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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

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Turbo Lightning – “Faster Than Light”

My biggest band obsession so far in 2014 has been Turbo Lightning. Their creative pedigree is strong; Dana Poblete (Batwings Catwings) sings and Jeff Byron (The Mae Shi, and also BWCW now) plays guitar. Turbo Lighting sounds like a weirdo’s anthemic rock, but under a slight dreampop influence. Poblete sings with introspection, phasing between vulnerability and empowerment. I love blasting this record driving through LA mid-day with my car windows down. It’s recorded for sunshine conditions.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

You can try-and-buy the Faster than Light EP here. My favorite track changes every day. I think I’ve settled on “Crimson Vision”. It’s a love song. Writing a good love song that sounds fresh, sincere, and true is no small thing. I’m told a full-length is in the works.

Turbo Lightning just released a music video for the single, named same as the EP.



The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives

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The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives

Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives is my favorite record of the year so far. Stop the presses. I know. You didn’t see that coming. I’ve no pretenses; The Henry Clay People are my favorite band and I effuse their praise with regularity. The most unreliable of narrators am I. My take on the record after the jump.

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Rademacher – Baby Hawk (Part III of III)

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Rademacher – Baby Hawk (Part III of III)

Baby Hawk (Part III of III), the final entry in Rademacher‘s three-disc collection of concept albums detailing the exploits of fictional, semi-autobiographical Silverlake band Baby Hawk, came out last week. This project began last July, and Rademacher has saved the best installment for last. My musings after the break.

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Matthew Teardrop EP

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Matthew Teardrop EP

Matthew Teardrop (the frontman for Manhattan Murder Mystery) has a lo-fi EP out now for Pay What You Want. (I suggest $6.66.) It’s not produced by Steve Albini.



The Fay Wrays – “Strange Confessor”

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The Fay Wrays – “Strange Confessor”

The Fay Wrays (Fresno, CA) play a sort of hardcore / prog-metal music that I am utterly unqualified to critique. All I’ll hazard to say about their recent release Strange Confessor is that 1) I like it a good deal and 2) it is a relentless ass-kicker. Really. When I need a pick-me-up in the car, I flip to “when we storm the gates we sing this song” and set my ears to bleed.

Stream and buy here. Check it out!



Rademacher – “Baby Hawk (Part I of III),” show this Thursday 7/14

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Rademacher – “Baby Hawk (Part I of III),” show this Thursday 7/14

Fresno’s Rademacher (fronted by Malcolm Sosa, a chummer of mine) returns to LA this Thursday, July 14th at The Bootleg Theatre to celebrate the launch of their new record release, the first of three parts of an album titled Babyhawk. More after the jump.

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Manhattan Murder Mystery – S/T

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Manhattan Murder Mystery – S/T

Here is the challenge before me: in a few paragraphs, I am going to tell you that the self-titled record released by Manhattan Murder Mystery a couple months ago is the best new rock record you will hear all year, and I need you to believe me.

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The Henry Clay People – This Is A Desert EP (and shows this weekend)

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The Henry Clay People – This Is A Desert EP (and shows this weekend)

Over the last three years I’ve seen The Henry Clay People (and singer / guitarist Joey Siara in particular) consume whole genres of rock canon with ravenous appetite and unabashed enthusiasm. Their most recent release, the This Is A Desert EP, says goodbye to all that. It is their most forward-thinking record to date.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kanye West – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kanye West – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

When the music critics aren’t critiquing the music on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, when instead of asking “Is this good music?” they ask “What is Kanye West doing here?” then you know Kanye has won: he is a genuine, bonafide and rarified, capital-A Artist.

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DOWNLOAD: LA Font – “The American Leagues” album for FREE! (limited time only!)

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DOWNLOAD: LA Font – “The American Leagues” album for FREE! (limited time only!)

For a limited time only, LA’s garage indie rockers LA Font* are offering their full-length album “The American Leagues” for free. LA Font have been earning the appraisal of LA’s local tastemakers,  so go grab that shit!

*(LA Font… like “elephant”. Get it?)

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