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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 20th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador)

Last year found Car Seat Headrest releasing an album comprised of reworked songs that singer/songwriter Will Toledo had written years ago, functioning as a sort of retrospective collection of older material.  Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest’s newest album, functions as Will Toledo’s first real studio album with a full band and the resulting product is a starkly noticeable improvement upon anything Toledo had released before.  The album brings a classic indie rock sound with hints of Pavement and Wire and has some really great rock out moments that will have you turning up the volume.  Overall, Teens of Denial is infused with a joyous sound; however, when digging deeper into the meanings of the songs this is definitely an angry album, which makes for a nice dichotomy as a whole.  Teens of Denial has been hyped for a long time by Stereogum, NPR and various other music outlets, and after listening you’ll understand why.  This is a very special and straightforward indie-rock album, which seem to be in short supply these days, and if you’re a fan of the genre then consider this a must listen.

Andy Shauf – The Party (Anti-)

Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andy Shauf takes the promise of his fantastic previous album, The Bearer of Bad News, and delivers an even better album in The Party.  Shauf perfectly combines fuzzed-out guitar, clarinet, piano, strings, acoustic guitar and subtle drumming into beautiful arrangements with fascinating character study type lyrics over the course of these 10 songs.  The Party is a beautiful album full of intricate musical passages and memorable stories and really finds Shauf at his best.  He plays all of the instruments on the album, except for the string arrangements, and what results is the singular vision of an expert songwriter.  The Bearer of Bad News had a more intimate and less complex sound than The Party and the change in complexity is a welcomed one.  The songs are reminiscent of the work Aimee Mann and Jon Brion created together over the years and are utterly compelling.


Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom + Pop)

Skip a Sinking Stone is a flat out beautiful meditation of an album perfect for those moments where one feels like relaxing and basking in the beauty around them.  Mutual Benefit is singer-songwriter Jordan Lee and Skip a Sinking Stone acts as a document of the time between his debut album and the present.  The first half of Skip a Sinking Stone is hopeful and beautiful, with lovely string arrangements and positive songs about being in love and visiting different places while on tour.  The second half of the album finds Lee home from touring, living in New York and dealing with the loss of that love and growing depression.  It’s an incredibly personal, well-made and beautiful album for fans of low key folk music.

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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The Cave Singers are excited released their fifth studio album Banshee. Banshee brings The Cave Singers back to their original three piece of vocalist / songwriter Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco and drummer Marty Lund. The album was recorded live in July of 2015 over six days with producer Randall Dunn who also produced 2011’s No Witch. The record is warmly anchored in the members’ creative familiarity with one another. Yet there is a new thirst to Banshee, one that can be attributed to the combination of the band taking a year off to work on other projects, Pete Quirk’s solo album and the Kodiak Deathbeds debut record, and their return to songwriting from distanced correspondence.

While their first few albums were released through Matador Records and JagJaguar, Cave Singers took to IndieGoGo and successfully crowdfunded their new record stating, “After four records, on two different record labels, we want to try something totally different and new. We are forgoing the traditional record label, distribution, marketing of our past and along with your support, we are going to record, release, and most importantly, own our music for the very first time.”

The Cave Singers will also be hitting the road this spring. Full tour schedule available below.

02/25/16: Eugene, OR                       Hi-Fi Lounge *

02/27/16: Los Angeles, CA                 Bootleg Theatre *

02/28/16: San Diego, CA                    Casbah *

03/02/16: Santa Ana, CA                    Constellation Room *

03/03/16: Santa Cruz, CA                   The Catalyst *

03/04/16: Arcata, CA                         Humboldt Brews *

03/05/16: Reno, NV                            Psychedelic Ballroom & Juke Joint *

04/03/16: Tucson AZ                          Club Congress

04/04/16: Phoenix AZ                         Valley Bar

04/05/16: Albuquerque NM                 Launchpad

04/06/16: Oklahoma City OK               The Opolis

04/07/16: Houston TX                         Rudyard’s

04/08/16: San Antonio TX                    502 Bar

04/09/16: Austin TX                            Sidewinder

04/10/16: Dallas TX                            Three Links

04/13/16: Colorado Springs CO            The Black Sheep

04/14/16: Denver CO                          Larimer Lounge

04/15/16: Salt Lake City UT                 Urban Lounge

04/16/16: Boise ID                              Neurolux


Current Swell joining as support.

Dangerous Minds just premiered the flickering basement video for Algiers’ “Black Eunuch,” calling the song “a motherf-er and a half” and the band’s sound “potent stuff, absolutely worthy of all the discussion they’ve been generating…combines hot soul tropes with the loftiest ideals and gnarliest noises of experimental post-punk.” Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiBlH8YZyIA

Their self-titled debut comes out June 2 on Matador, they just wrapped a May run with Interpol and start their first headlining U.S. tour June 5. Dates below.

06-05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06-07 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
06-09 – New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
06-10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
06-13 – Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room
06-15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
06-16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
06-19 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
06-20 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06-21 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06-23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
06-25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Today, Rolling Stone included recent Matador signees Algiers as one of the 10 New Artists You Need To Know for March 2015. The write-up deems the band “the Death Grips of gospel, torching the South’s dark underbelly” and praises their “beastly, bent-metal beats” while likening them to TV On The Radio, Nick Cave and Kanye West.

Watch the “exhilarating” (Self-Titled) video for “Irony. Utility. Pretext.”: https://youtu.be/bpLMc6nWtJw

Also, Stereogum profiled Algiers as a Band To Watch. The piece delves into the influence of the “Christ-haunted” American South on the band’s inimitable clamor. Says the writer on the band’s self-titled debut, due out on Matador 6/2: “To grapple with the eleven songs on ‘Algiers’ is to wrestle angels, face down demons and rebel against authority — this is revolutionary music in the truest sense of the word.”

Read here: http://bit.ly/1M6vlLQ

Algiers is prepping for a leg of tour dates with Interpol later this spring.

Dates below:

05/07 Richmond VA @ The National

05/08 Raleigh NC @ The Ritz

05/11 St. Louis MO @ The Pageant

05/12 Indianapolis IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

05/13 Detroit MI @ The Fillmore

05/15 Cincinatti, OH @ Bogarts

05/16 Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE