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The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about American Idol and Katy Perry, they get into God Talk early and keep talking about their history with religious institutions,

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 Everything is Enjoyable

Sir the Baptist feat. Killer Mike and ChurchPpl – Raise Hell from ____ out ___ on Atlantic

Lo Tom – Overboard from Lo Tom out July 14th on Barsuk

Jamilla Woods – Holy from HEAVN out now on Soundcloud with a proper release soon from Jagjaguwar

Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder from Hug of Thunder out July 7th on Arts & Crafts

(Sandy) Alex G – Bobby from Rocket out this Friday, May 19th on Domino

Danny Brown – Kool Aid from Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack out June 23rd on Mass Appeal Records

The Drums – Blood Under my Belt from “Abysmal Thoughts” out June 16th on Anti-

Lost Balloons – Numb from Hey Summer out June 16th on Dirtnap

Gearing up to play Camp Bisco, Jubilee Music Festival and making many stops along the way, Free Energy is thrilled to share stages with The Darkness, The Drums and The Black Lips on a national in support of their sophomore album Love Sign out now.  Here are the dates:
5/11 Wilmington, DE @ Wilmington Flower Market
5/13 Providence, RI @ Lupos ^
5/14 Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon ^
5/16 Baltimore, MD @ Power Plant Live (FREE SHOW) ^
5/18 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall ^
5/19 Montreal, QC @ Corona ^
6/7: Los Angeles, CA @ Jubilee Music Festival
w/ The Drums, The Black Lips
6/8: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
6/10: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
6/11: Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Traven
6/13: Sacramento, CA @ Luigis
6/16: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/18: Denver, CO @ Moon Room
6/19: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
6/20: Red Wing, MN @ Central Park Band Shell
6/21: Hager City, WI @ Harbor Bar
6/22: Minneapolis, MN @ Ten Thousand Sounds Festival w/ The Walkmen
7/13: Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco w/ RAD BANDS

^ = w/ The Darkness

The Besnard Lakes at SXSW 2010
The Besnard Lakes at SXSW 2010

Like everyone who went to South by Southwest, I am exhausted and have a raging headache, but I have some wonderful sonic memories of the past weekend to snuggle. Here’s a brief rundown of what I made it to at SXSW.

The Besnard Lakes – Galaxy Room Backyard

The Besnard Lakes were one of the few bands at which I forgot I was at a festival. On a day that felt miserably cold to an unsuspecting crowd that had just the previous day been in shorts and sandals, the Canadian Besnard Lakes joked that they brought a bit of their homeland with them, and it couldn’t help but feel like we were watching them perform on some windy clifftop. That felt pretty right as the band tore into a spiritual set culled from its three albums. As those albums feel whittled to perfection, so went the performance, spilling waves of guitars over Jace Lasek’s and Olga Goreas’ spectral voices in the heavy psychedelia of “Devastation.” Drummer Kevin Laing especially proved himself an asset onstage, offering steady grooves that burst into dramatic accents and syncopation. And “Albatross,” off the band’s recently released The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, couldn’t have sounded better, with Goreas’ weary voice pleading soulfully while her husband Lasek cooed high above her until the band broke into an ecstatic noise break. It was the kind of thing that reminds you of what the point of this festival is.

The Besnard Lakes at SXSW 2010
The Besnard Lakes at SXSW 2010

Chico Mann – Fader Fort

I’m sorry, a little too hacky-sack for me.

Sleigh Bells – Fader Fort

I do not remember this.

The Drums – Stubb’s

Uf! I love the Drums‘ debut EP as much as anyone, but the huge backyard of Stubb’s was possibly the worst setting for this band, which just doesn’t seem ready to bring its jangly surf rock to that large a crowd. “I Feel Stupid” was endearingly out-of-tune on record; live, it just sounded like, oops we can’t sing. Mindlessly brilliant three-chord prance-along “Let’s Go Surfing” doesn’t need much to get going, but it just wasn’t happening.

Hole – The Whitley

Perez Hilton’s SXSW bash ended with the second major performance by Hole of the weekend, and, maybe it was just me, but damn if it wasn’t a whole lot of fun. Yes, it’s just Courtney Love and some other people; yes, she still sounds busted as hell; yeah, the songs from “America’s Sweetheart” still aren’t very good. But, every song from Live Through This sounded amazing, from “Violet” to “Doll Parts” to (!) “Miss World.” The new songs were harder to decipher due to it being really fucking loud and Love’s inability to sing very clearly at the show, but “Samantha,” perhaps the highest-profile of her new tunes (the one where she sings “people like you fuck people like me to avoid suffering”), felt as immediately engraved into our memories as any of her classics.