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The One With Awkward Boys and Punk Girls

This week on Best Song Ever Luke and Brian kick 2017 off in style with a song about dreading the upcoming year.  They talk about channeling your inner Julia Stiles, the Kirk Cameron classic film “Fireproof,” engage in another episode of Thor Talk and also introduce Tech Talk.  Of course, the music is always great and this episode may feature the strongest batch of songs yet.

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 Awkward Boys and Punk Girls

Mac McCaughan – “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)” available for download at Mac’s bandcamp

Stef Chura – “Spotted Gold” off of her debut album Messes out January 27th on Urinal Cake Records

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – “let gO Of my egO” from Drool out March 3rd from Sooper Records and Father/Daughter Records

WHY? – “This Ole King” from their forthcoming sixth album Moh Lhean out March 3rd on Joyful Noise Recordings

Elliott Smith – “I Figured You Out” from Either/Or Expanded Edition out March 10th on Kill Rock Stars

Pinegrove – “Aphasia” from Cardinal out now on Run for Cover Records

P.O.S. – “Wearing a Bear” from Chill, dummy out January 27th on Doomtree Records

Clap Your Heads Say Yeah – “Fireproof” from The Tourist out February 24th

American Laundromat Records is proud to announce Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith will be released worldwide on October 14, 2016. The 15-song tribute will be available on CD, LP, Cassette, and Digitally. With the exception of one track – Juliana Hatfield’s cover of Needle In The Hay that appeared on American Laundromat’s Wes Anderson tribute – all songs are brand new covers exclusive to the tribute.

A limited run of cassettes were made to celebrate Cassette Store Day on October 8. You can purchase directly through American Laundromat Records.

It’s been nearly 20-years since Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1997 Academy Awards on the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting. In July, KEXP premiered Tomo Nakayama’s cover of “Miss Misery” on an episode of the “Music That Matters” podcast.

Confirmed Track Listing
01. Between The Bars – Tanya Donelly
02. Ballad Of Big Nothing – Julien Baker
03. Pictures Of Me – Amanda Palmer
04. Waltz #2 – J Mascis
05. Needle In The Hay – Juliana Hatfield
06. Bled White – Yuck
07. Say Yes – William Fitzsimmons
08. Miss Misery – Tomo Nakayama
09. Waltz #1 – Escondido
10. Oh Well, Okay – Adam Franklin
11. Condor Ave – Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
12. Angeles – Waxahatchee
13. Division Day – Lou Barlow
14. No Name #3 – Caroline Says
15. Easy Way Out – Wild Sun

American Laundromat is now offering 4 limited-edition pre-order bundles exclusively from their website. Bundles range from $13.00 (CD + Promo Pin + Vinyl Decal) to $50.00 (CD + LP + Cassette + T-Shirt + 3-Pc Button Set + Vinyl Decal + Digital Download Card). Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith is available October 14.

American Laundromat Records announced Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith will be released worldwide on October 14. The 15-song tribute will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. The label has been working on the tribute for the past year, and with the exception of one track – Juliana Hatfield’s cover of Needle In The Hay that appeared on American Laundromat’s Wes Anderson tribute – all songs are brand new covers exclusive to the tribute.

Confirmed Artists (Alphabetized by Song)

Waxahatchee – Angeles
Julien Baker – Ballad Of Big Nothing
Tanya Donelly – Between The Bars
Yuck – Bled White
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon – Condor Ave
Lou Barlow – Division Day
Wild Sun – Easy Way Out
Tomo Nakayama – Miss Misery
Juliana Hatfield – Needle In The Hay
Caroline Says – No Name #3
Adam Franklin – Oh Well, Okay
Amanda Palmer – Pictures Of Me
William Fitzsimmons – Say Yes
Escondido – Waltz #1
J. Mascis – Waltz #2

American Laundromat will begin premiering new tracks in April, and is now offering four limited-edition pre-order bundles exclusively from their website. Bundles range from $13.00 (CD + Promo Pin + Vinyl Decal) to $50.00 (CD + LP + Cassette + T-Shirt + 3-Pc Button Set + Vinyl Decal + Digital Download Card).

Listen to Juliana Hatfield covering Needle In The Hay on Soundcloud.

XO
XO

Formed in 2005, Taylor Muse (guitar/vocals) and his bandmates have spent much of the last couple years in increasingly rarefied air; playing late night talk shows (Carson Daly), performing at the Austin City Limits Festival, setting a record crowd for radio station KGSR’s Blues On The Green outdoor concert series, recording a session in the original studio of the iconic “Austin City Limits” television show, winning a record-shattering 10 Austin Music Awards and receiving glowing reviews for the late-2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.

