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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

The One With Maximum Rockage

On this episode: our dear cousins call attention to the “Who Dursted First” controversy and call out Comedy Bang Bang in the process, Luke’s gentleman’s dilemma turned out to be an idiot’s dilemma, Brian gets creepy on Idris Elba in a new segment called The Elba Room and they play eight of the best songs you’ll hear 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.

TWITTER: @BestSongEverPod

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Songs Played on The One With Maximum Rockage

Overcoats – Nighttime Hunger from Young out now on Arts & Crafts Productions

Palehound – Flowing Over from A Place I’ll Always Go out June 16th on Polyvinyl Records

Morning Teleportation – Calm is Intention Devouring It’s Frailty from Salivating for Symbiosis out now on Glacial Pace Recordings

Shabazz Palaces – Shine a Light from Quazarz, Born on a Gangster Star out July 14th on Sub Pop

Chloe Foy – Are We There Yet from Are We There Yet EP out May 12th

Great Grandpa – Teen Challenge from Plastic Cough out July 7th on Double Double Whammy

Gothic Tropic – How Life Works from Fast or Feast out May 19th on Old Flame Records

Hazel English – Love is Dead from Just Give In / Never Going Home EP out May 5th on Polyvinyl Records

Candian pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais has shared a new video for “Nostos (feat. Bufflo).” The video, directed by Jason Rodi and featuring drone footage by Antoine Leger, is populated by stark but beautiful arctic imagery, mirroring the deceptively complex minimalism of Blais’ piece. Blais’ debut album Il is out April 8 on Arts & Crafts, and is available to pre-order HERE.

Of the video and song, Blais says, “”In Greek literature nostos is a theme whereby a hero returns home by sea following a series of trials. The final section of James Joyce’s epic Ulysses is also titled ‘Nostos’ wherein the protagonist returns to a home he imagines hasn’t changed, or has it? Thematically, nostosrepresents a longing for the past, a nostalgia. In our times of climate change, when our environment is quickly becoming unfamiliar to us, what has become of that home? Oceans are raging, icebergs melting, sea levels rising… Is our longing for home, for a ‘return to the same,’ even possible? What are we longing for?”

Blais will be making is U.S. performance debut at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on April 28 at 7 pm, and entry is free. He will also be presenting a special virtual concert in honor of Piano Day (founded by Nils Frahm) on March 28.

Farao revealed the video for her latest single “Hunter,” available now from Arts & Crafts (North America) & Full Time Hobby (UK / EU). Farao is the musical alter ego of London-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kari Jahnsen.

Shot in Snowdonia in Wales, “Hunter” was directed by Berlin-based visual artist Irrum.   “We wanted to use the wild and majestic nature in Wales as a way of reinforcing the dramatic soundscape of the song, combined with unsettling elements like reptiles, naked bodies on the ground, blood and people staring at you,” Jahnsen says of the video, “The song is about conquering and oppression, and we wanted to reflect that by making a video that leaves the viewer feeling intimidated and hopefully a little anxious.”

The first single to follow her 2014 self-titled EP, “Hunter” shimmers with starry electronics churning against an inexorable underbelly of rhythm, while Farao’s crystalline voice soars over intoning a tale of retribution and personal liberation with cathartic poise. The first manifestation from sessions Farao undertook in Iceland last year with producer Mike Lindsay (of Tunng), “Hunter” offers a tantalizing taste of the intricate and enchanting material yet to come from this artist when she releases her debut album later this year.

The Cribs unleash their new album For All My Sisters, out today in North America on Arts & Crafts. Having reconvened over the last year in Wakefield, UK and Portland, OR, the band later decamped to New York and settled in at The Magic Shop studio to record with legendary producer and The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek (Weezer, Bad Brains). The band’s sixth studio album follows 2013’s career spanning Payola collection and 2012’s UK Top 10 In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull and is The Cribs’ first release for Arts & Crafts. A new label, a new perspective, a new challenge – For All My Sisters marks the start of the next chapter in a decade-long existence that has seen The Cribs continuing to evolve and thrill, ever advancing whilst stockpiling an enviable arsenal of songs.

