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The One With Awkward Boys and Punk Girls

This week on Best Song Ever Luke and Brian kick 2017 off in style with a song about dreading the upcoming year.  They talk about channeling your inner Julia Stiles, the Kirk Cameron classic film “Fireproof,” engage in another episode of Thor Talk and also introduce Tech Talk.  Of course, the music is always great and this episode may feature the strongest batch of songs yet.

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 With Awkward Boys and Punk Girls

Mac McCaughan – “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)” available for download at Mac’s bandcamp

Stef Chura – “Spotted Gold” off of her debut album Messes out January 27th on Urinal Cake Records

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – “let gO Of my egO” from Drool out March 3rd from Sooper Records and Father/Daughter Records

WHY? – “This Ole King” from their forthcoming sixth album Moh Lhean out March 3rd on Joyful Noise Recordings

Elliott Smith – “I Figured You Out” from Either/Or Expanded Edition out March 10th on Kill Rock Stars

Pinegrove – “Aphasia” from Cardinal out now on Run for Cover Records

P.O.S. – “Wearing a Bear” from Chill, dummy out January 27th on Doomtree Records

Clap Your Heads Say Yeah – “Fireproof” from The Tourist out February 24th

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 4!

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.

Playlist Highlights

Summer Cannibals – “Full of It”

Summer Cannibals create straight up loud, lovely rock music. “Full of It” finds the band operating in full gear with the pedal to floor in all areas.  The guitars ring with loud punk riffs and the bass gets into a great groove with the absolutely stunning drums.  Seriously, listen to the drumming in this song.  Summer Cannibals is currently on tour with The Thermals, who are featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen.  Turn this song way up and revel in the perfect loud beauty of it.  Full Of It is out 5/27 via Kill Rock Stars.


case/lang/veirs – “Best Kept Secret”

Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs have combined forces and are creating music as a truly super super-group named case/lang/veirs. “Best Kept Secret” begins with magnificent strings, which quickly give way to a great straightforward melody and is eventually met by some of the best harmonies and background vocals around.  These are very well established artists successfully creating exciting and stellar art, which should inspire great anticipation for their forthcoming album.  case/lang/veirs is out 6/17/16 on Anti-.


Goat – “I Sing in Silence”

Goat is a Swedish hippy folk band who performs in giant wooden masks and just so happens to make beautiful earthy songs. The guitars strum in a lovely manner, the woodwinds flourish, and the melody lilts along.  All of these elements could combine into an over the top hippy folk song, but Goat knows how to steer away from this possibility and produce a truly enjoyable song.  “I Sing In Silence” b/w “The Snake Of Addis Ababa” is out 5/27 on Sub Pop.

Moses Sumney – “Everlasting Sigh”

In “Everlasting Sigh” Moses Sumney’s vocal performance can only be described as virtuosic. Sumney floats through this beautiful song, his vocal layers piling on top of one another until the listener is overtaken by harmonies galore in a stunning crescendo.  The music is a hybrid of folk and electronic pop with a few dashes of African inspired rhythms thrown in for good measure.  This is seriously a special song that needs to be heard to be believed.  No official word on a proper debut album yet, but the rumor is there will be one later in the year.


Pumarosa – “Cecile”

“In media res” is the literary term for when a narrative begins in the middle of some crucial part of the action of a story and just so happens to perfectly describe how “Cecile” begins. The song opens in a somewhat chaotic manner and eventually slows itself down to a nice 80s inspired danceable pop groove.  There are hints of New Order here and there over the course of the song and when it finally breaks back down into chaos again there are shades of Thom Yorke in the vocal performance.  This is only the second song that Pumarosa has released and is hopefully an indication of great things to come.  Cecile is out 5/8 on Chess Club.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “People Vultures”

“People Vultures” is the newest track from the aptly and insanely named King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. This song is full of guitar riffs and pounding propulsive drumming and is really a great song to listen to for a jolt of energy.  It just keeps getting louder and more intense throughout.  “People Vultures” has a somewhat Black Sabbath vibe going on in the best possible way.  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s new album Nonagon Infinity is out 4/29 on ATO.

Full Playlist


Recently joining the venerable roster of legendary independent label Kill Rock Stars, Portland rock band Summer Cannibals have announced the release of their third full-length LP, Full Of It, out May 27. Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and aided by a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley, bassist Jenny Logan and guitarist Marc Swart, the 11 songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume. The band will bring this energy to stages across North America as they join The Thermals on a national tour. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.

The four musicians keep their collective foot on the gas pedal, roaring through tunes like the jagged, wailing opening track “Go Home”. “Say My Name” simmers with a sweet melody and a powerful chorus commanding listeners to attention. Energetic album title track “Full Of It” is an immediate earworm of distorted guitar, growling bass and irresistible vocal licks. “Simple Life” simultaneously slows the tempo and amps up Boudreaux’ signature epic guitar antics, making for an anthemic album closer.

