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Well hello again. It's Wednesday and therefore time for another SubModern Report as I melt here in the Philadelphia area. But hey, at least we don't have a Legionnairres outbreak here.

But the big story this week is Tame Impala! Perhaps you recall my surprise that they weren't higher on the album chart last week and I conjectured that perhaps the new Friday release dates were to blame. Well, they more than made up for it this week with Currents blasting its way to #1! And the other big story is Foals! The brit rockers' latest single "Mountain At My Gates" hit #1 its first week out and their forthcoming album What Went Down is just below Tame Impala at #2, and that's with only two tracks released so far.

Last week's #1 album from Ratatat, Magnifique, slips to #3, but at the same time their single "Nightclub Amnesia" moves up to a tie for #7. This week's Buzz Band, White Reaper, whom you can read more about below, also slip a couple spots to #4 with White Reaper Does It Again, and their single "Make Me Wanna Die" is also tied for #7. Oberhofer's Chronovision and Titus Andronicus' The Most Lamentable Tragedy both rise to #'s 5 and 6, while Wilco's surprise album Star Wars uses the force to debut at #7, with single "Random Name Generator" at #10t. At #8 are The Chemical Brothers with their array of guest stars on Born In The Echoes and the top 10 albums are rounded out with a tie between DMA'S and Urban Cone.

Turning our attention back to the singles chart, last week's #1, "Leave A Trace" from CHVRCHES, dips ever so slightly to #2. While we've been seeing some airplay recently for Wavves' collaboration with Cloud Nothings, the first single, "Way Too Much," from their upcoming fifth studio album debuts at #3 this week. The Cure's legendary frontman Robert Smith is at #4 with his cover of The Twilight Sad's "There's A Girl In The Corner," while interestingly enough a cover of one his own most famous songs, "Friday I'm In Love," from Yo La Tengo charts down at #22t. One of my hometown's heroes, Kurt Vile drops a new single, "Pretty Pimpin," at #5 and Baltimore's Beach House are at #6 with "Sparks." The Bohicas join the previously mentioned Ratatat and White Reaper for a three-way tie at #7 and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn ties with Wilco at #10. For more charty goodness, head to FMQB.com/SubModern.

Sadly I will once again not be making it out to Chicago for Lollapalooza, so I'll rely those of you who are to please report back with words and pictures. If you send me some good stuff, maybe I'll run it here next week. Regardless, have fun!

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

White Reaper's debut album, the ironically titled White Reaper Does It Again, reminds me a bit of last year's debut album from The Orwells. While it may have more of a classic rock vibe, it's a similarly fast, fun, catchy, loud, and kind of messy ride. You wouldn't expect a punk rock outfit like this to come from Louisville, KY, known more for AAA leaning artists like My Morning Jacket, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Joan Osbourne.

Originally a three piece consisting of singer / guitarist Tony Esposito and twin brothers Sam and Nick Wilkerson, on bass and drums, White Reaper expanded for their full length to include keyboard player Ryan Hater. You might not expect such prevalent use of keys on an album like this, but that's part of why White Reaper stands out from the pack of bands in this genre. All you have to do is listen to the first track and single "Make Me Wanna Die" for evidence of that. But of course once you listen to that, you're going to be hooked. "I Don't Think She Cares" and "Pills" continue the propulsive motion, making for a great soundtrack to a high speed drive with the windows down. While the album never really lulls, it's closing salvo brings more highlights, "Wolf Trap Hotel" and "B.T.K." All in all, it's 33 minutes of your life that you're going to want to relive immediately.

Although not as timely as it would have been about a month ago, check out the band's car-smashy video for "Last 4th of July" here. As of this publication, White Reaper have only a couple shows for this week and a festival date in September listed, but be on the lookout for a full supporting tour to be announced next week. Check back for details on that and more info at WhiteReaperUSA.com or PolyvinylRecords.com. And congrats to White Reaper on their first add at commercial Alt radio at WWCD/Columbus, where they also got their very first specialty spins on In The Stack.

By Josh T. Landow

White Reaper
White Reaper Does It Again
(Polyvinyl)

Updated 7/29/15
# Artist Track Label
1 FOALS MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES WARNER BROS.
2 CHVRCHES LEAVE A TRACE GLASSNOTE
3 WAVVES WAY TOO MUCH WARNER BROS.
4 ROBERT SMITH THERE'S A GIRL IN THE CORNER FATCAT
5 KURT VILE PRETTY PIMPIN MATADOR
6 BEACH HOUSE SPARKS SUB POP
7t THE BOHICAS WHERE YOU AT DOMINO
  RATATAT NIGHTCLUB AMNESIA XL
  WHITE REAPER MAKE ME WANNA DIE POLYVINYL
10t CRAIG FINN MAGGIE I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR OUR SON PARTISAN
  WILCO RANDOM NAME GENERATOR DBPM / ANTI-
12 URBAN CONE WEEKENDS ASTRALWERKS
13t BRICK + MORTAR TRAIN MEROVEE
  DMA'S LACED MOM + POP
15t COHEED AND CAMBRIA YOU GOT SPIRIT, KID EVERYTHING EVIL
  DE LUX OH MAN THE FUTURE INNOVATIVE LEISURE
  FRANK TURNER NEXT STORM INTERSCOPE
  THE LIBERTINES GUNGA DIN HARVEST
  TAME IMPALA THE MOMENT INTERSCOPE
  TIM WHEELER (OF ASH) FEELS LIKE SUMMER SILVA SCREEN
  TITUS ANDRONICUS FATAL FLAW MERGE
22t MEG MYERS LEMON EYES ATLANTIC
  OBERHOFER MEMORY REMAINS GLASSNOTE
  TAME IMPALA LET IT HAPPEN INTERSCOPE
  YO LA TENGO FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE MATADOR

Updated 7/29/15
# Artist Album Label
1 TAME IMPALA CURRENTS INTERSCOPE
2 FOALS WHAT WENT DOWN WARNER BROS.
3 RATATAT MAGNIFIQUE XL
4 WHITE REAPER WHITE REAPER DOES IT AGAIN POLYVINYL
5 OBERHOFER CHRONOVISION GLASSNOTE
6 TITUS ANDRONICUS THE MOST LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY MERGE
7 WILCO STAR WARS DBPM / ANTI-
8 CHEMICAL BROTHERS BORN IN THE ECHOES ASTRALWERKS
9t DMA'S DMA'S MOM + POP
  URBAN CONE POLAROID MEMORIES ASTRALWERKS
11t BOXED IN BOXED IN NETTWERK
  BRICK + MORTAR DROPPED MEROVEE
  EZRA FURMAN PERPETUAL MOTION PEOPLE BELLA UNION
14 DE LUX GENERATION INNOVATIVE LEISURE
15t FINE POINTS HOVER DINE ALONE
  WESTKUST LAST FOREVER RUN FOR COVER
17t THE BIRD AND THE BEE RECREATIONAL LOVE ROSTRUM
  DUCKTAILS ST. CATHERINE DOMINO
  FFS (FRANZ FERDINAND + SPARKS) FFS DOMINO
20t FAILURE THE HEART IS A MONSTER INRESIDENCE / FAILURE
  FIDLAR TOO MOM + POP
  MUSE DRONES WARNER BROS.
  ON AN ON AND THE WAVE HAS TWO SIDES ROLL CALL
24t THE ARCS YOURS, DREAMILY, NONESUCH
  MUTOID MAN BLEEDER SARGENT HOUSE
  VERUCA SALT GHOST NOTES EL CAMINO

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Jonathan Shuford, PD
WRVW/Nashville

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