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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 26, Burger Records Jaill.  Words by John Wenzel.

Also From Issue 26, Ninja Tune Records Andreya Triana.  Words by Alaina L. Lewis.

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If you love hearing a band that dives into the heavy topics of today such as monsters, time-travel, funny books, and other things-Dayton, Ohio’s own Duderus is for you!

The nerdcore group have released the video for “The Macho Man” in support of their latest EP via FM Records Rinse/Repeat, which is out today.

“The Macho Man” and the video pays homage to all that was great in the 80s: VHS tapes, pro wrestling, and backyard shenanigans.  How could we ask for anything more?!

To listen to the rest of Rinse/Repeat, click here.

 

 

Okay Lindon have released their next single from their upcoming album Changes, “It’s Automatic”.

Changes will be the fourth full-length from the Cincinnati band fronted by songwriter Dustin Smith. Trading in loud guitars for a 12-string acoustic, accordion, and violin, the new record shares more of a sound with the folk revival of the 60’s than Smith’s shoegaze-inspired past. If only some of those singer songwriters could writes as good of songs as Okay Lindon does.

The new album “Changes” will be released at Communivale on September 24. Digital and disc pre-orders are available at Poptek Records now.

Listen to “It’s Automatic” here:

 

okay-lindonOkay Lindon have released the single “My Spiritual Life” from their upcoming album Changes.

Changes will be the fourth full-length from the Cincinnati band fronted by songwriter Dustin Smith. Trading in loud guitars for a 12-string acoustic, accordion, and violin, the new record shares more of a sound with the folk revival of the 60’s than Smith’s shoegaze-inspired past. If only some of those singer songwriters could writes as good of songs as Okay Lindon does.

The new album “Changes” will be released at Communivale on September 24. Digital and disc pre-orders are available at Poptek Records now.

Listen to “My Spiritual Life” here:

 

 

Yesterday, Arcade Fire’s lead singer Will Bulter shared the video “Friday Night”.  The song is part of his new live solo album Friday Night which will be released on vinyl September 9.  “Friday Night”, directed by comedian Jo Firestone, stars Will and his family as they take a playful look ahead into the future.

Jo Firestone is a comedian and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has created and hosts several live shows around the city and also stars in a web series called “Womanhood” with Aparna Nancherla. She was named one of Vulture’s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015.” Of the video, Firestone says, “I’m a big fan of Will. His album is incredible. He’s so talented, and on top of that he’s nice—and he’s so talented that he really doesn’t have to be nice at all. I’m certainly not worthy to make music videos for him, but we tried our best.”

Recorded mostly at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 4, 2015, Friday Night includes five brand-new songs including the title track, five from his debut full-length Policy, and two songs Will wrote for the Guardian newspaper last year. Featuring artwork by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, the new live album is the perfect companion to Policy and an exciting look ahead to what we can expect from Will Butler.

Friday Night is available now on CD and digitally, or for pre-order on LP in the Merge store along with an exclusive zippered tote bag designed by Will himself.

Watch “Friday Night” here:

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 41, Remote Control/Milk Records Courtney Barnett.  Words by Chad Wells.

Also from Issue 41, Anyway Records Kyle Sowashes.  Words by Tim Anderl.

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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 39, FM Records Duderus.  Words by Tommy Johnson.  Photo by Jessica Campbell.

Also from Issue 39, Fat Cat Records Mazes.  Words by Aaron van Dorn.

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Based out of Columbus, OH, singer-songwriter Mary Lynn is armed with a rock band, her heart, and a force of pop energy.­  Her debut release on Anyway Records proves she has the superpower ability to spin a phrase with the catchiest hooks imaginable.

Her former band of nearly a decade, This Is My Suitcase, released three records of noise-­inflected art pop before the band decided to move on, leaving Mary Lynn to pursue her own music. Following up from the heartfelt pop diary that was her first solo album, Familiar Things & Places, her upcoming release strikes a louder, braver pose.

Drenched in beautiful melodies and vulnerability, My Animal dives confidently into deep emotional territory while maintaining a unique pop-­rock energy that consistently surprises. Her strong melodies soar above the painful experiences that birthed them; all while sticking to listener’s minds like glue. Quite simply, My Animal is full of terrific pop-rock-and-roll hits.

“The album, to me, is truly a force of energy.  It’s about movement and growing and feeling alive. It’s full of highs and lows and glimmers of hope. These are songs I wrote with my rock band in mind, but still coming straight from my heart.”

Mary Lynn partnered with mixing engineer Bill Moriarty (Man Man, Dr Dog) to help bring My Animal into the true sonic animal it is. And Mary Lynn says her music is just what she strives to be: “Real; Honest; Human; Myself.

My Animal will be nationally released on September 23rd, 2016 through Anyway Records.

Here’s the first single off of My Animal, “Two and Two”.