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The One Where Luke is Adopted

On this episode of Best Song Ever: Luke gives motivational tips so you can Live Like Luke #LLL, Brian talks about the Bachelor much to Luke’s chagrin, Luke presents Lil Luke’s Complaint Sesh in defense of La La Land #LLL, the dear LaBenne cousins play everybody’s favorite game show #traintrackbaby, and Luke plays our first country song!  It’s a weird and wild ride with a truly fantastic soundtrack.

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 Where Luke is Adopted

Wire – Short Elevated Period from Silver/Lead out March 31st on Pink Flag

Foxygen – Avalon from Hang out now on Jagjaguwar

Raekwon – This is What it Comes to from The Wild out March 24th on ICEH20/Empire

Blank – This Journey from Weary Soul out April 7th

Guided by Voices – Hiking Skin from August by Cake out April 7th on GBV, Inc.

Tift Merritt – Love Soliders On from Stitch of the World out now on Yep Roc Records

The Feelies – Gone Gone Gone from In Between out February 24th on Bar None Records

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy from Pure Comedy out April 7th on Sub Pop

To celebrate the release of their self-titled album, which is out this week via pinkflag, Wire have shared the new video for album standout track ‘Burning Bridges’.

Watch: Burning Bridges video via YouTube   Directed by Kenichi Iwasa, who makes up one third of the band Xaviers and has previously worked with the likes of Deerhoof & Bo Ningen, the video for ‘Burning Bridges’ features live footage of one of Wire’s legendary shows mixed with an array of kaleidoscopic colours, all complimented by the band’s ever evolving sounds.

Wire also recently unveiled the details of their upcoming festival DRILL : CHICAGO, which will include a collaboration with St. Vincent as well as performances from a host of other musicians – details below. Named after a single song dissected and rearranged into a full album of divergent pieces, DRILL festivals in LONDON, SEATTLE, and BRIGHTON perfectly captured Wire’s unique, forward-facing approach to making music. 2015 is no different with DRILL : LEXINGTON in April and DRILL : CHICAGO in June. All of the events unite a distinct group of artists bonded by mutual admiration to celebrate creative possibilities with one of the most influential rock bands of our time.

DRILL : CHICAGO will feature a series of unique collaborations, including an extended study of ‘Map Ref. 41°N 93°W‘ with Chicago Jazz legend Ken Vandermark, and a new version of the continuously mutating song, ‘Drill,’ featuring Grammy winner St. Vincent. The festival will culminate with historic pinkflag guitar orchestra, in which performers, friends, and allies join Wire onstage to play the song ‘Pink Flag’ at full volume. Additional confirmed performers include Nate Wooley, Olivia Block, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Tim Hecker and Disappears. The event will also include in a Sound Opinions Live Taping with Wire.

Tickets and additional information can be found at the DRILL : Festival Website.

Wire’s 13th studio album, WIRE, is full of swooning pop melodies with a 60s tinge and an irresistible, near motorik rhythmic momentum. One can recognise certain melodic inflections, guitar and bass motifs, and drum rhythms from Wire’s idiosyncratic vocabulary but it has a remarkable freshness.   Big money offers have been made to Wire to become part of the Heritage Rock industry, to get the original line-up back together and play only 70s music. These have all been unequivocally turned down. Fun though that might be, why plant yourself firmly back in the past when you are making new music this potent with the promise of more in the future?

“The point where our personal narratives meet is all about change – moving on and keeping it interesting for ourselves,” says Newman. “We’re in it for the long haul and this is a one-way trip.”

April 21 – UK – RAMSGATE – Music Hall

April 22 – UK – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms

April 23 – UK – LIVERPOOL – Kazimer

April 24 – UK – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club

April 26 – UK – ABERDEEN – Lemon Tree

April 27- UK – GLASGOW – King Tuts

April 28 – UK – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

April 29 – UK – MANCHESTER – Club Academy

April 30 – UK – BRISTOL – Fleece

May 26 – USA – PORTLAND, OR – Dantes

May 27 – USA – SEATTLE, WA – Nuemos

May 29 – USA – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Slim’s

May 30 – USA – LOS ANGELES, CA – The Echoplex

June 02 – USA – CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Sinclair

June 03 – USA – BROOKLYN, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 04 – USA – NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom

June 05 – USA – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer

June 06 – USA – WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat

June 08 – USA – CLEVELAND, OH – Beachland Ballroom

June 09 – USA – DETROIT, MI – Majestic Theatre

June 10 – USA – LOUISVILLE, KY – Headliners June 11 – 13 – USA – CHICAGO – DRILL : CHICAGO

Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences.

Their 13th studio album – simply titled WIRE– is comprised of material that was written with the album in mind but had been performed on toured extensively first. Songs that Newman introduced to the group in the studio just prior to recording are also included. The idea was to get the most spontaneous reaction possible from the musicians, and far from the rough and ready results than one might have expected.

