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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

Matador Records announced that it will release Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial on May 20.  Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk).

On Denial, Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor.   By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.

After teasing Teens of Denial in February with the release of single “Vincent,” today Car Seat Headrest drops its second single off Denial, the hugely hooky “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Says Toledo, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition.  The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”

3/25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

3/26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

3/27 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt

3/30 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project

3/31 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

4/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

4/3 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place

5/23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat

5/28 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling

5/29 – Gent, BE – Big Next

5/30 – Paris, FR – L’Espace B

5/31 – Lyon, FR – Le Sonic

6/1-6/5 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival

6/3 – Nimes, FR – Paloma

6/4 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival

6/6 – Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew

6/8 – Toulouse, FR – Le Saint des Seins

6/9 – Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey

6/11 – Porto, PT – NOS Primavera Sound Porto

6/14 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub

6/17 – Dresden, DE – Beanpole

6/18 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow

6/20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope

6/21 – London, UK – 100 Club

6/22 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute

6/23 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

6/26 – Beuningen, NL – Down The Rabbit Hole

6/28 – Lund, SE – Mejeriet

6/29 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand

6/30 – Gothenberg, SE – Pustervik

7/16 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

7/22 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party

7/28 – Victoria, BC – Eventide Victoria

 

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Car Seat Headrest (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) released its first new song since the release of its 2015 Matador Records debut, Teens of Style, with a music video for “Vincent,” off the forthcoming 2016 release, Teens of Denial.  The visuals in the “Vincent” video, directed by Quinn George, echo the song’s lyrical ambivalence about partying and drinking, a commentary on the oft-depressing 20-something party scene written from the point of view of a hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.

Says Toledo, it’s about “Fighting to hold one’s place in the crowd, to hold one’s drink. It’s about shouting to be heard, but what’s the point, no one’s saying anything worth listening to.  It’s about wanting to leave but not wanting to go home. The music is too loud.”

By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, “Vincent” whets the appetite for the rest the widely anticipated Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band and producer (more details coming soon!).  Its songs conjure a distinctly millennial mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.  The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.

2/25 – L’Antipode MJC – Rennes, FR

2/27 – La Malterie – Lille, FR

2/28 – Paridiso Kleine Zaal – Amsterdam, NL

3/14 – Austin, TX – Barracuda (AV Club party)

3/14 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas

3/16 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church

3/16 – Austin, TX – Hype Hotel

3/17 – Austin, TX – Space 24

3/17 – Austin, TX – Barracuda

3/18 – Austin, TX – Spotify House

3/18 – Austin, TX – Hole In The Wall

3/19 – Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s

3/19 – Austin, TX – End of an Ear

3/25 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

3/26 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

3/27 – The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

3/13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

6/1-6/5 – Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, ES

6/3 – Paloma – Nimes, FR

6/9 – NOS Primavera Sound Porto – Porto, PT

7/16 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

7/22 – Capital Hill Block Party – Seattle, WA

Following the announcement of their highly anticipated second album, Adore Life, Savages have unveiled new track “T.I.W.Y.G.,” another unflinching musical attack.  Adore Life will be released on January 22 2016 on Matador Records.

Renowned for their brutal and spellbinding live shows, the band will return stateside in March and April 2016 for a run of headlining tour dates.

Savages’ second album, Adore Life, was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015.  Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen.

Savages Tour

 

Car Seat Headrest’s Matador Records debut, Teens Of Style is out today, following a recent run of highly acclaimed shows at CMJ Music Marathon (see: The Guardian, Newsweek, Flavorwire).  In addition to previously announced East Coast and Midwest tour dates in 2015, Car Seat Headrest will now bring its confident, charming, dynamic performances to West Coast audiences in 2016, having announced a new run of dates today.

Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 in Will Toledo’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Needing a place of solitude (and soundproofing) where he could record vocals undisturbed, a 17-year-old Toledo set up shop in the family car.   Toledo’s catalogue is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.

11/17 – London, UK – Servant Jazz Quarters – SOLD OUT

11/18 – London, UK – Rough Trade East In-Store – FREE

11/20 – Paris, FR – Espace B

11/21 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who

11/27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*

11/28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*

11/29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas

11/30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*

12/1 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar

12/2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz

12/4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*

12/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*

12/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*

12/7 – Washington, DC – DC9*

12/8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*

12/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*

12/11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*

12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*

12/13 – Omaha, NE – The Lookout

1/9 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern

1/11 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett

1/12 – Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo

1/13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

1/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

1/15 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive

1/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

1/18 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

1/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar

1/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

1/22 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage

1/23 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

1/24 – Vancouver, BC – The Colbalt

* denotes w/ NE-HI

Savages recently announced that on January 22, 2016 they will release their sophomore album, Adore Life, on Matador Records.  The band will bring their brutally spellbinding live show to major markets in 2016, kicking off their world tour in Bexhill, UK on February 18, and culminating in Austin, TX on April 12.  The full list of tour dates can be found below, and an exclusive fan presale will open on Thursday October 29 at 9am local times, available via http://savagesband.com/#tour.

Savages’ second album, Adore Life, was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015.  Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen.

