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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).

Anti- announced the signing of Prism Tats, the rock ‘n roll creation of the deceptively sophisticated musician Garett van der Spek. Using guitars, vocals and sparse electronic elements, Prism Tats pulls from various visual and musical inspirations to create waking dream sub-realities that devastate and elate. Garett is from Durban, South Africa but recently relocated to Los Angeles.

Watch the video for “Pacifist Masochist”, a song from the Prism Tats self-titled debut album:

Prism Tats was written and recorded in its entirety by van der Spek, featuring his own extraordinary vocals, drum machine, guitar, and bass synth – the work of a true one-man rock ‘n roll machine. It revs its motor on the squealing rubber of that elated sense of discovery all those years ago in stacks of his father’s vinyl, finds its heartbeat in the inward reflections of its maker’s mind, and distinguishes itself from the rest of the rock bands out there via his rare and self-taught sense of structural melodic sophistication.

And now, having accomplished his rocket ship dream of releasing his own brand of rock and roll music, van der Spek will be heading out with a band to bring the songs to life. Catch Prism Tats on tour this spring with Nada Surf.

May 17 Vancouver, BC – Venue

May 18 Seattle, WA – Neptune

May 19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

May 20 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

May 21 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram

May 22 San Diego, CA – Irenic

As support for Nada Surf

ANTI- is announced the signing of a unique music visionary and singer Xenia Rubinos. With a soulful and ground breaking sound Rubinos uses powerful vocals to traverse an array of genres from R&B to hip-hop to jazz and beyond, all of it delivered with a soulful punk aura.

Inspired early on by the likes of Nina Simone, Erykah Badu and Digable Planets, Rubinos eventually landed in Brooklyn where she self-released her debut Magic Trix in 2012. The record created a notable buzz with fans and critics, the site Pitchfork heralding her as a “unique new pop personality.”

Rubinos subsequently toured North America and Europe swiftly winning fans through the visceral power of her live show.

Catch Xenia live on tour with Quantic:

03/03/16 ATLANTA, GA Aisle 5
03/04/16 KNOXVILLE, TN The International
03/05/16 ASHEVILLE, NC New Mountain
03/06/16 WASHINGTON, DC Tropicalia
03/09/16 BOSTON, MA Middle East – Upstairs
03/10/16 PHILADELPHIA, PA Ardmore Music Hall
03/11/16 BROOKLYN, NY The Hall
03/19/16 CHICAGO, IL Chop Shop 1st Ward
03/20/16 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center
03/29/16 PHOENIX, AZ Rhythm Room
03/30/16 SAN DIEGO, CA Music Box
03/31/16 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey
04/01/16 SANTA BARBARA, CA Velvet Jones
04/02/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine
04/03/16 BERKELEY, CA Freight & Salvage
04/07/16 PORTLAND, OR Star Theater
04/08/16 SEATTLE, WA Nectar Lounge
04/09/16 VANCOUVER, BC Imperial

It’s no secret to those who know me that Deafheaven’s New Bermuda was my pick for Album of the Year in 2015. Its massive riffs and lovely, often haunting, melodies resulted in the most beautiful metal album I’ve ever heard. I told many around me that I felt metal finally had its Ok Computer. New Bermuda elevates the craft of metal music into something more ethereal and far-reaching: a search for beauty amidst chaos.

I was thrilled to get the chance to see Deafheaven in a smaller, more intimate setting than they were performing in while supporting Anthrax and Lamb of God. Their headlining set at Ace of Cups proved to be a full thirty minutes longer than the shorter, supporting sets had been.

In the opening slot, Power Trip overcame their rather lackluster recordings to deliver an energetic, propulsive set. The music itself is cookie cutter heavy metal, but Power Trip possess an exuberance in their live performances that is infectious, if ultimately forgetful. They didn’t seem to truly comprehend the crowd they were playing to: their calls for a circle mosh pit fell on mostly deaf ears with the beard and PBR set.

Deafheaven, however, are a band who know exactly who they are playing for. Their soaring, elliptical soundscapes filled the venue with musical thunder. Singer George Clarke is a consummate performer, alternating between his piercing shrieks and literally conducting the crowd like an orchestral maestro. Everyone in the crowd, myself included, was held in rapt awe throughout the hour and a half set.

Although they’re only three albums into their career, Deafheaven have staked a claim as the future of metal. If they continue to deliver these ferocious, affecting live shows in between album releases, I think that claim will be proven accurate. See them live, any way you possibly can. (Rick Curnutte)