Tag Archive: “Drag City”

French musician Lætitia Sadier is best known as the singer of the band Stereolab. With the release of her fourth album, Find Me Finding You, she’s released the video for her single “The Woman With The Invisible Necklace.” It’s lush, ornate synthetic arrangements wash over with a sweltering and hushed finesse.



5/17/17 Les Bains douches, Besancon, France
5/18/17 Sonic, Lyon, France
5/19/17 Neubad Club, Luzern, Switzerland
5/22/17 Bodega, Nottingham, United Kingdom
5/23/17 The Musician, Leicester, United Kingdom
5/24/17 The Junction 2, Cambridge, United Kingdom
5/25/17 Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, United Kingdom
5/26/17 The Continental Pub, Preston, United Kingdom
5/27/17 South Street Arts Centre, Reading, United Kingdom
5/31/17 Oval Space, London, United Kingdom
6/8/17 Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY
8/4/17 Monty Hall, Jersey City, NJ
8/5/17 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
8/6/17 DC9, Washington, DC
8/8/17 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
8/9/17 The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
8/10/17 Third Man Records, Nashville, TN
8/11/17 Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
8/12/17 Will’s Pub, Orlando, FL
8/14/17 Walter’s Downtown, Houston, TX
8/15/17 The Mohawk, Austin, TX
8/18/17 Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
8/19/17 Pico Union Project, Los Angeles, CA
8/20/17 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
8/22/17  Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
8/23/17 Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
8/24/17 Neurolux, Boise, ID
8/25/17 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
8/26/17 Lost Lake, Denver, CO
8/28/17 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
8/29/17 Schuba’s, Chicago, IL
8/30/17 El Club, Detroit, MI
9/1/17 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
9/2/17 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
9/3/17 BSP, Kingston, NY
9/5/17 Great Scott, Allston, MA
9/20/17 – 9/23/17 International Festival Of Psychedelia, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

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

When one thinks “David Pajo,” a number of things may come to mind: A founding member of the seminal post-punk band Slint; contributing musician for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, member of For Carnation, Zwan, Tortoise… the list goes on and on, and that’s not including his own Aerial M or the newly resurrected Papa M. Pajo releases his new Highway Songs on Drag City on November 11, 2016, his first solo album under the moniker in 12 years. Pajo has shared the instrumental track “Walking On Coronado.”

The album comes as a welcomed surprise, bursting with 9 tracks of Papa M creativity.

Track listing for Highway Songs:

01. Flatliners
02. The Love Particle
03. Adore, A Jar
04. DLVD
05. Coda
06. Walking on Coronado
07. Green Holler
08. Bloom
09. Little Girl




It’s crazy to think that Royal Trux started kicking ass back in 1987. It’s even crazier to think that Neil Michael Hagerty has continued kicking ass with a variety of different folks under a variety of different names for almost three full decades. People talk about the Rolling Stones, but shit. People should make it down to their local dive bars and clubs where the asses really get kicked.

Released last month, Denver is Neil’s  first new album as/with The Howling Hex since 2013’s The Best of… Played loudly, with friends, and maybe a drink or whatever to get you in the right headspace, you couldn’t do much better.

Premiered here for your pleasure, the video for “Colfax West”

Our European friends can see the band live…

May 06 – in Ghent, Belgium at VOORUIT
May 07 – in Rotterdam, Netherlands at ROODKAPJE SUB
May 08 – in Brighton, UK at THE PRINCE ALBERT
May 09 -in Cambridge, UK at THE PORTLAND ARMS
May 10 in London, UK at MOTH CLUB
May 11 – in Leeds, UK at HEADROW
May 12 -in Glasgow, UK at BROADCAST
May 13 -in Preston, UK in THE CONTINENTAL PUB
May 14 – in Bristol, UK at EXCHANGE
May 18 – in Copenhagen, Denmark in JAZZHOUSE
May 19 -in Oslo, Norway in REVOLVER
May 20 -in Gothenburg, Sweden at FOLK
May 21 – Aarhus, Denmark at POP REVO FESTIVAL
May 26 – Prague, Czech Republic at KLUB 007
May 28 – Ljubljana, Slovenia at CHANNEL ZERO
May 30 – in Bologna, Italy at FREAKOUT CLUB
May 31 -in Rome, Italy at FANFULLA
June 01 -in Genova, Italy at TEATRO ALTROVE
June 03 – in Barcelona, Spain at PRIMAVERA SOUND
June 05 – in Biel, Switzerland at TBA
June 06 – in Zurich, Switzerland at BOSCHBAR
June 07 – in Geneva, Switzerland at CAVE12
June 08 – in Paris, France at LES INSTANTS CHAVIRÉS
June 11 -in Porto, Portugal at NOS PRIMAVERA SOUND


White Fence shared “Like That,” the first single from new   Drag City LP today.  Here it is:

STREAM: “Like That” –


Catch White Fence on   tour here:


07-12 San Francisco, CA – Phono Del Sol

07-24 Los Angeles, CA- Echo =

07-25 Los Angeles, CA- Echo #

08-05 Big Sur, CA- Henry Miller Library /   Woodsist Fest %

10-13 Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right

10-14 Allston, MA- Great Scott ^*

10-15 Montreal, QC- Il Motore *

10-16 Toronto, ON- The Garrison *

10-17 Cleveland, OH- Happy Dog *

10-18 Chicago, IL- Subterranean *

10-19 Buffalo, NY- Tralf Music Hall *

10-20 Baltimore, MD- The Metro Gallery *

10-21 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts *

10-23 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge !

* = King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

^ = Juan Wauters

% = Woodsist Festival with Woods, Angel   Olsen, Skygreen Leopards, Kevin Morby

# = w/ Tomorrows Tulips, Cold Beat

= = w/ Dream Boys, Abigails

White Fence will hit the road in July in support of For the Recently Found Innocent – the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), and the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City. The album also marks the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound, White on White, compacted for your eyes and ears to believe.

07-12 San Francisco, CA – Phono Del Sol

07-24 Los Angeles, CA- Echo =

07-25 Los Angeles, CA- Echo #

08-05 Big Sur, CA- Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Fest %

10-13 Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right

10-14 Allston, MA- Great Scott ^*

10-15 Montreal, QC- Il Motore *

10-16 Toronto, ON- The Garrison *

10-17 Cleveland, OH- Happy Dog *

10-18 Chicago, IL- Subterranean *

10-19 Buffalo, NY- Tralf Music Hall *

10-20 Baltimore, MD- The Metro Gallery *

10-21 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts *

10-23 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge !

* = King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

^ = Juan Wauters

% = Woodsist Festival with Woods, Angel Olsen, Skygreen Leopards, Kevin Morby

# = w/ Tomorrows Tulips, Cold Beat

= = w/ Dream Boys, Abigails

To the Recently Found Innocent is phase-reversed White Fence, bringing their altered air into the “real” world, with moody blues and righteous tunes intact! Such great songs, one after one, and produced quite naturally so, in their service, by Ty Segall – bringing White Fence at last to a plot in Drag City and making them ever so much more so their selves. A new high in White Fence, To the Recently Found Innocent, coming July 22.

Catch White Fence live here:

05/07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Church on York *
05/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
05/08 San Francisco, CA Depot
05/10 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre *
05/10 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre *
05/17- Wonder Valley, CA- Deserted at The Palms

* = w/ Loop

CAVE (photo by Bill Pearis)
CAVE (photo by Bill Pearis)

On October 15, emerging from Drag City, is CAVE’s Threace.  The dance floor psychedelia of Threace is sure to infiltrate clear eyes and full hearts of the world.  Best of all, Cooper Crain (guitar, organ), Jeremy Freeze (guitar), Dan Browning (bass) and Rex McMurry (drums) have a full month of shows lined up where the jamz of Threace are going to be spread thickly across the American nations (dates below)!

Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Crain to discuss the record.  This is what he told us.

How much of Threace was planned out in pre-production and how much was jammed onsite?

About half the record was planned all the way, the other half was worked on day of recording.

You guys recorded this album on a 1” 8-track machine, right?  Was this done in a studio?  Are you analog devotees?

It was actually done on a 1″ 8-track Scully 280 machine.  We did it at the same studio we’ve done our last three records, Minbal here in Chicago.  We like to track to tape, the more we can do live the better.  On most songs we did it straight up on 8 tracks. On some others we overdubbed here and there adding to the initial 8 tracks later.  But for the most part it was kept to being a live recording on 8 tracks.

Cutting tape has to be far more time consuming than editing digitally.  What pitfalls and challenges did you have with that process?

Cutting tape is more time consuming, which is why we edit digitally.  We’ve dealt with cutting tape before, it can work out, or it can be very bad and you find yourself adding this tiny piece of tape your digging out of the trash to make up for editing the wrong spot.  If we were making a small edit here and there it’ll be easy, but we were combining multiple takes and individual instruments. I was very much inspired by Teo Macero and his work with Miles Davis while thinking of the cuts to make.  I figured if we had to go the tape only route, we could’ve, but we were able to make it so much more interesting and have it move better cutting it digitally plus the time we would’ve spent making sure the edits were right on tape would’ve added up.  The source is from tape so why not make it easier on ourselves?

We were able to jump from take to take, add dynamics and even just pull out one instrument from time to time and replace it with another take of that same instrument. But this was only on about two and a half songs out of the five.  The rest was done just straight up as you hear it.

What is it about the relationship between the members of CAVE that makes this project so rewarding?

