Tag Archive: “Middle Children”

Debut albums can sound like a group lucked into a sound they’ll never recapture, or in the case of Middle Children’s Earth Angel, a refined result of shared background and years spent putting in the work. The auteur of Middle Children is Patrick Jennings, who writes, arranges, and records the band from his home in Bloomington, Indiana. His music became known to most initially through his band Hot New Mexicans, and later Purple 7. Jennings left Purple 7, a multi-songwriter group, to play music with childhood friend, Ginger Alford, formerly of the band Good Luck. The team enlisted a handful of musicians to make Earth Angel, include Kyle Houpt, Christopher Butcher, and Matt Tobey.

Earth Angel remains sparse and economical, despite additions of multiple guitars, piano, synth, or upright bass. Jennings’s voice is given plenty of space, allowing the listener to catch the many nuances in his delivery, how each syllable seems to emote, quickly shifting from vulnerable to confident, a whisper to a shout. He brings intensity to otherwise melody-driven songs, catching you off guard. An image of Jennings as the songwriter emerges – a hermit of sorts whose focus and dedication brings others warmly into the fold. Together they bring these songs to life, lest Jennings forever be “echoing in [his] shell”

Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the band’s video for “True,” which was produced by Eric Ayotte and which you can enjoy below.

(Catch the band on tour here:

March 3 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*

March 4 Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown* 

March 5 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5* 

March 7 Baltimore, MD – the Windup Space* 

March 8 Philadelphia, PA – house show*

March 9 Brooklyn, NY – Don Pedro*

March 10 New Paulz, NY – Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary* 

*w/ Erin Tobey)

The One Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

On this episode of Best Song Ever: the Dear LaBenne cousins kick things off with their first ever bonus track, DJ Khaled visits the Doom Tomb to give us a labelmate alert, Brian calls Luke a nasty woman several times, finally another episode of Thor Talk premiers with a special new surprise, and much much more!

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 Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

Animal Collective – Kinda Bonkers from Painters EP out this Friday February 17 on Domino

Delicate Steve – Cartoon Rock from This is Steve out now on Anti-

Los Angeles Police Department – Plane 2 from an upcoming album due later this year on Anti-

Fancey – Baby Sunshine from Love Mirage out now on fanceymusic.com

Paul White featuring Danny Brown from Accelerator EP out now on R&S

Temples – Strange or Be Forgotten from Volcano out March 3rd on Fat Possum Records

Middle Children – Fish from Earth Angel out March 3rd on Let’s Pretend

Happyness – Falling Down from Write It Out out April 14th on Moshi Moshi Records

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now from Memories Are Now out now on Sub Pop Records