Tag Archive: “Merge Records”

It’s been four years since we got some new Superchunk tunes.  Well we are at Ghettoblaster are happy to say that you don’t have to worry no longer, friends! Via Merge Records, the band have released a 7” inch single with a new original “I Got Cut” on the A-side and a cover of Tom Robinson Band’s punk classic “Up Against the Wall” on the flip side.  The proceeds are going towards Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, the label’s regional chapter of the largest women’s health care provider in the United States.

Here’s Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan speaking about the single:

“All people should have access to reproductive health care. All people should have control over their own bodies. “I Got Cut” was inspired by images like the photograph of our current president surrounded by a bunch of other ancient white guys, all smiling as they took away access to reproductive health care for women all over the world. The first line in the song, “All these old men won’t die too soon,” is a reference to them and anyone like them attacking women’s health care. On the positive side, the song is also inspired by shows of unity like the Women’s March on Washington in January. It’s about freedom of choice. It’s about healing psychic and physical wounds and staying free. It’s about getting out of the way to make room for people younger and more enlightened than ourselves.

Though it was originally written and recorded by the Tom Robinson Band in 1978, the B-side “Up Against the Wall” is an appropriate song for these times. Jon suggested covering this great song years ago and we never got around to it, but it made perfect sense to do so now. Tom Robinson himself was kind enough to waive his publishing royalties in order to better serve the fundraising cause of the single.

I felt like making a record in the punk rock tradition we grew up with, including the collage I created for the sleeve. Likewise, when we presented the concept to the artists involved, we proposed that the art be the size of an unfolded 7-inch sleeve, mirroring the style of all the singles we put out when we first started Merge over 25 years ago. As they were in 1989, the sleeves were printed by Barefoot Press in Raleigh (and they donated these to help the cause). We also put these together by hand like we did then.”

These 7-inches are more expensive than a regular single because we are raising money for Planned Parenthood, an organization that works tirelessly to provide something that should be a right, not a privilege: health care. It’s easy to get discouraged when suddenly those in charge seem intent on ruining everything that is good about our country. We’re trying to channel the rage we share with you in a productive direction.”

As of press time, 300 numbered copies on black vinyl and 180 copies on pink vinyl, with sleeves signed by the band are officially sold out.  However-twenty copies present unique “record sleeves” from some of Merge’s favorite artists.  The finalized artwork/singles will be available via auction at Paddle8 began June 15, with bidding closing on June 29. Each winning bidder will receive a special color pressing of the 7-inch housed in the standard sleeve, in addition to the original artwork. 

The list of artists who made work for this auction:  Amanda Barr, Trudy Benson, Brian Calvin, Christopher Chiappa, Casey Cook, Mira Dancy, Amy Feldman, Magalie Guerin, Harrison Haynes, Shara Hughes, Chris Johanson, Emma Kohlmann, Joyce Pensato, Melanie Schiff, Rebecca Shore, Amy Sillman, Xaviera Simmons, Cauleen Smith, Caroline Wells Chandler and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

Superchunk on tour:
Aug 09–11 Athens, GA – Athens Popfest
Aug 12 Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art (w/ Waxahatchee & Ex Hex)
Oct 27–29 Gainesville, FL – The Fest 16

The One With All the Feels

On this episode: Dear Cousins Luke and Brian are back after a week off living the #beachlife and they talk about how ambient music can heal people, deliver the spoils of the Cuzzo Battle of 2017, #cuzzobattles, they dive into how bands replace “w”s in their names with “v”‘s like Chvrches #twerkchurch, Luke will not stop making up stupid hashtags, both cousins dole out their catchphrase stamps of approval two times in a row each (unprecedented!) Luke goes on record and states that he likes interesting music, they play their first song from a Broadway musical and talk about anxiety, depression, Zoloft, mental illness stigma and open up about their own struggles and personal stories all while playing 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 With All the Feels

Toro Y Moi – Girl Like You from Boo Boo out July 7th on Carpark Records

Alvvays – In Undertow from Antisocialites out September 8th on Polyvinyl Records

Zola Jesus – Exhumed from Okovi out September 8th on Sacred Bones

Blacastan and Stu Bangas feat. Nutso – Circle of Fire from The Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes out now on Brick Records

Superchunk – I Got Cut from I Got Cut out now on Merge Records

Ben Platt – For Forever from Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording) out now on Atlantic Records

Black Kids – Obligatory Drugs from Rookie out September 15th

Local Natives feat. Nico Segal – The Only Heirs out now on Loma Vista Recordings

As if we weren’t already chopping at the bit for The Mountain Goats to release their hotly anticipated new album Goths, the band have shared the latest single “Rain in Soho”.

