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Hello guys and gals and welcome to another exciting SubModern Report. Guess what I did on Friday night? I saw 2 legendary artists who've been making music for pretty much my entire life! First I checked out Philly's own Dead Milkmen, who performed in the amazingly perfect (and creepy) setting of a gigantic old cemetery! Then it was off to see Bob Mould play an equally awesome set, albeit at a more traditional venue. Earlier that day I had the chance to speak with Mr. Mould and pick his brain about music as he guest DJed on my station Y-Not Radio (if you'd like to check it out, you can right here).

But enough about me, let's talk about all the artists that excited the specialty world this week. Congrats to another legend, the great Johnny Marr, who has the #1 single once again this week with "Easy Money." And while they haven't been around for nearly as long, we'll congratulate the dapper dudes of Interpol just as heartily, as their long-awaited 5th LP El Pintor is our #1 album. Even though they don't have any singles in the Top 10, three different songs show up in the Top 25, which is a feat I haven't seen yet in my tenure here.

Last week's top dog Ty Segall is just a couple spins below the ‘Pol with Manipulator at #2 and "Susie Thumb" ties at #4 with chart newcomers Bass Drum of Death, who blast onto the scene with "For Blood" and their upcoming album Rip This, also at #4. Last week's Buzz Band Avi Buffalo continues to do quite well with "So What" at #2 (tied with TV On The Radio's new single "Happy Idiot") and At Best Cuckold is #3 on the album chart. Rounding out the Top 5 albums (in a tie) are Death From Above 1979's The Physical World and The Vines' Wicked Nature, while Blonde Redhead also shows up on both charts with their 9th studio album Barragan at #7 and "Dripping" as the #9 single.

Keep on readin' to find out about this week's very special Buzz Band, get all the latest add dates, and see the Top 10 albums and singles. The full Top 25 are at FMQB.com/SubModern as always. Til next we meet, which will be this time next week...

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

When I was deciding just who should be this week's Buzz Band I thought for a second that it would be really funny to write about U2 as if they were brand new on the scene and no one had ever heard of them. After deciding not to go that route, it did occur to me that if any band has been buzzed about in the last couple days, it's this fresh-faced foursome from Dublin.

If you really have been living under a rock (or maybe under an Android), here's the very short version of the genesis of this historic album release. Since the beginning of the year, word on the street had been that U2 would have a new album out in 2014, but as time went on it seemed less and less likely. Why hadn't we heard anything about it? Why wasn't there a release date? A single? Then rumors started swirling last week that U2 would be involved in Apple's big iPhone 6 announcement and perhaps their 13th album would come pre-loaded on the new device. Even after that was shot down, it was not unexpected when Bono and the gang showed up in Cupertino yesterday. After the details of iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, what else could have been coming when CEO Tim Cook proclaimed that there was more.

But of all the ways that U2 could have been tied into Apple's latest must-own gadgets, simply giving away Songs of Innocence to literally every one of iTunes' 500 million users, was probably the most surprising. We need not buy a thing or even do a thing to receive this gift from the cloud! It's simply there, whether you want it or not.

So what do I think of Songs of Innocence? Does it even matter? Not really. So I'll simply say that I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. And regardless of what any of us think of the content, it's the sheer audacity of this release and its ramifications in the music industry that will be talked about and buzzed about more than anything. Like it or hate it, I'm willing to bet that at least 90% of specialty shows will be spinning some U2 this coming week for precisely that reason. By the way, you can find out more about U2 at U2.com and if you think you don't have Songs of Innoncence, you do.

By Josh Landow

U2
Songs of Innocence
(Interscope)

updated 9/10/14
# Artist Track Label
1 JOHNNY MARR EASY MONEY SIRE / ADA
2t AVI BUFFALO SO WHAT SUB POP
  TV ON THE RADIO HAPPY IDIOT HARVEST
4t BASS DRUM OF DEATH FOR BLOOD INNOVATIVE LEISURE
  TY SEGALL SUSIE THUMB DRAG CITY
6 KING TUFF EYES OF THE MUSE SUB POP
7t THE BOTS ALL I REALLY WANT FADER
  SOFT SWELLS FLOODLIGHTS MODERN OUTSIDER
9 BLONDE REDHEAD DRIPPING KOBALT
10t BLEACHERS ROLLERCOASTER RCA
  GRACE WEBER PERFECT STRANGER SELF-RELEASED
12t ARCTIC MONKEYS R U MINE? DOMINO
  BANKS  BEGGIN FOR THREAD HARVEST
  INTERPOL EVERYTHING IS WRONG MATADOR
  SNEAKOUT THE ART OF HANGING ON SELF-RELEASED
  THE VINES METAL ZONE SELF-RELEASED
17t JUNGLE BUSY EARNIN' XL RECORDINGS
  THE KNOCKS CLASSIC BIG BEAT / NEON GOLD
  MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND PRESSURE ASTHMATIC KITTY
  ROYAL BLOOD FIGURE IT OUT WARNER BROS.
21t DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TRAINWRECK 1979 LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
  DELTA SPIRIT FROM NOW ON DUALTONE
  GERARD WAY NO SHOWS WARNER BROS.
  INTERPOL ANYWHERE MATADOR
  INTERPOL ALL THE RAGE (BACK HOME) MATADOR
  KNOX HAMILTON WORK IT OUT PROSPECT PARK
  MIKE DOUGHTY LIGHT WILL KEEP YOUR HEART BEATING IN THE FUTURE SNACK BAR / MEGAFORCE
  THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE ON THE ROCKS SADDLE CREEK
  SPOON DO YOU LOMA VISTA
  WILD CUB COLOUR MOM + POP

updated 9/10/14
# Artist Album Label
1 INTERPOL EL PINTOR MATADOR
2 TY SEGALL MANIPULATOR DRAG CITY
3 AVI BUFFALO AT BEST CUCKOLD SUB POP
4 BASS DRUM OF DEATH RIP THIS INNOVATIVE LEISURE 
5t DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 THE PHYSICAL WORLD LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
  THE VINES WICKED NATURE SELF-RELEASED
7 BLONDE REDHEAD BARRAGAN KOBALT
8 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS BRILL BRUISERS MATADOR
9t J. MASCIS TIED TO A STAR SUB POP
  SNEAKOUT LETTING GO MIXTAPE SELF-RELEASED
11t CYMBALS EAT GUITARS LOSE BARSUK
  MERCHANDISE AFTER THE END 4AD
  THE RENTALS LOST IN ALPHAVILLE POLYVINYL
  ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD WARNER BROS.
15t DELTA SPIRIT INTO THE WIDE DUALTONE
  JENNY LEWIS THE VOYAGER WARNER BROS.
  SPOON THEY WANT MY SOUL LOMA VISTA
18t ALVVAYS ALVVAYS POLYVINYL
  THE CALL (FT. ROBERT LEVON BEEN) A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL BEEN LIGHTYEAR / LABEL
  THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM GET HURT ISLAND
  LIA ICES ICES JAGJAGUWAR
  THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE MENDED WITH GOLD SADDLE CREEK
  SINKANE MEAN LOVE DFA
24t BOB MOULD BEAUTY & RUIN MERGE
  BRONCHO JUST ENOUGH HIP TO BE WOMAN DINE ALONE
  GOSSLING HARVEST OF GOLD NETTWERK
  THE RAVEONETTES PE'AHI BEAT DIES

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Marissa Lanchak
APD/MD
WFLY/Albany

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