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Hello again folks and welcome to another SubModern Report here at FMQB. Maybe the suddenly nice weather (at least here in Philly) is to be blamed or we can blame some hosts' mothers, but we had a lot of shows playing hooky this week and only have 91% reporting. I'd expect around that for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend (please get here fast), but a bit unusual for this week. Just to let you know what's up.

An appearance on SNL (and a second song) has seemingly propelled the sisters of Haim to the #1 position on our album chart with their forthcoming sophomore release Something To Tell You. Their single "Want You Back" did not reach such heights however, coming in at #4. The honor of #1 single goes to the highly anticipated return of The National, who announced their seventh album Sleep Well Beast with the lead track "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness." That bumps last week's #1 (and last week's SNL guests) LCD Soundsystem down to #2 with "Call The Police." Then we have a debut at #3 from Joywave with "It's A Trip" from their just announced album Content.

Skipping back over the the album chart, much like on the singles chart, last week's #1, Humanz from Gorillaz, slipped to #2, tied with The Mountain Goats' Goths, while its latest single "Andromeda" tied for #5 with "J-Boy" from Phoenix. Perfume Genius is on both charts with the new album No Shape at #4 and its single "Slip Away" at #7 (tied with Shout Out Louds' new one "Oh Oh"). Father John Misty also appears on both charts once again, with Pure Comedy at #5 and "Total Entertainment Forever" at #9.

You can make heads and tails out of that on that charts below. If you missed it last week, you can read my interview Dude York and hear their great SubModern Session down there as well. Until next Wednesday, be good everyone!

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 5/17/17
# Artist Track Label
1 THE NATIONAL THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS 4AD
2 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM CALL THE POLICE DFA / COLUMBIA
3 JOYWAVE IT'S A TRIP HOLLYWOOD
4 HAIM WANT YOU BACK COLUMBIA
5t GORILLAZ ANDROMEDA PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  PHOENIX J-BOY GLASSNOTE
7t PERFUME GENIUS SLIP AWAY MATADOR
  SHOUT OUT LOUDS OH OH MERGE
9 FATHER JOHN MISTY TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT FOREVER SUB POP
10 MADE VIOLENT BASEMENT GHOST 7S
11 BIG THIEF SHARK SMILE SADDLE CREEK
12t CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN TWICE CAPITOL
  THE DRUMS BLOOD UNDER MY BELT ANTI-
  FIRE IN THE RADIO NEW AIR WEDNESDAY
  GRIZZLY BEAR THREE RINGS RCA
  THE KOOKS BE WHO YOU ARE ASTRALWERKS
  THE MOUNTAIN GOATS RAIN IN SOHO MERGE
  TIGERS JAW JUNE BLACK CEMENT
  WAXAHATCHEE SILVER MERGE
20t GREEN DAY REVOLUTION RADIO REPRISE
  MARIKA HACKMAN MY LOVER CINDY SUB POP
  ROYAL BLOOD LIGHTS OUT WARNER BROS.
23t (SANDY) ALEX G PROUD DOMINO
  THE AFGHAN WHIGS ARABIAN HEIGHTS SUB POP
  BEACH FOSSILS DOWN THE LINE BAYONET
  THE BLACK ANGELS I'D KILL FOR HER PARTISAN
  THE CHARLATANS PLASTIC MACHINERY THE END
  FLEET FOXES FOOL'S ERRAND NONESUCH
  HIGHLY SUSPECT LITTLE ONE 300 ENT.
  MIKE EDGE BEEN SO LONG LONG WEEKEND
  RANCID GHOST OF A CHANCE HELLCAT / EPITAPH
  RIDE ALL I WANT WICHITA
  SAINT MOTEL DESTROYER ELEKTRA
  SYLVAN ESSO DIE YOUNG LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
 
Updated 5/17/17
# Artist Album Label
1 HAIM SOMETHING TO TELL YOU COLUMBIA
2t GORILLAZ HUMANZ PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  THE MOUNTAIN GOATS GOTHS MERGE
4 PERFUME GENIUS NO SHAPE MATADOR
5 FATHER JOHN MISTY PURE COMEDY SUB POP
6t BIG THIEF CAPACITY SADDLE CREEK
  FIRE IN THE RADIO NEW AIR WEDNESDAY
  GIRLPOOL POWERPLANT ANTI-
  LITTLE HURRICANE SAME SUN SAME MOON MASCOT
10t BLACK LIPS SATAN'S GRAFFITI OR GOD'S ART? VICE
  DIRTY PROJECTORS DIRTY PROJECTORS DOMINO
  THE DRUMS ABYSMAL THOUGHTS ANTI-
13t (SANDY) ALEX G ROCKET DOMINO
  THE AFGHAN WHIGS IN SPADES SUB POP
  BEACH FOSSILS SOMERSAULT BAYONET
  BLONDIE POLLINATOR BMG
  SYLVAN ESSO WHAT NOW LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  TEMPLES VOLCANO FAT POSSUM
  TIGERS JAW SPIN BLACK CEMENT
20t FLEET FOXES CRACK-UP NONESUCH
  MARIKA HACKMAN I'M NOT YOUR MAN SUB POP
  SLOWDIVE SLOWDIVE DEAD OCEANS
23t THE BLACK ANGELS DEATH SONG PARTISAN
  HOOPS ROUTINES FAT POSSUM
  LITTLE DRAGON SEASON HIGH LOMA VISTA
  RIDE WEATHER DIARIES WICHITA

