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The One With So Much So Anyway

On this episode: Brian and Luke have fun with Brazilians, Brian has a first for the podcast, Luke makes Brian shriek, Luke blurts out a spoiler without a spoiler alert, Brian and Luke debate about Ryan Adams, Brian is able to get some things off his chest (against his Doctor’s orders) and some really awesome music is played!

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Songs Played on The One With So Much So Anyway

Chicano Batman – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) from Freedom Is Free out March 3rd on ATO Records

Tinariwen – Assawt from Elwan out now on Anti-

Oddisee – Like Really from The Iceburg out now on Mello Music Group

Vagabon – Fear & Force from Infinite Worlds out now on Father/Daughter Records

Sam Patch – 100 Decibels from Yeah You, and I out now on Dep Records

Ryan Adams – Doomsday from Prisoner out now on Pax Am Recordings

Tashaki Miyaki – Girls on TV from The Dream out April 7th on Metropolis Records

The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds from Goths out May 19th on Merge Records

In the July-heat, under mostly clear skies, 28,000 music fans took in the inaugural edition of Columbus, Ohio’s PromoWest Fest at McFerson Commons in the city’s Arena District. Despite social media complaints of a cashless payment system on site grounds, band and fan tantrums about VIP areas, which were roped off sections close to the stage, and more than a handful of cancellations (Tears For Fears, Mac Miller, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die*, etc.), some of alternative music’s best and most renowned acts turned in jaw-dropping sets**.

Not the least among these was Ryan Adams, whose Friday performance with his band The Shining showcased expertise in his craft of penning and delivering songs of “cynical self-resignation.” The robust crowd was treated to cuts from his latest, and perhaps, best self-titled LP, including “Trouble,” “Gimme Something Good,” and “Stay With Me.” The remainder of the set was sprinkled with favorites from Gold, including “New York New York,” the sentimental favorite “When The Stars Go Blue,” and a sprawling ’70s metal tinged Ryan Adams and the Cardinals cut, “Pleasant Valley.” Closer “Come Pick Me Up,” from Heartbreaker was icing on the cake.

It’s important to note, that the band didn’t cut any corners. The stage was adorned with ’80s stoner man cave decor, including arcade games and a Dr. Pepper refrigerator. Additionally spectacular was Adams’ stage banter, which included musings about Slayer’s Kerry King at the movies, Snoop Dogg floating in on a cloud, and the drummer’s proficiency at playing Merciful Fate albums.







Due to family commitments we weren’t present on Saturday, but returned Sunday (and missed some of the bands we were wanting to see) for remarkable performances by emo elderstatesmen Brand New and indie darlings Modest Mouse.

On Sunday afternoon/early evening, Long Island’s Brand New, which is led by vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lacey, played at set that reached across their back catalog, paying special attention to hits from Deja Entendu, including “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” and “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades” on the front end of their set. Despite a brief interruption by a passing train, many fans remarked that the band seemed particularly focused and at the top of their game. They also shared a new single, “I Am A Nightmare,” from their recently released 3 Demos, Reworked EP. All in all, it was a moody and intense set that was heavy on fan favorites and seemed to be appreciated by all.

Portland-based indie darlings Modest Mouse, led by singer/guitarist/banjoist Isaac Brock brought a troupe of six or seven performers to perform 22 songs from across their catalog. Though we’d not seen them since 1998, which was prior to critical success, the band delighted by reeling in the lead track from This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About, “Dramamine,” and “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” from The Moon & Antarctica***. Coupled with more recent alternative radio hits like “Lampshades On Fire” and “Float On” the set covered all the major bases and appealing to members of the cross-generational fanbase. The full setlist is documented here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/modest-mouse/2016/mcferson-commons-columbus-oh-1bff29a0.html.

The event also offered epic people watching opportunities. Our favorites included: a grown man who picked and ate a booger, a middle-aged woman in a “Stevie Nicks For President” shirt handing out glow sticks, and a dude in a patched up, heavy metal battle vest and a fedora.

As a side note, the Columbus Police Department made their considerable presence known at the event, and although there was evidence of an overwhelming amount of marijuana use onsite, I didn’t see any arrests. I did see the cops taking selfies with concert goers though****.

Our conclusion: this was a fun event, the weather couldn’t have been better, and despite minor hiccups should be considered a great success. Can’t wait to attend next year.

* A reliable source said they saw the band doing laundry in Columbus Saturday, whilst enjoying Greek food from a food truck. If the reason for the cancellation was food poisoning, I suggest steering clear of food truck Greek food in Cbus.

** I hadn’t seen any of these bands in 10+ years and some of them in nearly 20. All have aged extremely gracefully.

***This album plays surprisingly well when following Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and coupled with The Wizard of Oz.

