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The One About Gender Fluidity

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about some heavy topics including gender fluidity and perpetuating rape culture, they also cover the latest news of the NHL Playoffs and what’s going on in Survivor, Luke reaches out for help on a #gentlemansdilemma, Luke doles out his catchphrase stamp of approval with a quick “Lordy Lordy Barry Gordy” and Brian follows closely behind with his “Papa Likey,” Luke does some standup about Donald Trump and how #ladiesbeshoppin’, Brian explains how Canada works, Luke states he is rooting for the Hockeyton Teamsters to win the Stanley Cup and they play eight of the best songs you’ll hear all week!

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 Gender Fluidity

HMLTD – To the Door out now on IAMSOUND Records

Daniel Romano – When I Learned Your Name from Modern Pressure out May 19th on New West Records

Kevin Morby – Aboard My Train from City Music out June 16th on Dead Oceans

Caddywhompus – In Ways from Odd Hours out now on Inflated Records

Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy from I’m Not Your Man out June 2nd on Sub Pop

Art School Jocks – Just a Gwen from Art School Jocks EP out June 2nd on Father/Daughter Records

TOPS – Petals from Sugar at the Gate out June 2nd on Arbutus Records

Joey Fatts feat. Vince Staples and April – 562 single out now

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)


Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.

 

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)


“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)


The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)

 

 

The Babies release outtakes from Our House On The Hill, stream “Got Old” now. Our House On The Hill Outtakes out now on Woodsist

STREAM: The Babies – “Got Old” – Noisey / SoundCloud 

“Got Old” b/w “All I Know” are two unreleased B-Sides written and recorded by The Babies, produced by Rob Barbato and engineered and mixed by Drew Fischer as part of the Our House On The Hill sessions which took place in February 2012 at Comp’ny Studios in Burbank, CA. The songs never found a home until now, as a digital 7″ via Woodsist. Stream “Got Old” now over at Noisey.

Kevin Morby of The Babies is currently touring in support of his recent sophomore solo album, Still Life, full dates listed below.

Kevin Morby tour dates:

1/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #

1/23 – Hudson, NY @ Half Moon $

2/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *

2/21 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *

2/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir *

2/23 – Eugene, OR – The Barnlight *

2/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (Noise Pop Festival) *

2/26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *

2/27 – Long Beach, CA – House Show *

2/28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

3/7 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place ^

3/8 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness ^

3/9 – Chicago, IL – Schubas ^

3/10 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^

3/11 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox ^

3/12 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight ^

3/13 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^

3/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle ^

3/15 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right ^

$ = w/ Widowspeak # = w/ Amen Dunes * = w/ Jessica Pratt

^ = w/ Ryley Walker

Still Life is the second solo album from Kevin Morby and it is out now. The namesake of the record is an art piece by Maynard Monrow titled “Still Life with the Rejects from the Land of Misfit Toys.”

The album’s title has several meanings. On the surface, it refers to Morby’s change in lifestyle from moving to Los Angeles from New York in August of 2013. But he also admits that the title is ironic. The songs from Still Life were written during yet another period of tour and travel for Morby, as he spent most all of 2013 on the road with Woods (whom Morby parted ways with amicably last year), The Babies, who are currently on hiatus and as a solo artist.

The album reflects both this time in transit and the quiet confines of his new home in Montecito Heights. Scenes of performers, audience expectations and the paradoxical confines of a roving individual perpetually caught in a crowd percolate the songs.

See Morby play the songs on his forthcoming tour:

1/17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall &

1/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #

2/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *

2/21 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *

2/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir *

2/23 – Eugene, OR – The Barnlight *

2/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (Noise Pop Festival) *

2/26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *

2/27 – Long Beach, CA – House Show *

2/28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

3/7 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place ^

3/8 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness ^

3/9 – Chicago, IL – Schubas ^

3/10 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^

3/11 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox ^

3/12 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight ^

3/13 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^

3/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle ^

3/15 – New York, NY – Babys All Right ^

& = w/ Strand of Oaks # = Amen Dunes * = w/ Jessica Pratt ^ = w/ Ryley Walker

Suicide Squeeze Records recently announced a new single from Kevin Morby coming out on August 5, and just unveiled the instrumental flipside of the 7″ (see Spin debut)….

Listen/Post “We Did It All Wrong”

Look for Morby on tour in the United States in August and in Europe in September.

