Happy Summer! Nothing says summertime like cranking some great new tunes, and thankfully we are in no short supply of those lately.

One of those brand new tunes to crank WAY up could just be my song of the summer already – Queens of The Stone Age‘s new single “The Way You Used To Do” from their forthcoming seventh album Villians. That makes a massive debut at #1 on our singles chart this week, followed by a tie for #2 between last week’s #1, Alvvays‘ “In Undertow,” and Death From Above‘s “Freeze Me.” The Killers resurface with a new single, “The Man,” at #4, followed byManchester Orchestra at #5 with “The Gold.”

Last week we had a tie for the #1 album, and this week one of those albums, Waxahatchee‘s Out of The Storm, emerges to hold the
top spot on its own, while its second single “Never Been Wrong” ties for #6 with fellow Philadelphians The War On Drugs‘ “Holding On.” That of course will be on their upcoming album, A Deeper Understanding, which is tied for #2 with Ride‘s just released first album in twenty-plus years, Weather Diaries. There’s another tie at #4 between two albums that are yet-to-be released – Arcade Fire‘s Everything Now and LCD Soundsystem‘s American Dream, the latter featuring the #8 single “Call The Police.” The Drums, Portugal. The Man, and Beth Ditto hold down the #6 though #8 spots, bringing us to a three-way tie to close out the top ten albums.

You can check it all out on the full charts below. Enjoy the longest days of the year and I’ll catch up with you while the sun’s still shining at this time next week.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

 

Updated 6/21/17

# Artist Track Label
1 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE THE WAY YOU USED TO DO MATADOR
2t ALVVAYS IN UNDERTOW POLYVINYL
  DEATH FROM ABOVE FREEZE ME WARNER BROS.
4 THE KILLERS THE MAN ISLAND
5 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA THE GOLD LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
6t THE WAR ON DRUGS HOLDING ON ATLANTIC
  WAXAHATCHEE NEVER BEEN WRONG MERGE
8 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM CALL THE POLICE COLUMBIA
9t PVRIS WHAT’S WRONG RISE / BMG
  TRISTEN GLASS JAR MODERN OUTSIDER
11t ARCADE FIRE EVERYTHING NOW COLUMBIA
  THE NATIONAL THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS   4AD
13 THE DISTRICTS IF BEFORE I WAKE FAT POSSUM
14t IRON & WINE CALL IT DREAMING SUB POP
  LIAM GALLAGHER WALL OF GLASS WARNER BROS.
16t ALL WE ARE HUMAN DOMINO
  BETH DITTO FIRE CAPITOL
  BLESSED FAIRYTALE YEBO
  TORO Y MOI GIRL LIKE YOU CARPARK
20 THE DRUMS BLOOD UNDER MY BELT ANTI-
21t ALT-J DEADCRUSH CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  BARNS COURTNEY GOLDEN DANDELIONS CAPITOL
  BEACH HOUSE CHARIOT SUB POP
  CHEERLEADER FEEL LIKE THAT BRIGHT ANTENNA
  GRIZZLY BEAR MOURNING SOUND RCA
  JOYWAVE IT’S A TRIP   HOLLYWOOD
  LORDE PERFECT PLACES LAVA / REPUBLIC
  RAD HORROR SAD BOY GUTSY MGMT
  RANCID WHERE I’M GOING EPITAPH
  SECRET COLOURS CHANGES IN NATURE SELF-RELEASED
  WESLEY FULLER #1 SONG 1965 / PIAS

 

 

 

Updated 6/21/17

# Artist Album Label
1 WAXAHATCHEE OUT IN THE STORM MERGE
2t RIDE WEATHER DIARIES WICHITA
  THE WAR ON DRUGS A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING ATLANTIC
4t ARCADE FIRE EVERYTHING NOW COLUMBIA
  LCD SOUNDSYSTEM AMERICAN DREAM COLUMBIA
6 THE DRUMS ABYSMAL THOUGHTS ANTI-
7 PORTUGAL. THE MAN WOODSTOCK ATLANTIC
8 BETH DITTO FAKE SUGAR CAPITOL
9t ALT-J RELAXER CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  LORDE MELODRAMA LAVA / REPUBLIC
  NIGHT DRIVE NIGHT DRIVE ROLL CALL
12t BEACH FOSSILS SOMERSAULT BAYONET
  DAN AUERBACH WAITING ON A SONG EASY SOUND / NONESUCH
  WAVVES YOU’RE WELCOME GHOST RAMP
15t BEACH HOUSE B-SIDES AND RARITIES SUB POP
  CIGARETTES AFTER SEX CIGARETTES AFTER SEX PTKF
  GRIZZLY BEAR PAINTED RUINS RCA
  PALEHOUND A PLACE I’LL ALWAYS GO POLYVINYL
  PHOENIX TI AMO GLASSNOTE
  RANCID TROUBLE MAKER EPITAPH
21t CAPTAIN, WE’RE SINKING THE KING OF NO MAN RUN FOR COVER
  FLEET FOXES CRACK-UP NONESUCH
23t BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE HUG OF THUNDER ARTS & CRAFTS
  COWBELL HAUNTED HEART DAMAGED GOODS
  THE MOUNTAIN GOATS GOTHS MERGE
  ROYAL BLOOD HOW DID WE GET SO DARK? WARNER BROS.
  TIGERS JAW SPIN BLACK CEMENT

 

 

Dude York

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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