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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

Riding high on the success of their latest LP Cardinal, out now on Run For Cover Records, Pinegrove announced a North American summer headlining tour with support from Sports, Half Waif and Ratboys (all tour dates below).

Existing in various forms over the past several years with a rotating cast of members, songwriter Evan Stephens Hall and drummer Zack Levine are the core of Pinegrove.  The two have played music together since the age of seven, following in the footsteps of their fathers who also play in a band together.  When Hall arrived at Kenyon College in rural Ohio, he began to read and write more, thinking about how the two worked together, or as he puts it “how language is melodic and everything actually is rhythmic; that just as literature lives inside its own world, music can make an inviting, emotional, smart world with tradition and community too.”  The earliest Pinegrove songs began to take shape at this point; the band’s moniker is actually derived from a pinegrove at the edge of Kenyon’s campus where Hall would often go to write. The band have garnered a loyal following for their idiosyncratic indie rock which demonstrates a deep interest in the twangier reaches of American rock.

June 24 – New York, NY @ Palisades^

June 25 – Wallingford, CT @ The Legion^

June 26 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs^

June 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca#

June 29 – Washington, DC @ DC9#

June 30 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5#

July 1 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room%

July 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory @ The Masquerade%

July 3 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub%

July 5 – Tampa, FL @ Transition Art Gallery%

July 7 – New Orleans, LO @ Siberia%

July 8 – San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger%

July 9 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Indoors%

July 10 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links%

July 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge%

July 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo%

July 14 – San Diego, CA @ Voo Doo Lounge*

July 18 – Fresno, CA @ Dynamite Vinyl%

July 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop%

July 20 – Arcata, CA @ The Bat Cave%

July 21 – Portland, OR @ Analog%

July 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge%

July 23 – Boise, ID @ The Shrine%

July 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge%

July 26 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run%

July 27 – Rock Island, IL @ The Rozz Tox%

July 28 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

July 30 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Backroom%

July 31 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha%

Aug 1 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo%

Aug 3 – Burlington VT @ Signal Kitchen%

Aug 4 – Northampton, MA @ The Flywheel%

Aug 5 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty’s Hall%

^ = w/ Ratboys # = Ratboys & Half Waif % = w/ Sports & Half Waif *No Half Waif