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The One About the Best of 2016

Brian and Luke take you on a journey through some of their favorite albums of 2016.   Also, be sure to check out their individual top 20 albums of the year list on the Ghettoblaster Magazine website!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne will be bringing 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.

ITUNES LINK


Songs Played on The One About the Best of 2016

Outer Spaces – “Words” from A Shedding Snake on Don Giovanni Records

AJJ – “Cody’s Theme” from The Bible 2 on Side One Dummy Records

DOGBRETH – “Do You Really Want Me” from Second Home on Asian Man Records

Lambchop – “Relatives #2” from FLOTUS on Merge Records

Twin Peaks – “Getting Better” from Down in Heaven on Grand Jury Music

Mutual Benefit – “Not for Nothing” from Skip a Sinking Stone on Mom+Pop

PUP – “Doubts” from The Dream is Over on Side One Dummy Records

Frightened Rabbit – “I Wish I Was Sober” from Painting of a Panic Attack on Atlantic Records

Eric Bachmann – “Carolina” from Eric Bachmann on Merge Records

Kishi Bashi – “Honeybody” from Sonderlust on Joyful Noise Recordings

The One With Legends

On this weeks episode: Luke and Brian reveal a secret, have a deep conversation about a classic video game, Brian tries out another catchphrase and they also play some great music!  This is a very exciting episode with some of the biggest named musical acts to be featured on the show thus far, including one of Brian and Luke’s absolute favorites: Run the Jewels.  Sit back, relax, press play and prepare to hear Best Song Ever!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne will be bringing 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.

ITUNES LINK


Songs Played on The One With Legends

Run the Jewels- “Legend Has It” from RTJ3 out January 13, 2017

Zoos of Berlin – “Ambition Sounds” from Instant Evening out now on Look About

Sylvan Esso – “Kick Jump Twist” out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Smoke DZA and Pete Rock – “Milestone” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss and Styles P  from Don’t Smoke Rock out now on Babygrande Records

Strand of Oaks – “Radio Kids” from Hard Love out February 17, 2017 on Dead Oceans

Alex Izenberg – “To Move On” from Harlequin out now on Weird World

Dawn Richard – “Love Under Lights” from Redemption out now on Our Dawn Entertainment

Bayonne – “Living Room” from Primitive out now on Mom + Pop

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 2

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

Greys – “No Star”
The song “No Star” from Greys’ upcoming album, Outer Heaven, is a raucous and paranoid journey inspired by the recent attack in Paris.  It opens with the distressed lyrics: “Don’t shoot I’m not the enemy / They want you to be scared of me” and as the song goes on it continues to stir this foreboding atmosphere.  This is for fans who like their punk music harsh, heavy and furious.  Outer Heaven is out 4/22 on Carpark Records.

Night Moves – “Carl Sagan”
Minneapolis duo Night Moves make dreamy, 70’s inspired indie rock with electronic flourishes.  “Carl Sagan” is the first single from their sophomore album, Pennied Days, which is out 3/25 on Domino.  This is a song that draws you in with warm textures, only to swallow you whole in its immense sound … and then that falsetto hits!

Nothing – “Vertigo Flowers”
Philadelphia group Nothing are prepping their long awaiting album, Tired of Nothing, which is out 5/13 on Relapse Records.   In their new song, “Vertigo Flowers”, Nothing brings up some very beautiful, really loud shoegaze with great vocal melodies.  This is a song that deserves to be played as loud as possible, as often as possible.

Bibio – “Town and Country”
Bibio is an English producer and songwriter who mixes electronic and organic textures expertly alongside solid songwriting.  His new album, A Mineral Love, comes out 4/1 on Warp.  “Town and Country” is the third single from the upcoming album (see also:  “Feeling”) and finds Bibio in his catchiest, most accessible form.

Pity Sex – “Burden You”
Lush, heavy electric guitars combine with lackadaisical and despondent vocals in “Burden You,” the new single from Ann Arbor Michigan’s Pity Sex.  This song is lulling and energizing, delicate and harsh, and is really just a joy to listen to.  The sophomore album from Pity Sex is titled White Hot Moon and is out 4/29 on Run for Cover Records.

Mutual Benefit – “Not for Nothing”
Mutual Benefit thrives on strange melody sung by a distinct voice over absolutely beautiful music; all of which is put perfectly on display in “Not for Nothing.”  Simply played acoustic guitar is met by pleasant piano and some stunning strings to combine into a truly mesmerizing piece of folk music.  “Not for Nothing” is at once common AND extraordinary, which is something that is sure to be abundantly found on the new album, Skip a Sinking Stone, which is out 5/20 on Mom + Pop Records.

