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The One With Airplanes and Animals

On this episode: Brian and  Luke call out Sam Sanders and Scott Aukerman for poaching from the Best Song Ever Podcast, then they get into a discussion on the newest episodes of The Bachelorette and season two of Preacher, they touch on artificial intelligence and technology constantly replacing itself, Luke talks about the basic bitches of trees, Brian goes on record saying he has feelings about the Senate health care bill and then pitches his dog themed idea for a Pixar movie, they discuss Luke’s love of folk music and 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.


Songs Played on The One With Airplanes and Animals

Chad VanGaalen – Old Heads from Light Information out September 8th on Sub Pop Records

Deerhoof feat. Jenn Wasner – I Will Spite Survive from Mountain Moves out September 8th on Joyful Noise Recordings

Widowspeak – Dog from Expect the Best out August 25th on Captured Tracks

Deer Tick – Sea of Clouds from Deer Tick Vol. 1 out September 15th (along with Deer Tick Vol. 2) on Partisan Records

Lunice – Distrust feat. Denzel Curry, JK the Reaper and Nell from CCCLX LP out September 8th on Lucky Me

Tomo Nakayama – Bright and Blue from Pieces of Sky out September 8th on Ricebelly Music

Wand – Plum from Plum out September 22nd on Drag City Records

Young Guv – It Could Be Me from Traumatic 7″ out now on Slumberland Records

The One With Great Storytellers

On this episode of Best Song Ever, Brian introduces a new segment that allows him to get some things off of his chest, Luke and Brian discuss whether or not nerds need to know more about sports, Luke defends shy white boys from Brian and Brian dips into the past and sings some N’Sync.  Also, there are eight incredible songs and some interesting discussions on hope and fear in politics and how music can bridge the gap between people who don’t see eye to eye.

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 Great Storytellers

Jens Lekman – “What’s That Perfume That You Wear” from Life Will See You Now out February 17th on Secretly Canadian

Fred Thomas – “Mallwalkers” from Changer out January 27th on Polyvinyl Records

Craig Finn – “Preludes” from We All Want the Same Things out March 24th on Partisan Records

Austra – “Utopia” from Future Politics out January 20th on Domino Recording Company

Brandon Can’t Dance – “Smoke & Drive Around” from Graveyard of Good Times out now on Lucky Number Records

Porter Ray – “Sacred Geometry [Constellation Mix]” feat Palaceer, Shabazz Palaces and Cashtro from Watercolor out March 10th on Sub Pop Records

Tall Tall Trees – “Backroads” from Freedays out February 17th on Joyful Noise Recordings

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural” from Nothing Feels Natural out January 27th on Sister Polygon Records

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 13th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)

Twin Peaks’ new album Down in Heaven is the type of album that is steeped in various influences, yet wholly original. The overall sound is classic rock mixed with elements of jangly country all with the DIY spirit Twin Peaks has had since their inception. There are ballads, straight up rockers and various other turns over the course of the 12 tracks, resulting in an endlessly entertaining and unique album.  There are shades of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and T. Rex throughout. Twin Peaks member Caiden James describes the direction for the new album in the following way: “We wanted to make a record that employed the restraints of our favorite artists from yesteryear. It was about trying to simplify and hone in on the things that are important to our music and ethos.” This direction and the resulting album are extremely successful and definitely worth listening to.

Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (Run for Cover Records)

Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost is an incredibly solid pop-punk/emo album with a ton of heart. Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens share songwriting duties, with the first six songs being written by Ewald and the last five by Lukens. These songs cover a wide emotional range, from the highs and lows of touring life to heartbreak and personal struggle. Holy Ghost is a thematically heavy and mature album, but it is also a lot of fun to listen to, filled with catchy and hard rocking songs and clocking in under 30 minutes. Holy Ghost culminates in “Just Another Face,” which is a truly emotional song about struggling with depression and how some supportive words can be lifesaving. On the chorus Lukens channels one of these supportive voices singing “I’m not just another face, I’m not just another name, even if you can’t see it now,” which illustrates just how much the band has matured over the past two years.  This is the type of album from a young band that shows growth but also points to what exciting things could come next from them.