Dude York
Sincerely
(Hardly Art)

Last year when we had Tacocat in for a SubModern Session, I was told by their manager that I should look out for another Seattle band with an album coming in 2017 called Dude York.  I heeded that advice and have really been enjoying Sincerely, the Hardly Art Records debut of the three piece consisting of Peter Richards, Andrew Hall, and Claire England. I was very happy to welcome them for their own SubModern Session recently, which you can listen to here, while reading my interview with the self-proclaimed "America's Band."
 
FMQB: So tell me a little bit about your band name, because it cracks me up.   

Peter Richards: It just was appealing nonsense at the time and it's an empty vessel to be filled.

Andrew Hall: You can project whatever you want into it.  When I think of it, it just sounds like the most depressing place on Earth, so we try really hard to be the opposite of that. 

FMQB: You are not depressing!  You are the opposite of that.
 
PR: Thank you.

FMQB: It looks like you had some fun with it in the early years with your early titles Gangs of Dude York and Escape From Dude York.  Did that just get old to you?

PR: No, I think we just got distracted.  Thanks for reminding us.
 
FMQB: Your new album Sincerely, if I'm counting correctly, and I'm not sure because there's a lot on your Bandcamp so I don't know what exactly counts, but it looked like this is your third full length.

PR: Sure, I would agree with that.

AH: Yeah.  The second one that's a tangible object.  The first one is… wacky.  I would consider this the second one that is an object, the first one with Hardly Art.  It can be the first, the second, or the third, depending on how you want to look at it. 

FMQB: Very flexible!

AH: It's a vinyl record.  It'll break in half.

FMQB: Not in the literal sense.  It's not a flexi-disc.  Anyway, the point is, it's called Sincerely and you're going to play some songs from it for us today.  The first single was "Black Jack."  What can you tell us about that one. 

PR: The name comes from an Osamu Tezuka manga and the content is I guess kinda like, to defeat grief, you have to build your own little triumphs and then you can kind of manifest them in the real world.  That's a strong thread for me in terms of the content of the [whole] album.
 
FMQB: You've taken on the subtitle of being "America's Band."  You introduce yourselves that way at shows and I noticed it's on your merch. What's that all about?

PR: Y'know, it's just about taking ownership of where you are I guess.  I don't know.  Moving forward into the future. 

AH: It felt like a fun thing to say in 2013.  Now it's a very complicated thing to say in 2017, but the thing is you can't let other people steal things from you. 

PR: Especially fascists.

AH: So we have to keep it and roll with it, cause our America is better.

FMQB: I'd get behind that.  Anyway, as you've progressed, as this is maybe your first, second, or third full length album, going back to your early work, what do you feel the progression of Dude York has been?  This album seems to be the most polished.

AH: This was the first time that we'd worked in a real [studio] with somebody who had made a ton of amazing records that we all looked up to.  We were big Blood Brothers fans and fans of a lot of things that John [Goodmanson] had worked on.  It was so cool to make a record where we had time to really think about it and do it right, as opposed to merely do it while trying not to tear out all of our hair in a period of two days.

FMQB: And when you recorded with him, that was the second version of Sincerely that you recorded?  What was the first one?

PR: Mmm hmm.  The first one we did in Zach Burba from iji's living room and were told there was too much drywall in the recording.  So we scrapped most of the songs and tried again many months later.

Claire England: It was a lot weirder then.  Or at least  it had a lot of elements that weren't necessarily things that we had ever tried live or we didn't really know what the songs were gonna be, but by the time we recorded it again, we'd been playing them for a solid eight months, so we were able to go into the studio and play the best version of how it actually sounded.     

PR: Yeah.  I also think that, Claire, your writing on this record is a huge part of what makes it so appealing.

CE: Well, thank you Peter!  And yeah, the first version didn't have any of my songs on it.

FMQB: "Tonight" was the very first song that you wrote for the band?  What took so long?

CE: Well, I joined the band later than it started, so there was a curve of settling in.  And my songs were pretty poppy, so I wasn't sure if they'd fit in.  But one day we were having a little song writing sesh and I played "Tonight" for Peter and Andrew for the first time, and they responded very positively to it.

AH: It's a good song!

PR: It was a really cool experience.  I felt like I knew exactly what the guitar part was, just from hearing the bass part, and for most of Claire's songs that's kind of how I feel.  Maybe that's just sort of like arrogance, but it feels good!

Find out more about Dude York at Dude-York.com or HardlyArt.com. Listen to their SubModern Session performances of "Tonight," "Black Jack," and "Love Is" here

By Josh T. Landow


 
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