2/18 – Bexhill, UK – De La Warr Pavilion – Tickets

2/19 – Cambridge, UK – Junction – Tickets

2/21 – Glasgow, UK – Art School – Tickets

2/22 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall – Tickets

2/23 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre – Tickets

2/26 – Dijon, FR – Generiq Festival – Tickets

2/27 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne – Tickets

2/28 – Bordeaux, FR – Rockschool Barbey – Tickets

3/2 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Orangerie – Tickets

3/5 – Malmo, SE – Babel – Tickets

3/6 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan – Tickets

3/7 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega – Tickets

3/13 – Milan, IT – Magazzini Generali – Tickets

3/15 – Zurich, CH – Dynamo – Tickets

3/16 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg – Tickets

3/17 – London, UK – Roundhouse – Tickets

3/27 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club – Tickets

3/28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – Tickets

3/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – Tickets

3/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – Tickets

4/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club – Tickets

4/2 – Montreal, CAN – Corona Theatre – Tickets

4/4 – Toronto, CAN – Danforth Music Hall – Tickets

4/5 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall – Tickets

4/7 – Chicago, IL – Metro – Tickets

4/8 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room – Tickets

4/9 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater – Tickets

4/11 – Dallas, TX – Trees – Tickets

4/12 – Austin, TX – Emo’s – Tickets

Today Kurt Vile (real name) released details of his upcoming album, and its first single, “Pretty Pimpin.” b’lieve i’m goin down… will be released worldwide September 25 on Matador Records. Watch the “Pretty Pimpin” video:

b’lieve i’m goin down… is Vile’s sixth album, and shows Kurt both deeply introspective and briskly self-assured. As longtime fan Kim Gordon wrote about the album: “Kurt does his own myth-making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air.  Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.”

Catch him live here:

October

02 – BOSTON, MA – The Paradise * #

03 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits

04 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits

07 – NEW YORK, NY – Webster Hall * #

08 – WASHINGTON, DC – 9:30 Club * #

09 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer * #

10 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits

11 – AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits

14 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Fonda Theater

16 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fillmore

17 – PORTLAND, OR – Crystal Ballroom

18 – SEATTLE, WA – The Showbox

21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Mill City Nights * #

23 – CHICAGO, IL – Thalia Hall * #

24 – DETROIT, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall * #

25 – TORONTO, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

30 – PARIS, FR – Pitchfork Festival

31 – AMSTERDAM, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *

November

01 – BRUSSELS, BE – Autumn Falls @ ABbBox *

03 – HAMBURG, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich *

04 – AARHUS, DK – Voxhall

05 – OSLO, NO – Rockefeller

06 – STOCKHOLM, SE – Munchenbryggeriet *

07 – COPENHAGEN, DK – Amerbio *

09 – BERLIN, DE – Postbahnhof *

10 – KOLN, DE – Gebaeude 9 *

11 – BRIGHTON, UK – Concorde 2 *

12 – LONDON, UK – Electric Ballroom

13 – BRISTOL, UK – Motion *

15 – DUBLIN, IE – Vicar Street *

16 – GLASGOW, UK – ABC1 *

17 – LEEDS, UK – Leeds University Stylus *

18 – MANCHESTER, UK – The Ritz *

20 – LUCERNE, CH – Sudpol *

21 – LYON, FR – Epicerie Moderne *

22 – BARCELONA, ES – Apolo *

23 – MADRID, ES – Penelope *

24 – LISBON, PT – Armazem F *

* with Waxahatchee

# with Luke Roberts

& with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

Algiers will release their self-titled debut album later this year on Matador. Listen to “But She Was Not Flying” here: http://matablog.matadorrecords.com/2015/01/22/algiers-but-she-was-not-flying-february-nyc-dates/

Algiers fuses the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul and the unhinged ferocity of no wave into a visceral music. With an aesthetic informed by sonic revolutionaries from Nina Simone to Suicide, The Minutemen to PJ Harvey, these three èmigrès of the American Deep South, now residing in London and New York City, conjure dead sounds to life in frightening new directions.

Algiers’ debut NYC shows:
2/4 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge – 8PM
2/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right – 8PM

The Perfume Genius will release the new LP, Too Bright, on Matador Records on September 23.

Hear new single “Queen” now: http://po.st/PGQYT

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, with achingly emotional songs that offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalized, yet ultimately reclaimed.

Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

Catch him live here:

August

1 – OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland

2 – Visions Festival, London

27 – Feeerieen, Brussels, Belgium

28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan, UK

30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury

 

September

 

1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan, Italy

8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy

9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy

26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT 

27 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO 

29 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO 

30 – Triple Rock Social Club – Mpls, MN 

 

October

 

1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL 

2 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI 

4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, ON 

6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA 

7 – Music Hall of Wmsburg – Brooklyn, NY

8 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA 

9 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC 

10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC 

11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA 

13 – Three Links – Dallas, TX 

14 – The Parish – Austin, TX 

16 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ 

17 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA 

19 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA 

21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA 

22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA 

24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR 

25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA 

 

November

 

11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris

12 – Exil, Zurich

13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne,

14 – Depot, Leuven

16 – Vega, Copenhagen

17 – Lido, Berlin

18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg

19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht

23 – Caves, Edinburgh

24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds

25   – Oobleck, Birmingham

26 – The Haunt, Brighton

27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London

Austin, TX’s The Young will release their album Chrome Cactus, out August 26 on Matador Records.  The Young have created a huge sounding, timeless rock album that reinforces and revitalizes everything that is great about American Rock Music in 2014.  Taking influence from early ZZ Top, Hüsker Dü, Dead Moon – Chrome Cactus is a ball of power and controlled feedback disguised as ten of the catchiest songs you’ll hear this year.

  • Pre-order Chrome Cactus on iTunes and receive an instant download of “Metal Flake” plus a second album track download prior to release HERE
  • Pre-Order Chrome Cactus on the Matador Store HERE
  • The Young will play a special pre-release show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on June 27. More details to follow soon, along with further touring updates.

The Young made a playlist ‘Songs that influenced Chrome Cactus‘ : Listen HERE\

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