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The One About the Best of 2016

Brian and Luke take you on a journey through some of their favorite albums of 2016.   Also, be sure to check out their individual top 20 albums of the year list on the Ghettoblaster Magazine website!

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.


Songs Played on The One About the Best of 2016

Outer Spaces – “Words” from A Shedding Snake on Don Giovanni Records

AJJ – “Cody’s Theme” from The Bible 2 on Side One Dummy Records

DOGBRETH – “Do You Really Want Me” from Second Home on Asian Man Records

Lambchop – “Relatives #2” from FLOTUS on Merge Records

Twin Peaks – “Getting Better” from Down in Heaven on Grand Jury Music

Mutual Benefit – “Not for Nothing” from Skip a Sinking Stone on Mom+Pop

PUP – “Doubts” from The Dream is Over on Side One Dummy Records

Frightened Rabbit – “I Wish I Was Sober” from Painting of a Panic Attack on Atlantic Records

Eric Bachmann – “Carolina” from Eric Bachmann on Merge Records

Kishi Bashi – “Honeybody” from Sonderlust on Joyful Noise Recordings

Dogbreth have shared “Cups & Wrappers,” the lead single from their upcoming album, Second Home. Second Home is available for pre-order now and out August 5 on Asian Man Records.

Dogbreth is the Western USA’s only power-pop band with a name nodding to Megadeth and a history of angelic DIY punk spirit. Songwriter and guitar genius Tristan Jemsek has been bringing the passionate arena-rock basement to basement with a revolving band of likeminded rippers for years. 2013’s Plan-It-X release Sentimental Health shook the underground, with its honesty, energy, and kindness; A genuine slam-dunk. On their new album Second Home, (recorded by longtime friend and mentor Jalipaz Nelson at Audioconfusion) Dogbreth breaks the backboard with guitar solos on every song and choruses that demand shouting along. Dogbreth features Tyler Broderick on second Guitar, Cesar Ruiz on third guitar, Erin Caldwell on Bass/Vocals and Liam James Murtagh on drums.

Fuse is streaming the forthcoming full-length Party Adjacent, from Dan Andriano’s solo project, Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room today.  The record, which is the second-full length from Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room is due out via Asian Man Records and Xtra Mile Recordings on July 17, 2015. Pre-order for Party Adjacent is now available via Asian Man Records.

Listen to Party Adjacent

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room will embark on a co-headlining tour with Jeff Rosenstock this summer, kicking off July 28 in Baltimore (all tour dates below). The two musicians recently teamed up to have Jeff, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, produce Party Adjacent. Andriano is also joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi of The Jeff Rosenstock Band and Mike Huguenor of Hard Girls on Party Adjacent to fantastic effect.  With influences ranging from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, Party Adjacent is obviously one of those rare records that is built by an artist’s singular vision and augmented by exactly the right collaborative team.

“The Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,” explains Andriano.  Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season on Asian Man in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour. Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story.

07/28 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *

07/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Black Box *

07/30 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

07/31 – New York, NY @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall *

08/01 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop *

08/02 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme *

08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door *

08/05 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird *

08/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *

08/07 – Denver, Co @ Marquis Theater ^

08/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^

08/10 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Funhouse ^

08/11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe ^

08/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill ^

08/14 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour ^

08/15 – San Diego, CA @Voodoo Room @ House of Blues ^

08/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge ^

08/18 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 ^

08/19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s ^

08/21 – Nashville, TN @ The End ^

08/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory ^

08/23 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth ^

08/25 – St. Augustine, FL @ Colonial Quarter ^

* = w/ Jeff Rosenstock, Pet Symmetry, High Dive ^ = w/ Jeff Rosenstock, Pet Symmetry, Spraynard

Bespectacled Chicago trio Pet Symmetry have unveiled a new song from their forthcoming debut album Pets Hounds, out May 19 via Asian Man Records. “Class Action Force (Useless Tools)” was debuted today on Stereogum, and is available to stream on SoundCloud.

