All posts by Tommy Johnson

The indie rock being pumped out in the 90s should unquestionably be considered as one of the best times in music. The constant hearty flow of bands surging onto the scene allowed fans to take stock and witness greatness unfolding before them. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, WVWhite’s own Tyler Trent was able to fully get the opportunity to immerse himself into the decade-long run of stellar bands/artists/songs. Tyler also has had his father to fall back on and learn a thing or two (musician formerly a member of Gunshy Ministers and Bush League All-Stars).

After dropping an EP in January 2012 and their impressive debut LP in February 2014, WVWhite is set to release their sophomore LP House of Spiritual Athletes on April 21 via Anyway Records. Today, Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the video for the single from the new album “Truth Is New”.

Moving onward with their mucky sound, it’s hard to not pick up on the guidance set forth from well-liked bands such as Pavement and Sleater-Kinney. All the way through “Truth Is New”, the reckless  nature of memories blasting those early scrubby 90s tunes are ever  present. WVWhite goes about it on their own terms, which is absolutely refreshing.

(Visit WVWhite here:
BANDCAMP: https://wvwhite.bandcamp.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wvwhitemusic/)

If you want to be swimming in millions of dollars, you got to be a hustler.  That means networking with the big dogs of the Fortune 500 companies, closing the deals that are presented to you, etc.  Now if you are one that wants to cut their teeth in making money the shortest way possibly-follow the blueprint that Company Man have laid out.  Since their early days of formulating their business plan to today-testimonials have been flowing in for those who have made millions after attending the group’s seminars and obtaining their CDs.

Alright-in all actuality, The Company Man aren’t in the business of making money.  Instead, they are comprised of members from Dayton, Ohio’s own Motel Beds and Me Time.  Together, Company Man provide harmonious vocals and old school rock influences to their tunes.

Today, Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the video for “Floor Machine”.  The single is coming off of Company Man’s upcoming EP Endless Growth, which is slated for release on April 22nd.

(To visit:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/companyman4life/
BANDCAMP: https://companymanrich.bandcamp.com/)

Today Katie Crutchfield announced that her fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second full-length with Merge Records Out in the Storm will be released on July 14.  Crutchfield also shared the video for the first single “Silver”.

“It’s about self-examination and the different shapes that takes, good and bad. I wanted it to be abstract and poetic, but I also wanted to align it with the other songs on the album, since they’re all so connected lyrically,” Crutchfield says about “Silver”.

Out in the Storm is Crutchfield’s most autobiographical and honest album to date.  A self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life, the blazing result is a woman reawakened.

OUT IN THE STORM TRACKLISTING:
1. Never Been Wrong
2. 8 Ball
3. Silver
4. Recite Remorse
5. Sparks Fly
6. Brass Beam
7. Hear You
8. A Little More
9. No Question
10. Fade

Waxahatchee on tour:
Apr 18 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
Apr 19 Chicago, IL – Metro *
Apr 20 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *
Apr 21 Chicago, IL – Metro *
Apr 22 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
Apr 25 Boston, MA – House of Blues *
Apr 26 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
Apr 27 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
Apr 28 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
Apr 29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
Apr 30 Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony ^
May 01 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
May 02 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
May 03 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s *
May 04 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall *
May 05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
May 06 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
May 22 New York, NY – Vulture Festival panel with Allison Crutchfield
Jun 21-25 Calgary, AB – Sled Island
Sep 01 Gdansk, PL – Soundrive Festival
Sep 03 North Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep 04 London, UK – The Garage
Sep 05 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
Sep 06 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep 07 Brighton, UK – Komedia
Sep 08 Heer, BE – Deep in the Woods
Sep 11 Paris, FR – Le Batofar
Sep 12 Lyon, FR – Le Periscope
Sep 13 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Sep 14 Zürich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Sep 15 Capri, IT – Mattatoio
Sep 16 Milano, IT – Biko
Sep 17 Munich, DE – Milla
Sep 18 Ljubljana, SI – Gala Hala
Sep 19 Vienna, AT – Arena
Sep 20 Prague, CZ – Klub 007
Sep 22 Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
Sep 23 Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 Lund, SE – Mejerit
Sep 25 Göteborg, SE – Pustervik
Sep 26 Stockholm, SE – Obaren
Sep 27 Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Sep 28 Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
Sep 29 Groningen, NL – Vera
Oct 01 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet

* duo performance, w/ The New Pornographers

^ duo performance

When Kelley Deal (Breeders/R. Ring) presses her hands on anything, it immediately becomes special.  Take for example her involvement with producer/dj King Baby Nuxhall’s project Special Teams.  The song “SunFire” was originated when Deal needed some assistance on a musical endeavor that she was involved with other musicians.  Nuxhall’s experience with Deal was so much fun, making more music together seemed to be a no-brainer.  Nuxhall says that future singles will have other guests, ranging from all parts of the musical spectrum.  The goal according to Nuxhall is to have fun and make some “twisted tunes”.

