Tag Archive: “Sub Pop”

The One With Maximum Rockage

On this episode: our dear cousins call attention to the “Who Dursted First” controversy and call out Comedy Bang Bang in the process, Luke’s gentleman’s dilemma turned out to be an idiot’s dilemma, Brian gets creepy on Idris Elba in a new segment called The Elba Room and they play 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 Maximum Rockage

Overcoats – Nighttime Hunger from Young out now on Arts & Crafts Productions

Palehound – Flowing Over from A Place I’ll Always Go out June 16th on Polyvinyl Records

Morning Teleportation – Calm is Intention Devouring It’s Frailty from Salivating for Symbiosis out now on Glacial Pace Recordings

Shabazz Palaces – Shine a Light from Quazarz, Born on a Gangster Star out July 14th on Sub Pop

Chloe Foy – Are We There Yet from Are We There Yet EP out May 12th

Great Grandpa – Teen Challenge from Plastic Cough out July 7th on Double Double Whammy

Gothic Tropic – How Life Works from Fast or Feast out May 19th on Old Flame Records

Hazel English – Love is Dead from Just Give In / Never Going Home EP out May 5th on Polyvinyl Records

The One About Gender Fluidity

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about some heavy topics including gender fluidity and perpetuating rape culture, they also cover the latest news of the NHL Playoffs and what’s going on in Survivor, Luke reaches out for help on a #gentlemansdilemma, Luke doles out his catchphrase stamp of approval with a quick “Lordy Lordy Barry Gordy” and Brian follows closely behind with his “Papa Likey,” Luke does some standup about Donald Trump and how #ladiesbeshoppin’, Brian explains how Canada works, Luke states he is rooting for the Hockeyton Teamsters to win the Stanley Cup and they play 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.

TWITTER: @BestSongEverPod

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Songs Played on The One About Gender Fluidity

HMLTD – To the Door out now on IAMSOUND Records

Daniel Romano – When I Learned Your Name from Modern Pressure out May 19th on New West Records

Kevin Morby – Aboard My Train from City Music out June 16th on Dead Oceans

Caddywhompus – In Ways from Odd Hours out now on Inflated Records

Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy from I’m Not Your Man out June 2nd on Sub Pop

Art School Jocks – Just a Gwen from Art School Jocks EP out June 2nd on Father/Daughter Records

TOPS – Petals from Sugar at the Gate out June 2nd on Arbutus Records

Joey Fatts feat. Vince Staples and April – 562 single out now

The One That’s Like Inception

On this episode: Luke starts a nasty rumor about beloved Canadian Recording artist Drake, Brian can’t stop talking about Chris Gethard, there’s a segment inside of a segment inside of a segment, Luke and Brian talk about Zelda, Brian can’t stop talking about Idris Elba, Brian swears for the first time ever on the podcast and Luke needs a neckbrace after head banging too hard to all of Brian’s songs.

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 That’s Like Inception

Hiccup – Lady MacBeth and Miss Havisham from Imaginary Enemies out March 24th on Father/Daughter Records

Fleet Foxes – Third of May / Odaigahara from Crack Up out June 16th on

Real Life Buildings – Tare from Significant Weather out April 21st on Lauren Records

Spiral Stairs – Dance (Cry Wolf) from Doris and the Daggers out March 24th on Nine Mile Records

Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas) out now on Sub Pop

No Vacation – Mind Fields from their upcoming album due in June on Topshelf Records

B Boys – Energy from Dada out May 19th on Captured Tracks

PWR BTTM – Big Beautiful Day from Pageant out May 12th on Polyvinyl

When the Afghan Whigs speak, everyone listens. Greg Dulli went on Twitter and referenced a new album. It’s been 4 years since the group comeback release in the form of 2014’s Do The Beast, but today everyone knows the band’s new album, In Spades, is due out May 5 on Sub Pop Records. What is it that we should expect? Obviously more clever songwriting with its signature sound. The Afghan Whigs have cultivated a style all its own since the release of the group’s eponymous debut. This time around the album is produced by singer Greg Dulli himself, and it’s great to see guitarist Dave Rosser featured contributor while dealing with inoperable colon cancer.

The Afghan Whigs shared a new video for the track “Demon In Profile,” which stars none other than that Har Mar Superstar himself Sean Matthew Tillmann taking the lead.

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The Afghan Whigs – In Spades Tracklisting:
1. “Birdland”
2. “Arabian Heights”
3. “Demon in Profile”
4. “Toy Automatic”
5. “Oriole”
6. “Copernicus”
7. “The Spell”
8. “Light as a Feather”
9. “I Got Lost”
10. “Into the Floor”

 

The One With Great Storytellers

On this episode of Best Song Ever, Brian introduces a new segment that allows him to get some things off of his chest, Luke and Brian discuss whether or not nerds need to know more about sports, Luke defends shy white boys from Brian and Brian dips into the past and sings some N’Sync.  Also, there are eight incredible songs and some interesting discussions on hope and fear in politics and how music can bridge the gap between people who don’t see eye to eye.

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 Great Storytellers

Jens Lekman – “What’s That Perfume That You Wear” from Life Will See You Now out February 17th on Secretly Canadian

Fred Thomas – “Mallwalkers” from Changer out January 27th on Polyvinyl Records

Craig Finn – “Preludes” from We All Want the Same Things out March 24th on Partisan Records

Austra – “Utopia” from Future Politics out January 20th on Domino Recording Company

Brandon Can’t Dance – “Smoke & Drive Around” from Graveyard of Good Times out now on Lucky Number Records

Porter Ray – “Sacred Geometry [Constellation Mix]” feat Palaceer, Shabazz Palaces and Cashtro from Watercolor out March 10th on Sub Pop Records

Tall Tall Trees – “Backroads” from Freedays out February 17th on Joyful Noise Recordings

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural” from Nothing Feels Natural out January 27th on Sister Polygon Records

It’s December 1st and what better way to kick off the holidays than with the new song by Low, “Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)”. Mimi Parker’s vocals are souring here above all else and the beauty is captivating.

The Song comes with a short message from the band:

“To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for a new year. May we all find ways to lift each other up.”

Well said…

 

The Helio Sequence have scheduled fall 2016 tour dates in support of its self-titled sixth effort, which is available now from Sub Pop. The trek begins October 7 in Ashland, OR at The Brickroom and ends October 23 in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall. The tour includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Boulder, and Salt Lake City. Please find a current list of tour dates below.

Oct. 07 – Ashland, OR – The Brickroom
Oct. 08 – Bend, OR – Crow’s Feet Commons
Oct. 09 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
Oct. 11 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Oct. 12 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
Oct. 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA – Hideout
Oct. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Oct. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Oct. 18 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Oct. 19 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Oct. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
Oct. 21 – Missoula, MT – Monks
Oct. 22 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
Oct. 23 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

 

LVL UP have shared a video for “The Closing Door,” the latest from their highly anticipated third album and first for Sub Pop, Return To Love. NPR premiered the video today, which was directed and produced by Rob Kolodny for House of Nod.

The band has also shared the full album stream for Return To Love, out tomorrow on Sub Pop. The Mike Ditrio-produced album showcases the band’s ability to write incredibly understated indie-pop classics.

LVL UP are currently on a full U.S. tour that includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details below.

Tour Dates:

9/22 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~

9/23 – Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire

9/24 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel %

9/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

9/28 – New Haven, CT @ Bar

9/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^

9/30 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

10/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger

10/14 – Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge

10/15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

10/16 – Olympia, WA @ Track House

10/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge

10/18 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe

10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^

10/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^

10/22 – Pomona, CA @ VLHS

10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^

10/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

10/26 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

10/28 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

10/29 – Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College

10/30 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *

11/1 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *

11/2 – Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *

11/3 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *

11/4 – Austin, TX @ TBA

11/5 – San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger

11/6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

11/8 – Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *

11/9 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *

11/10 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency *

11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *

11/12 – Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

 

~ w/ Eskimeaux

% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov, Forth Wanderers and Vagabon

^ w/ Bear Vs Shark

* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Welcome to Future Sounds! Every Wednesday Ghettoblaster brings you a handful of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.


Mass Gothic – “A Run”


Mass Gothic, the duo of Hooray for Earth’s Noel Heroux and Zambri’s Jessica Zambri, have already released a stellar self-titled debut album this year on Sub Pop. They are back with a new EP titled Sup Goth on 8/5 via Sub Pop again.  “A Run” is the lead single from the EP and finds Mass Gothic branching out in new directions.  The song sounds like an awesome mixture between Animal Collective at their poppiest and Suicide at their darkest.  Heavy synths mix with fractured drums and a very Panda Bear-esque vocal performance.  “A Run” is gloomy and aggressive, yet soft and incredibly catchy.  It is a very dense track, revealing more of itself on each successive listen.  Mass Gothic seem to be really coming into their own and carving out a distinctive sound, which is really exciting for the rest of us.


