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The One With the Clickies

Welcome back to Ghettoblaster Magazine’s Best Song Ever podcast!  Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne will be bringing you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.  Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy the show!

Songs Played on “The One With the Clickies”

Washer- “Figure Me Out” from Here Comes Washer out now on Exploding in Sound

Leapling– “I Decide When it Begins” from Suspended Animation out now on Exploding in Sound

The Goon Sax – “Up to Anything” from Up to Anything out now on Chapter Music

El Perro Del Mar – “Ging Ging” from Kokoro out now on Ging Ging Recordings

Muncie Girls– “Gas Mark 4” from From Caplan to Belsize out now on Animal Style Records

Jordan Clausen – “Glory B” from Javelin out now on Nevado Music

Moonface and Siinai– “Ugly Flower Pretty Vase” from My Best Human Face out now on Jagjaguwar

Ugly Heroes – “Today Right Now” from Everything in Between out now on Mello Music Group

Special thanks to the band Congress for allowing us to use their song “Pond Fight” from their debut album Ugly Eye for our opening song!


Animal Style Records recently welcomed Exeter, UK’s Muncie Girls to their roster. The label will officially release the band’s debut LP From Caplan to Belsize this week along with Specialist Subject Records and Uncle M Music. Pre-Order now! The band has a few headlining shows in March before heading out on tour with Tellison. Full dates listed below.

MAR 08 – London @ The Lexington w/ Apologies, I Have None, Colour Me Wednesday, Iona Cairns
MAR 10 – Exeter @ The Cavern w/ Bird Skulls
MAR 11 – Brighton @ Sticky Mike’s w/ Doe, Fresh, Random Heroes

UK Spring 2016 Tour with Tellison:

MAR 26 – Lincoln @ Liquor
MAR 27 – Leeds @ The Wardrobe
MAR 28 – Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
MAR 29 – Glasgow @ Bloc
MAR 30 – Edinburgh @ The Mash House
MAR 31 – Birmingham @ The Sunflower Lounge
APR 01 – Manchester @ Soundcontrol
APR 02 – Bedford @ Esquires
APR 03 – Bristol @ Stag & Hounds
APR 05 – Guildford @ Boileroom
APR 06 – Oxford @ The Wheatsheaf
APR 07 – London @ The Garage

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday March 4th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are (Barsuk)
Power pop veterans Nada Surf have returned with one of their finest albums to date.  Back in 2012, former Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard joined Nada Surf, which seems to have resulted in a continued re-energizing of the band.  This batch of songs ranges from sweet ballads to 70s inspired folk rock and beyond, all sung to perfection by Matthew Caws.  If you’re in the mood for incredibly enjoyable pop songs with a nice edge then look no further.

Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered (Aftermath)
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released arguably one of the best hip hop albums of all time last year with To Pimp a Butterfly.  He continues on in 2016 with his new release untitled unmastered, eight tracks not used for To Pimp a Butterfly.  Kendrick has already performed several of these untitled tracks live, including on the final episode of the Colbert Report and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  These are dense, complicated, jazz heavy songs with unpredictable, master class rapping by Lamar.  This may end up being the best hip hop release of 2016, which is impressive for something that could’ve easily just been a throwaway.

Muncie Girls – From Caplan to Belsize (Animal Style Records)
English trio Muncie Girls make incredibly catchy and lyrically challenging feminist pop-punk music.  Over the course of just 30 minutes they take on misogyny, praise suffragette heroes, and give a searing indictment of a culture that seems content to forget about it all.  Musically speaking this is a tight and technical set of songs with intricate verses and soaring choruses, which reminds us just how enjoyable really well executed pop-punk can be.  From Caplan to Belsize is a truly special debut album from a talent that will be fun to watch in the future.

Big Ups – Before a Million Universes (Exploding in Sound)
Big Ups thrive on creating a dichotomous relationship between verse and chorus.  Early on in Before a Million Universes their trend of stumbling through half-sung / half-mumbled verses to get to exploding choruses is well established, yet never becomes tiresome.  Over the course of the album the comparisons pile up from Fugazi to Pavement, Melvins to the Pixies, and many others in between.  Press play, turn it up to 11, and get ready to reminisce about the good old days when you were still young enough to throw down in a mosh pit.

