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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, September 16th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Touché Amoré – Stage Four (Epitaph Records)

Music doesn’t get much more powerful than this album, both the sonic brawn and emotional content continuously floor the listener. The fourth album of the California post-hardcore band follows frontman Jeremy Bolm’s mother’s death and battle with cancer. This album explores the depths of human emotion: whether it’s Jeremy’s struggle with belief on “Displacement” the regret of not being there when she passed on “Eight Seconds” or the questions he wished he’d asked on “Palm Dreams” we hear Jeremy working through these feelings throughout the album. He ultimately finds some sort of peace and clarity on “Skyscraper” joined by Julien Baker, The National influenced track signifies Jeremy’s closure, ending with the last voicemail left by his mother, which he states on the first track that he hasn’t brought himself to listen to it. The post-hardcore genre magnifies Bolm’s catharsis as he screams through the pain, expressing all the questions and realizations that he’s had during the whole tragic ordeal. Not only is this album a stunning personal expression and a companion for anyone navigating loss, but it redefines what this genre is capable of accomplishing.

El Perro Del Mar – Kokoro (Ging Ging Recordings)

For over a decade, Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Assbring has made indie-pop under the name El Perro Del Mar. During the making of her last record, she welcomed her first child into the world and the baby even joined her on tour. She then took time off to focus on motherhood, but after 8 months she had the itch to get back to work. She had been, “listening to only Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian pop music for the last three years,” and a visit to a musical instrument museum in Sweden, she was taken with instruments and sounds from other cultures and recorded sounds that she sampled on the record.  She then outfitted her mysterious electro-pop sound with sounds from all over the world, with rhythms inspired by Indonesian Gamelan music, Asian string and woodwind instruments, and all manner of exotic percussion. On this record Assbring examines what it means to be human,  perhaps due to maturity or motherhood, or the multi-cultural influence. On “Breadandbutter” she reminds us, “We all come from the very bottom,” and on “Clean Your Window” she warns, “Share some light because Ignorance grows in the dark.” This album is both rhytmic and melodic, which was Assbring’s intention when borrowing from these different styles. This is eclectic and exotic pop unlike you’ve heard before, with every song bringing a new element to the table, this is her best album yet.

Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust (Joyful Noise Recordings)

The third album from multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi is an obvious departure from his past work. Following a bout of writer’s block, and marital struggles, he threw himself into his music. He worked in Ableton, a different recording software than he usually uses, and began to create exciting loops and electronic sounds. While his orchestral pop roots are still present, the album is primarily synth and keyboard driven. This record is steeped in 70’s influence, from Pink Floyd and ELO, to George Duke and other Brazilian jazz fusion players. Produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, there are many supporting instrumentalists, making the compositions fuller and more rich than past records. This is Ishibashi’s most accomplished and most personal album. Playing out like the soundtrack to a movie, this album focuses on love and the crazy journey it can take you on. On Sonderlust, you hear an artist bravely enter new territory, with enough connection to his early work to make any die hard fan get on board.

 Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years (Sinderlyn)

In 2013, Staten Island rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars released their third album, which was very well recieved and was follower with a year long tour. Afterwards, frontman Joseph D’Agostino was in a self described “funk” not really inspired to make more music. The song “4th of July” tells the story of the night that brought him back. Hanging out with fellow musician Alex G on 4th of July, he witnessed a violent encounter and escaped unscathed.  He began to write about what it means to be alive and to make your life matter. This album is equal parts pragmatism and existentialism, as Joe grows older and looks at everyday situations through a more cosmic lens, “How many universes am I alive and dead in?”. The sound on this album is bright and hazy, with fuzzy guitars, the occasional shimmering synth, and sometimes even a booming sax; Joe’s gravelly voice and vivid storytelling make it sound like The Clash meets Springsteen. On this album Joe confronts his inevitable death and celebrates his immediate life.

