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The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about American Idol and Katy Perry, they get into God Talk early and keep talking about their history with religious institutions,

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 Where Everything is Enjoyable

Sir the Baptist feat. Killer Mike and ChurchPpl – Raise Hell from ____ out ___ on Atlantic

Lo Tom – Overboard from Lo Tom out July 14th on Barsuk

Jamilla Woods – Holy from HEAVN out now on Soundcloud with a proper release soon from Jagjaguwar

Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder from Hug of Thunder out July 7th on Arts & Crafts

(Sandy) Alex G – Bobby from Rocket out this Friday, May 19th on Domino

Danny Brown – Kool Aid from Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack out June 23rd on Mass Appeal Records

The Drums – Blood Under my Belt from “Abysmal Thoughts” out June 16th on Anti-

Lost Balloons – Numb from Hey Summer out June 16th on Dirtnap

Chicago-based soul singer,Jamila Woods partners up with Jagjaguwar and her original home, Chicago’s Hip Hop label Closed Sessions for the proper release of her 2016 album HEAVN.  To celebrate this union she’s released a video for “Holy,” as well an unreleased alternative version produced by Dee Lilly.  It’s a declaration of self-love and self-preservation. “I wrote ‘Holy’ to remind myself that my worth is not dependent on anyone or anything outside of me.  For the video I wanted to represent self-care as a sacred act, to make ordinary daily rituals in bedrooms and bathtubs feel magical,” says Woods. The video for “Holy” was directed by Sam Bailey, a close collaborator of Woods. Jamila Woods has what AfroPunk usually calls that “Black Girl Magic.” You can’t help but fall in love with her and this track.

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.

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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

The One With Thor Talk

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.

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Songs Played on The One With Thor Talk

Angel Haze – “Resurrection” from her upcoming sophomore album due in 2017

Wild Pink – “Great Apes” from their debut self-titled LP out February 10th on Tiny Engines

Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Rican Beach from The Navigator out March 10th on ATO Records

Uniform – “Tabloid” from Wake in Fright out January 20th on Sacred Bones

James Supercave – “Esther Reed” out now on Fairfax Recordings

Tim Darcy – “Tall Glass of Water” from Saturday Night out February 17th  on Jagjaguwar

The Clean – “Stars” from the 15th anniversary deluxe remastered version of their 2001 album Getaway out now on Merge Records

Louise Burns – “Who’s the Madman” from Young Mopes out February 3rd  on Light Organ

The track “Memory” is off the band’s debut eponymous release earlier this year under the Preoccupations moniker (the band once called itself Viet Cong, releasing an album  but later changing the name due to accusations of racism and appropriation. ) The Calgary, Alberta band, comprised of Matt Flegel (vocals, bass), Scott Munro (guitar, synth), Daniel Christiansen (guitar) and Mike Wallace (drums), released a video for their track “Memory.” In actuality it’s a short film that’s a bit unsettling.

 

 

The One With the Clickies

Welcome back to Ghettoblaster Magazine’s Best Song Ever podcast!  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.  Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy the show!


Songs Played on “The One With the Clickies”

Washer- “Figure Me Out” from Here Comes Washer out now on Exploding in Sound

Leapling– “I Decide When it Begins” from Suspended Animation out now on Exploding in Sound

The Goon Sax – “Up to Anything” from Up to Anything out now on Chapter Music

El Perro Del Mar – “Ging Ging” from Kokoro out now on Ging Ging Recordings

Muncie Girls– “Gas Mark 4” from From Caplan to Belsize out now on Animal Style Records

Jordan Clausen – “Glory B” from Javelin out now on Nevado Music

Moonface and Siinai– “Ugly Flower Pretty Vase” from My Best Human Face out now on Jagjaguwar

Ugly Heroes – “Today Right Now” from Everything in Between out now on Mello Music Group

Special thanks to the band Congress for allowing us to use their song “Pond Fight” from their debut album Ugly Eye for our opening song!

 

Dinosaur Jr. share their new video for “Goin Down,” the second single off their new record, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (out now on Jagjaguwar). The video, shot by skate photographer and videographer Atiba Jefferson, catches the band marveling over the insane moves of legends Christian Hosoi, Harry Jumonji, and others as they shred for the band at Brooklyn’s House of Vans. The band returns the favor for their skater fans by shredding for them as well.

Catch Dinosaur Jr. on tour:

Fri. Aug. 12 – Sun. Aug 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival
Sat. Aug. 20 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club All-Nighter
Mon. Aug 22 – Tokyo, JP – Hostess Club Presents @ Liquid Room
Wed. Sept. 7 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Thu. Sept. 8 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. Sept. 9 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Sat. Sept. 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Sun. Sept. 11 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Tue. Sept. 13 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Wed. Sept. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s Uptown
Thu. Sept. 15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Fri. Sept. 16 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
Sat. Sept. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mon. Sept. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Tue. Sept. 20 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Wed. Sept 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Fri. Sept. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sat. Sept. 24 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s (Desert Stars Festival)
Mon. Sept. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Tue. Sept. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed. Sept. 28 -San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Thu. Sept. 29 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Fri. Sept. 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Sat. Oct. 1 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Mon. Oct. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Tue. Oct. 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 5 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Fri. Oct. 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat. Oct. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sun. Oct. 9 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
Wed. Oct 26 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds University Stylus
Sat. Oct. 29 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Sun. Oct. 30 – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
Mon. Oct. 31 – Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre
Tue. Nov. 1 – Brussels, BE @ AB
Thu. Nov 3 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
Fri. Nov. 4 – Kiel, DE @ Rollingstone Weekender
Sat. Nov. 5 – Malmo, SE @ Kb
Sun. Nov. 6 – Oslo, NO @ Vulkan
Tue. Nov. 8 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
Wed. Nov. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
Thu. Nov. 10 – Aarhus, DK @ VoxHall
Fri. Nov. 11 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
Sat. Nov. 12 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
Mon. Nov. 14 – Bristol, UK @ Motion
Tue. Nov. 15 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
Thu. Nov. 17 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC1
Fri. Nov. 18 – London, UK @ Forum
Sat. Nov. 19 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Fri. Nov 25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sat. Nov 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Wed. Nov 30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Thu. Dec 1 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Sat. Dec 10 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA

Welcome to Future Sounds! Every Wednesday Ghettoblaster brings you a handful of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Izzy True – “Total Body Erasure” (Don Giovanni)


From the moment the cowbell rings and the classic guitar line screeches to a start in the opening second of “Total Body Erasure” you know you’re in for a treat.  Izzy True  is fronted by Isabel Reidy, whose vocal performance propels this truly awesome classic rock n’ roll song.  There is desperation and confusion over the surreal lines in the song, including “You in your power, be my beautiful alien savior, let loose that beam, give me total body erasure.”  Even with the great vocal performance and standout lyricism, the music does not take a back seat.  Built around a classic guitar riff and upbeat propelling drums, the song soars along and really ends too soon.  Izzy True has their debut full length album, Nope, coming out 8-5 via Don Giovanni.  Mark your calendars.


Mallrat – “For Real”


Mallrat is a 16 year old girl from Australia who makes enjoyable pop music where she flows between singing and rapping effortlessly.  She has released her debut EP, Uninvited in Australia, but there are no details on an American release as of yet.  Her most recent single “For Real” finds her singing a catchy song about everyday love over a solid beat and a great 80s inspired keyboard line.  Mallrat has said she isn’t sure if this is a happy or sad song about love.  “For Real” contains the lyrics “When you smile for real, it makes me smile for real” and “Didn’t even want to die once this week,” which emphasize this struggle between feeling happy and sad when being in love.  This is the type of song from an up and coming artist that makes you want to pay attention.


Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me” (Jagjaguwar)


Angel Olsen is one of the more interesting singer-songwriters currently making music.  She is an artist who exists in dualities.  There is her soft and contemplative side filled with beautiful passages of music.  “Shut Up Kiss Me” displays the other side of Angel Olsen, the more urgent and aggressive side.  This is the second single from her upcoming album My Woman, which comes out 9-2 on Jagjaguwar.  Fittingly, My Woman is split up into an A side and a B side, with the front half containing this song and other more rocking songs.  Olsen also directed the accompanying video, which finds her going from an insistent lover making demands of a partner to seemingly losing it a little bit, all while in a roller skating rink.  It’s a fun video of a really stand out track.


Golden Suits – “Is it Wrong” (Hit City U.S.A.)