Unlike the first wistful single “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”, John Darnielle’s cutting lyrics of the vanishing of friends, places, and the safety of harbors are downright menacing on “Rain in Soho”.  On top of that, the Nashville Symphony Chorus add a level of darkness that’s staggering to listeners.

Listen to “Rain in Soho” here:

Goats will be released on May 19th via Merge.

The Mountain Goats on tour:
May 22 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
May 23 Nashville, TN — Cannery Ballroom
May 25 Birmingham, AL — Saturn
May 26 New Orleans, LA — The Republic
May 27 Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
May 28 Dallas, TX — Trees
May 31 Los Angeles, CA — Mayan Theater
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 02 San Francisco, CA — The Fillmore
Jun 04 Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
Jun 05 Seattle, WA — The Showbox
Jun 23 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 24 New York, NY — Beacon Theatre ^
Jun 26 New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall ^
Jun 27 Boston, MA — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
Jun 28 Providence, RI — Columbus Theatre
Jun 30 Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
Jul 01 Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion at Riverband Music ^
Jul 02 Huber Heights, OH — Rose Music Center ^
Jul 03 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Jul 05 Papillion, NE — Sumtur Amphitheater ^
Jul 06 Des Moines, IA — Wooley’s
Jul 07 Saint Paul, MN — The Palace Theatre ^
Jul 08 Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
Jul 09 Bloomington, IL — Castle Theatre
Jul 11 Sioux Falls, SD — The Washington Pavilion ^
Jul 12 St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House ^
Jul 13 Oklahoma City, OK — ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Jul 14 Austin, TX — ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
^ – w/ Jason Isbell

The One With 90’s Nostalgia

On this episode: our dear cousins dive into Kung-Fu Kenny aka Cornrow Kenny aka Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic new album DAMN, there is a lot of talk about 90’s nostalgia including Brian giving Luke a lesson on who Jordan Catalano is, Brian gets angry because Luke “stole” a song from him, they discuss the illustrious music career of once video game superstar Frogger, Brian and Luke talk about their literal Best Songs Ever and Luke lands in the Hipster Hall of Fame and you get to hear the eight best songs you’ll listen to 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 With 90’s Nostalgia

Little Dragon – Celebrate from Season High out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Charly Bliss from Guppy out this Friday, April 21st on Barsuk Records

Waxahatchee – Silver from Out in the Storm out July 14th on Merge Records

Toro Y Moi – Omaha from Our First 100 Days available now at ourfirst100days.bandcamp.com

Spoek Mathambo – Want Ur Love from Mzansi Beat out now on Teka Recordings

Ratboys – Control from GN out June 30th on Topshelf Records

Girlpool – It Gets More Blue from Powerplant out May 12th on Anti-

Kool A.D. – Lapsang Souchong from Sky Ladder available now at koolad.bandcamp.com/

Today Katie Crutchfield announced that her fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second full-length with Merge Records Out in the Storm will be released on July 14.  Crutchfield also shared the video for the first single “Silver”.

“It’s about self-examination and the different shapes that takes, good and bad. I wanted it to be abstract and poetic, but I also wanted to align it with the other songs on the album, since they’re all so connected lyrically,” Crutchfield says about “Silver”.

Out in the Storm is Crutchfield’s most autobiographical and honest album to date.  A self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life, the blazing result is a woman reawakened.

OUT IN THE STORM TRACKLISTING:
1. Never Been Wrong
2. 8 Ball
3. Silver
4. Recite Remorse
5. Sparks Fly
6. Brass Beam
7. Hear You
8. A Little More
9. No Question
10. Fade

