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The One Where Luke is Adopted

On this episode of Best Song Ever: Luke gives motivational tips so you can Live Like Luke #LLL, Brian talks about the Bachelor much to Luke’s chagrin, Luke presents Lil Luke’s Complaint Sesh in defense of La La Land #LLL, the dear LaBenne cousins play everybody’s favorite game show #traintrackbaby, and Luke plays our first country song!  It’s a weird and wild ride with a truly fantastic soundtrack.

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 Where Luke is Adopted

Wire – Short Elevated Period from Silver/Lead out March 31st on Pink Flag

Foxygen – Avalon from Hang out now on Jagjaguwar

Raekwon – This is What it Comes to from The Wild out March 24th on ICEH20/Empire

Blank – This Journey from Weary Soul out April 7th

Guided by Voices – Hiking Skin from August by Cake out April 7th on GBV, Inc.

Tift Merritt – Love Soliders On from Stitch of the World out now on Yep Roc Records

The Feelies – Gone Gone Gone from In Between out February 24th on Bar None Records

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy from Pure Comedy out April 7th on Sub Pop

This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. Below are songs that sound great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

Phil Ochs – In The Heat Of The Summer (I Ain’t Marching Anymore) 1965

It’s hot outside, and the heat can make people do crazy things. Phil Ochs reminds us in this song, where he talks about the Harlem riots of 1965. Ochs was a good ol’ fashioned folk hero, essentially a more obscure Bob Dylan, using his music to highlight injustice. In this song he meticulously describes the scenes of the riots and delves into the thoughts of the participants, the police, the public, the press, and the mayor. He succinctly captures the reason for the riots, “So wrong, so wrong, but we’ve been down so long, and we had to make somebody listen.” Father-daughter folk duo Jack and Amanda Palmer recently did a beautiful cover of this song on their album You Got Me Singing, demonstrating how this song transcends it’s time period and taps into the issues that still plague our society today.

Joy Division – Atmosphere (Licht und Blindheit) 1980

This powerful track, released two months before the death of frontman Joy Division, was recently featured in the instant classic Netflix series Stranger Things, at the “Dark Night of the Soul” moment where it seems all is lost. This song is a slow build, with the pulsing echoy drum fill, soft bass plucks, droning keyboard, and Curtis’s signature baritone crooning, repeating the line, “Don’t walk away in silence.” As the song goes on twinkling synths  and crunchy guitar punctuate the instrumental breaks. This feels like the 80’s version of Lou Reed’s Street Hassel, with a similar composition and build, and in that song Lou repeats, “Don’t slip away.” This song was used so perfectly in Stranger Things, with the small town high school setting, it draws a comparison to Judd Nelson’s final scene in The Breakfast Club. This is a restrained yet inspiration song and, this isn’t the only song that will appear on this list, that is a beautiful send off to the artist who passed shortly after it was made.

Arrested Development – Tennessee (3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of…) 1992

In the year 2000 my brother got the Millenium Hip Hop ccompilation CD with all the hits: MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This  Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre’s Nuthin But a G Thang and Tennessee was the least party-ish song on the album. This song finds AD’s frontman Speech in a despondent place in life, after the death of his grandma and his brother. He has a conversation with his lord and seeks guidance for what to do next. While this song has a classic hip hop party beat, sampling Prince’s Alphabet St., the content is heavy yet the songs stays fun and playful (especially the bits about horseshoes and watermelon) while being very deep and contemplative.

Warren Zevon – Keep Me In Your Heart (The Wind)  2003

You may know this song from Judd Apatow’s Funny People, it’s perfectly placed in the movie as the lead character is dying of cancer and that was also the case with the song’s writer Warren Zevon. On his last of many appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman he shared how he hadn’t gone to the doctor in 20 years until he went for shortness of breath and found out he had lung cancer. This was the first song he wrote after the diagnosis, a tender acoustic farewell to the world. I won’t even quote a single lyric because the song says it all. This is one of the most beautiful and powerful songs ever written. On Letterman he talked about how artists have impressions and sense things and that perhaps in some way he knew what was coming. He absolutely taps into something cosmic and spiritual with this song. He was an amazing guy with boatload of charisma, a killer sense of humor, and a brilliant affinity for music, leaving behind this gorgeous song as a parting gift.

