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The One About Making Love

On this episode of Best Song Ever: the Dear LaBenne cousins get a visit from DJ Khaled,  Luke has some harsh words for the editor of Ghettoblaster Magazine, Brian tells a fun story about Tom Waits, Luke talks about his emotional reaction to Finding Dory and they have a couple conversations about mental illness.

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.

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Songs Played on The One About Making Love

Amber Arcades – It Changes from an upcoming EP out later this year

Ron Gallo –  Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me from Heavy Meta out now on New West Records

Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play Guitar from Yours Conditionally out March 10th on Mutually Detrimental

Myles Manley – Relax; Enjoy Your Night Upon the Town out now on Little L Records

Your Old Droog – G.K.A.C. from Packs out March 10th on Fat Beats

Little Comets – Common Things from Worhead out March 10th on The Smallest Label

Aye Nako – Particle Mace from Silver Haze out April 7th on Don Giovanni

Pool – Almost Everything from No Bad Memories out now

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.

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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

Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine.  For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 22, Don Giovanni Records Screaming Females.  Words by Jim Testa.  Photo by Toni Skotcher.

Also from Issue 22, Weightless Recordings Illogic.  Words by Mildred C. Fallen.  Photo by Roman Titus.

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To subscribe to Ghettoblaster Magazine or to pick up this issue, head over to our In Print page.

Indie-punk quartet Izzy True will tour in support of their debut LP Nope, which dropped August 5 via Don Giovanni Records.

A rollercoaster of emotion, edgy instrumentation and irresistible melodies, Nope was born out of the experience of frontperson Isabel Reidy dropping out of school and moving home to deal with mental illness. Songwriting became a cathartic and joyful way to combat those issues. The end result is a rock and roll album which makes space for misery.

Nope is about magic, loneliness, and learning to like yourself.

8/9: Virginia Beach, VA @ Back Bay Brewing

8/10: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

8/11: Rock Hill, SC @ The Courthouse

8/12: Savannah, GA @ QuoLab

8/14: Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium

8/15: Nashville @ Charlie Bob’s

8/16: Louisville, KY @ The Cure Lounge

8/17: Bloomington, IN @ The Void

8/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House

8/19: Madison, WI @ Williamson Magnetic Recording Company

8/20: Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear

8/21: Detroit, MI @ Donovan’s

8/24: Providence, RI @ Aurora

8/25: Worcester, MA @ The Firehouse

8/26: Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s

8/27: Wallingford, CT @ Wamleg

8/28: New Paltz, NY @ Commissary

8/31: Allentown, PA @ Consolidated Cardboard

9/1: Rochester, NY @ Small World Books

9/2: Toronto, ON @ D-Beastro

9/3: Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo

Iconic punk rock feminist, author, educator and musician Alice Bag has announced her self-titled solo debut album Alice Bag, to be released June 24 on Don Giovanni Records. As with all of Bag’s artistic endeavours, this album is unabashedly honest and unafraid. Alice Bag features all original material written by Bag and includes performances by some of her favorite LA-based musicians. There will be an album release party on July 2 at The Echo in Bag’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA with support from Generacion Suicida and Kim and The Created. Info and tickets available HERE.

Poetically biting lyrics set the stage for the sassy, socially charged first single “No Means No” released today alongside her pledge to donate 100% of today’s album pre-order proceeds to Peace Over Violence in support of Denim Day. We encourage you to pre-order the record, make your own donation and post/share the new single “No Means No” freely today!

Alice was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave punk bands to form in the mid-1970’s in Los Angeles, CA. She was featured in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization and went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl which is now required reading in gender and musicology courses throughout the country + the self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. Her influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor.

Pre-order Alice Bag: Don Giovanni Website + iTunes

In celebration of her critically lauded new album Cocksure, out October 30 on Don Giovanni Records, Laura Stevenson will kick off a national tour hitting NYC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Denver and many more, with Crying and Chris Farren as support. Tickets for Mercury Lounge in NYC are on sale now, and tickets to all other shows go on sale on Friday, January 15. In addition to enjoying the playful official video for album single “Torch Song”, fans can get a taste what to expect from Stevenson’s live performance by watching her enchanting AV Undercover performance of Elliott Smith’s “Angel in the Snow”.

Produced by long-time friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, Cocksure represents a new era for the songwriter.  The record was mostly recorded live, resulting in a raw, spontaneous feeling that makes the album an accumulation of her journey, on and off the stage. Be sure to catch Laura Stevenson live in a city near you!

