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TRACK PREMIERE: ANNABELLE MAGINNIS “MAKE IT LAST”

October 23rd, 2019

Singer/songwriter Annabelle Maginnis' brand-new "Make It Last" is an unpredictable (even jazzy) track with an almost canyon-country feel and melody, but stretched to touch the edges of R&B and pop. Credit in part goes to the impressively smooth production by engineer Rachel White and a razor-sharp set of musicians—the harmonies and guitar are by Kofi Asare-Aboagye, the bass by Hunter Craig, the drums by Tia P. and the keyboard by Smile High. But of course it's Maginnis' voice and vision at the core of "Make It Last," which was conceptualized and written in as remote a place as you might reasonably find.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOHN CARROLL KIRBY “SANT’ANNA”

October 22nd, 2019

John Carroll Kirby's last album Travel was a trip around the world: "synth-driven exotica that sounds like library music from some other hazy, fleeting reality," said our review. But his coming Tuscany is a deep exploration of a single place, and of the unexpected experiences that come when you just go where the roads take you. Unlike Travel, Tuscany is two side-long solo piano tracks: A-side "Cascata di Malbacco" and the stark second side "Sant'Anna," dedicated to the memory of the massacre in 1944 when Nazi SS troops killed more than 500 civilians and razed the mountain village of Sant'Anna.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: TIJUANA PANTHERS “GENERATION SINGULAR”

October 21st, 2019

Much-loved locals and L.A. RECORD alums Tijuana Panthers put out their first full-length in too long this summer: Carpet Denim, breaking the long drought since 2015's Poster, although they did dispense snacks like the Ghost Food EP and drummer Phil Shaheen's anxious Devo-wave Ottofix EP in between. Carpet Denim finds them both refining and redefining their music, and the very Deadbeats-Eyes-Dangerhouse-y first-wave L.A. punk track "Generation Singular"—well, maybe first-and-a-half wave with much respect to Rhino 39—is a bracing example.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: JOEL JEROME “IT WILL FEEL GOOD TO DIE”

October 18th, 2019

Longtime L.A. RECORD featuree Joel Jerome once fronted the mighty dios (malos) and then set himself up as one of L.A.'s premiere engineers: his Abbey Road West studio was the incubator for much-loved locals like Cherry Glazerr, the Buttertones and Froth. He's never stopped writing and recording his own music, of course, and new single "It Will Feel Good To Die" finds him in fine (and philosophical) form. Besides the Radiohead influences discussed comprehensively below, there's a powerful Neil Young connection at work, too—a bleakness that shifts into something maybe more hopeful, depending on how deeply you let yourself sink into the song. (That's kind of how mantras work, isn't it?) And anyone who's run through all of David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name on a long night drive will also recognize the vibe here instantly: reflection born from isolation. Jerome explains the song and his homemade video:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EDDINGTON AGAIN “FAV” + “SWEET (BAPARI REMIX)”

October 17th, 2019

"Fav" is the second single and smoldering lead track on this summer's Damani3 EP on Apollo Records, a visceral and soulful experiment by L.A. RECORD cover alum Eddington Again that reassembles pop and R&B from the frames up. This video by Kellen Maloy, Miss Inglewood, producer YERSELF and Eddington turns Chinatown's Human Resources into a waking dreamstate: magical purple light and layers and layers of imagery, from between the sheets to up on the screen. (Kinda covers it all, doesn't it?