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Welcome to the birthday edition of The SubModern Report! Whose birthday is it? Mine of course (tomorrow)! And it's Pirate Steve Theo's as well. Fun fact: we were both born on the exact same day in history. Also congrats to Steve on his wedding over the weekend. I did not get married so we won't have that in common. Anyway, it's also America's birthday over the weekend and that not only overshadows mine and Steve's every year, but it probably also pre-empts a lot of the shows on our panel. If you're not going to be on as usual over the 4th, please let me know.

Speaking of, we've sadly had a member of our panel permanently pre-empted by country music. After only a short existence WTSH / Atlanta's The Mixtape with Kurt Krongold has come to an end as the station flipped earlier this week. Our best wishes to Kurt and the rest of the staff.

Now on to the charts as we find ourselves with a tie for the #1 album of the week between 19 year old Norwegian artist Aurora's Running With The Wolves EP and quite the opposite, the much older dudes of Failure with The Heart Is A Monster, their first album in 19 years. If that doesn't exemplify the diversity of the Alternative Specialty format, then I don't know what does. Those two also have their respective singles, "Running With The Wolves" and "Hot Traveler," tied for #3. Minneapolis' Strange Names jumps way up the chart this week with Use Your Time Wisely at #3 and single "I Can't Control Myself" in a four-way tie for #8. Last week's #1 album FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks) drops to #4, tied with Pins' Wild Nights, and features the single "Call Girl" at #6, tied with Seoul's "Stay With Us." The top 10 albums are rounded out by Desaparecidos, Refused, T. Hardy Morris, Born Cages, and last week's Buzz Band, DMA's.

More congratulations are in order for Fidlar, whose new single "40oz. On Repeat" returns to #1 after dropping a spot last week. And after being tied with Fidlar and FFS last week, fellow "F" band Foals take #2 all for themselves this time with the title track from their upcoming album What Went Down, which will apparently have an official single coming soon. Skipping over the #3 tie that I already talked about, down to #5, where we find Atlas Genius' brand new tune "Molecules." Then skipping again over the previously mentioned #6 tie, there's a 4 way tie at #8, featuring the aforementioned Strange Names, as well as The Front Bottoms, Titus Andronicus, and Veruca Salt.

Check out the full full charts at FMQB.com/SubModern and keep reading for your weekly dose of new add dates and a feature on this week's Buzz Band Son Lux. Have a fantastic 4th of July (be safe with those fireworks) and of course, enjoy my birthday as well!

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

New York's Ryan Lott has been quite prolific over the last seven years, releasing four albums albums as Son Lux, a couple EPs, a collaborative album along with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, and scoring feature films, including the soon to be released Paper Towns. Bones is the fourth album from Son Lux, but the first in a new trio configuration with guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, as well as the first for Glassnote Records.

As Bones is my first exposure to Son Lux, I can't make any comparisons to Lott's previous output. I can, however, comment on how diverse sounding the album is, combining elements of rock, EDM, hip hop, and classical music. And Lott's work within the cinema is certainly apparent as you can sort of imagine scenes unfolding within these songs with blasts of sound emphasizing key moments. One thing that I couldn't keep out of my mind once it had entered, was the similarity of Lott's voice to that of The Killers' Brandon Flowers. In fact, if someone had tried to pass this off as a Flowers / Dirty Projectors collaboration, I probably would have believed them.

To highlight particular tracks on this album is a bit of a challenge as it probably works best as a complete piece, but some good places to start for airplay are "Change Is Everything," "Now I Want," and "You Don't Know Me," which has a culty new video starring the versatile Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black (maybe this character is an as yet unknown Project Leda clone). You can find out more about Son Lux at SonLuxMusic.com or GlassnoteMusic.com and see them across the U.S. on tour all throughout July.

By Josh T. Landow

Son Lux
Bones
(Glassnote)

Updated 6/17/15
# Artist Track Label
1 FIDLAR 40OZ. ON REPEAT MOM + POP
2 FOALS WHAT WENT DOWN WARNER BROS.
3t AURORA RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES GLASSNOTE
  FAILURE HOT TRAVELER INRESIDENCE / FAILURE
5 ATLAS GENIUS MOLECULES WARNER BROS.
6t FFS (FRANZ FERDINAND + SPARKS) CALL GIRL DOMINO
  SEOUL STAY WITH US GRAND JURY
8t THE FRONT BOTTOMS COUGH IT OUT FUELED BY RAMEN
  STRANGE NAMES I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF FRENCHKISS
  TITUS ANDRONICUS FATAL FLAW MERGE
  VERUCA SALT LAUGHING IN THE SUGAR BOWL EL CAMINO
12t BAIO SISTER OF PEARL GLASSNOTE
  BOXED IN MYSTERY NETTWERK
  DMA'S LACED MOM + POP
  THE LONE BELLOW TAKE MY LOVE DESCENDANT
  ROBERT DELONG DON'T WAIT UP GLASSNOTE
  ROYAL HEADACHE HIGH WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?
18t BORN CAGES I JUST WANT THE TRUTH, BABY RAZOR & TIE
  DESAPARECIDOS CITY ON THE HILL EPITAPH
  GOOD OLD WAR TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT FROM ME NETTWERK
  RATATAT ABRASIVE XL
  T. HARDY MORRIS MY ME DANGERBIRD
23t CASSORLA THE RIGHT WAY SELF-RELEASED
  CLASS ACTRESS MORE THAN YOU CASABLANCA / REPUBLIC
  EAGLES OF DEATH METAL COMPLEXITY T-BOY / UMe
  HOUNDMOUTH SEDONA ROUGH TRADE
  LOW NO COMPRENDE SUB POP
  PINS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE BELLA UNION
  THESHIFT KOBRA SELF-RELEASED

Updated 6/17/15
# Artist Album Label
1t AURORA RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES EP GLASSNOTE
  FAILURE THE HEART IS A MONSTER INRESIDENCE / FAILURE
3 STRANGE NAMES USE YOUR TIME WISELY FRENCHKISS
4t FFS (FRANZ FERDINAND + SPARKS) FFS DOMINO
  PINS WILD NIGHTS BELLA UNION
6t DESAPARECIDOS PAYOLA EPITAPH
  REFUSED FREEDOM EPITAPH
  T. HARDY MORRIS HARDY & THE HARDKNOCKS: DROWNIN ON A MOUNTAINTOP DANGERBIRD
9t BORN CAGES I'M GLAD I'M NOT ME RAZOR & TIE
  DMA'S DMA'S MOM + POP
11t BOXED IN BOXED IN NETTWERK
  VERUCA SALT GHOST NOTES EL CAMINO
13 URBAN CONE POLAROID MEMORIES ASTRALWERKS
14t CASSORLA THE RIGHT WAY EP SELF-RELEASED
  THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS BORN IN THE ECHOES ASTRALWERKS
  GOOD OLD WAR BROKEN INTO BETTER SHAPE NETTWERK
  MOTOBUNNY MOTOBUNNY RUSTY KNUCKLES
18t CONTROLLER NO FUTURE EP SELF-RELEASED
  MUSE DRONES WARNER BROS.
  SON LUX BONES GLASSNOTE
  THESHIFT 7TH DIRECTION SELF-RELEASED
  WOLF ALICE MY LOVE IS COOL DIRTY HIT / RCA
23t BEN BROWNING TURNS YELLOW YEAR
  BEST COAST CALIFORNIA NIGHTS HARVEST
  SECRET CLUB APOCALYPSE MEOW AMERICAN ECHO
  SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN THE HIGH COUNTRY POLYVINYL

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Brian Mack, PD
WXXL/Orlando

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