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TRACK PREMIERE: CAT SCAN “DIRTY MOVIE”

August 9th, 2019

Explosive locals Cat Scan finally have a debut album set to release, and it's not a second too soon. Live, they're like the Suburban Lawns performing with set-on-fire intensity, and the new "Dirty Movie" captures that frantic/ferocious energy perfectly. It's like Dangerhouse's Deadbeats playing at Dead Kennedys velocity, or Pylon if they'd been one of the early South Bay bands. California has a great tradition of this kind of revelatory razor-sharp art-punk, and Cat Scan fit in perfectly. After all—what's a cat scan but a machine that shows you real guts? Their In Nature is out Sept. 6 on Volar, and you can get it here.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: TEEBS + CAURAL “CEIBA” EP

August 8th, 2019

NYC/LA label Strange Neighbor put out the very L.A. comp Oscillations last summer, and they're back now with a particularly neighborly new EP that pairs much-loved local producer Teebs with Chicago's similarly visionary Caural.

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TRACK PREMIERE: WILD WING “TRIUMPH”

June 21st, 2019

From the future-now department comes this unexpected new song by L.A.'s Wild Wing, who normally deal in heavy-to-crushingly-heavy punk-y/psych-y rock. On "Triumph," however, they cut out everything but the cool steel frame of the song and bring in some synthesizers to fill out the space. The intense and unsettling result is somewhere between a Devo deep cut (especially on the topic and the backing vocals) and a Neu! outtake, with some animal desperation in the vocals just to make sure this still fits in with the rest of the wild Wild Wing discography. "Triumph" is from Wild Wing's New Futures, out today, and the band will play a record release show tonight (presented by Pretty But Wicked) at Non Plus Ultra. Lyrics below!

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOEL WESLEY HARDING “I DON’T MIND YOU”

June 20th, 2019

Local legend-slash-hero Joel Jerome—of unflagging dios (malos) fame and mastermind behind the Abbey Road West studio, which incubated a bunch of the good bands in L.A. right now—has a new full-length called Glassell Skyline and the new name Joel Wesley Harding. (Well played on both counts, Joel.) He'll be giving away the album as he plays it in full at a show at McCabe's in two weeks, and here's a teaser track, designed like the rest of the record "to listen to while sitting in the tub thinking about old flames," he says.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PACHYMAN “BIG & EASY”

June 19th, 2019

You know Pachy Garcia from synth-punk firestarters Prettiest Eyes—we just reviewed their coming album here—but now it's time to meet Pachyman, the DIY alter-ego who's about to put out a totally together set of classic reggae, dancehall and dub. "Big & Easy" sounds like a straight shot of 1960s/1970s Lee "Scratch" Perry/Keith Hudson-style analog dub with endless negative space and a perfect sense of pace and dynamic, even though it was inspired by a notable figure from Jamaica's early 80s. Pachyman In Dub was written/recorded/produced by Pachy himself in his own house earlier this year, and will be out on Permanent Records on July 12—pre-order here!