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The One With All the Birthday Presents

On this episode: Luke rudely interrupts our introduction and is very rude to Brian, our dear cousins play a game of Shark Tank and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Brian plays a total “Luke Song” and Luke plays a total “Brian Song,” they get into some deep topics like if it actually pays off to be meek and how sometimes you need to take care of your own well being first before you can take care of others, and of course they play eight of the best songs you’ll hear this 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.

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Songs Played on The One With All the Birthday Presents

Perfume Genius – Slip Away from No Shape out May 5th on Matador Records

Sweet Spirit – The Mighty from St. Mojo out this Friday, April 7th on Nine Mile Records

Land of Talk – This Time from Life After Youth out May 19th on Saddle Creek

Tei Shi – Keep Running from Crawl Space out now on Downtown Records

SEVDALIZA – Marilyn Monroe from  ISON due in April on Twisted Elegance

Cende – Bed from #1 Hit Single out  on May 26th on Double Double Whammy

Jumo – Huit Jours from Derive out May 12th on Nowadays Records

Tigers Jaw – Guardian from spin out  May 19th on Black Cement Records 

Born in Zimbabwe, Tkay Maidza relocated to the Australian mining area of Kalgoorlie when she was just five years old, before going on to settle in Adelaide a few years later.

Now after catching the attention of musical tastemakers internationally with killer tracks like “U-Huh,” “Brontosaurus” and the Switch Tape mixtape and sold out dates across the U.S., Europe and her homeland of Australia, Tkay has now signed to Downtown Records in the U.S. and is set to release her debut Switch Tape EP on December 4, featuring new single “Ghost.”

The song was co-written with George Maple and produced by What So Not, George Maple and Baauer, check out Tkay’s new single “Ghost” here.

Over the past few months Tkay Maidza has toured with some of music’s biggest names including Mark Ronson, Years & Years, and Charli XCX with Run The Jewels and Killer Mike (to name a few) singing her praises.

Catch her live:

November 19 — Islington Academy — London (with Troye Sivan)

November 23 — Les Etoiles — Paris (with Troye Sivan)

November 24 — Badaboom —  Paris (Kitsuné night)

November 26 — GretchenBerlin — (with Troye Sivan)


White Denim will kick off 2014 with a six-week headlining tour that begins at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, CO on January 27. Fans who purchase tickets via the CrowdSurge pre-sale, which begins on Wednesday, November 6, at whitedenimmusic.com, will have the chance to win a signed set list from the show they attend. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 8.

The band’s “World Cafe” session will air on NPR on Thursday, November 7. White Denim just wrapped up its fall U.S. tour, which included a mixture of headline dates and shows with Tame Impala and the Flaming Lips, and will launch a sold-out European run on November 12.

Corsicana Lemonade (Downtown Records), the Austin, TX-based band’s new album, was produced by Jeff Tweedy and Jim Vollentine. In a four-star review, MOJO declared it “Pretty Near Perfect.” The Guardian and the London Evening Standard also awarded it four stars and Uncut featured it as the Album Of The Month. “Garage-rock nuggets don’t get much tastier than this loose groove,” said Rolling Stone while Q Magazine praised Corsicana Lemonade as “Pure euphoric uplift…A staggering, intoxicating record.”

Catch the band at one of these dates:

1/27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre

1/28 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
1/30 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge

1/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

2/1 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

2/2 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

2/5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

2/7 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour

2/8 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour

2/9 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
2/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

2/19 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack

2/20 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottle Tree

2/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

2/22 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Kate Earl is touring in support of her new album, Stronger, which was released via Downtown Records. Featuring a rootsy brand of all-American ‘70s pop-rock, the album echoes the timeless era of west coast singers like Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell.

To make for an extra special release week, Paste.com is featuring a rare cover of ‘Little Black Submarine’ by The Black Keys. Fans can also stream Stronger in full this week on AOL’s Spinner.com and download the album track ‘Loyalty’ on Rollingstone.com.

Here are the dates:

Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café
Dec 06 – Boston, MA @ Café 939 at Berklee*
Dec 08 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House*
Dec 09 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live*
Dec 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
Dec 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
*With Passenger

Watch the video for her single “One Woman Army” here.