Adult Books – Running from the Blows (Lolipop Records)
Running from the Blows is the sort of debut album that could only have been made by a band with a true and established point of view.  Adult Books have come out of the gate steeped in 80s post-punk and have brought forth an album that sounds like the product of a one night stand between New Order and the Ramones.  The highlights are many and sprinkled throughout, which make this album a truly wonderful discovery.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive (Ribbon Music)
Over the last several years Thao Nguyen has proven to be adept at writing off-kilter pop songs.  For A Man Alive Thao handed over the producing reins to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, and the result is an even more fractured and muscular sound throughout.  Several styles are taken on, including an incredibly successful attempt at quasi-rapping by Thao on “Meticulous Bird”.  From start to finish, this is what expertly crafted quirky pop music can be at its highest form.

Wussy – Forever Sounds (Damnably)
Forever Sounds, the perfectly titled sixth studio album from Cincinnati band Wussy, presents an endlessly interesting collection of sounds.  These songs operate as mosaic pieces of sonic layers, combining country rock with heavy shoegaze, all while sounding like a transmission from outer space.  All that said, what really shines here is the often shimmering, always fascinating guitar work.  This could all combine for an overly dense listen, but Wussy ground their songs with expert songwriting that tell engaging stories.

Animal Style Records welcomed Boca Raton, FL’s Northbound to their roster earlier this year. The label re-released a reworked version of 2014’s Death Of A Slug in June. The album is available for Order now.

Fresh off a tour with Man Overboard in November, Northbound will head out for some solo/acoustic dates in December. Shows listed below.

DEC 10 – Dothan, AL @ The Shed

DEC 11 – Auburn, AL @ Auburn Guitar Shoppe

DEC 12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)

DEC 13 – Charleston, SC @ House Show

DEC 14 – Gainesville, FL @ Nowhere Space

Animal Style Records recently released the debut full-length from Salt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers in March. The album, entitled The Great Give Back, is out now and available for Order. Digital on Bandcamp.

The band is heading out on tour this Fall with Sundressed and will be playing The Fest in Gainesville, FL. Full show info below. Tour poster here.

You can check out the band’s video for “Carbon Copy” on Substream. Additionally you can stream The Great Give Back in its entirety on PureVolume. The band also wrote up a track by track commentary included with the full stream.

10/25/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

10/26/15 – Tucson, AZ – Gary’s Place

10/27/15 – El Paso, TX – Warzawa

10/28/15 – Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s

10/29/15 – Tallahassee, FL – Midtown Speakeasy

10/30/15 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

10/31/15 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

11/1/15 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

11/2/15 – Wilmington, NC – Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern

11/4/15 – Lumberton, NJ – Publik House

11/5/15 – Philadelphia, PA – The Nest

11/6/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Suburbia

11/7/15 – Boston, MA – One Bar

Orlando, FL’s Henrietta released their debut LP, The Trick Is Not Minding, in the Fall of 2014 on Animal Style Records. You can stream / download the album on Bandcamp.

The band will be hitting the road in support of the record in September, including two weeks with Choir Vandals. Dates listed below. Tour flyer here.

Also, earlier this year the band acoustically reimagined songs from their debut LP. You can stream / download the digital for The Trick Is Reimagined Acoustic on Bandcamp as well.

w/ Secret Stuff: 9/2 – 9/5 w/ Choir Vandals: 9/9 – 9/23

9/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Hill Street House

9/2 – Knoxville, TN @ TBA

9/3 – Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor

9/4 – Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s

9/5 – Indianapolis, IN @ TBA

9/6 – Kalamazoo, MI @ TBA

9/7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Death House

9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Fizz

9/9 – St Louis, MO @ Foam

9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ TBA

9/11 – Wichita, KS @ Fairview Place

9/12 – Denver, CO @ Orange Grove

9/13 – Laramie, WY @ Babe Hausen

9/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA

9/15 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project

9/16 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA

9/17 – Ventura, CA @ TBA

9/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bridgetown

9/19 – San Diego, CA @ TBA

9/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Stoked On Printing

9/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

9/22 – Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place

9/23 – Ft Worth, TX @ Boil Owl

9/24 – Denton, TX @ TBA

9/26 – Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s

9/27 – Birmingham, AL @ The Hive

9/28 – Auburn, AL @ Balcony Bar

9/29 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank

9/30 – Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s

10/1 – Charleston, SC @ TBA

10/2 – Savannah, GA @ The Furnace

10/3 – Titusville, FL @ Cosmic Vinyl

10/4 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Animal Style Records recently welcomed Los Angeles’ Stanley and the Search to their roster. The label announced the upcoming release of the Hell EP, due out August 7. Stay tuned for more details, song premieres and vinyl pre-orders!

