar, or to sit down behind a pedal steel—and Mike Vest, drone-mason behind BONG, OSO, 11PARANOIAS and plenty of other crushing outfits that don't use all caps in their names, although they certainly deserve the honor. Together these are two guys on two different paths to the same place, which people used to call "far out" because, well, it's really far out. It's a drive more urgent than ever as society seals up for the indefinite future.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: DAVIA SPAIN “DAWNING”

It’s tempting to call Davia Spain enigmatic—to call her lush, rhapsodic space-opera ‘otherworldly’—but that’s flat wrong. These songs are more visceral and human than any, plaintive lyrics and lovely rubato melodies laid over music that sounds like the Earth itself. 

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TRACK PREMIERE: BALTO “MAGNET / MIND”

Singer/songwriter Dan Sheron and his band Balto have a backstory that's a better beginning to a beatnik diary-slash-barbaric-yawp than a band bio, culminating in a trans-Siberian railway trip through Novosibirsk, arguably the Detroit of central Russia. (Which is a reverent compliment.) Somehow he made it back to L.A., and now with Balto he's shaking off the cold and distance both.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE BLANK TAPES “Sweat Lodge/Jreaming”

The Blank Tapes' cosmically informed Super Bloom was a flower-power trip through canyon country trails that sometimes seemed like the David Crosby (or Sandy Bull) take on "Nature Boy" that never happened. That's where these two songs come from. As fairly typical for the Blank Tapes, Adams played and recorded everything here himself, but he did recruit a cast and crew to join him as he wanders in wonderment through the outskirts of Joshua Tree. (While showing off an excellent succession of outfits courtesy Canadian stylist Ca$h Honey, each more psychedelic than the last.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: ZHAO “reCOLLECTION” (F. Annabelle Maginnis + Tolliver + Def Sound)

Civil society grinds to a stop, but the music still comes out: producer Kenny Zhao's new "reCOLLECTION" (featuring L.A. RECORD contributor Tolliver and prior L.A. RECORD featurees Annabelle Maginnis—premiered here—and def.sound—premiered here) was written and composed before coronavirus lockdown, but its re-examinations of community, connection and navigating the unknown have suddenly become as timely as they were timeless.

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