Hello all and welcome to the first Fall edition of the SubModern Report and geez it's really felt like it with lots of wet and gray weather in my neck of the woods for the last few days. Well, a little over a week ago The National surprise dropped Laugh Track, the companion album to First Two Pages of Frankenstein from just a few months back. It was too late to show up on last week's chart, but even though it was a surprise album, it's no surprise that it debuted at #1 this week! And they're not the only band announcing a second album of the year. Yup, Bar Italia will release The Twits in November to follow up on May's Tracey Denim, and its first single "My Little Tony" debuted at #1 as well.
Just ever so slightly below that at #2 was a new track from Johnny Marr, "Somewhere," which will be part of his upcoming best-of collection Spirit Power. U.K. mainstays The Vaccines announced a new record for early 2024 and with it came the new single "Heartbreak Kid," which makes its debut at #3. At #4 is a previously unheard take on a classic, The Breeders' "Divine Hammer" but with vocals by J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. "Divine Mascis" as they're calling it, is on the new 30th anniversary edition of Last Splash that just dropped. Jack Antonoff is back with a new Bleachers single, "Modern Girl," landing at #5. Civic has the first non-debut on the chart with "Hourglass" at #6, followed by Slowdive at #7 with "alife." After that, to close the top ten, is a five-way tie at #8, including tracks from The Chemical Brothers (ft. Beck), Modern English, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Snail Mail, and last week's #1 single from King Falcon.
Several of the artists just mentioned are also right near the top of the album chart, like Slowdive with Everything Is Alive at #2, as well as The Chemical Brothers with For That Beautiful Feeling and King Falcon's upcoming self-titled record tied for #3. Last week's #1 album, I Don't Want You Anymore from Cherry Glazerr is tied at #5 with Los Angeles from Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife Lee (can we call them L.B.J.?) and USA from Petey. What follows is a massive tie of seven albums at #8, including Corinne Bailey Rae, Explosions In The Sky, Grrrl Gang, Nation of Language, The Replacements (with a jam-packed new reissue), Slaughter Beach, Dog, and Yoke Lore.
You can see all the specific titles in those big ties and go even further down the charts HERE. As usual, there's a lot of music coming your way this week, including albums from Animal Collective, Slow Pulp, Roosevelt, Wilco, and of course the aforementioned Cherry Glazerr (will they be #1 again?). Find that all on this week's Available For Airplay list.
I have something special to close out this week's column. About a month ago, I got to hang out with Speedy Ortiz, ahead of the release of their new album Rabbit Rabbit, to record a SubModern Session (in conjunction with Y-Not Radio) at a great studio here in Philadelphia, Cambridge Sound. I now present that session to you in video form. Enjoy!
The SubModern Report is now available in Invisible Airwaves
Recorded at Cambridge Sound Studios
Rabbit Rabbit is available now on Wax Nine Records.