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TRACK PREMIERE: ZIG ZAGS “HUMANS MARCH (LET’S DIE)”

September 3rd, 2019

L.A.'s much-loved Zig Zags (including L.A. RECORD contributor Jed Maheu, who has a Royal Trux interview in our most recent issue) put out their latest They'll Never Take Us Alive back in May, and now they're just about to re-release their earliest music, too. 10-12-18 is a 2XLP collection of demos, rarities and oddities, ripped from the crypt in which they've lain for too many years, and L.A. RECORD is humbled to premiere stygian album closer "Humans March (Let's Die)." Longtime readers may remember this in its original form as part of a split soundtrack 7" for the debut issue of The Humans comic book by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GOOD TALK “CRAZY!”

August 30th, 2019

Here's brand new L.A. band Good Talk with their brand new single "Crazy!", which is just dripping with late-nite 80s FM character—it's even got the same soft sci-fi production as something like Marianne Faithfull's "Broken English" or one of those ultra-rare Stevie Nicks-a-likes that command big bucks in the seedy AOR collector underground. They've been called disco, but this is pop for long solo drives with the ocean on one side, the mountains on the other and barely a star in the sky. Stay in touch with Good Talk here—they've just started playing out—and get "Crazy!" on Spotify here.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JAMES V “LAVENDER”

August 29th, 2019

Local pop exploder James V is back with new single "Lavender," an uncharacteristically dreamy ballad from an outfit whose output (at least as heard on larecord.com!) tends toward the outre. But sometimes it's nice to feel nice, and "Lavender" offers its own sensory deprivation tank: it's warm, it's weightless and it might even provoke some unexpected personal insight, as long as you're able to tune out the rest of the world.

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TRACK PREMIERE: SUSAN “CASSIOPEIA”

August 29th, 2019

L.A.'s Susan is a band, not a person, which provokes the same confusion Blondie always had to combat—but either way Susan is someone you'll want in your life. Their latest is the compact and potent "Cassiopeia," named for a queen who sacrificed everything for her vanity, and it sounds like "Judy Is A Punk" transformed to fit into Dolly Mixture's Demonstration Tapes. That's punk energy with post-punk wit, depth and clarity. (Or poetry at velocity, as someone once probably said.) In their L.A. RECORD interview, you'll see how they attack horror with humor, and that's a tactic they're even better at now. Their new As I Was album is out Fri., Sept. 6, on San Diego's formidable Volar label and you can get it here. (Their debut full-length and prior EPs are also available.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: JESS JOY “FINALLY BLOOMING”

August 13th, 2019

Jess Joy's "Finally Blooming" is a song that's all acrobatics and loop-de-loops, or if you want to use the metaphor from the song itself, it's one of those endlessly climbing twisting flowering vines that start from nothing and grow so wild and fast they turn whole buildings into vertical gardens. Joy wrote "Blooming" to music by drummer/composer Mike Byrne—a former Smashing Pumpkin who also backed Sky Saxon of the Seeds, interviewed here—to process tumult personal and political, including both the 2016 election and the dissolution of her band Moon Honey (reviewed here), and after plenty of study and introspection she was able to find solid ground and grow. As she explains: