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What a week folks! We have a ton of new music for our charts and our ears, but before we get to that, I want to humbly offer a correction to last week's singles chart. Lillie Mae Rische's "Nobody's" was accidently omitted from the top 10, but should have actually been listed as part of the tie for #8. I also want to welcome KTCZ / Minneapolis back to the SubModern panel with a new show, Next, hosted by a familiar voice, Brian Oake.

Last week Sleater-Kinney was already #1 before their comeback album No Cities To Love even hit your desks, let alone stores. How can they top last week, now that the album has arrived? How about by taking the #1 spots on both the albums and singles charts by the widest margins I've ever seen! The album just about lapped the two that were tied for #2 and "A New Wave" had almost as many spins as the #2 and #3 singles put together. So a big congratulations to Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss, who might just have the album to beat in 2015 right out of the gate.

Who even came sorta close? Well, two other big releases of the week tied for #2 - Belle and Sebastian's Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance and Hanni El Khatib's Moonlight. Those albums each had singles in the top 10 as well with "The Party Line" at #7t and "Melt Me" at #2, respectively. Also faring well on both charts this week were Panda Bear, The Dodos, Ball Park Music, and Interpol.

There were a few big singles dropping in the top 5 including Matt and Kim's "Get It" at #3, The Wombats' "Greek Tragedy" at #4, and The Districts' (who are already very well known in my neck of the woods) "4th and Roebling" at #5.

Now I'm going to hip you to a band not yet on our charts, but hopefully they will be down the line. It's this week's Single That No One's Played Yet, But You Should - "Cry For Me" from southern California's Hunny might find you thinking a bit of Franz Ferdinand, and will definitely have you singing along in no time flat. Check it out here.

I'll leave you with this week's Buzz Band feature on Mike Pace and The Child Actors and plenty of new adds listed below, along with the top 10 charts. The full charts, as always, can be found at FMQB.com/SubModern. Catch you all next time.


Hanging out this week with Little Rock, AK's only
alt. rock band Knox Hamilton.



~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Call me a sucker for some jangly piano pop. That's how I got sucked into Best Boy from Mike Pace and the Child Actors, but it offers up plenty more than just that style. Some of you may be familiar with the titular Mike Pace from his former band Oxford Collapse. I was not, so I can't really compare what he's doing now with what he did then, as is probably the basis for most reviews of this album. All I know is that they broke up back in 2009, and after spending some time hosting the Worst Gig Ever podcast, Mike is back with this new musical project, which is essentially a solo record, with assistance from producer Matt LeMay.

I mentioned that Best Boy kicks off with some fine piano pop in the song "Up The Academy" and you'll also find it in "The King of Corona" and "Blues For Atuk." The piano turns into a synthier organ tone on the equally catchy "Summer Lawns" and 80's-tastic "Kiss & Fly." There are also some great guitar driven power pop tunes, "Fire Sale" and "Cold Calling." Best Boy even has some folkier moments on "McKinley" and "Southern Cordial." The point that I'm trying to make is that Mike Pace does a lot here and he does it all well.

Sadly, aside from an already passed album release show last week in New York, Mike Pace and the Child Actors don't appear to have any tour dates lined up, save for a 2019 show at The Vatican! Don't believe me? Take it from Mike at MikePaceAndTheChildActors.com or just check out the video for "Fire Sale" there. Also find more info at SelfStarterFoundation.com.

