When Astronautalis shares a new track it’s news. He just dropped “Sick” but that’s not all. The song features two other heavyweights, Ceschi and P.O.S., and the song is also produced by Factor Chandelier. Well, that’s actually three heavyweights then.
A little delayed but never defeated, Ghettoblaster is back with issue #46! This issue features P.O.S on the cover in addition to interviews from The Mr. T Experience, Grandaddy, The Black Angels, Tobin Sprout,WHY?, Pissed Jeans, Strand of Oaks, Porter Ray, Official Darkest Hour,The Dopamines, Six Organs of Admittance, The CW‘s Riverdale, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic creators, Jill Alexander: Improviser & Comedian & Do-Gooder and so, so, so much more! Order online soon or grab one at your favorite record/book shop.
On the heels of the release of Chill, Dummy it happened. P.O.S. shares a new video for “Bully” featuring two other Minneapolis performers, Rapper Hooks and Moncelas Boston. The track is an aggressive number, and doesn’t shy away from their call to arms “The world is yours/Fuck it, until it’s mine/Get out of mine/Get out of mine..BULLY.” They’ve planned for the takeover and they’re slowly moving into your town.
New this Friday are a number of releases that are sure to pull you by the ear or possibly any other part of your body (I’ll refrain from making any sexual innuendos.) 2017 is looking pretty good musically, if not politically, with releases by artists that are kicking the mainstream right up the ass. While last year tensions ran high, the world was inundated with an assortment of releases you were bound to never hear about or listen to. Let’s be real for a moment, for the most part a lot of music that’s released is shit. Mumble mouthed rappers are praised for the ill-infected music they create (see: Lil Yachty) and local bands play the same derivative music you’ve been listening to for the past 10-20 years. Why? The casual music listener doesn’t put much care into listening to what an artist has to say, willing to listen to anything that’s put in front of them. But that’s not you, you’re not like that. You want to hear more, you want to be challenged. This is why were bringing you this; music that has an edge; and sometimes jagged.
In 2015 Fred Thomas released the critically lauded All Are Saved, which went mostly ignored. Now with this year’s Changer, all of that should, um, change. There are moments when uncertainty hits me before the first track plays but I press that button and LO AND BEHOLD(!) there is no fuckery to be had. Thomas takes “Misremembered” and drives it, heels digging deep in the dirt, through patch of dusty road. Quick paced rhythms over a repetitive guitar line that stays far away from being repetitious as his spoken-sung delivery keeps you interested with the imagery he presents. Changer keeps you intrigued track after track, never mimicking the same formula in each song. He’ll run the gamut from jangly-pop in “2008” to reverting back with a lo-fi deliver on “Brickwall” and then going through dynamic changes with “Voiceover.” There’s a lot to enjoy with this release, I’d be surprised if it didn’t end up on many year-end lists. (Polyvinyl)
Fred Thomas isn’t the only one making a change in 2017 because rapper / musician P.O.S. just dropped his fifth solo release Chill, Dummy (He has three additional releases with the Doomtree crew) and he’s taking no shortcuts here. Back after the release of his last 2012 album We Don’t Even Live Here, P.O.S, known to his friends as Stefon Alexander, had to cancel his first national tour due to health concerns. In a video posted to YouTube, he said failing kidneys were to blame for the cancellation, “Both of my kidneys are garbage. They’ve been going bad since I was a teenager. It’s a really inopportune timing, but, now’s the time. I need a new kidney.” In 2014 Alexander received a new kidney and it was back to business as usual, first with Doomtree’s 2015 All Hands release and tour, and now with his new solo release. P.O.S. begins his attack quickly on “Born A Snake” where everything seems to fall apart in the first few seconds but he corrals it back in with that vocal hook. You get the feeling he’s walking a thin white rope between Hip-Hop and his punk aesthetic. The song sets the pace as you’re quickly directed into “Wearing A Bear” which seems like a call to arms to keep your eyes open at what’s in front of you. Doomtree cohort Lazerbeak’s beat here is real, never taking a backseat. From track to track, the songs sometimes filter into one another abruptly but no matter, the most important aspect of Chill, Dummy are the tracks themselves. “Wearing A Bear” proves to be reflect more on social issues than expected, but it’s all done with P.O.S.’ clever wordplay. But it’s not all bombastically explosive throughout because “Gravedigger” begins quietly reflective, sharing vocal duties with Angelenah, and the sadness permeates through it. And I haven’t even touched on “Sleepdrone/Superposition,” the 8+ minutes single released back in 2016. Chill, Dummy is definitely starting this year off right. (Doomtree)
