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Holy cannoli everybody! Is it really coming up on Memorial Day Weekend? Wasn't it just Christmas? Well I suppose that means a whole bunch of specialty shows will be off next week. Please let me know if yours will be among them. I wouldn't begrudge you a holiday weekend off, so long as you don't leave me hangin' come Wednesday. And if you are working over the long weekend, I'm right there with you. Time off is overrated anyway.

Now let's see how all the records fared this week. Continuing the trend of of the last few weeks, #2 has become #1, with The Helio Sequence by The Helio Sequence rising to the top of the heap. Last week's #1 album, Danger In The Club from Palma Violets, doesn't slip too much though, just down into a tie for #2 with the newly released Drug For The Modern Age from the newly rechristened Kopecky (this week's Buzz Band). Blur takes #4 with The Magic Whip, while Crocodiles' latest, Boys, ties for #5 with a new Grand Theft Auto-related compilation, Welcome To Los Santos, which was most represented by songs from Wavves, Phantogram, and TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe.

There's a new #1 single as well from one of my personal faves Metric - "The Shade (I Want It All)" is our first taste of their upcoming sixth album, for which we eagerly await more details about. Much like the album chart, last week's #1 single, "The Chase" from Future Islands, drops a spot to #2. #'s 3-5 are pretty familiar as they all come from the top 3 albums of the week, with The Helio Sequence's "Stoic Resemblance" at #3, Palma Violets' "English Tongue" at #4, and Kopecky's "Quarterback" at #5. I should also give props to Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan for placing in the top 10 singles and albums with "Box Batteries" at #8t and Non Believers at #7t. See the rest of the charts below or even more at FMQB.com/SubModern.

To wrap up, there's another departure to announce from our panel, but it's actually good news! We wish Marty Lennartz of WXRT / Chicago all the best as he moves to afternoon drive after 14 years of hosting The Beat Beat, which will be passed on to Jason Thomas. We also welcome a couple of new shows to the panel - The Sunday Indie Hour from KURQ / San Luis Obispo, CA joins this week and WRDA / Atlanta's Free Range Radio will be added next week. Until then, have a fantastic unofficial start to your summer!

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

FAMILY BAND NO MORE! It's not just a name change for Nashville's Kopecky for their sophomore album Drug For The Modern Age, but a dramatic sonic shift away from the stompy, but not too folky, lots of instruments all over the place sound of 2012's Kids Raising Kids. They've changed their sound and image to something more glam and glittery, full of electronic beats where there may have been handclaps before. Kopecky aren't the first band to abandon their aesthetic for something "more marketable" and they surely won't be the last. The good news is that they pull it off nicely, and in a way that should be inclusive of old fans, as well as new ones.

I'm sort of choosing to view this as an entirely different band so as not to make comparisons between two very different things. That said, the standout track on Drug... is first single "Quarterback," a fictional tale of a grocery store clerk basically lying his head off to get a girl's number (you know that's not gonna end well). Check out the 70's Dating Game inspired video here. Other highlights include the album's peppier tracks like "My Love," "Talk To Me," and "Vancouver."

Having seen "the old" Kopecky Family Band live a couple times, I'll be interested to see how their shows have changed to incorporate both eras of material. (I can hardly imagine them using a chain for percussion on these new songs.) They'll be giving U.S. audiences plenty of chances to find out at headlining shows and festivals all summer long. Find out when and where at KopeckyMusic.com or ATOrecords.com.

By Josh T. Landow

Kopecky
Drug For The Modern Age

(ATO)

Updated 05/20/15
# Artist Track Label
1 METRIC THE SHADE (I WANT IT ALL) MMI
2 FUTURE ISLANDS THE CHASE 4AD
3 THE HELIO SEQUENCE STOIC RESEMBLANCE SUB POP
4 PALMA VIOLETS ENGLISH TONGUE ROUGH TRADE
5 KOPECKY QUARTERBACK ATO
6 STRANGE NAMES RICOCHET FRENCHKISS
7 PHASES I'M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE WARNER BROS.
8t DRENGE WE DO WHAT WE WANT INFECTIOUS / ADA
  MAC MCCAUGHAN BOX BATTERIES MERGE
  REFUSED ELEKTRA EPITAPH
  SUBLIME WITH ROME WHEREVER YOU GO BMG
12t CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN COCOON ISLAND
  DESAPARECIDOS CITY ON THE HILL EPITAPH
  HOLLY MIRANDA ALL I WANT IS TO BE YOUR GIRL DANGERBIRD
  MOTOBUNNY LET'S GO OUT RUSTY KNUCKLES
  NEW POLITICS WEST END KIDS DCD2 / WARNER BROS.
  PALE HONEY YOUTH INSTANT
  PINS YOUNG GIRLS BELLA UNION
19t CAYUCAS MOONY EYED WALRUS SECRETLY CANADIAN
  DU BLONDE BLACK FLAG MUTE
  HOT CHIP HUARACHE LIGHTS DOMINO
  JACCO GARDNER FIND YOURSELF POLYVINYL
  JOYWAVE NOW CULTCO / HOLLYWOOD
  KID WAVE HONEY HEAVENLY
  SON LUX CHANGE IS EVERYTHING GLASSNOTE

Updated 05/20/15
# Artist Album Label
1 THE HELIO SEQUENCE THE HELIO SEQUENCE SUB POP
2t KOPECKY DRUG FOR THE MODERN AGE ATO
  PALMA VIOLETS DANGER IN THE CLUB ROUGH TRADE
4 BLUR THE MAGIC WHIP PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
5t CROCODILES BOYS ZOO
  HOT CHIP WHY MAKE SENSE? DOMINO
  VARIOUS ARTISTS WELCOME TO LOS SANTOS MASS APPEAL
8t BEST COAST CALIFORNIA NIGHTS HARVEST
  MAC MCCAUGHAN NON BELIEVERS MERGE
  MY MORNING JACKET THE WATERFALL ATO / CAPITOL
11t DRENGE UNDERTOW INFECTIOUS / ADA
  HEARTLESS BASTARDS RESTLESS ONES PARTISAN
  STELLAR YOUNG VESSELS SELF-RELEASED
14t COURTNEY BARNETT SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT MOM+POP
  JOYWAVE HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? CULTCO / HOLLYWOOD
  PALE HONEY PALE HONEY INSTANT
  SURFER BLOOD 1000 PALMS JOYFUL NOISE
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS GLEAN IDLEWILD / MEGAFORCE
19t DU BLONDE WELCOME BACK TO MILK MUTE
  HAMISH ANDERSON RESTLESS EP SELF-RELEASED
  JACCO GARDNER HYPNOPHOBIA POLYVINYL
  MOTOBUNNY MOTOBUNNY RUSTY KNUCKLES
  THE WOMBATS GLITTERBUG BRIGHT ANTENNA / ADA
24t CEREMONY THE L-SHAPED MAN MATADOR
  DJANGO DJANGO BORN UNDER SATURN RIBBON MUSIC
  HOP ALONG PAINTED SHUT SADDLE CREEK
  METZ II (METZ) SUB POP
  TWENTY ONE PILOTS BLURRYFACE FUELED BY RAMEN
  UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA MULTI-LOVE JAGJAGUWAR

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