Eagulls – Ullages (Partisan Records)

Ullages, the sophomore album from Eagulls, feels like a lost gem from the 1980s that has just recently been uncovered. Sonically it is right in line with The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, without ever feeling like copycat music. On their first album Eagulls were catchier and even had some danceable elements. Ullages, on the other hand, is more of a slow burn of an album, content with plodding along at its own pace and revealing itself over time. It is a bit of a dour and tough listen, but there’s something to be said about Eagulls commitment to making an incredibly cohesive and unified album. Listeners who are able to embrace the gloom of Ullages will find themselves rewarded with a truly remarkable album.


Oscar – Cut and Paste (Wichita Recordings)

The true gift of Oscar’s music is found simply in his voice. He sings in a beautiful baritone with interesting melodies bringing to mind Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields and occasionally Morrisey.  Oscar also produced all of the songs on Cut and Paste himself mainly in his own home, drawing on musical influences from all over the map, yet still within the pop-song framework.  The perfect example of what makes Oscar so special can be found in the very poppy, guitar heavy song “Sometimes,” which features an explosively catchy chorus and super fun music video as well. Cut and Paste is a wonderful spring-time album that will put a smile on your face and keep your head bobbing.



Holy Sons Share “Gnostic Device” Off of Decline of the West Deluxe Reissue, which is out today.

10 years ago the only way you could get your hands on Decline of the West was either as an Italian import CD or one of 300 vinyl copies issued from a microscopic Atlanta label. Now Holy Sons’ most beloved release, Partisan Records is reissuing the disc as a double LP that includes the bonus tracks from the 2008 expanded edition and 7 BRAND NEW songs from the original album sessions that have never seen release. Each piece of it has seen Amos’ personal touch, down to the collaged album art on the gatefold package. The album is a touchstone for Amos’ career, the most well-known of his eleven (or possibly more) releases as Holy Sons.

Holy Sons – ‘Gnostic Device”



Holy Sons  – “Nature’s Way”

New Partisan signing Lontalius shared a new track “Kick in the Head” today. The track features Lontalius’ signature intimate vocals and impeccable production. A strummed guitar line repeats itself over his plaintive appeal: “Stand for us / or run from us.”

Eddie Johnston, the artist behind Lontalius, said of the track, “This is an older song – I wrote it as a lo-fi, shoegaze-y demo a few years ago. It took on a new life when I started playing it at shows with my band. It’s one of the rockier songs on the album and it’s a bit different from what I’ve released in the past.”

Johnston has been releasing music since the age of 13, but started to turn heads in the last year and a half with his gorgeous Casio covers of Top 40 songs from Nicki Minaj (“Pills N Potions”), Beyonce (a gently crooned “XO”), Ciara (“Body Party”), Drake, Bieber, Pharrell (a mopey “Happy”) and others. Approaching the end of his teenaged years, a now 18-year-old Eddie began to create and share his own original compositions. Initially heavy on lo-fi presentation and shoegaze style aesthetics, Eddie’s emotionally resonant songs steeped in youth, confusion and sadness have become cleaner, richly melodic, and lyrically focused.  Last year’s “Light Shines Through Dust” again boosted Eddie’s profile, with massive online pickup and plays as well as college radio chart success. Friends and collaborators like Lorde, Ryan Hemsworth, Tunji Ige and Corbin (Spooky Black) have helped as well. In the last 12 months,

Lontalius’ debut album will be released in 2016 on Partisan Records.

Nico Yaryan will release his debut LP, What A Tease, on February 26, 2016 via Partisan Records. Listen to “Old Gloria” below:

Fresh off a round of killer CMJ performances, Nico Yaryan has shared a new track “Old Gloria” off his forthcoming album, What a Tease. KCRW premiered the track earlier today with a write up that praises it’s “slow-burning, torchy allegory for lasting wounds.” Yaryan said of the track, “Old Gloria is a sympathetic story about a dreamer who lost her way.”

On What A Tease, Nico sings earnestly of the hope, elation, sadness and confusion that come with falling in and out of love. A full tracklist and album art are available below.

Already featured on Spotify’s Viral Charts with over half a million streams, his first single “Just Tell Me” is taking off with press and listeners alike. Nico also won over CMJ 2015 by melting hearts with his charming set of sincere yet lush songs. In the midst of playing NME, Popgun, and Bowery Presents showcases, Nico sat down with Brooklyn Magazine to record a breathtaking live version of first released single “Just Tell Me,” which can be viewed here.

The LA-based artist will release a limited edition 7-inch of “Just Tell Me” in December, pre-order here. Early 2016 tour dates will follow soon. Pre-order for What a Tease is available here or via iTunes or Amazon.

Craig Finn’s new song “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” premiered at WSJ.com. “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son,”is now available for download at iTunes, and is the second song released from Finn’s recently announced second solo album, Faith in the Future, in-stores September 11 on Partisan Records. The album is available for pre-order via digital and traditional outlets, and Pledge Music.

The first U.S. tour to support Faith In The Future is also announced today, with Craig Finn playing shows throughout the east coast and the Midwest from October 14 through November 6.   The tour includes stops in Chicago (Oct 22), Minneapolis (Oct 24), Washington DC (Nov 02), and New York City (Nov 06). Esmé Patterson will be supporting on all shows. Craig will also be opening for My Morning Jacket on Saturday, November 28 on the final night of the band’s sold-out four-night engagement at NYC’s legendary Beacon Theatre. For the full details of the tour itinerary, please see below.

“Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” is described by Finn as “really just about someone who’s been flailing around spiritually looking for answers, trying to make a connection before time runs out.” About the song, The Wall Street Journal noted “[“Maggie”] is full of the richly detailed lyrics that the singer has made a specialty in a career that began in the 1990s with his Minneapolis band Lifter Puller.” Check out the song below:

Listen: Craig Finn – “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son”

Oct 14 -Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre

Oct 15 -Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Oct 16 -Albany, NY @ The Hollow

Oct 17 -Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Oct 19 -Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

Oct 20 -Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi Fi

Oct 22 -Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Oct 23 -Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club

Oct 24 -Minneapolis, MN @ Women’s Club Theatre

Oct 25 -Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club

Oct 26 -Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox

Oct 28 -Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

Oct 30 -Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom at the Taft

Oct 31 -Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café

Nov 02 -Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Nov 03 -Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Nov 04 -Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Nov 05 -Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar

Nov 06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Partisan Records announced the June 16 release of the new highly anticipated Heartless Bastards record. Titled Restless Ones, the album is the band’s fifth and was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans). Restless Ones was tracked in August 2014 during a 10-day session at El Paso, TX’s renowned Sonic Ranch. Located on 2,300 acres of pecan orchards bordering the Rio Grande and Mexico, the studio – the largest residential recording complex in the world – provided the perfect setting, miles away from all real world responsibilities and thus able to fully invest themselves in the act of creation.

The confirmed Heartless Bastards tour dates are listed below. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon ET today via a special SongKick presale. Heartless Bastards also announce their interactive website experience around the new album at  RestlessOnes.net where fans will be able to share photos, videos and check out new music directly from the band.


11 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn #

12 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge #

13 – Raleigh, NC – Cats Cradle #

14 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar #

15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

17 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA #

18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls #

19 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

20 – Toronto, ONT – Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE #

21 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews #

23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theater #

24 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar #

25 – 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater #

27 – Chicago, IL – Sausage Fest #

29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #

30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown #


1 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #

2 – Dallas, TX – Trees #

# – Craig Finn supporting

John Grant has announced spring tour dates with The Pixies in support of Pale Green Ghosts, which is out now.

WATCH: John Grant playing “GMF” on The Late Show w/ David Letterman

WATCH: Tiny Desk Concert via NPRWATCH: Music video for “Glacier,” highlighting 100 years of LGBT history via YouTube

Kicking off in New Orleans on May 5th, the tour will route through the Southeast and East Coast, culminating with two New York City shows (The Beacon Theater on May 27th and the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on May 28th).  Additionally, Grant will play Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, and is currently working on his third album due out later this year.  The full list of tour dates is below.

05/05/15 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre*

05/06/15 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City*

05/08/15 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Fest

05/11/15 – Charleston, SC – PAC*

05/12/15 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium*

05/13/15 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva*

05/15/15 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace*

05/17/15 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium*

05/19/15 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre*

05/21/15 – Burlington, VT – Flynn P.A. Center*

05/22/15 – Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang*

05/27/15 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre*

05/28/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre*

06/12/15 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest

06/14/15 – Aarhus, DK – Northside Festival

07/04/2015 – Hampshire, UK – Blissfields Festival

07/23/2015 – Galway, IE – Big Top^

07/25/2015 – Topcliffe, UK – Deer Shed Festival

11/12/15 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo *

denotes w/ The Pixies ^denotes w/ Sinead O’Connor