August 01 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
August 02 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery *
August 03 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *
August 04 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s *
August 05 – Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival Big Sur
August 08 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
August 09 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
August 10 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
August 11 – Everett, WA – The Cannery
August 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go!
August 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
August 16 – Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival Pioneertown August 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right ^
August 23 – Long Island City, NY – The Lot LIC %
August 24 – Hamden, C T – The Space
August 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Black Box ^
August 27 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel ^
August 28 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
August 30 – Asheville, NC – Transfigurations II
August 31 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter ^

* w/ Real Estate
^ w/ Steve Gunn
% w/ Small Black

September 06 – Pop Revo – Aarhus (DK)
September 07 – Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
September 08 – Lilla Hotellbaren – Stockholm (S)
September 09 – Pokalen – Oslo (N)
September 10 – Inkost – Malmö (S)
September 11 – Vega @ Ideal Bar – Copenhagen (DK)
September 12 – Hasenschaukel – Hamburg (D)
September 13 – Big Next festival @ DOK – Gent (B)
September 14 – Vera – Groningen (NL)
September 15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)
September 16 – Incubate – Tilburg (NL)
September 17 – Le Point Ephémère – Paris (F)
September 18 – The Hope – Brighton (UK)
September 19 – Kraak – Manchester (UK)
September 20 – The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
September 21 – The Musician – Leicester (UK)
September 22 – The Shacklewell Arms – London (UK)
September 24 – Maison de L’étudiant – Caen (F)
September 25 – 1988 club – Rennes (F)
September 26 – Le Troc Café – Strasbourg (F)
September 29 – Heliogabal – Barcelona (ES)
September 30 – Dabadaba – San Sebastian (ES)
October 01 – VillaManuela pre-party @ Sirocco – Madrid (ES) October 02 – Mercado Negro – Aveiro (PT)

Kevin Morby will be touring the U.S. this August, playing some shows with Real Estate, Steve Gunn, and Small Black. He will also be playing both Woodsist Festivals in Big Sur and Pioneertown along with the Los Angeles festival, Echo Park Rising.

Kevin Morby has a new album due this fall on Woodsist Records.

08/01 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
08/02 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery *
08/03 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *
08/04 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s *
08/05 – Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival Big Sur
08/08 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
08/09 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
08/10 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
08/11 – Everett, WA – The Cannery
08/14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go!
08/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
08/16 – Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival Pioneertown
08/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right ^
08/23 – Long Island City, NY – The Lot LIC %
08/24 – Hamden, C T – The Space
08/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Black Box ^
08/27 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel ^
08/28 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
08/30 – Asheville, NC – Transfigurations II
08/31 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter ^

* w/ Real Estate

^ w/ Steve Gunn

% w/ Small Black

Suicide Squeeze Records has announced a new single from Kevin Morby coming out on August 5 and unveiled the first track (see Stereogum debut)…

Listen: “My Name”

Kevin Morby is still in the early stages of his solo venture, but his work carries that intensely personal power of the humble beginnings of many classic American folk and indie singers. Having established his musical foundation in the trippy roots rock of Woods and rough-hewn Brooklyn party pop of The Babies, Morby stepped out on his own to release his lauded debut album Harlem River in 2013.

His next offering comes in the way of a two-song My Name 7-inch EP courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. Both the title track and b-side “We Did It All Wrong” simultaneously conjure the haunting heartache of an Anthology of American Folk Music ballad and the reverb-and-smoke-drenched haze of his contemporary indie peers. The My Name 7-inch is available worldwide in a limited pressing of 750 copies (250 on green vinyl, 500 on black) including a download card for mp3s.

Cate Le Bon is set to release her new full length album, Mug Museum, on November 12 via Wichita Recordings in North America and The Elite Meat Supply (Turnstile) in the rest of the world. Recorded in Los Angeles at Seahorse Sound studios and produced by Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom / Devendra Banhart), “I Think I Knew” featuring Perfume Genius and “Are You With Me?” are both available to stream now.

This week, Cate Le Bon and her band head back to California for two opening slots with Warpaint. Then they will be joined by Kevin Morby for a North American tour followed by new East Coast dates early next year.

10/11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House *

10/12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey *

12/03 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop ~

12/05 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge ~

12/06 Seattle, WA – Barboza ~^

12/07 Boise, ID – Neurolux ~

12/09 Salt Lake City – Kilby Court ~

12/11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

12/13 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live ~

12/14 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar ~

01/07 Dallas, TX – Three Links

01/08 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

01/09 New Orleans, LA – The New Orleans Mint

01/10 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree

01/11 Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

01/12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room

01/14 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

01/15 Washington DC – DC9

01/16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

01/17 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle

01/18 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs

01/20 Montreal, QC – Il Motore

01/21 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel

01/22 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot

01/23 Chicago, IL – Schubas

01/24 Madison, WI – The Frequency

01/25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry

01/27 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar

01/28 Norman, OK – The Opolis

01/29 Austin, TX – The Mohawk

01/31 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

02/01 San Diego – Soda Bar

* = w/ Warpaint

~ = w/ Kevin Morby

^ = w/ Basia Bulat