Kool Keith – Feature Magnetic (Mello Music Group)

Kool Keith is the wonderfully talented, terribly hilarious rapper also known as Dr. Octagon, Rhythm X, Dr. Doom and Mr. Gerbek. Yes, he is a truly eccentric talent who has been around since the late 80s when he took the rap world by storm as a member of the Ultramagnetic MCs. For the past several years it seemed that the world may not see another solid Kool Keith album again, but that has been proven false with the release of his newest album Feature Magnetic. Keith also has assumed the role of producer for most of the album under the name Number One Producer, which gives it a very cohesive sound. Musically the songs are strange, yet pretty minimalistic at the same time often built around big looping drums and synth lines. These serve Keith’s signature rapping incredibly well, allowing the focus to be on his very funny lyricism and breathtaking, wholly original deliver. Feature Magnetic is perfect for old school and newer hip-hop fans alike and it’s a joy to hear Kool Keith back in the saddle again. – Words by Brian LaBenne

The Glazzies – Kill Me Kindly (Old Flame Records) 

The Glazzies are a criminally under-heard Long Island rock band. Their new album, Kill Me Kindly, recalls the heyday of nineties grunge, while at the same time taking it in their own direction. Pop-Grung is not really a subgenre of music, but hopefully it will be as The Glazzies demonstrate how awesome it can sound. These are seriously great pop songs clothed in heavy grungey guitars and aggressive drumming perfect for blasting and bobbing you head along to. Psychedelic shades also permeate Kill Me Kindly in both the music and lyricism as most of these songs are straight up about aliens. Overall,  this is a fun album worth your time, especially if you are interested in heavy, catchy and fantastic grunge. – Words by Brian LaBenne

AlunaGeorge – I Remember (Island Records) 

AlunaGeorge have been getting progressively more and more into the mainstream pop world ever since they burst on the scene in 2012 with the stellar single “You Know You Like It,” which was in turn re-mixed by DJ Snake in 2014 resulting in it becoming certified platinum. This is all to say that it should be no surprise that AlunaGeorge’s new album, I Remember, is a swing for the fences, huge sounding modern pop album. A lot of the reviews of the new album seem to not understand the trajectory that AlunaGeorge has been on for the past several years, which really does not make sense. This is an absolutely solid pop album with songs that would fit in with modern pop radio and definitely be the best song playing in any given cycle. I Remember is a breezt affair with mostly up-tempo synth pop songs that have nice subtle verses and shimmering chrosues. I Remember progresses AlunaGeorge closer to their pop music takeover, which was promised all those years ago. – Words by Brian LaBenne

Preoccupations – Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar)

Preoccupations, the band formerly known as Viet Cong, is back with a new self-titled album that is absolutely brutal and punishing in the best way possible. Preoccupations is an album full of awesome post-punk songs that are at time monotonous and at others incredibly varied and catchy. Preoccupations sounds entirely like Viet Cong, yet at the same time absolutely different. They have expanded their sound palate a bit, even evoking Echo and the Bunnymen at times. Lyrically these are songs mostly about falling apart, breaking down and ultimately building back up. The band describes their new album in the following way: “What’s punishing can also be soothing, everything can change without disrupting your compass. Your best year can be your worst year at the same time. Whatever sends you flying can also help you land.” – Words by Brian LaBenne


Cymbals Eat Guitars have released “Aerobed,” their song off of Devinyl Splits No. 4 with Kevin Devine. “Aerobed,” Cymbals Eat Guitars’ first new song since 2014’s Lose, is streaming now via Spin Magazine. Devinyl Splits No. 4 comes to Bad Timing Records November 13th. Pre-orders are available now via Bad Timing Records.

Stream “Aerobed” now via Spin Magazine.

Over the course of 2015, Kevin Devine has been unveiling his Devinyl Splits Series, a six-7-inch series featuring Devine teaming up with a different partner every release. So far, the series has included Devine and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf covering each others songs, Devine and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy each recording an intimate original song (the first solo song ever released from Graves) and Devine and Tigers Jaw each taking on a song by The Cure. Most recently, he has announced the next two partners, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, as well as a string of shows with his partners from the series this December.  Kevin Devine has also recently announced reissues of his album Matter Of Time. This live record, originally released as a tour EP in 2012, has been remastered by Jesse Cannon and released with new artwork by the Goddamn Band’s own Chris Bracco. This, along with the 2nd pressing of Devine’s fan favorite album Brother’s Blood, are available now via Bad Timing Records.

Having recently debuted new material at a secret show after finishing a tour with Ben Kweller and NYC show opening for Brody Dalle, Slothrust aren’t holding back. They’re heading out on a U.S. tour this September and October, some of those dates in support of Cymbals Eat Guitars. Upon their return they open for The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on October 23 as part of the CMJ music festival.

09.05 – Middletown, CT – Wesleyan University (Eclectic House)

09.06 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio #

09.20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern

09.21 – Chicago, IL – Township

09.23 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar %

09.24 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

09.27 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown

09.28 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom

09.30 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

10.01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite

10.02 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door ^

10.03 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar ^

10.04 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit ^

10.05 – Tucson, AZ – The Flycatcher ^

10.07 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf ^

10.08 – Austin, TX – Red 7 ^

10.09 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

10.10 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder ^

10.11 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub

10.12 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl

10.13 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (Backroom)

10.14 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

10.15 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs)

10.23 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *

# with California X

% with The Menzingers

^ with Cymbals Eat Guitars

* with The Kills

Cymbals Eat Guitars recently released their second single, “Chambers” off of their forthcoming LP, LOSE (out August 26 via Barsuk Records).Chambers” marks a stylistic departure for the band, featuring ’80s-tinged guitars while leaving intact the cathartic vocal hooks that frontman Joe D’Agostino has so reliably delivered througout his career. The band will join Bob Mould on tour this fall before embarking on their own headlining tour this October. 

Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Chambers”

08/20/14 – New Haven, CT – Bar Night Club
08/21/14 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
08/22/14 – Rockville Centre, NY – Vibe Lounge
08/24/14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
08/26/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
9/5/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
9/6/14 – Washington, DC – 930 Club *
9/10/14 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *
9/11/14 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *
9/12/14 – Boston, MA – Paradise *
9/13/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
9/14/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
9/15/14 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *
9/16/14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *
9/17/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
9/18/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
9/19/14 – St. Louis, MO – The Old Rock House *
9/20/14 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
9/23/14 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre *
9/24/14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
9/26/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Filmore *
9/27/14 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre *
9/28/14 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre *
10/2/14 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
10/3/14 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/4/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit
10/5/14 – Tuscon, AZ – The Flycatcher
10/7/14 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf
10/8/14 – Austin, TX – Red 7
10/9/14 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
10/10/14 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
10/11/14 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
10/12/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/13/14 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
10/14/14 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

* w/ Bob Mould Band

Cymbals Eat Guitars have been added to select dates of Quicksand‘s reunion trek this month. Here’s how the schedule for that tour now runs:

01/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (feat. Single Mothers)
01/08 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (feat. Single Mothers)
01/09 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre (feat. Single Mothers)
01/11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall (feat. Single Mothers)
01/12 Chicago, IL – Metro (feat. Single Mothers)
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (feat. Single Mothers)
01/15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
01/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market (feat. Title Fight)
01/19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (feat. Title Fight)
01/23 Pomona, CA – The Glass House (feat. Title Fight)
01/25 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (feat. Title Fight)
01/28 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (feat. Cymbals Eat Guitars)
01/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat (feat. Cymbals Eat Guitars)
01/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall (feat. Cymbals Eat Guitars)
01/31 New York, NY – Webster Hall (feat. Cymbals Eat Guitars)

The new Ghettoblaster mixtape is here! With print issue 28 hitting the streets we wanted to pass along some music for the artists covered in the magazine. Say goodbye to the old and bring in the new! We’ve got some good shit for you guys this time around, as usual. Check out the full mix listing below and go download it on the mixtape page.

1. Asva – “New World Order Rising”
2. Barn Owl – “Turiya”
3. Bye,Confiserie – “Bye City”
4. Crystal Antlers – “Summer Solstice”
5. Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Keep Me Waiting”
6. EdO.G – “Dummies (remix)”
7. Fly Union – “Who You Wit”
8. Grieves – “On The Rocks”
9. Headnodic – “Movin On Up (feat. Latyrx & Kat ((010)))”
10. Mayer Hawthorne – “A Long Time”
11. Motel Beds – “Western Son”
12. Night Birds – “Landfill Land”
13. No Surrender – “Give It Up”
14. Olde Growth – “The Grand Illusion”
15. Oneida – “Horizon (edit)”
16. Red Sun – “Crash of Rhinos”
17. Street Eaters – “Ashby and Shattuck”
18. Tommy Keene – “Deep Six Saturday”
19. Twin Sister – “Bad Street”
20. Wiley – “Numbers In Action”
21. You Bred Raptors? – “Magellan”