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The One With All the Feels

On this episode: Dear Cousins Luke and Brian are back after a week off living the #beachlife and they talk about how ambient music can heal people, deliver the spoils of the Cuzzo Battle of 2017, #cuzzobattles, they dive into how bands replace “w”s in their names with “v”‘s like Chvrches #twerkchurch, Luke will not stop making up stupid hashtags, both cousins dole out their catchphrase stamps of approval two times in a row each (unprecedented!) Luke goes on record and states that he likes interesting music, they play their first song from a Broadway musical and talk about anxiety, depression, Zoloft, mental illness stigma and open up about their own struggles and personal stories all while playing 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.


Songs Played on The One With All the Feels

Toro Y Moi – Girl Like You from Boo Boo out July 7th on Carpark Records

Alvvays – In Undertow from Antisocialites out September 8th on Polyvinyl Records

Zola Jesus – Exhumed from Okovi out September 8th on Sacred Bones

Blacastan and Stu Bangas feat. Nutso – Circle of Fire from The Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes out now on Brick Records

Superchunk – I Got Cut from I Got Cut out now on Merge Records

Ben Platt – For Forever from Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording) out now on Atlantic Records

Black Kids – Obligatory Drugs from Rookie out September 15th

Local Natives feat. Nico Segal – The Only Heirs out now on Loma Vista Recordings

The One Where Brian is a Dummy

Buckle up, because you are now entering the DOOM TOMB.  After an odd and menacing introduction, things calm down a bit and the LaBenne men talk about how dumb Brian is (on a couple occasions,) participate in a Neil Young Showdown, Luke gets spooked out by a song and Brian’s new catchphrase is actually somewhat successful with Luke this time!  It’s a decidedly goofy episode for the ages.  So sit back, relax and get ready to hear Best Song Ever.

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 Where Brian is a Dummy

Cloud Nothings – “Internal World” from Life Without Sound out January 27th on Carpark Records

Hideout – “I Got Your Message” from So Many Hoops/So Little Time out February 3rd on Small Plates Records

Xiu Xiu – “Wondering” from FORGET out February 24th on Polyvinyl Records

Tyvek – “Real Estate and Finance” from Origin of What out now on In the Red Records

Generationals feat. Sarah Quinatana – “In Green (Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! cover)” from Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl out now on Polyvinyl Records

Carla dal Forno – “Fast Moving Cars” from You Know What It’s Like out now on Blackest Ever Black

Mikko Joensuu – “No One Knows” from Amen 2 out December 16th

Ty Segall – “Orange Color Queen” from Ty Segall out January 27th on Drag City

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 22nd that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

A$AP Ferg – Always Strive and Prosper (RCA Records)

Always Strive and Prosper is an enigmatic, unpredictable and exhilarating new school hip hop album.  A$AP Ferg throws tons of stylistic changes throughout, and succeeds greatly at most of these.  There is everything from old school to trap, from house to radio ready singles, and there’s even some hypnotic hallucinatory terrain covered, which feels incredibly fresh and original.  Parts of the album feel like a crazy acid trip where you wouldn’t be surprised if some cartoon characters appeared out of thin air and started dancing in front of your face.  A$AP Ferg swung for the fences with this one and overwhelmingly hit a home run.

Greys – Outer Heaven (Carpark Records)

Outer Heaven opens with a subdued, seemingly standard indie-rock track inspired by the murder of a teenager in Florida and then on track two covers the recent terrorist attacks in Paris over ferocious post-punk rock, which is to say, this is a heavy hard hitting album.  The serene music of the opening track mixed with its bleak lyrics giving way to the utter chaos that follows is a great illustration of how Greys seems to see the world we live in now.  Musically speaking this is a fantastic post-punk album filled with dissonance, chaos and even some memorable and catchy choruses.  There are also occasional flashes of Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto in the vocal performance of the heavier leaning punk songs on the album.  All around this is a heavy, angry album that feels totally in line with the frustrating, anger-inducing landscape we currently find ourselves in.