By Josh T. Landow


Mike Pace and the Child Actors
Best Boy

(Self Starter Foundation)

Updated 1/21/15
# Artist Track Label
1 SLEATER-KINNEY A NEW WAVE SUB POP
2 HANNI EL KHATIB MELT ME INNOVATIVE LEISURE
3 MATT AND KIM GET IT HARVEST / CAPITOL
4 THE WOMBATS GREEK TRAGEDY BRIGHT ANTENNA / ADA
5 THE DISTRICTS 4TH AND ROEBLING FAT POSSUM
6 FATHER JOHN MISTY CHATEAU LOBBY #4 (IN C FOR TWO VIRGINS) SUB POP
7t BELLE AND SEBASTIAN THE PARTY LINE MATADOR
  INTERPOL EVERYTHING IS WRONG MATADOR
  SPEAK GATES WIND-UP
10t BALL PARK MUSIC NEXT LIFE ALREADY STOP START / INERTIA
  THE DODOS COMPETITION POLYVINYL
  PANDA BEAR BOYS LATIN DOMINO
  THE PRODIGY NASTY THREE SIX ZERO
  PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING GAGARIN TEST CARD
15t LOST LANDER GEMINI GLAD I DID
  MILKY CHANCE FLASHED JUNK MIND NEON
  POP ETC. RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC RECORDS
  PURITY RING PUSH PULL 4AD
  RUBBERNECK LIONS THE CELLAR SELF-RELEASED
20t CHADWICK STOKES OUR LIVES OUR TIME RUFF SHOD
  GUSTER SIMPLE MACHINE NETTWERK
22t CHET FAKER GOLD DOWNTOWN
  MARK RONSON DAFFODILS RCA
  UNWED TEENAGE MOTHERS YOUNG GIRLS IN SPACE BLEED 101
25t HARTS LOVERS IN BLOOM A&R / PAVEMENT
  POND ELVIS' FLAMING STAR SELF-RELEASED
  SMALLPOOLS KARAOKE RCA
  VIET CONG SILHOUETTES JAGJAGUWAR

Updated 1/21/15
# Artist Album Label
1 SLEATER-KINNEY NO CITIES TO LOVE SUB POP
2t BELLE AND SEBASTIAN GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE MATADOR
  HANNI EL KHATIB MOONLIGHT INNOVATIVE LEISURE
4 PANDA BEAR PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER DOMINO
5 UNWED TEENAGE MOTHERS GOODNIGHT GIRLS BLEED 101
6 THE DODOS INDIVID POLYVINYL
7t BALL PARK MUSIC PUDDINGHEAD STOP START / INERTIA
  INTERPOL EL PINTOR MATADOR
9t THE BLIND PETS HEAVY PETTING SUP BOB
  PURITY RING ANOTHER ETERNITY 4AD
11t CHADWICK STOKES THE HORSE COMANCHE RUFF SHOD
  GUSTER EVERMOTION NETTWERK
  MARK RONSON UPTOWN SPECIAL COLUMBIA
14t HARTS DAYDREAMER A&R / PAVEMENT
  VIET CONG VIET CONG JAGJAGUWAR
16t BC CAMPLIGHT HOW TO DIE IN THE NORTH BELLA UNION
  POND MAN IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN SELF-RELEASED
18t BROTHERS BORN KNIFE WOUNDS NINE MILE
  CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN THE BALCONY ISLAND
  THE DECEMBERISTS WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD CAPITOL
  NITE FIELDS DEPERSONALISATION FELTE
  THE WAR ON DRUGS LOST IN THE DREAM SECRETLY CANADIAN
  WEEZER EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END REPUBLIC
25t ALL WE ARE ALL WE ARE DOMINO
  AMASON SKY CITY FAIRFAX
  ARIEL PINK POM POM 4AD
  DR. DOG LIVE AT A FLAMINGO HOTEL ANTI-
  GLASS ANIMALS ZABA HARVEST
  JUNGLE JUNGLE XL
  KATASTRO NO MUD NO LOTUS JADEDKIDS
  MARILYN MANSON THE PALE EMPEROR CONCORD
  NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS CHASING YESTERDAY SOUR MASH
  PARQUET COURTS CONTENT NAUSEA WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?
  PURPLE (409) PIAS
  TITLE FIGHT HYPERVIEW ANTI-
  TV ON THE RADIO SEEDS HARVEST

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Alicia Tyler, PD
WZNE/Rochester

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