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The One With Sqwings

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 With Sqwings

Damaged Bug – Bog Dash from Bunker Funk out March 10th on Castle Face Records

Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix from Temple of I & I out now on ESL Music

Beach Fossils – This Year from Somersault out June 2nd on Bayonet Records

The New Pornographers – High Ticket Attractions from Whiteout Conditions out April 7th on Collected Works Records

Aimee Mann – Goose Snow Cone from Mental Illness out March 31st on SuperEgo Records

Quell Chris – BS Vibes from Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often out now on Mello Music Group

Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See from an album due later this year on Dead Oceans

John Andrews and the Yawns – Drivers from Bad Posture out March 10th on Woodsist

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 8th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade Records)

Human Performance is one of the rare albums that attempts a lot of different things and succeeds in creating a solid yet cohesive, exciting listen. Parquet Courts primarily creates angular rock music with tight riffs and poetic lyricism, yet they veer off here and there into quasi-rap vocal delivery and dissonant, challenging rock passages. The album’s overall weathered sound makes it feel effortlessly like an old classic rock album in the best way possible.


Culture Abuse – Peach (6131 Records)

Peach is filled to the brim with fast and fun punk rock music. From start to finish this is just a great album for fans of well executed punk. The guitar sound, vocals and choruses are all solid, but what really stands out is the huge, awesome sounding drums. Culture Abuse is also featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster.

Summer Flake – Hello Friends (Rice is Nice Records)

Summer Flake thrives on creating music that is both hard and soft. On their sophomore album, Hello Friends, Summer Flake have really found their voice and honed in on their sound. This sound can easily be described as pretty, hard, straightforward music. Ethereal female vocals are mixed with reverb drenched guitars, eventually giving way to heavily distorted guitar solos in most of the songs, which is not to say that the album is one note. Each song is vital and strong and they add up to produce a really enjoyable listen.

Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)

Over the course of their first eight albums Woods has carefully cultivated and continuously tweaked their sound. What began as a straightforward lo-fi folk rock band has morphed over the years into a well produced, eclectic group of musicians. Their ninth and strongest album yet, City Sun Eater and the River of Light, finds Woods adding elements of Ethopian jazz and, most notably, an excellent horn section. What results from all these combined influences is a tight group of catchy and intricate songs.

Other Noteworthy Albums

Kweku Collins – Nat Love (Closed Sessions)


Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack (Atlantic Records)

On April 8, Woods will release its ninth LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light on its own Woodsist label. You’ll also be able to purchase the new album in skateboard form, as the band’s new deck for Habitat will be released the same day, along with a download code for City Sun Eater in the River of Light – pre-order it here. Check out tour dates below as well.

Thu-Apr-21      Ithaca, NY              The Haunt
Fri-Apr-22      Toronto, ON             The Garrison
Sat-Apr-23      Chicago, IL             Lincoln Hall *
Mon-Apr-25      Madison, WI             High Noon Saloon *
Tue-Apr-26      St. Paul, MN            Turf Club *
Wed-Apr-27      Iowa City, IA           Gabe’s *
Thu-Apr-28      Kansas City, MO The Riot Room *
Sat-Apr-30      Austin, TX              Levitation Austin
Mon-May-02      Nashville, TN           Third Man Records
Tue-May-03      Atlanta, GA             Masquerade – Purgatory Room *
Wed-May-04      Asheville, NC           Mothlight *
Thu-May-05      Washington, DC  Rock & Roll Hotel *
Fri-May-06      Philadelphia, PA        Boot and Saddle *
Sat-May-07      New York, NY            Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Sat-Jun-18       Mad Cool festival – Madrid (ES)
Sun-Jun-19      Paris Psych fest – Noisiel/Marne la Vallée (F)
Mon-Jun-20      L’Aeronef – Lille (F)
Tue-Jun-21      The Hope – Brighton (UK)
Wed-Jun-22      The Dome – London (UK)
Thu-Jun-23      DOK – Gent (B)
Fri-Jun-24      Bitterzoet – Amsterdam (NL)
Sat-Jun-25      Ekko – Utrecht (NL)
Mon-Jun-27     Kantine am Berghain – Berlin (D)
Tue-Jun-28     Mejeriet – Lund (S)
Wed-Jun-29     Debaser Strand – Stockholm (S)
Thu-Jun-30     Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
Fri-Jul-01     BLÅ – Oslo (N)
Sat-Jul-02     Sommerfesten – Giske/Ålesund (N)
Thu-Jul-14    Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
Fri-Jul-15    Detroit, MI   El Club
Sun-Jul-17    Chicago, IL   Pitchfork Music Festival
Mon-Jul-18    Omaha, NE   Slowdown
Tue-Jul-19    Denver, CO   Marquis Theatre
Fri-Jul-22    Portland, OR   Mississippi Studios
Sat-Jul-23    Seattle, WA   Capital Hill Block Party
Sat-Jul-30    Los Angeles, CA   The Echoplex #
Sun-Jul-31    Phoenix, AZ   Crescent Ballroom
Fri-Aug-05    Louisville, KY   Zanzabar
Sat-Aug-06    Baltimore, MD   Ottobar

* = w/ Ultimate Painting
# = w/ Gun Outfit, Cian Nugent

On April 8, Woods will release its ninth LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light on its own Woodsist label. The first batch of tour dates in support of the album, most of which will include openers Ultimate Painting (see full list of dates below).

Thu-Apr-21 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
Fri-Apr-22 Toronto, ON The Garrison
Sat-Apr-23 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
Mon-Apr-25 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon *
Tue-Apr-26 St. Paul, MN Turf Club *
Wed-Apr-27 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s *
Thu-Apr-28 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room *
Sat-Apr-30 Austin, TX Levitation Austin
Mon-May-02 Nashville, TN Third Man Records
Tue-May-03 Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Purgatory Room *
Wed-May-04 Asheville, NC Mothlight *
Thu-May-05 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel *
Fri-May-06 Philadelphia, PA Boot and Saddle *
Sat-May-07 New York, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *

* = w/ Ultimate Painting

Veteran singer-songwriter Simon Joyner will release his latest musical offering Grass, Branch & Bone on March 31 via Woodsist. Today he shares album standout “Nostalgia Blues” on Consequence of Sound. The album is available for pre-order now in digital and LP formats.

Catch him live here:

5/18 Big Sur, CA – Loma Vista Gardens (Woodsist Festival) *

* = w/ Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaking Lights, and Little Wings

The Babies release outtakes from Our House On The Hill, stream “Got Old” now. Our House On The Hill Outtakes out now on Woodsist

STREAM: The Babies – “Got Old” – Noisey / SoundCloud 

“Got Old” b/w “All I Know” are two unreleased B-Sides written and recorded by The Babies, produced by Rob Barbato and engineered and mixed by Drew Fischer as part of the Our House On The Hill sessions which took place in February 2012 at Comp’ny Studios in Burbank, CA. The songs never found a home until now, as a digital 7″ via Woodsist. Stream “Got Old” now over at Noisey.

Kevin Morby of The Babies is currently touring in support of his recent sophomore solo album, Still Life, full dates listed below.

Kevin Morby tour dates:

1/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #

1/23 – Hudson, NY @ Half Moon $

2/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *

2/21 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *

2/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir *

2/23 – Eugene, OR – The Barnlight *

2/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (Noise Pop Festival) *

2/26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium *

2/27 – Long Beach, CA – House Show *

2/28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

3/7 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place ^

3/8 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness ^

3/9 – Chicago, IL – Schubas ^

3/10 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^

3/11 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox ^

3/12 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight ^

3/13 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^

3/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle ^

3/15 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right ^

$ = w/ Widowspeak # = w/ Amen Dunes * = w/ Jessica Pratt

^ = w/ Ryley Walker

California psych-pop duo The Skygreen Leopards share the video for “Crying Green & Purple,” a standout track from their recently released album Family Crimes on Woodsist. Watch the video on Vimeo.

The group extends their Summer tour with shows in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York. The first leg of the tour has the band supporting Woods. Full tour dates listed below.

08/14 San Diego, CA – Casbah *

08/15 Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising Fest *

08/16 Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival Pioneertown *

08/17 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

09/13 Deerfield, WI – Yardfest

09/14 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry at First Avenue #

09/15 Chicago, IL – Hideout

09/18 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right

* = w/ Woods

# = w/ Papercuts

California psych-pop duo The Skygreen Leopards share a new track from their forthcoming album Family Crimes on Woodsist, set for release on July 8. Stream “My Friends” on Noisey. Pre-order the album here.

The group will support Woods on tour this Summer, and is set to play both Woodsist Festival events in August. Other artists confirmed for the festival include Woods, Angel Olsen, Real Estate, Foxygen and more. Tickets to the festival can be purchased at the links below –

Here are the dates:

08/05 Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Library ***

08/12 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door  ***
08/14 San Diego, CA – Casbah  ***
08/16 Pioneertown, CA – Woodsist Festival @ Pappy & Harriet’s ***

08/17 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom  ***

*** = w/ Woods


Portland-based garage pop band Eat Skull released their third full-length, III, via new label Woodsist in February.  Channeling the subatomic joy of Primal Scream’s Keep Your Dreams and the desperate loneliness of Same Place the Fly Got Smashed era Guided By Voices, the record was naturally one Ghettoblaster believed readers would dig the fuck out of. 

Ghettoblaster caught up with Eat Skull’s, Rob Enbom to discuss the record, although he didn’t say much…here it is anyway…

When did you begin writing the material for your most recent album?  

Some of the songs are older than others.  The oldest were probably from right after we did Wild and Inside, the newest was summer 2012.

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing?  Why was it so troublesome? 

None of them were particularly difficult… 

Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?

“Summer Inside” used to be an instrumental.

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

We had some of our friends play and sing. The back cover has a lot of information about that. Who, Where, what etc.

Who produced the record?  What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

We did.  The mixing and overdubbing process took a while but the end result is good.

Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?

People can figure that out for themselves.

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

We haven’t played in a while but we’re about to start.  We’ll see…



Portland-based garage pop band Eat Skull announced their third full-length, and first with their new label Woodsist. The album is entitled III, and will be released February 19.

Listen to the album’s first single ‘How Do I Know When To Say Goodnight’ on Pitchfork.