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The One With Happy Haircut

On this episode: Luke brings us some hot podcasting news, Brian and Luke talk about one of the best rap albums of the year, Loki the trickster tricks our hosts into an episode of Thor Talk, Brian wishes Chris Hemsworth a happy haircut, there’s a lot of talk about 7-11, Luke introduces a brand new segment and our hosts play you quite possibly the strongest set of eight songs in the history of the show.

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Songs Played on The One With Happy Haircut

Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q – Rockabye Baby from ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ out now on Pro Era

White Reaper – The Stack from The World’s Best American Band out now on Polyvinyl Records

Pet Symmetry – Stare Collection from Visions out May 26th on Polyvinyl Records

Michigander – Nineties new single Fears out April 21st

Shugo Tokumaru – Hikageno from Toss out April 28th on Polyvinyl Records

Mt. Wolf – Heavenbound from Aetherlight out May 26th on CRC Music

Cayetana – Certain for Miles from New Kind of Normal out May 5th on Plum Records

Deep State – Mountains from Thought Garden out April 14th on Friendship Fever

Like everything White Reaper does, the band’s trajectory from regional act renowned for its high-intensity shows to national touring group was accomplished at the speed of 0 to 60.

After signing to Polyvinyl in early 2014 and releasing a self-titled EP that blasts through six tracks in a breakneck 15 minutes, the Reapers – Esposito, keyboardist Ryan Hater, bassist Sam Wilkerson, and drummer Nick Wilkerson – soon began working on new material to fill out their set.

Enter White Reaper Does It Again: a raucous debut full-length from a bunch of barely 20-somethings who have more fun on a Tuesday night than you do on a Saturday.

Recorded in White Reaper’s hometown of Louisville, KY, with engineer Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, Coliseum), WRDIA is a pure rock ‘n’ roll adrenaline shot: vicious guitar scratches, elastic bass, sugary keyboard leads, and a thudding drums that will inevitably give your heartbeat a new rhythm.

The band then held reign over Ratterman’s La La Land space for a little over a week, arriving at noon and staying late into the night – a schedule that left everyone as giddily exhausted as the crowd at, well, a White Reaper show.

See for yourself here:

6/04 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival

6/05 – Indianapolis, IN – The HI-FI

6/06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache at The Intersection

6/07 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird

6/08 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room

6/11 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s

6/12 – Portland, OR – Dante’s

6/13 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s

6/14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

6/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe

6/16 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

6/17 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room

6/18 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

6/19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

6/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet

7/17-7/19 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Music Festival

From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, emerges White Reaper – an incandescent power trio who is ready and willing to blow out eardrums far and wide.

The band – formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) — combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite. Having cut their teeth playing a number of raucous local and regional shows that left everyone’s ears ringing and no pores devoid of sweat, the group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut EP — a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band’s present and future.

While dingy and jangly single “Conspirator” scratches the itch left behind by Jay Reatard, infectious stand outs “Cool” and “Funn” will undoubtedly make the ears of the Ty Segall/Oh Sees sect perk up. Affectionately known as “Tony and the Twins,”

White Reaper has six tracks in their pocket, a few future surprises up their sleeves, a thunderous live show, and they’re just getting started….

Catch them live here:

09/28 Louisville, KY @ Cropped Out Festival

10/17 Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar

10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House

10/20-25  New York, NY @ CMJ

10/26 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College

10/27 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

10/28 Raleigh, NC @ Neptunes

10/31 Chattanooga, TN @ Frightening Ass Film Festival

11/6 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

11/7 Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre *

11/8 Charlottesville, VA @  The Southern *

11/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

11/11 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *

11/12 Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Back Room *

11/13 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *

11/14 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Piccolo Rialto *


* = w/ Deerhoof