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The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about American Idol and Katy Perry, they get into God Talk early and keep talking about their history with religious institutions,

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring 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.

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Songs Played on The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

Sir the Baptist feat. Killer Mike and ChurchPpl – Raise Hell from ____ out ___ on Atlantic

Lo Tom – Overboard from Lo Tom out July 14th on Barsuk

Jamilla Woods – Holy from HEAVN out now on Soundcloud with a proper release soon from Jagjaguwar

Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder from Hug of Thunder out July 7th on Arts & Crafts

(Sandy) Alex G – Bobby from Rocket out this Friday, May 19th on Domino

Danny Brown – Kool Aid from Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack out June 23rd on Mass Appeal Records

The Drums – Blood Under my Belt from “Abysmal Thoughts” out June 16th on Anti-

Lost Balloons – Numb from Hey Summer out June 16th on Dirtnap

Another week has rolled by and as summer slowly creeps up, literally skipping a season I feel haunted with images of death all around me. These dreams I have, these insane world we live in, have me looking over my shoulder every 5 minutes expecting death’s tap on my shoulder which I’d follow up with an elbow to the face and a push kick. For some reason I’m reminded of the myth of Hercules & Alcestis, wondering if there’s anyone that would attempt to wrestle me from death’s grip. These are the things that go through my mind from time to time for no apparent rhyme or reason, which is why I have the distraction that is music. Whether it’s good or bad, it puts me in a different mood.

Photo: Ebru Yildiz
Photo: Ebru Yildiz
PWR BTTM: Pageant
PWR BTTM: Pageant

Sometimes there’s a band like PWR BTTM that’s capable of putting you in different mood. In 2016 you couldn’t help but hear about the duo, who performed throughout the year and whose live shows were always considered epic performances. The duo released their debut long-player Ugly Cherries back in September of 2015 and finally release their second album Pageant (Polyvinyl Records). The album is rife with songs wrapped around catchy melodies and hooks, all the while keeping true to who they are. Members Liv Bruce and Bruce Hopkins have their respective instruments but aren’t against sharing those guitar, drums, and vocal duties. The album opener “Silly”, misleads listeners with that opening guitar line repeating itself having you think this could be some glam-metal episode until the band circles around into a full-frontal assault handling instruments like weapons piecing together an outrageous dynamic explosion. But then “Answer My Text” rolls through with vocals and a guitar leading the way before it shifts with a fuller sound as other instruments are added. I’m willing to address the elephant in the room only because for me it’s only 8 inches tall. PWR BTTM may consider itself a “queer punk duo,” and it’s an easy tag for those quick to place the band under the heading of just another sub-genre but if I’m going to be real here, it just doesn’t matter. The band’s sweet lyricism revolves around love, the butterflies you feel at the bottom of your belly, heartbreak, and just a sheer joyful abandon. When the band sings “Answer my text you dick” over a cheerful melody, they’re cleverly confronting everyday courting issues with humor.

The more laid back “LOL” has a vocal delivery which I can’t help but draw a comparison to Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren, holding those high notes you probably wouldn’t imagine. “Now Now” follows suit there as well. When you hear “I’m gonna beat myself up…” for the first time you might just hear it as well. The band is just as clever with its lyricism though, “I’m going to beat myself up for beating myself up / I’m going to take my lunch money for beating myself up.” The upbeat track cunningly juxtaposes the lyrics with its music. There’s a playful side to the band which is obviously bound at the proverbial hip with a serious one. “Kid’s Table” deals with that awkward stage between childhood and being an adult while “Oh Boy,” probably one of my favorite tracks, again deals with love. Did I say ‘my favorite’? I may have to retract that because the incendiary “Big Beautiful Day” has me dancing and jumping around like 12 year old. Again. And again. And again. PWR BTTM’s Pageant is a thoughtful release. They’ve avoided the sophomore slump, but for them it seems that was an easy task to accomplish.