3/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

4/1: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

4/2: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

4/3: Washington DC @ Black Cat

4/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

4/6: Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

4/7: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

4/8: Lincoln, NE @ Vega

4/9: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

4/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

4/12: Portland, OR @ Star Theater

4/13: Seattle, WA @ Barboza

4/15: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

4/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

4/17: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

4/19: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

4/20: Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits

4/22: Austin, TX @ Mohawk

4/23: Dallas, TX @ Dada

4/24: Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown

4/27: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory

4/28: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

4/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

4/30: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

5/1: Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Four years since the band’s last release, Wisconsin’s Tenement deliver Predatory Headlights, an ambitious, contagiously catchy, 25-song double LP that is already being enthusiastically touted as a contender for record of the year in punk and indie circles. Although Pitsch and his collaborators, bassist Jesse Ponkamo and drummer Eric Mayer, surmounted a treasure trove of ideas over those years, it wasn’t until Don Giovanni founder Joe Steinhardt presented the idea that a double LP became part of the band’s plans.

Ghettoblaster caught up with Pitsch to discuss his informed look at songwriting, recording at BFG in Appleton, the retired DIY venue where the band lived, and more.

It’s been four years since your last release.  Were you writing for Predatory Headlights that whole time?

I played drums for The Nerves’ reunion tour thing in 2012, and when that went awry halfway through, I went home and began writing for this record. The lyrical material for Predatory Headlights was mostly written while on tour: playing drums for The Nerves, playing drums for Big Eyes, and with Tenement and Technicolor Teeth. It HAS been one big non-stop writing and recording block since it began though, and I’m relieved that it’s over and I can start thinking about the next record.

When did you realize a double album would be the best format for PH?

Joe Steinhardt approached us about doing a double album. The idea never even came close to making itself known to me until he convinced us we should do it. I thought about double albums that I love like The Beatles’ White Album, or Husker Du’s Zen Arcade, or The Stones’ Exile on Main Street, and what I love about each of them and what makes each of them special and what makes each of them succeed as a double album. Then I tried to apply those ideas to what makes our music special.

Is there a common theme or set of ideas that ties the record together?

It’s not a concept album. However as a writer of words, I’m influenced by thinkers like John Steinbeck and Werner Herzog. I more often than not find myself writing about the ironies, absurdities, and complexities of life, the nature of the human being, and society’s dark taboos.

Why was BFG, where you recorded the album, demolished?

We lived there a long time. Our prior LPs, Napalm Dream and The Blind Wink were mostly recorded there, too. We hosted punk shows in its basement for six years. In a town like Appleton, Wisconsin, a place like BFG was a lawless jungle. I’d always thought that it was meant to be bulldozed and not to be handed over to new tenants. The energy that place held after we’d been there for eight years wasn’t meant to linger in a normal family environment.

Was there ever any doubt that you’d work with Justin Perkins on this one too?

There was doubt. He doesn’t do much engineering or mixing anymore; choosing instead to be a mastering engineer. After a lot of sweet talk, he agreed to work on the record. I’m still thankful, as he’s one of my favorite engineers and musicians.

How influential were Justin’s bands Yesterday’s Kids and The Obsoletes for you as a songwriter?

Extremely influential. I worshipped The Obsoletes’ Is This Progress? full length for many years and I still love it. Yesterday’s Kids were my hometown’s biggest musical export as a teenager and luckily I could relate to their music well. They were coming from many of the same places I was coming from; blending the influence of The Beatles and ’70s power pop with melodic punk music like The Ramones and coming up with something that was both punk and pop, but really difficult to label as pop punk most of the time. There’s a particular guitar riff on Predatory Headlights that is a second generation nod to Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet by way of Yesterday’s Kids.

People are already comparing it to historic releases like Zen Arcade and Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  Is that a source of pride for you?

I’ve never really listened to Smashing Pumpkins, but Husker Du were one of my favorite bands as a teenager.  Zen Arcade is a great record, but my favorite records of theirs are New Day Rising and Everything Falls Apart and More. I honestly don’t even know where the Smashing Pumpkins comparison comes from. Do they sound like us in any way at all? Oh, right. Guys with guitars….we crapped all over that notion with a large chunk of this record.

What have Don Giovanni done to help the band reach new audiences?  What opportunities has that relationship afforded you?

I suppose that the tours we’ve been doing often for the past couple of years with Don Giovanni bands have allowed us to reach a new audience. Obviously we haven’t caught on that well with the college rock crowd that attends those shows. I don’t think our minds resonate well with theirs or something. I walk through life day dreaming about music. I don’t know what the hell they even think about.

I ran into some former tourmates of yours, Vacation, who said they’re very excited to hear the record.  Are those guys tight bros of yours?

Vacation, I promise to never refer to you as my “bros”. “Bros” and “Dudes” should be kicked outta the English language. In any manner of speaking, they’re always bland and cheap words. Vacation is a really creative band and we admire them as our peers and yes, we do love them like brothers.

