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The One With Dream Pop Dundee

On this episode: Brian wishes his wife a Happy 11th Year Wedding Anniversary and dedicates a cover of a classic love song to her, Luke decides to invent a new genre of music called Night-Terror Pop, the Dear LaBenne cousins discuss the universe, death and taxes as well as what songs they want play at their funerals, Luke quotes the great Dream Pop Dundee and Brian shouts out to himself for being on Sam Sanders NPR Podcast It’s Been a Minute also out today, all while playing the eight best songs you’ll hear 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.


Songs Played on The One With Dream Pop Dundee

Dum Dum Girls – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out from He Gets Me High out now on Sub Pop

Amy 0 – Sunday Meal from Elastic out now on Winspear

Yumi Zouma – December from Willowbank out October 6th on Cascine

Destroyer – Sky’s Grey from Ken out October 20th on Merge Records

The Mynabirds – Shouting at the Dark from BE HERE NOW out August 25th on Saddle Creek

Shannon Lay – The Moon’s Detriment out September 22nd on Mare Records

Shilpa Ray – EMT Police and the Fire Department from Door Girl out September 22nd on Northern Spy Records

Rick Ashtray – One of These Nites from INC. out today, August 11th on Black Pop Records

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 6!

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Deerhoof – “Plastic Thrills”

Deerhoof has recently announced their next full length album titled The Magic, coming out 6-24 on Polyvinyl Records. The Magic is explained by drummer Greg as being “what we liked when we were kids – when music was magic – before you knew about the industry and before there were rules. Sometimes hair metal is the right choice.”  They have shared two tracks from the upcoming album, “Debut” and “Plastic Thrills,” and thus far the sound from the upcoming album is definitely in line with this idea of music being magical and having no rules.  “Plastic Thrills” comes right out of the gate with a solid guitar riff and cuts out abruptly about two minutes later.  There are awesome shades of Iggy and the Stooges on “Plastic Thrills” and overall is just a blast to listen to.  Deerhoof keeps finding new ways to remain unpredictable and so far The Magic sounds like a triumphant next step.


Yumi Zouma – “Barricade (Matter of Fact)”

“Barricade (Matter of Fact)” is a song that sneaks up on you and before you know it has its teeth sunk in deep. Dreamy synths mix with beautiful vocals singing such a subtly catchy melody that you’ll find yourself humming later and not quite be able to  place where you heard it.  Yumi Zouma has put out a couple EPs and the band members were scattered across the globe during the recording process for those.  Josh Burgess of the band explains: “’Barricade’ was the first song that was really collaborative for us. I remember sitting on the floor in Charlie’s apartment playing an unplugged bass, Charlie with an unplugged guitar and Christie humming out melodies. I hadn’t worked on a track like that since I was in college.” The cohesion that results from this new style of songwriting for Yumi Zouma makes their debut full length album Yoncalla, out 5-27 on Cascine, an album to look forward to.


Look Park – “Aeroplane”

Chris Collingwood has enjoyed success over the years with his band Fountains of Wayne, but was inspired to embark on a solo music project under the name of Look Park. “I don’t like the expression ‘solo record,’” Collingwood says. “It means you don’t have to pay attention to it, it’s really just a side project. It really felt important to me to give this a proper name.” It’s been three years since Fountains of Wayne’s last album and in that time Collingwood has made over 100 new songs, mainly with acoustic guitar, MIDI and a ton of percussion instruments. “Aeroplane” is a classic pop rock song with a fantastic chorus and super catchy melody. There are acoustic and electric guitars interplaying with a great piano line over lyrics focusing on being stuck in a plane on a long flight and the feelings of connectedness and isolation that brings.  Look Park’s debut self titled album is out 7-22 on Yep Roc.


FAWNN – “Galaxies”

“Galaxies,” the lead single from FAWNN’s upcoming album Ultimate Oceans, is an appropriately titled and spacey dream rock song.  FAWNN describes their sound on “Galaxies” in the perfect way: “signature hooky boy/girl harmonies, melodic guitar interplay and undeniable rhythm grooves.”  The song floats along in a most enjoyable manner and ultimately culminates in an epic crescendo involving a nice guitar solo and even some subtle saxophone thrown in for good measure. Ultimate Oceans is out 6/17 on Quite Scientific.

Full Playlist