From one duo to another, this time around we have Girlpool, a self described folk punk band from L.A. While the members Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad eschewed drums on its previous release (from what I’ve listened to) on their new album Powerplant,(Anti-), they’ve come to embrace it within the folds of this release. But percussion is not what they’re all about though, it’s the relentless harmonies between these two musicians that cut through every single track here. While what Girlpool can keep this listener’s attention, I can’t help but think if they’re haunted by those that came before them. Semblances of another L.A. band That Dog comes to mind. While they were big on rocking things out, Anna Waronker and the Haden girls were also big on the harmonies when they fit well. Not that this is a direct comparison, but it’s more of an observation. And you could recognize what may sound Lush(ful) not unlike Miki Berenyi’s vocal delivery. But regardless, on Powerplant, the band does have the songs. The sultriness of the opening “123” starts the song off before the belt out into mid-tempo summer night’s dream here. But it’s “Sleepless” that gives you the sugary sweetness of their voices, cutting through headphones or speakers that will leave you in a haze.

There’s no double-guessing what this band is doing here as they attempt to lure you in with beautiful melodies and harmonies, and their lyrics probably wouldn’t matter to the casual listener. I can’t help but think that on “It Gets More Blue” they use their voices as additional instruments the way most don’t. Singing along with instruments giving more emphasis on melody and notes. Powerplant may not change the world but it’s a welcomed reprieve from so much within it.

Girlpool
Photo: Molly Matalon
Powerplant
Girlpool: Powerplant

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The One With 90’s Nostalgia

On this episode: our dear cousins dive into Kung-Fu Kenny aka Cornrow Kenny aka Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic new album DAMN, there is a lot of talk about 90’s nostalgia including Brian giving Luke a lesson on who Jordan Catalano is, Brian gets angry because Luke “stole” a song from him, they discuss the illustrious music career of once video game superstar Frogger, Brian and Luke talk about their literal Best Songs Ever and Luke lands in the Hipster Hall of Fame and you get to hear the eight best songs you’ll listen to all week!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring 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.

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Songs Played on The One With 90’s Nostalgia

Little Dragon – Celebrate from Season High out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Charly Bliss from Guppy out this Friday, April 21st on Barsuk Records

Waxahatchee – Silver from Out in the Storm out July 14th on Merge Records

Toro Y Moi – Omaha from Our First 100 Days available now at ourfirst100days.bandcamp.com

Spoek Mathambo – Want Ur Love from Mzansi Beat out now on Teka Recordings

Ratboys – Control from GN out June 30th on Topshelf Records

Girlpool – It Gets More Blue from Powerplant out May 12th on Anti-

Kool A.D. – Lapsang Souchong from Sky Ladder available now at koolad.bandcamp.com/

Supremely talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos has generated a buzz with her acclaimed album Black Terry Cat. Rubinos shares new video for her song “L.O.V.E.” which was released on Amazon’s Valentine’s Day compilation Love Me. The clip features a noticeably euphoric Rubinos dancing throughout Manhattan, joyfully interacting with the city’s inhabitants.

Rubinos explains, “”I wanted to shoot a video that encapsulates being ecstatically in love and wanting to scream it from the rooftops, to share that bubbly feeling with everyone. I want to bombard everyone with pure love laughter and excitement! I was inspired by the black joy project which seeks to fill social media with as many uplifting images of POC as possible. This is my ode to brown & black joy, being in love and sharing that exuberance with complete strangers all around the city, feeling that universality of love connecting us all. This is us casting a love spell on the world, this is us showing you brown & black joy, this is us visualizing & manifesting a reality centered on love for one another and the simple joy love brings.”

 

The One Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

On this episode of Best Song Ever: the Dear LaBenne cousins kick things off with their first ever bonus track, DJ Khaled visits the Doom Tomb to give us a labelmate alert, Brian calls Luke a nasty woman several times, finally another episode of Thor Talk premiers with a special new surprise, and much much more!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring 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.

