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Musical renaissance guy Luke Blanton's sound advice


  • Bambi Guthrie
Luke Blanton is a busy man — in addition to running all the 24/7 rehearsal studios in town (that’s three locations and 99 rooms) and tour managing California-based punk act The Bombpops, he somehow finds time to play bass in The Lillingtons and guitar in the Nobodys, and handle guitar/vocal duties in The Sleights.

Essential Saturday night listening: Most Saturday nights find me listening to records with my wife in our kitchen. Lately, I have really been into buying Ween records. I think I have all of them, save Pure Guava. Most often, The Mollusk finds its way into heavy Saturday night rotation. Ween is rad because they are so eclectic; they really do have a song in any style or mood.

Essential Sunday morning listening: We have a thing at our house ... it’s called heavy metal breakfast. I have my wife to thank for the idea. It usually falls on a Sunday morning. Breakfast is always best with Slayer, old Metallica, Sepultura and Pantera. We spin Guns N’ Roses for brunch...

First record I bought with my own money: The Wayne’s World soundtrack. I still love that record. I bought it at a Phar-Mor. We actually listened to most of this record on the last Nobodys tour. My favorite song, other than “Dream Weaver” of course, is Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein.” The lyrics are horrible and great at the same time.

“Wish I’d written that” song: It’s a cover actually so I guess I wish I had written this arrangement. Lou Reed’s version of “This Magic Moment” is unreal. It was on the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Lost Highway. If you haven’t heard it, definitely check it out. Beautiful finger picking with dissonant dirty distortion in the background, with Lou Reed singing like Lou Reed. Drums come in around the halfway point. It’s absolutely perfect. Makes me happy and sad at the same time.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: I really, really, really hate Die Antwoord. I don’t get it. I don’t like it. The videos are rad, but I watch them with the sound off. I always check out their singles when they release a new one. Still haven’t heard anything to change my mind. I am guessing this group is best stoned out of your mind.

My latest online discovery: A buddy sent me a Spotify link for The Connells. Mid-‘90s indie rock band in the vein of The Replacements. Beautiful songwriting and killer guitar tones. Worth a listen if you like the indie/punk sound.

Artist more people should know about: The Cactus Blossoms out of Minneapolis. My wife heard the song “Mississippi” on the new Twin Peaks season. We ordered the record the next day. It’s a throwback sound, similar to early Righteous Brothers. Very pretty and smooth. I read somewhere that they don’t really play shows, but instead they play dances. I love this idea, and hope it’s true. I can’t dance for shit, but I would try if my wife and I had the chance to go see them.

Guilty pleasure: I love Cher. The more “Cher” it gets, the more I love it. When I was 18, I was living in Germany and “Do You Believe in Life After Love” came out and was huge. They played it at every social function possible. Every party was Cher and Wolfgang Petry — do yourself a favor and Google him! It still reminds me of my time in Europe in the ‘90s. I am still turning that one up on the radio every time it comes on.

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