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The One About Hollywood Power Couples

On this episode of Best Song Ever, recorded live from the Broom Tomb, Luke talks about Hollywood Power couples, while Brian tenderly confesses his love for Britt Daniel.  The Dear Dear LaBenne cousins also talk about not conforming to other people’s expectations and the importance of just being yourself.  Plus, Brian gets some things off his chest, which helps bring his beef broth down to room temperature.  It’s a weird and wild ride with an absolutely 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.

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Songs Played on The One About Hollywood Power Couples

IDLES – “Well Done” from Brutalism out March 10th on Balley Records

Spoon – “Hot Thoughts” from Hot Thoughts out March 17th on Matador

Paperhead – “Dama de Lavanda” from Chew out February 17th on Trouble in Mind Records

Dryjacket – “Misused Adrenaline” from For Posterity out now on Hopeless Records

Moon Duo – “Cold Fear” from Occult Architecture Vol. 1 out February 3rd on Sacred Bones

Imaginary Tricks – “Bird” from their debut album Skommel out March 24th on Friendship Forever

Ne-Hi – “Offers” from Offers out February 24th on Grand Jury

Gold Connection – “New Religion” from their self-titled EP out March 31st on Fat Possum Records

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 13th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)


Twin Peaks’ new album Down in Heaven is the type of album that is steeped in various influences, yet wholly original. The overall sound is classic rock mixed with elements of jangly country all with the DIY spirit Twin Peaks has had since their inception. There are ballads, straight up rockers and various other turns over the course of the 12 tracks, resulting in an endlessly entertaining and unique album.  There are shades of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and T. Rex throughout. Twin Peaks member Caiden James describes the direction for the new album in the following way: “We wanted to make a record that employed the restraints of our favorite artists from yesteryear. It was about trying to simplify and hone in on the things that are important to our music and ethos.” This direction and the resulting album are extremely successful and definitely worth listening to.


Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (Run for Cover Records)


Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost is an incredibly solid pop-punk/emo album with a ton of heart. Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens share songwriting duties, with the first six songs being written by Ewald and the last five by Lukens. These songs cover a wide emotional range, from the highs and lows of touring life to heartbreak and personal struggle. Holy Ghost is a thematically heavy and mature album, but it is also a lot of fun to listen to, filled with catchy and hard rocking songs and clocking in under 30 minutes. Holy Ghost culminates in “Just Another Face,” which is a truly emotional song about struggling with depression and how some supportive words can be lifesaving. On the chorus Lukens channels one of these supportive voices singing “I’m not just another face, I’m not just another name, even if you can’t see it now,” which illustrates just how much the band has matured over the past two years.  This is the type of album from a young band that shows growth but also points to what exciting things could come next from them.


 

Eagulls – Ullages (Partisan Records)


Ullages, the sophomore album from Eagulls, feels like a lost gem from the 1980s that has just recently been uncovered. Sonically it is right in line with The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, without ever feeling like copycat music. On their first album Eagulls were catchier and even had some danceable elements. Ullages, on the other hand, is more of a slow burn of an album, content with plodding along at its own pace and revealing itself over time. It is a bit of a dour and tough listen, but there’s something to be said about Eagulls commitment to making an incredibly cohesive and unified album. Listeners who are able to embrace the gloom of Ullages will find themselves rewarded with a truly remarkable album.


 

Oscar – Cut and Paste (Wichita Recordings)


The true gift of Oscar’s music is found simply in his voice. He sings in a beautiful baritone with interesting melodies bringing to mind Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields and occasionally Morrisey.  Oscar also produced all of the songs on Cut and Paste himself mainly in his own home, drawing on musical influences from all over the map, yet still within the pop-song framework.  The perfect example of what makes Oscar so special can be found in the very poppy, guitar heavy song “Sometimes,” which features an explosively catchy chorus and super fun music video as well. Cut and Paste is a wonderful spring-time album that will put a smile on your face and keep your head bobbing.

 

 

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 5!

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.


 

Outer Spaces – “I Saw You”

Outer Spaces is a new addition to the ever stellar Don Giovanni lineup, and it finds the label showcasing their softer side.  “I Saw You” is the first taste of the upcoming album A Shedding Snake and the appeal of Outer Spaces is abundantly clear over the course of this track.  This is nicely subtle but still intricate indie-rock with a wonderfully bright melodic chorus and an edge of darkness in the lyrics.  Outer Spaces cites Murmur-era Michael Stipe as an influence in songwriting and tone and the overall feel of the song is definitely reminiscent of this point of reference.  A Shedding Snake is out 5-27 via Don Giovanni.


Twin Peaks – “Holding Roses”

There is nothing quite like a great classic pop-rock song and straight out of the gate “Holding Roses” seems to be taken from a playlist of seminal classics.  Twin Peaks have crafted an immensely catchy gem with this song, combining smooth guitar riffs, clanking piano and a soaring chorus that will pop back into your head days later.  “Holding Roses” is the third taste they have provided from their upcoming album Down in Heaven, out on 5/13 via Grand Jury, and is definitely the best song of the bunch so far.


 

Islands – “The Joke”

Ever since Nick Diamonds appeared on the scene as a member of The Unicorns there has been something special about his songwriting ability.  He has been able to endure some big stylistic changes over the years, releasing albums in the band Islands as well as under the name Nick Diamonds.  Islands is now prepping two albums to be simultaneously released by Manque Music on 5/13.  The two albums find Islands showing off two different styles in which they thrive.  Taste will be the more synth driven pop-rock record, while Should I Remain Here at Sea? will focus on straightforward guitar driven pop-rock.  Islands has released several singles in pairs of twos over the course of the last couple months, but “The Joke” from Taste sticks out from the bunch.  This is a very catchy, very dance-able song with a synth line straight out of The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  All of the singles from both albums have been stellar thus far making this duo of albums a definite must listen in May.


 

Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank”

Teens of Denial is already set to send Car Seat Headrest into indie rock superstardom.  Critics from all over the map have been heaping immense praise on the album for weeks now.  Most noticeably the crew at NPR’s All Songs Considered, as well as the folks at Stereogum, have essentially said it is one of the best rock albums in a while, and thus far Car Seat Headrest has been proving them right with single after single of solid rock music.  “Fill in the Blank” is the opening track of Teens of Denial and is a wonderful start and stop catchy rock song that is most fun to listen to when turned up really loud.  Teens of Denial is out 5/20 via Matador.


 

KAYTRANADA – “Glowed Up” feat. Anderson Paak

KAYTRANADA has been collaborating on other artists’ songs for a long time and is finally set to drop his debut album 99.9% on 5/6 via XL.  “Glowed Up” finds KAYTRANADA tapping into the unstoppable force of energy of 2016, otherwise known as Anderson Paak, who has been collaborating on tracks with almost everyone and also released one of the best albums of the year thus far with Malibu.  Despite the already countless really good tracks Paak has been on, “Glowed Up” may be the best yet as it essentially two fantastic tracks in one.  The first part finds Paak rapping expertly over dreamy synth layers.  All of a sudden about halfway into the song, the music drastically changes and so does Paak’s delivery.  The synths now settle into a deep groove and Paak once again proves his double threat vocal status as he beautifully croons out the rest of the song.  This is an exciting song, which reveals more of itself with each repeated listen, and also makes the upcoming album from KAYTRANADA something to look forward to.


 

PAWS – “No Grace”

PAWS is a pop-punk trio from Scotland who are prepping their debut album No Grace, which is out 6/17 on FatCat Records.  The song “No Grace” is one of the catchiest and best examples of a top notch pop-punk song.  It’s loud and fast and the vocals fly along at a incredibly fast pace, culminating in a catchy, heavy chorus.  Perhaps the most fun tidbit about PAWS and their upcoming album is that it was produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, which is evident in the overall sound of the track.  This is seriously good pop-punk music arriving just in time for the sunny days of summer.


 

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