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Hello hello...Yours truly back once again for another weekly round-up of the top tunes played by Alternative Specialty shows across the land. But first let me tell you about some bands that I saw this week. It was all about Glasgow for me in a sense. First I caught a rare hometown set from A Sunny Day In Glasgow over the weekend. I know a few of your out there have played songs off their new album Sea When Absent. If you haven't, it's well worth checking out. Then last night I saw an actual band from Glasgow – the rocking 2-piece Honeyblood! There's a band that I see big things happening for and it was great to see them on the ground floor. While they were here yesterday they recorded a SubModern Session that I look forward to sharing with you soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out their self-titled debut album if you haven't.

Now looking at this week's charts, we have Spoon with the #1 album and Interpol as the #1 song… AGAIN. And hey, there's Death From Above 1979 with the #2 single again as well. Has anything changed this week? Well, yes, pretty much everything else in the Top 10's has moved around at least a bit.

Three albums are vying for the runner up position in a dead heat tie – Alvvays' self-titled record, Jenny Lewis' The Voyager (released just yesterday), and The Rentals' Lost In Alphaville (which is still a month away from its release). Of those three, Alvvays and The Rentals also show up in the Top 10 singles with "Adult Diversion" at #4 and "1000 Seasons" at #6t. Jungle takes the #5 album spot and also has a #6t single with "Busy Earnin'," while Braid is at #6t on both charts with No Coast and "East End Hollows." Sharing the #6t album position is Wild Onion from last week's Buzz Band Twin Peaks. Rounding out the Top 10 albums are three all tied for #8 – Colony House's When I Was Younger, The Kooks' forthcoming Listen, and The Muffs' first album in a decade, Whoop Dee Doo. Of those, only The Kooks have a Top 10 single as well, with "Bad Habit" at #10t.

As we go back to fill in the gaps of our Top 10 singles this this week, we find Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis rising to #3 with "Every Morning" from his forthcoming solo record Tied To A Star. Team Spirit is at #5 with "Teenage Hearts" and then sharing #10t with The Kooks are Cold War Kids with the first taste of their upcoming, as-of-yet untitled 5th album, All This Could Be Yours.

Well I know that many of your are headed to Lollapalooza this weekend. I won't be there, but I'd love to hear your Lolla highlights next week. And if you want to send some pictures, maybe I'll put together an album. Have fun, and drink plenty of water.


~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow


Self is band who you're probably either a superfan of, or you maybe sort of remember a couple of their singles from the mid-nineties (most likely "So Low" from their 1995 debut Subliminal Plastic Motives).I fall into that category. If you do as well, you may not even recognize Self's new EP, Super Fake Nice, as the same band. It's been 14 years since they've officially released anything, and rather than coming back with something that sounds like a relic from two decades ago, frontman Matt Mahaffey has put together 6 songs that sound utterly modern. And Mahaffey did it on his own, as Self's members are spread out all over the country and only convene for rare shows. What's really interesting is what Mahaffey has been up to in the intervening years. He's worked on commercial jingles (including the ever-present "Expedia dot coooooooom") and done music for kids' cartoons.

The first track on the EP, "Runaway," is definitely a contender for one of the catchiest tunes of the summer, and has a "ready-to-go-viral" video full of musical cats. Another highlight is the humorous "Hey, Hipster," although that's not really suitable for airplay (unless you do some editing). "Gonna Rock," "Looks And Money" (which has a lyrical reference to Cake's "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle"), and "Splitting The Atom" are more lyrically appropriate for FCC regulated radio, with the latter being the most reminiscent of what you might remember Self sounding like years ago.

Check out Noisey.com's EP premiere and find out more of what Mahaffey / Self is / are up to via Facebook.


By Josh T. Landow

Self
Super Fake Nice
EP
(El Camino)


updated 7/30/14
# Artist Track Label
1 INTERPOL ALL THE RAGE (BACK HOME) MATADOR
2 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TRAINWRECK 1979 LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
3 J. MASCIS EVERY MORNING SUB POP
4 ALVVAYS ADULT DIVERSION POLYVINYL
5 TEAM SPIRIT TEENAGE HEARTS VICE / WARNER BROS.
6t BRAID EAST END HOLLOWS TOPSHELF
  JUNGLE BUSY EARNIN' XL
  THE RENTALS 1000 SEASONS POLYVINYL
  SPOON DO YOU LOMA VISTA
10t COLD WAR KIDS ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS DOWNTOWN
  THE KOOKS BAD HABIT ASTRALWERKS
12t COLONY HOUSE SILHOUETTES DESCENDANT
  DELTA SPIRIT FROM NOW ON DUALTONE
  JENNY LEWIS JUST ONE OF THE GUYS WARNER BROS.
15 SELF  RUNAWAY EL CAMINO
16t CARIBOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT YOU MERGE
  FRENCH STYLE FURS ALL THE WAY DOWN FRENCHKISS
  THE MUFFS WEIRD BOY NEXT DOOR BURGER
  THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE TERRIFIED SADDLE CREEK
  SBTRKT F/ EZRA KOENIG NEW DORP NEW YORK XL
  TWIN PEAKS I FOUND A NEW WAY GRAND JURY
22t BANKS  BEGGIN FOR THREAD HARVEST
  CLOCKWISE HOPELESS ABC / UNIVERSAL
  FINK LOOKING TOO CLOSELY R'COUP'D / NINJA TUNE
  THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM GET HURT ISLAND
  MACHINEHEART CIRCLES SEFL-RELEASED
  WHITE LUNG FACE DOWN DOMINO

updated 7/30/14
# Artist Album Label
1 SPOON THEY WANT MY SOUL LOMA VISTA
2t ALVVAYS ALVVAYS POLYVINYL
  JENNY LEWIS THE VOYAGER WARNER BROS.
  THE RENTALS LOST IN ALPHAVILLE POLYVINYL
5 JUNGLE JUNGLE XL RECORDINGS
6t BRAID NO COAST TOPSHELF RECORDS
  TWIN PEAKS WILD ONION GRAND JURY
8t COLONY HOUSE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER DESCENDANT
  THE KOOKS LISTEN ASTRALWERKS
  THE MUFFS WHOOP DEE DOO BURGER
11 FRENCH STYLE FURS IS EXOTIC BAIT FRENCHKISS
12t TINY VICTORIES HAUNTS SLEEPOVER PARTY
  VARIOUS ARTISTS BECK'S SONG READER CAPITOL
  WHITE LUNG DEEP FANTASY DOMINO
15 TWIN ATLANTIC GREAT DIVIDE RED BULL RECORDS
16t ALT-J THIS IS ALL YOURS CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC
  THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM GET HURT ISLAND
  GOT A GIRL  I LOVE YOU BUT I MUST DRIVE OFF THIS CLIFF NOW BULK RECORDINGS
  SPIDER BAGS FROZEN LETTER MERGE
  THE WYTCHES ANNABEL DREAM READER PARTISAN RECORDS
21t ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES HALF THE CITY SINGLE LOCK / THIRTY TIGERS
  WILD SMILES ALWAYS TOMORROW SUNDAY BEST
23t FENECH-SOLER RITUALS SO
  JPNSGRLS CIRCULATION LIGHT ORGAN RECORDS
  KONGOS  LUNATIC TOKOLOSHE
  MORRISSEY WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS HARVEST
  PHANTOGRAM VOICES REPUBLIC RECORDS
  REIGNING SOUND SHATTERED MERGE
  WUNDER WUNDER EVERYTHING INFINITE DOVECOTE

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