TRACK PREMIERE: DUSTIN LOVELIS + JOEL JASPER “PLASTIC-BODY”
This month, L.A. RECORD will be premiering tracks from Long Beach’s Porch Party Records every Friday, and here’s the first set: a truly bromantic collaboration between Dustin Lovelis, who released his excellent solo debut Dimensions last year and ended up on one of our posters, and Joel Jasper, who debuted his own personal song of the summer with us last year as well. After proximity and a mutual fondness for beers and records grew into a friendship, Jasper and Lovelis decided to cover each other’s songs—truly the best next level two friends can explore—and we’ve got the results above, with Lovelis doing Jasper’s “Summer Body” and Jasper doing Lovelis’ “Plastic Flowers.” This digital split is available now from Porch Party on a pay-what-you-want basis—go grab it! A hilarious self-submitted Porch Party Records Q&A with Lovelis and Jasper follows, as well as a surprise video from Lovelis. Check back next week for a VERY long-awaited debut from another local favorite!
How did you meet?
Dustin: Joel and I have both been in local bands since I moved to Long Beach 11 years ago. We were always kind of acquaintances but never really crossed paths. A few years back I ended up moving pretty close to the old Porch Party House—before PPR was a thing—and would see Joel, Casey and Zach sitting on the Porch listening to records. PPR was on my way home from work and my local watering hole so naturally I swung by one day and started talking music. Joel and I are both pretty opinionated. We would routinely get sauced and talk shit to each other. It was a slow boil but eventually we became great friends. Patience makes a good sauce.
What made you want to cover each other’s songs?
Dustin: The more we hung out the more we realized how much we actually had in common. Musical tastes started to blend together. We would share records we loved and new music we were writing. We even started a weekly listening meet up. We forced the other to show up with two new original songs a week. Every Sunday we would drink beers and share new tunes. One of those nights went pretty late and we joked around about covering each others songs. A few days later I had Joel’s version of ‘Plastic Flowers’ in my inbox. It was good. I thought to myself, ‘that motherfucker’ and got to work on ‘Summer Body.’ At that point we realized we were both fans of each other’s music.
Joel: I had this idea one day: wouldn’t it be rad if all the Porch Party bands covered a song from our catalog? Just a fun family exercise, thinking it would be cool to hear different versions of songs we’d already put out from artists already on the label. I thought, ‘If I do one, maybe everyone will want to do one!’ So I recorded a cover of one of my favorite Dustin songs. I sent it to him to see what he thought, and in what seemed like 24 hours, I had a version of one of my songs from Dustin. On first listen together, we both thought, ‘I almost like your version better.’ Hopefully we get some more cover swaps out of it!
What’s coming up next for each of you?
Dustin: I am pretty deep into tracking my second record. It’s full of some weird shit. Arabic worship, crying babies, abandoned skyscrapers and Frank Lenz. It’s gonna be a real barn burner. Joel is reading the chemical breakdown to Xanthan gum in one song and also plays bass on about half of it. Kids got chops.
Joel: I’ve honestly just been absorbing music lately. I’ve been playing live in multiple bands (including Dustin’s group), listening to a lot of records, going out to shows, trying to sit in on anything music related and learn from it. There are so many different aspects to the world of music from recording and touring to business and booking. It’s insane how much work goes into it all. I feel like I just started creeping out of a shell holding some new knowledge and am ready to write some new music.