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The One With All the Birthday Presents

On this episode: Luke rudely interrupts our introduction and is very rude to Brian, our dear cousins play a game of Shark Tank and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Brian plays a total “Luke Song” and Luke plays a total “Brian Song,” they get into some deep topics like if it actually pays off to be meek and how sometimes you need to take care of your own well being first before you can take care of others, and of course they play eight of the best songs you’ll hear this 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 Birthday Presents

Perfume Genius – Slip Away from No Shape out May 5th on Matador Records

Sweet Spirit – The Mighty from St. Mojo out this Friday, April 7th on Nine Mile Records

Land of Talk – This Time from Life After Youth out May 19th on Saddle Creek

Tei Shi – Keep Running from Crawl Space out now on Downtown Records

SEVDALIZA – Marilyn Monroe from  ISON due in April on Twisted Elegance

Cende – Bed from #1 Hit Single out  on May 26th on Double Double Whammy

Jumo – Huit Jours from Derive out May 12th on Nowadays Records

Tigers Jaw – Guardian from spin out  May 19th on Black Cement Records 

Today Big Thief announce Capacity, their highly anticipated second album, will be drop June 9 on Saddle Creek. The band also just shared the video for the first single, “Mythological Beauty.”

“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” reveals singer and guitarist Adrianne Lenker. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction  from inside the pain, and Capacity continues that examination with a wider perspective.”

1. Pretty Things
2. Shark Smile
3. Capacity
4. Watering
5. Coma
6. Great White Shark
7. Mythological Beauty
8. Objects
9. Haley
10. Mary
11. Black Diamonds

BIG THIEF TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)
Thu. Apr. 27 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd w/ Twain, Infinity Crush
Fri. May 5 – Sun. May 7 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
Wed. May 31 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Conor Oberst
Thu. June 1 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Art & Music Festival
Fri. June 2 – Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island w/ Conor Oberst
Sat. June 3 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa w/ Conor Oberst
Sun. June 4 – Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater w/ Conor Oberst
Tue. June 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Wed. June 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Arcade Lancaster
Fri. June 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
Thu. June 22 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
Wed. June 28 – Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. June 29 – Buffalo, NY @ Traif MusicHall
Fri. June 30 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Sat. July 1 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Sun. July 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Mon. July 3 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Wed. July 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Thu. July 6 – Sun. July 9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
Mon. July 10 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Tue. July 11 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Wed. July 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Thu. July 13 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room – Outside w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. July 14 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. July 14 – Sun. July 16 – Louisville KY @ Forecastle Festival
Mon. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park w/ Overcoats
Thu. July 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ Conor Oberst, Hop Along
Fri. July 21 – Sun. July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Fri. July 28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 29 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ The Head and the Heart
Thu. Aug. 3 – Sun. Aug. 6 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Festival
Tue. Aug. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre w/ Belle and Sebastian
Sat. Aug. 12 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
Mon. Aug. 14 – Antwerp, BE @ Rivierenhof Theater w/ Conor Oberst, M. Ward
Tue. Aug. 15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batchkapp w/ Conor Oberst
Wed. Aug. 16 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk w/ Conor Oberst

Cho-Cho & Dasheen will release a 7-inch single titled “Cool Pool Reggae” on April 16 (Record Store Day) via Saddle Creek. The upcoming release will be limited to 500 copies and is collaboration between Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), Todd Fink (The Faint) and a number of local musicians the band met while on vacation in Jamaica

The Mynabirds are pleased to release “Hanged Man” the first of several songs from the new album, Lovers Know, recorded live at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Starring Mynas band leader Laura Burhenn playing Nat King Cole’s piano, the song featured a string section, and was lit by cell phone light (thanks to a captive and highly willing audience).

Having premiered on Paper Magazine the video is now available to watch and share on Youtube.

The Mynabirds are on the road now in support of the release and a full list of tour dates are available below and on their official website.   Lovers Know premiered on NPR Music, is out now via Saddle Creek, and is available to purchase via the label’s website and iTunes.

Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, The Mynabirds third full-length album, Lovers Know, explores influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible, delving deep into universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection.

9/17 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/18 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/19 Chicago, IL @ Schubas w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat

9/26 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat

9/28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/29 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 w/ Bad Bad Hats

9/30 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/1 Austin, TX @ Mohawk w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/2 Dallas, TX @ Three Links w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/3 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico

10/5 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/7 Las Vegas, NV @ Sayers Club w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/8 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall w/ Bad Bad Hats

10/9 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Bad Bad Hats

The Mynabirds third full-length album, Lovers Know, will be released August 7 via Saddle Creek, and is now available as an exclusive “First Listen” on NPR Music.

Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album explores influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, while recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible, delving deep into universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection. The first two singles from the album are “Semantics” and “Wildfire” which are now available to hear and share on YouTube.

“Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common,” notes Burhenn about the themes weaving together the new album. “It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing.”

Lovers Know is Available for Pre-Order Now:  Saddle Creek and iTunes

Catch them live:

8/20 Los Angeles @ Santa Monica Pier w/Ariel Pink 9/2 San Diego @ Soda Bar 9/10 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/11 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/17 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/18 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/19 Chicago, IL @ Schubas w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Bad Bad Hats 9/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat 9/26 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat 9/28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter 9/29 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 10/1 Austin, TX @ Mohawk 10/2 Dallas, TX @ Three Links 10/5 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher 10/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar 10/7 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse 10/8 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall 10/9 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

The Rural Alberta Advantage are excited to reveal their new Sean Wainsteim directed video for “Not Love Or Death.” Watch the video here via The Current. Order Mended With Gold here via Saddle Creek.

“This was the first song we wrote and recorded for Mended With Gold,” says the band’s Amy Cole. “It’s hands-down my favorite song from the record, and I think it’s one of the best songs we’ve ever done. The whole thing sounds like it’s seconds away from totally spiraling out of control and crashing hard, which is pretty much our sweet spot as a band.”

“Part killer band performance, part experimental narrative, the video for The Rural Alberta Advantage’s ‘Not Love or Death’ explores ideas of time, memory and space through the lens of one girl reflecting on her first relationship,” adds Wainsteim. “Taking place entirely in her bedroom, a roving camera drifts through moments of her past that begin to bleed together and eventually overlap.

“This video was a massive technical challenge. The goal was to create a camera that moves independent of any set narrative but give glimpses of scenes as they unfold in one space. We designed and constructed a set with moving walls for our camera to explore.”

The Mynabirds have announced a new album, Lovers Know, which hits streets on August 7 via Saddle Creek.

Listen to the new track “Semantics” Here

Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album was recorded internationally over a yearlong period and forges into previously unexplored territory.  Exploring influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, the record recalls Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine.  The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible.

Lovers Know is loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds — radiating synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums – but Burhenn’s brooding, unmistakable voice still leads the way.  Often depicted on the album are the universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection.  “Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common.  It can destroy us.  It can break us open and let the light in.  And it’s also the thing that can make us sing,” says Burhenn.

Electronic pop trio Icky Blossoms’ new album Mask is out now via Saddle Creek. The digital release will be followed by a vinyl release on May 26. The album, which features 3D cover art and glasses, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and at the Saddle Creek Online Store.

SPIN streamed the album last week, saying the band “expand their horizons beyond their pulsing, Dave Sitek-produced debut,” and go on to say they “flex a bolder, more adventurous palette.” The band is currently on tour with of Montreal. See all tour dates below.

The band debuted the gruesome video for their song “In Folds” with Noisey, who described the track as “synth pop driven by female vocals with hints of yearning and darkness bring to mind the epic scope of Anthony Gonzalez’s work.”

Previously the band released the song “Living in Fiction”, with Fader, who called it “slick, slimy electro-punk.” In addition to being featured on Mask, the song was released as a limited edition neon yellow 7″ on Record Store Day with the b-side “Little Death.”

5/13 — Athens, GA — Georgia Theatre^

5/14 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade^

5/15 — Columbia, SC — Music Farm^

5/16 — Asheville, NC — The Mothlight

5/17 — Knoxville, TN — The Concourse (at The International)^

6/2 — Council Bluffs, IA — No Coast Music Festival

^ w/ of Montreal

Philadelphia’s Hop Along will release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album Painted Shut, May 4 on Saddle Creek.

Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening.

The album is now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.

The band has shared a handful of tracks off Painted Shut, and today they are thrilled to reveal the long awaited full album stream with SPIN.

Hop Along will kick off a national headlining tour with an album release throwdown in NYC on May 5, giving fans ample time to spend with the album before the band comes through their town. Revered for their electrifying live show, be sure to catch them in a city near you!   Recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Frances is joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart (guitar) on Painted Shut. Often depicted on the album are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths. It touches upon accounts of poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. The songs present themselves unencumbered despite the difficult subject matter, at times both jubilant and irreverent.

5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

5/6: Hamden, CT @ The Space

5/7: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery

5/8: Allston, MA @ Great Scott

5/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

5/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

5/13: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage

5/14: Richmond, VA @ The Camel

5/15: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

5/16: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

5/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

5/19: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk- Inside

5/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister

5/22: Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher

5/23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

5/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

5/28: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

5/29: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

5/30: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt

6/1: Boise, ID @ Neurolux

6/2: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

6/3: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

6/4: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

6/5: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

6/7: Toronto, ON @ The CAVE at Lee’s Palace