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The One With All the Feels

On this episode: Dear Cousins Luke and Brian are back after a week off living the #beachlife and they talk about how ambient music can heal people, deliver the spoils of the Cuzzo Battle of 2017, #cuzzobattles, they dive into how bands replace “w”s in their names with “v”‘s like Chvrches #twerkchurch, Luke will not stop making up stupid hashtags, both cousins dole out their catchphrase stamps of approval two times in a row each (unprecedented!) Luke goes on record and states that he likes interesting music, they play their first song from a Broadway musical and talk about anxiety, depression, Zoloft, mental illness stigma and open up about their own struggles and personal stories all while playing 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 All the Feels

Toro Y Moi – Girl Like You from Boo Boo out July 7th on Carpark Records

Alvvays – In Undertow from Antisocialites out September 8th on Polyvinyl Records

Zola Jesus – Exhumed from Okovi out September 8th on Sacred Bones

Blacastan and Stu Bangas feat. Nutso – Circle of Fire from The Uncanny Adventures of Watson & Holmes out now on Brick Records

Superchunk – I Got Cut from I Got Cut out now on Merge Records

Ben Platt – For Forever from Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording) out now on Atlantic Records

Black Kids – Obligatory Drugs from Rookie out September 15th

Local Natives feat. Nico Segal – The Only Heirs out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Sometimes I think I’m always in a “Dafuq (WTF)” mode where I don’t know what’s going on. It happens that way occasionally, either in my personal life or working and attempting to spew out a few words now and again. maybe it would be easier if people simply kept their own opinions to themselves, but if that happened you probably wouldn’t be here reading what I have spewing out here here. I’ve tend to binge on films that I hadn’t had the chance to see while in the theater and get distracted.  Four movies that will be addressed at a different time because today, we have other things to focus on. There are some new albums that were released today. I didn’t have time to gift wrap them all for you but I grabbed onto a few.

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art) is Chastity Belt‘s third album. The Evergreen State band seems to have floated under the radar for some time. Yeah sure they’ll receive interview requests and you’ll find the four members that make up the band in countless articles online and in print. But the world is a fickle bitch when it comes to giving bands what they deserve, and Chastity Belt deserves so much once you listen to and dissect the new album. The group, made up of front woman, Julia Shapiro, on lead vocalist and guitarist,  lead guitarist Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. They’re competing on an un-leveled playing field where the boys tend to receive all the accolades and glory. But I digress. My point is to focus on I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, a defining moment in the band’s career. These four ladies create songs that are both appealing and edgy. Musically they don’t spend unnecessary time trying to be something they’re not. Instead they capitalize on their strengths: utilizing guitars formidably against one another, never overshadowing one another, and adding rhythms that are addictive and never let up. The music always keeps your attention and that’s not always an easy task. The 10 tracks on the album range anywhere from over the 3 1/2 minute mark to hitting close to 6. But it’s the songwriting that hooks listeners in. Taking a look at the opening track alone you can get an idea of what makes Chastity Belt so fucking good. The band doesn’t force the song into a general direction, instead they let it glide along the current. It’s the same with Julia Shapiro’s vocals. She may not be the greatest vocalist on the planet but within the confines of Chastity Belt here, it’s majestic. Everything simply falls into place. After just one listen I fell in love with I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone.  Chastity Belt hits hard that hard in the songwriting department.


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Where was I? Oh, in the thrall of some pop music before I threw on Gold Dime‘s new album Nerves (Fire Talk Records) the new album by Talk Normal’s Andrya Ambro. Knowing nothing of Ambro’s new project here, as soon as the first note hit I knew what I was in store for: some NYC art-rock that mingles noise throughout. The opening “Easy” draws from the art-rock / spoken word scene that came before Gold Dime. It draws around circular repetitive drum patterns where Ambro will howl now and again. At over 8-minutes long, I’m not certain where to leave off on it. All I know is I’m left confused. So I listen again. And again. Still confused. But I move on. “All We Have to be Thankful For” seems to offer a lot more and is a bit of a respite from the previous track. The repetitive four or five chords slowly drawled out are challenging enough if only for the simplicity of it all. Ambro builds around that with more spoken-word play, filtering in other backing vocals, found sounds, noise, etc. Gold Dime has its shining moments though as “Shut Up,” a noisy track with a semblance of unfettered direction is quite hypnotic. There’s enough noise surrounding it to keep hipsters in check and pop sensibility to grab my attention. There’s no doubt that Andrya Ambro is talented but Gold Dime’s Nerves sometimes come off as a self-gratuitous release of random noise with hints of greatness. If Gold Dime takes the time to edit some of that noise the results could possibly be fantastic.


A Week Late And A Dollar Short:

Sometimes things just…get lost. You could say that’s what happened to Pet Symmetry‘s latest album Visions (Polyvinyl). I’m not sure what happened to it but yeah, it vanished and then reappeared. The release came out last Friday but no matter, I already feel redeemed for taking a listen to it now. The Chicago 3-piece is made up of Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), Erik Czaja (Dowsing) and Marcus Nuccio (What Gives). Working together was a way for them to “goof off” but I’m not sure how much actual goofing off they were doing when they created the songs that compile the band’s debut long-player. The city and its surrounding area has been long known for being a hotbed of creative and talented musicians and listening to this release? You’d probably be as floored as I was with this spectacle-clad trio. Pop-Punk, Pop Rock, Pop-potpourri…whatever genre or sub-genre you’d want to classify them under, it just doesn’t matter. If this album doesn’t have you humming along almost immediately you’d probably need to check your pulse to see if you’re still alive or you may need to find a physician because you lack the brain power to understand how good Visions truly is. We’ll just leave it at that then. I think this is my favorite new band. If you disagree, then you’re probably an asshole. But don’t take my opinion, just listen to the album for yourself down below and judge for yourself.

Pet Symmetry: Visions

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A line stretching around the block resulted in the Canopy Club being packed elbows to assholes for the Urbana, Illinois, stop of the Beach Slang/Jimmy Eat World tour. While fans waited for the doors to open, Jimmy Eat World’s soundman, who also happens to be Dennis Jagard of California melodic punk band Ten Foot Pole, walked the line playing requests from his band’s back catalog as well as cuts from an album that drops later this year. When the doors finally opened, the club blasted a peculiar mix of ‘90s radio top 40s chart toppers, like Taylor Dayne’s “Tell It To My Heart,” leading to some head scratching as people collected their drinks and made their way to the balcony and club floor.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Replacements worshipping, road warrioring punk quartet Beach Slang opened the evening with a set that combined material from their earliest 7” EPs output for Dead Broke Records, as well their two full-length studio albums, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2015) and A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings (2016), for Polyvinyl. As an aside, The Canopy Club is in the heart of Polyvinyl country, which Alex mentioned from the stage saying that “the label” was present at the show, which I presume added a level of pressure for the band, which is also touring with two relatively new additions, former Mean Creek guitarist Aurore Oungian and former Afghan Whigs and Cursive drummer Cully Symington.

Despite the new additions, the quartet was tight and flawless as they banged out fan favorites “Ride The Wild Haze,” “Hard Luck Kid,” and “Dirty Cigarettes.” Alex did pause the set several times to inject stage banter and levity. For instance, at least a few times Oungian started playing the lead line from Carlos Santana’s “Smooth,” stopping just short of launching into the song, which elicited chuckles from the crowd. Additionally, in the interest of softening up Jimmy Eat World devotees unfamiliar with the band, Beach Slang teased covers of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away,” before settling in on full covers of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind.”

Alex also spent part of the set reading a list of famous musicians and actors that fans had told him he looks like. For those not in the know, the frontman is known for his stage wardrobe and on this tour it consists of a blazer with a larger heart patch on the chest, a bowtie and his signature maroon pants. The list, which covered a couple of dozen names included, Angus Young, a young Christopher Walken, and Bilbo Baggins. With laughter ringing in the crowd and arms becoming uncrossed the band concluded the set with a particularly charged up, fiery version of “Atomic Bomb.”

Flanked by a pair of stage prop streetlights Jimmy Eat World, and comprised of the same core membership for almost 30 years, the band made their way to the stage to vigorous applause and spent around next two hours covering the staples of their considerable back catalog. The majority of the rapt crowd hung on every riff and word, thrusting fists into the air and singing along at the top of the lungs.

There isn’t much that can be said about the Arizona band that hasn’t been said a million times before; the band’s success has been the result of relatable lyrics, strong song-writing, and catchy hooks for several decades now and they don’t seem to be losing steam as their latest, Integrity Blues (RCA Records, 2016),  contains some of the best songs from their considerable cannon. The band tours launches a shed tour with Incubus almost immediately following this tour and fans are sure to be equally delighted for the opportunity to see them on that run of dates.

Here is the setlist:

You With Me
Bleed American
I Will Steal You Back
Lucky Denver Mint
Get Right
Hear You Me
If You Don’t Don’t
Big Casino
Pass the Baby
Just Tonight…
It Matters
For Me This Is Heaven
Always Be
You Are Free
A Praise Chorus
The Authority Song
Let It Happen
The Middle
Sure and Certain

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Words By Tim Anderl, Photos by Jeremy Ward

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.


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)


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)



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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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

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.


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.