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The One With Luke’s New Catchphrase

Welcome back to Ghettoblaster Magazine’s Best Song Ever podcast!  Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne will be bringing 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.  Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy the show!

Songs Played on “The One With Luke’s New Catchphrase”

Red Pill- “90s Money” from Day Drunk EP out now on Mello Music Group

Mannequin Pussy – “Denial” from Romantic out now on Tiny Engines

Tallisker – “Salanfe” from the upcoming Heliotrop EP out on November 11

Kadhja Boney- “Honeycomb” from The Visitor out now on Fat Possum Records

Pale Honey – “Real Thing” single from Bolero Recordings

Cakes Da Killa – “Gon Blow (feat. Rye Rye)” from Hedonism out now on Ruffians

John K. Samson – “Fellow Traveller” from Winter Wheat out now on Anti-

The Men – “Crime” from the upcoming album Devil Music out on November 11th on We Are the Men

Special thanks to the band Congress for allowing us to use their song “Pond Fight” from their debut album Ugly Eye for our opening song!

The Ukiah Drag are set to release the “Dirt Trip” 7-inch on March 4 via Wharf Cat Records, which drops around their North Eastern tour dates with The Men.  Personnel of The Drag stem from the Tampa scene – recording and sharing bands with members of Merchandise like Cult Ritual and have previously ran with the Ascetic House pack on which they released their debut tape and toured with Destruction Unit.  There is no mistaking their wall-eyed disparity from previous efforts… listen for yourself.

3/2: Allston, MA – Great Scott *

3/3: Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *

3/4: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *

3/5: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *

* w/ The Men

Print issue #37 of Ghettoblaster is on shelves now, folks! As is always the case, we put a ton of effort into this issue of the magazine, and we hope all you readers out there are looking forward to getting your copy on the magazine rack or in the mail.

Step Brothers is on the cover and there are pages and pages of features on such lovely acts as Sharon Jones, Dethklok, Stephen Malkmus, Liars, Mogwai, Glitch Mob, Moistboyz, Shearwater, Xiu Xiu, Wooden Shjips, Prince Po & Oh No, The Men and many more. There’s also a shit ton of album, book and movie reviews, as you might expect.

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The Men will release their newst, Tomorrow’s Hits, via Sacred Bones on March 4.  They have also announced a short Northeast tour surrounding the album’s release.  Here are the dates:

3/2: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
3/3: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
3/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/5: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

1 Kobo

By Kristofer Poland

Just when I start thinking rock and roll might be dead once again, I end up going to a show that reminds me the good a distorted guitar riff can do for my mood and mental health alike. Tuesday, October 15th at Kobo in Columbus, Ohio was the setting for one such show. The names on the marquee: Pampers, Purling Hiss, and The Men.

Before we get to that, I want to quickly mention an early highlight of the evening. Our first stop in Columbus was Pierogi Mountain (located in Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St.) where pierogi master Matt Majesky presented us with a pie-themed menu. Chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, and deep fried pumpkin pie pierogi were all deliciously filling. It was a great way to carb up before what was sure to be an energetic show.


First up on the bill was Pampers. I spent much of the night discussing the merits of such a name with friends, as we were split over whether it’s terrific or terrible. I fall squarely into the terrific camp. Nothing screams a carefree rock and roll attitude like the image of a shit-filled diaper. I imagine it steaming in the middle of a busy city street on a sweltering afternoon. Maybe that wasn’t even the band’s intent. Maybe they meant to conjure images of spoiling another with luxuries. I don’t know. Nevertheless, a better band couldn’t have opened this show. Violent thrashing power chords and manically screamed lyrics set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening. They even threw in a little bit of the best keyboard ever, Casio’s SK-1, just for a touch of the human voice effect. Simply genius. Hello-hello-hello…

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss

Next up came Purling Hiss, a power trio with a larger-than-life sound. While Pampers were all about the riff, Purling Hiss gave us a heavy dose of guitar solos. I’m talking face-melting, heart-stopping, butthole-tightening solos. What really blew me away about Mike Polizze’s playing was how it seemed to simultaneously embody reckless insanity and incredible control. The dude never hit a sour note while flailing around wailing out wah-wah madness. It’s not as if we just heard guitar solos in a vacuum though. Far from it, as the drummer and bass player laid down grooves as tightly as ever. If psychedelic rock without any pretentiousness is your bag, pick up their recent release Water on Mars. It doesn’t disappoint.

The Men
The Men

Finally, The Men crowded onto Kobo’s small stage before a house full of excited fans. Their sound has evolved quite a bit since they first left home a few short years ago; but those expecting a lighter, more melodic, countryfied sound were in for quite a surprise. Their performance was loud and raucous and bristling with energy. Don’t get me wrong. They played some of those tunes, like Open Your Heart’s “Candy” and New Moon’s “Half Angel Half Light.” However, they played them in the fast and furious style of some of their wilder tracks. It was punk rock all the way. No frills. No encore. No bullshit. Just great rock and roll presented with genuine passion. I can’t suggest strongly enough catching them during this tour. They’re playing (at least that fateful night in Ohio) like a band possessed.

I went to Kobo solely to see The Men, and they were as amazing as I’d hoped. I feel pretty lucky that Pampers and Purling Hiss joined them on this tour, as the bill simply could not have been better. It was a good night of great music. And it was over by 11:30, so lame bastards like me could make the long drive home and enjoy a full night’s sleep. Rock and roll is indeed alive in the bars and garages right around the corner from where you live. All you have to do to find it is clean out your ears and follow the sounds that rattle your ribcage.

The Men have announced some upcoming tour dates as they support their latest album – 2012’s Open Your Heart

Date City Venue
September 1, 2012 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
September 2, 2012 San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 4, 2012 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
September 5, 2012 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Hotel
September 6, 2012 Portland, OR Musicfest Northwest
September 13, 2012 Rouen, France 106
September 14, 2012 Paris, France Trabendo
September 15, 2012 Groningen, Netherlands Vera
September 16, 2012 Tilburg, Netherlands Incubate Fest
September 17, 2012 Anvers, Belgium Trix
September 18, 2012 Bruxelles, Belgium VK
September 19, 2012 Geneve, SW Usine
September 20, 2012 Milan, Italy Ligera
September 21, 2012 Rome, Italy Teatro Spazio
September 22, 2012 Padova, Italy Loop
November 8, 2012 Buffalo, NY/td> Mohawk Place
November 9, 2012 Toronto, ON The Hoxton
November 10, 2012 Montreal, QC Underworld