Space Mountain – “Never Lonely” feat. Ava Trilling


Cole Kinsler records singer-songwriter music under the name Space Mountain and has been consistently putting out new music since 2013. “Never Lonely” is the first taste we are getting from his next full length album, Big Sky, which comes out 8/26 on Dust Etc.  Ava Trilling, from the band Forth Wanderers, takes over the lead vocal throughout the song, which tells the story of a lonely housewife as she waits around for her husband to return.  It’s a bit gloomy, but the somewhat country inspired music helps it not to be a total bummer.  Kinsler shows up towards the end of his song with his signature deep, deadpan vocals adding even more depth to the song.  Kinsler is somewhat reminiscent of Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields with a hint of Stephen Malkmus as well.  It’s a really solid single, which inspires excitement for the upcoming album.


Kaye – “UUU”


Charlene Kaye is a singer-songwriter known primarily for being the frontwoman of San Fermin. Her alter-ego Kaye finds her in much different sonic territory, which is hugely rewarding for the listeners based on her fantastic new single “UUU.”  This single is the first off of her upcoming EP titled Honey, which is coming out on 8/19.  She describes writing this song as a genre experiment, saying: “When I wrote UUU I was listening to a lot of 90s R&B … That summer, ‘Call Me Maybe’ was on rotation constantly and I was obsessed with it.”  Kaye wanted to see if she could create a similar sound, and she has largely succeeded with “UUU.”  This is a straight up awesome pop song with classic structure, great music and a wonderful vocal performance.  Plus there’s a guitar solo!  Press play and crank this one up.


ESP Ohio – “Royal Cyclopean”

Guided By Voices nation received great news, which came two-fold. First of all, Doug Gillard is rejoining Guided By Voices, and secondly, him and Robert Pollard have started making music under the name ESP Ohio as well.  The first taste of this new project is the single “Royal Cyclopean,” which is coming out as a single on 10/21 on Rockathon Records.  It’s a great song with fantastic sounding electric guitar, some triumphant horns and strange poetic lyrics sung to perfection in that distinctive Robert Pollard.  It blazes along at only two and a half minutes and ends abruptly, leaving the listener wanting more.  Sound familiar?  If you are a fan of Guided By Voices then this song will definitely be right up your alley, and if you haven’t been initiated yet, this is a great jumping off point to show what makes the Gillard-Pollard combination so noteworthy.

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday June 10th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Leapling – Suspended Animation (Exploding In Sound)


 

The sophomore album of Brooklyn-based quartet, Leapling, is a dynamic blend of rock genres forming a fresh yet familiar sound. While the record is primarily guitar-driven power pop, the band works in orchestral elements, post-punk experimentation, and components of 90’s indie rock reminiscent of Pavement and Belle & Sebastian. This is an album about learning to “accept your limitations,” while staying true to yourself and your ambitions. Lead by Dan Arnes’ gentle yet powerful vocals, the record is technically intricate, yet appears effortlessly catchy. Great music transports it’s listener to a different time and place, and Suspended Animation accomplishes that flawlessly.


 

Band Of Horses – Why Are You Ok (Interscope)


 

The indie rock veterans’ fifth record is their best work since 2008’s Infinite Arms and one of the best guitar records of the year. Sometimes this band is stereotyped as being boring or depressing, but that claim cannot be made about this record. Why Are You Ok is full of new life and energy, with poppy guitar licks, and it’s fair share of intimate and engaging ballads. This record has an air of rebirth to it, with lyrics about moving forward while trying to accept, “the dark times of the past.” Whether you want a driving summer anthem or a pensive retrospective, this album has got you covered.


 

The Gotobeds – Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic (Sub Pop)


 

You can tell this band is a little quirky with an album title that parodies The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magic. The second release of the Pittsburgh punk band is a bright, melodic rock record, with the perfect blend of goofiness and intelligence. With clever lyrics that don’t take themselves too seriously, songs go unexpected places and keep the listener constantly captivated. This is an album that is hard to turn off as each song sparks new interest.


 

Garbage – Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume)


 

The sixth album from Garbage is a departure from the sound they’re known for. While there are some energetic rock tunes, the album is intentionally the bands darkest and deepest work to date. With melancholy tracks about love and desire, with the occasional sliver of light and optimism spilling in. Distorted electronic elements blend seamlessly with their industrial rock style, adding to the eerie environment of the record. The band stays true to their 90’s heritage without coming across as dated. We are in the age of reboots and reunions, and this album is a perfect example of artists from the past finding new ways to remain fresh and relevant.


Other notable albums:

Throws – Throws

Diarrhea Planet – Turn To Gold