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Howdy once again my specialty friends. I hope you've all had a great week. Not much to report here, well, aside from what I always report. I don't think I made it out to any shows this past week, but I am looking forward to seeing Miniature Tigers and The Griswolds on Friday.

I'm starting to feel like a broken record here, but now for the fourth week running Spoon dominates the album chart with They Want My Soul,not to mention "Do You" jumps to #2t on the singles chart as well. It's pretty much a flip-flopped situation for The Rentals, who once again have the #1 single "1000 Seasons" and this week the #2 album as well, Lost In Alphaville. Braid is the only other band to straddle both charts in the Top 10 this week with No Coast at #5t and "East End Hollows" at #8t.

The Raveonettes surprised us with a new album a couple weeks ago and this week it debuts at #3. The latest from Jenny Lewis, The Voyager, sticks around at #4, while J Mascis' forthcoming Tied To A Star and Twin Peaks' Wild Onion are part of a three way tie at #5. Another tie at #8 between Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut and Mirel Wagner's lengthily-titled When The Cellar Children See The Light of Day. And the Top 10 albums wrap up (or don't wrap up) with an unprecedented six way tie! I'll let you look at the chart to check that out for yourself.

Back on the singles chart, Spoon is learning to share because it's a tie at #2 with "Metal Zone," the new song from, you heard me right folks, The Vines! Interpol however isn't sharing their spot this week with "All The Rage (Back Home)" at #4 and Death From Above 1979 is at #5 with "Trainwreck 1979." There is a tie for #6 between SBTRKT's "New Dorp New York" (f/ Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend) and Ty Segall's new one "Susie Thumb." Zola Jesus comes in at #8t with "Dangerous Days" and we close the Top 10 with White Arrows' "We Can't Ever Die."

All of that in an easy to digest chart form is down below with the full Top 25 posted at FMQB.com/SubModern. Also down below you'll find out about this week's Buzz Band Hooray For Earth and you'll get to read our own Joey Odorisio's Q&A with the one and only tUnE-yArDs. Enjoy and I'll be back next week.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

NYC band Hooray For Earth recently kicked off a tour in support of their sophomore album Racy in Philadelphia, where I was witness to a very loud, fuzzed out performance along with about 30 or so other very enthralled fans. As an album, Racy is a little less loud and fuzzy than the band came across live, but no less captivating. While frontman Noel Heroux was primarily responsible for crafting the band's 2011 debut True Loves, this time around the rest of band contributed more in the studio, giving Racy more of a Rock sound than its synthier predecessor. Heroux says of the record, "I wanted everything loud and direct so you don't have to guess at what you're getting into."

Racy's first single "Keys" has been getting a lot of specialty airplay, and as much of a breakout favorite as that is, I have to say I'm even more taken with the next track on the record, "Say Enough," which perhaps has just a little more of a hook. Also be sure to pay particular attention to "Somewhere Else," Last, First," and "Airs."

While their current tour is about halfway over, you still may be able to catch Hooray For Earth in your town. Find out where they're headed and see the face-changing video for "Keys" at HoorayForEarth.net or DovecoteRecords.com.


By Josh T. Landow

Hooray For Earth
Racy
(Dovecote)

tUnE-yArDs: A "Fountain" Of Musical Creativity
By Joey Odorisio

tUnE-yArDs is the musical alter ego of singer-songwriter Merrill Garbus, who released her third critically-acclaimed album Nikki Nack earlier this year. It is another evolution for tUnE-yArDs, as Garbus has crafted her hookiest tunes yet. The album is full of catchy, danceable, off-kilter indie-pop, with lyrical ideas as complex as the beats. Nikki Nack may be the only indie rock album this year to reference the current debate over Native American sports team names in one song (on "Real Thing") and shout out ‘80s hits by Madonna and Prince in another ("Left Behind").
      Garbus has been on an extensive world tour in support of Nikki Nack, but recently took some time to chat with FMQB about the making of her new album, "Water Fountain," and the influence of Pee-Wee Herman.


Congratulations on Nikki Nack, it's your third album – what was different about recording this time around?
The other tUnE-yArDs albums were written really differently; the first was years of my first solo experimentations, the second was very much written live on the looping pedal, testing things out in front of audiences. This album came from nothing, in that I was suddenly a musician in between albums, with no album. I had to reexamine what I wanted out of music, and then get better at those things (namely, percussion and singing) and then write from that new place.

How's the tour been? Your backing band keeps getting bigger and bigger. How has that affected your live performances?
The tour has been pretty exceptional. We've sold out shows most places, which is every band's dream, and people are singing along like they know the songs. We can definitely tell that "Water Fountain," in particular, has reached people through radio. With this live setup we're able to do a lot of things vocally and rhythmically, since all five of us are singing and Dani (Markham, percussion) and I can do a lot of polyrhythmic, intersecting work. Nate (Brenner, bass and synths) is freed up to do a lot more work on keys.

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updated 8/13/14
# Artist Track Label
1 THE RENTALS 1000 SEASONS POLYVINYL
2t SPOON DO YOU LOMA VISTA
  THE VINES METAL ZONE WICKED NATURE
4 INTERPOL ALL THE RAGE (BACK HOME) MATADOR
5 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TRAINWRECK 1979 LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
6t SBTRKT F/ EZRA KOENIG NEW DORP NEW YORK XL
  TY SEGALL SUSIE THUMB DRAG CITY
8t BRAID EAST END HOLLOWS TOPSHELF
  ZOLA JESUS DANGEROUS DAYS MUTE
10 WHITE ARROWS WE CAN'T EVER DIE VOTIV
11t PORTUGAL THE MAN CREEP IN A T-SHIRT ATLANTIC
  THE RAVEONETTES SISTERS BEAT DIES
  WILD PARTY WHEN I GET OLDER OLD FRIENDS
14t ELECTRIC YOUTH RUNAWAY SECRETLY CANADIAN
  JUNGLE BUSY EARNIN' XL
  THE KOOKS BAD HABIT ASTRALWERKS
17t ALVVAYS ADULT DIVERSION POLYVINYL
  BENJAMIN BOOKER VIOLENT SHIVER ATO
  COLONY HOUSE SILHOUETTES DESCENDANT
  FKA TWIGS TWO WEEKS YOUNG TURKS
  FOXYGEN HOW CAN YOU REALLY JAGJAGUWAR
  NORTHERN FACES WAIT WAIT WAIT EQUAL VISION
  OWEN PALLETT THE RIVERBED DOMINO
  RX BANDITS WIDE OPEN INGROOVES
25t THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS HERE IT COMES AGAIN DOMINO
  COLD WAR KIDS ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS DOWNTOWN
  THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM GET HURT ISLAND
  HOORAY FOR EARTH KEYS DOVECOTE
  J. MASCIS EVERY MORNING SUB POP
  STACY CLARK MAKE A MOVE HARBOUR / CAROLINE
  TEAM SPIRIT TEENAGE HEARTS VICE / WARNER BROS.

updated 8/13/14
# Artist Album Label
1 SPOON THEY WANT MY SOUL LOMA VISTA
2 THE RENTALS LOST IN ALPHAVILLE POLYVINYL
3 THE RAVEONETTES PE'AHI BEAT DIES
4 JENNY LEWIS THE VOYAGER WARNER BROS.
5t BRAID NO COAST TOPSHELF
  J. MASCIS TIED TO A STAR SUB POP
  TWIN PEAKS WILD ONION GRAND JURY
8t BENJAMIN BOOKER BENJAMIN BOOKER ATO
  MIREL WAGNER WHEN THE CELLAR CHILDREN SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY SUB POP
10t ALVVAYS ALVVAYS POLYVINYL
  THE BLACK KEYS TURN BLUE NONESUCH
  FKA TWIGS LP1 YOUNG TURKS
  JUNGLE JUNGLE XL
  OWEN PALLETT IN CONFLICT DOMINO
  THE ROSEBUDS SAND + SILENCE WESTERN VINYL
16t THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS AMPHETAMINE BALLADS DOMINO
  BISHOP ALLEN LIGHTS OUT DEAD OCEANS
  COLONY HOUSE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER DESCENDANT
  HOORAY FOR EARTH RACY DOVECOTE
20t ALT-J THIS IS ALL YOURS CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC
  BUDDY LAST CALL FOR THE QUIET LIFE SELF-RELEASED
  SPIDER BAGS FROZEN LETTER MERGE
  TINY VICTORIES HAUNTS SLEEPOVER PARTY
  THE WAR ON DRUGS LOST IN THE DREAM SECRETLY CANADIAN
  WRONGCHILDE GOLD-BLOODED SELF-RELEASED

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Sean Demery, PD
WYMS/Milwaukee

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