Father John Misty – Only Son of the Ladies Man (Fear Fun) 2012

Father John Misty recently had a self-describe “meltdown” during recent festival set where he gave a very insightful rant about the state of our country. While much of Fear Fun  is about sex, drugs, and rock n roll, it is often peppered with apocalyptic prophesies. This song is one of the less political, more personal songs on the record, in which he talks about the death of “the ladies man,” presumably a mentor in the ways of breaking hearts in Hollywood. Seeing the “legacy of ruin,” left behind by his hero, he starts to question his lifestyle, and empathize with the ladies man’s past conquests, “Someone must console these lonesome daughters.” His second album is largely about his wife and their love story, this song gives us the story behind his shift from rockstar party boy to post-modern hippie husband. This is a beautiful, genuine folk song filled with Old Hollywood imagery, lead by Tillman’s booming voice singing an unforgettable melody.

Xenia Rubinos – Cherry Tree (Magic Trix) 2013

New York singer/keyboardist Xenia Rubinos has garnered some acclaim this year for her sophomore album Black Terry Cat, as her music is an eclectic blend of genres and influence that never fails to surprise and impress. This 6 minute song from her 2013 debut shifts and evolves, with vocals, lyrics, and rhythms appearing and reappearing in different ways. With elaborate syncopated compositions akin to Dirty Projectors, muscular keyboard stabs reminiscent of tUnE-yArDs, and dynamic vocals like Beyonce mixed with Regina Spektor this song is a force to be reckoned with. I could list a ton more elements and influences, but when it all comes together Xenia’s sound is innovative and original and this catchy, epic composition is the proof.


Father John Misty has added fall dates to his 2015 tour schedule in support of I Love You, Honeybear. The tour is underway with a show tonight, April 20 in Tempe, AZ at Marquee Theatre and currently ends November 13 in Koln, DE at Luxor. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Apr. 22 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater** [Sold Out]

Apr. 23 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s** [Sold Out]

Apr. 24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s** [Sold Out]

Apr. 25 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theater** [Sold Out]

May 15-17 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival

May 22 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom [Sold Out]

May 22-25 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival [Sold Out]

May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom [Sold Out]

May 28 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox Theatre***

May 29 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre***

May 30 – Minneapolis, MO – Halls Island*** [Sold Out]

May 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre

Jun. 02 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River***

Jun. 03 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre

Jun. 04 – Columbia, MD –  Merriweather Post Pavillion^

Jun. 05-07 – Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Music Festival

Jun. 06 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall Jun. 06-07 – Toronto, ON – Field Trip Festival

Jun. 24-28 – Glastonbury, UK – Glastonbury

Jun. 26 – Bexhill, UK –  De La Warr Pavilion

Jun. 27-28 – Killarney, IE – Killarney Food & Music Festival

Jul. 24-26 – Edmonton, ON – Interstellar Rodeo @ Heritage Amphitheatre

Jul. 01-04 – Gdnya, PL – Open’er Festival

Jul. 02-05 – Barcelona, ES – Vida Music Festival

Jul. 18 – Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Music Festival

Jul. 19 – Colwood, BC – Rock the Shores

Jul. 23-26 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Festival

Jul. 31-Aug. 02 – Montreal, QE – Osheaga Festival

Aug. 01 – Buffalo, NY – Town Hall

Aug. 03 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

Aug. 05 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage^^

Aug. 11-15 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival

Aug. 13-15 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West

Aug. 14-15 – Haldern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE – Haldern Pop Festival

Aug. 20-21 – Paredes de Coura, PT – Pauredes de Coura Festival

Aug. 21-23 – Biddinghuizen, NL – Lowlands Festival

Aug. 22-23 – Beacon, UK – Green Man Festival

Sep. 20 – Madison, WI – Orpheum

Sep. 25 – Rochester, NY – Anthology

Sep. 29 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

Sep. 30 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre

Oct. 01 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

Oct. 05 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

Oct. 08 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre

Oct. 09 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

Oct. 12 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Oct. 15 – Las Vegas, NV – Pool at the Cosmopolitan

Oct. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Oct. 22 – Galway, IE – Roisin Dubh

Oct. 23 – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall

Oct. 24 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street

Oct. 26 – Sheffield, UK – Plug

Oct. 27 – Cambridge, UK – The Junction

Oct. 28 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Oct. 29 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]

Nov. 01 – Bologna, IT – Locomotiv

Nov. 02 – Munich, DE – Strom

Nov. 03 – Weisbaden, DE – Schlachtof

Nov. 04-08 – Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves

Nov. 11 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux

Nov. 12 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne

Nov. 13 – Koln, DE – Luxor

Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear is out now.

