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The One About Gender Fluidity

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about some heavy topics including gender fluidity and perpetuating rape culture, they also cover the latest news of the NHL Playoffs and what’s going on in Survivor, Luke reaches out for help on a #gentlemansdilemma, Luke doles out his catchphrase stamp of approval with a quick “Lordy Lordy Barry Gordy” and Brian follows closely behind with his “Papa Likey,” Luke does some standup about Donald Trump and how #ladiesbeshoppin’, Brian explains how Canada works, Luke states he is rooting for the Hockeyton Teamsters to win the Stanley Cup and they play 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 About Gender Fluidity

HMLTD – To the Door out now on IAMSOUND Records

Daniel Romano – When I Learned Your Name from Modern Pressure out May 19th on New West Records

Kevin Morby – Aboard My Train from City Music out June 16th on Dead Oceans

Caddywhompus – In Ways from Odd Hours out now on Inflated Records

Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy from I’m Not Your Man out June 2nd on Sub Pop

Art School Jocks – Just a Gwen from Art School Jocks EP out June 2nd on Father/Daughter Records

TOPS – Petals from Sugar at the Gate out June 2nd on Arbutus Records

Joey Fatts feat. Vince Staples and April – 562 single out now

The One About Making Love

On this episode of Best Song Ever: the Dear LaBenne cousins get a visit from DJ Khaled,  Luke has some harsh words for the editor of Ghettoblaster Magazine, Brian tells a fun story about Tom Waits, Luke talks about his emotional reaction to Finding Dory and they have a couple conversations about mental illness.

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 Making Love

Amber Arcades – It Changes from an upcoming EP out later this year

Ron Gallo –  Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me from Heavy Meta out now on New West Records

Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play Guitar from Yours Conditionally out March 10th on Mutually Detrimental

Myles Manley – Relax; Enjoy Your Night Upon the Town out now on Little L Records

Your Old Droog – G.K.A.C. from Packs out March 10th on Fat Beats

Little Comets – Common Things from Worhead out March 10th on The Smallest Label

Aye Nako – Particle Mace from Silver Haze out April 7th on Don Giovanni

Pool – Almost Everything from No Bad Memories out now

Nashville psych rock band All Them Witches and Canadian animator/musician Chad VanGaalen have conjured up a trippy, technicolor video for heavy rocker “Dirt Preachers.” In the surreal animation, two mysterious cloaked travelers journey from village to village seeking out colorful orbs and objects with transformative powers, eventually finding the ultimate one.

Fresh off a tour with Kadavar and The Sword, and a much-talked about two-night hometown stand, All Them Witches will head back out on the road November 30 for several more weeks of shows, including Brooklyn, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto and Detroit. The revered live band will close out the year at home opening for Moon Taxi at the War Memorial Auditorium and then head back out on a headline tour that will kick off January 13 in Louisville, Ky. In late February they will head over to Europe for their first time for shows in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, France and Italy.

The band’s just-released third album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West Records), is the newest chapter in the foursome’s exploration of rock music’s furthest reaches. Recorded in a remote cabin, a top an isolated mountain overlooking the tourist mecca of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Dying Surfer mixes together a diverse sonic palette and was designed to be experienced as a full album, where core songs lead into each other. Opener, “Call Me Star,” starts with downbeat acoustic arpeggios, slowly melting into grittier chords, leading into the firebrand distorted bass of the barn-burning next track, “El Centro.” “Dirt Preachers” is a pummeling slice of Sabbathy rock with a big catchy chorus. “Open Passageways” is at once cerebral and sweeping while closer, “Blood And Sand/Milk And Endless Water,” is a seven-minute long desert-rock jam.

Heavy, heady and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases and a jam-filled live show, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene.

ALL THEM WITCHES ON TOUR

November 28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

November 29 – Winston, Salem, NC @ Garage *

November 30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (back room) *

December 1 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern *

December 2 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *

December 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *

December 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *

December 5 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott *

December 6 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *

December 8 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *

December 9 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *

December 10 – Buffalo, NY @ Studio at Waiting Room *

December 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern *

December 12 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar *

December 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox *

December 15 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar *

December 16 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *

December 17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co. *

December 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *

December 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

December 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *

December 31 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium +

January 13 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

January 14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows)

January 15 – Madison, WI @ High Noon (FRZN Fest)

January 16 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo

January 18 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

January 20 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Red Room

January 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

January 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

January 23 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

January 25 – Fullerton, CA @ The Continental

January 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel

January 27 – El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace

January 29 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs

January 30 – Dallas, TX @ Dada

* with New Madrid

+ with Moon Taxi

Nashville’s All The Witches release their debut, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, via New West Records. They’ve also lined up some tour dates (below):

September 12     Nashville, TN     Live on the Green

September 13     St. Louis, MO     LouFest

September 24     Bloomington, IN     The Bishop

September 25     Cincinnati, OH     MidPoint Music Festival

October 3-4     Louisville, KY     Louder than Life Festival

October 25     Los Angeles, CA     El Rey Theatre (w/Kadavar and The Shrine)

All Them Witches, the Nashville psych-rock quartet whose recent Bonnaroo debut was heralded by Fuse, American Songwriter, Consequence of Sound and the Nashville Scene, release their label debut, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, on Oct. 30 via New West Records.

Brooklyn Vegan, who dubbed the outfit’s 2014 self-released album, Lightning at the Door, “a heady brew of swirling tones and heavy blue-eyed blues rock,” are streaming the new song “Dirt Preachers”: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/08/all_them_wiches.html.  The song is one of the nine new tracks recorded during the band’s seclusion at a remote cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Heavy, heady and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases and a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. “The band seemingly channels the churn of the universe and connects with a big, bad, uncaring cosmos,” wrote the Boston Globe, adding, “There is a primal ebb and flow at the core… The band’s mystic atmosphere, dark but not brutal, is the result of a tireless work ethic, a grueling tour schedule, and a tape trader’s compulsion for documenting every show.”

Upcoming tour dates:

September 12     Nashville, TN     Live on the Green

September 13     St. Louis, MO     LouFest

September 24     Bloomington, IN     The Bishop

September 25     Cincinnati, OH     MidPoint Music Festival

October 3-4     Louisville, KY     Louder than Life Festival

October 25     Los Angeles, CA     El Rey Theatre (w/Kadavar and The Shrine)

Giant Sand, the iconic and influential band fronted by luminary Howe Gelb, celebrates 30 years of freewheeling and ever-evolving music making on new album, Heartbreak Pass, due May 5 on New West Records. The album spans founder Gelb’s far-reaching career and mixes the rollicking nature of the band’s 1985 debut, Valley of Rain, with the dusty alt-folk, desert-rock and jazzy lounge-piano explorations of his most recent releases.

Heartbreak Pass features the current Giant Sand lineup of Thøger Lund, Gabriel Sullivan, Brian Lopez, Jon Villa, Peter Dombernowsky, Nikolaj Heyman, Anders Pedersen, Iris Jakobsen and Asger Christiansen who trade off on instruments from song to song like a game of musical chairs. Frequent collaborators Maggie Bjorklund plays pedal steel on several tracks while Lonna Beth Kelley offers a smoldering counterpoint to Gelb’s gravelly warble on a couple of tunes.

The album also features Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Grant-Lee Phillips, Croatian indie folk singer Lovely Quinces, Ilse DeLange & JB Meijers of Dutch Americana band The Common Linnets, treasured alumni Paula Jean Brown and frequent PJ Harvey collaborator, John Parish, who also mixed the record. Original Giant Sand drummer, Winston Watson, who went on to play with Bob Dylan, guests on the album and brings things full circle.

GIANT SAND ON TOUR

March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Threadgills (New West Records Day Party)

March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Continental Club – 8 pm (New West Showcase)

May 14 – Lucerne, CH @ Südpol

May 15 -­ Florence, IT @ Viper Club

May 16 – Rimini, IT @ Velvet Club

May 17 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk

May 18 -­ Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof

May 19 – Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch

May 20 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Zakk

May 21 – Leuven @ BEL @ Het Depot

May 22 – Utrecht @ Netherlands @ Cloud 9, TivoliVredenburg

May 23 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur

May 24 – Bern, CH @ Dachstock

May 25 – Basel, CH @ Kaserne

May 26 – Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos-Saa

May 28 – Barcelona, ESP @ Primavera Sound Barcelona

May 30 – Nimes, FRA @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival

June 1 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

June 2 – London, UK @ Union Chapel

June 3 – Liverpool, UK @ St. George’s Hall

June 5 – Porto, PRT @ Optimus Primavera Sound Porto

September 4-6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

Giant Sand on tour will consist of various clustering: Thøger Lund, Gabriel Sullivan and/or Brian Lopez, Peter Dombernowsky and/or Winston Watson with logistical incarnations that include Nikolaj Heyman, Anders Pedersen, Jon Villa, Iris Jakobsen, Asger Christiansen + Lonna Kelley

HOWE GELB SOLO SHOWS

March 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vera *

March 25 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust *

March 26 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club *

March 27 – Reutlingen, DE @ Franz K *

March 29 – Freiburg, DE @ Cafe Atlantik *

March 30 – Zurich, CH @ El Lokal *

March 31 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie Club *

April 1 – Cantu, IT @ All’Una e Trentacinque Circa *

April 2 – Bologna, IT @ Bravo Caffe *

April 3 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211 *

April 4 – Brescia, IT @ Latteria Artigianale Molloy *

April 8 – Bristol, UK @ St. George’s Church

(preview of Giant Giant Sand tour movie “Out of the Desert)

* With Grant-Lee Phillips

Hailed by NPR as “deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace,” New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, due June 9 on New West Records.

Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Nashville studio the Bomb Shelter, the 12 tracks are influenced by classic soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, folk, roots country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present. “They manage to resurrect a lost sound, exclaimed Rolling Stone in their “20 Reasons To Love This Year” preview, adding, “Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies – while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they’re stepping out of a time machine.”

Ahead of the release, the band ­- named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Crescent City where they first came together – fittingly released a two-song 7-inch on Mardis Gras, available exclusively on their current tour or via iTunes. The A-side and opening track of the forthcoming record, “Fought the Blues And Won,” premiered last month via NPR and B-side “Yum Yum,” a cover of Joe Tex’s 1959 rockabilly tune, premiered at The Bluegrass Situation and injects the song with some New Orleans R&B and country blues.

The Deslondes will play a handful of high profile shows at SXSW, including New West Records Official Showcase, the Pandora Discovery Den and the Heartbreaker Banquet taking place at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas ranch and featuring Willie, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Hurray for the Riff Raff and labelmates Nikki Lane and Daniel Romano. They are also confirmed for several spring and summer festivals including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26 and the inaugural Big Barrel Festival in Dover, Del. on June 26. See below for more info.

March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

March 18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – New Frontier Touring Official Showcase

March 19 – Luck, TX @ SXSW – Heartbreaker Banquet – 2:40 pm

March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – New West Records Day Party (email for info)

March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Pandora Discovery Den – 4 pm

March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Continental Club – New West Official Showcase – 11 pm

April 26 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 22 – Evans, GA @ Banjo-B-Que Festival

June 26 – Dover, DE @ Big Barrel Festival

* With Banditos

Half A Native is Buxton’s third studio full-length and second for New West Records. The album is a departure from the rustic sound they have become known for and adds elements of indie rock, psychedelia, honky-tonk, ambience and distortion, resulting in their most realized album to date. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks) and is out today, March 3rd.

