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The One Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

On this episode of Best Song Ever: the Dear LaBenne cousins kick things off with their first ever bonus track, DJ Khaled visits the Doom Tomb to give us a labelmate alert, Brian calls Luke a nasty woman several times, finally another episode of Thor Talk premiers with a special new surprise, and much much more!

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 Where Luke is a Nasty Woman

Animal Collective – Kinda Bonkers from Painters EP out this Friday February 17 on Domino

Delicate Steve – Cartoon Rock from This is Steve out now on Anti-

Los Angeles Police Department – Plane 2 from an upcoming album due later this year on Anti-

Fancey – Baby Sunshine from Love Mirage out now on fanceymusic.com

Paul White featuring Danny Brown from Accelerator EP out now on R&S

Temples – Strange or Be Forgotten from Volcano out March 3rd on Fat Possum Records

Middle Children – Fish from Earth Angel out March 3rd on Let’s Pretend

Happyness – Falling Down from Write It Out out April 14th on Moshi Moshi Records

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now from Memories Are Now out now on Sub Pop Records

The One Where Luke is Adopted

On this episode of Best Song Ever: Luke gives motivational tips so you can Live Like Luke #LLL, Brian talks about the Bachelor much to Luke’s chagrin, Luke presents Lil Luke’s Complaint Sesh in defense of La La Land #LLL, the dear LaBenne cousins play everybody’s favorite game show #traintrackbaby, and Luke plays our first country song!  It’s a weird and wild ride with a truly 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 Where Luke is Adopted

Wire – Short Elevated Period from Silver/Lead out March 31st on Pink Flag

Foxygen – Avalon from Hang out now on Jagjaguwar

Raekwon – This is What it Comes to from The Wild out March 24th on ICEH20/Empire

Blank – This Journey from Weary Soul out April 7th

Guided by Voices – Hiking Skin from August by Cake out April 7th on GBV, Inc.

Tift Merritt – Love Soliders On from Stitch of the World out now on Yep Roc Records

The Feelies – Gone Gone Gone from In Between out February 24th on Bar None Records

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy from Pure Comedy out April 7th on Sub Pop

This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. This week we present some of the best music videos for great songs because, why not?  Below are songs and videos that sound and look great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

The Marked Men – Fix My Brain (Fix My Brain, Dirtnap Records) 2005

Texas punk band The Marked Men made music informed by old school punk rock, but with a bit of a twist.  Their ability to create such fast and ferocious pop songs is really remarkable and truly what set them apart from other similar bands.  Fix My Brain is the title track from arguably their best album and the song is one of the many highlights on an absolutely stellar album.  Fix My Brain rips through hard guitar riffs, relentless drumming and wonderful melodies, doing more in two and a half minutes than a lot of bands can do in twice the time.  It sounds like the Ramones drank a ton of caffeine, got much more aggressive and decided to have a more intricate arrangement.  All in all, this is one of the best pop punk songs around and proves that The Marked Men were truly playing in a league of their own.


Iron and Wine – Grey Stables (Woman King EP, Sub Pop Records) 2005

Iron and Wine’s Woman King EP sits at an interesting spot in their history.  Their first two albums were largely lo-fi and somber affairs and then they ended up pivoting to a much bigger sound with different influences and more jam band tendencies, especially live.  However, in between these two identities sits this EP and it is probably the best batch of songs they’ve ever put together.  The entire EP is worth a listen and it is really hard to pick out the best track, but Grey Stables shows off the intricate subtlety that Woman King operates in.  The melody of Grey Stables is a real stand out, which should surprise no one, but where the song really transcends is in the surrounding music.  Again, this is intricate and subtle at the same time, layering acoustic guitar, strings, percussion and some ambient touches together in such a seamless way.  In Grey Stables you can hear where they had been and where they were going and it makes you wish they would have lingered in this territory a little longer.


Eric B and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (Paid in Full, Def Jam) 1987

I Know You Got Soul features some of the most solid drums in hip hop history.  They really propel the song forward and just sound awesome, transcending the “dated” label that plagues so much of 80s hip hop.  Eric B and Rakim’s album Paid in Full is one of the most enjoyable classic hip hop albums and I Know You Got Soul is a true standout from the album.  Both Eric B and Rakim are the best versions of themselves over the course of this track, as Rakim’s seemingly never ending flawless delivery flows over Eric B’s solid beat and scratches.  It’s just a great example of what makes some 80s hip hop so much fun to listen to.

