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Just a few days until the unofficial start of summer! Any hosts who might be taking off for the Memorial Day weekend, please let me know.

This week The National repeats last week's performance as the most spun single at specialty, but we have a new #1 album... another one that won't actually be released for some time. It's the new Grizzly Bear album, Painted Ruins, which will be their first in five years when it comes out this August. With two singles released in the last few weeks, it takes the top spot, with one of those songs, "Mourning Sound," as the #2 single of the week as well.

Continuing down the singles chart, Joywave remains positioned at #3 with "It's A Trip," but this week it's tied with the new track from RAC featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, "I Still Wanna Know." Then last week's #2 (and the previous week's #1), "Call The Police" from LCD Soundsystem is tied at #5 with a brand new tune from Muse called "Dig Down." There's another tie at #7 between The Drums' "Blood Under My Belt" and Shout Out Louds' "Oh Oh." The top ten closes out with a six way tie that I'll let you check out on your own below, and we'll also see some of those same artists on the album chart.

The Charlatans are back with a new album, Different Days, breaking into the chart at #3 with its single "Plastic Machinery" in that aforementioned tie. Gorillaz are also involved in that as well as a tie for the #4 album with Humanz and Marika Hackman's I'm Not Your Man coming in neck and neck. Same goes for Fictionist, whose Sleep Machine album is tied with Girlpool's Powerplant at #6 and then Fleet Foxes, with Crack-Up at #8 alongside Perfume Genius' No Shape. After that it should be no surprise that there's a four way tie for #10 to round things out.

You can see all about those ties and more on the charts below. And with that, I wish you all a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! Catch you back here when it's all a hazy memory.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 5/24/17
# Artist Track Label
1 THE NATIONAL THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS  4AD
2 GRIZZLY BEAR MOURNING SOUND RCA
3t JOYWAVE IT'S A TRIP HOLLYWOOD
  RAC (FT. RIVERS CUOMO) I STILL WANNA KNOW COUNTER
5t LCD SOUNDSYSTEM CALL THE POLICE DFA / COLUMBIA
  MUSE DIG DOWN WARNER BROS.
7t THE DRUMS BLOOD UNDER MY BELT ANTI-
  SHOUT OUT LOUDS OH OH MERGE
9t THE CHARLATANS PLASTIC MACHINERY THE END
  FICTIONIST LAZARUS HARBOUR / CAROLINE
  FLEET FOXES FOOL'S ERRAND NONESUCH
  GORILLAZ ANDROMEDA PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  MONDO COZMO AUTOMATIC REPUBLIC
  SLØTFACE MAGAZINE PROPELLER
15t BAIO PHILOSOPHY! GLASSNOTE
  HAIM WANT YOU BACK COLUMBIA
17t BETH DITTO FIRE CAPITOL
  CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN TWICE CAPITOL
  WELSHLY ARMS LEGENDARY REPUBLIC
20t (SANDY) ALEX G PROUD DOMINO
  BEACH HOUSE CHARIOT SUB POP
  THE BLACK ANGELS I'D KILL FOR HER PARTISAN
  COURTNEY BARNETT HOW TO BOIL AN EGG MOM + POP
  HAZEL ENGLISH FIX POLYVINYL
  INHEAVEN VULTURES PIAS
  MARIKA HACKMAN MY LOVER CINDY SUB POP
  PERFUME GENIUS SLIP AWAY MATADOR
  ROYAL BLOOD LIGHTS OUT WARNER BROS.
  SAINT MOTEL DESTROYER ELEKTRA
  THE WAR ON DRUGS THINKING OF A PLACE ATLANTIC
 
Updated 5/24/17
# Artist Album Label
1 GRIZZLY BEAR PAINTED RUINS RCA
2 (SANDY) ALEX G ROCKET DOMINO
3 THE CHARLATANS DIFFERENT DAYS THE END
4t GORILLAZ HUMANZ PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  MARIKA HACKMAN I'M NOT YOUR MAN SUB POP
6t FICTIONIST SLEEP MACHINE HARBOUR / CAROLINE
  GIRLPOOL POWERPLANT ANTI-
8t FLEET FOXES CRACK-UP NONESUCH
  PERFUME GENIUS NO SHAPE MATADOR
10t THE BLACK ANGELS DEATH SONG PARTISAN
  BLONDIE POLLINATOR BMG
  MOUNTAIN GOATS GOTHS MERGE
  SLOWDIVE SLOWDIVE DEAD OCEANS
14t PHOENIX TI AMO GLASSNOTE
  RANCID TROUBLE MAKER EPITAPH
16t BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE HUG OF THUNDER ARTS & CRAFTS
  HAZEL ENGLISH JUST GIVE IN / NEVER GOING HOME POLYVINYL
  LITTLE HURRICANE SAME SUN SAME MOON MASCOT
19t JOY DOWNER RADIO DREAMER EP SELF-RELEASED
  LITTLE DRAGON SEASON HIGH LOMA VISTA
  THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS WHITEOUT CONDITIONS CONCORD RECORDS
  SYLVAN ESSO WHAT NOW LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
23t BEACH FOSSILS SOMERSAULT BAYONET
  BIG THIEF CAPACITY SADDLE CREEK
  DIET CIG SWEAR I'M GOOD AT THIS FRENCHKISS
  FATHER JOHN MISTY PURE COMEDY SUB POP
  FIRE IN THE RADIO NEW AIR WEDNESDAY
  HOOPS ROUTINES FAT POSSUM
  MAC DEMARCO THIS OLD DOG CAPTURED TRACKS
  VARIOUS ARTISTS COVER YOUR ASS VOL. 1 LIONFISH

Dude York
Sincerely
(Hardly Art)

Last year when we had Tacocat in for a SubModern Session, I was told by their manager that I should look out for another Seattle band with an album coming in 2017 called Dude York.  I heeded that advice and have really been enjoying Sincerely, the Hardly Art Records debut of the three piece consisting of Peter Richards, Andrew Hall, and Claire England. I was very happy to welcome them for their own SubModern Session recently, which you can listen to here, while reading my interview with the self-proclaimed "America's Band."
 
FMQB: So tell me a little bit about your band name, because it cracks me up.   

Peter Richards: It just was appealing nonsense at the time and it's an empty vessel to be filled.

Andrew Hall: You can project whatever you want into it.  When I think of it, it just sounds like the most depressing place on Earth, so we try really hard to be the opposite of that. 

FMQB: You are not depressing!  You are the opposite of that.
 
PR: Thank you.

FMQB: It looks like you had some fun with it in the early years with your early titles Gangs of Dude York and Escape From Dude York.  Did that just get old to you?

PR: No, I think we just got distracted.  Thanks for reminding us.
 
FMQB: Your new album Sincerely, if I'm counting correctly, and I'm not sure because there's a lot on your Bandcamp so I don't know what exactly counts, but it looked like this is your third full length.

PR: Sure, I would agree with that.

AH: Yeah.  The second one that's a tangible object.  The first one is… wacky.  I would consider this the second one that is an object, the first one with Hardly Art.  It can be the first, the second, or the third, depending on how you want to look at it. 

FMQB: Very flexible!

AH: It's a vinyl record.  It'll break in half.

FMQB: Not in the literal sense.  It's not a flexi-disc.  Anyway, the point is, it's called Sincerely and you're going to play some songs from it for us today.  The first single was "Black Jack."  What can you tell us about that one. 

PR: The name comes from an Osamu Tezuka manga and the content is I guess kinda like, to defeat grief, you have to build your own little triumphs and then you can kind of manifest them in the real world.  That's a strong thread for me in terms of the content of the [whole] album.
 
FMQB: You've taken on the subtitle of being "America's Band."  You introduce yourselves that way at shows and I noticed it's on your merch. What's that all about?

PR: Y'know, it's just about taking ownership of where you are I guess.  I don't know.  Moving forward into the future. 

AH: It felt like a fun thing to say in 2013.  Now it's a very complicated thing to say in 2017, but the thing is you can't let other people steal things from you. 

PR: Especially fascists.

AH: So we have to keep it and roll with it, cause our America is better.

FMQB: I'd get behind that.  Anyway, as you've progressed, as this is maybe your first, second, or third full length album, going back to your early work, what do you feel the progression of Dude York has been?  This album seems to be the most polished.

AH: This was the first time that we'd worked in a real [studio] with somebody who had made a ton of amazing records that we all looked up to.  We were big Blood Brothers fans and fans of a lot of things that John [Goodmanson] had worked on.  It was so cool to make a record where we had time to really think about it and do it right, as opposed to merely do it while trying not to tear out all of our hair in a period of two days.

FMQB: And when you recorded with him, that was the second version of Sincerely that you recorded?  What was the first one?

PR: Mmm hmm.  The first one we did in Zach Burba from iji's living room and were told there was too much drywall in the recording.  So we scrapped most of the songs and tried again many months later.

Claire England: It was a lot weirder then.  Or at least  it had a lot of elements that weren't necessarily things that we had ever tried live or we didn't really know what the songs were gonna be, but by the time we recorded it again, we'd been playing them for a solid eight months, so we were able to go into the studio and play the best version of how it actually sounded.     

PR: Yeah.  I also think that, Claire, your writing on this record is a huge part of what makes it so appealing.

CE: Well, thank you Peter!  And yeah, the first version didn't have any of my songs on it.

FMQB: "Tonight" was the very first song that you wrote for the band?  What took so long?

CE: Well, I joined the band later than it started, so there was a curve of settling in.  And my songs were pretty poppy, so I wasn't sure if they'd fit in.  But one day we were having a little song writing sesh and I played "Tonight" for Peter and Andrew for the first time, and they responded very positively to it.

AH: It's a good song!

PR: It was a really cool experience.  I felt like I knew exactly what the guitar part was, just from hearing the bass part, and for most of Claire's songs that's kind of how I feel.  Maybe that's just sort of like arrogance, but it feels good!

Find out more about Dude York at Dude-York.com or HardlyArt.com. Listen to their SubModern Session performances of "Tonight," "Black Jack," and "Love Is" here

By Josh T. Landow


 
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