OK, here we are once again with the SubModern Report. Gonna keep things short and sweet today and get right into it. Congratulations to Superchunk for topping both charts with their forthcoming 11th album What A Time To Be Alive (due out in February) and its title track. Porches are (is?) #2 on both charts as well with the forthcoming album The House and its single "Find Me," which actually tied with Hookworms‘ "Negative Space."

The Domino-ation continues on the singles chart with Franz Ferdinand‘s "Always Ascending," tied for #4 with last week’s #1 single, "Astronaut (Something About Your Love) from Mansionair. It’s another tie at #6 between Ezra Furman with "Love You So Bad" and MGMT‘s "Little Dark Age." Fever Ray is at #8 with "To The Moon And Back" off the new album Plunge, which is right where we left it at #4 on the album chart. The top ten singles are rounded out by another tie between Bastille‘s new song, "World Gone Mad," from the upcoming Will Smith / Netflix movie Bright and "These 3 Things" from Ought.

Back over on the album chart, St. Vincent‘s MASSEDUCTION is on the rise again at #3, followed by the aforementioned Fever Ray and a tie at #5 between Julien Baker with Turn Out The Lights and Liam Gallagher with As You Were. Another tie forllows at #7 between The Front BottomsGoing Grey and Quicksand‘s Interiors. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are in at #9 with Lotta Sea Lice and we close with Bully‘s Losing at #10. See all that and more below along with this week’s adds.

You can also keep reading for my latest interview and SubModern Session with Black Kids. Enjoy and I’ll see you back here next week as we prepare for Thanksgiving!

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 11/15/17

# Artist Track Label
1 SUPERCHUNK WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE MERGE
2t HOOKWORMS NEGATIVE SPACE DOMINO
  PORCHES FIND ME DOMINO
4t FRANZ FERDINAND ALWAYS ASCENDING DOMINO
  MANSIONAIR ASTRONAUT (SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LOVE) GLASSNOTE
6t EZRA FURMAN LOVE YOU SO BAD  BELLA UNION
  MGMT LITTLE DARK AGE  COLUMBIA
8 FEVER RAY TO THE MOON AND BACK   MUTE
9t BASTILLE WORLD GONE MAD ATLANTIC / RRP
  OUGHT THESE 3 THINGS MERGE
11t NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS HOLY MOUNTAIN CAROLINE / SOUR MASH
  TUNE-YARDS LOOK AT YOUR HANDS 4AD
  TY SEGALL MY LADY’S ON FIRE DRAG CITY
14t AWAKEN I AM BLACK DREAMS VICTORY
  THE KILLERS RUN FOR COVER ISLAND
  ST. VINCENT LOS AGELESS LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
17t THE GLOOMIES SPACE THRILL ME
  TYPHOON RORSCHACH ROLL CALL
19t BRIAN FALLON FORGET ME NOT ISLAND
  THE FRONT BOTTOMS PEACE SIGN FUELED BY RAMEN
  QUICKSAND WARM AND LOW EPITAPH
22t JULIEN BAKER TURN OUT THE LIGHTS   MATADOR
  SLEIGH BELLS FAVORITE TRANSGRESSIONS TORN CLEAN
24t THE BLOODY BEETROOTS (FT. PERRY FARRELL) PIRATES, PUNKS & POLITICS LAST GANG
  BULLY RUNNING SUB POP
  DANIELE LUPPI & PARQUET COURTS (FT. KAREN O) TALISA 30TH CENTURY / COLUMBIA
  DJANGO DJANGO TIC TAC TOE RIBBON
  THE GLORIOUS SONS EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT SELF-RELEASED
  LIAM GALLAGHER COME BACK TO ME WARNER BROS.
  LIZA ANNE PARANOIA ARTS & CRAFTS / CAROLINE
  POP ETC. FINGERPRINTS Q PRIME
  PORTUGAL. THE MAN LIVE IN THE MOMENT ATLANTIC
  SUNFLOWER BEAN I WAS A FOOL MOM + POP
  SUPERORGANISM SOMETHING FOR YOUR M.I.N.D. DOMINO
  THE USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOPELESS
  THE WOMBATS LEMON TO A KNIFE FIGHT BRIGHT ANTENNA

 

