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Issue 39, featuring Shabazz Palaces on shelves this week!

Print issue #39 of Ghettoblaster will be hitting shelves near you any day! It’s a great one too, featuring Shabazz Palaces on the cover and interviews from Shellac, Dilated Peoples, Electric Wizard, The Black Angels, The New Pornographers, Blonde Redhead, Flying Lotus, Zola Jesus, plus America’s Funnyman Neil Hamburger, Cinemax‘s The Knick, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Oni Comics‘ Black … More »

Grieves

A Different Kind Of Wild; A video interview with Grieves

Earlier this year, Seattle rapper Grieves returned to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The insatiable, devil-may-care MC is well known for his meticulous exploration of life, love and loss, through a unique medley of hip-hop and soulful music. Together with B. Lewis, Grieves created 14 new tracks, combining organic pianos and guitars with … More »

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Song Premiere: White Girl, “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.”

Kansas City electronic artist White Girl is fresh off an appearance at Dancefestopia, headlined by R3hab, DVBBS and MAKJ among others. White Girl is preparing to release his forthcoming 7” “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.” b/w “Cocky” on November 4 on vinyl and digital formats through Nice, Nice Records. White Girl, the brain-child of Martin Bush, is a live electronic dance-infused romp through eternal … More »

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Charting Dark Waters; An interview with Ben Flanagan of Black Map

From day one, the members of San Francisco’s Black Map possessed one common goal. So what united singer and guitarist Ben Flanagan (Trophy Fire), guitar player Mark Engles (Dredg), and drummer Chris Robyn (Far) in 2013? Simply, to create a band that was both heavy and beautiful. They find it on their full-length debut for minus HEAD Records, …And We … More »

L.E.O.

Albums In The Stream: L.E.O., Whatever Is Necessary, Vol. 2, Left Out Stranded Everywhere

There are rappers that rap about their fantasies of getting paid, and then there are the other ones who stay true to the game. While their subject matter might not connect with a mainstream audience, they’re nevertheless effective at reaching their fans and make sure the connection between the artist and fan is genuine. One of those emcees is Love … More »

JoyCut

Waiting On Mr. Man: An interview with Pasco Pezzillo of JoyCut

Italy’s foremost dark-wave  exponents, JoyCut, create mesmerizing, primarily instrumental music that’s experimental yet accessible.  They interweave electronic, keyboard-driven melodies with percussion performed on found objects from the urban landscape into powerful, haunting sonic tapestries that are alternately biting and mellow.  Based in Bologna, the quartet formed in 2001, taking their name from the conceptual conjunction between the Nick Drake song … More »

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From The Horse’s Mouth: Richard Spitzer (Loveskills) on Pure EP

Brooklyn-based producer Loveskills creates a unique style of music that has proven to be quite difficult to pin down, blending together elements of electronica infused R&B with pop sensibilities and occasional hints of hip hop. His 2013 release, the aptly titled Multiplicity, was described as everything from “a modern day pop furore” to “a diverse extra-sensory experience” to “a fusion … More »

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From The Horse’s Mouth: Martin Ejlersten (Black Light White Light) on Gold Into Dreams

Black Light White Light excels at blending distorted ‘90s shoegaze rock with jangly West Coast ‘60s-inspired pop. Such a bohemian blend of musical influences is heard throughout the Danish trio’s latest effort, Gold Into Dreams, which dropped in the U.S. on October 14. At the core of Black Light White Light is singer/guitarist Martin Ejlersten, currently rounded out by brothers … More »

Grammar

From The Horse’s Mouth: Barrie Lindsay (Grammar) on Grammar EP

Grammar is the project of 24-year-old Barrie Lindsay. Lindsay grew up outside of Boston and studied music theory and composition at Wesleyan in Connecticut. She formed Grammar her senior year as part of her thesis, where it took the shape of a 15-piece orchestral chamber pop group. After graduating, Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for the sculptor George Sherwood … More »