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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.


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.




It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to start your day than with a new track from PWR BTTM, you know, that cross-dressing duo that do nothing more than kick out the jams every single fucking time! “Big Beautiful Day” is the lead single off of PWR BTTM’s second album Pageant dropping on May 12, 2017. The new album will be the band’s first release for Polyvinyl Records, which we’re anticipating with a fervor. The video is a glam-filled, indie world dream, which has the band playing an energy-enriched house party. The band takes its brand of punk/pop to another level but also refuse to constrain itself for masses. That seems to be just fine by them and also makes us all the better for it.



The  power-pop of the cross-dressing PWR BTTM is strong. Strong enough to warrant a US tour with Ra Ra Riot. Having recently wrapped up a tour with Mitski and Palehound, the New York punk duo are ready to share their unyielding musical ferocity with new audiences. The band’s Ugly Cherries release found it landing on multiple year end lists for 2015 and have won fans over with their energetic performances. I’m a fan, you should be too!

Hitting the road again, they’re sure to gain much more this time around. Listen to songs off Ugly Cherries here:


* = w/ Ra Ra Riot, Sun Club
% = w/ Ra Ra Riot, And The Kids
^ = w/ Ra Ra Riot

01.22.16 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project (w/ Lisa Prank, Boyfriends)
01.23.16 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (w/ Car Seat Headrest, Aan)
01.24.16 – Arcata, CA @ The Bat Cave (w/ Persephone)
01.25.16 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (w/ Dude York, Try The Pie)
01.26.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (w/ Upset, Post Life)
01.28.16 – San Diego, CA @ Hideout
01.30.16 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal

02.03.16 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College

03.02.16 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow *
03.03.16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
03.04.16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
03.05.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
03.06.16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
03.08.16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
03.10.16 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
03.11.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 *
03.12.16 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
03.13.16 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
03.15.16 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s *
03.15.16 – 03.20.16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.19.16 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Live Oak %
03.21.16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar %
03.25.16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Restaurant and Music Club %
03.31.16 – Vancouver, CAN @ Biltmore Cabaret %

04.03.16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge %
04.04.16 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater %
04.06.16 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room %
04.07.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club %
04.08.16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall %
04.11.16 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar %
04.12.16 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
04.14.16 – Toronto, CAN @ Lee’s Palace %
04.15.16 – Montreal, CAN @ Le Ritz %
04.16.16 – Geneva, NY @ The Cracker Factory ^


Best Albums (in order):

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Manhattan 

The Lower East Side’s last great hope, at the top of his game.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Aussie lass writes a smarter, catchier, and more enjoyable album than any of the boys this years.

Roadside Graves – Acne/Ears

Jersey road warriors return on top-flight label for more of their invigorating and introspective Northeast Americana.

The Front Bottoms – Back On Top 

Local boys make good, sign to major label, don’t suck.

Night Birds – Mutiny At Muscle Beach

The best HC album of the year, bar none.  Tuneful, fast, angry, powerful.

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

These sexagenarians don’t show any sign of slowing down or losing their edge on this delightful album of covers and reinterpretations.

Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us 

Jimmy from Weston gets a second life on one of the best punk albums of the 00’s.

Various Artists – Have Moicy! 2: The Hoodoo Bash*

The original Have Moicy! was just the best folk album of the rock era (according to Robert Christgau) and invented freak-folk and anti-folk. The followup features a mostly new cast of characters (except for the ageless Peter Stampfel) and captures a bit of the same magic.

*I didnt hear Have Moicy 2 until a few days ago and usually I don’t list records that I haven’t lived with for a while, but this is so good – and long-awaited – that I had to include it.

Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

After years of producing themselves live in the studio, the New Brunswick trio gets a producer and adds a bit of production value. And you know what? It sounds great.

PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries 

Gay duo from Brooklyn who bring Pansy Division into the 00’s with a much needed dose of queerpunk irreverence and attitude.

Worriers – Imaginary Life

While women have come to dominate pop and R&B, they’re not doing so bad in the basement scene either, as this sassy, intelligent, rockin’ album proves.

Best Shows (alphabetical)

Better Call Saul

Doctor Who



Jessica Jones

Madame Secretary

Major Crimes

Mr. Robot

The Middle

Teen Wolf