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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.

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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

The One About Hollywood Power Couples

On this episode of Best Song Ever, recorded live from the Broom Tomb, Luke talks about Hollywood Power couples, while Brian tenderly confesses his love for Britt Daniel.  The Dear Dear LaBenne cousins also talk about not conforming to other people’s expectations and the importance of just being yourself.  Plus, Brian gets some things off his chest, which helps bring his beef broth down to room temperature.  It’s a weird and wild ride with an absolutely fantastic soundtrack.

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 About Hollywood Power Couples

IDLES – “Well Done” from Brutalism out March 10th on Balley Records

Spoon – “Hot Thoughts” from Hot Thoughts out March 17th on Matador

Paperhead – “Dama de Lavanda” from Chew out February 17th on Trouble in Mind Records

Dryjacket – “Misused Adrenaline” from For Posterity out now on Hopeless Records

Moon Duo – “Cold Fear” from Occult Architecture Vol. 1 out February 3rd on Sacred Bones

Imaginary Tricks – “Bird” from their debut album Skommel out March 24th on Friendship Forever

Ne-Hi – “Offers” from Offers out February 24th on Grand Jury

Gold Connection – “New Religion” from their self-titled EP out March 31st on Fat Possum Records

The One With Thor Talk

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.

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Songs Played on The One With Thor Talk

Angel Haze – “Resurrection” from her upcoming sophomore album due in 2017

Wild Pink – “Great Apes” from their debut self-titled LP out February 10th on Tiny Engines

Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Rican Beach from The Navigator out March 10th on ATO Records

Uniform – “Tabloid” from Wake in Fright out January 20th on Sacred Bones

James Supercave – “Esther Reed” out now on Fairfax Recordings

Tim Darcy – “Tall Glass of Water” from Saturday Night out February 17th  on Jagjaguwar

The Clean – “Stars” from the 15th anniversary deluxe remastered version of their 2001 album Getaway out now on Merge Records

Louise Burns – “Who’s the Madman” from Young Mopes out February 3rd  on Light Organ

With her much-anticipated new album Strangers due for release May 20 on Sacred Bones, Marissa Nadler has unveiled a typically striking black and white video for “All The Colors of the Dark,” one of the album’s many highlights. The video was directed and animated by Nadler herself.

On the video, Nadler says, ““With All the Colors of the Dark I wanted to marry my love for the moving image with the song in a compelling visual that pulsated with the same rhythm. I’ve been inspired by the beautiful phantasmagoric worlds created by Svankmejer and Francesca Woodman, The Brothers Quay, among others. In the video, everyday objects move on their own, representing a lingering presence in my life. In both the song and video that shadowing presence could be interpreted as a memory or as a true apparition, and I’ll leave it up to interpretation. Little by little, throughout the course of the song and video, the leaves and vines are pushed back into the drawers as time slowly creeps by. I rearrange the photos on the wall that have inexplicably moved, and among other things, shut the windows and blinds that keep opening by themselves. With each spin of the trees, seasons pass, and I pace around the house. With the death of the figure at the end of the video, that presence is vaporized.”

Last month Nadler shared the widely praised “Janie In Love,” one of her most texturally rich songs to date. Click HERE to listen.

Nadler has also announced a string of tour dates with Black Mountain in April in advance of the release of Strangers. She has also announced a record release show at Union Pool in Brooklyn on May 18. A full list is below.

Marissa Nadler Tour Dates

April 21 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown *

April 22 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *

April 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *

April 25 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *

April 26 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah *

April 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery *

April 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery *

April 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *

May 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool

May 24 – Brighton, UK – Prince Albert

May 25 – London, UK – St Johns

May 26 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen

May 27 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

May 28 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory

May 29 – Cork, IE – Cyprus Avenue

May 31 – Leeds, UK – The Brudenell Social Club

June 1 – Bristol, UK – Louisiana

June 2 – Lille, FR – La Péniche

June 3 – Paris, FR – Centre Fleury Goutte d’or Barbara

June 4 – Brugge, BE – Cactus Club

June 5 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

June 7 – Hamburg, DE – Stubnitz

June 8 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega

June 9 – Berlin, DE – Roter Salon

* – w/ Black Mountain

At SXSW, Mexico City/Berlin-based, Exploded View will be unveiled by U.S. Label, Sacred Bones, fronted by German/Bristol political- journalist-turned-musician/singer Anika who released her self-titled debut album in collaboration with Geoff Barrow’s Invada imprint and Stones Throw to critical acclaim in 2010.

This new project was created during the rehearsal sessions for Anika’s Mexican live debut back in March 2014.  An unexpected partnership formed between Annika and local producers, Martin Thulin (Crocodiles producer) synth-head Hugo Quezada (Robota) and Riotboy sweetheart Hector Melgarejo (Jessy Bulbo / Nos llamamos) to form Exploded View. The four musicians discovered a new sound, several steps removed from the krautrock-isms of Henderson’s previous work  During their rehearsals and live performances in Mexico City. The straight to tape sessions that followed in the San Rafael neighborhood, ventured somewhere new; a lighter place, unguarded, veering from any script.  Improvisation was the guiding principle and the source of the band’s inspiration. The studio itself was outfitted so that every sound produced in the room would be recorded. A Tascam 388 8-track captured everything – fully live, fully improvised, first-takes only. Produced by Thulin and Quezada and mastered by Josh Bonati in NYC, the long player is due for release on Sacred Bones in Summer 2016.

Live Shows:
March 17 Austin, TX  SXSW – Sacred Bones Showcase @ Hotel Vegas
March 18 Austin, TX SXSW – Panache Showcase @ Hotel Vegas
March 29 Mexico City, MX – Salón Pata Negra Condesa

For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, out May 20 on Sacred Bones, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.

Nadler has shared “Janie in Love,” one of her most texturally rich songs to date, and one that updates her signature sound with some of the most prominently featured drumming of her career. Her talent for powerfully juxtaposing the ominous and the beautiful is on full display.

In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”

Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place.

Cult of Youth just released a new album called Final Days on Sacred Bones, and played a release show at Trans-Pecos. They already had a European tour announced, and now they’ve added an extensive U.S. tour. They’ll kick that tour off in NYC on January 14 at Home Sweet Home (home of the Nothing Changes party).

Jan 14, 2015: New York, NY – Home Sweet Home

Jan 15, 2015: Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie*

Jan 16, 2015: Detroit, MI – UFO Factory*

Jan 17, 2015: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*

Jan 18, 2015: Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*

Jan 22, 2015: Seattle, WA – Highline †

Jan 23, 2015: Portland, OR – Beacon Sound †

Jan 24, 2015: San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room †

Jan 25, 2015: Glendale, CA – Complex †

Jan 27, 2015: San Diego, CA – Soda Bar †

Jan 28, 2015: Tucson, AZ – The Flycatcher †

Jan 30, 2015: Austin, TX – Red 7 †

Feb 2, 2015: Atlanta, GA – 529 †

Feb 3, 2015: Richmond, VA – Strange Matter †

Feb 19, 2015: Arnhem, NL – Luxor

Feb 20, 2015: Amsterdam, NL – OCCII

Feb 21, 2015: Antwerp, BE – Het Bos

Feb 22, 2015: London, UK – Shacklewell Arms

Feb 23, 2015: Rotterdam, NL – Poortgebouw

Feb 24, 2015: Paris, FR – Petit Bain

Feb 26, 2015: San Sebastian, ES – Dabadaba

Feb 27, 2015: Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom

Feb 28, 2015: Barcelona, ES – La 2 De Apolo

Mar 1, 2015: Lyon, FR – Sonic

Mar 2, 2015: Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn

Mar 3, 2015: Esslingen, DE – Komma

Mar 4, 2015: Milan, IT – Ligera

Mar 5, 2015: Rome, IT – Init

Mar 6 2015: Pordenone, IT – PN Box

Mar 7, 2015: Bologna, IT – Covo

Mar 8, 2015: Padova, IT – MAME

Mar 9, 2015: Rijeka, HR – Palach

Mar 10, 2015: Budapest, HU – RoHAM Bar

Mar 11, 2015: Vienna, AU – Fluc

Mar 13, 2015: Leipzig, DE – White Circles

Mar 14, 2015: Berlin, DE – Urban Spree

Mar 15, 2015: Copenhagen, DK – Musikcafeen

Mar 16, 2015: Gothenburg, SE – Koloni

Mar 17, 2015: Oslo, NO – Revolver

Mar 18, 2015: Stockholm, SE – Lilla Hotellbaren

Mar 19, 2015: Vilnius, LT – Kablys

Mar 20, 2015: St. Petersburg, RU – Dada Club

Mar 21, 2015: Moscow, RU – Teatr Club

July
July

Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the sixth album from Boston-based singer Marissa Nadler, pairs her for the first time with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-colored sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Eyvand Kang’s strings, Steve Moore’s synths, and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines escalate the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.

July follows Nadler’s critically acclaimed 2011 self-titled LP, which she released independently through a successful Kickstarter campaign, selling her own handmade albums (as well as a highly-circulated ‘Covers’ series) through Etsy. Following several albums on Kemado, her DIY venture earned her SPIN ‘Best New Artist,’ Vogue ‘Artist To Watch,’ KEXP, NPR ‘World Cafe: Next,’ and NPR ‘First Listen’ accolades, while Pitchfork gave it an “Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention.”

Recently collaborating with Angel Olsen and Xasthur, among others, July is the kind of release that reminds you why NPR counts Nadler’s songwriting as so “revered among an assortment of tastemakers.”

Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Nadler to discuss the record, which she will release via Sacred Bones on February 4 and Bella Union on February 10.

When did you begin writing the material for July? 

I wrote this record in a concentrated burst, pretty much during the entirety of last year. I write best when I get into a zone where it’s literally all I do artistically is work on the songs.

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? 

Not to give you a non answer but the most difficult song to write didn’t end up making the cut. It was called “leave the lights on” and I was so sure it was going to one of the best songs on the album. But, in the end, it just didn’t flow right. It had some of my favorite melodies, so I’ll have to revisit it and find out what’s wrong.

Which of the songs on July is most different from your original concept for the song?

Probably “1923”, because I didn’t know that this string section, by the incredible Eyvind Kang, would really transport this song to such an other-worldly strangeness. Thanks Eyvind!

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

Yes, Phil Wandscher. He’s one of the best guitar players in the business, as well as an all around great personality. He’s in Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter and was also in Whiskeytown. I love his playing and I hope to work with him again. Then, there was Eyvind Kang, who I just wrote about and is awesome.

Steve Moore, synthmaster, who played the keys on the album. He plays in Earth and is a great guy who added a ton to the album. Then there was Jay Kardong on Pedal Steel who also plays with Sera Cahoone, as well as my dear friend Jonas Haskins. Jonas was also a touring bassist in Earth for a while and plays in a band Low Hums. He’s been instrumental in hooking me up with some great people and is one of my longest running collaborators through my career.

In terms of vocals, I do all the vocals and background vocals, as well as the acoustic guitar, 12 string, and electric 12 string.

Who produced the record?  What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

Randall Dunn. Randall is the best. He’s worked with Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, and this great new band called Rose Windows, to name just a few.

Randall is known for his work with dark, heavy music, but not just that. He loves songs and I think the combination of what he likes about music and what I like – it worked really well together. He’s an absolutely wonderful person and a great guy.  He brought so much life and color to these songs.

Is there an overarching concept behind July that ties the record together?

Absolutely. I definitely conceived of this album as an album, and not just a collection of random events. I think that people will have to listen to the album to find out what that narrative is!

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

I honestly haven’t yet played these songs live. I have a couple tours coming up and that’s going to be the debut of the new material. I just put together this rad touring band (I needed east coast because the players on the record are all based in Seattle.) This band is all female, so I’m able to bring my harmonies to life. There’s cellist Janel Leppin (also w/ vocals and synths) and Nina Violet (steel, viola, vocals) joining me on the next shows.

(Catch Nadler on tour at one of these forthcoming dates:

2/8 – Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands w/ Zachary Cale, Amen Dunes
2/15 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey w/ Shana Clevelend of La Luz
2/16 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
2/17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/Pure Bathing Culture
2/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel w/ Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards
2/20- Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Church on York w/ Pink Mountaintops, Sophia Knapp
2/23 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ Pink Mountaintops
3/6 – Kingston, NY- BSP Post w/ Alexander Turnquist

3/7 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
3/8- Montreal- Casa del Popolo w/ TBA
3/9- Portsmouth, NH- Book and Bar
3/15- Philadelphia- Johnny Brenda’s with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler)

Boston-based singer Marissa Nadler has shared new track, “Was It A Dream“, off her forthcoming sixth full-length album, July, coming out on February 4 on Sacred Bones (US) and February 10 on Bella Union (ROW). After performing at Rough Trade’s new Brooklyn space this past November, Nadler has announced a national tour, kicking things off with an album release show on Saturday, February 8 in Brooklyn, NY at Glasslands.

Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album pairs Nadler for the first time with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-colored sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Eyvand Kang’s strings, Steve Moore’s synths, and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines escalate the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder.

2/8 – Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands w/ Zachary Cale, Amen Dunes
2/15 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey w/ Shana Clevelend of La Luz
2/16 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
2/17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/Pure Bathing Culture
2/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel w/ Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards
2/20- Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Church on York w/ Pink Mountaintops, Sophia Knapp
2/23 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ Pink Mountaintops
3/6 – Kingston, NY- BSP Post w/ Alexander Turnquist

3/7 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
3/8- Montreal- Casa del Popolo w/ TBA
3/9- Portsmouth, NH- Book and Bar
3/15- Philadelphia- Johnny Brenda’s with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler

The Men will release their newst, Tomorrow’s Hits, via Sacred Bones on March 4.  They have also announced a short Northeast tour surrounding the album’s release.  Here are the dates:

3/2: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
3/3: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
3/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/5: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom