Tag Archive: “Dead Oceans”

The One With Sqwings

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 Sqwings

Damaged Bug – Bog Dash from Bunker Funk out March 10th on Castle Face Records

Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix from Temple of I & I out now on ESL Music

Beach Fossils – This Year from Somersault out June 2nd on Bayonet Records

The New Pornographers – High Ticket Attractions from Whiteout Conditions out April 7th on Collected Works Records

Aimee Mann – Goose Snow Cone from Mental Illness out March 31st on SuperEgo Records

Quell Chris – BS Vibes from Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often out now on Mello Music Group

Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See from an album due later this year on Dead Oceans

John Andrews and the Yawns – Drivers from Bad Posture out March 10th on Woodsist

The One With Legends

On this weeks episode: Luke and Brian reveal a secret, have a deep conversation about a classic video game, Brian tries out another catchphrase and they also play some great music!  This is a very exciting episode with some of the biggest named musical acts to be featured on the show thus far, including one of Brian and Luke’s absolute favorites: Run the Jewels.  Sit back, relax, press play and prepare 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 With Legends

Run the Jewels- “Legend Has It” from RTJ3 out January 13, 2017

Zoos of Berlin – “Ambition Sounds” from Instant Evening out now on Look About

Sylvan Esso – “Kick Jump Twist” out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Smoke DZA and Pete Rock – “Milestone” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss and Styles P  from Don’t Smoke Rock out now on Babygrande Records

Strand of Oaks – “Radio Kids” from Hard Love out February 17, 2017 on Dead Oceans

Alex Izenberg – “To Move On” from Harlequin out now on Weird World

Dawn Richard – “Love Under Lights” from Redemption out now on Our Dawn Entertainment

Bayonne – “Living Room” from Primitive out now on Mom + Pop






Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.


Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)

“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)

The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)



Mark McGuire’s new album Beyond Belief is out this Friday on Dead Oceans. The album is another chapter in Mark McGuire’s extraordinary musical vision and sees him continuing to expand the depths of what electronics and masterful guitar playing can achieve.

THUMP began streaming Beyond Belief in its entirety today, saying,  “It is blissful, loop-based music that gives off the cosmic twinkle of krautrock and vintage synthesizer music, but with a modern approach to songwriting.”

Click here to listen to “Sons Of The Serpent”

Resident Advisor recently described McGuire as “a modern Krautrock acolyte following in the footsteps of Manuel Göttsching, expands his typical palette on the new one.” Stereogum gave us the first track from the album writing “Earth: 2015″ is as chaotic and unsettling as life on this planet in these modern times, conjuring such a frantic jumble of guitar and keyboard sounds that at first I wondered if multiple browser tabs were playing music at the same time. Eventually it all coheres into a dark, dramatic, ’80s-inspired electronic instrumental that keeps unfolding for 10 minutes.”

Click Here To Listen To “Earth: 2015”

There is still time to pre-order Beyond Belief, those who do so will receive a bonus cassette tape titled “Chopped &Chief’d,” which includes chopped and screwed versions of tracks from the album.

Catch him live:

11.11.15 – The Hideout – Chicago, IL *

*w/ Chemtrails + Spa Moans

The Donkeys have been have been churning out some of the most essentially Californian music since they made waves with their eponymous Living On The Other Side (Dead Oceans).  Since then, they’ve released two albums including their latest and most fully formed effort to date- Ride The Black Wave, released on Easy Sound last summer. With a voracious fan base, The Donkeys have toured relentlessly throughout the last year and will now do a final victory lap before heading back into the studio to begin work on their next album.

