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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. 5!

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.


Outer Spaces – “I Saw You”

Outer Spaces is a new addition to the ever stellar Don Giovanni lineup, and it finds the label showcasing their softer side.  “I Saw You” is the first taste of the upcoming album A Shedding Snake and the appeal of Outer Spaces is abundantly clear over the course of this track.  This is nicely subtle but still intricate indie-rock with a wonderfully bright melodic chorus and an edge of darkness in the lyrics.  Outer Spaces cites Murmur-era Michael Stipe as an influence in songwriting and tone and the overall feel of the song is definitely reminiscent of this point of reference.  A Shedding Snake is out 5-27 via Don Giovanni.

Twin Peaks – “Holding Roses”

There is nothing quite like a great classic pop-rock song and straight out of the gate “Holding Roses” seems to be taken from a playlist of seminal classics.  Twin Peaks have crafted an immensely catchy gem with this song, combining smooth guitar riffs, clanking piano and a soaring chorus that will pop back into your head days later.  “Holding Roses” is the third taste they have provided from their upcoming album Down in Heaven, out on 5/13 via Grand Jury, and is definitely the best song of the bunch so far.


Islands – “The Joke”

Ever since Nick Diamonds appeared on the scene as a member of The Unicorns there has been something special about his songwriting ability.  He has been able to endure some big stylistic changes over the years, releasing albums in the band Islands as well as under the name Nick Diamonds.  Islands is now prepping two albums to be simultaneously released by Manque Music on 5/13.  The two albums find Islands showing off two different styles in which they thrive.  Taste will be the more synth driven pop-rock record, while Should I Remain Here at Sea? will focus on straightforward guitar driven pop-rock.  Islands has released several singles in pairs of twos over the course of the last couple months, but “The Joke” from Taste sticks out from the bunch.  This is a very catchy, very dance-able song with a synth line straight out of The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  All of the singles from both albums have been stellar thus far making this duo of albums a definite must listen in May.


Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank”

Teens of Denial is already set to send Car Seat Headrest into indie rock superstardom.  Critics from all over the map have been heaping immense praise on the album for weeks now.  Most noticeably the crew at NPR’s All Songs Considered, as well as the folks at Stereogum, have essentially said it is one of the best rock albums in a while, and thus far Car Seat Headrest has been proving them right with single after single of solid rock music.  “Fill in the Blank” is the opening track of Teens of Denial and is a wonderful start and stop catchy rock song that is most fun to listen to when turned up really loud.  Teens of Denial is out 5/20 via Matador.


KAYTRANADA – “Glowed Up” feat. Anderson Paak

KAYTRANADA has been collaborating on other artists’ songs for a long time and is finally set to drop his debut album 99.9% on 5/6 via XL.  “Glowed Up” finds KAYTRANADA tapping into the unstoppable force of energy of 2016, otherwise known as Anderson Paak, who has been collaborating on tracks with almost everyone and also released one of the best albums of the year thus far with Malibu.  Despite the already countless really good tracks Paak has been on, “Glowed Up” may be the best yet as it essentially two fantastic tracks in one.  The first part finds Paak rapping expertly over dreamy synth layers.  All of a sudden about halfway into the song, the music drastically changes and so does Paak’s delivery.  The synths now settle into a deep groove and Paak once again proves his double threat vocal status as he beautifully croons out the rest of the song.  This is an exciting song, which reveals more of itself with each repeated listen, and also makes the upcoming album from KAYTRANADA something to look forward to.


PAWS – “No Grace”

PAWS is a pop-punk trio from Scotland who are prepping their debut album No Grace, which is out 6/17 on FatCat Records.  The song “No Grace” is one of the catchiest and best examples of a top notch pop-punk song.  It’s loud and fast and the vocals fly along at a incredibly fast pace, culminating in a catchy, heavy chorus.  Perhaps the most fun tidbit about PAWS and their upcoming album is that it was produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, which is evident in the overall sound of the track.  This is seriously good pop-punk music arriving just in time for the sunny days of summer.


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Matador Records announced that it will release Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial on May 20.  Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk).

On Denial, Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor.   By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.

