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Each week cousins and music journalists Brian and Luke LaBenne present their favorite new music and have some laughs along the way.

Best Song Ever Brian and Luke LaBenne

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    • 4.9, 13 Ratings

Each week cousins and music journalists Brian and Luke LaBenne present their favorite new music and have some laughs along the way.

    BSE 115: Elaquent, Nation of Language, Seán Barna, Painted Zeros, Jacknife Lee feat. Open Mike Eagle and Kelly Lee Owens

    BSE 115: Elaquent, Nation of Language, Seán Barna, Painted Zeros, Jacknife Lee feat. Open Mike Eagle and Kelly Lee Owens

    “Those Prezzies Nice and Warm!”
    It’s the BEST SONG EVER BRIAN’S BIRTHDAY BONANZA!!! We take some calls from Brian’s favorite musicians, plus a special announcement about Daddy #3: Offshelf.net. Luke talks about his interview with hip hop producer Elaquent and plays a clip about him talking about his album Forever Is A Really Long Time. We talk about whale sounds and CD sample machines. We try to figure out New York geography with knowledge from Spider-man and Gossip Girl. We talk about our reading habits, Luke pitches some content for Netflix and we talk about not owing anything to anyone. All this while playing a spectacular swarm of new songs from amazing artists.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    Elaquent - Annoyed feat. Saturn, Alexander from Forever Is A Pretty Long Time out now on Mello Music Group
    Nation of Language - The Wall and I from Introduction Presence out today
    Seán Barna - Eastern Junk Dancing from Margret Thatcher of the Lower East Side out May 29th on American Songwriter
    Painted Zeros - Commuter Rage from When You Found Forever out May 29th on Don Giovanni Records
    Jacknife Lee - Made It Weird feat. Open Mike Eagle from The Jacknife Lee out May 29th on Slow Kids Records
    Kelly Lee Owens - Night from Inner Song August 28th on Smalltown Supersound

    • 1 hr 19 min
    BSE 114: LA Priest, Naeem feat. Swamp Dogg and Justin Vernon, Bibio, Johanna Warren, Land of Talk and The Soft Pink Truth

    BSE 114: LA Priest, Naeem feat. Swamp Dogg and Justin Vernon, Bibio, Johanna Warren, Land of Talk and The Soft Pink Truth

    “I Know Kung-Fu… Panda.”
    We walk about Baby Grimes-Musk, alien languages, and Brian makes Luke (aaaahhh) FREAK OUT! We talk about weird coincidences, deja vu, and living in a simulation. Luke plays a clip from his interview with LA Priest where they talk about Soft Hair, Britney Spears, and Tiger King. We talk about living in the city vs. living in the country. Luke tries to teach Brian how to pronounce Bon Iver. We talk about manipulative men and carrying the weight of the world. We talk about reinventing yourself as a new character. All while playing an incredible lineup of songs that are sure to please our robot overlords.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    LA Priest - Beginning from GENE out June 5th on Domino Recording Co.
    Naeem feat. Swamp Dogg and Justin Vernon - Simulation from Startisha out June 12th on 37D03D
    Bibio - Sleep On The Wing from Sleep On The Wing out June 12th on Warp Records
    Johanna Warren - Twisted from Chaotic Good out now on Wax Nine/Carpark Records
    Land of Talk - Weight of that Weekend from Indistinct Conversations out July 31st on Saddle Creek
    The Soft Pink Truth - We from Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? out now on Thrill Jockey Records

    • 1 hr 17 min
    BSE 113: Hala, Phoebe Bridgers, Momma, default genders, STRFKR and Coriky

    BSE 113: Hala, Phoebe Bridgers, Momma, default genders, STRFKR and Coriky

    “#AllDayDoobers.”
    We talk quarantine drinking, contact-free pee and the haziest high holiday, 4/20. We talk about money troubles and Brian questions the message of the Animal Crossing games. We talk about imposter syndrome and self-doubt. All this while playing a fantastic lineup of breezy and bouncy tunes.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    Hala - Somehow from Red Herring out May 1st on Cinematic
    Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto from Punisher out June 19th on Dead Oceans
    Momma - Double Dare from Two of Me out June 5th on Danger Collective
    default genders - checking in with the old gang (ash nerve remix) from pain mop girl 2020 out now on Bandcamp
    STRFKR - Never The Same from Future Past Life out now on Polyvinyl
    Coriky - Clean Kill from Coriky out May 29th on Dischord Records