Dalek – Asphalt for Eden (Profound Lore Records)

Asphalt for Eden is a special sort of hip hop album, one that feels like a combination of hip hop’s past, present and future all at the same time.  The lyrical and vocal styling is a definite throwback to when hip hop was about actual rapping, flow and lyrical content, which is quite reminiscent of classic Wu-Tang Clan.  The music on Asphalt for Eden is another issue entirely.  It is no surprise that this album found its way to be released by Profound Lore, a label that is largely focused on metal releases.  This is heavy, gloomy industrial sounding, shoegaze referencing music with solid beats and even some scratching thrown in for good measure.  The combination of all these influences is really something special to behold and something awesome to listen to.

Young Magic unveiled another look at their forthcoming album Still Life today with the ethereal new track “Valhalla (Reprise),” accompanied by a dazzling 3D world video created by Vinyl Williams.

Still Life is out May 13 on Carpark Records. Preorder on Carpark or iTunes.

Young Magic is also pleased to announce that they will embark on a cross-country tour with Yeasayer this May-June. Full dates below.

Young Magic with Yeasayer

5/12 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME

5/13 Paradise Rock Club -Boston, MA

5/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
5/16 9:30 Club -Washington, DC

5/17 Union Transfer -Philadelphia, PA

5/19 The Orange Peel -Asheville, NC
5/21 Exit / In -Nashville, TN

5/22 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI

5/23 Lincoln Hall -Chicago, IL

5/24 First Avenue -Minneapolis, MN
5/28 Imperial -Vancouver, BC

5/29 Wonder Ballroom -Portland, OR
5/31 The Fillmore -San Francisco, CA

6/01 The Fonda Theatre -Los Angeles, CA

6/02 The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA

6/03 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 2

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

Greys – “No Star”
The song “No Star” from Greys’ upcoming album, Outer Heaven, is a raucous and paranoid journey inspired by the recent attack in Paris.  It opens with the distressed lyrics: “Don’t shoot I’m not the enemy / They want you to be scared of me” and as the song goes on it continues to stir this foreboding atmosphere.  This is for fans who like their punk music harsh, heavy and furious.  Outer Heaven is out 4/22 on Carpark Records.

Night Moves – “Carl Sagan”
Minneapolis duo Night Moves make dreamy, 70’s inspired indie rock with electronic flourishes.  “Carl Sagan” is the first single from their sophomore album, Pennied Days, which is out 3/25 on Domino.  This is a song that draws you in with warm textures, only to swallow you whole in its immense sound … and then that falsetto hits!

Nothing – “Vertigo Flowers”
Philadelphia group Nothing are prepping their long awaiting album, Tired of Nothing, which is out 5/13 on Relapse Records.   In their new song, “Vertigo Flowers”, Nothing brings up some very beautiful, really loud shoegaze with great vocal melodies.  This is a song that deserves to be played as loud as possible, as often as possible.

Bibio – “Town and Country”
Bibio is an English producer and songwriter who mixes electronic and organic textures expertly alongside solid songwriting.  His new album, A Mineral Love, comes out 4/1 on Warp.  “Town and Country” is the third single from the upcoming album (see also:  “Feeling”) and finds Bibio in his catchiest, most accessible form.

Pity Sex – “Burden You”
Lush, heavy electric guitars combine with lackadaisical and despondent vocals in “Burden You,” the new single from Ann Arbor Michigan’s Pity Sex.  This song is lulling and energizing, delicate and harsh, and is really just a joy to listen to.  The sophomore album from Pity Sex is titled White Hot Moon and is out 4/29 on Run for Cover Records.

Mutual Benefit – “Not for Nothing”
Mutual Benefit thrives on strange melody sung by a distinct voice over absolutely beautiful music; all of which is put perfectly on display in “Not for Nothing.”  Simply played acoustic guitar is met by pleasant piano and some stunning strings to combine into a truly mesmerizing piece of folk music.  “Not for Nothing” is at once common AND extraordinary, which is something that is sure to be abundantly found on the new album, Skip a Sinking Stone, which is out 5/20 on Mom + Pop Records.

Full Playlist

Prince Rama’s forthcoming extreme sports-themed album Xtreme Now, is out March 4 on Carpark Records.

Pre-order Xtreme Now on iTunes | Carpark

Catch Prince Rama on tour this spring.