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Songs Played on The One Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

Animal Collective – Kinda Bonkers from Painters EP out this Friday February 17 on Domino

Delicate Steve – Cartoon Rock from This is Steve out now on Anti-

Los Angeles Police Department – Plane 2 from an upcoming album due later this year on Anti-

Fancey – Baby Sunshine from Love Mirage out now on fanceymusic.com

Paul White featuring Danny Brown from Accelerator EP out now on R&S

Temples – Strange or Be Forgotten from Volcano out March 3rd on Fat Possum Records

Middle Children – Fish from Earth Angel out March 3rd on Let’s Pretend

Happyness – Falling Down from Write It Out out April 14th on Moshi Moshi Records

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now from Memories Are Now out now on Sub Pop Records

The One With Luke’s New Catchphrase

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 Luke’s New Catchphrase”

Red Pill- “90s Money” from Day Drunk EP out now on Mello Music Group

Mannequin Pussy – “Denial” from Romantic out now on Tiny Engines

Tallisker – “Salanfe” from the upcoming Heliotrop EP out on November 11

Kadhja Boney- “Honeycomb” from The Visitor out now on Fat Possum Records

Pale Honey – “Real Thing” single from Bolero Recordings

Cakes Da Killa – “Gon Blow (feat. Rye Rye)” from Hedonism out now on Ruffians

John K. Samson – “Fellow Traveller” from Winter Wheat out now on Anti-

The Men – “Crime” from the upcoming album Devil Music out on November 11th on We Are the Men

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!

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 20th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador)


Last year found Car Seat Headrest releasing an album comprised of reworked songs that singer/songwriter Will Toledo had written years ago, functioning as a sort of retrospective collection of older material.  Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest’s newest album, functions as Will Toledo’s first real studio album with a full band and the resulting product is a starkly noticeable improvement upon anything Toledo had released before.  The album brings a classic indie rock sound with hints of Pavement and Wire and has some really great rock out moments that will have you turning up the volume.  Overall, Teens of Denial is infused with a joyous sound; however, when digging deeper into the meanings of the songs this is definitely an angry album, which makes for a nice dichotomy as a whole.  Teens of Denial has been hyped for a long time by Stereogum, NPR and various other music outlets, and after listening you’ll understand why.  This is a very special and straightforward indie-rock album, which seem to be in short supply these days, and if you’re a fan of the genre then consider this a must listen.


Andy Shauf – The Party (Anti-)


Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andy Shauf takes the promise of his fantastic previous album, The Bearer of Bad News, and delivers an even better album in The Party.  Shauf perfectly combines fuzzed-out guitar, clarinet, piano, strings, acoustic guitar and subtle drumming into beautiful arrangements with fascinating character study type lyrics over the course of these 10 songs.  The Party is a beautiful album full of intricate musical passages and memorable stories and really finds Shauf at his best.  He plays all of the instruments on the album, except for the string arrangements, and what results is the singular vision of an expert songwriter.  The Bearer of Bad News had a more intimate and less complex sound than The Party and the change in complexity is a welcomed one.  The songs are reminiscent of the work Aimee Mann and Jon Brion created together over the years and are utterly compelling.


 

Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom + Pop)


Skip a Sinking Stone is a flat out beautiful meditation of an album perfect for those moments where one feels like relaxing and basking in the beauty around them.  Mutual Benefit is singer-songwriter Jordan Lee and Skip a Sinking Stone acts as a document of the time between his debut album and the present.  The first half of Skip a Sinking Stone is hopeful and beautiful, with lovely string arrangements and positive songs about being in love and visiting different places while on tour.  The second half of the album finds Lee home from touring, living in New York and dealing with the loss of that love and growing depression.  It’s an incredibly personal, well-made and beautiful album for fans of low key folk music.

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 4!

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

Summer Cannibals – “Full of It”

Summer Cannibals create straight up loud, lovely rock music. “Full of It” finds the band operating in full gear with the pedal to floor in all areas.  The guitars ring with loud punk riffs and the bass gets into a great groove with the absolutely stunning drums.  Seriously, listen to the drumming in this song.  Summer Cannibals is currently on tour with The Thermals, who are featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen.  Turn this song way up and revel in the perfect loud beauty of it.  Full Of It is out 5/27 via Kill Rock Stars.


 

case/lang/veirs – “Best Kept Secret”

Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs have combined forces and are creating music as a truly super super-group named case/lang/veirs. “Best Kept Secret” begins with magnificent strings, which quickly give way to a great straightforward melody and is eventually met by some of the best harmonies and background vocals around.  These are very well established artists successfully creating exciting and stellar art, which should inspire great anticipation for their forthcoming album.  case/lang/veirs is out 6/17/16 on Anti-.