Full Playlist

Welcome, one and all, to the very first volume of Future Sounds.  Every few weeks we will bring 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

PJ Harvey – The Wheel
Let it be known that I’m a sucker for hand claps, and there is some mighty fine hand clapping in this song.  PJ Harvey is back with her first new music since 2011, and if this is a sign of things to come then it was well worth the wait.  The guitars on this song really stick out as well as the sort of primitive, yet not at all simple feel.
from the album The Hope Six Demolition Project out 4/15/16 on Vagrant Records

Eric Bachmann – Mercy
Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers frontman is back once again as himself.  This song has such a HUGE sound with lovely doo-wop influenced backing vocals.  Lyrically it seems to be about unfollowing friends and family on Facebook, but still loving them despite huge differences.  Seriously in love with this song.
from the album Eric Bachmann out 3/23/16 on Merge

Parquet Courts – Dust
Just a straight up great rockin’ song complete with chaotic freak out. Also, one of the simplest and strangest choruses, which I’m absolutely in love with.  Dust is everywhere … Sweep!
from the album Human Performance out 4/8/16 on Rough Trade

Big Ups – Capitalized
It all begins with an ominous bass line and doesn’t let up over the course of two bone crunching minutes.  Big Ups is a band that I had not heard of before this month, yet their upcoming album grows more and more promising with each single they release ( see also: National Parks).
from the album Before a Million Universes out 3/4/16 on Exploding in Sound

Flume – Smoke and Retribution (feat. Vince Staples and Kucka)
Icy cold synths mixed with dripping hot verses from Vince Staples, one of the most promising young rappers today, makes for an incredible listen.  Vince Staples is what brought me to this song initially, but Flume’s production is what has me excited to hear the rest of his album when it comes out.  Turn this one up as loud as possible, trust me.
from the forthcoming album Skin via Mom + Pop

Whitney – No Woman
A lovely folk song with a bit of a country feel and great horns from members of the band Smith Westerns.  This is about as smooth a song as you’ll find.  I just want to throw this on and drive around in northern Michigan for forever.
from an upcoming release later in 2016 from Secretly Canadian

Full Playlist

Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) has announced the long awaited follow up to 2011’s Era Extraña and this year’s standalone single “Annie.” Slated for release via Mom + Pop on October 16, VEGA INTL. Night School was conceived during a period of aesthetic reinvention for Palomo, as he retooled the lo-fi and spontaneous writing style he’d developed as Neon Indian by incorporating elements of the cleaner production values and dance oriented approach of his previous recording moniker VEGA, ultimately merging the two into one fast lane. Developed over a four year period, the album brims with funk-centric guitar lines, pronounced Balearic rhythms, and the most elaborate songwriting of his career.

Composed and recorded in a variety of locations including, but not limited to, the cabin aboard a cruise ship, DFA’s Plantain Studios in New York, Pure X’s practice space in Austin, Ben Allen’s studio in Atlanta, and mixed in Brooklyn with Alex Epton (XXXchange). Upon its completion, Alan noted “most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark. People are just kind of more honest then. More deliberate. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.”

The new album single “Slumlord” arrives alongside an inventive relaunch of his website as Nightschool.biz  The site features an hotline (+1-512-643-VEGA) to receive and send audio of the song and a special voice greeting about the album, in addition to newly announced US tour dates and an album-preorder that comes with instant grat tracks “Annie” and “Slumlord.” Find a full list of upcoming North American tour dates below.

TOUR DATES:

10/09 – Wynwood, FL – iiiPoints Festival

10/13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *

10/14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall *

10/16 – Detroit, MI – Populux *

10/17 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *

10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

10/21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

10/22 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

10/23 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall

11/07 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/08 – New Orleans, LA – Republic

11/10 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

11/11 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

 

* = w/ Tamaryn

Courtney Barnett’s debut album which was released in March on Mom+Pop Music has taken the music world by storm, with critics hailing the Melbourne-based artist as one of the most important songwriters of her generation. Those who have never seen these songs performed now is your chance with Barnett and her band The Courtney Barnett’s returning to North America this month for a run of sold-out dates and several festival appearances through the summer. Also just announced Barnett will be headlining Terminal 5 in New York this July with special guests Speed Ortiz and Torres. All dates are listed below.

Today the awesome animation video for “Dead Fox” was released into the world, the songs is about Corporate greed and big business and the impact these corporations have on our lives in particular the way they influence what we eat and how we get our groceries into our fridges. The clip was directed and animated By Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge who were inspired by the messages in the song, they tell us “We liked how politically loaded and conversational the lyrics are. We wanted the animation to have a stylistic and organic look, hence most of the drawings were done on paper rather than digitally. To further compliment the lyrics, we thought it would be funny to have the animals in the video look as cynical as possible, as if they’d had enough with how humans are treating them.”

Watch the video for “Dead Fox”

05.14.15 – The Forum – Melbourne, Australia

05.15.15 – The Forum – Melbourne, Australia

05.16.15 – The Forum – Melbourne, Australia

05.18.15 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA (SOLD OUT) *

05.19.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (SOLD OUT) *

05.20.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY (SOLD OUT) *

05.21.15 – Bowery Ballrom – New York, NY (SOLD OUT) *

05.25.15 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA

05.27.15 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO **

05.29.15 – Bottle Rock Napa Valley – Napa, CA

05.30.15 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT) *

05.31.15 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT) *

06.02.15 – Casbah – San Diego, CA (SOLD OUT) *

06.05.15 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX (SOLD OUT) *

06.06.15 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX (SOLD OUT) *

06.07.15 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *

06.09.15 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA *

06.10.15 – Koka Booth Amphitheater – Cary, NC #

06.11.15 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN

06.13.15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT) *

06.14.15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT) *

06.15.15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT) *

06.18.15 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, KC ^

06.19.15 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI ^

06.20.15 – Rock the Garden Festival – Minneapolis, MN

06.26.15 – Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK

07.16.15 – 07.19.15 – Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC

07.19.15 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

07.22.15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY %

07.24.15 – 07.25.15 – WayHome Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

07.25.15 – Newport Folk Fest – Newport, RI

* w/ Chastity Belt & Darren Hanlon

** w/ Spoon + The Decemberists

# w/ The Alabama Shakes

^ w/ Belle & Sebastian

% w/ Speedy Ortiz & Torres

Brooklyn’s Lucius will release a special edition Genevieve 7-inch vinyl on July 1 via Mom + Pop/Dine Alone Records. The vinyl will be available to purchase in the band’s online store.

Genevieve will include its namesake, the infectious track from the band’s debut album Wildewoman and will be B/W a cover of Tears For Fears’ legendary single “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” The cover highlights Lucius’ signature harmonies and delicate instrumental touches. It was unveiled on SPIN and is also available here to post and share.

~ = supporting Sara Bareilles
* = co-headline w/ Lake Street Drive

7/4: Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival
7/4: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
7/6: Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
7/11: Bridgeport, CT @ The Klein (supporting Andrew Bird)
7/12: Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
7/14: Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap ~
7/18: Chattanooga, TN @ Nightfall Summer Series
7/19: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight (w/ Her Marigold)
7/20: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/22: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater ~
7/23: Atlanta, GA @ Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater ~
7/25: Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/26: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
7/29: Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion ~
7/30: Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel ~
8/1: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
8/2: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow) – SOLD OUT
8/5: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park ~
8/6: Portland, OR @ Edgefield ~
8/8: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Folk Fest
8/10: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands – SOLD OUT

8/15: Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
8/16: Hamburg, DE @ MS Dockville
8/18: Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
8/20: London, UK @ Lexington – SOLD OUT
8/22: Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
8/23: Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine
8/24: Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/26: Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
8/27: Groningen, NL @ Noorderzon Festival
8/29: Cambridgeshire, UK @ Lodestar Festival
8/31: Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

9/4: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre (supporting City and Colour)
9/13: Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
9/29: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall *
9/30: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City *
10/1: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s *
10/3-5: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/9: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/10-12: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/15: Stockholm, SE @ Kägelbanan
10/16: Oslo, NO @ Bla
10/17: Gothenberg, SE @ Pustervik
10/18: Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
10/22: London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
10/23: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/24: Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 2
10/25: Dublin, IE @ Whelans
10/27: Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
10/29: Luxembourg, LU @ den Atelier
10/31: Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
11/1: Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
11/2: Milano, IT @ Circolo Magnolia
11/3: München, DE @ Atomic Café
11/5: Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
11/6: Köln, DE @ Blue Shell
11/7: Berlin, DE @ Magnet
11/8: Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie
11/9: Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique (club stand)

Following on from their recent album Shulamith (out now on Mom+Pop), Polica are set to appear at this year’s SXSW. They’ll be playing two shows; Dickies Road House on March 12th and the Chevrolet Showcase on March 14.

Polica are departing on a national summer tour, including an appearance at Bonnaroo. They’ll then follow this up with three dates in Germany, including Southside Festival in Stodtlen with more European dates to be announced soon.

SXSW Shows

Mar 12, 10.20pm  – Dickies Road House w/ Amazon Music @ Bangers
Mar 14, 9:45 PM – Chevrolet Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Tour Dates

May 31 – Radio Radio -Indianapolis, IN
Jun 02 – Tralf – Buffalo, NY
Jun 03 – Mod Club – Toronto, CA
Jun 05 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Jun 06 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Jun 07 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Jun 08 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
Jun 09 – Southgate -Cincinnati, OH
Jun 10 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
Jun 12 -Bonnaroo -Manchester, TN
Jun 16 – Bowery Ballroom -New York, NY
Jun 17 – Music Hall of Williamsburg -Brooklyn, NY
Jun 20 – Hurricane – Scheessel, Germany
Jun 20 – Southside Festival – Stodtlen, Germany
Jun 24 – Freiheiz – Munich, Germany
Jun 25 – Zakk – Dusseldorf, Germany