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Welcome back to normalcy! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. Hopefully you're getting back into the swing of things by mid-week here. We had a few shows off from our panel over the holiday, but not too many; we're at 92% of reporters in, but you'll notice a few more big ties than usual.

Speaking of ties, we have the exact same tie for #1 on the singles chart as last week with Japandroids' "Near To The Wild Heart of Life" and The xx's "On Hold" running neck and neck! However, on the albums side of things there's a brand new #1 in town, so brand new that it's not even out until January - Cloud Nothings' Life Without Sound. Only two singles have been released by Cloud Nothings thus far, "Modern Act" and "Internal World," which both chart in the top ten, in a five-way tie for #8.

Last week's #1 album from The Orwells is nowhere to be found this week, but their single, "They Put A Body In The Bayou," ties for #3 with Ty Segall's "Orange Color Queen." Sylvan Esso then comes in at #5 with "Radio" and it's worth noting that its B-side "Kick Jump Twist" charted as well, in a tie for #15. If you add up the spins for both, the total is more than that of the week's #1 album, but unfortunately they haven't released any album info yet so they couldn't be included on that chart.

Back to what was included on the album chart though, the Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl compilation comes in at #2, featuring the #6 single, Beach Slang's cover of Japandroids' "Younger Us." Childish Gambino and Sleigh Bells tie for 3rd with their records Awaken, My Love and Jessica Rabbit, and both have singles charting in the aforementioned five-way tie for #8.

I'll let you check out the rest on the charts below and I'll be back next week with our second to last SubModern Report of 2016, which will include the final SubModern Session of the year (but I have a bunch backlogged and lined up for early 2017 already).

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 11/30/16
# Artist Track Label
1t JAPANDROIDS NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE ANTI-
  THE XX ON HOLD YOUNG TURKS / IN2UNE
3t THE ORWELLS THEY PUT A BODY IN THE BAYOU CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  TY SEGALL ORANGE COLOR QUEEN  DRAG CITY
5 SYLVAN ESSO RADIO LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
6 BEACH SLANG YOUNGER US POLYVINYL
7 DAY WAVE WASTING TIME HARVEST
8t CHILDISH GAMBINO REDBONE GLASSNOTE
  CLOUD NOTHINGS INTERNAL WORLD CARPARK
  CLOUD NOTHINGS MODERN ACT CARPARK
  MONDO COZMO SHINE REPUBLIC
  SLEIGH BELLS I CAN ONLY STARE TORN CLEAN
13t REGRETTES HEY NOW WARNER BROS.
  TEMPLES CERTAINTY FAT POSSUM
15t THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED DOMINO
  LOS CAMPESINOS! I BROKE UP IN AMARANTE WICHITA
  MATT POND PA WHOA 131
  MISSIO TWISTED TASTE AND TONE / ATLANTIC
  RUN THE JEWELS TALK TO ME SELF-RELEASED
  SYLVAN ESSO KICK JUMP TWIST LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  ZELLA DAY MAN ON THE MOON B3SCI
22t A.F.I. SNOW CATS CONCORD
  CHERRY GLAZERR NURSE RATCHED SECRETLY CANADIAN
  CROCODILES TELEPATHIC LOVER ZOO
  DALLAS FRASCA SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE VERYCORDS
  GRANDSON BILLS RCA
  MORGXN HOME HOLLYWOOD
  PHANTOGRAM SAME OLD BLUES REPUBLIC
  PIXIES CLASSIC MASHER PIAS
  SUNDARA KARMA LOVEBLOOD BEE & EL / RAL / RED
  SWMRS PALM TREES UNCOOL / FUELED BY RAMEN
 
Updated 11/30/16
# Artist Album Label
1 CLOUD NOTHINGS LIFE WITHOUT SOUND CARPARK
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS POLYVINYL PLAYS POLYVINYL POLYVINYL
3t CHILDISH GAMBINO AWAKEN, MY LOVE! GLASSNOTE
  SLEIGH BELLS JESSICA RABBIT TORN CLEAN
5 CROCODILES DREAMLESS ZOO
6t A TRIBE CALLED QUEST WE GOT IT FROM HERE... THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE EPIC
  THE GEORGIA FLOOD PEOPLE LIKE OURSELVES HUBBUB!
  LAST SHADOW PUPPETS THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP DOMINO
  MATT POND PA WINTER LIVES 131
10 PIXIES HEAD CARRIER PIAS
11t AMERICAN WRESTLERS GOODBYE TERRIBLE YOUTH FAT POSSUM
  CHERRY GLAZERR APOCALIPSTICK SECRETLY CANADIAN
  GREEN DAY REVOLUTION RADIO REPRISE
  HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS UNTIL THE HUNTER TENDRIL TALES
  KAISER CHIEFS STAY TOGETHER CAROLINE
  KESTRELS KESTRELS SONIC UNYON
  LVL UP RETURN TO LOVE SUB POP
  MOBY THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING MUTE
  PHANTOGRAM THREE REPUBLIC
20t HAMILTON LEITHAUSER I HAD A DREAM THAT YOU WERE MINE GLASSNOTE
  KEVIN DEVINE INSTIGATOR PROCRASTINATE! MUSIC TRAITORS
  R.E.M. OUT OF TIME
[25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION]
CONCORD
  SLOTFACE EMPIRE RECORDS EP PROPELLER
  WALKER LUKENS NEVER UNDERSTOOD MODERN OUTSIDER
25t FROM INDIAN LAKES EVERYTHING FEELS BETTER NOW TRIPLE CROWN
  GAP DREAM THIS IS GAP DREAM BURGER
  HIPPO CAMPUS LANDMARK GRAND JURY
  THE HUNNA 100 300 ENT.
  KINGS OF LEON WALLS RCA
  METALLICA HARDWIRED...TO SELF-DESTRUCT BLACKENED
  PAVO PAVO YOUNG NARRATOR IN THE BREAKERS BELLA UNION
  SLOTHRUST EVERYONE ELSE DANGERBIRD
  VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC REVIVAL SONY
  WARPAINT HEADS UP ROUGH TRADE