Waxahatchee on tour:
Apr 18 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
Apr 19 Chicago, IL – Metro *
Apr 20 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *
Apr 21 Chicago, IL – Metro *
Apr 22 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
Apr 25 Boston, MA – House of Blues *
Apr 26 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
Apr 27 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
Apr 28 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
Apr 29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
Apr 30 Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony ^
May 01 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
May 02 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *
May 03 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s *
May 04 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall *
May 05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *
May 06 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
May 22 New York, NY – Vulture Festival panel with Allison Crutchfield
Jun 21-25 Calgary, AB – Sled Island
Sep 01 Gdansk, PL – Soundrive Festival
Sep 03 North Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep 04 London, UK – The Garage
Sep 05 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
Sep 06 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep 07 Brighton, UK – Komedia
Sep 08 Heer, BE – Deep in the Woods
Sep 11 Paris, FR – Le Batofar
Sep 12 Lyon, FR – Le Periscope
Sep 13 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Sep 14 Zürich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Sep 15 Capri, IT – Mattatoio
Sep 16 Milano, IT – Biko
Sep 17 Munich, DE – Milla
Sep 18 Ljubljana, SI – Gala Hala
Sep 19 Vienna, AT – Arena
Sep 20 Prague, CZ – Klub 007
Sep 22 Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
Sep 23 Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 Lund, SE – Mejerit
Sep 25 Göteborg, SE – Pustervik
Sep 26 Stockholm, SE – Obaren
Sep 27 Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Sep 28 Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
Sep 29 Groningen, NL – Vera
Oct 01 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet

* duo performance, w/ The New Pornographers

^ duo performance

The One With So Much So Anyway

On this episode: Brian and Luke have fun with Brazilians, Brian has a first for the podcast, Luke makes Brian shriek, Luke blurts out a spoiler without a spoiler alert, Brian and Luke debate about Ryan Adams, Brian is able to get some things off his chest (against his Doctor’s orders) and some really awesome music is played!

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 With So Much So Anyway

Chicano Batman – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) from Freedom Is Free out March 3rd on ATO Records

Tinariwen – Assawt from Elwan out now on Anti-

Oddisee – Like Really from The Iceburg out now on Mello Music Group

Vagabon – Fear & Force from Infinite Worlds out now on Father/Daughter Records

Sam Patch – 100 Decibels from Yeah You, and I out now on Dep Records

Ryan Adams – Doomsday from Prisoner out now on Pax Am Recordings

Tashaki Miyaki – Girls on TV from The Dream out April 7th on Metropolis Records

The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds from Goths out May 19th on Merge Records

The One About How Womyn Rock

On this episode of Best Song Ever, recorded on the day of the worldwide Women’s Marches in protest to Donald Trump’s inauguration, Luke and Brian protest in the form of podcasting (protcast? protestcast?) and dedicate the episode to songs from women/women fronted bands.  They discuss how they’ve hunkered down in the bunker of the Doom Tomb and are stocking provisions to get through the next four years and Luke goes on a bit of a rant, ultimately pointing out how ridiculous Reince Priebus’ name is.  Other topics of conversation include Dr. Robotnik, Band and Boujee and how we really how women don’t spontaneously combust.

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 How Womyn Rock

The Courtneys – “Tour” from The Courtneys II out February 17th on Flying Nun Records

The Regrettes – “A Living Human Girl” from their debut album Feel Your Feeling Fool! out now on Warner Bros. Recrods

UV-TV – “Only Matters When” from their debut full length album Glass out March 10th on Deranged Records

Mai Lan – “Vampire” from her upcoming album due in 2017

Allison Crutchfield – “Dean’s Room” from Tourist in This Town out January 27th on Merge Records

Rebel Kind – “Just for Fools” from Just for Fools out now on Urinal Cake Records

Diet Cig – “Tummy Ache” from Swear I’m Good At This out April 7th on Frenchkiss Records

Dude York – “Tonight” from Sincerely out February 24th on Hardly Art Records

Acclaimed indie rocker Karl Hendricks passed away Saturday morning, and as his friend Jon of the Comedy Minus One label stated, “wearing a Funkadelic t-shirt, at home with his terrific wife and children in Pittsburgh.” Karl was best known for his Karl Hendricks Trio releases throughout the years, over 25 years of work, culminating  into a total of 9 albums. His recorded works would appear on Grass Records, Merge, and the aforementioned Comedy Minus One. In 2011 Hendricks took a leap of faith purchasing a record store he was working at and rechristened it Sound Cat.

Hendricks was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. We’ll remember Karl Hendricks through his timeless music.

 

Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine.  For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 39, Cult Records The Growlers.  Words by Tommy Johnson.

Also From Issue 39, Merge Records Hiss Golden Messenger.  Words by Leo Deluca.

Growlers-Messenger

To subscribe to Ghettoblaster Magazine or to pick up this issue, head over to our In Print page.

 

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.

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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