Interviews

An Origin Story; An interview with Duncan Lee of Impuritees

Drawing inspiration from such bands as Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala, Canadian Duncan Lee worked through his one-man origins and found himself in possessionof 30 songs that seemed to exit within an insular inspiration. And it would be these songs that formed the basis of his understanding of his solo project, Impuritees. He then met with local producer/engineer Felix … Continue reading An Origin Story; An interview with Duncan Lee of Impuritees

A Beautiful and Terrifying Place; An interview with Brandon Asraf and John Tacon of Brick + Mortar

New Jersey’s Brick + Mortar, comprised of longtime friends Brandon Asraf and John Tacon, have been building a movement. Spreading a message of empathy, positivity, and self motivation, their songs have garnered a notable history at both terrestrial and satellite radio, with singles like “Locked in a Cage,” “Hollow Tune,” and “Train,” which remained on AltNations Alt 18 for 10 … Continue reading A Beautiful and Terrifying Place; An interview with Brandon Asraf and John Tacon of Brick + Mortar

Brushing Off The Cobwebs; An Interview with Sam Boatright Of Hush Machine

Looking all around him, Sam Boatright began noticing that a chance of scenery was needed for him.  Leaving his post in the garage-psych band Psychic Heat to explore other opportunities, the twenty-one Lawrence, Kansas musician went back to music that he archived years ago. Channeling the moniker that he kept dormant till just recently Hush Machine, Boatright’s self-titled debut album … Continue reading Brushing Off The Cobwebs; An Interview with Sam Boatright Of Hush Machine

Exploring The Unknown; An Interview with Daniel Vega of Desert Culture

Daniel Vega didn’t go far when finding inspiration when work began for They’re Not Gone-his family.  Along with hearing several stories from his relatives’ lineage, Vega intertwined them with bizarre events that occurred in the 1940’s and 50’s.   In the end, Vega pieced together lyrics that focus on death: the involvement, the aftermath, and how to continue on while being … Continue reading Exploring The Unknown; An Interview with Daniel Vega of Desert Culture

Hold On Hope; An interview with Kyle Miller of Tow’rs

The story of Tow’rs began in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally a group of strangers, they found each other through a deep love for music and story telling. Over the years, they’ve become a family; writing music and the story of their lives together. Today, April 28, the band releases Grey Fidelity. The grey inconclusive nature of life felt … Continue reading Hold On Hope; An interview with Kyle Miller of Tow’rs

Blerds of a Feather – Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance Engages Community

In June, Ghettoblaster Magazine talked to Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance’s founder, Aiesha Little.  MBSFA is an online (and IRL) community aimed at supporting the efforts of African-American speculative fiction creators (writers, comic illustrators, musicians, authors and filmmakers) of all genres. Recently, MBSFA hosted their 2nd Annual Black Comix Day as a way to showcase homegrown visual artists from the Greater Cincinnati … Continue reading Blerds of a Feather – Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance Engages Community

Sadistik Talks About His Salo Sessions

No Photos, Please. That’s the idea I get from this photo of Cody Foster here, better known as Sadistik, the rapper that originally hails from the northwest.  It seems apropos because what I get from the Seattle rapper isn’t the sense of narcissism but an idea that he wants to let the music he’s making speak for itself. He has quietly … Continue reading Sadistik Talks About His Salo Sessions

Storytellers; An interview with Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Indianapolis, Indiana, folk collective Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery recently delivered Alyosha, a psychedelically-tinged, avant-folk record based on a character from Russian novelist Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The literature obsessed band and are set to perform the songs during a January run that brings them to Dayton twice in a month. Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Powell to … Continue reading Storytellers; An interview with Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…

Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…. Club Red, Phoenix, AZ – Find like-minded musicians to play shows with. Check. Play locally and OFTEN. Check. Record music. Check. Release music on your own, selling at shows. Check. Tour. Check. Build a strong following. Check. Over 19,000 fans just can’t be wrong. Since the group’s inception back in 2010 … Continue reading Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…

HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.”

HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.” Phoenix, AZ – Rolling through town were Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, who both record as the unit Hail Mary Mallon. Following their careers throughout the better part of 12 years I’ve seen the change, the growth in both artists. Rob Sonic early in his musical life Sonic Sum, the group he fronted … Continue reading HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.”