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VIDEO PREMIERE: CITY OF REPTILES (DIR. TEN-HEADED SKELETON)

July 1st, 2020

You already know Ten-Headed Skeleton even if you don’t think you know Ten-Headed Skeleton—that’s the recent alias-slash-identity-reinvention of L.A.’s Michael Nhat, the ferociously independent outsider artist/rapper/producer/and probably more, with recent musical output including the “Suffocate On Honey” 7″ and his earlier full-length Evil Doing. But…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: YUNG STUDENT LOANS “GMSIL (GET MY LIFE)”

May 31st, 2020

Sometimes listening to a song is like walking in on someone in the bathroom. It feels too intimate—something for an audience of one. That’s the energy of every song on Yung Student Loans' new album, I Stay Lonely (A True Romance), but never more present than on “GMSIL (Get My Life),” a slow-burn somber-trap jam for hard hearts.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LITRONIX “FOR ALL THE SPECIAL SOULS”

April 30th, 2020

Last year Kevin Litrow and his solo persona Litronix put out Elvis Lives, an album that was something between a recalibration and a reinvention. Recorded by the esteemed producer Greg Ashley, Elvis Lives saw Litrow dial down his signature throbbing Suicide-style synthesizer and motorik robo-rhythms to explore something more traditionally transcendental: guitar and human voice, channeling the full force of the human spirit.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BLACKSEOUL (JUPITER BLACK + TRE SEOUL) “BOLD”

April 22nd, 2020

Jupiter Black and the enigmatic Tre Seoul team up here on a song and visual that’s spook-blime. Jupiter is either cursing or blessing a wayward youth, played by the stoic Sistergrass. Tre exists in a visual vacuum, a man apart observing and reporting but never retorting, letting Jupiter do the work of possessing folk. Their verses are pure syrup, delivered like sorbet melting in the sun—drip drip.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: LEVITATION ROOM “QUARANTINE”

April 13th, 2020

L.A.'s Levitation Room put out their Headspace (Greenway Records) last fall and took the scenic route through all the microbiomes of mid-to-late 60s psychedelia, although they skipped Altamont to spend more time at Monterey Pop. But now without access to any outside studios (or outside ... anything?) they've retreated to a more fundamental format. "Quarantine" is the understated acoustic coda Headspace never had, the contemporary reincaration of those mellow moments on so many underrated little-band-on-big-label psych LPs. There couldn't be a better time for this sort of indoors mood.