For All My Sisters is now available for purchase now via GalleryAC and iTunes.

The band released a video last month for their new single “Burning For No One.” The video, directed by Andrew Knowles (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and Nick Scott (Wild Beasts), features the band seemingly stranded on a beach that is overrun by feral pigs. It’s a wild video that accentuates the best aspects of the song, and you can watch it at the link below.

Watch: The Cribs – “Burning For No One” Video

The band will be touring in support of For All My Sisters, with a number of upcoming dates this spring following the band’s first shows in the US since 2012 in New York earlier this month and SXSW last week. The band will be heading for the West Coast with shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more along with their long awaited return to Coachella.

April 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – Tickets

April 12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

April 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room  – Tickets

April 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy  – Tickets

April 17 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah – Tickets

April 19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

Last week Arts & Crafts announced the signing of Sunset Park, Brooklyn’s WIN WIN with the release of first single “Couch Paranoia” via Fader, an elastic and otherworldly jam wrapped in the wind of analog synths and robotic call-and-response.

Today, WIN WIN shares new track “Waster” via Exclaim!, a sun-soaked slalom run through hand-claps and buzz-saw guitar that suggests the band’s most instrumental/analog work to date. Known for its eclectic first two full-lengths – the leftfield-electro of WIN WIN (2011) and the software-mind of Double Vision (2012) – the trio of Alex Epton, Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino further defies classification with this psychedelic pairing of rock and kraut-pop, what the band calls “a chromatic blueprint for a sound that’s simultaneously classic and futuristic.” The two-track digital single is available for purchase (iTunes, GalleryAC) and streaming (Rdio, Spotify) now.

A group that presents itself first as lifelong friends, second as collaborators, and third as a band, WIN WIN has built its reputation on its far-ranging work as a production collective. Epton (xxx¢hange) and Devlin first met growing up in the early 90s, beginning their musical work together in 2004, serving as producer and DJ, respectively, in Baltimore party-rap outfit Spank Rock. The pair met Sciaino, also known as DJ/video artist Ghostdad, in 2006. With the creative triangle complete, complicated mix tapes soon evolved into the first WIN WIN album. Now set up at Flavor Factory studio in Sunset Park, WIN WIN in various combinations has produced music, visuals, or live shows for Prince Rama, Porter Robinson, The Kills, Peaches, and more, with official remix credits for Thom Yorke, Björk, TV On The Radio, Kylie Minogue, and on.

The Cribs have shared the music video for their new single “Burning For No One.” The video, directed by Andrew Knowles (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and Nick Scott (Wild Beasts), features the band seemingly stranded on a beach that is overrun by feral pigs. It’s a wild video that accentuates the best aspects of the song, and you can watch it at the link below.

Watch: The Cribs – “Burning For No One” Video

“Burning For No One” is the first single from The Cribs’ new album For All My Sisters which will be released in North America on Arts & Crafts on March 24.

The band will be touring in support of For All My Sisters, beginning with a handful of dates this spring. The Cribs’ first shows in the U.S. since 2012 will kick off with an intimate three-show residency in New York City. The Cribs will continue on to Austin for SXSW and then to the West Coast through San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more along with their long awaited return to Coachella.

March 11 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge – Sold Out

March 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right – Tickets

March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus – Tickets

April 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – Tickets

April 12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

April 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar

April 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room  – Tickets

April 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy  – Tickets

April 17 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah – Tickets

April 19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

WIN WIN premierd “Couch Paranoia” on FADER and have signed to Arts & Crafts

Click Here To Listen To “Couch Paranoia” Track On FADER

WIN WIN is the name that binds Alex Epton, Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino, the close-knit Sunset Park, Brooklyn trio that at every step further defies classification. Known for its wildly eclectic first two records, WIN WIN now gets set to release its most imaginative work to date. Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, the WIN WIN three unleashes the first single of its third era: “Couch Paranoia” pulses with impulse, an elastic krautrock pattern anchoring the otherworldly call-and-response of robots, a soft grooved modulation of fine detail.

The Cribs announced details of their new album For All My Sisters which will be released in North America on Arts & Crafts on March 24. Having reconvened over the last year in Wakefield, UK and Portland, OR, the band later decamped to New York and settled in at The Magic Shop studio to record with legendary producer and The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek (Weezer, Bad Brains).

The band’s sixth studio album follows 2013’s career spanning Payola collection and 2012’s UK Top 10 In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull and is The Cribs’ first release for independent label powerhouse Arts & Crafts. A new label, a new perspective, a new challenge – For All My Sisters marks the start of the next chapter in a decade-long existence that has seen The Cribs continuing to evolve and thrill, ever advancing whilst stockpiling an enviable arsenal of songs.

For All My Sisters is now available for pre-order via GalleryAC and comes with an instant download of “An Ivory Hand“, a teaser video for which the band shared a couple weeks back. The album’s first UK single, “Burning For No One”, will be released in NA as a digital single on February 17 through all discerning musical outlets, with iTunes pre-order of the album to follow. You can watch a video of “Burning For No One” now at the link below.

Watch: The Cribs – “Burning For No One” Live Video

The band will be touring in support of For All My Sisters, beginning

March 11 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge – Tickets (on sale Feb 6)*

March 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right – Tickets (on sale Feb 6)*

March 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus – Tickets (on sale Feb 6)*

April 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – Tickets

April 12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

April 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room  – Tickets

April 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy – Tickets

April 17 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah – Tickets

April 19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

with a handful of dates this spring.

 

Hayden shares his first single, “Nowhere We Cannot Go” from the forthcoming Arts & Crafts release, Hey Love today. The follow-up to 2013’s Us Alone, his Arts & Crafts debut, is a heartrending love letter of hope and disarray. Hey Love addresses the widest spectrum of love as its muse, the album’s thirteen songs among Hayden Desser’s most affective and rousing work to date

LISTEN/STREAM/SHARE: “Nowhere We Cannot Go” via SoundCloud

PRE-ORDER: Hey Love via GalleryAC or iTunes

From his 1996 debut, Everything I Long For, through the mysterious Skyscraper National Park (2001), and the fragile Elk-Lake Serenade (2004), Hayden has woven one of the most consistent through-lines of musical narratives imaginable, leading his audience through a scrapbook of downtimes fought and resolved, love lost and love solved. Hey Love is a snapshot of this relationship: Hayden at his most prolific, and perhaps Hayden at his most celebrated.

Hey Love arrives only two years after his last release, on the inspiration of Dream Serenade: Hayden and wife Christie Greyerbiehl’s inaugural benefit for Toronto’s Beverley St. School for developmentally disabled children (October 2014 at Massey Hall). The album was performed and produced almost entirely by Hayden at his Toronto home studio, Skyscraper National Park with contributions from his live band featuring Jay McCarrol, Taylor Knox, and JJ Ipsen. The foursome hits the road with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith in February with Hey Love arriving on March 24, 2015.

Feb 18  Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium^

Feb 19  Fredericton, NB – The Fredericton Playhouse^

Feb 20  Quebec City, QC – Imperial#

Feb 21  Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre^

Feb 24  Kingston, ON – Grand Theatre^

Feb 26  London, ON – London Music Hall^

Feb 27  Ottawa, ON – Theatre at NAC^

Feb 28  Toronto, ON – Massey Hall#

Mar 01  Guelph, ON – River Run Centre^

Mar 05  Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick^

Mar 06  Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre^

Mar 07  Regina, SK – Darke Hall^

Mar 09  Banff, AB – Eric Harvie Theatre^

Mar 10  Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall^

Mar 11  Edmonton, AB – Francis Winspear Centre for Music^

Mar 13  Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^

Mar 14  Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^

^ – w/ Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Astral Swans # – w/ Dan Mangan + Blacksmith