WIRE is full of swooning pop melodies with a ’60s tinge and an irresistible, near driving rhythmic momentum. One can recognize certain melodic inflections, guitar and bass motifs, and drum rhythms from Wire’s idiosyncratic vocabulary but it has a remarkable freshness.

WIRE will be launched by the fourth event in the band’s DRILL series entitled DRILL : LEXINGTON – five nights (14-18 April) at the Lexington in London with Wire headlining, plus a different curated support each night. This will be followed by a UK and US tour. See full dates below.

April 12-13 – UK – BRIGHTON – Prince Albert

April 14-18 – UK – LONDON – DRILL : LEXINGTON (album launch)

April 20 – UK – SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms

April 21 – UK – RAMSGATE – Music Hall

April 22 – UK – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms

April 23 – UK – LIVERPOOL – Kazimer

April 24 – UK – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club

April 26 – UK – ABERDEEN – Lemon Tree

April 27- UK – GLASGOW – King Tuts

April 28 – UK – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

April 29 – UK – MANCHESTER – Club Academy

April 30 – UK – BRISTOL – Fleece

May 26 – USA – PORTLAND, OR – Dantes

May 27 – USA – SEATTLE, WA – Nuemos

May 29 – USA – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Slim’s

May 30 – USA – LOS ANGELES, CA – The Echoplex

June 02 – USA – CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Sinclair

June 03 – USA – BROOKLYN, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 04 – USA – NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom

June 05 – USA – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer

June 06 – USA – WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat

June 08 – USA – CLEVELAND, OH – Beachland Ballroom

June 09 – USA – DETROIT, MI – Majestic Theatre

June 10 – USA – LOUISVILLE, KY – Headliners

Wire announced the release of their new self-titled album on April 21 via pinkflag.  Noisey has premiered “Joust & Jostle” from the forthcoming record and the song is also available to post and share via SoundCloud.

Wire has also announced a summer U.S. tour which will make stops in major markets including Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and more. All upcoming shows are listed below.

April 12-13 – UK – BRIGHTON – Prince Albert

April 14-18 – UK – LONDON – DRILL : LEXINGTON (album launch)

April 20 – UK – SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms

April 21 – UK – RAMSGATE – Music Hall

April 22 – UK – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms

April 23 – UK – LIVERPOOL – Kazimer

April 24 – UK – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club

April 26 – UK – ABERDEEN – Lemon Tree

April 27- UK – GLASGOW – King Tuts

April 28 – UK – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

April 29 – UK – MANCHESTER – Club Academy

April 30 – UK – BRISTOL – Fleece

May 27 – USA – SEATTLE, WA – Nuemos

May 29 – USA – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Slim’s

May 30 – USA – LOS ANGELES, CA – The Echoplex

June 02 – USA – CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Sinclair

June 03 – USA – BROOKLYN, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 04 – USA – NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom

June 05 – USA – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer

June 06 – USA – WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat

June 08 – USA – CLEVELAND, OH – Beachland Ballroom

June 09 – USA – DETROIT, MI – Majestic Theatre

June 10 – USA – LOUISVILLE, KY – Headliners

Waiting for a Sign marks the return of Githead after a five-year break from recording and is set for release on December 8 via swim~ to coincide with the band’s performance at this year’s DRILL Festival in Brighton.

Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative resume.

Githead will perform tracks from Waiting for A Sign for the first time at  DRILL : BRIGHTON – Wire’s festival already in its third and most ambition incarnation. The Festival takes places in venues across the city between December 4 – 7 2014. For more information visit: For more information visit: http://drillfestival.com/

Wire’s Document And Eyewitness will be released on August 18 on Pink Flag and the album is available for pre-order hereThe AV Club premiered “Revealing Trade Secrets,” and described the track by saying “twitchy, icy and obliquely melodic, it never appeared on any of Wire’s studio recordings – but it would have been right at home on masterpieces like 1979’s 154.” The track is also available to post and share via SoundCloud.

Wire has announced a bunch of tour dates before year’s end.  Here they are:

Oct 30th: Babylon Club, Istanbul, Turkey Book

Nov 02nd: Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel Book

Nov 07th: Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland Book

Nov 09th: Wroclaw Industrial Festival, Wroclaw, Poland Book

Nov 17th: The Echoplex, Los Angeles, USA Book

Nov 18th: Slim’s, San Francisco, USA Book

Nov 20th: Crystal Ballroom with Helmet, Portland, USA Book

Nov 21st: DRILL : SEATTLE – Earth, Pillar Point, Drill at Barboza

Nov 22nd: DRILL : SEATTLE – Helmet, FF at The Crocodile

Nov 23rd: DRILL : SEATTLE – Wire, Chastity Belt, Vestals at Neumos

Wire has announced the release of Change Becomes Us due March 26 on Pinkflag. In anticipation of the album’s release Stereogum is running an MP3 premiere of “Love Bends.” Additionally the band properly launched the second set in the “Legal Bootleg Series.” The newly released live recordings are from Wire shows and sessions at Nottingham Social (February 23, 2000), WFMU (April 4, 2011) and KEXP (April 13, 2011). More information and order links are available on the band’s website.