Fred Nicolaus, one half of the indie pop duo Department of Eagles, is back with a new single from his solo project Golden Suits.  “Is it Wrong” finds Nicolaus going for a very classic, very poppy sound, which focuses on a big chorus and very uplifting folky feel overall.  Nicolaus has described the new direction of his songwriting for “Is it Wrong” in the following way: “I’ve spent so much time writing restrained mid-tempo folky ballads that I started to get bored of tiptoeing around the margins of good taste–I wanted to write a song that was big and direct and could potentially faceplant. Like a fastball-down-the-middle-of-the-plate, Bruce-Springsteen-waving-an-American-flag-on-a-mountain type of song.”  There is no word yet on a release date for a follow up album on Hit City U.S.A.


 

Jidenna – “Little Bit More” (Epic Records)


Mr. “Classic Man” himself Jidenna is back with another single off of his highly anticipated upcoming release Long Live the Chief, which is out sometime in the near future from Epic Records.  “Little Bit More” finds Jidenna in total Island mode, delivering a song with a classic smooth Jamaican beat and feel.  It’s got a definite steel drum sound to make this ideal for all your upcoming summer parties.  This is just a light and airy pop song where Jidenna is singing to a girl he is dancing with on the dance floor.  It’s not rocket science, but it sure results in a really enjoyable pop song.

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday June 3rd that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Moonface and Siinai – My Best Human Face (Jagjaguwar)


Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug, under the name Moonface, has teamed up once again with the Finnish prog-rock band Siinai to present us with My Best Human Face, a strangely wonderful hypnotic album.  These songs all settle into nice rock grooves and mix with elements of electronic drone in such a way only they could pull off.  The synths soar and the guitars roar over solid bass and drums, all in service of Krug’s otherworldly lyricism.  My Best Human Face is full of lyrics that are at the same time hard to understand and easy to relate to.  The best example of this is on “Ugly Flower Pretty Vase,” easily one of the best songs so far this year, where Krug sings: “I dance into the dining room wearing my best human face / I’m an ugly flower, you’re a pretty vase.”  Overall, this is an album that is easy to get lost in and zone out to, yet, when it is given the attention it demands, My Best Human Face really digs its claws in and never lets go.


 

Whitney – Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian)


Light Upon the Lake is an album that is great for special circumstances: be it something to play to soundtrack a road trip, a record to throw on when your parents are visiting, or something to listen to when mowing the lawn.  It is a subtle and smooth folk rock album that breezes along with warm, jangly guitar, somewhat strange yet lovely falsetto vocals and truly magnificent horns.  The overall sound is well defined and assured, especially for a debut album.  These songs feel lived in and organic, as if they’ve existed for years.  There are some shades of the folk-pop side of Fleetwood Mac in their retro-yet-refreshing sound, as well as a guitar tone that before now only George Harrison seemed to be able to pull off.  Light Upon the Lake is a special album, which begs to be played on repeat.


 

Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death (Warner Brothers)


Love You to Death finds Tegan and Sara picking up right from where they left off with Heartthrob.  This is another expertly crafted pop album with huge hooks, perfect production and overall just wonderfully written songs from the Canadian sister duo.  If you were a fan of Heartbreak, then Love You to Death will be like season two of your favorite show.  Once again Tegan and Sara present 10 songs in a tight 31 minute runtime, which leaves you wanting more.  Tegan and Sara seem to refine their lyricism more and more over their career, and the most recent album is no different.  Throughout the album Tegan and Sara weave together a collection of songs focused on the complexities of adult relationships, making this a really smart really poppy album.  Tegan and Sara have proven that Heartthrob was no fluke and I Love You to Death should establish them as one of the more important voices in pop music today.

Preoccupations, the band formerly known as Viet Cong, announced they will be joining Explosions In The Sky on several North American tour dates this summer. All dates can be found below.

Preoccupations have been hard at work recording their new album which will be released this fall on Jagjaguwar / Flemish Eye. Expect to hear more news on that front very soon.

6.13.16 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY

6.17.16 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL

6.18.16 – Out Loud, Beursschouwburg – Brussels, BE

6.22.16 – Shacklewell Arms – London, UK

6.23.16 – Old Blue Last – London, UK

6.28.16 – Olympic Cafe – Paris, FR

6.30.16 – Urban Spree – Berlin, GER

7.2.16 – Castlepalooza – Tullamore, IE

7.9.16 – Ottawa Blues Festival – Ottawa, ONT

8.21.16 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX *

8.22.16 – Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX *

8.24.16 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX *

8.28.16 – FYF Fest – Los Angeles, CA

8.29.16 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA *

8.30.16 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA *

9.1.16 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR *

9.2.16 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR *

10.8.16 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON

* w/ Explosions In The Sky