Special Teams

Deal and Nuxhall have recently released the video for “SunFire”.  Classic Deal vocals glide through the ominous beats, creating a dark and trippy feel to the song that will you hypnotized.

(Visit Special Teams here: https://specialteamsmusic.bandcamp.com/)

The current state of commercial hip-hop has never been fully examined in the way that Coolzey showcases in the clever single “Tough Guy”.

Today, Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the Midwestern abstract emcee’s song, coming off from the forthcoming Coolsay Too.

Released this Friday (April 21st) via Public School Records, the EP falls along the line between lounge-rap, nerdcore, and slap-stick comedy.  Soce The Elemental Wizard has once again joined Coolzey (real name is Zachary Eli Lint) to produce Coolsay Too, with guests that include DJ Douggpound (who also writes for the television shows Tim & Eric and Portlandia).

Following a childhood obsession with another comedy/musician ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, Coolzey’s devotion to hip-hop, rap, along with other genres has pushed him to push the boundaries of songwriting.  Not only has Coolzey shared the stage with Brand Nubian and Jurassic 5, but he also has performed with punk rockers Dead Milkmen.   Besides what hip-hop is today, other topics in Coolsay Too include the impending zombie apocalypse, job interviews, and the crippling addiction to literature.

(Visit the band here:
Website: http://coolzey.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Coolzey/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capitalrapital/)

If you were growing in the 90s, you undoubtedly fell under the category of being head over heels in love with Pamela Anderson.  Forget her short stint of the hit ABC sitcom Home Improvement, it was Baywatch that sky-rocketed most of us pre-adolescents into orbit.  Austin, Texas own Sweet Spirit are also smitten with the model/actress; their single “Pamela” is a soulful, energetic pop banger ode to the one that stole all of our hearts so many years ago.

Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the video to “Pamela” today.  Shot and edited by Sean Daigle at the Hotel Vegas booze cruise, the party boat brilliantly captures the essence of the song.

Here is what singer Sabrina Ellis says about the video:

“Slow motion is exciting to watch. There’s a sense of voyeurism, when given the ability to stretch a moment out, and to stare at that moment as it unfolds. There’s a subtle naughtiness to it. Slow motion allows us to see the full arc of a movement, the build up, climax and follow through of a bouncing body part. And we can’t look away.

How apt, to set this footage to a song about the Queen of Life Saving Slomo, Pamela Anderson. While we sing our admiration for the brazen beauty, the camera flirts with pure fluidity, shots so slow they are almost still, and the kinetic dinge of drummer Danny’s ever burning cigarette.“

The single “Pamela” can be found on Sweet Spirit’s latest full-length St. Mojo, which is released today via Austin label Nine Mile Records.

(Visit Sweet Spirit here:

Website: http://www.sweetspiritatx.com/

Bandcamp: https://sweetspirittheband.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweetspirittheband/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweetspiritband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweetspiritband/)

Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine. For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 35, Sire/Elektra Records Spacehog.  Words by Aaron van Dorn.  Photo by Toni Skotcher.

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To subscribe to Ghettoblaster Magazine or to pick up this issue, head over to our In Print page.

Baby Guru have shared a short film for “Tell Me What You’re Made of”, the opening track off their forthcoming album IV.  Directed by Greek filmmaker/singer-songwriter The Boy, the video follows the story a mother and her daughters as work through life in their apartment, alienated protagonists and a pervasive critique of the family.  The six minute film belongs to the to the Greek weird movement.

Baby Guru’s  IV will be released via Inner Ear Records on April 7.

To pre-order the album, go to iTunes.

Detroit-based Jet Rodriguez (real name Cameron Navetta) wrote his first song at the ripe age of eight.  At the age of eighteen, Navetta recorded his first album to critical and internet praise from all over the world.  The songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist will be releasing his latest album Self Preservation on March 31st.

Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the video for the song “Self Preservation” today.  Here is what Navetta said about the track:

“”Self Preservation” is about the innate response to recoil and protect oneself when faced with a difficult situation. I was in a place where I had to choose between sacrificing my well-being and continuing on with the way things were, or leaving in a desperate attempt to save myself. I remember writing the song in the heat of the moment, at the exact time when I needed a real, tangible breakthrough in my life. I was essentially on the verge of a breakdown. I was so torn. I was just searching for a way out, and the process of writing the song helped me come to a place of realization. As much as it was painful, I knew I had to preserve myself at the end of the day.”

Here is what Navetta about the filming of the video:

“The video was shot on a very cold day. We had a wall outside an old venue, some chalk, and a few willing bodies, but not much else. We started to experiment with our resources, and one thing led to the next, and we arrived at the idea to have our friends write the lyrics on the wall as I was singing them. It seemed simple enough so we decided to try to capture it all in one go. It ended up taking a few attempts, but in the end we were left with the “continuous shot” vibe that can be seen in the video. I was really excited when I saw the final cut for the first time.”

(Visit Jet Rodriguez here:

Website:  http://www.jetrodriguez.com/
Bandcamp:  https://jetrodriguez.bandcamp.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jetrodriguezmusic)