3/02 – BSP Kingston – Kingston, NY

3/04 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY

3/05 – Comet Ping Pong – Washington, DC

3/06 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

3/09 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

3/10 – The Pinhook – Durham, NC

3/11 – Savannah Stopover Music Festival – Savannah, GA

3/12 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

3/13 – Siberia – New Orleans, LA

3/22 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX

3/24 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

3/25 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

3/26 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA

3/29 – Resident – Los Angeles, CA

3/30 – Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA

4/01 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

4/02 – The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

4/03 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

4/07 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN

4/08 – Schubas – Chicago, IL

4/09 – Tube Factory – Indianapolis, IN

4/11 – Marble Bar – Detroit, MI

4/12 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON

4/13 – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC

4/14 – Great Scott – Allston, MA

4/15 – Ortlieb’s Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

To kick off the new year, TEEN share the new single “Tokyo” off their forthcoming album Love Yes. NPR premiered the track as one of their “Songs We Love” noting, “TEEN’s forthcoming album, Love Yes, feels like a culmination of the band’s initial evolution, and ‘Tokyo’ signals another bold direction. A driving pop song built from churning synths, a rubbery bass line, and a swaying 6/8 waltz groove… Teeny Lieberson’s lyrics take a dramatic leap forward as she analyzes the complexities of aging relationships, sensuality, and misogyny that all too often goes unchecked.”

Carpark Records will release TEEN’s new album Love Yes on February 19. The band has announced U.S. tour dates around the release of the album including a special record release show February 14 at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Tour dates are as follows:

Feb 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

Feb 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s

Feb 17 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

Feb 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

Feb 19 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Feb 20 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

Feb 21 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn

Feb 22 Cincinnati, OH @ Monday Night at the Comet

Feb 24 New Haven, CT @ BAR

Feb 26 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University

GEMS are set to release their debut full-length album, Kill the One You Love, in just a few weeks on October 30. Today, the duo are excited to share new song “w/o u,” a dreamy, dramatic song with haunting and emotive harmonies. Premiered originally on The Line of Best Fit, they write, “incredible songwriting” and deem it a Song of the Day.

Currently on tour with Autre Ne Veut, GEMS craft evocative shadow pop that tangles with existential longing and human truths. The LA-based duo of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher, GEMS inject a sense of hope into their debut album, as they embrace pop’s form and structure while reaching for something deeper in the shadowland of the soul.

As the Examiner recently wrote of the debut album, “you’d be hard pressed to pick just one favorite. They might have previously drawn comparisons to Beach House, the xx and London Grammar but GEMS will certainly make their own mark.” NPR called their new work “more nuanced, exacting and intricate than anything else they’ve done,” while Entertainment Weekly deemed it a “debut album to get excited about this fall.” Stereogum drew comparisons to Phantogram, Sleigh Bells and Purity Ring, but noted they planted “a flag in distinct territory of their own, a winsome mishmash of ‘90s pop/alt-rock/R&B sounds.” Kill the One You Love has a stylistic restraint that, though stark, remains flush with emotion. It is an album of hurt, longing, and the beauty found in that space between. It’s music for the heartbroken but hopeful.

Kill the One You Love arrives October 30 on Carpark Records, with pre-orders available via iTunes and Carpark Records.

Oct 13 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *

Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake *

Oct 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *

Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton *

Oct 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *

Oct 22 – Boston, MA – Middle East *

Oct 23 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall *

Oct 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *

Oct 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Max’s Cellar #

* with Autre Ne Veut

# with dd elle

Toronto’s Greys premiered a new track today titled “Use Your Delusion” off their upcoming debut full-length If Anything via AV Club who called the track “QUOTE”.  If Anything arrives via Carpark Records and Buzz Records on June 17.

Listen to “Use Your Delusion”

Catch them on tour here:

5/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio*
5/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House*
5/18 Allston, MA @ Great Scott*

* = w/ The Beverleys & HSY

March was a big month for Toronto’s Greys. During the span of it, the quartet announced their signing to Carpark Records and Buzz Records for the release of their debut full-length If Anything on June 17 and played several successful SXSW shows during a brief North American tour.

And if these two in combination weren’t exciting enough, press showed renewed interest in their caustic, powerful loud rock.  Rolling Stone featured Greys as one of their “Ten New Artists You Need to Know” for this month, and yesterday Pitchfork debuted the first single from If Anything, titled “Guy Picciotto” and comparing their sound to a “punch in the face”.

Listen to “Guy Picciotto”: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16817-guy-picciotto/