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Merging neo-psyche and baroque pop influences, along with sharp songwriting, the Dallas-based duo Corner Suns captivate those who are fans of artists such as The Zombies, Magnetic Fields, and The Shins. Corner Suns – John Dufilho (The Apples In Stereo, The Deathray Davies) and Brandon Carr (The Earlies) – released their self-titled debut in January; memorable vocals and pop hooks offer listeners some incredible tunes.

“My original idea for this record was for it to be really heavy,” says Dufilho. “I wanted to make something that sounded like Black Sabbath, but I realized that I had no idea how to write songs like that.”

“It’s true, our psychedelic Black Sabbath concept was a misadventure,” Carr jokes. “My voice was still muddled from the years off, but John helped me find it again, and the songs really began to come together.”

Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering Corner Suns video for “The Rattle In The Room” – the most recent single taken from the self-titled album. The track also features vocals from singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe. Locals in Dallas will quickly take notice on the location of where the video was shot, Good Records.

“It was just one continuous shot,” says Dufilho. “One angle, start to finish. I zoomed in, changed colors, used fish eye lenses, mirror imaging, stretched, pushed and pulled until the image matched the one in my head, ha!”

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“I’ve spent most of my life making music but not enough time sharing it. This changes now. Life is magic. Do what you love.”

Those words are from Daniel Howie, former front-man of North Carolina’s alternative rock band Sugar Glyder.  Now branching out into his own, Howie has begun a new project Mouth Sounds.   Going with Howie’s cutting vocals, Mouth Sounds delves deeper into exploring elements of electronica and indie pop.

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Howie on the single “Slow DiMaggio”:

“This was by far the most collaborative song on the EP.  Mark Eckert and I pretty much put this track together in the studio.  My effort to sonically expand the breadth and range of the EP combined with Mark’s profound ability to write, produce, mix and collaborate.

“Design the world you want.  Clouds in the foreground.  Color outside the lines.  Die happy.  Violet skies.  Lions all line the shore.  Kid to a king and I…”

“Slow DiMaggio” will be featured on Mouth Sounds upcoming debut EP Sing or Swim, set for release on February 28 via Coast Records.

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Detroit-based rock duo PALACES released a slew of singles over the past two years that contained pulsing 80s new wave with droney vocals and lo-fi shoegaze.  The tracks were just the start of the bigger picture with PALACES; on February 17th, the band will be releasing their long-anticipated album New Hollywood Emotion.

The single off of New Hollywood Emotion “Chocolate” highlights the bold vision that PALACES are pushing towards.  Staying true to themselves, the duo continue to have their own unique interpretation within their musical landscape.  Here’s what PALACES said regarding “Chocolate”:

“If New Hollywood Emotion is a combination of Eastern Europe’s cold, melodic, synthesized heartbeat with California’s laid back, reverb-soaked nervous system, then Chocolate would be the stopover in Ibiza before heading to the west coast. It’s distinct, heavy guitar riffs act like a wave pushing the listener along while the capricious synth melodies attempt to shake the listener off the surfboard. Chocolate moves the body and soul in an experience of enjoyable chaos.”

Enjoy the single “Chocolate” here:


Following the release of their third album Marginalia in 2014 and the 2015 release Sunshine Special, the Athens, Greece quartet Baby Guru voyaged onwards to focus on their individual endeavors.  Singer Prins Obi and drummer King Elephant released their own solo efforts.  Bassist Sir Kosmiche produced Congo’s own Molimo debut album and joined the psych-rock group Chickn.

The four childhood friends have now unified once again and are about to release the forthcoming album IV, out on April 7th via Inner Ear Records.  With IV, Baby Guru have found themselves pushing the boundaries of their music; focusing on spontaneity and unexpected inspiration.  Baby Guru’s obsession with the kraut rock legacy, pop melodies, psychedelic music and mama Africa percussion experiments continue to drive the band’s worldly sound.  Feelings and thoughts on their everyday struggles, romance, and the illusions of fame present a richness to Baby Guru’s lyrics.

Enjoy the first single from IV “Tell Me What You’re Made Of”:

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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 29, Nervous Intent Records Street Eaters.  Words by Matt Lebens.  Photo by Leo Docuyanan

Also from Issue 29, Domino Recording Company My Twin Sister (formally Twin Sister).  Words by Aaron Von Dorn.  Photo by Jon Stars

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On January 18th, 2016, Washington, D.C. musician Brahm (born Chaz Barber) posted a cryptic message on Facebook: “Rebirth”.  Following that post, Brahm posted pictures with nothing tied to them: a classic cat keyboard scratcher, a box full of floppy disks, and his logo.  The anticipation was crippling for Brahm’s fans; all of them enquiring to find out what was happening.  Behind those postings was Brahm carefully crafting his long awaited return to making music again; February 24th, Brahm will release the forthcoming album Ratimis via Swedish Columbia.

Consumed with hip-hop from the 80s, Brahm became heavily involved in wanting to produce.  In 1993, he purchased an ASR-10 sampling keyboard (used by notables that included Wu Tang’s own RZA).  Analog guitars, keys, effects, grimy drum samples, catchy vibes have all captured the essence of Brahm’s tunes.  It’s been over a decade since Brahm put out any material; hundreds of tracks and two albums (the last being 2006’s Built To Be Brought Down).  Swedish Columbia’s label runner and past collaborator Shelby Cinca reached out to Brahm to see if there’s any interest in getting back to creating music.  After Cinca reached out and explained how he wanted to release material, Brahm pulled out the ASR-10 again and got back to work.

The concept for the new album, according to Brahm:

Ratimis is a future city where a sole broadcast station is the only media that has been left available to the public. A city once so developed by smart technology and mass media was devastated by the lobotronix.eye crash of 2138, in which the primary operational unit R.A.T.I. (Reactive Arbitrating Terminal Intelligence) had developed so much sentience it finally determined that shut down was the ultimate decision. People panicked. Most perished. Only the mysterious cat, Saki, who can be seen lurking near the central transmission hub, knows who or what is behind these broadcasts. Decomposing cables, wires, televisions, VCRs and music equipment have now overrun the landscape and the few remaining are awaiting the next sign.  The next directive.  The next broadcast.

Pre-Order Ratimis here:

Listen to the single off of Ratmis “Lobotronix”: