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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

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!



Fifteen years after it’s initial release, Hey Mercedes’ stunning debut Everynight Fire Works will receive a deluxe reissue on Run For Cover Records. Formed after the breakup of Braid by Bob Nanna, Todd Bell and Damon Atkinson, Hey Mercedes’ brand of emo-influenced alternative rock has stood the test of time, embraced as a more melodic but equally-as-important companion to the members’ first band. Hey Mercedes has been cited as much an influence as Jimmy Eat World and The Get-Up Kids in the many subsequent revivals of the emo-leaning alt-rock sound of the late-90’s & early 2000s,

Everynight Fire Works, originally released by Vagrant Records in October 2001, will be reissued as a double LP on August 12, 2016. Remastered by JJ Golden (Sunny Day Real Estate, Soundgarden), the album will be accompanied by the band’s “Weekend EP,” a companion piece originally released in 2002 that has never been released on vinyl before, and a cover of Guided By Voices’ “A Salty Salute.”

In support of the reissue and 15-year anniversary, Hey Mercedes will head out on a US tour including a stop at Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta.  Though the official street date for the reissue is August 19th, the band will have 300 copies of an exclusive, hand numbered variant available only on the tour (all tour dates below).

Pre-Orders for vinyl, CD, cassettes and new merch are now available from Run For Cover here: http://smarturl.it/ENFW

Pre-Order a Newbury Comics exclusive variant which comes with a signed poster here: http://smarturl.it/ENFWnewbury

Hey Mercedes — 2016 Tour Dates
July 7th Chicago, IL @ Subterranean%
July 8th Chicago, IL @ Subterranean%
July 9th Detroit, MI @ The Shelter at St. Andrew’s Hall%
July 10th Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop%
July 12th Boston, MA @ The Sinclair%
July 13th New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom+
July 14th Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry at The Fillmore%
July 15th Washington, DC @ Black Cat%
July 16th Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right%
July 17th Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café+
July 21st Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour#
July 22nd San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill#
July 23rd Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room#
August 11th Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery^
August 12th Orlando, FL @ The Social^
August 13th Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival @ The Masquerade
% = w/ The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Prawn + = w/ Prawn # = w/ The Velvet Teen ^ = w/ Microwave and Pohgoh

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.



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

It’s that moment you see something and think it’s probably in bad taste, you want to pan it but just can’t because it’s sounds so bizarre and amazing at the same time. Baltimore’s Teen Suicide are streaming their forthcoming double LP, It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot, in its’ entirety on their Bandcamp today as well as selling digital copies via the site for $5 for a limited time. The album drops on April 1, 2016 on Run For Cover Records.

You can listen to the double LP,  It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot at the group’s bandcamp in its entirety.



01) Living Proof
02) The Big Joyous Celebration
03) Alex
04) Violets
05) Obvious Love
06) It’s Just A Pop Song
07) V.I.P.
08) Wild Thing Runs Free
09) Bright Blue Pickup Truck
10) Big Mistake
11) What You Want
12) God
13) Neighborhood Drug Dealer
14) Have A Conversation
15) Beauty
16) Pavement
17) America
18) Devotion
19) The Things I Love Are Killing Me
20) Falling Out Of Love With Me
21) I Don’t Think It’s Too Late
22) Long Way Down
23) My Little World
24) The Hurricane
25) The Stomach of the Earth
26) If I Don’t See You Before You Leave


Tour Dates:
Apr 20 – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey$
Apr 22 – Tempe AZ @ The Marquee$
Apr 23 – San Diego CA @ House of Blues$
Apr 24 – Anaheim CA @ House of Blues$
Apr 26 – Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex$
Apr 27 – San Francisco CA @ Slim’s$
Apr 29 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom$
Apr 30 – Seattle WA @ The Showbox$
May 2 – Salt Lake City UT @ Club Sound$
May 3 – Denver CO The @ The Summit Music Hall$
May 5 – St. Louis MO @ The Ready Room$
May 6 – Chicago IL @ Concord Music Hall$
May 7 – Milwaukee WI @ The Rave$
May 8 – Pontiac MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom$
May 10 – Cleveland OH @ House of Blue$
May 11 – Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE – Indoor$
May 12 – Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts$
May 13 – New York NY @ Webster Hall$
May 14 – Worcester MA @ The Palladium$
May 15 – Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom$
May 17 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club$
May 19 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle$
May 20 – Wilmington NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea$
May 21 – Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade$
May 22 – Nashville TN @ Marathon Music Works$
May 24 – Orlando FL @ Beacham Theater$
May 25 – Tampa FL @ The Ritz Ybor$
May 27 – Houston TX @ House of Blues$
May 28 – Austin TX @ Scoot Inn$

$ = w/ Say Anything, mewithoutYou, Museum Mouth


Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday March 25th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Littler – Of Wandering (Birdtapes)

Of Wandering, the debut album from Philadelphia band Littler, is one of the year’s most enjoyable albums to listen to.  Littler has a nice dynamic of girl/guy singing over rough power pop music, with definite similarities to The Breeders.  These are tough rocking songs with fantastically catchy choruses.  The album chugs along at a wonderful pace and all of a sudden is finished, leaving you the desire to start it from the beginning once again.  Of Wandering takes you back to your mid-twenties when you wrestled with the desire to finally grow up and get things figured out, yet still wanted to have fun.

Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann (Merge Records)

After years creating music as the front man of indie rock legends Archers of Loaf and then Crooked Fingers, Eric Bachmann is back with an absolutely stunning self-titled album.  Eric Bachmann is filled with nine songs centered around impeccable lyricism, bright piano and dazzling harmonies, making for a truly beautiful album.  There are several stylistic ventures along the way, including country, doo-wop and alternative rock, but the songs are perfectly paced throughout the album so they never seem out of place.  If you’re a fan of great lyrics sung in intricate melodies, you should definitely check out this album.

Domo Genesis – Genesis (Odd Future Records)

There is nothing in music quite like a great hip-hop debut album and Genesis from Domo Genesis is just that.  This is a very personal album and includes bits of storytelling, which illuminate pieces of his life: a message from his mother at one point and a phone call from a friend in prison where Domo tells him that he just finished the album.  These points of departure from music let us know that this album is a living organism to Domo Genesis, one that has been long in the making.  Genesis is also a really solid hip-hop album in its own right.  The songs are well produced and interesting musically, presenting a quasi-jazz feel that is accessible and challenging at the same time.  Overall, this is a special debut from a promising rapper with great beats and just the right amount of storytelling.

Bob Mould – Patch the Sky (Merge Records)

Wait a minute.  The former front man of Archers of Loaf and the former front man of Husker Du released albums on the same day from the same record label? Nice work Merge, you know how to make this demographic very happy!  Whereas the former former front man has largely traded in guitar riffs for piano riffs, Bob Mould has returned with a riff-tastic new album about grief and loss.  Mould has experienced the loss of both his parents in a relatively short amount of time, and the lyrics of these songs search for guidance, strength and understanding in the darkness.  Although the subject matter is dour, the music is catchy and easy to absorb, making for a triumphant feeling overall.  Again, this album has guitar riffs right, left and center all throughout and they are fantastic sounding guitars at that.  Any fan of Bob Mould will love this album and anyone who is unfamiliar with Bob Mould but enjoys catchy rock songs with great riffs will find something new to celebrate.

Other Noteworthy Albums

This week was so full of great albums we couldn’t cover them all!  Below you’ll find other noteworthy albums to check out.

The Thermals – We Disappear (Saddle Creek Records)

Night Moves – Pennied Days (Domino)

The Sun Days – Album (Run for Cover Records)

exmagician – Scan the Blue (Bella Union)


Ann Arbor quartet Pity Sex announced their sophomore full length White Hot Moon today and are streaming the first single off of it, “What Might Soothe You?” via NPR. White Hot Moon isn’t due out until Spring 2016 on Run For Cover Records, but Pity Sex are releasing a limited edition 7-inch single of “What Might Soothe You?” with an etched B-side on Run For Cover that is currently available for pre-order.

Listen to “What Might Soothe You?”

Additionally, Pity Sex announced a December West Coast tour today with support from Colleen Green and Eskimeaux.  Tickets for the tour will go on-sale this Friday at 9am local time.The band will play select dates on the East Coast and Mid-West this fall including 2 CMJ showcases and Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites in Austin, Texas (all tour dates below). “What Might Soothe You?” is the first single from Pity Sex’s heavily anticipated new album, White Hot Moon. Infectious guitar riffs played against a steady uptempo bass-and-drum backbone only tease a taste of what the Ann Arbor quartet have brought to the table with their sophomore album. With the help of the band’s long time producer Will Yip, Pity Sex return to the sounds and subjects touched on their breakthrough 2013 debut Feast of Love in a more mature fashion: expertly-crafted melodies, attentive lyricism and alternately lush and fuzzy guitar tones all work to dial-in the signature sound that Pity Sex has crafted to make their form of melancholia undeniably magnetic.

Tour Dates:

10/16/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ottobar^

10/17/15 – New York, NY @ Adhoc Car Wash (matinee)

10/17/15 – New York, NY @ Run For Cover CMJ Party

10/18/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar^

11/02/15 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door*

11/04/15 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*

11/06/15-11/08/15 – Austin, TX @ FFF Nites

12/17/15 – San Diego, CA @ The Che Café #

12/18/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #

12/19/15 – San Fransisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #

12/20/15 – Portland, OR @ Analog #

12/21/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corzon #

12/22/15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt #

^ = w/ Wildhoney & Spencer Radcliffe * = w/ La Dispute & Wildhoney # = w/ Colleen Green & Eskimeaux


Run For Cover Records announced today that they will release Shame, the debut LP from Pennsylvania’s Petal on October 23.  Noisey is streaming “Sooner”, the first track off the album today, saying of singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz, “Petal sounds like the space where Lemuria and Waxahatchee would meet; the crossroads between listlessness, earnestness and endurance.” Shame is currently available for pre-order via Run For Cover, and Petal will embark on tours this fall with labelmates Tigers Jaw and Captain We’re Sinking.

Written over the course of the past three years, the songs on Shame were written with the underlying theme of dealing with mental illness and its effects on others.  Discovering through her writing that everyone has shame and guilt, Lotz began to wonder if the world might be different if everyone were more open and willing to accept help.

09/08 – Lancaster, PA @ Beat House*

09/09 – Arlington, VA @ The CD Cellar*

09/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space*

09/11 – Philadelphia, PA@ Michael Jordan House*

09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBD*

09/13 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*

09/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East*

09/16 – Oakville, CT @ Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes*

09/17 – Rochester, NY @ California Brewhaus*

09/18 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The Other Side*

10/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo^

10/03 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness^

10/05 – Springfied, MO @ Outland Ballroom^

10/06 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective^

10/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca#

* = w/ Captain We’re Sinking ^ = w/ Tigers Jaw # = w/ Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Spencer Radcliffe

The FADER are sharing Spencer Radcliffe’s new single “Yankee.” His latest record is due out October 2 on Run For Cover Records, Radcliffe has announced tour dates in support of the record alongside peers Alex G, LVL UP, Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Pinegrove, Elvis Depressedly, Rozwell Kid and more. Complete dates can be found below.

Having worked under his own name since the beginning of 2013, Radcliffe has made a point to let his music do the talking, keeping a low profile while remaining prolific with multiple releases each year since the project’s inception and an impressive back catalog of solo projects and bands. Following last year’s highly praised Brown Horse split with R.L. Kelly on Orchid Tapes, Radcliffe has expanded upon his songwriting with Looking In, occupying new sonic territory between intimate noise pop and reflective experimentalism where songwriting takes a firm focus.

Radcliffe shares a wide range of nuance throughout the immersive record, transitioning from traditional songwriting to tape manipulated noise within moments, simultaneously creating and deconstructing melodies at a whim. Radcliffe’s songwriting stands vibrant and challenging with one foot consistently pushing the envelope and another firmly placed firmly in blissful pop.

Sat 10/10 Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear $

Sun 10/11 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar $

Mon 10/12 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddah $

Tue 10/13 Montreal, ON @ le Divan Orange $

Wed 10/14 New Haven, CT @ Bar $

Thu 10/15 Flemington, NJ @ 90 Main &

Fri 10/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca *

Sun 10/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *

Tue 10/20 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, @ Bard College &

Wed 10/21 Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery &

Thu 10/22 New York, NY @ The Silent Barn &

Mon 10/26 Chambersburg, PA @ Nathan Miller Chocolate ^

Thu 10/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Cleaners

Fri 10/30 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café @

Sun 11/1 St Louis, MO @ Firebird @

Mon 11/2 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar@

$ w/ LVL UP  & w/ Pinegrove  * w/ Pity Sex & Wild Honey  ^ w/ Elvis Depressedly, Rozwell Kid, Wishlist  @ w/ Alex G