 

Goat – “I Sing in Silence”

Goat is a Swedish hippy folk band who performs in giant wooden masks and just so happens to make beautiful earthy songs. The guitars strum in a lovely manner, the woodwinds flourish, and the melody lilts along.  All of these elements could combine into an over the top hippy folk song, but Goat knows how to steer away from this possibility and produce a truly enjoyable song.  “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake Of Addis Ababa” is out 5/27 on Sub Pop.


Moses Sumney – “Everlasting Sigh”

In “Everlasting Sigh” Moses Sumney’s vocal performance can only be described as virtuosic. Sumney floats through this beautiful song, his vocal layers piling on top of one another until the listener is overtaken by harmonies galore in a stunning crescendo.  The music is a hybrid of folk and electronic pop with a few dashes of African inspired rhythms thrown in for good measure.  This is seriously a special song that needs to be heard to be believed.  No official word on a proper debut album yet, but the rumor is there will be one later in the year.


 

Pumarosa – “Cecile”

“In media res” is the literary term for when a narrative begins in the middle of some crucial part of the action of a story and just so happens to perfectly describe how “Cecile” begins. The song opens in a somewhat chaotic manner and eventually slows itself down to a nice 80s inspired danceable pop groove.  There are hints of New Order here and there over the course of the song and when it finally breaks back down into chaos again there are shades of Thom Yorke in the vocal performance.  This is only the second song that Pumarosa has released and is hopefully an indication of great things to come.  Cecile is out 5/8 on Chess Club.


 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “People Vultures”

“People Vultures” is the newest track from the aptly and insanely named King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. This song is full of guitar riffs and pounding propulsive drumming and is really a great song to listen to for a jolt of energy.  It just keeps getting louder and more intense throughout.  “People Vultures” has a somewhat Black Sabbath vibe going on in the best possible way.  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s new album Nonagon Infinity is out 4/29 on ATO.

Full Playlist


 

Visionary musician and singer Xenia Rubinos to release  album entitled Black Terry Cat. The record arrives in stores June 3rd  via ANTI-. Rubinos has a unique and soulful sound that the The New Yorker described as a rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre,” Rubinos uses her powerful voice to traverse an array of genres from R&B to Hip-Hop to jazz and on previous releases, used her second language.  Her music is delivered with a New York punk-funk abandon.

As Rubinos explains, “Black Terry Cat is a #browngirlmagic carpet ride powered by deep pocket backbeats and funky bass lines. “Lonely Lover” is the first full song I finished for the album – it was a real breakthrough where I felt like I’d created my own sound, and became kind of my mantra for making the rest of the album. I was listening to a lot of R&B, hip hop, rap, digging into black culture in America as well as the Afro Latin diaspora which I’m a part of.”

Several years ago k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs on a whim. It read simply, “I think we should make a record together.” Though the three musicians were barely more than acquaintances “Laura and I both responded immediately,” recalls Case. “There was no question.

But now there is an answer. ‘case/lang/veirs,’ a new album by three phenomenal, self-driven artists will be released June 17 on Anti- with an extensive tour to follow. ‘case/lang/veirs’ features fourteen new, original songs written by the artists over a period of two-and-a-half years. It was recorded in Portland, OR where lang and Veirs both live, and produced by Tucker Martine with the group. Sessions commenced in lang’s loft with a view of Mount St. Helens, and in Veirs’ dining room and backyard studio.

Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, ‘case/lang/veirs’ draws inspiration from alluring, mysterious subjects: a supermoon, the tumbledown story of ‘70s singer Judee Sill, and the “best kept secret” in Silver Lake, to name but three. Anti- is sharing the album’s lead track “Atomic Number,” which features vocals by all three singers, today. Listen and share here:

case/lang/veirs will tour extensively this summer with dates already confirmed for the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, The Newport Folk Festival, and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park among others. See below for a full itinerary. Additional dates will be announced soon, and every ticket purchased online for participating venues will include a digital copy of the case/lang/veirs album (some exclusions apply).