You can stream/pay-what-you want for the band’s previous EP here.

From getting stranded on tour in Texas, to spending week after week couch surfing just to get by, Stanley and the Search has shown they are more than willing to go to the ends of the earth to pursue their passion. Upon leaving Oregon, music became an escape for the existentially frustrated frontman, Dominic Padilla. Padilla, along with the rest of Stanley and the Search, took the frustration built up from a long string of adversity and turned it into creative energy. This fueled the band of outsiders to create Hell, a fiery collection of five emotionally intense pop-punk songs.

Hell opens strong with a whirlwind drum fill to kick off the title track, an up-tempo pop-punk banger with downtrodden lyrics that explore the numbness of modern society and its toll on our humanity. Padilla sings, alternating with drummer Johnny Liu, “open your eyes and see the signs / you’re just another number / like all of the others” in a grim reminder that, to those at the helm, individuals are meaningless. Unlike many of their pop-punk peers, Stanley and the Search has a firm grasp on dynamics. In “Faith and Folly,” the band effortlessly transitions from heavy-hitting guitar driven riffs, sure to please fans of modern pop-punk mainstays The Story So Far, Citizen, and Polar Bear Club, to verses with a more laid-back approach that can be likened to Jimmy Eat World and Coming Home-era New Found Glory.

Stanley and the Search recorded Hell with producer Kyle Black (New Found Glory, State Champs, Hit The Lights). Black’s crisp, hard-hitting production style accents the music perfectly. Hell sounds absolutely massive and is brimming with energy – something any musician knows is no easy task to achieve in a studio setting.

Stanley and the Search are currently out on a co-headlining tour with This Legend, Dear You and Bad Luck in May. Remaining dates are listed below. Tour poster here.

MAY 11 – Kent, OH @ The Outpost

MAY 12 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar

MAY 13 – Montreal, QC @ Foufones

MAY 14 – Providence, RI @ Simons 677

MAY 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66

MAY 16 – Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog

MAY 17 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

MAY 18 – Charleston, SC @ King Dusko

MAY 19 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

MAY 20 – Ocala, FL – The Courtyard

MAY 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

MAY 22 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

MAY 23 – St Louis, MO @ The Firebird

MAY 24 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck

MAY 25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

MAY 26 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall

MAY 28 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground

Orlando, Florida’s Henrietta has acoustically reimagined songs from their debut LP, The Trick Is Not Minding, released on Animal Style Records late last year. You can stream the five tracks exclusively on New Noise right now and download the digital on Bandcamp.

You can also stream The Trick Is Not Minding on Bandcamp, as well.

The band is currently on the road with Bluffton, SC’s Big Awesome. Dates listed below. Tour flyer here. MAR 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milhouse MAR 13 – Clifton, NJ @ Clash Bar MAR 14 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Mymansion MAR 15 – Charleston, SC @ Big Gun Burger Shop

Animal Style Records will release the debut full-length from Salt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers in March. The album, titled The Great Give Back, is officially out March 10 and is now available for Pre-Order.

You can hear the third single from The Great Give Back right now. “Presence Unknown” is premiering exclusively on New Noise now. “Carbon Copy” and “Everything I Can’t” previously premiered on Absolute Punk and Alternative Press.

The band will be heading out on tour with Sundressed in April. Dates are listed below.

April 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

April 17 – Denver, CO @ TBA

April 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Sound

April 19 – El Paso, TX @ Sector 7

April 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place

April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Secret Venue

April 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ White Oak Music

April 23 – Pomona, CA @ Flyaway at Fox

April 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza

April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar

April 26 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal

April 27 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe

April 28 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder

April 29 – Logan, UT @ Why Sound