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Phoenix Spazz-Punks Playboy Manbaby stream 3 new tracks off upcoming album “Lobotomobile”

Playboy Manbaby is one of the most exciting live bands in the country and as of April, 6 they are dropping a new record and bringing their traveling family circus on the road for a two-week jaunt up the West Coast. The record entitled Lobotomobile will be released on cassette, CD, and digital formats with a blowout release party at Phoenix’s Rebel Lounge on Friday. The show will kick off Playboy’s West Coast Tour. The group also announced that preorder for vinyl is available, though the shipping date on that is still TBD.

With a little less than a week to go before the curtain goes up on their big release, Playboy dropped the second, third and fourth tracks on the record “College is a Scam,” “Strange Plastic Surgery” and “I’m Impatient.” If the preview tracks are any indicator Lobotomobile will no doubt be Playboy’ Manbaby best record to date.

Check the tunes out below.


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Playboy Manbaby release video for “Cadillac Car”

Photo by Jeff Schaer-Moses Photography
Left to right, David Cosme, Ricky Smash, Robbie Pfeffer, Chad B. Dennis, Chris Hudson, and TJ Friga of Playboy Manbaby at Lost Lake Music Festival on Oct. 20.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Playboy Manbaby will never be the sort of band that releases songs that are scathing and coherent critiques of western politics and materialism. They are far more likely to continue releasing tunes that are subversive and comedic satires of what they perceive society’s ills to be, and when they add in one of their frontman Robbie Pfeffer’s ridiculous animated videos, it makes the track ever sweeter.

With their newest single “Cadillac Car” off of their most recent record Don’t Let it Be, Playboy is trying out a brand new style of video, mixing Pfeffer’s insane drawings with the bonkers live-action video stylings of director Ryan Riggs. What comes of it is an irreverent music video highlighting the finer points of Playboy Manbaby’s ode to the American Dream. “Cadillac Car” is all about society’s excesses, put together with a little good ol’-fashioned Playboy Manbaby psychosis.

If Playboy’s last video for “Last One Standing” was their “Thriller,” this most recent offering from the sick and twisted minds of Pfeffer, TJ Friga, David Cosme, Chris Hudson, Chad B. Dennis, and Austin “Ricky Heylee Smash Dallas Lavender” Rickert, a.k.a. The Baddest Man on the Planet, is their version of Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone.” Oh, and it’s absolutely fabulous.

Check it out below.


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Playboy Manbaby (funky-punk) streams “Eldfell” EP

Phoenix funksters Playboy Manbaby‘s live set is so outrageously high energy that it’s easy to forget that the Tempe-based space cadet spazz-punks are also quite prolific in the recording studio. In the year and a half between July 2013 and Dec. 2014 as a five-piece (they’ve since added saxophone player Ricky Smash) the group was able to drop four studio releases three of which came out in in 2014 alone.

With the group having released the short E.P. Eldfell on July 5 right on the heels of their full-length Don’t Let It Be back in February it could be an indicator that Robbie Pfeffer, Chris Hudson, TJ Friga, David Cosme, and Chad Dennis, along with Smash intend to spend more time in 2017 in the studio. Which would certainly be a welcome change considering in 2015 and 2016 the group’s only releases were a live album and single “I want to Meet your Parents.”

Eldfell is two vastly different songs but they represent the duality of Playboy Manbaby’s music. The A side “Adult” is the funky side of Playboy Manbaby, with Pfeffer’s lyrics being delivered like nerdcore hip hop over drop beats and a ton of adlibs. The song is a saxophone driven ode to adolescent irresponsibility.

The B-side “Weltschmerz” brings in the more manic, punk driven side of Playboy Manbaby. TJ Friga’s guitar takes center stage on the track right next to Pfeffer’s frenzied vocals. It’s a 2-minute hard driving punk tune made for Playboy’s incorrigible droves of moshing and stage diving fans.

Give both tracks a spin below.


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Album Review: Playboy Manbaby – “Don’t Let It Be”

I have been listening to Playboy Manbaby’s Don’t Let it Be since lead singer Robbie Pfeffer sent it to me on June 10, 2016. I have had to quietly sit on what I truly believe to be Playboy Manbaby’s best work and one of the best records to ever come out of Phoenix, Arizona for nearly nine months. But now, finally, following their February 25th release I can tell the world that Don’t Let it Be is absolutely amazing.

Even though Playboy Manbaby is a Phoenix super-group featuring some of the most musically talented Phoenicians the Valley of the Sun has to offer, they have always been more of a live band than one for the studio. But Don’t Let it Be will change all that. Don’t get me wrong: Playboy Manbaby will always be one of the most electrifying live bands in the country, but with the release of their new LP, they have a record that can stand up to their live performances.

In the past, Pfeffer has said, he and his band didn’t usually worry about silly trifles when recording (like whether or not Pfeffer knew all the words to the songs, or if everyone was on key). They would just get into the studio together and do it live. What would come out of that was always fun and upbeat, but very often Pfeffer’s vocals were indecipherable.

With this new record, they tracked each song and Pfeffer’s vocals, which makes for a much more gratifying listening experience. Every word comes through loud and clear and you can even hear the inflection in Robbie’s voice — a whole new experience when listening to a Playboy Manbaby record.

The album’s opener and lead single “You Can be a Fascist Too” is an explosive, sarcasm-laden track that even includes a chorus of backup singers and was featured in Village Voice’s anti-Trump playlist.

The rest of the album is just as incendiary as its opening track, and it touches on subject matter that Playboy Manbaby never went anywhere near in their previous records; they have also gone farther than ever before musically with Don’t Let It Be.

“Cadillac Car” is the farthest hip-hop Playboy has ever gone, while “Oprichniki” sounds like it could as easily have been written by Devo as Playboy Manbaby. Across the record, enormous musical risks yield enormous rewards in quality and nuance.

The final tune “White Jesus” is by far Playboy Manbaby’s most political track to date. Robbie, guitarist TJ Friga, bass player Chris Hudson, trumpeter David Cosme, saxman Ricky Smash, and drummer Chad Dennis take aim at the religious right with a biting and satirical punk rock song.

The overall effect of the album is 100% punk, but there are so many influences mixed in that it almost becomes its own sub-genre, Space-Cadet Thunder Punk. This record is out there.

5/5 Stars

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