Tacocat
Lost Time
(Hardly Art)

After accidently catching one of their sets at SXSW this year, I fell in love with Seattle feminist punk band Tacocat.  Their third album Lost Time was released back in April, featuring songs that are impossibly catchy and fun, but also have a message. I was very happy to have the chance to sit down for a chat with the foursome of Emily Nokes (vocals), Eric Randall (guitar), Lelah Maupin (drums), and Bree McKenna (bass) at Spice House Sound in Philadelphia, PA, where they also recorded a live performance for another FMQB SubModern Session.

FMQB: You’re certainly not a new band, but I think it’s fair to say that Lost Time is breakthrough for you in that a lot of people, myself included, are just becoming aware of Tacocat now.  Do you think it’s also a breakthrough in your sound and music accomplishment.    

Emily Nokes: Yeah, I think so.  I think it’s the best we’ve ever done.
 
Bree McKenna: I think all our albums progess off each other as we grow as musicians.  We’re definitely not doing the same thing over and over.
 
Lelah Maupin: But this one definitely has a sound quality that I could tell when we first did the recordings.  I was like, “Whoa! Well, that’s different. That’s the next level!”

Eric Randall: Which has to do with our friend Eric Blood who produced it. It was the first time that we ever had a producer.  Somebody who had input into stuff like backup vocals and things like that.  We wrote it all over the four months before we started recording it.  So we kind of came in as we were just finishing up a lot of these songs and we gave him demos with no vocals.  He had very little to go off of.  We kind of brought a pile of songs and threw them on the floor and were like, “Alright, sort this out.”  Some of my favorite songs were songs that I wasn’t necessarily excited about, that I thought were maybe weaker tracks, and his production really brought a lot to the table.
 
EN: Yeah, for sure.

FMQB: A question that I have about the band relates to the progression of my experience with Tacocat.  I saw you at the show, and it was a lot of fun.  You’re very lively and colorful, both figuratively and literally.  And then you listen more and start hearing in the lyrics that you’re singing about issues.  Is that a goal of yours to not make it overt?  You draw people in with the experience and then they get it?
 
EN: Yeah, I would definitely say so.  When we first started our lyrics were pretty straightforward, or just almost like joking.  It was kind of like, “I’m just gonna scream about this,” but as we’ve progressed as songwriters, it’s become more of a nuanced process, and less of like “I’m just gonna write a punk song that’s funny.”

FMQB: I saw somewhere, and I don’t know if it was you who coined the term, “fun feminism,” which I think is a perfect description.

EN: Oh yeah!

FMQB: One of the songs you played, “The Internet,” is a good example.  Is that coming from a personal experience of having to deal with people like that [internet trolls]? 

Tacocat: YEAH!

ER: Bree got it the worst. 

BM: Oh yeah, my other band Childbirth got really extreme internet comments.  It was like rape threats and really graphic stuff that you just can’t ignore.  That band is a little more sexually explicit and I think internet trolls find that as an invite to make extreme threats and that kind of thing.  It’s really gross and terrible how internet culture can be this unmoderated, nasty playground for trolls to make threats against women and queer people.  It’s just really scary.

FMQB: Ugh.  Yeah, there are horrible things and horrible people on the internet.  But there are good people as well!  I saw that the other night you did an Twitter Q&A, and I hope the good people came out for that.

LM: Yeah, good people did come out for that!

EN: That was so funny!  It was really cute!

LM: We did not get trolled on the Q&A! 

FMQB: Let’s talk about another song that you played – “Dana Katherine Scully.”  Obviously it’s based on The X-Files character, and the album title Lost Time is also an X-Files reference?

EN: Yeah, we like The X-Files. I had just started re-watching all of the old ones around the time that we were writing the album and I just thought, “What a fantastic character!” I didn’t really notice when when I was younger, I really liked her, but I didn’t pick up on how she’s a very feminist badass in the math and science departments, which is not a common 90’s feminist role model.  Yeah, she’s amazing.

FMQB: A while ago I saw that Mitch Pileggi [Skinner] tweeted about the song.

EN: He did!

ER: So did Gillian Anderson!

FMQB: Oh she did?!

EN: Yeah she tweeted, “Scully got her own song!”  It was the best day of our lives!

FMQB: Somewhat related, you also did the theme song for the new Powerpuff Girls cartoon.  I feel like their positive message to young girls ties in to what your band is all about.

EN: Totally.  They said with the new one, it has an even more feminist bend, and that was some of the ideas they were throwing at us at the beginning.  And we were like, “oh that’s cool, we can sign on for that.”

BM: It’s funny because we ended up going to San Diego Comic-Con and we got in a Powerpuff Girls comic book. My niece thinks I’m really cool now.  She’s five.

FMQB: Does that bring a lot of younger kids to your shows?

ER: We’ve been playing more all ages stuff and it’s cool.  We played a festival in Seattle recently and there were two ten year old girls and they were adorable. Emily brought them on stage and they started doing the dance from our “Crimson Wave” music video. I almost fell over, it was so cute!

EN: They were wearing handmade Tacocat shirts!  It was sooooo cute!

You can hear Tacocat’s live SubModern Session performance here and find out more at Find out more about them at TacocatDotCom.com or HardlyArt.com.

By Josh T. Landow


 
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