Wondering Sound premiered the track “Icebreaker,” calling it “a frantic, dissonant track with plenty of twang in Trevino’s voice, and hints of psychedelia in its echoing guitar lines.” It is impossible to not see the obvious influence Buxton’s music has from their home state of Texas. Even if they sometimes only feel Half A Native.

Buxton is on tour throughout the spring including a stop at SXSW. Full schedule below.

03-03 – Hattiesburg, MS – The Thirsty Hippo

03-04 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox

03-06 – Athens, GA – The Caledonia Lounge

03-07 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival

03-14 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds

03-20 – Future of Music Showcase – (around a 2pm set) @ Shiner Saloon

03-20 – Noplay Showcase @ Bar 2211 – 5:00

03-20 – New West Showcase @ Continental Club – 10:00

03-21 – Wichita, KS- Lucky’s

03-22 – Denver, CO – The Hi Dive

03-24 – Seattle, WA – The Sunset

04-02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite

New West Records has shared the first song from the soon-to-be-released Robert Ellis album, The Lights From The Chemical Plant. Titled “Only Lies,” the quiet, dusky yet heartbreaking song got its premiere on Esquire.com today.

“Only Lies” is one of 11 compelling tracks from Ellis’ third record, which was produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) at Eric Masse’s Casino studio in East Nashville, and will be released on February 11. Ellis is also announcing his first-ever North American headlining tour as well as dates supporting Jason Isbell and co-headlining with Shakey Graves. The complete list of tour dates is below.
DECEMBER
27 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds w/Shakey Graves
28 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theatre w/Shakey Graves
29 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint w/Shakey Graves
30 – Austin, TX – The Parish w/Shakey Graves
31 – Austin, TX – The Parish w/Shakey Graves

FEBRUARY
05 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Presents at The Mill (headlining)
06 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre w/Jason Isbell
07 – Madison, WI – The Barrymore w/Jason Isbell
08 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue w/Jason Isbell
09 – St. Louis, MO – Plush w/Jason Isbell

Headlining Dates

FEBRUARY
12 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
13 – Toronto, ONT – Drake Hotel
14 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre (small room)
16 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
18 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (early)
19 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
20 – York, PA – Sign of the Wagon
21 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
26 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
28 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle

MARCH
01 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
03 – Nashville, TV – The Basement
07 – Florence, AL – 116 Mobile St.
08 – Waverly, AL – Standard Deluxe
10 – Mobile, AL – Callaghan’s

John Hiatt, who has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” will release a Best Of compilation titled Here To Stay – Best of 2000-2012 on November 11 on New West Records. The 17-track collection is comprised of key singles and live show favorites such as “Crossing Muddy Waters,” “Master Of Disaster,” “What Love Can Do,” “We’re Alright Now” and the previously unreleased title track, “Here To Stay,” featuring Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa on guitar. Hiatt, who has been on tour since June in support of the critically acclaimed album, Mystic Pinball, reunited with longtime friend Lyle Lovett last week for the aptly titled tour “An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.” The run, which began October 22 in Vermont, will take the pair across the East Coast, Midwest and Southwest before wrapping up on the West Coast.

October 29 – East Lansing, MI @ Wharton Center

October 30 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

October 31 – Skokie, IL @ North Shore Center for The Performing Arts

November 1 – Merrilville, In @ Star Plaza Theatre

November 3 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre

November 4 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

November 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Popejoy Hall

November 6 – Prescott, AZ @ Yavapai College Performance Hall

November 7 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre

November 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ UC Santa Barbara

November 13 – Hanford, CA @ Fox Theatre

November 14 – Chico, CA @ Laxson Auditorium

November 16 – Grass Valley, CA @ Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

November 18 – Rohnert Park, CA @ Green Music Center

November 19 – Medford, OR @ Craterian Theatre at the Collier Center

November 20 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre

November 22 – Edmonds, WA @ Edmonds Center For the Arts

November 23 – Tacoma, WA @ Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

November 24 – Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre

February 7-14 – Miami, FL @ Cayamo Cruise*

* Without Lyle Lovett