Updated 11/15/17

# Artist Album Label
1 SUPERCHUNK WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE MERGE
2 PORCHES THE HOUSE DOMINO
3 ST. VINCENT MASSEDUCTION LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
4 FEVER RAY PLUNGE MUTE
5t JULIEN BAKER TURN OUT THE LIGHTS MATADOR
  LIAM GALLAGHER AS YOU WERE WARNER BROS.
7t THE FRONT BOTTOMS GOING GREY FUELED BY RAMEN
  QUICKSAND INTERIORS EPITAPH
9 COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE LOTTA SEA LICE MATADOR
10 BULLY LOSING SUB POP
11t GGOOLLDD TEETH EP ROLL CALL / INGROOVES
  WALK THE MOON WHAT IF NOTHING RCA
13 SLEIGH BELLS KID KRUSCHEV TORN CLEAN
14t BLEACHERS GONE NOW RCA
  CURTIS HARDING FACE YOUR FEAR ANTI-
  DANIELE LUPPI & PARQUET COURTS MILANO 30TH CENTURY / COLUMBIA
  PEARL CHARLES SLEEPLESS DREAMER KANINE RECORDS
  STARS THERE IS NO LOVE IN FLUORESCENT LIGHT LAST GANG
  WEEZER PACIFIC DAYDREAM ATLANTIC
  WOLF PARADE CRY CRY CRY SUB POP
21t GRETA VAN FLEET BLACK SMOKE RISING LAVA / REPUBLIC
  HIPPO CAMPUS WARM GLOW EP GRAND JURY
  HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS SALEM KARTEL
  JESSICA BOUDREAUX NO FURY NEW MOSS
  KING KRULE THE OOZ TRUE PANTHER
  MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  MORRISSEY LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL BMG
  PROTOMARTYR RELATIVES IN DESCENT DOMINO
  SIR SLY DON’T YOU WORRY, HONEY INTERSCOPE

 

SubModern Session: Black Kids

Black Kids
Rookie
(Not Fussed)

Way back in 2007 the blogosphere was abuzz about a band out of Jacksonville, FL called Black Kids. Following the success of their debut album Partie Traumatic in 2008, fans waited for years with nary a peep out of Reggie Youngblood and co. until a surprise re-emergence this year with their long-awaited follow-up Rookie. I recently sat down with Youngblood, his sister Ali, and bandmates Dawn Watley and Owen Holmes to chat about the new album. They also played a few songs live for another FMQB SubModern Session, which you can listen to here.
 
FMQB:  Good to have you here with us and here in general because it’s been quite some time.  I’m sure you’ve been answering this question in every interview since you’ve been back out on the road, but why’s it been such a long time since we’ve heard from Black Kids and what have you been doing in the interim?
 
Reggie Youngblood:  Usually I’m kind of glib about it and say that I’ve been watching television non-stop (which is true), but in all honesty, we just couldn’t find the songs we wanted.  We would go into the studio in earnest and work pretty hard.  I think we probably recorded three albums since the last time we released one.  But this was the only session that stuck, that felt good and felt right.  All the elements were in place.  We were in a studio we liked in Athens, Georgia (that’s where I live now).  We were working with a producer / engineer that we really loved, Andy LeMaster.  We finally had a batch of songs that made sense as a follow up.  We had choruses that we liked.  I couldn’t write a chorus to save my life for some reason, well at least not for this project.  So, it was just waiting for things to fall in place.  

FMQB:  So, it was no drama or anything crazy like that?

RY:  Sadly, no.  It was just wanting it to be something that we liked before we put it out there.  I think it would’ve been unfortunate if we put out the songs that we didn’t really care for.

FMQB:  Yeah, of course you don’t want to put out something that you’re not proud of.  When you came out with the new record, did you wonder if people would remember you and how it would be received?

RY:  Well, we usually made it a point to go out and do a couple weeks on the road.  So, y’know people were coming to the shows and our online interactions with our fans are pretty lively.
 
FMQB:  So people knew that you were still a thing and your fans were probably very eager for some new tunes.  

Owen Holmes:  Yeah, they never really let up.

RY:  They were very aggressive.  Almost belligerent.  (Laughs)
 
FMQB:  How are they receiving what they’re hearing?

RY:  With joy! 

OH:  And relief.

FMQB:  They’re latching on to the new songs?

RY:  Yeah.  It does seem like a good follow-up in that it’s different, but the same. 

FMQB:  It has the right feel.  I’m curious that if you had released some of what you recorded in the interim, would it have not felt to us like Black Kids?

RY: It would’ve been a trap that most bands fall into, which Owen and I refer to as "mature second record."  Y’know the cellos are there all of a sudden, apropos of nothing.  The lyrics were going too earnest because I was sick of the bratty tone of the first record.  So then, I just split the difference and it felt pretty good.

FMQB:  Some bands will put out that "mature second record" and it might not be as well received so then they’ll kind of go back to the sound that made people love them in the first place.  So, you just skipped a step in there.

RY: We showed some restraint and did not release the "mature second record," which is a sign of maturity.  (Laughs)

Find out more about what Black Kids are up to and see their latest videos at BlackKidsTV.com.  Listen to their SubModern Session performances of "Rookie" and "In A Song," plus an old favorite, "I’m Making Eyes At You," here.

By Josh T. Landow