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Those ladies that are known as the Coathangers share new video “Captain’s Dead” off the bands new EP, Parasite, slated for a release date of June 30th on Suicide Squeeze Records.  They can do no wrong in my book.

When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop. Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG, but with the trio’s latest EP, Parasite, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. “I’d like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band’s existence,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the five songs on their latest offering.

Parasite kicks off with the title track, a rowdy throwback to a younger, angrier incarnation of the band. Crafted in the wake of the election and during a tumultuous period in the band members’ private lives, “Parasite” is pure catharsis. “During the making of our last album, I didn’t want to scream anymore, I just wanted to sing and focus on melody. When we came to this recording, I just wanted to scream and curse.” If the EP is meant as a journey through the various stages of the band’s career, it certainly storms out of the gate with the same kind of piss-and-vinegar of their eponymous debut. And while “Wipe Out” is another rowdy venture, with bassist Meredith Franco taking over the lead vocal duties over a steady barrage of pointed power-chords, it also showcases the rousing choruses that elevated the trio from underground heroines to an internationally renowned garage act. Despite the adverse times, The Coathangers’ mastery of pop cannot be contained forever, as is evident in the EP’s single “Captain’s Dead”, with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar. The journey through The Coathangers’ musical evolution leads to a revamped version of “Down Down” off 2016’s Nosebleed Weekend LP and the smoky twang of “Drifter”, in which drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke demonstrates her knack for solid Dusty Springfield-style ballads.

Parasite’s cover features an illustration of The Coathangers as sirens of the sea, an image that aptly captures the nautical themes of the EP. But the notion of The Coathangers as both mischievous and enchanting is certainly fitting too, as is evident in the alternately piercing and beguiling tracks on their latest EP. Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer Parasite as a one-sided 12” on Sea Green vinyl with a b-side etching with an initial limited pressing of 2000 copies. The EP is also available digitally. Parasite is available worldwide on June 30th, 2017.

TOUR DATES:
05.12.17 – UK Manchester @ Night & Day
05.13.17 – UK Brighton @ The Joker
05.15.17 – UK Bristol @ The Exchange
05.16.17 – UK Oxford @ The Bullingdon
05.17.17 – UK London @ Oslo
05.18.17 – UK Hastings @ The Printworks
05.19.17 – UK Leicester @ The Cookie
05.20.17 – UK Leeds @ Gold Sounds at Brudenell Social
05.21.17 – UK Sheffield@ The Harley
05.23.17 – UK Ramsgate @ Music Hall
05.24.17 – BE Gent @ PSYCH OVER 9000
05.25.17 – NL Eindhoven @ Stroomhuisje
05.26.17 – NL Rotterdam @ Girls Go Boom Night @ Roodkapje
05.27.17 – NL Amsterdam @ Pacific Park
05.28.17 – NL Utrecht @ dB’s
05.30.17 – DE Hamburg @ Molotow
05.31.17 – DE Berlin @ Cassiopeia

06.01.17 – DE Munich @ Orangehouse
06.02.17 – DE Cologne @ MTC
06.03.17 – FR Paris @ Le Batofar
06.06.17 – IT Ravenna @ Beaches Brew Festival
06.07.17 – CH Yverdon-Le-Bains @ L-Amalgame
06.08.17 – FR Clermont @ Ferrand Le Barraka
06.09.17 – FR Nimes @ This is not a Love Song
06.10.17 – FI Helsinki @ Sideways Festival
06.17.17 – San Francisco, CA @ Phono del Sol

The One With God Talk

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 God Talk

Jay Som – Baybee from Everybody Works out now on Polyvinyl

Benjamin Booker feat. Mavis Staples – Witness from Witness out June 2nd on ATO Records

Bonny Doon – Relieved from Bonny Doon out now on Salinas Records

Dear Reader – Tie Me To The Ground from Day Fever out now on City Slang

Flasher – Winnie from an upcoming 7 inch on Sister Polygon Records

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still from Woodstock out sometime this year

Michael Nau – Good Thing from Some Twist out June 16th on Suicide Squeeze

GRMLN – 27 Kids from Discovery EP out April 7th on KCRW

When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop. Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG, but with the trio’s latest EP, Parasite (June 30th on Suicide Squeeze), The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. “I’d like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band’s existence,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the five songs on their latest offering.

Parasite’s cover features an illustration of The Coathangers as sirens of the sea, an image that aptly captures the nautical themes of the EP. But the notion of The Coathangers as both mischievous and enchanting is certainly fitting too, as is evident in the alternately piercing and beguiling tracks on their latest EP. Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer Parasite as a one-sided 12” on Sea Green vinyl with a b-side etching with an initial limited pressing of 2000 copies.

TOUR DATES:
03.09.17 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
03.10.17 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
03.11.17 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
03.12.17 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center
03.13.17 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
03.16.17 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
03.17.17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03.18.17 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
03.19.17 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
03.21.17 – Spokane, WA @ The Observatory
03.23.17 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03.24.17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
03.25.17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon

04.15.17 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
04.16.17 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
04.18.17 – Washington, DC @ DC9
04.19.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs
04.20.17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
04.21.17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
04.22.17 – Boston, MA @ Do617 Pop-Up Record Shop @ Brighton Music Hall
04.24.17 – Montreal, QC @ L’ Esco
04.25.17 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
04.26.17 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
04.27.17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto
04.28.17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
04.29.17 – Charlotte, NC @ Reverb Fest 5

05.12.17 – UK Manchester @ Night & Day
05.13.17 – UK Brighton @ The Joker
05.15.17 – UK Bristol @ The Exchange
05.16.17 – UK Oxford @ The Bullingdon
05.17.17 – UK London @ Oslo
05.18.17 – UK Hastings @ The Printworks
05.19.17 – UK Leicester @ The Cookie
05.20.17 – UK Leeds @ Gold Sounds at Brudenell Social
05.21.17 – UK Sheffield@ The Harley
05.23.17 – UK Ramsgate @ Music Hall
05.24.17 – BE Gent @ PSYCH OVER 9000
05.25.17 – NL Eindhoven @ Stroomhuisje
05.26.17 – NL Rotterdam @ Girls Go Boom Night @ Roodkapje
05.27.17 – NL Amsterdam @ Pacific Park
05.28.17 – NL Utrecht @ dB’s
05.30.17 – DE Hamburg @ Molotow
05.31.17 – DE Berlin @ Cassiopeia

06.01.17 – DE Munich @ Orangehouse
06.02.17 – DE Cologne @ MTC
06.03.17 – FR Paris @ Le Batofar
06.04.17 – IT Ravenna @ Beaches Brew Festival
06.08.17 – FR Clermont @ Ferrand Le Barraka
06.09.17 – FR Nimes @ This is not a Love Song
06.10.17 – FI Helsinki @ Sideways Festival

 

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)


Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.

 

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)


“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)


The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)

 

 

The Coathangers release their fifth LP, Nosebleed Weekend, on April 15 via Suicide Squeeze Records!

Hear “Squeeki Tiki” below and catch them on tour all over in the coming months starting tonight with a sold-out show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn!

03.29.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ Tijuana Panthers
03.31.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn

04.06.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Death Valley Girls
04.15.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
04.21.16 – Hot Springs National Park, AR @ Low Key Arts
04.22.16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Har Mar Superstar
04.23.16 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
04.25.16 – San Antonio, TX, Paper Tiger
04.27.16 – McAllen, TX @ Yerberia Cultura
04.30.16 – May 1.16 – Orlando, FL @ Moonstone Music Festival

05.21.16 – Denver, CO @ Project Pabst
05.26.16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore w/ Refused
05.27.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre w/ Refused
05.28.16 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House w/ Refused
05.30.16 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up w/ Refused
05.31.16 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre w/ Refused

06.01.16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater w/ Refused
06.03.16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Refused
06.04.16 -Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Festival
06.05.16 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Refused
06.07.16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at the Landing w/ Refused
06.08.16 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution w/ Refused
06.09.16 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre w/ Refused
06.11.16 – San Juan, PR @ Club 77

Guantanamo Baywatch have signed to Suicide Squeeze and will release their new LP, Darling… It’s Too Late! on May 12.

Catch them live here in the meantime:

03.07.15 – Portland, OR @ The Know

03.11.15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout

03.12.15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell

03.13.15 – Tempe, AZ @ Time Out Lounge for RAMPAGE FEST

03.14.15 – El Paso, TX @ The Monarch

March 17-21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3.22.15 – San Antonio, TX @ The Korova for Burger Hangover

03.24.15 – Tucson, AZ @ Thinktank

05.01.15 – Eugene, OR @ KWVA Birthday Show at WOW Hall

Suicide Squeeze Records recently announced a new single from Dasher coming out on October 14, and just unveiled the b-side from the single (see Brooklyn Vegan debut)….

Listen/Post “Teeth”

The 7-inch is available worldwide on a limited run of 750 copies (250 on fluorescent lemon lime colored vinyl, 500 on black) and includes a download coupon. The two songs are also available digitally.  Dasher will celebrate the release of the single with a show at 529 in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on October 25.

Suicide Squeeze Records recently announced a new single from Kevin Morby coming out on August 5, and just unveiled the instrumental flipside of the 7″ (see Spin debut)….

Listen/Post “We Did It All Wrong”

Look for Morby on tour in the United States in August and in Europe in September.

August 01 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
August 02 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery *
August 03 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *
August 04 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s *
August 05 – Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival Big Sur
August 08 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
August 09 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
August 10 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
August 11 – Everett, WA – The Cannery
August 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go!
August 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
August 16 – Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival Pioneertown August 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right ^
August 23 – Long Island City, NY – The Lot LIC %
August 24 – Hamden, C T – The Space
August 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Black Box ^
August 27 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel ^
August 28 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
August 30 – Asheville, NC – Transfigurations II
August 31 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter ^

* w/ Real Estate
^ w/ Steve Gunn
% w/ Small Black

September 06 – Pop Revo – Aarhus (DK)
September 07 – Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
September 08 – Lilla Hotellbaren – Stockholm (S)
September 09 – Pokalen – Oslo (N)
September 10 – Inkost – Malmö (S)
September 11 – Vega @ Ideal Bar – Copenhagen (DK)
September 12 – Hasenschaukel – Hamburg (D)
September 13 – Big Next festival @ DOK – Gent (B)
September 14 – Vera – Groningen (NL)
September 15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)
September 16 – Incubate – Tilburg (NL)
September 17 – Le Point Ephémère – Paris (F)
September 18 – The Hope – Brighton (UK)
September 19 – Kraak – Manchester (UK)
September 20 – The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
September 21 – The Musician – Leicester (UK)
September 22 – The Shacklewell Arms – London (UK)
September 24 – Maison de L’étudiant – Caen (F)
September 25 – 1988 club – Rennes (F)
September 26 – Le Troc Café – Strasbourg (F)
September 29 – Heliogabal – Barcelona (ES)
September 30 – Dabadaba – San Sebastian (ES)
October 01 – VillaManuela pre-party @ Sirocco – Madrid (ES) October 02 – Mercado Negro – Aveiro (PT)

Whether a testament to the enduring allure of vinyl or the quality of the artists on the roster, Suicide Squeeze continues to make 7″s. And in this era of renewed interest in vinyl, the label’s limited-run releases sell out quickly. Lucky collectors continue to enjoy the vinyl, and the dedicated fans always have the option to download the mp3s. But what’s the better plan for making these recordings endure for posterity? To add mp3s to the ever-expanding annals of the internet, or to create a new slab of wax capturing the best singles Suicide Squeeze has had to offer in recent years? Not content with limiting the songs to the former, the Seattle indie label is going for the latter, culling some of their finest tracks for the compilation album Suicide Squeeze Presents: Forever Singles (see Spin 1/15/14).

The LP (which comes out March 4) captures the rowdy garage rock of The Coathangers and Davilla 666, the scraggly dirt-ridden guitars of JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream, the nostalgic ’60s girl-group melodies of Bleached and La Luz, the exuberant power pop of Audacity, King Tuff, Nobunny, and Meat Market, the hazy noir soundtrack of Dirty Beaches, the vitriolic basement-show noise-punk of Nu Sensae, the sinister post-punk of Wax Idols, and the West Texas-bred Twin Reverb rock of The Numerators. Bundled together onto one record, the collection perfectly captures the spirit of Suicide Squeeze in the current decade: rambunctious youthful urgency tempered with a hat tip to rock n’ roll’s gritty unsung heroes of the past.

In keeping with the limited-edition nature of the 7″s, Forever Singles will be released on 1,000 hand-numbered colored vinyl. And while the compilation is a vital documentation of the Northwest label’s continuing commitment to bold and brash new artists, it’s also a solid reminder of rock music’s humble beginning on dusty old ’45s.

The label has also announced a collaboration between Fort George Brewery.  Look for more info on the special batch of beer and more details to follow!  Fort George Brewery aims to support, celebrate, and collaborate with local Northwest artisans, artists, and craftspeople. To this end, they have developed a program of creating seasonal, limited release canned beers that are collaborations with other local businesses who they really think are doing amazing things.

Track List

1.  The Coathangers “Merry Go Round”

2.  JEFF the Brotherhood “Heavy Days”

3. Bleached “Electric Chair”

4.  Meat Market “Too Tired”

5.  Heavy Cream “Toasted”

6.  Dirty Beaches “Lone Runner”

7.  Nü Sensae “Throw”

8.  Audacity “Finders Keepers”

9.  La Luz “T.V. Dream”

10.  Nobunny “La La La La Love You”

11.  King Tuff “Wild Desire”

12.  Numerators “Dead”

13.  Wax Idols “Schadenfreude”

14. Davila 666 “No Crees Que Ya Cansa”