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The One With 90’s Nostalgia

On this episode: our dear cousins dive into Kung-Fu Kenny aka Cornrow Kenny aka Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic new album DAMN, there is a lot of talk about 90’s nostalgia including Brian giving Luke a lesson on who Jordan Catalano is, Brian gets angry because Luke “stole” a song from him, they discuss the illustrious music career of once video game superstar Frogger, Brian and Luke talk about their literal Best Songs Ever and Luke lands in the Hipster Hall of Fame and you get to hear the eight best songs you’ll listen to 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 90’s Nostalgia

Little Dragon – Celebrate from Season High out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Charly Bliss from Guppy out this Friday, April 21st on Barsuk Records

Waxahatchee – Silver from Out in the Storm out July 14th on Merge Records

Toro Y Moi – Omaha from Our First 100 Days available now at ourfirst100days.bandcamp.com

Spoek Mathambo – Want Ur Love from Mzansi Beat out now on Teka Recordings

Ratboys – Control from GN out June 30th on Topshelf Records

Girlpool – It Gets More Blue from Powerplant out May 12th on Anti-

Kool A.D. – Lapsang Souchong from Sky Ladder available now at koolad.bandcamp.com/

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.


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

The One That Opens With a Bang

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 That Opens With a Bang

Cool Kids – “Connect Four” from Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe LP out soon on CAKE, LLC

Sinkane – “U’Huh” from Life & Livin’ It out February 10, 2017 on City Slang

Camp Cope – “Keep Growing” out now on Poison City Records

Joan of Arc – “This Must Be the Placenta” from He’s Got the Whole This Land is Your Land In His Hands out January 20, 2017 on Joyful Noise Recordings

Jay Daniel – “Paradise Valley” from Broken Nose out now on Technicolour

The Molochs – “You and Me” from America’s Velvet Glory out January 13, 2017 on Innovative Leisure

Grandaddy – “Way We Won’t” from Last Place out March 3, 2017 on 30th Century Records

Lite – “D” from Cubit out now on Topshelf Records


Music Videos Featured in Episode




A random Twitter message became the foundation for what would later become Donovan Wolfington’s expanded music video for the singles “Mercurus” and “HxC Punk”. Both songs are found on the New Orleans-based band’s 2015 album, How To Treat The Ones You Love (Topshelf Records).

“Michael Parks Randa, who directed the video, hit us up on Twitter in January,” says frontman Neil Berthier. “He had almost all the details fleshed out, down to actors and location. He’s from Boston and had access to the mental hospital where Shutter Island was shot, as well as a lot of the outfits from that movie.” “Even though those songs are right after each other on the record, I never pair them together,” Berthier says. “When Mike came with that concept, it didn’t make sense, but then he had a vision with those two so we figured it would be interesting to see how it played out. The end result definitely works and we’re stoked about how it came out.”

Donovan Wolfington teams up with Caddywhompus for tours in Europe and the US. All confirmed dates below.

% = w/ Caddywhompus
* = w/ Ovlov, Caddywhompus

Sep 1 – New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
Sep 3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Sep 4 – Columbia, SC @ TBA
Sep 5 – Wilmington, NC @ Gravity Records
Sep 6 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
Sep 8 – Washington, DC @ Lily Trotter Tea Lounge
Sep 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
Sep 16 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sep 17 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners (matinee)
Sep 17 – Bristol, UK @ Old England (evening)
Sep 18 – Manchester, UK @ Fallow Cafe
Sep 19 – Dundee, UK @ Conroy’s Basement
Sep 20 – Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note
Sep 21 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sep 22 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sep 23 – Nottingham, UK @ JT Soar
Sep 24 – London, UK @ DIY Space For London
Sep 25 – Paris, FR @ Le Klub
Sep 26 – Leuven, BE @ Vleugel F
Sep 28 – Oslo, NO @ Cafe Mir
Sep 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Kulturhuset Lava
Oct 2 – Darmstadt, DE @ Oetinger Villa
Oct 3 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
Oct 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium *
Oct 6 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
Oct 7 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East *
Oct 10 – Detroit, MI @ 2144 Bagley Street
Oct 11 – Chicago, IL @ SubT Downstairs

Field Mouse has shared the second single, “Out Of Context” off their sophomore album, Episodic, out August 5 via Topshelf Records. The tender track features guest vocals by Waxhatchee’s Allison Crutchfield and Joseph D’Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars.

LISTEN: “Out Of Context”

Field Mouse will embark on a full US tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars this summer, but not before two headlining record release shows in the band members’ hometowns of Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.

08.04.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Swanning, Missing Earth)

08.06.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (w/ GROOMS, Leapling)

09.08.16 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (w/ The Anniversary, Laura Stevenson)

09.18.16 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *

09.19.16 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings *

09.20.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *

09.21.16 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub *

09.22.16 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *

09.24.16 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

09.25.16 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *

09.27.16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *

09.28.16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *

09.29.16 – Los Angele, CA @ The Echo *

09.30.16 – Pomona, CA @ Acerogami *

10.01.16 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall *

10.03.16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *

10.04.16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *

10.05.16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *

10.07.16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar *

10.08.16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

10.09.16 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge *

10.10.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *

10.11.16 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *

10.12.16 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *

* = w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars

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.

Night Flowers – “Glow in the Dark”

“Glow in the Dark” is a fantastic jangly, atmospheric pop song from Night Flowers. The guitars shimmer and propel the song forward as the wonderful vocals of Sophia Pettit sing a sweet as sugar melody that you’ll be humming or whistling all day. This is the type of dreamy song to get lost in and float along with, getting better and better with each listen.  The accompanying music video matches the mood of the song perfectly. Multiple images overlay one another as Pettit walks the streets of Tokyo at night, which really adds to the dreaminess of the track. “Glow in the Dark” will be released as a single with b/w “Amy” by Dirty Bingo Records on 7-15.


Field Mouse – “The Mirror”

Field Mouse have surrounded themselves with good company.  Their new album, Episodic, was produced by Joe Reinhart, a member of the band Hop Along, and features guest appearances from members of Speedy Ortiz, Swearin’ and Cymbals Eat Guitars.  Their first single from the album is “The Mirror” and if it is any indication of what is to come they definitely belong alongside those great bands.  This is a fast and short song that burns along and leaves you wanting more.  Aggressive guitars mix with driving bass and drums with soft, yet hard vocals from Rachel Browne.  Episodic is out 8-5 on Topshelf Records and is definitely one to look forward to.


Bat for Lashes – “Joe’s Dream”

Bat for Lashes excels at making beautifully gloomy ballads and “Joe’s Dream” is another example of this.  Lyrically the song is at times a very earnest declaration of love and at others a surreal interpretation of dreams and possible doom.  Listening to it is an incredibly vivid and cinematic experience.  One does not just hear this song; you see it, hear it and feel it.  It really is a beautiful short story with a literary feel, while never compromising musicality.  Subtly brooding guitar mixes with a steady heartbeat like drum and other percussive touches, reinforcing the beauty and foreboding of the vocal performance.  Bat for Lashes new album, The Bride, is a concept album out on 7-1 from Parlophone.  The story follows an engaged couple near their wedding day and the resulting accident that occurs en route to their wedding.  “Joe’s Dream” asserts itself as a reason to look forward to hearing the whole story as told by songwriter Natasha Khan.  This is definitely one to look forward to.   


Mai Lan – “Technique”

Strap yourselves in for a truly fascinating, quite strange, yet totally awesome electro-pop song. “Technique” finds Mai Lan repeating words that she enjoys the sound of in a seemingly disjointed stream of consciousness; however, what results is a look at the mundanity of life and how technology has over taken every aspect of it.  It’s a really smart, tongue-in-cheek pop song executed to perfection. The music video adds an element of surrealism to the song as Mai Lan and dancers perform offbeat choreography with the camera shooting from all over the place and some animated elements thrown in for good measure. “Technique” is a head scratcher at first and doesn’t reveal its greatness right away, yet given time it will be on repeat for fans of strong electro-pop. As of right now there is no word on an album from Mai Lan, but hopefully one is forthcoming.

Stop trying to define No Joy. In six years the noisy Montreal quartet has released a compelling and critically acclaimed discography and shared the stage with some of this decade’s most influential acts. Yet no one can quite figure this band out.

Tagging No Joy as “shimmery infectious dream pop” doesn’t work since the band’s live shows are so brutal that it has them sharing the stage with bands like Deafheaven and Fucked Up. Classifying them as “doom shoegaze” doesn’t work either since the band has created records so complex and sonically mature they transcend genres. Nostalgic yet new, loud yet quiet; No Joy’s conflicting reputation cannot be classified because it’s in constant evolution.

This year, No Joy will be releasing a series of EPs as a creative Fuck You: To everyone who told them they need to play quieter, needed to show their faces more onstage, who told them they should only include the girls in the press photos; pigeonholing No Joy won’t make them any easier to understand. This is no stopgap; this is a series of statements from a band that clearly are trying to defy definition. The Drool Sucker EP (July 15, 2016 via Topshelf Records) is the first of the series.

Drool Sucker was recorded quickly in a barn in rural Ontario with Graham Walsh (Viet Cong, Metz, Alvvays) and Brian Borcherdt, who respectively make up the band Holy Fuck. This is the most electric No Joy has sounded, the energy from their live shows transcending into the recordings. Singer Jasamine White-Gluz is not only exploring her range vocally, but these are some of the most emotive performances to date.

No Joy’s debut album Ghost Blonde was one of the standouts of the shoegaze revival in 2010. 2013’s sophomore Wait to Pleasure proved to be their sonic breakout success, while last year’s More Faithful solidified No Joy as one of the genre strongest innovators. Throughout all these major releases (as well as their collection of EPs and singles) it’s almost as if No Joy want to keep you guessing.

Stop making this band about gender. Stop making this band about nostalgia. Instead of trying to label what the band has been, let’s see where the band is about to go.

05.31.16 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere #
06.01.16 – Liege, BE @ La Zone #
06.02.16 – The Hague, NL @ Paard Van Troji #
06.03.16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso #
06.04.16 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
06.05.16 – Guilford, UK @ Boiler Room
06.06.16 – London, UK @ Moth Club
06.09.16 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Pasaz
06.10.16 – Ostrava, CZ @ Cheechak Festival
06.11.16 – Eindhoven, NL @ Eindhoven Psych Lab Festival
08.24.16 – Prague, CZ @ Cafe V Lesse
08.26.16 – Lodz, PL @ Domoffon Festival
08.28.16 – Leipzig, DE @ Westwerk
08.29.16 – Heidelberg, DE @ Leitstelle
08.30.16 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
08.31.16 – Berlin, DE @ Pop Kulture Festival
09.03.16 – London, UK @ 1234 Festival

# = w/ White Lung

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die are an atmospheric emo / indie rock band from Willimantic, CT. The band was formed in 2009 and has undergone several lineup changes since its inception. TWIABP’s now eight piece lineup writes the songs collaboratively and often on-the-spot with vocal duties shared by five members. The band’s sound is easily compared to second wave post-emo indie rock bands of the late 90s and early 2000s and their atmospheric moments are often tagged as “post-rock.” The band creates their dense textured sound with multi-layered and heavily effected guitars as well as synthesizer, strings, and trumpet.

The songs on Long Live Happy Birthday were written concurrently with the material found on last year’s heralded Harmlessness LP, recorded with Chris Teti at Silver Bullet Studios and mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio.

The 7″ vinyl is available on three colors (pre-order link):
100 // Clear w/ green splatter ($1 from every sale is donated to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape)
400 // Opaque pink and opaque yellow swirl
1,000 // Dark blue

Long Live Happy Birthday will be released March 25, 2016 via Topshelf Records.