Pulling members from Dowsing, Kittyhawk, Mountains for Clouds, and Into It. Over It; Pet Symmetry is a gleefully spontaneous and unrestrained outlet for good friends Erik Czaja (Guitar), Marcus Nuccio (Drums), and Evan Weiss (Lead Vocals, Bass) to scratch their itchy power pop impulses. Pets Hounds is available for pre-order now at the Asian Man Records store (http://asianmanrecords.storenvy.com).

Stream “Class Action Force (Useless Tools)” on Stereogum via SoundCloud

Stream “Give Thanks (Get Lost)” on SoundCloud

The majority of Pets Hounds was recorded in late 2013 with engineer Mark Michalik who has worked often with Weiss in the past. It took another year before they had time to put the finishing touches on the album, adding vocals and guitar before mixing and mastering this winter. The end result is emblematic of the heights a band can reach when they just kick back, plug in, and go with what comes to them. No second guessing. Just fun.

New Orleans, Louisiana’s All People have announced their second full length album, Learn Forget Repeat, due out May 5 on vinyl and digital from Community Records in partnership with Asian Man Records, as well as a limited cassette release from Broken World Media.  To celebrate the announcement AbsolutePunk has premiered a new song from the album, the driving “Doubt.”   Learn Forget Repeatis now available for preorder from Asian Man Records and Community Records.  The band has also announced an extensive run of U.S. tour dates through out March and April, including appearances at SXSW, Bufu Records Fest, and Broken World Media Fest.

Stream “Doubt” Via AbsolutePunk: http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?p=132754889#post132754889

3/13 Lafayette, LA @ Heffes

3/14 Houston, TX @ Black Barbie

3/15 Houma, LA @ Spanky’s Music Hall

3/18 Austin, TX @ 21st St. Co-op SXSW (Texas Is Funny Showcase)

3/19 Austin, TX @ TBA

3/20 Austin, TX @ Pearl St. Co-op (Community Records Showcase)

3/21 Austin, TX @ The Liberty SXSW (Community / Inflated Records Showcase)

3/22 Baton Rouge, LA @ Atomic Pop Shop w/ Melters

3/24 Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot

3/25 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone Club

3/26 Richmond, VA @ TBA

3/27 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA

3/28 New Brunswick, NJ @ New Brunswick Community Airport

3/29 Chester, NY @ Elephant Graveyard

3/30 Providence, RI @ TBA

3/31 Worchester, MA @ Firehouse

4/01 Boston, MA @ Bufu Records Presents

4/02 Northeast @ TBA

4/03 New York, NY @ TBA

4/04 New York, NY @ Suburbia w/ Safety & Broadcaster

4/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project

4/08 Oberlin, OH @ Windy Pines

4/09 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary

4/10 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Quad

4/11 Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Trophy House

4/12 Chicago, IL @ Gnarnia

4/13 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe

4/14 Indianpolis, IN @ Indy Hostel

4/15 Bloomington, IN @ Kroger Castle

4/16 Carbondale, IL @ The Swamp

4/17 Nashville, TN @ TBA

4/18 Knoxville, TN @ TBA

4/19 Greensboro, NC @ TBA

4/21 Baltimore, MD @ TBA

4/22 Middletown, NY @ House of 1000 Couches

4/23 Northeast @ TBA

4/24 Boston, MA @ Bufu Records Fest

4/25 North Haven, CT @ Broken World Media Fest

4/28 Birmingham, AL @ TBA

5/8 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks (Album Release w/ Ava Luna)

With their feet planted on the distortion pedal and tongues placed firmly in cheek, the bespectacled Chicago trio Pet Symmetry will release their debut album Pets Hounds on May 19 via Asian Man Records. Pulling members from Dowsing, Kittyhawk, Mountains for Clouds, and Into It. Over It; Pet Symmetry is a gleefully spontaneous and unrestrained outlet for good friends Erik Czaja (Guitar), Marcus Nuccio (Drums), and Evan Weiss (Lead Vocals, Bass) to scratch their itchy power pop impulses. Stream the first single “Give Thanks (Get Lost)” below.

Stream “Give Thanks (Get Lost)” via Noisey on SoundCloud