After teasing Teens of Denial in February with the release of single “Vincent,” today Car Seat Headrest drops its second single off Denial, the hugely hooky “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Says Toledo, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition.  The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”

3/25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

3/26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

3/27 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt

3/30 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project

3/31 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

4/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

4/3 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place

5/23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat

5/28 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling

5/29 – Gent, BE – Big Next

5/30 – Paris, FR – L’Espace B

5/31 – Lyon, FR – Le Sonic

6/1-6/5 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival

6/3 – Nimes, FR – Paloma

6/4 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival

6/6 – Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew

6/8 – Toulouse, FR – Le Saint des Seins

6/9 – Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey

6/11 – Porto, PT – NOS Primavera Sound Porto

6/14 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub

6/17 – Dresden, DE – Beanpole

6/18 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow

6/20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope

6/21 – London, UK – 100 Club

6/22 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute

6/23 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

6/26 – Beuningen, NL – Down The Rabbit Hole

6/28 – Lund, SE – Mejeriet

6/29 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand

6/30 – Gothenberg, SE – Pustervik

7/16 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

7/22 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party

7/28 – Victoria, BC – Eventide Victoria


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Car Seat Headrest (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) released its first new song since the release of its 2015 Matador Records debut, Teens of Style, with a music video for “Vincent,” off the forthcoming 2016 release, Teens of Denial.  The visuals in the “Vincent” video, directed by Quinn George, echo the song’s lyrical ambivalence about partying and drinking, a commentary on the oft-depressing 20-something party scene written from the point of view of a hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.

Says Toledo, it’s about “Fighting to hold one’s place in the crowd, to hold one’s drink. It’s about shouting to be heard, but what’s the point, no one’s saying anything worth listening to.  It’s about wanting to leave but not wanting to go home. The music is too loud.”

By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, “Vincent” whets the appetite for the rest the widely anticipated Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band and producer (more details coming soon!).  Its songs conjure a distinctly millennial mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.  The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.

2/25 – L’Antipode MJC – Rennes, FR

2/27 – La Malterie – Lille, FR

2/28 – Paridiso Kleine Zaal – Amsterdam, NL

3/14 – Austin, TX – Barracuda (AV Club party)

3/14 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas

3/16 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church

3/16 – Austin, TX – Hype Hotel

3/17 – Austin, TX – Space 24

3/17 – Austin, TX – Barracuda

3/18 – Austin, TX – Spotify House

3/18 – Austin, TX – Hole In The Wall

3/19 – Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s

3/19 – Austin, TX – End of an Ear

3/25 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

3/26 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

3/27 – The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

3/13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

6/1-6/5 – Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, ES

6/3 – Paloma – Nimes, FR

6/9 – NOS Primavera Sound Porto – Porto, PT

7/16 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

7/22 – Capital Hill Block Party – Seattle, WA

Car Seat Headrest’s Matador Records debut, Teens Of Style is out today, following a recent run of highly acclaimed shows at CMJ Music Marathon (see: The Guardian, Newsweek, Flavorwire).  In addition to previously announced East Coast and Midwest tour dates in 2015, Car Seat Headrest will now bring its confident, charming, dynamic performances to West Coast audiences in 2016, having announced a new run of dates today.

Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 in Will Toledo’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Needing a place of solitude (and soundproofing) where he could record vocals undisturbed, a 17-year-old Toledo set up shop in the family car.   Toledo’s catalogue is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.

11/17 – London, UK – Servant Jazz Quarters – SOLD OUT

11/18 – London, UK – Rough Trade East In-Store – FREE

11/20 – Paris, FR – Espace B

11/21 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who

11/27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*

11/28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*

11/29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas

11/30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*

12/1 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar

12/2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz

12/4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*

12/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*

12/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*

12/7 – Washington, DC – DC9*

12/8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*

12/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*

12/11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*

12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*

12/13 – Omaha, NE – The Lookout

1/9 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern

1/11 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett

1/12 – Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo

1/13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

1/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

1/15 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive

1/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

1/18 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

1/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar

1/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

1/22 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage

1/23 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

1/24 – Vancouver, BC – The Colbalt

* denotes w/ NE-HI