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Blah blah blah. Is anyone actually ready this? Everyone except me is at SXSW right now and you just want to get past my jibber jabber and take a quick look at the charts while you're waiting for the next band to come on at {insert venue on 6th Street here}. Wish I could be down there with you all this time around, but I needed a year off. And of course a snowstorm blew through the area, but hey looks like there could be rain down there. Well anyway, I hope you all have a blast and come back with some new discoveries. I'm going to suggest that you try to see UK by way of Iceland trio Dream Wife. Also eat some Torchy's for me!

I'll quickly run down some chart highlights now. Tennis' Yours Conditionally once again ties for #1 on the album chart, but this week it's with Dirty Projectors' self-titled album. And while Portugal. The Man may not be on the album chart at all this time, their new single "Feel It Still" is #1 for the second week in a row.

Sylvan Esso's new single "Die Young" is up a notch to #2, followed by the debut of brand new music from The Afghan Whigs with "Demon In Profile" at #3. New Fleet Foxes has been a long time coming and they're back with a new single debuting at #4. "Third of May" will be on their third record Crack-Up, coming in June. Then there's a three-way tie for #5 between the aforementoned Dirty Projectors, 311, and New Politics. On the album side of things, Little Dragon's upcoming Season High debuts in a three-way tie for #3 with The Orwells' Terrible Human Beings and Spoon's Hot Thoughts, which I'm looking very much forward to hearing in full in a day or two!

In the interest of moving things along, I'll leave it there. The rest is, as usual, detailed on the charts below. And if you're not at SXSW or have some spare time back in the hotel one morning, check out the SubModern Session I posted last week with Dominic. Stay safe and I'll catch you here next week.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 3/15/17
# Artist Track Label
1 PORTUGAL. THE MAN FEEL IT STILL ATLANTIC
2 SYLVAN ESSO DIE YOUNG LOMA VISTA
3 THE AFGHAN WHIGS DEMON IN PROFILE SUB POP
4 FLEET FOXES THIRD OF MAY NONESUCH
5t 311 TOO MUCH TO THINK BMG
  DIRTY PROJECTORS COOL YOUR HEART DOMINO
  NEW POLITICS ONE OF US DCD2 / WARNER BROS.
8t THE BLACK ANGELS CURRENCY PARTISAN
  THE DISTRICTS ORDINARY DAY FAT POSSUM
10t THE DRUMS BLOOD UNDER MY BELT ANTI-
  LOCAL NATIVES DARK DAYS LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  SPOON HOT THOUGHTS MATADOR
  WALKER LUKENS WHERE IS THUNDER ROAD? MODERN OUTSIDER
14t LITTLE DRAGON SWEET LOMA VISTA
  MARIKA HACKMAN BOYFRIEND SUB POP
  MARK LANEGAN BAND BEEHIVE HEAVENLY / PIAS
  THE ORWELLS BLACK FRANCIS CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  PWR BTTM ANSWER MY TEXT POLYVINYL
  THE WEEKS TALK LIKE THAT LIGHTNING ROD / THIRTY TIGERS
20t MATISYAHU STEP OUT INTO THE LIGHT FALLEN SPARKS / THIRTY TIGERS
  TENNIS MY EMOTIONS ARE BLINDING MUTUALLY DETRIMENTAL
22t BEACH FOSSILS THIS YEAR BAYONET
  BLEACHED CAN YOU DEAL? DEAD OCEANS
  HEALTH EUPHORIA LOMA VISTA
  MINUS THE BEAR LAST KISS SUICIDE SQUEEZE
  RIDE CHARM ASSAULT WICHITA
 
Updated 3/15/17
# Artist Album Label
1t DIRTY PROJECTORS DIRTY PROJECTORS DOMINO
  TENNIS YOURS CONDITIONALLY MUTUALLY DETRIMENTAL
3t LITTLE DRAGON SEASON HIGH LOMA VISTA
  THE ORWELLS TERRIBLE HUMAN BEINGS CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  SPOON HOT THOUGHTS MATADOR
6 JAY SOM EVERYBODY WORKS POLYVINYL
7t MARK LANEGAN BAND GARGOYLE PIAS
  PWR BTTM PAGEANT POLYVINYL
9 FATHER JOHN MISTY PURE COMEDY SUB POP
10t BLEACHED CAN YOU DEAL? EP DEAD OCEANS
  THE FEELIES IN BETWEEN BAR NONE
  MINUS THE BEAR VOIDS SUICIDE SQUEEZE
  REAL ESTATE IN MIND DOMINO
14t HIPPO CAMPUS LANDMARK GRAND JURY
  THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS WHITEOUT CONDITIONS CONCORD
  ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER THE FRENCH PRESS EP SUB POP
  THUNDERCAT DRUNK BRAINFEEDER
18t BLOOD AND GLASS PUNK SHADOWS SIMONE
  JAPANDROIDS NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE ANTI-
  LORDE MELODRAMA LAVA / REPUBLIC
21t CRAIG FINN WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS PARTISAN
  FLAGSHIP THE ELECTRIC MAN BRIGHT ANTENNA
  METHYL ETHYL EVERYTHING IS FORGOTTEN 4AD
  THE SHINS HEARTWORMS COLUMBIA
  TEMPLES VOLCANO FAT POSSUM

Dominic
Goodnight, Doggies.
(Lame-O)

Dominic Angelella has been a mainstay of the Philadelphia music scene for some time now.  He's been half of the band  DRGN King, co-frontman of Lithuania (with Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick), and he's toured with bands like mewithoutYou and Cold Fronts.  Now Dominic steps up with complete creative control of his latest project, simply under his own first name, with the new album Goodnight, Doggies.  I recently sat down with Dominic to chat about the album and he recorded acoustic versions of three of its songs for our latest FMQB SubModern Session.

FMQB: So is Dominic just you as a solo musician or are you appropriating your name as a band name?

Dominic Angelella: I'm still trying to figure out if it's a band name or a solo project.  I think it just is a solo project at this point.  It was happening on the tour where people would be like, "Dominic's band Dominic is playing next," and that doesn't sound right.
 
FMQB: What was your thought process in doing this thing as just yourself?
 
DA: Well, we were writing songs for a new Lithuania record, and there was a bunch of stuff left over that I had.  Cause it's like a specific project has a specific feeling, and obviously that's a punk band.  There were all these songs that I had, that I felt good about, but I didn't know where they should go.  And so I just went to the studio with the idea of just recording some stuff, not really knowing where it was gonna end up.  At the end of three or four days we recorded nine or ten songs and I realized we had a record and pared it down to eight songs.  The original idea was just to put up online for free, and just let it be like "this is what I'm doing now," and see what people thought.  But I sent it to Eric [Osman] from Lame-O, who puts out some great records, and he was interested in it.  So the rest is what we have here.

FMQB: Well I think you made the right decision because it's really good and worth having a proper release for.

DA: Yeah, but the thing that's so cool with the way people release music now is that it wouldn't have been any less legitimate to me if I'd decided just to put it on Bandcamp, because there are people, especially in the city that I'm from, that do that on the regular.  I think it's so cool that you have people like Girlpool, and Scotty [Leitch] from Shelf Life, who used to be in Alex G's band, or even Alex before he started working with Domino, who just finish a record and put it on the internet and then do their next thing.  That said, it's really awesome to work with Lame-O, cause they're just such a great label.  And also, just having finished it, I want to make more records under the moniker now.  I'm excited to keep doing that. It's just something that started as another little side thing.  I was gonna even give it a different band name, and then Brendan [Mulvihill] from Norwegian Arms was like, "You should use your name."  It just made sense.
 
FMQB: There are other people playing on the record, right?

DA: Oh yeah, totally!  It's definitely a group of people.  I'm not good enough at drums to do that, so Joe Baldacci from DRGN King played drums on the whole thing.  Brendan Mulvihill played on a lot of it, Andy Black, who I've just known forever, and then Lucy Stone, who was in DRGN King and does a million other projects too, contributed a lot of vocals to it.  So it definitely was a group project, but the idea was I had the songs and general sense of how I wanted them to sound, and I figured if we all got in the studio together we could make something really cool.
 
FMQB: And you did!
 
DA: Thanks!  Under that logic, I hope I can continue to do that cause it was such a good experience and informed how I plan on making music in the future.  Just getting some people together and seeing what happens, with a clear idea of what I want, but let a lot of other people's ideas come in.

FMQB: It sounds like some of the songs get a little political, which seems different for you, but not out of the ordinary for the times we're living in.  Was that top of mind when you were writing these songs?

DA: Yeah, there's one song on the record that has a lot to do with art vs. commerce, mainly that guy Martin Shkreli, who was running that label with Geoff [Rickley] from Thursday and when it all came out that he was jacking up the prices of AIDS drugs.  That, in me, opened up a larger conversation about people trying to make art, when really most people that run bigger record labels are, in some form or fashion, engaging in something that you could think of as terrible.  Maybe it's all wealthy people in general, I don't know, but it's worth looking at money being an impetus for doing evil stuff.  Being directly political isn't something that I ever really thought about doing with my songs, because I didn't want to do that and then have someone be like, "You're not into direct action."  Whereas I think that all that stuff is really important and I try to go to protests and donate whenever I can, I have friends who are really, really about it.  Y'know, who are songwriters who write about it and are out in the field and everything.  I don't ever want let on and to be seen as self-righteous if I'm not going to back it up.  But at this point it's like you can't afford to not talk about it.  There's a lot of political stuff mixed with personal in these songs and yeah, it's pretty new for me.
 
FMQB: Yeah, I kinda thought so.

DA: Well, when you work with other people, even if you write all the lyrics and the other person is doing just the music like with DRGN King, it inevitably is like a mixture of our brains.  Not that people were afraid to get political, but it feels good to write songs on my own and explore different things that I think about that way, instead of trying to fit them into a mold of whatever a project is supposed sound like. 

FMQB: Because this can sound like anything you want, and can vary from song to song on the record?

DA: Yeah, it can be whatever.

Find out more about Dominic at LameORecords.com and check out his video for "Emotional Businessman" here.  Listen to his SubModern Session performance here.

By Josh T. Landow


 
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