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Maybe it was all the great bands at Coachella this past weekend, or maybe it’s the sweltering heat that’s found its way back to Southern California but by golly gosh it’s getting too damn hot for house music. We’ve decided to beat the heat with an early Summer edition of our Too Hot 4 House Music series featuring plenty of indie, alternative, rock, and some blues to keep you feeling cool and collected. Big ups to SoCal’s own Burger Records for some strong recent releases and shoutout to Black Pistol Fire and Dreaming Bull for tracks that have stood the test of time. The second half settles more in the indie, folk, singer/songwriter realm with additions from City & Colour, RY X, and Julien Baker as well as some R&B from JMSN and rising star Anderson Paak.

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It would appear there is no stopping Tame Impala. After having just received their 2nd ARIA award for Best Rock Album, the boys re-acquaint themselves with legends like AC/DC, Jett, and Wolfmother and become the winningest band in the category since the awards inception in 1999. When they are not cementing their place in rock history, one band member finds time for his solo psych-rock side project, GUM.
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As this warm summer week comes to a close and the weekend begins, The Interns deliver their third Industry Analysis for another showcase of the sounds that they would put their money behind – if they were betting men.

Featuring everything from mood-elevating, feel-good vibes to ominous late-night thunder, this edition of the playlist series is a trip to the desert and back with an eclectic array of genuine talent that The Interns believe in, including both up-and-coming and more established acts. Enjoy the playlist above, and if you haven’t already, listen to their latest mix, “The Interns Present: Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer” below and/or download it here.

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“This time around, I wanted that shit to sound tough, crisp — and fucking massive,” big words from the legend Mark Ronson who’s latest album “Uptown Special” is sure to live up to the self induced hype. Enlisting a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist to assist in the lyrical division, as well as a legion of critically acclaimed musicians and talent Ronson himself drove down to Mississippi to discover/acquire will surely assist in the imminent success of this project. If you’re going to do something, you mine as well fucking do it, it would seem. Among the deep roster of talent Ronson has enlisted is Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame, a talent which made the cut for three seperate appearances on the record. The result, as embedded below, is not quite full quality, but certainly worth the listen. It is a driving psychedelic journey with influences rooted in the American South and and post funk movements that paint a pretty heavy picture. Hear for yourself..

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So EDC now stands for Extremely Defeated Currently, as is my current state post Vegas vibes.. Which means a much needed Too Hot For House Music is in order with some major pysch rock vibes to turn down to. Big tunes this week as a demo for “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” sees the light of the internet, some Toro Y Moi, Jungle, and new Alt-J, assemble for a big vibe to tune out to. Beach it, drive to it, or sleep in til’ 3 pm to it, whatever you do, stay chill.

As the tail end of the week graciously gives way to another weekend, the time has come to catch some different feels in the music realm. Too Hot For House Music is back with a moon oriented roster of tunes to kick back and stare at the heavens to. A little bit of blues, some rock n’ roll, a smidgen of folk, it’s eclectic but not hectic. So rest your weary head and let the music set the mood as another weekend washes over in Los Angeles!

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It’s about to be my first summer in Los Angeles and I’ve quickly come to realize that four on the floor all day long can get a little toasty. I’ve been digging through the SoundCloud archives to find some indie tunes that tickle my fancy and I’ve started to see a different side of the musical spectrum again. I’ve put together a playlist with some rock and alternative vibes that’ve left me quite tantalized as of late. From California locals, to Auzzie jam bands, and various talents that have cooled me off for the first couple heat waves that hit LA County, the goal is to feature new talent that’s ripe for the Summer season, so check back weekly and consider this your musical A/C unit for the coming months!

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Marking the start of an exciting new collaborative project, Wolf + Lamb proudly shared the debut release of The Waves & Us earlier this weekend. Formed out of a creative meeting of minds between Maayan Nidam, Markus Nikolaus and Louis McGuire, theirs is a sound that strengthens the storied approach of a live band with the experimental thrust of analogue electronics. Pop and rock fundamentals lend an earthly hook to the tracks, but these are anything but straight-forward songs. Continue Reading

Genesis, one of the all time greatest British Rock bands, receives a face lift from GUM (of Tame Impala fame) to announce his debut LP, “Delorean Highway,” a collection of 10 songs described as “paranoid pop songs, mostly about falling in love and all of the things that he thinks are going to kill him.” Set to be released on the new imprint created by Tame Impala’s management, Spinning Top Records, an independent label under Warner Australia’s independent divison. With a massive 13 min psychedelic rock journey from Mink Mussel Creek as their first release, it’s safe to say this new label is sprouting legs. Stay tuned as the journey continues, free download here.

My love for The Bloody Beetroots has blossomed yet again. I had the opportunity to catch an unplugged set the last time they were in Hollywood, and seeing this softer side to the musicians was pretty surreal. I mean, usually you have Sir Bob and co. rippin’ and tearin’ around on stage yellin’ god knows what and rockin’ that shit like it’s still the 80’s and metal is still cool as fuck. But beneath it all are some amazingly talented musicians (no surprise here), and this track with Theophilus London really hammers that point home. Jazz, hip-hop, rock drums, back up singers, WHAT IS THIS! I don’t know, but I’m into it. Rock on.