(Visit Tenement here: https://www.facebook.com/tenement/.)

 

Shared a week ago via The Wall Street Journal, Laura Stevenson releases her highly anticipated fourth studio album Cocksure today via Don Giovanni Records.  Highlighted by growling guitars licks and irresistible melodies, Stevenson emerges with an emboldened rock and roll album that is confident, colorful, and alive.  In celebration of release, Laura reveals her “Jellyfish” video that offers a playful take on the infectious, gritty punk track.

Produced by long-time friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, Cocksure represents a new era for the songwriter.  The record was was mostly recorded live, resulting in a raw, spontaneous feeling that makes the album an accumulation of her journey, on and off the stage. Laura Stevenson is currently set on a national fall tour with Matt Pond PA that wraps November 21st in NYC.  Be sure to catch her live in a city near you!

10/30: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.

10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

11/1: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

11/3: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

11/4: Portland, OR @ Dante’s

11/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

11/7: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

11/8: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

11/9: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

11/10: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

11/12: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

11/13: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

11/14: Akron, OH @ Musica

11/17: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore

11/19: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

11/20: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

11/21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room

Laura Stevenson shows her emboldened rock and roll side on Cocksure, slated for release October 30 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by long-time friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, it is an album of spontaneity, biting guitar licks and irresistible melody.

Hitting that 90’s-alt-rock-riot-grrrl sweet spot, “Claustrophobe” is a moody, anthemic track that builds to an epic breakdown.   “Claustrophobe” premiered with Stereogum.

Joined by musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig, Peter Naddeo and Samantha Niss, Cocksure represents a new era for the songwriter. It was mostly recorded live, resulting in a raw, spontaneous feeling that makes the album an accumulation of Stevenson’s journey, on and off the stage. After more than a year of national and worldwide touring alongside reputable acts including Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Cursive’s Tim Kasher and The Gaslight Anthem, Laura Stevenson will kick off a national fall tour on October 14 in DC. Be sure to catch her performing live in a city near you!

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Laura Stevenson National Tour Dates:

10/14: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

10/15: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

10/16: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

10/17: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall

10/18: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

10/19: Orlando, FL @ The Social

10/21: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues Lounge

10/22: Houston, TX @ Rudyards

10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

10/24: Austin, TX @ The North Door

10/26: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

10/28: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

10/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

10/30: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.

10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

11/1: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

11/3: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

11/4: Portland, OR @ Dante’s

11/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

11/7: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

11/8: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

11/9: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

11/10: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

11/12: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

11/13: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

11/14: Akron, OH @ Musica

11/17: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café

11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore

11/19: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

11/20: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

11/21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room

Laura Stevenson shares a new voice on her fourth album, Cocksure, slated for release October 30 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by long-time friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, engineered by Joe Rogers at Room 17, and mixed/mastered by Jack Shirley, the album represents a new era for the songwriter.

Where 2013’s Wheel harkened to Stevenson’s folk and country leanings, Cocksure is a straightforward, to the point, emboldened rock and roll album.   When it comes down to it, Cocksure thrives on spontaneity. It takes the delicate uncertainty of her previous work and weaves it into something confident, colorful and alive.

“Jellyfish” is an irresistible, gritty punk track that touches upon themes of self-imposed exile, anxiety and the search for comfort in the midst of it all. “Emily In Half” is a paradox of a song, strapped with bright, catchy melodies that cunningly play over dark, emotive lyrics. Lead single “Torch Song” is at once anthemic, seductive and honest, challenging the subject to test her.

Torch Song” premiered with SPIN.

Joined by musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig, Peter Naddeo and Samantha Niss, Cocksure was mostly recorded live, resulting in a raw, spontaneous feeling that makes the album an accumulation of Stevenson’s journey, on and off the stage. After more than a year of national and worldwide touring alongside reputable acts including Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Cursive’s Tim Kasher and The Gaslight Anthem, Laura Stevenson will kick off a national fall tour on October 14 in DC. Be sure to catch her in a city near you!

10/14: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

10/15: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

10/16: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

10/17: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall

10/18: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

10/19: Orlando, FL @ The Social

10/21: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues Lounge

10/22: Houston, TX @ Rudyards

10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

10/24: Austin, TX @ The North Door

10/26: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

10/28: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

10/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

10/30: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.

10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

11/1: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

11/3: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

11/4: Portland, OR @ Dante’s

11/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

11/7: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

11/9: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

11/10: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

11/12: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

11/13: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

11/14: Akron, OH @ Musica

11/17: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore

11/19: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

11/20: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

11/21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room