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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.


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

Jason Narducy’s epic career first started as a co-founder of Verböten – one of the seminal acts in the Chicago punk scene that produced groundbreaking bands like Naked Raygun and Big Black. Narducy then went on to become frontman/songwriter/guitarist for Verbow, another beloved Windy City outfit who signed a major-label deal with Epic/Sony during the ‘90s alt-rock bubble. He followed that up with an ongoing, nearly decade-long run as indie-rock’s secret weapon – serving as bassist and backing vocalist for indie-underground icons like Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, and Superchunk, as well as Seattle’s indie power-pop faves Telekinesis.

Now, Narducy is returning to center stage as a bandleader with Fragmented World – the debut album from Split Single. A new project formed with fellow travelers Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits) on bass and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Bob Mould, Ben Gibbard, Robert Pollard), Split Single proves equal parts solo project and collective. The material on Fragmented World ultimately spans the breadth of Narducy’s history while artfully exploring a gamut of styles and emotions in ways he’s never approached before.

Album trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWXtZzj1_P0

Split Single will be touring on this album, and Jason will be at SXSW (with touring band Ben Trokan of Reigning Sound and Tim Remis). The band’s record release will be in Chicago at Schubas on April 5.

The Orange Band

It’s time for another edition of Stomping Grounds, where we talk to artists about their hometown and why they’re proud to be there. Or not so proud. Who knows.

This edition of Stomping Grounds features Roman Kuebler, singer and guitarist for indie rockers The Oranges Band and former bass player for Spoon, telling us what’s so great for stuffing in your mouth and in your ears in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

What’s your town’s nickname?
Charm City

What’s your nickname for your town?

What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Cross Street Market

What is your favorite local event/festival?
New Year’s Eve at 34th Street in Hampden

What is the best time of year to be there?

Who is your favorite local celebrity/personality?
There are no celebrities in Baltimore. Just famous friends.

Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Club Charles. They have a trapeze bar! Circus shows on Saturday nights.

Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
203 Davis St. Chambers/Ottobar/Talking Head

What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Too many to list but one recent favorite was… Obits. An older favorite was Wrong Button.

What is your favorite local band?
The Jennifers

What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Mr. Sausage/Steve’s Lunch in Cross St. Market. Keilbasa with everything plus french fries

What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Soundgarden Spoon “A Series of Sneaks” (cut-out of course ahaha)

What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
Mobtown Shank!


Words: David C. Obenour
Daniel R. Obenour

While Dan flew, I drove to Pitchfork – making his 1,150 mile trip shorter then my 300 mile one, where’s the fairness in that?  Either way, Pitchfork really did it this year and fully justified the nearly 3000-combined mile journey.  Great bands, great city, great beer, great food and great art.  The only thing that wasn’t so great was hot, humid and at times rainy weather, but we can hardly blame them for that (that is, unless we were being ridiculously over critical but who would do a thing like that?).

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