Lawnmower – Tetherball (Major Head Injury, Save Your Generation Records) 2015

Full disclosure: I am friends with members of the band Lawnmower, but please don’t let that take anything away from how good this song is.  Tetherball is one of my favorite rock songs, from its grungy beginning to catchy chorus and awesome backing vocals, it’s just a joy to listen to.  It seems like it should be a lost classic 90s indie rock song, as it definitely transports listeners back to the heyday of indie rock.  Everything is clicked into high gear and hits all the right notes: the guitars cutting out to that awesome chugging bass, propulsive drumming with some really great fills, and then the song is over before you know it, leaving you wanting more.  It is an exciting song from an up and coming band, so do yourself a favor and get to know Lawnmower.  They’re really great and talented guys, believe me.

This is Past Sounds. Every Friday Ghettoblaster Magazine is looking back and finding great music from various eras. Below are songs that sound great no matter what decade they’re played in. So strap in as we take a musical journey, back in time.

Funkadelic – “Hit it and Quit it” (Maggot Brain, Westbound Records) 1971

Maggot Brain, the third album from Funkadelic, is widely considered one of the best funk albums of all time. “Hit it and Quit it” is a definite standout track from the start with the fantastic guitar and organ interplay right out of the gate and it doesn’t let up from there.  The drum and bass groove that the song settles into is quite interesting and will have your head bobbing without a doubt.  This song really is an example of a perfect song.  It’s catchy, it’s aggressive, it’s got both an awesome organ solo and a scorching guitar solo and both the main vocal and background vocal performance is arresting.  This is definitely one to turn up and roll the windows down to.


Digable Planets – “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” (Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), Capitol Records) 1993

Digable Planets are true masters of the fusion between Jazz and Hip Hop and “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) is a great example why. It begins with a simple, jazzy bass line loop and introduces a fantastic horn loop just seconds later.  Digable Planets is comprised of three excellent rappers under the names: Ladybug, Butterfly and Doodlebug.  It’s no surprise that rappers with names like theirs would go against the grain of typical 90s hip hop.  “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” is quite literally about how they are some cool cats.  Just listen to the smoothness of each of their vocal delivery spitting lines with intricate wordplay all about how awesome they are.  It’s really a lot of fun, and also very true.


T.I. – “Bring Em Out” (Urban Legend, Atlantic Records) 2004

T.I. is in a class of rappers with only a select few. This class is made up of rappers who are incredibly commercially successful and critically acclaimed as well.  They make ear worms for the masses with substance to knock you on your asses.  There are not too many rappers who can succeed at this and that is essentially what the straight up banger “Bring Em Out” is all about.  Everyone loves T.I., everyone is chanting to bring out T.I., we all want a piece of him.  “Bring Em Out” does what most great T.I. songs do; it creates a sense of victory and celebration, as if there was a parade being thrown in his honor.  Just listen to those horns, those whistles and that driving beat!  None of this would matter if T.I. couldn’t rap, and “Bring Em Out” displays why his fast and smooth delivery is so enjoyable and celebrated.


Curtis Mayfield – “Move on Up” (Curtis!, Curtom Records) 1970

Infinitely Sampled and Underrated: The Curtis Mayfield Story. Curtis Mayfield has created some of the best soul music ever and while he is popular, he is not widely considered in the conversation of best musicians for some reason.  “Move on Up” should serve as exhibit A in the case to make that he should be.  It’s a marvel of music, which was actually sampled in Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky.”  Curtis’ guitar work blends beautifully with all the horns and percussion and everything going on here.  Honestly, words don’t do it justice, just hit play.

Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve … the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)” (Black Up, Sub Pop Records) 2011

Shabazz Palaces is comprised of Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly from Digable Planets) on the mic and Tendai Maraire on the instrumentation. They have pulled inspiration from a lot of different places to create this spacey and abstract form of hip hop with elements of jazz and African percussive instruments.  The songs they make are really mesmerizing and “Swerve … the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)” is a glorious display of their talents.  It floats along in three movements, separate yet cohesive.  The first movement features Butler rapping over fractured and dystopian beat.  Movement two introduces female vocals from THEESatisfaction with a slight tweaking of the beat.  Finally, movement three focuses on a simple and beautiful refrain sung over very catchy African inspired music: “Black is you, Black is me, Black is us, Black is free.”

Kristin Welchez – aka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, will release X-Communicate, the debut album from her new solo project, Kristin Kontrol, on CD / LP / DL / CASS worldwide May 27 via Sub Pop Records. Tapped as the first single, “X-Communicate” melds new wave with synth pop in a slice of glistening cosmic disco. Share/listen to track HERE.

The album pre-order is underway HERE. Fans who pre-order X-Communicate digitally will instantly receive “X-Communicate” as well. Additionally, the limited, blue-vinyl Loser Edition is available to pre-order customers at megamart.subpop.com, and at select independent record stores (while supplies last).

Cullen Omori promo photo
Cullen Omori promo photo

Chicago’s Cullen Omori has signed a worldwide deal with Sub Pop Records to release his debut long player in 2016.

Cullen, at the tender age of 25 is back from the post-buzz-band abyss of the now defunct Smith Westerns. The singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist began writing solo material in early 2014. While his former project synthesized familiar rock of years past (T Rex, Bowie), Cullen builds upon his own musical past and reaches towards the future of what guitar rock could be. His songs marry dark yet blissful pop with vocal melodies and hooks that are at once both immediate and begging to be reinterpreted again and again.

Cullen will make his live debut headlining a hometown show next Friday, October 30th at Schuba’s. The Chicago Reader recently interviewed him about the forthcoming performance, his recent signing to the label, and more (view here).


Doldrums shares new track  “Loops” with FACT Magazine; http://www.factmag.com/2015/03/02/doldrums-make-dance-music-melt-on-their-psychedelic-new-single-loops/

Doldrums’ previously announced two-month tour in support of their forthcoming Sub Pop debut, The Air Conditioned Nightmare. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Doldrums’ The Air Conditioned Nightmare will be available on CD / LP / DL April 6 in Europe and April 7 in North America from Sub Pop.  Preorders of the album are now available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of The Air Conditioned Nightmare from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on clear vinyl and a limited edition clear 7” which features the songs “IDONTWANNABEDELETED” (feat. Samantha Urbani) and “Market Signals.” Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available both individually and as part of a bundle with purchases of the new record.

Apr. 09 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz

Apr. 15 – Boston, MA – Great Scott*

Apr. 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Barbary*

Apr. 17 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge*

Apr. 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*

Apr. 19 – Washington, DC – DC9*

Apr. 21 – Atlanta, GA –  Aisle 5*

Apr. 24 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s*

Apr. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo*

May 02 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop*

May 04 – Seattle, WA – The Sunset*

May 05 – Portland, OR – Holocene*

May 08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*

May 09 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*

May 15 – Copenhagen, DK – Pop Revo Festival, Atlas

May 16 – Rome, IT – Spring Attitude Festival

May 19 – Lile, FR – La Peniche

May 20 – London, UK –  Electrowerkz

May 21 – Dublin, IE – Hidden Agenda @ Whelans

May 22 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana

May 23 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen

May 24 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo

May 26 – Brighton, UK – The Hope

May 27 – Bruges, BE Cactus

May 28 – Amsterdam, NL – OT301

May 29 – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label

May 30 – Bordeaux, FR – Iboat

Jun. 02 – Cologne, DE – Studio 672

Jun. 03 – Hamburg, DE – Volt

Jun. 04 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub

Aug. 07 – Katowice, PL – OFF Festival

* w/ Moon King

Sub Pop Records revealed completion of a new recording agreement with Los Angeles-based psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt. Following a 2013 cassette release bearing the subtly evocative title Psychic Death Hole, Trouble in Mind Records released his self-titled album in January, 2014. That album earned acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, LA Weekly, Fact Magazine, and Impose, and the attentions of the typically complacent staff of Seattle’s Sub Pop Records.

Morgan Delt also won fans in The Flaming Lips, who invited him to tour and record with them. Morgan is currently working on a new album for Sub Pop and will tour the West Coast at the end of January. Full dates below.

Listen: “Barbarian Kings”https://soundcloud.com/inflatabletapes/barbarian-kings

Jan. 31 – Santa Ana, CA –  Indigo Fest @ The Observatory

Feb. 04 – San Francisco, CA –  The Chapel

Feb. 06 – Vancouver, BC – The Electric Owl

Feb. 07 – Seattle, WA – Barboza

Feb. 08 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Sabertooth Micro Fest