Alrighty, it’s week two of the 2019 SubModern charts and we have pretty much all the shows back up and reporting this week after a bunch were still on "extended holiday" last time. Speaking of our reporting shows, we’ll have a new one as of next week – The Fringe hosted by dXn will be joining us from WAQX in Syracuse, NY (not to be confused with the already reporting WAXQ in NYC).

Now onto this week’s chart analysis. I will lead by saying that I’ve never seen it take more spins to get on the singles chart and less spins to get on the albums chart than this week. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s part of it being the beginning of the year, where we have a lot of new records due out soon, but not out quite yet. Anyway, that was not the case with our new #1 album of the week – Deerhunter‘s Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared will be released this Friday, but already has a handful of tracks out. And the brand new #1 debuting single this week wasn’t much of a "Longshot" (though that is the title) from Catfish And The Bottlemen. Congrats to both!

The singles continue with last week’s top track, The Bright Light Social Hour‘s "Lie To Me," as #2 in a tie with the brand new Ex Hex tune, "Cosmic Cave." There’s a big ol’ tie (but not the biggest) for #4, between Broken Bells‘ "Shelter," Grandaddy‘s "Bison On The Plains," The Raconteurs‘ "Now That You’re Gone," and Walk The Moon‘s "Timebomb." Tender stands alone with "Closer Still" at #8, but then nothing stands alone in a six-way tie for #9. You can see who all is involved on the chart below.

As we look back to the long-players, Pedro The Lion is back with their first album in fifteen years,Phoenix, which is tied at #2 with Cherry Glazerr‘s forthcoming Stuffed & Ready. Sharon Van Etten‘s Remind Me Tomorrow and Tallies‘ self-titled debut are tied at #4 and then Lost Under Heaven is at #6 with Love Hates What You Become. There’s another tie for # 7 between Girlpool‘s What Chaos Is Imaginary, Royal Trux‘s (is that gramaticaly correct? [Yes, it is.]) White Stuff, and Toro Y Moi‘s Outer Peace. That just leaves Alice Merton at #10 with Mint to close out the top ten albums, but of course you can see more albums (and singles) down below.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, but next week, I hope to share the first SubModern Session of the year, so check back then.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2018 YEAR END CHARTS

 

Updated 1/16/19

#ArtistTrackLabel
1CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMENLONGSHOTCAPITOL
2tTHE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOURLIE TO MEMODERN OUTSIDER
 EX HEXCOSMIC CAVEMERGE
4tBROKEN BELLSSHELTER30TH CENTURY / AURAL APOTHECARY
 GRANDADDYBISON ON THE PLAINS30TH CENTURY
 THE RACONTEURSNOW THAT YOU’RE GONETHIRD MAN
 WALK THE MOONTIMEBOMBRCA
8TENDERCLOSER STILLPARTISAN
9tBEIRUTLANDSLIDE4AD
 THE BETHSFUTURE ME HATES ME CARPARK
 THE INTERRUPTERSGAVE YOU EVERYTHINGEPITAPH
 JUDAH & THE LIONOVER MY HEADCAROLINE
 PERFECT SONIT’S FOR LIFESUB POP
 WHITE LIESTOKYOPIAS
15tCHERRY GLAZERRWASTED NUNSECRETLY CANADIAN
 GUSTEROVEREXCITEDNETTWERK
 TAKING BACK SUNDAYALL READY TO GOCRAFT / CONCORD
18tOLIVER TREEHURTATLANTIC
 SASAMINOT THE TIMEDOMINO
20DEERHUNTERPLAINS4AD
21tBEAR HANDSBLUE LIPSQ PRIME / SPENSIVE
 SHARON VAN ETTENSEVENTEENJAGJAGUWAR
 WARBLY JETSPROPAGANDAREBEL UNION
24tBIG WILDCITY OF SOUNDCOUNTER
 FAT WHITE FAMILYFEETDOMINO
 ROYAL TRUXWHITE STUFFFAT POSSUM

 

Updated 1/16/19

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1DEERHUNTERWHY HASN’T EVERYTHING ALREADY DISAPPEARED?4AD
2tCHERRY GLAZERRSTUFFED & READYSECRETLY CANADIAN
 PEDRO THE LIONPHOENIXPOLYVINYL
4tSHARON VAN ETTENREMIND ME TOMORROWJAGJAGUWAR
 TALLIESTALLIESKANINE
6LOST UNDER HEAVENLOVE HATES WHAT YOU BECOMEMUTE
7tGIRLPOOLWHAT CHAOS IS IMAGINARYANTI-
 ROYAL TRUXWHITE STUFFFAT POSSUM
 TORO Y MOIOUTER PEACECARPARK
10ALICE MERTONMINTMOM + POP
11tTHE DANDY WARHOLSWHY YOU SO CRAZYDINE ALONE
 RUFUS DU SOLSOLACEWARNER BROS.
13tBOB MOULDSUNSHINE ROCKMERGE
 THE FAINTEGOWERKSADDLE CREEK
 RY XUNFURLBMG
16MATTIELCUSTOMER COPYBURGER
17tADIA VICTORIASILENCESCANVASBACK
 GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEENMERRIE LANDSTUDIO 13 / ADA
 JEFF TWEEDYWARMDBPM
 MOTHER MOTHERDANCE AND CRYUNIVERSAL
21tTHE 1975A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPSINTERSCOPE
 BAY LEDGESIN WAVESS-CURVE
 BUGSSOCIAL SLUMP EPSELF-RELEASED
 CIRCA WAVESWHAT’S IT LIKE OVER THERE?PROLIFICA / PIAS
 GREENSKY BLUEGRASSALL FOR MONEYTHIRTY TIGERS
 KAREN O & DANGER MOUSELUX PRIMABMG
 PHOSPHORESCENTC’EST LA VIEDEAD OCEANS
 THE REVIVALISTSTAKE GOOD CARELOMA VISTA
 ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONESYOUNG SICK CAMELLIARECORDS
 TOMORROWS TULIPSHARNESSED TO FLESHBURGER
 THE TWILIGHT SADIT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIMEROCK ACTION
 VELVET STARLINGSEP1SOUND x 3 / ROCK N ROLLA
 ZALEEYE SEE YOUMADISON

 

SubModern Session: Castlecomer

Castlecomer
Castlecomer
(Concord)

Castlecomer is a five-piece band from Sydney, Australia who recently released their self-titled debut album on Concord Records.  On their recent U.S. tour, the band, including singer Bede Kennedy, keyboardist Joe Neely, guitarist
Tommy Kennedy, bassist Joe Kennedy, and drummer Patch Kennedy, joined us to chat and perform some acoustic renditions of songs from their album for another SubModern Session, which you can listen to below.

FMQB:  I understand that your band name has some Irish origins, but you’re all Australian, so what’s the deal with that? 
 
Bede Kennedy:  It’s quite confusing.  We’re all related and our sort of communal grandfather had a house called Castlecomer.  We were all at the house one day and we saw the same, not knowing that it was the town in Ireland where he was born.  And so we decided to name our band that.  And then we found out that’s where his family was from.  Y’know the pronunciation’s difficult, it’s all difficult, but we stuck with it and we’re still here.  And then we called our album that, which was even more dumb. 

FMQB:  What are you all, cousins?

BK:  Yeah, except for The D.H.D.D. (Joe Neely), we are all cousins.  Our keyboardist Neely is our friend from Kindergarten through to what we call Year 12.  We saw him every day.  And then we started a band.  There’s two brothers, two cousins, and a friend. 

FMQB:  But it’s like you’re related.

BK:  Pretty much.  He shows up at our family Christmases.

Joe Kennedy:  My mom likes him better than me.

FMQB: So tell me, what was the impetus for all of you to start the band? 
 
BK:  We were just bored in Australia.  We weren’t particularly good at music or writing songs, but we wanted to play shows because we heard you could get free beer at establishments.  We didn’t have cash, but had instruments.  So we thought let’s try to get a few gigs, pretend we’re good, show up, drink all the beer and get out of there before they realize.  Boom.  Next thing you know, you’re in America with a debut album and a record deal.

FMQB:  And you got good!

BK:  Thank you.  We practiced a lot.

FMQB:  Now I understand that you, Bede, were a lawyer.  That’s a pretty big career change.

BK:  Yes I was.  We all had pretty big career changes.  We have a chemical engineer in the band, a sports scientist, a business manager, a carpenter who can build houses, and we also had a yoga instructor.  We have an array of half-baked gifts in strange fields. 
 
FMQB:  Probably all of those things at some point or another could come in handy in the band.  Y’know if you ever want to build a band house, or sets for a tour.

BK: That’s exactly what Tommy does.  He literally fixes everything!  And Pat handles all the illicit substances and makes sure they are safe.

FMQB:  And certainly when you’re getting into copyrights and royalties and things of that nature, your law expertise could…
 
BK: Not really, no no…

FMQB:  What kind of law did you practice?
 
BK: I was working with the government before we sort of moved over here.  I was investigating the banks.  The banks are bad.  They’ll steal your money!

FMQB:  Yeah.  So do you live in the states now?
 
BK: We have all moved here.  We’re kind of like gypsies right now.  We pretty much live in our van and we’re just touring as much as possible.  So, we moved to Nashville and spent like two and half months there, then moved to L.A. and spent another two months there.  But, in between that we’ve just been on tour, so we haven’t really got a house.

FMQB:  Tommy’s gonna build the house when you do decide where to settle.
 
BK: Exactly

FMQB: I went your show and Bede you have a very commanding presence with the crowd, so tell me about how you connect with an audience and what their participation gives back to you

BK: You connect your eyeballs with their eyeballs and nothing can go wrong.  That’s the approach of our band. I have the most fun as a fan when the band is into it and getting everyone else into it, and engaging.  So, that’s our policy… give ’em a good time!

Find out more about Castlecomer at CastlecomerMusic.com or Concord.com.  Listen to their acoustic SubModern Session performances of single "All of The Noise" and two more songs from the album here.

By Josh T. Landow

Kate Nash (photo: Kate Bellm)

Kate Nash (photo: Kate Bellm)

IN THE RING WITH KATE NASH

By Josh T. Landow & Joey Odorisio

British singer-songwriter Kate Nash made a splash back in 2007 with her debut album Made of Bricks, showcasing her sharp songwriting and witty lyrics. Since then, her sound has expanded and gotten more eclectic over the course of the past decade. The past year has seen her profile skyrocket, as she used Kickstarter to fund the release of her fourth album Yesterday Was Forever while also co-starring on the smash Netflix series GLOW. Recently, Kate sat down with Josh T. Landow & Joey Odorisio of FMQB to discuss her new record, feminism, mental health and pro wrestling.

 

How was your experience of working with Kickstarter?
I feel like it still is the experience because it’s still figuring it out as you go along. It was nerve-wracking doing the Kickstarter. I didn’t want to do it at first because I thought it might fail and I was nervous the entire time. But I was also pretty excited. The more time went on, I realized it made more sense for me to be doing that. I had terrible meetings with record labels that made me feel like crap.

You already had three albums out through bigger labels and that helped you build enough of a fan base that when you go off on your own with something like Kickstarter, they’ll follow you.
It was so stressful. You have to brace yourself for failure or you have to change how you measure success. It’s really easy to feel like “I’m falling because everything’s hard” or “Should it be easier? Should I keep going because it’s so hard?” But actually, we’re having amazing experiences on tour that are a constant reminder.

I met a girl the other night who was crying through “Nicest Thing,” so much so that Emma in my band wanted to run down and hug her during the show. We met her afterward and she said her and her sister had listened to my music together and they’d always talked about going to a show. Her sister died, and that was her sister’s favorite song. And she was from Alaska and we were in Denver, and her grandparents lived in Denver, so she decided it was a sign and came to the show on her own. That is so amazing and that’s how I want to measure success – just having a connection with people through music.

You can’t take it for granted. It’s easy to get caught up in that fast-paced lifestyle and what boxes you need to tick, but I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. When I look back on Made of Bricks and being on the charts and played on the radio, that’s not something I look back on and think, “Oh it was so moving being played on Radio 1, wow.” It was fine but I wasn’t happy then and I’m happier now as an artist and I still get to have these amazing, emotional moments with fans.

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