The Donkeys tour begins at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA on August 29 and will take them on a trek all the way to the East Coast before wrapping up where they began- in Berkeley, CA on October 3. Highlights include The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on September 17, The Hideout in Chicago on September 23 and a stop at Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati on September 25. Tickets go on sale today, July 8. More information can be found at www.donkeysongs.com

Aug 29 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

Sept 03 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

Sept 04 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

Sept 05 – Bowie Feathers – El Paso, TX

Sept 07 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

Sept 07 – Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX

Sept 08 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA

Sept 09 – Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesburg, MS

Sept 10 – The Firehose – Birmingham, AL

Sept 11 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL

Sept 12 – Star Bar – Atlanta, GA

Sept 13 – Second Sundays on Fourth – Winston-Salem, NC

Sept 14 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC

Sept 15 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

Sept 16 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

Sept 17 – Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY

Sept 18 – AS220 – Providence, RI

Sept 19 – Bug Jar – Rochester, NY

Sept 20 – Double Happiness – Columbus, OH

Sept 21 – Louie’s Back Room – Kalamazoo, MI

Sept 22 – The Bishop Bar – Bloomington, IN

Sept 23 – The Hideout – Chicago, IL

Sept 25 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH

Sept 26 – The Replay – Lawrence, KS

Sept 27 – The Hi Dive – Denver, CO

Sept 28 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

Sept 29 – Radio Boise Series at Neurolux – Boise, ID

Oct 01 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

Oct 02 – Humbolt State University UC Quad – Arcata, CA

Oct 03 – Starry Plough – Berkeley, CA

Dark Bird Is Home, the fourth album from The Tallest Man On Earth, doesn’t feel like it came from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit.

While Dark Bird is The Tallest Man at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, it’s also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings — which feels fresh for The Tallest Man on Earth, and well timed. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, like old cars and tightly wound clocks. The lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming, like tall trees and wide hills.

The Tallest Man On Earth’s Dark Bird Is Home is out May 12 on Dead Oceans and available for pre-order now.

Watch Dark Bird Is Home album trailer – http://youtu.be/pjsu5_fGvo8

Fri. June 19 – Sun. June 21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival Fri.

June 19 – Sun. June 21 – Scheessel, De @ Hurricane Festival Fri.

June 19 – Sun. June 21 – Munich, DE @ Southside Festival Sat.

June 27 – Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival

Fri. July 17 – Sun. July 19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle

Bear in Heaven will be releasing their fourth full-length, Time Is Over One Day Old via Dead Oceans/Hometapes (out August 5). On their new record, we witness the Brooklyn band once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even slightly ahead of technical skills. It feels very much in the tradition of Beast Rest Forth Mouth in that way. It’s beautiful; it’s moving. Throughout Time Is Over One Day Old you’ll hear a band at peace with themselves. They’ve learned to cut back on that which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial. The result is a record that will stay with you. You can listen to the whole record via NPR Music First Listen now.



Catch them live here:

Mon. Aug. 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (in-store)

Wed. Aug. 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Thu. Aug. 21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Fri. Aug. 22 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

Sat. Aug. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)

Sun. Aug. 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Tue. Aug. 26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Wed. Aug. 27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)

Thu. Aug. 28 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

Tue. Sept. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex

Wed. Sept. 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Fri. Sept. 5 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Sat. Sept. 6 – Spokane, WA @ Bartfest

Sun. Sept. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Wed. Sept. 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

Thu. Sept. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Fri. Sept. 12 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

Sat. Sept. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Sun. Sept. 14 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

Tue. Sept. 16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Wed. Sept. 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thu. Oct. 2 – London, UK @ XOYO

Fri. Oct. 3 – Brussels, BE @ Beursschouwburg

Sat. Oct. 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B

Sun. Oct. 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Mon. Oct. 6 – Cologne, DE @ Club 672

Tue. Oct. 7 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain

Thu. Oct. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar

Fri. Oct. 10 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet

Sat. Oct. 11 – Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan

Sun. Oct. 12 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik

Mon. Oct. 13 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee

Tue. Oct. 14 – Bergen, NO @ Landmark

Thu. Oct. 16 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas

Fri. Oct. 17 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out (out August 19 on Dead Oceans), is here at last. Lights Out is the whip-smart, endlessly catchy follow-up to 2009’s Grrr… and the band will tour in support of it this Fall kicking things off with an album release show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Thursday, Aug. 21 (tickets).