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Happy Earth Day all you Earthlings! This is a day that I can get behind way more than last week's occasion. I was thinking about what we as specialty radio hosts, promoters, labels, etc... can do to reduce our environmental footprint. What I'm going to say may get some grumbles from the crowd, but I think it's a responsible change to our collective behavior that we need to make. We need to eliminate the promo CD single! CD singles are a huge waste of Earth's resources that contribute far too much to our waste baskets. We live in a digital age where it's so easy to send and receive music digitally. I know that 9 times out of 10, when I get a promo single in the mail, I've already received a digital download a day or two prior anyway. Then I have a disc, a jewel case, and padded mailer to discard. Sure, some of that is recyclable, but better to not use in the first place. So, can I get anyone out there in the label / promo world to make that commitment? And in turn, can I get all the radio hosts and programmers to make the commitment to pay as much attention to digital downloads as you would to a CD single. My plan will only work if we're all in it together. Let's stop wasting!

Ok, now I'm stepping down from my soapbox / high horse to do my job. Gotta hand it to the amazing Courtney Barnett who, for the 5th week in a row, rides high with a #1 SubModern album! While she does share the honor this week in a tie with Metz, it's still pretty remarkable and definitely the longest run I've seen during my tenure as the keeper of this chart. How long can it continue? Of course congrats to Metz as well for their #1 debut for II, as well as a #2t single, "Acetate." And congrats for a #1 single to that Conor "Bright Eyes" Oberst guy, bringing back his punk band Desaparecidos with "City On The Hill" from the forthcoming album Payola (their second album, thirteen years after the first).

As we continue the run down, Best Coast, has the #3 album with California Nights, due out in two short weeks, while its third single "Feeling OK" ties for #2 with the aforementioned Metz and last week's #1, "Trying" from Bully. There's a tie for the #4 album between JEFF The Brotherhood's Wasted On The Dreamand Foil Deer from this week's Buzz Band Speedy Ortiz. Drenge takes #6 on both charts with Undertow and its single "We Do What We Want," which comes in just below Kopecky's "Quarterback" at #5. I'll let you check out the rest on the charts below, along with add dates and this week's Buzz Band feature on Speedy Ortiz, or see more at FMQB.com/SubModern.

Before I go, I want to pay respects to one of our most esteemed shows on the SubModern panel, The Weekly Feed, which will be ending its six year run on its own terms this June. Based out of WFPK in Louisville, KY and syndicated to over 30 stations, Kyle Meredith has consistently delivered music before most anyone else, and interviews with some of the biggest artists in the world of alternative specialty / indie rock. Find out more about Kyle's decision to end the show here. He will continue as the music director at WFPK so we wish him the best with that and congratulate him on a great six years of feeding us... weekly. With that I leave you to go out and enjoy the Earth! Remember, we only have one.

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow
I was a fan of Speedy Ortiz's first album Major Arcana from a few years ago, but it's understandable if it flew under your radar. Maybe the first you heard of Speedy was last month when they made headlines in the blogosphere for having comedian Hannibal Buress sit in on drums with them at SXSW. As you might expect from a former writing teacher and recent Masters graduate, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis delivers clever, fun, and poignant lyrics, but this time she's coming from a more positive place than previous efforts after expunging certain people and forces from her life. That positive energy seems to have spread to her bandmates as well, who turn in very crisp and bright, 90's-influenced performances, with a healthy dose of fuzz. Technical improvements are also afoot as the band was afforded the luxury of spending a month in the studio, rather than just a few days.

You've probably heard the album's first two singles "Raising The Skate" and "The Graduates," which are highlights for sure, but there's a lot more to love here. The short and peppy "Swell Content" is probably my favorite tune of the dozen, along with the beat driven "Puffer" and bombastic "Homonovus." There's certainly plenty here to choose from to fill your shows with Speedy Ortiz for many weeks to come.

Check out Speedy Ortiz live when they most likely come to your your town, either on their long headlining tour through early June or on one of the festivals that they'll be appearing at for the rest of the summer. Find tour dates, see their googly eye-tastic video for "The Graduates," and get more info at SpeedyOrtiz.com or at CarparkRecords.com.

By Josh T. Landow

Speedy Ortiz
Foil Deer
(Carpark)

Updated 4/22/15
# Artist Track Label
1 DESAPARECIDOS CITY ON THE HILL EPITAPH
2t BEST COAST FEELING OK HARVEST
  BULLY TRYING STARTIME INT. / COLUMBIA
  METZ ACETATE SUB POP
5 KOPECKY QUARTERBACK ATO
6 DRENGE WE DO WHAT WE WANT INFECTIOUS / ADA
7t DAWES THINGS HAPPEN HUB / QPRIME
  ELLIOT MOSS BIG BAD WOLF GRAND JURY
9t DU BLONDE BLACK FLAG MUTE
  WOLF ALICE MOANING LISA SMILE DIRTY HIT / RCA
11t A SILENT FILM TOMORROW SILENT SONGS
  CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN COCOON ISLAND
  DEAF RHINO HEY YOU SELF-RELEASED
  MEW SATELLITES PIAS
  MS MR PAINTED COLUMBIA
  RATATAT CREAM ON CHROME XL
  WAXAHATCHEE UNDER A ROCK MERGE
  X-AMBASSADORS RENEGADES INTERSCOPE
19t THE CRIBS DIFFERENT ANGLE ARTS & CRAFTS
  DOLDRUMS LOOPS SUB POP
  DRONEN THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS REAL SELF-RELEASED
  HOT CHIP HUARACHE LIGHTS DOMINO
  MUMFORD & SONS THE WOLF GLASSNOTE
  ON AN ON DRIFTING INGROOVES / ROLL CALL
  REY PILA WHAT A NICE SURPRISE CULT
  SURFER BLOOD I CAN'T EXPLAIN JOYFUL NOISE

Updated 4/22/15
# Artist Album Label
1t COURTNEY BARNETT SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT MOM + POP
  METZ II SUB POP
3 BEST COAST CALIFORNIA NIGHTS HARVEST
4t JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD WASTED ON THE DREAM INFINITY CAT
  SPEEDY ORTIZ FOIL DEER CARPARK
6 DRENGE UNDERTOW INFECTIOUS / ADA
7 WAXAHATCHEE IVY TRIPP MERGE
8 TORO Y MOI WHAT FOR? CARPARK
9 THE DIAMOND LIGHT VICIOUS VISIONS SELF-RELEASED
10t A SILENT FILM NEW YEAR EP SILENT SONGS
  BUILT TO SPILL UNTETHERED MOON WARNER BROS.
  CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN THE BALCONY ISLAND
  THE WOMBATS GLITTERBUG BRIGHT ANTENNA / ADA
14t DEAF RHINO DIRT RUST CHAOS SELF-RELEASED
  MEW + - PIAS
  MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND GLASSNOTE
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS GLEAN IDLEWILD / MEGAFORCE
18t THE CRIBS FOR ALL MY SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS
  DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE KINTSUGI ATLANTIC
  DRUG CABIN YARD WORK / WIGGLE ROOM 401K
  TORRES SPRINTER PARTISAN
  THE VACCINES ENGLISH GRAFFITI COLUMBIA
23t AVID DANCER 1ST BATH GRAND JURY
  HOCKEY DAD DREAMIN' FARMER & THE OWL
  MATT AND KIM NEW GLOW HARVEST
  MIAMI HORROR ALL POSSIBLE FUTURES DINE ALONE
  MY MORNING JACKET THE WATERFALL ATO / CAPITOL
  PASSION PIT KINDRED COLUMBIA
  SHAKEY GRAVES AND THE WAR CAME DUALTONE
  SUFJAN STEVENS CARRIE & LOWELL ASTHMATIC KITTY
  YUKON BLONDE ON BLONDE DINE ALONE

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