# = w/ Into It. Over It., The Sidekicks, Pinegrove

02.12.16 – Digbeth, UK @ O2 Institute3 Birmingham
02.14.16 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC Glasgow

03.22.16 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird #
03.23.16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre #
03.24.16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre #
03.25.16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater #
03.26.16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
03.28.16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
03.29.16 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
03.31.16 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall #

04.01.16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room #
04.02.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour #
04.03.16 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic #
04.04.16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge #
04.06.16 – Austin, TX @ The Parish #
04.07.16 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
04.08.16 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s #
04.09.16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
04.10.16 – Orlando, FL @ The Social #
04.12.16 – Durham, NC @ Motorco #
04.13.16 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry #
04.15.16 – 04.16.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Broken World Fest 2 #
04.18.16 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar #
04.19.16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz #
04.20.16 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
04.21.16 – Boston, MA @ Royale #
04.22.16 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza #
04.23.16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
04.24.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA #
04.26.16 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups #
04.27.16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
04.28.16 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe #
04.30.16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #

05.01.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock #

Slingshot Dakota is an indie rock band from Bethlehem, PA. Comprised of two people, this band has no shortage of volume, energy and catchy tunes. Carly Comando shreds an 88-key digital piano through multiple effects pedals and provides vocals for the band. Drummer Tom Patterson keeps the beat while energetically crushing his drums, a sight that is both entertaining and inspiring.

While Comando and Patterson are influenced by their respective punk and hardcore basement scenes, their music can be described as poppy indie rock. Their live sound is loud, full and raw, but at the root of it all is an addictive rock song.

Over the course of the last three years since Slingshot Dakota’s last album, 2012’s Dark Hearts (Topshelf), the pair allowed themselves the freedom to write new material at their leisure as well as succumb to the temptation of outside opportunties – Comando, a commercial licensor, earned herself an Emmy Award for her song “Everyday” used in an episode of The Simpsons, Patterson wrote and recorded two albums with his doom metal band, Fog Cult, and what could be their biggest project to date, getting married.

Break will be released March 11, 2016 via Topshelf Records. Pre-orders are being taken now at http://tpshlf.co/tsr145

The vinyl 12″ will be available in three variations:

Clear with Violet and Pink Splatter (ed. of 100)

Black (ed. of 300)

Translucent Violet (ed. of 600)

A dollar from every pre-order of the Clear with Violet and Pink Splatter variant will be donated to Third St. Alliance for Women and Children.

A message from the band: “The Third Street Alliance for Women and Children provides much needed services for homeless families, child care, and day programs for aging seniors with special needs. They do all of this with such care and empathy, striving to maintain human dignity and cultivating self respect to all they serve. It has been a fixture of our community for a very long time, and we would love to see that continue!”

Catch them live:

03.05.16 – Washington, DC @ Breaking Even Fest (w/ Iron Chic, Timeshares + more)


Hailing from Chicago and its South Suburbs, the members of Ratboys have no qualms scurrying through the streets to meet up and make music. What started out as a spacey, acoustic two-piece playing secret shows in dorm rooms, has morphed into a post-country foursome that simply cannot deny the power of rodent rock. They recorded their debut, AOID at The Owlery in Chicago, released earlier this year on Topshelf Records. Ratboys will tour throughout the southern U.S. in January wtih The Island of Misfit Toys (Broken World Media) and Woozy (Community Records/Exploding In Sound).

All dates with The Island of Misfit Toys * = w/ Woozy

1/3 Louisville, KY – The New Vintage

1/4 Bowling Green, KY – Nightmare House

1/5 Nashville, TN – Charlie Bob’s *

1/6 Little Rock, AR – Gaines Street House *

1/7 Lafayette, LA – The Wild Salmon *

1/8 New Orleans, LA – Sisters in Christ *

1/9 Birmingham, AL – Desert Island Supply Company *

1/10 Tallahassee, FL – The Shark Tank *

1/11 Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar

1/12 Sarasota, FL – Coffee Loft

1/13 Orlando, FL – The Space Station

1/14 Savannah, GA – Quolab

1/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

1/16 Chattanooga, TN – House Show

1/17 Somerset, KY – Ferguson School

1/18 Bloomington, IN – Brick House