****I guess cops love white people.

The inaugural PromoWest Fest in Columbus, Ohio, kicks off today, July 15, focusing its attention on “adult album alternative” artists who will perform on three stages over the course of three days. Although Walk The Moon, Mac Miller and Tears for Fears pulled out of their participation in the festival — for health reasons — the event features a variety of internationally lauded bands and artists (around 30) , including Ryan Adams, The Flaming Lips, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Brand New and Modest Mouse, as well as regional acts like RJD2 and Way Yes.

Ghettoblaster will be in attendance for portions of the festival and below are a few of the acts we are most excited to see:

Ryan Adams: During Adams’ early- to mid-career you weren’t exactly sure what you were going to get a mind boggling performance or one that showcased sometimes manic stage banter and behavior. By all accounts, the times we’ve encountered Adams he’s been at the top of his game and all indications are that age and experience have made him a must see. Additionally, his recent self-titled album and track-by-track cover record of Taylor Swift’s 1989 are in constant rotation for us.

PUP: Their sophomore album, The Dream Is Over, surfaced in May after a hugely ambitious run in support of their debut, and some vocal cord cysts that threatened to sideline singer Stefan Babcock. Fans of Weezer and other pop punk and emo staples will immediately recognize the energy and strength behind the band’s songwriting which is both tongue-in-cheek and spitfire.

Modest Mouse: The indie/punk, slightly hippie-ish band from the northwest were a force to be reckoned with when we first saw them live in the ’90s, and though we admit that we haven’t seen them since that era, this is the “must see” band for us. Singer/guitarist Isaac Brock has grown to songwriter legend status over the last few decades and are so well respected that even The Smith’s Johnny Marr briefly joined the band. That speaks volumes in our eyes and we can’t wait to see how age has made them even more fierce.

(For more information, visit: http://www.promowestfest.com/.)

Ryan Adams has announced a live album, Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall, to be released April 21 via Pax-Am and Blue Note. Encompassing a two-night stint at Carnegie Hall last November, the 6xLP vinyl release contains 42 tracks, including two—”This is Where We Meet in My Mind” and “How Much Light”—that have never been officially released by Adams. It’ll also be available as a digital download.

Additionally, Adams will release a condensed 10-song version of the live album on June 9, titled Ryan Adams: Ten Songs From Live at Carnegie Hall. That one will be available as a CD, LP, or digital download.

Jenny Lewis has announced routing for her upcoming spring tour supporting The Voyager, her acclaimed current album. In addition to headlining a series of shows in May, Lewis will also support Ryan Adams on a string of shows and appear at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.

Catch Lewis appearing on Austin City Limits TV with Ryan Adams on January 24th.

Jenny Lewis’ upcoming tour dates:

01/31  Austin, TX                 KUTX 2nd Birthday @ Bass Concert Hall

04/12  Indio, CA                   Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

04/19  Indio, CA                   Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

04/30  Louisville, KY              Iroquios Amphitheatre*

05/03  Charlottesville, VA       nTelos Wireless Pavilion*

05/04  Saxahphaw, NC          Haw River Ballroom

05/05  Charleston, SC           N. Charleston PAC*

05/07  Miami, FL                   The Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason*

05/08  Tampa, FL                 Big Guava Music Festival

05/09  Ponte Vedra, FL          Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

05/10  Orlando, FL                The Beacham

05/12  Knoxville, TN              Bijou Theatre

05/13  Athens, GA                Georgia Theatre

05/15  Gulf Shores, AL          Hangout Music Festival

05/17  St. Louis, MO             The Ready Room

05/18  Chicago, IL                The Vic

05/19  Milwaukee, WI            Turner Hall Ballroom

05/20  Sioux Falls, SD           The District

05/22  Missoula, MT              Wilma Theater


*Supporting Ryan Adams

Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, out February 3 via Dangerbird Records. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker’s new LP shows both skill and tenderness.

The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends and special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.

Catch him on tour with Ryan Adams:

10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater

10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Centre

10/10: Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.

10/12: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre

10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium

10/14: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater

10/16: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

10/18: Ames, IA @ Iowa State Center

10/19: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

10/20: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater

11/6: Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre

11/8: Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre

11/9: Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit

11/11: Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre @ Playhouse Square

11/12: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall

11/15: New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall

11/17: New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall

11/18: Boston, MA @ The Wang Theatre

11/19: Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

11/20: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre

11/22: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

11/23: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Butch Walker has announced a fall tour with Ryan Adams. His new EP, Peachtree Battle, is out now.

10/6: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater

10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Centre

10/10: Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.

10/12: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre

10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium

10/14: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater

10/16: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

10/18: Ames, IA @ Iowa State Center

10/19: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

10/20: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater