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Well here we are with the last regular SubModern Report of 2014. It seems like yesterday and/or forever ago that I started doing this at the beginning of the year. But I'll save all my reminiscing for next week's special SubModern Year In Review.

Surprise, surprise! With the release of second single "Surface Envy" from their upcoming comeback No Cities To Love, Sleater-Kinney takes the #1 spot in the first week they're eligible to be on the album chart! Their first single "Bury Our Friends" is still near the top of the singles chart in a three way tie for #2. Ex Cops hold on to the #1 spot with "Black Soap" while their album Daggers slips ever so slightly to #2. Last week's co-#1 album Seeds from TV On The Radio is bumped to #5.

Also tied for the #2 single are newcomers from Phoenix, AZ Bogan Via with "Madly" and Parquet Courts with "These Boots" off of Content Nausea, which ties for the #3 album with Ariel Pink's Pom Pom. Australian artist Harts (not to be confused with Haerts) shows up in the top 10 on both charts as well. Their intentionally misspelled new single "Leavn It All Behind" is tied at #5 along with Gemini Club's "Empty Bed" and Purity Ring's brand new offering "Push Pull." Meanwhile their album Daydreamer is tied at #6 with Brits Hookworms' very psychedelic The Hum.

Find the full Top 10 charts below and the complete Top 25 albums and singles as usual at FMQB.com/SubModern. Also keep reading for my lengthy Buzz Band feature on the new album from my favorite band, Smashing Pumpkins, whom I got to go see for what I believe was the 11th time on Monday night in New York City! Thanks to Jason Hradil at BMG and Rob Wilcox and Jerry Rubino at The Syndicate for making that happen. Again next week will be our Year In Review edition where we find out 2014's top singles, albums, and labels. So get out your tuxedo or fanciest dress for all the big reveals! I'll talk to you then.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Lately Billy Corgan has been getting more attention for his non-musical antics than for his work with / as Smashing Pumpkins. Running an indie wrestling organization: check. Quitting said indie wrestling organization: check. Appearing in a local Chicago furniture store commercial: check. Opening a teahouse: check. Posing for a magazine cover with his cats to raise money for PAWS: check. Getting into a Twitter feud with Anderson Cooper: check. All of that almost makes you forget that the Pumpkins released a quasi-prog rock album a couple years back. While Oceania had its moments, it was far from what longtime fans were hungry for.

The 9th? (depends on what exactly you're counting) full length Smashing Pumpkins album isn't so much a return to form as it doesn't really sound like the 90's heyday of the band, but it is a big step in a better direction. To say that I'm pleasantly surprised by Monuments is an understatement. When I first heard about the involvement of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, I expected that Billy might be venturing into butt rock territory, but fortunately that is not the case, as evidenced by fairly mellow first single "Being Beige." That is not to say that the album doesn't rock, because it does right from get go with "Tiberius" as well as my favorite track "One And All" and album closer "Anti-Hero." But there are some different and unexpected sounds here, like the fat bass funk of "Anaise!" which reminded me a little bit of Muse's "Panic Station." One of Monuments' most interesting tunes is "Drum + Fife," which features just what it promises, a fife! This is also probably the synthiest Pumpkins record since Adore; just check out "Dorian" for a bit of a throwback to that era.

Clocking in at just over 30 minutes (half the length of its predecessor), Monuments To An Elegy definitely leaves you wanting for more of this latest incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins. It's a good thing that its follow up Day for Night will be released sometime in 2015 (or so we're told). It's also probably safe to assume that the Pumpkins will do a full tour in 2015, but that has yet to be announced. Keep checking for that and get more straight from Billy at SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com.

By Josh T. Landow

SMASHING PUMPKINS
Monuments To An Elegy
(BMG)

updated 12/10/14
# Artist Track Label
1 EX COPS BLACK SOAP DOWNTOWN
2t BOGAN VIA MADLY SELF-RELEASED
PARQUET COURTS THESE BOOTS WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?
SLEATER-KINNEY BURY OUR FRIENDS SUB POP
5t GEMINI CLUB EMPTY BED RED BULL SOUND SELECT
HARTS LEAVN IT ALL BEHIND A&R / PAVEMENT
PURITY RING PUSH PULL 4AD
8t CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS GLORY DAYS GRAND JURY
COLD FRONTS HIT ME SIRE
ROBERT DELONG LONG WAY DOWN GLASSNOTE
TALK IN TONGUES STILL DON'T SEEM TO CARE FAIRFAX
TITLE FIGHT CHLORINE ANTI-
13t ARIEL PINK PUT YOUR NUMBER IN MY PHONE 4AD
BORN CAGES ROLLING DOWN THE HILL WASHINGTON SQUARE/RAZOR & TIE
15t BELLE AND SEBASTIAN THE PARTY LINE MATADOR
BEN KWELLER IT AIN'T CHRISTMAS YET NOISE CO.
THE DECEMBERISTS MAKE YOU BETTER CAPITOL
MILKY CHANCE FLASHED JUNK MIND UNIVERSAL
SLEATER-KINNEY SURFACE ENVY SUB POP
VANCE JOY MESS IS MINE ATLANTIC
YAWN FLYTRAP OLD FLAME
22t ALT-J EVERY OTHER FRECKLE CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
GLASS ANIMALS GOOEY HARVEST
HEAD OF THE HERD BY THIS TIME TOMORROW UNIVERSAL CANADA
JOYWAVE SOMEBODY NEW CULTCO
ODESZA SAY MY NAME COUNTER
TV ON THE RADIO HAPPY IDIOT HARVEST
WEEZER DA VINCI REPUBLIC
YOUNG THE GIANT CRYSTALLIZED FUELED BY RAMEN

updated 12/10/14
# Artist Album Label
1 SLEATER-KINNEY NO CITIES TO LOVE SUB POP
2 EX COPS DAGGERS DOWNTOWN
3t ARIEL PINK POM POM 4AD
PARQUET COURTS CONTENT NAUSEA WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?
5 TV ON THE RADIO SEEDS HARVEST
6t HARTS DAYDREAMER A&R / PAVEMENT
HOOKWORMS THE HUM WEIRD WORLD / DOMINO
8 HEAD OF THE HERD BY THIS TIME TOMORROW UNIVERSAL CANADA
9t BORN CAGES I'M GLAD I'M NOT ME WASHINGTON SQUARE/RAZOR & TIE
COLD FRONTS FOREVER EP SIRE
THE DECEMBERISTS WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD CAPITOL
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 OST REPUBLIC
13t FATHER JOHN MISTY I LOVE YOU, HONEYBEAR SUB POP
RUN THE JEWELS RUN THE JEWELS 2 MASS APPEAL
YAWN LOVE CHILLS OLD FLAME
16t JAMIE T CARRY ON THE GRUDGE EPITAPH
KING TUFF BLACK MOON SPELL SUB POP
18t ALT-J THIS IS ALL YOURS CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC
FLIGHT FACILITIES DOWN TO EARTH GLASSNOTE
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND THIS IS MY HAND ASTHMATIC KITTY
ODESZA IN RETURN COUNTER
SMASHING PUMPKINS MONUMENTS TO AN ELEGY BMG
23t FLAKE MUSIC WHEN YOU LAND HERE, IT'S TIME TO RETURN SUB POP
THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES LOST ON THE RIVER HARVEST
WATERS IT ALL MIGHT BE OK VAGRANT
WILHELM TELL ME A SHORT STORY FOR THE ROAD NORDPOL

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Jon Zellner
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