Stream album via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caMfvhKIgBo

I Love You, Honeybear is earning massive praise from outlets like New York TimesThe Guardian (5/5), Rolling Stone (4/5), Pitchfork (8.8/10, “Best New Music”), SPIN (9/10, “Album of the Week”), Exclaim (10/10), CBC (“Album of the Week”), Uncut(8/10), MOJO (4/5), Q (4/5), NME (9/10), Entertainment Weekly (Must List) in addition to features from Pitchfork (read here) and Grantland (read here).

Father John Misty’s fast-selling headlining 2015 world tour accompanied by a seven-piece backing band, in support of I Love You, Honeybear has been extended through August 20. International festival highlights include Coachella, Sasquatch, Field Trip, Hangout, Oya, and Way Out West. See a complete list of tour dates below.

Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC* [Sold Out]

Feb. 14 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom* [Sold Out]

Feb. 16 – Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theater* [Sold Out]

Feb. 18 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall* [Sold Out]

Feb. 21 – Dublin, IE – Whelans [Sold Out]

Feb. 22 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts [Sold Out]

Feb. 23 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla [Sold Out]

Feb. 26 – London, UK – Village Underground [Sold Out]

Feb. 27 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club [Sold Out]

Feb. 28 – Bristol, UK – Thekla [Sold Out]

Mar. 03 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie

Mar. 04 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie

Mar. 05 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Mar. 07 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen

Mar. 08 – Hamburg, DE – Nochtspelcher

Mar. 25 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works**

Mar. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse** [Sold Out]

Mar. 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel** [Sold Out]

Mar. 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club** [Sold Out]

Mar. 31 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club** [Sold Out]

Apr. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer** [Sold Out]

Apr. 03 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater** [Sold Out]

Apr. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave** [Sold Out]

Apr. 05 – Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival @ The Englert

Apr. 07 – Lawrence, KS – Granada**

Apr. 08 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room**

Apr. 09 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater

Apr. 11 – Indio, CA – Coachella [Sold Out]

Apr. 13 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse

Apr.14 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre

Apr. 16 – San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore  [Sold Out]

Apr. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The FIllmore  [Sold Out]

Apr. 18 – Indio, CA – Coachella [Sold Out]

Apr. 22 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater^

Apr. 23 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s^

Apr. 24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s^

Apr. 25 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theater^

May 16 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival

May 23- George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Jun. 04 – Columbia, MD –  Merriweather Post Pavillion ^^

Jun. 07 – Toronto, ON – Field Trip Festival

Jun. 27 – Killarney, IE – Killarney Food & Music Festival

Aug. 11 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival

Aug. 13 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West

Aug. 20 – Beacon, UK – Green Man Festival * w/ Guy Blakeslee

** w/ King Tuff

^ w/ Luluc

^^ w/ The Decemberists

Fat Possum Records announced that The Walkmen are touring in January with Father John Misty. The Walkmen kick off the tour on January 11 in Philadelphia at Union Transfer, and will be joined by Father John Misty beginning at the following show on January 15 at Corona Theater in Montreal. The tour wraps up at Commodore Ballroom on January 28 in Vancouver. In conjunction with the announcement, The Walkmen are debuting two videos from their release show for their latest full-length Heaven, a uniquely intimate show live-streamed by Spotify and filmed by La Blogotheque. “Heartbreaker” is available HERE, and “Heaven” is available HERE.

The Walkmen are releasing a limited edition 7″, featuring the previously unreleased tracks “Dance With Your Partner” and “Vermeer ’65.” The release is limited to 1,000 copies and will be available on Tuesday, November 6. CMJ premiered the tracks, which are available for stream HERE. Pre-order is now available at Insound and Fat Possum.

The Walkmen Tour Dates:

Fri, 1/11 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Tue, 1/15 – Corona Theater – Montreal, QB #

Wed, 1/16 – Danforth Theatre – Toronto, ON #

Thu, 1/17 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH #

Fri, 1/18 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL #

Sat, 1/19 – Capitol Theatre – Madison, WI #

Mon, 1/21 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO #

Thu, 1/24 – Fillmore – San Francisco, CA #

Sat, 1/26 – Roseland Theartre – Portland, OR #

Sun, 1/27 – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA #

Mon, 1/28 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC #

# – w/ Father John Misty