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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 22, Don Giovanni Records Screaming Females.  Words by Jim Testa.  Photo by Toni Skotcher.

Also from Issue 22, Weightless Recordings Illogic.  Words by Mildred C. Fallen.  Photo by Roman Titus.

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October 28th can’t come fast enough.  Why you ask?  Tanimura Midnight will we be releasing their latest album Tears Disappeared In The Night. Coming off from their 2015’s Wrong Number, Tanimura Midnight have taken their admiration for 80’s cinema scores, 8-bit gamer soundtracks, and Air to soaring heights. Deeper waves of synth, dramatic guitars conjure up classic tech-noir film soundtracks vibes.

Revered to many for his stunning work with DC punk/emo projects Frodus and Decahedron, Shelby Cinca is guiding Tanimura Midnight alongside Nick Anderson(Aloha, Title Tracks). Over the last few years, Tanimura Midnight have garnered global recognition; the live action video for Playstation 3’s game Hotline Miami 2 was largely acclaimed.

Today, Tanimura Midnight has released the first single off of Tears Disappeared In The Night, “M-Blade”. Here’s what Cinca said regarding the song:

“M-Blade is the only track I co-wrote with my friend Marcus Baide who handles animatics (a video of how the storyboard and transitions work) for Cartoon Network. He’s always busy doing that but he’s also great piano player and a fan of fusion/jazz stuff like Return To Forever which is our funny meeting point on music. After finally meeting up, I started with drums while we were eating nachos at a bar and then finished up in my studio space as I guided him and sampled his riffs. The final version veered towards Jan Hammer with a synth-bend break that was a small side-thought during our session which I feel captured an eerie feel that never was really explored in Tanimura Midnight tracks. I definitely hope to make more tracks with Marcus in the future and hopefully get his original tunes to see the light!”

As one of Swedish Columbia Records “Synthwave October” releases, the cassette version of Tears Disappeared In The Night will appear in the labels’ Mock-VHS 80’s packaging.

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(photo: Stephanie Baker)
(photo: Stephanie Baker)

Inspired by the vibe of the music songwriting qualities that Harry Nilsson, Emitt Rhodes, Syd Barrett and The Iveys laid down, Dayton, Ohio musician M Ross Perkins has crafted an old-fashioned album filled with psychedelic-tinged rock. The track “Amazing Grace (Grandma’s Dead) – with tongue firmly in cheek – is from Perkins debut self-titled album, out October 14 via SofaBurn Records.

“In 1995, I learned that your grandmother’s possessions are completely worthless until she dies, at which point they inexplicably become valuable. I wrote this song as a way to explore that idea, as well as to express the unique elation that you feel when your grandma’s house becomes a retail liquidation free-for-all,” Perkins explained.

To pre-order the CD, click 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 30,  Stones Throw Records M.E.D.  Words by Matt Bauer.  Photo by Lorie Moulton.

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In spring 2014, Dayton, Ohio’s Me Time released their debut EP, Vol. 1.  Led by singer-songwriter Andy Smith, the tracks merged ‘50s rock with sun-drenched ‘60s pop.  Now comes the video for the first single off of Me Time’s latest Vol. 2, “Helicopter Moon”.

Throughout Vol. 2, Me Time still maintains their sweet melodic delivery courtesy of Smith’s heart-on-the-sleeve approach.   Adding M Ross Perkins (Sofaburn Records) on bass and vocals, the band sways towards the psych-pop side of things.  The result is chiming guitars to propulsive rhythms to full-out bombastic rock n’ roll, all while maintaining a cohesive voice.

Watch “Helicopter Moon”:

The release date for Vol. 2 is November 5th.