The new album Full Of It is the band’s defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that has defined the Summer Cannibals sound. Be sure to catch the band live on tour with The Thermals this fall & stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!

Tour Dates (w/ The Thermals):

4/16: Spokane, WA @ The Barlett

4/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club

4/20: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

4/21: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig

4/22: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

4/24: New York, NY @ Bowery

4/25: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

4/26: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater

4/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel

4/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

4/30: Washington, DC @ Black Cat

5/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

5/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi

5/4: Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema

5/5: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird

5/6: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

5/7: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

5/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

KRS announces the signing of comedian Nathan Brannon to its roster. Nathan won Helium Comedy’s 2012 Portland’s Funniest Person Competition, the 2012 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and has opened for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Damon Wayans, and Maria Bamford.

Nathan Brannon tour dates :
12/10/15 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club
01/22/16 Portland, OR @ Alberta Street Pub ALBUM RECORDING Click here for tickets
02/11/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club
02/12/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club
02/13/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club
02/14/16 Boise, ID @ Liquid Laughs Comedy Club



Fresh off sold-out release shows in Seattle and Portland over the weekend, Wimps have unveiled the video for “Dump” from their new LP for Kill Rock Stars.

Seattle’s punk rock’s slackers in chief, Wimps, serve their own brand of rapid-fire punk with a smattering of lo-fi post punk guitar work to create an angular, slightly off-kilter blast. Front woman and guitarist, Rachel Ratner lyrically twists otherwise common day-to-day woes into relatable tales of struggle shout-sung call and response stabs that champion boredom, laziness and social anxieties with wiry riffs and punchy bass lines (brought to you by Matt Nyce), propelled by the measured rhythms of drummer David Ramm.

Catch them live:

12/11 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse Lounge (w/ Thee Sgt. Major III, Sayonara, Wolfgang Fuck)

12/12 Portland, OR @ Spare Room (w/ Kinski, Deep Fried Boogie Band)

Hot off their still fresh cassette EP with the label, Kill Rock Stars is beyond excited to announce that they’ll be releasing the sophomore album from Wimps.  Suitcase will be released on November 13 on LP, CS, CD, and good ol’ MP3! Check out the tittle track from the album (see AV Club debut)….

Listen/Post “Suitcase”

Seattle’s punk rock’s slackers in chief Wimps are a Seattle-based three-piece comprised of scene veterans Rachel Ratner (Butts) on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Nyce (Meth Teeth) on bass and backing vocals, and Dave Ramm (The Intelligence) on drums. Wimps serve their own brand of rapid-fire punk with a smattering of lo-fi post punk guitar work to create an angular, slightly off-kilter blast. Ratner lyrically twists otherwise common day-to-day woes into relatable tales of struggle shout-sung call and response stabs that champion boredom, laziness and social anxieties with wiry riffs and punchy bass lines, propelled by the measured rhythms of drummer David Ramm.

After gaining local momentum from a self released demo, the band signed with End of Time Records and issued their first LP ‘Repeat’ in 2013. They toured nationwide supporting the album, receiving coverage on This American Life, Pitchfork, SPIN and KEXP. Following their return, they released a 7-inch on micro label Help Yourself Records and a series of self released tapes before releasing a cassette on Kill Rock Stars.

Also in 2015 they partnered with Kill Rock Stars to release the full-length album Suitcase.

Wimps tour dates:

10/02 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Childbirth

10/03 Portland, OR @ Lose Yr Mind Festival w/ No Age

12/12 Portland, OR @ The Spare Room w/ Kinski, Deep Fried Boogie Band

Seattle, Washington punk band Wimps recently joined the Kill Rock Stars family and will be releasing their Super Me EP on August 7 on cassette and MP3. Wimps previous releases, Repeat, Party at the Wrong Time, and Couches, in addition to their highly entertaining live show, have made them a favorite in the NW DIY circuit for the past few years. Somehow, the new songs are even better!

Super Me will be followed up by a full-length album late in 2015.

08/08 Seattle, WA @  El Corazon – Pizza Fest w/ Nobunny, White Mystery

08/09 Portland, OR @ SMMR BMMR w/ White Mystery, Guantanamo Baywatch, Charles Albright, Pony Time

08/11 Sacramento, CA @ The Colony*

08/12 Oakland, CA @ Vinyl Bar*

08/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra (w/ Pony Time, Upset)

08/14 San Francisco, CA @  Hemlock Tavern (w/ Pony Time, Male Gaze, OVVN)

08/15 Eureka, CA @ Shanty Tavern (w/ Monster Women)

08/27 Seattle, WA @ Olympic Sculpture Park at Seattle Art Museum*

08/28 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar*

08/29 Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse* * w/ Pony Time

Seattle, WA punk band Wimps have joined the Kill Rock Stars family and will be releasing their Super Me EP on August 7 on cassette and MP3. Wimps previous releases, Repeat, Party at the Wrong Time, and Couches, in addition to their highly entertaining live show, have made them a favorite in the NW DIY circuit for the past few years. Somehow, the new songs are even better!