P.O.S. – CHILL, DUMMY
And that brings us to Gypsy Mamba, an artist I’ve always heard in passing but never sat down to fully grasp onto. It makes no difference because we’re here now. For all intensive purposes, Gypsy Mamba is Darius Giurar, a first generation Romanian-American born in California, living in Rancho Cucamonga, and highly influenced by the creative beat community of Los Angeles. One thing I can offer up about Giurar is that he’s one seriously gifted musician. Off his second album, Magnetic Syndromes, this beat maker has ensured to fit emotional turmoil throughout it. The tracks move in and out of bass heavy club anthems to thought provoking ambient pop pieces. The track “Like Chill” is expansive and conjour imagery of mountain-esque landscapes covers in quick time lapsed skies. “Volcano Sunset” draws from a different place altogether. Giurar lands feet first into what could be the soundtrack to crashing waves against those mountains, with a slowly building crescendo until the storm pushing those waters comes to a slowly descending halt. The beauty around it is haunting and will force you to hit that repeat button. It’s simply magnificent. Magnetic Syndrome is a different beast culled from the mind of the Gypsy Mamba and we should all welcome it. (AlphaPup)
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.
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
Every time Stef Alexander releases a new single, listeners like me need to throwback to his previous releases to get their fill. That’s what’s happening right now. The artist everyone knows as P.O.S shares a new single, “Wearing A Bear” which is your classic P.O.S raps/Lazerbeak beats summer-anthem banger (see also “Fuck Your Stuff,” “Purexed,” and “Stand Up”). The upbeat, head-nodding new track, out now on Doomtree Records, is the third single released from P.O.S this year, showcasing the wide musical range of what is to come from his much anticipated upcoming full-length.
Sit back, listen to the track, and patiently wait.
Feeling jaded this Monday? Well the Doomtree collective has shared a new track today, “Spill Me Up. ” The track features raps by Sims, Cecil Otter, and P.O.S, with a banger beat courtesy of Lazerbeak.
People say that P.O.S. is finally back but truth be told, he never went anywhere. Sure he slowed down a bit but after a kidney transplant life will do that to you. He’s continued to grind with his Doomtree fam, with 2015 being a heavy tour opportunity for them in support of the album All Hands. Earlier this year though, P.O.S surfaced with a single, the almost at 9 min opus, “Sleepdrone/Superposition” that featured everyone from Astronautalis to Kathleen Hanna to his own son Hard_R.
This time P.O.S. drops the laid back “Wave” featuring Moncelas Boston & Sophia Eris.” P.O.S is setting up something big for 2017 but in the meantime he’s continuing to perform solo and with Doomtree as well. We’ll patiently wait… for now.
P.O.S. 2016 Tour:
05/20 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater *
05/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Soundset
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Do Division Street Festival
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater *
06/23-26 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival *
09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
* with Doomtree
With a career that began as a solo artist, Onry Ozzborn also cut his teeth with the northwest collective Oldominion and then later moving on to form Grayskul and Dark Time Sunshine, Ozzborn releases his 9th solo album (10th if you count his release as the Gigantics) March 25, 2016 on Fake Four, Inc.
Last month Onry Ozzborn did something this writer hasn’t seen before, creating “Duofilm,” a video medley of tracks off of his forthcoming Duo, his album which features duets on every track. He’s reached into his phone book listing and hit up his friends to make an album of crazed tracks which feature Rob Sonic, Aesop Rock, Sadistik, Pigeon John, Terra Lopez (Sister Crayon), Eligh, P.O.S. and so many more.
This is an album you just shouldn’t, or rather can’t, ignore.