We can play off each other in a special way having been doing it for a while. So we took to that advantage and started making up music on the spot with a purpose of editing it later.  Getting sound from the mic and writing based off of that.  Keeping tempos close and trying to think about a take being a part. We know how to work in the studio based on what we’ve done in it before.  This was a challenging project which took a long time to finish, but I think we are all very happy with the outcome.

CAVE are playing the Crop Out Festival in Louisville, which is sort of billed as the outsiders music festival.  Do you feel like outsiders or are music fans more interested, devoted to discovering experimental music these days?

No, I think experimental music has a strong following around the world.

What do you have planned for that set?  How much experimentation takes place during the live performance?

We will be a five piece by this performance.  So we’ll have more variation of sound hitting the audience.  We try and keep it tight for shows, making sure everyone knows the stops and starts of songs and parts. But there are usually a few songs that have some pretty loose areas.  We’ll likely have some new material to play which we’ll be just messing around with, this is how we get a song ready for recording, just playing it at shows and changing it up from time to time to make it right.  Seeing how people reacted to it and thinking of ways to make it better before the next show.

Do you find that most CAVE devotees are from your homebase in Chicago, or do you get a more welcome reception in other parts of the country?

Chicago is deep with CAVE, but this is where we’ve been playing for the last six years.  We try and play venues that will be appropriate for CAVE, so it seems like each show there are the right people there who are interested in what we’re doing and are there to see what happens.  The midwest is great to us.  Spain is the best for CAVE shows and fans.

The Bitchin Bajas release also came out this year.  Is it a desirable place to be in to be in the middle of two album cycles or do you wish it had happened differently?

I do wish I would’ve had a little more time between the releases, but this is how it goes.  Both records were being made at the same time and I was able to keep them pretty separate sounding.  This is what I do though, so its ok. I might try and space it out a little better next time.

Will there be touring in support of Threace?

CAVE will be touring through four continents all for Threace.  North America, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe.



Catch them on tour here:

Tue. Oct. 8 – Missoula, MT @ VFW Post 209

Wed. Oct. 9 – Olympia, WA @ Northern

Thu. Oct. 10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown

Fri. Oct. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door (Seattle Psych Fest)

Sat. Oct. 12 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s

Sun. Oct. 13 – Eugene, OR @ The Old Whiteaker Firehouse

Mon. Oct. 14 – Eureka, CA @ The Ink Annex

Tue. Oct. 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Bows & Arrows

Wed. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room

Thu. Oct. 17 – Oakland, CA @ LCM

Fri. Oct. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

Sun. Oct. 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture

Mon. Oct. 21 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s

Tue. Oct. 22 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas

Wed. Oct. 23 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s

Thu. Oct. 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

Fri. Oct. 25 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Sat. Oct. 26 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge (Athens Intensified Fest)

Sun. Oct. 27 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

Mon. Oct. 28 – Boone, NC @ Black Cat Burrito

Tue. Oct. 29 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness

Wed. Oct. 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush

Thu. Oct. 31 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s

Fri. Nov. 1 – Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Sat. Nov. 9 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House *

Sun. Nov. 10 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *

Mon. Nov. 11 – Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi *

Tue. Nov. 12 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

Wed. Nov. 13 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *

Thu. Nov. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *

* w/ Wooden Shjips)

Beginning this morning, Ty Segall’s Sleeper has been streaming in its entirety via NPR Music’s “First Listen” series.  The album will be released on August 20 via Drag City.



Just a couple days following the album’s release, Ty Segall and the Sleeper band hit the road to bring this new live Ty band to lucky folks across the country. Those who experienced the Sleeper band live at Pickathon can attest, these shows are not to be missed! Joining Ty on acoustic guitar, is Charles Moothart on drums and electric guitar, Sean Paul Presley on acoustic guitar and Andrew Luttrell on electric bass. This is a Ty Segall live incarnation unlike any encountered before and it’s only happening one time at various cities throughout the country. All dates are below.

Thu. Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Sat. Aug. 24 — Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

Tue. Aug. 27 — Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside

Thu. Aug. 29 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ VietNam, David Novick

Fri. Aug. 30 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Chris Cohen, David Novick, Arp [SOLD OUT]

Sat. Aug. 31 — Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium w/ Axis: Sova, Running

Mon. Sep. 2 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Mike Donovan

Wed. Sep. 4 — Big Sur, CA @ Fernwood Tavern w/ Mike Donovan

Thu. Sep. 5 — Oakland, CA @ New Parish w/ Mike Donovan

Fr. Sep. 6 – Portland, OR @ MusicFest NorthWest (Ash Street Saloon)

Sat. Sep. 7 — Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Mike Donovan

Sun. Sep. 8 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Mike Donovan

Mon. Sep. 9 — Reno, NV @ Holland Project w/ Mike Donovan

Sun. Dec. 1 — Camber Sands, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival