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The One That’s Like Inception

On this episode: Luke starts a nasty rumor about beloved Canadian Recording artist Drake, Brian can’t stop talking about Chris Gethard, there’s a segment inside of a segment inside of a segment, Luke and Brian talk about Zelda, Brian can’t stop talking about Idris Elba, Brian swears for the first time ever on the podcast and Luke needs a neckbrace after head banging too hard to all of Brian’s songs.

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 That’s Like Inception

Hiccup – Lady MacBeth and Miss Havisham from Imaginary Enemies out March 24th on Father/Daughter Records

Fleet Foxes – Third of May / Odaigahara from Crack Up out June 16th on

Real Life Buildings – Tare from Significant Weather out April 21st on Lauren Records

Spiral Stairs – Dance (Cry Wolf) from Doris and the Daggers out March 24th on Nine Mile Records

Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas) out now on Sub Pop

No Vacation – Mind Fields from their upcoming album due in June on Topshelf Records

B Boys – Energy from Dada out May 19th on Captured Tracks

PWR BTTM – Big Beautiful Day from Pageant out May 12th on Polyvinyl

We’ve all been there when someone doesn’t answer a text, but that’s not what this is about. The PWR BTTM duo share the second single “Answer My Text” off their forthcoming album Pageant out May 12th on Polyvinyl Records. Singer Liv Bruce’s sarcasm isn’t missed here and when he belts out “Answer my text you dick!” you have a pretty good idea of where this track is going. It’s difficult not to fall in love with this band.

 

 

 

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)

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FRED THOMAS – CHANGER

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)

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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)

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GYPSY MAMBA – MAGNETIC SYNDROMES

 

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P.O.S.: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
Gypsy Mamba: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

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.

ITUNES LINK


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

The One Where Brian is a Dummy

Buckle up, because you are now entering the DOOM TOMB.  After an odd and menacing introduction, things calm down a bit and the LaBenne men talk about how dumb Brian is (on a couple occasions,) participate in a Neil Young Showdown, Luke gets spooked out by a song and Brian’s new catchphrase is actually somewhat successful with Luke this time!  It’s a decidedly goofy episode for the ages.  So sit back, relax and get ready 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 Where Brian is a Dummy

Cloud Nothings – “Internal World” from Life Without Sound out January 27th on Carpark Records

Hideout – “I Got Your Message” from So Many Hoops/So Little Time out February 3rd on Small Plates Records

Xiu Xiu – “Wondering” from FORGET out February 24th on Polyvinyl Records

Tyvek – “Real Estate and Finance” from Origin of What out now on In the Red Records

Generationals feat. Sarah Quinatana – “In Green (Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! cover)” from Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl out now on Polyvinyl Records

Carla dal Forno – “Fast Moving Cars” from You Know What It’s Like out now on Blackest Ever Black

Mikko Joensuu – “No One Knows” from Amen 2 out December 16th

Ty Segall – “Orange Color Queen” from Ty Segall out January 27th on Drag City


The One About Australia

Welcome to the very first episode of Ghettoblaster Magazine’s Best Song Ever podcast!  Every episode 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.  Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy the show!


 

Songs Played on “The One About Australia”

Crying – “Wool in the Wash” from Beyond the Fleeting Gales out now on Run for Cover Records

Lizzo – “Good as Hell” from Coconut Oil EP out now on Atlantic Records

D.D. Dumbo – “Satan” from Utopia Defeated out now on 4AD Records

Dirty Projectors – “Keep Your Name” on Domino Recording

Julia Jacklin – “Coming of Age” from Don’t Let the Kids Win out now on Polyvinyl Records

Rafter – “You Are the Last of Your Kind” from the upcoming album XYZ out this Friday, October 28th on Joyful Noise Recordings

Personal Space – “Offering” from Ecstatic Burbs out now on Tiny Engines

Pavo Pavo – “Ran Ran Run” from the upcoming album Young Narrator in the Breakers out on November 11th on Bella Union Records

Special thanks to the band Congress for allowing us to use their song “Pond Fight” from their debut album Ugly Eye for our opening song!


 

 

Welcome to Future Sounds! Every Wednesday Ghettoblaster brings you a handful of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Swet Shop Boys – T5 (Customs)


 

Swet Shop Boys is a very exciting new rap group made up of Indian American rapper Heems from Das Racist and British Pakistani rapper Riz MC, better known as Riz Ahmed the actor who portrays Naz in the fantastic HBO series “The Night Of.”  T5 is the first single from their upcoming album Cashmere out on 10-14 from Swet Shop Boys own Customs label.  The track begins with vintage Heems lyricism: so witty, so sad and so true.  What starts out as a party anthem as they are kickin’ it in Jaffa, Haifa and Ramallah “looking for love in Palestine” soon turns bleak when they are in an airport attempting to fly home.  “Oh no, we’re in trouble! TSA always wanna burst my bubble. Always get a random check when I rock the stubble” is the so sad that its funny hook in T5.  Donald Trump’s name gets dropped, obviously, and the super short song culminates in the refrain: “Terminal 5 / Terminal 1 / Think we’re termites / Wanna terminate us.”  It’s an unfortunate song for our times, but one that Swet Shop Boys were meant to create with irreverence and flair.


American Football – I’ve Been So Lost for So Long (Polyvinyl Records)


There is a new American Football album coming out soon.  Man, it felt good to type that sentence out.  This is fantastic news as fans of the band have grown great in number and only have one album and one ep from this truly awesome Emo band.  Sure, Mike Kinsella has been releasing solid albums under the name Owen, including one of the best albums of this year, but nothing has been quite as good as American Football’s self-titled opus.  Their new material could have ended up feeling forced (has anyone heard the new Jimmy Eat World song from this week?) but luckily the band seem like they’re picking up from where they left off.  This is just beautifully intricate music that embraces the label “emo” in both subtle and blatant ways.  Musically they have always put together truly fascinating arrangements that are in the same category as The National and do not necessarily scream emo.  Lyrically, however, Kinsella treats American Football like a vehicle for his diary entries with lines like “If you need me / don’t / you can’t trust a man who can’t find his way home” and “I feel so sick / Doctor it hurts when I exist.”  Yet, it all works wonderfully together and results in one of the best songs of the year.  American Football’s next self-titled album is out 10-21 on Polyvinyl Records.


Mannequin Pussy – Emotional High (Tiny Engines)


Philadelphia punk band Mannequin Pussy are back with a vengeance, releasing their sophomore album, Romantic, on 10-28 from Tiny Engines.  Emotional High is the first taste we are getting from the album and it is delicious.  It is a classic loud, crunchy punk song with a nice pop edge to it and is so short that you’ll just want to listen to it on repeat all day.  Most punk songs are not as lyrically warm and fuzzy as Emotional High, which really works for this track.  It’s all about that emotional high you feel when you get nostalgic about all the great people in your life who have sacrificed for your benefit.  Although the song is airy where lyrics are concerned, musically it is definitely heavy and in your face.  This is a pummeling song, forceful and assertive and definitely one to blast.  If the remainder of the album is anything like Emotional High, Romantic could end up being one of the most enjoyable albums of the year.


Kero Kero Bonito – Graduation (Double Denim Records)


Hit play and buckle up for Kero Kero Bonito’s Graduation, the awesome new single from their upcoming album, Bonito Generation, out 10-28 on Double Denim Records.  Kero Kero Bonito is a British band who are inspired by video games and J-Pop music, all of which definitely shines brightly through on Graduation.  The music has video game-esque sound effects of lasers over an almost trap like beat.  It’s an interesting combination that will have your head bobbing.  Super pop female vocals sing the chorus and eventually turn into awkward rapping in English and then Japanese; again, it’s a combination that strangely totally works.  Lyrically this song will be easy to identify with for anyone who spent years and years on education and graduated only to find they didn’t learn anything and have no job prospects, but luckily they “even got a hat that I can throw.”  It’s an absurdist and cartoonish song in the best way possible and should inspire anticipation for what is to come from Kero Kero Bonito.


 

Ladyhawke are set to embark on a Summer U.S. tour soon. The tour supports their third studio album, Wild Things, which will be available via Polyvinyl Records on June 3. Here are the dates:

6/21: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

6/24: New York, NY @ Rough Trade – SOLD OUT

6/25: Washington, DC @ U Street Music

6/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

6/28: Chicago, IL @ Schubas

6/30: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

7/1: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

7/3: San Francisco, CA @ Independent

7/6: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Making international waves with her award-winning self-titled breakout album in 2008 and Anxiety in 2012, Ladyhawke aka Pip Brown has returned with her third studio album Wild Things to be released on June 3 via Polyvinyl Records. Strapped with earworm hooks, shimmering synths, rib rattling beats and anchored by quivering title track which is an airy paean to cleaning up and settling down, the record is less about past demons and more a catalyst of what’s to come.

“Let It Roll” recalls Brown’s familiar stomp and sass, amplified by crisp percussion and synths that are crunchier than ever. Soulful ballad “Wild Things” sets the exhilarating tone for other deep-dives into relationships, such as “A Love Song,” a sweeping, reverberating revelation with an infectious chorus that dares listeners not to sing along. “A Love Song” pixel art animated lyric video, created by Paul Robertson (The Simpsons), was revealed recently.

Pre-order Wild Things HERE.

Only Xiu Xiu could really pull this off.

Last year Australia’s Gallery of Modern Art commissioned a special presentation of the music from Twin Peaks from Xiu Xiu for their David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition. Following that debut, the band has performed the material during select concerts all over the globe, including the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA and London’s Saint John-at-Hackney church. It is hard to imagine a group better fitted to enter the simultaneously playful and horrifying world of cherry pie, murder, and demonic possession that David Lynch and Mark Frost brought to life.

After the success of these shows and overwhelming support for the project, Xiu Xiu recorded their interpretation of the Twin Peaks soundtrack, resulting in Plays The Music of Twin Peaks. The album was produced by JherekBischoff and mixed by Greg Saunier.  The album is set for release April 16, 2016 for Record Store Day on Polyvinyl.

Xiu Xiu Tour Dates

04/03 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
04/04 – Duisburg, DE @ Grammatikoff
04/05 – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten
04/06 – Istanbul, TK @ Salon IKSV
04/08 – Paris, FR @ Centre Pompidou
04/09 – Brugge, BE @ More Music!
04/10 – Offenbach, DE – Leder Palast
04/11 – Esslingen, DE – Komma
04/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Kamgnagel
04/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Jazzhouse
04/14 – Malmo, SE @ Inkonst
04/15 – Berlin, DE @ Silent Green
04/30 – New York, NY @ The Kitchen

 

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Xiu Xiu – Xiu Xiu Plays The Music of Twin Peaks

Tracklist:

  1. Laura Palmer’s Theme
  2. Into The Night
  3. Audrey’s Dance
  4. Packard’s Vibration
  5. Nightsea Wind
  6. Blue Frank Pink Room
  7. Sycamore Tree
  8. Harold’s Theme
  9. Dance Of The Dream Man
  10. Falling
  11. Love Theme Farewell
  12. Josie’s Past