Super Me will be followed up by a full-length album late in 2015.

Catch them live:

07/18 Anacortes, WA – Causland Park (The Business Record Store Festival)

07/31 Seattle, WA – Vera Project (w/ Carseat Headrest and Native Eloquence)

08/08  Portland, OR – Alberta Street Pub (with Astro Tan and Liquid Light)

07/11 Seattle, WA @ West Seattle Summer Fest

07/16 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ The Spits

08/08 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon – Pizza Fest w/ Nobunny, White Mystery

08/09 Portland, OR @ SMMR BMMR w/ White Mystery, Guantanamo Baywatch, Charles Albright, Pony Time

08/10 Reno, NV @ tba w/ Pony Time

08/11 Sacramento, CA @ tba w/ Pony Time

08/12 Oakland, CA @ Vinyl Bar w/ Pony Time

08/13 Los Angeles, CA @ tba w/ Pony Time, Upset, Shark Toys

08/14 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Pony Time, Male Gaze, OVVN

08/15 Eureka, CA @ Shanty Tavern w/ Monster Women

Los Angeles-based indie rock band Hands had a successful fall supporting On And On and Electric Guest as part of the Red Bull Sound Select tour and are excited to get back on the road this winter. Hands will be supporting Wild Cub on their upcoming U.S.tour. Hands is playing shows in support of their debut full-length album, Synesthesia which is out now on Kill Rock Stars.

01.23 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *

01.25 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s *

01.29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar *

01.30 – La Jolla, CA @ The Loft *

02.05 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

02.06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *

02.08 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *

02.10 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *

02.11- Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick *

02.13 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow *

02.14 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *

02.15 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

02.17 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met *

02.18 – New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

02.21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
* with Wild Cub

Kurt Braunohler
Kurt Braunohler

By Andy Fetter

Kurt Braunohler does what a lot of great comedians have done and still do: He points out the absurd situations that he comes into contact with. However, the material on his debut album How Do I Land? goes a bit beyond that, by in some cases actually creating those situations.

Even the title of the album itself has a connection. Earlier this year, Kurt started a Kickstarter campaign and raised enough money to pay a pilot to write “How Do I Land?” in the sky over downtown Los Angeles. The idea is, as he puts it, to “insert absurdity and stupidity into the world.”

I got the chance to speak with Kurt over the phone and he elaborated a bit on where he’s coming from.

“My goal is to point out weird things about the world, but I’m also really interested in culture-jamming. We live in a much more controlled world than I think people realize. So, I want to try to throw a wrench into it for no reason at all. It just keeps shit interesting.”

Kurt explains on the album that by doing this (and by encouraging other people to also create absurdity) he’s trying to make the world a better place. And according to him, some people have actually followed his lead.

“There’s one bit about taking greeting cards from drug stores and writing new endings in them. I had one guy actually tell me he had done that and shot a video of it.”

Additionally some of the material on this album gives some insight into Kurt’s own life. Just as a couple of examples, he gives the timeline between when he stopped breast-feeding and started smoking, and also recounts the story of an audition for Sacha Baron Cohen that went badly.

“This is basically a ’best of’ album with all the material that I’ve written since I started,” he explains. “I’ve already started working on new material and now that the record has been out for a few months, so I’m starting to rotate a lot of the older material out. A lot of the new stuff I’m working on is more personal stuff about me, similar to the Sacha Baron Cohen story and things like that.”

The worlds of comedy and music have been running closer together in recent years, with comedians and bands performing shows together and music labels like Sub Pop putting out comedy albums. So, a prominent indie-rock label like Kill Rock Stars releasing How Do I Land? seems almost natural.

According to Kurt, the process of working with them was pretty simple.

“My deal with Kill Rock Stars happened through Twitter. They retweeted one of my jokes, which was really awesome. I have a lot of respect for them as a label. So, I emailed them and asked if they’d want to put out a comedy album, and I think that same day I got an email back from them basically saying it was actually an idea they had been thinking about for a while.”

In addition to Kurt’s stand-up, he also hosts a multi-themed podcast called “The K Ohle.” It can range from discussions with Kurt and his guest about boats or pets (the theme changes each episode and it’s usually a random selection of which guest talks about which topic), or occasionally the theme will be “Get Lost.” These episodes involve Kurt blindfolding his guest and taking them somewhere to have them figure out where they are.

“The logistics of that theme in particular can be challenging” Kurt explains. “For one thing, it’s very time consuming. In addition to all the research that goes into where we’re going and the time it takes to record it and put it all together. Plus, of course, the guest has to trust me enough to blindfold them and not tell them where we’re going.”