Tag Archive: “funk”

A few weeks back I headed out to S.O.B.’s in lower Manhattan to catch the debut performance of the hip-hop, Brazilian funk, soul band, Brookzill. Though not in anyway new to the music world, Brookzill comprises some of the most renown figures of hip-hop. DJ Prince Paul the architect of production for acts like Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz…yeah you get the picture, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, Don Newkirk, of Funk City and the voice of many memorable drops and interludes from some of the most classic hip-hop albums and Rodrigo Brandão, of Gorila Urbano.

The rain had just fallen and washed the streets for their premiere and Ladybug finished the blessing by laying smoke all around the stage.  It was a dope sight to see all of these spirits play, sing and dance together. The music pulls on your soul, it’s feel good music!  You can’t help to nod your head or move that body, either way Brookzill will rock your world.

Individually the members bring unique experiences to the band that collectively are a throwback to the future!!! You like what I did there?

Check out some images from the show and get the album “Throwback to the Future” out now on Tommy Boy entertainment.

All images taken by John Arambulo, if you use any give props, or I’ll put a spell on you… IG: mindstate_dubplates_ixl

Red Heat, the group from Buffalo, NY, is an odd little 3-piece rock band.  Recently releasing their new album Animals on Steak And Cake Records last month, they’ve filled it with skewed pop hooks and lots of dissonance. The 10-song album is filled with something for everyone and anyone. You’ll either love them or hate them. Be forewarned though, if you hate them the band will still offer you a hug. The band premiere’s it’s new video  ‘Bern,’ which is obviously pro – Bernie Sanders, if you didn’t already know it.




Straight out of Mexico City, Mexico the six man group known as El Conjunto Nueva Ola bring you what could quite possibly be the most ass shaking-est cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” ever!!! ECNO draped in their authentic wrestling masks rip through this version with their unique sound of mashed up cumbia, disco, punk, alternative and whatever other sound that will make you want to shake it like a salt shaker!!! So play it loud and get to it cabrones!!!

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GhettoBlaster is amped to premiere the Gloves newest video “Hy-Top” off of their debut album Get It Together dropping next week on March 3rd! Believe us when we tell you, this album will be getting a lot of playtime at the GB complex!!! What can you expect? Look for some funky rhythms and soulful sounds with a garage ethos that will have you vibing like the roof is on fire!!!

Pre-order the album here: GLOVES

Southwest Ohio is steeped in funk history – Zapp, Faze-O, Bootsy Collins, Slave, The Ohio Players, the list goes on.  Thankfully, that history goes on too and few do it better than Freekbass.

With the help of producer and engineer, Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Ben Sollee) Freek’s new album Everybody’s Feelin’ Real – available to stream and buy at his bandcamp – meshes these influences with later influences like Bowie and Dr. Dre.

Below is Ghettoblaster’s exclusive premier for “Victoria Thunder” and be sure to read about the album in our next issue and catch Freek on the road:

Fri, May 31 – Mousetrap [Indianapolis, IN]

Fri, Jun 13 – Southgate House Revival, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real release party with special guests tba! [Newport, KY]

Fri, Jun 27 – Empty Glass [Charleston, WV]

Sat, Jul 5 – The New Vintage [Louisville, KY]

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If you were lucky enough to be at Coachella last month there is no doubt you caught tons of memorable acts perform. One of those acts was the seminal punk, rock, ska, funk super brothers Fishbone!!!  We at GhettoBlaster are super funkdafied to share some footage from their performance on 4/13 at the Heineken House. What’s more invigorating than doing a little moonstomping  to some Fishbone on a sunny Sunday!!! You can’t beat that, especially when “Ma & Pa” was released over 25 year ago!!! Nope!!! I’m not feeling old!!!

Below is footage from the stage…

Fishbone have just released a new EP “Intrinsically Intertwined”via digital download only…check it out —>>> here you bone heads!!!

Peep the pic from backstage of Angelo and Andre 3000…ooohhhh man could you imagine!!!