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Hello everybody out there in specialty land. I hope you're all faring well this week. Depending on where you are, you might still be digging yourself out from under a pile of snow, but thankfully I am not. After predictions of more than a foot of snow in Philadelphia, we were magically spared with barely a dusting. Unfortunately not so lucky this week was WCHZ in Augusta, GA, who had their format flipped to Throwback Hip Hop, which sadly means that we lose their long running specialty show, Radar Radio, from our SubModern panel. Our best to hosts Joe Stevenson and Chris Rucker.

Our favorite ladies from Olympia, WA, Sleater-Kinney, show no signs of slowing down or loosening their grip on the charts this week with No Cities To Love remaining at #1, and still a head and shoulders above its closest runner up, Belle and Sebastian's Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The record's latest single "A New Wave" also remains #1, but, in a showdown with no clear winner, it's tied for the top spot with Will Butler of Arcade Fire's new single "Anna" from his forthcoming solo debut, Policy.

In a big debut on both charts, San Francisco duo Two Gallants take #3 with their single "Incidental" and new album We Are Undone. A tie for #4 rounds out the Top 5 singles, between Hanni el Khatib's "Melt Me" and Jose Gonzalez' brand new "Leaf Off." The #4 and #5 albums were Unwed Teenage Mothers' Goodnight Girls and The Dodos' Individ, respectively.

I teased you a couple weeks back with a picture of me hanging in the studio with Philly band Cold Fronts. This week I deliver on that tease with our first SubModern Session of 2015, which you'll find below, along with the abridged charts. The full charts are, as usual, available at FMQB.com/SubModern. And before I go this week, I'd like to welcome Rob Wilcox of The Syndicate to his 30's! There are so many inside jokes I could drop here, but instead I'll just wish a very sincere Happy (belated) Birthday to a one of the best dudes who we all love!

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Philadelphia's Cold Fronts have a had a pretty fantastic couple of years after being unknowingly discovered at SXSW by Seymour Stein of Sire Records, the man who signed The Ramones and Madonna. The whirlwind will culminate later this year with the release of their full length debut, but late in 2014 the band put out an obligatory pre-album EP, Forever.

The EP is a quick listen, with four songs coming in at under 15 minutes, but it hits hard, kicking off with the one two punch of rockers "Hit Me" and "Know It All." Those will both be appearing on the upcoming record, but the second half of the EP, the catchy "Jackie" and more experimental "Faded," will not be. 

I recently sat down with frontman Craig Almquist and the band at Cambridge Sound Studios in Philly for a chat, and more importantly to record our first SubModern Session of 2015. You can listen to this exclusive live performance HERE, and find out more about Cold Fronts at ColdFronts.us,


If you're interested in airing this session on your show, please contact Josh T. Landow.

By Josh T. Landow


COLD FRONTS
Forever EP
(Sire)

Updated 1/28/15
# Artist Track Label
1t SLEATER-KINNEY A NEW WAVE SUB POP
  WILL BUTLER ANNA MERGE
3 TWO GALLANTS INCIDENTAL ATO
4t HANNI EL KHATIB MELT ME INNOVATIVE LEISURE
  JOSE GONZALEZ LEAF OFF MUTE
6 THE DISTRICTS 4TH AND ROEBLING FAT POSSUM
7 POP ETC RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC
8t MATT AND KIM GET IT HARVEST / CAPITOL
  THE PRODIGY NASTY THREE SIX ZERO / WARNER BROS.
10t CHEERLEADER THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR YOUTH BRIGHT ANTENNA
  DAN DEACON FEEL THE LIGHTNING DOMINO
  FATHER JOHN MISTY CHATEAU LOBBY #4 (IN C FOR TWO VIRGINS) SUB POP
13 WOMBATS GREEK TRAGEDY BRIGHT ANTENNA / ADA
14t BELLE AND SEBASTIAN THE PARTY LINE MATADOR
  THE DŲ DESPAIR, HANGOVER & ECSTASY WAGRAM
  THE DODOS COMPETITION POLYVINYL
  INTERPOL EVERYTHING IS WRONG MATADOR
18 MYSTERY PILLS PISTOL CITY PSALM SELF-RELEASED
19t CHADWICK STOKES OUR LIVES OUR TIME RUFF SHOD
  LOST LANDER GEMINI GLAD I DID
  POND ELVIS' FLAMING STAR SELF-RELEASED
  SAINT MOTEL MY TYPE PARLOPHONE / WARNER BROS.
  SMALLPOOLS KARAOKE RCA
  SPEAK GATES WIND-UP
  THEM BRUINS BLACK WIDOW GAGA DIGITAL
  TORO Y MOI EMPTY NESTERS CARPARK
  ZELLA DAY HYPNOTIC B3SCI / PINETOP

Updated 1/28/15
# Artist Album Label
1 SLEATER-KINNEY NO CITIES TO LOVE SUB POP
2 BELLE AND SEBASTIAN GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE MATADOR
3 TWO GALLANTS WE ARE UNDONE ATO
4 UNWED TEENAGE MOTHERS GOODNIGHT GIRLS BLEED 101
5 THE DODOS INDIVID POLYVINYL
6 PANDA BEAR PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER DOMINO
7t POND MAN IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN SELF-RELEASED
  THEM BRUINS THEM BRUINS GAGA DIGITAL
9t THE DŲ SHAKE SHOOK SHAKEN WAGRAM
  INTERPOL EL PINTOR MATADOR
  MYSTERY PILLS OLD GOLD DEVILS SELF-RELEASED
12t THE DECEMBERISTS WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD CAPITOL
  TWERPS RANGE ANXIETY MERGE
14t ALL WE ARE ALL WE ARE DOMINO
  VIET CONG VIET CONG JAGJAGUWAR
16t CHADWICK STOKES THE HORSE COMANCHE RUFF SHOD
  ST. VINCENT ST. VINCENT REPUBLIC
18t CLEMENCY YOU'VE GOT THE FIRE RAYDIANT
  MILKY CHANCE SADNECESSARY NEON
  MILO GREENE CONTROL ELEKTRA
  MODEST MOUSE STRANGERS TO OURSELVES EPIC
  PARQUET COURTS CONTENT NAUSEA WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?
  RUBBERNECK LIONS DUAL ENTENDRE FOCUS
24t BLIND PETS HEAVY PETTING SUP BOB
  TITLE FIGHT HYPERVIEW ANTI-
  TOR MILLER HEADLIGHTS EP GLASSNOTE

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Alicia Tyler, PD
WZNE/Rochester

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