    • 1 hr 5 min
    BSE 112: Tennis, Protomartyr, Swamp Dogg, Half Waif, En Attendant Ana and Shabazz Palaces feat. Purple Tape Nate

    BSE 112: Tennis, Protomartyr, Swamp Dogg, Half Waif, En Attendant Ana and Shabazz Palaces feat. Purple Tape Nate

    “Punk Rock Bezos.”
    The LaBenne cousins investigate the source code of famous peoples’ websites and make some shocking revelations. They talk about their favorite albums from Q1 of 2020. They talk about Tiger Kings and Kings of Rock ’n’ Roll. Luke tries to teach Brian the difference between Snoop Dogg and Swamp Dogg and talks about crying in a Panera Drive-Thru. Brian reveals his shaved head to the world and tells the story of how he went from Mess Head Boy to Punk Rock Bezos. They also talk about being the caretaker of yourself, all this while playing the best playlist of new tunes you could ask for.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    Tennis - Need Your Love from Swimmer out now on Mutually Detrimental / Thirty Tigers
    Protomartyr – Processed by the Boys from Ultimate Success Today out May 29th on Domino
    Swamp Dogg - Good, Better, Best from Sorry You Couldn’t Make It out now on Joyful Noise
    Half Waif – Ordinary Talk from The Caretaker out now on Anti-
    En Attendant Ana - Down The Hill from Juillet out now on Trouble In Mind Records
    Shabazz Palaces – Fast Learner feat. Purple Tape Nate from The Don of Diamond Dreams out April 17th on Sub Pop

    • 1 hr 20 min
    BSE 111: Dirty Projectors, Nap Eyes, Squid, Louis Prince, Jordana and Disq

    BSE 111: Dirty Projectors, Nap Eyes, Squid, Louis Prince, Jordana and Disq

    “Switcheroo Hullabaloo.”
    It’s a Switcheroo Hullabaloo on this episode as the cousins LaBenne trade songs during isolation. Luke talks about the cruise he just went on and the playlist Brian made to help calm his fears. We discuss having a beginner’s mindset, people assuming that they’re experts and Brian tells Luke to drink Essential Oils. We try to figure out if Mark Zuckerberg is a ghost, alien or robot and what the heck he does with all that sand!?! Brian sh*t talks a band he’s playing and pitches an erotic train conductor story while Luke does a flawless Jim Carey impression. All this while playing an incredible playlist of Quaran-Tunes.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    Squid - Sludge out now on Warp Records
    Nap Eyes - Mark Zuckerberg from Snapshot of a Beginner out now on Jagjaguwar
    Dirty Projectors - Overlord from Windows Open out now on Domino
    Louis Prince - The Number Thirteen from Thirteen out now on Last Gang Records
    Jordana - Crunch from Classical Notions of Happiness out now on Grand Jury Music
    Disq - Loneliness from Collector out now on Saddle Creek

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BSE 110: Yves Tumor, Star Parks, Soccer Mommy, The Undercover Dream Lovers, Thundercat and JUICEBOXXX

    BSE 110: Yves Tumor, Star Parks, Soccer Mommy, The Undercover Dream Lovers, Thundercat and JUICEBOXXX

    “Brian LaBenne: Dense and Difficult.”
    This week the guys play a game about Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson called Not The Bees or M**********n’ Snakes. They have a Chardy Party and discuss their wine preferences. They talk about feeling like a failure, nostalgia for childhood and changing as you grow. They talk about having friends on the track and Luke shares his history with durags. All this while playing amazing songs from artists who do it their damn selves.
    Songs Played In This Episode:
    Yves Tumor – Gospel for a New Century from Heaven to a Tortured Mind out April 3rd on Warp
     
    Star Parks - Something More from The New Sounds of Late Capitalism out now on Modern Outsider
    Soccer Mommy – Circle the Drain from Color Theory out today on Loma Vista
    The Undercover Dream Lovers - Chardonnay from It’s All In Your Head out February 28th
     
    Thundercat – Dragonball Durag from It Is What It Is out April 3rd on Brainfeeder
     
    JUICEBOXXX - In The Basement from It’s Easy To Feel Like A Nobody When You’re Living In The City out February 28th on Dangerbird Records 

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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I've listened to a lot of music podcasts and this is my favorite so far. It gets better with each new episode. For fans of All Songs Considered and KEXP Music That Matters, but with even more interesting song choices. Really do check it out!

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