Mixed by legendary engineer Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2, The Cure), Quiet Company’s We Are All Where We Belong is a startlingly personal album that finds Muse – backed by Tommy Blank (Guitar), Matt Parmenter (Bass), Jeff Weathers (Drums) and Cody Ackors (Trombone) – growing up and questioning the religious beliefs that underpinned the band’s early work. The album’s gut-punch honesty is presented on a foundation of expansive arrangements that build to anthemic choruses; songs that shift from moments of hushed intimacy to full-on explosions.

It’s honestly no surprise then that when Ghettoblaster caught up with Blank to ask about his favorite album, he cited and absolutely essential, soulful and intimate record like Elliott Smith’s XO.  This is what he said about it.

What is your favorite album? 

A favorite album is a hard thing to pin down.  It’s easier to pick a favorite album of a certain era of my life, and even then I’m going to cheat a little.  This is because of the significance of these two albums to Quiet Company.  The album I’m going to choose is XO by Elliott Smith, but I’m going to include Figure 8, which is Taylor’s (singer for Quiet Company) favorite Elliott Smith album as well.  We’ve always characterized these records in the same way many view Rubber Soul and Revolver, as Part 1 and 2 of a double album.  
 
Do you remember when you received or purchased the album? 

I wasn’t always into indie or singer songwriter style music, so the musicians I met when I first moved to Austin in 2004 and Taylor in 2005 were some of the first people to introduce me to the albums.  
 
What is your favorite song on the album?  

I remember distinctly the first time I heard the song “Waltz #2”.

What is it about the song that resonates with you? 

We sometimes joke in the band that we are “slaves only to the melody.”  That is what strikes me when hearing this song.  The melody and lyric intertwine perfectly.  Also, as an artist, the imperfect science of recording can sometimes be frustrating. You enter the studio with an idea that may not turn out as a recording for the rest of the world to experience.  In the same vein you know and respect when an artist is able to get their idea seamlessly into the world, and Elliott did it on these two albums.  
 
Have you ever covered a song from the album?  

In my room alone, out of earshot, where most of my singing is done.
 
What is it about the album that makes it stand out against his other output?

It’s the meeting of a songwriter that’s matured and perfected his craft and a budget/support group to bring it to life.  
 
Have you ever given a copy of this record to anyone?  What were the circumstances? 

I’m sure these tracks have made it on to a mix tape/cd or two. 
 
Which of the records that you’ve performed on is your favorite?  

I’d have to say that each piece of Quiet Company material becomes an increasingly collaborative effort and a better recording experience.  On our most recent albums we’ve worked with Matt, our bass player, as a producer and engineer in the studio.  We Are All Where We Belong was a culmination of us becoming better studio musicians and our recording relationship with him coming into its own.  A huge part of that was the time we spent and the relaxed atmosphere based on Matt’s generosity with studio time.
 
What is your favorite song on the album and why?  

I think my favorite song is “The Easy Confidence” because of the atmosphere that we were able to create with a unique instrumentation.  It really sets the tone for the rest of the song.  

(The band has a ton of upcoming tour dates, get them here: http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/shows

Visit them at their social pages here: 

https://www.facebook.com/quietcompany

https://twitter.com/quietcompanytx)

Elliott Smith would have turned 44 this year (and it’s the tenth anniversary year of his death), and in celebration of that, tributes are happening in Portland, LA, Austin and NYC. Each event features a host, performances by his “biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators,” and benefits a local charity. Info on all four tributes below…

Portland, August 4th:
No Name #1, Portland: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM
Venue: Doug Fir Lounge
Host: Gus Van Sant
Featuring: members of Grandaddy, plus very special guests.
Charity: Outside In

Los Angeles, August 6th (Elliott’s 44th birthday):
No Name #1, Los Angeles: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM
Venue: Largo
Host: Jon Brion, with special friends
Charity: Free Arts for Abused Children

Austin, August 9th:
No Name #1, Austin: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM
Venue: Scottish Rite Theater
Host: Jody Denberg
Featuring: Members of Grandaddy, Lil’ Cap’n Travis, David Garza, plus many other very special guests.
Charity: The SIMS Foundation

New York, August 10th:
No Name #1, NYC: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 9PM
Venue: Bowery Ballroom
Host: Rhett Miller
Featuring: Chris Thile, Mary Lou Lord, plus many other very special guests.
Charity: New Alternatives for LBGT Homeless Youth