Wednesday, April 27, 2016


For whatever reason I feel like I need to get these out early every week but I am thinking about pushing it to late Wednesday or Thursday. If anyone has an opinion on that let me know.

This week Parquet Courts EASILY took #1 on the top 200. Only 100 stations did not chart Parquet Courts. So 62% of all stations reporting had them on there. I expect this to grow as well. Making the top 5 for the next few weeks a bit messy/ stressful if you are any other record.

12514PARQUET COURTSHuman PerformanceRough Trade
23225TACOCATLost TimeHardly Art
31115ANDREW BIRDAre You SeriousLoma Vista
55854YEASAYERAmen And GoodbyeMute

Obviously it will be interesting to watch M83 vs Parquet Courts over the next few weeks. Even more interesting is the timing of this weeks #1 add King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.  So many factors will go into these next few weeks. One of the biggest ones is final exams. They can make a mess of the charts. That plus MD's graduating and or stations going off air. Could be harder for some records to have traction. 

With Parquet Courts going #1 this week they have had a #1 record in each of the last 3 years. 

Pretty crazy. 

The first one was Issue 1350 

13814PARQUET COURTSSunbathing AnimalWhat’s Your Rupture?
21116BLACK KEYSTurn BlueNonesuch
32226CONOR OBERSTUpside Down MountainNonesuch
457144JACK WHITELazarettoThird Man

They would stay #1 for 2 weeks drop to #2 and then regain the #1 spot for a third week.  Later that year (2014) they would go for adds on another record and get #1 early in 2015 for one week on issue 1375. 

12515PARQUET COURTSContent NauseaWhat's Your Rupture?
21117TV ON THE RADIOSeedsHarvest
441144TY SEGALLSingles 2Drag City
55227DEERHOOFLa Isla BonitaPolyvinyl
It will be interesting to see what kind of strides M83 makes this next week towards #1. 

The last record was 2011 and that can be a lifetime at college radio. Some stations forget artists if they don't have a record every 2 years. Of course artists like M83 or Modest Mouse or Black Keys or TV on the Radio can take some time and not have to worry about being forgotten. But some stations do forget.  Some station I talked to had no idea who Tegan and Sara was so they were new to them.  

I can't go back to the last time M83 was #1 on the CMJ charts but I can get pretty close. Issue 1229 was the last issue with M83 at #1 and the website currently goes back to 1239 so we miss it by 10. 
But we should take a look at that chart. 

M83 is still on there 

112--1121CARAVAN OF THIEVESThe FunhouseUnited For Opportunity
11371742313CLOUD CONTROLBliss ReleaseTurnout
1146946118M83Hurry Up, We're DreamingMute
1151151301153PUNCH BROTHERSWho's Feeling Young NowNonesuch
1161031001004ARCHERS OF LOAFVee VeeMerge
1178655555JEALOUS SOUNDA Gentle ReminderMusic Is Subjective

Intersting for me to see Archers of Loaf on there since Pirate! is currently working his solo record. 

M83 would stay on the charts for 26 weeks! until issue 1247 and it may of stayed on longer had there not been the winter break. 

1731201341179CHUCK PROPHETTemple BeautifulYep Roc
1741171771175YANN TIERSENSkylineAnti
1751691841694KASPER BJORKEFoolHFN
176148162126M83Hurry Up, We're DreamingMute
177--1652ANDRE WILLIAMSHoods And ShadesBloodshot
178--615PORCELAIN RAFTStrange WeekendSecretly Canadian
179147-1472OUTER MINDSOuter MindsSouthPaw
But I wanted to also take a look at the top of the last charts we can go back to on CMJ 

1316TENNISYoung And OldFat Possum
22116DR. DOGBe The VoidAnti
347034SLEIGH BELLSReign Of TerrorMom And Pop
532112BLACK KEYSEl CaminoNonesuch
65955FRANKIE ROSEInterstellarSlumberland
7161874MEMORYHOUSEThe Slideshow EffectSub Pop
818-82HUNXHairdresser BluesHardly Art
9131393FUNSome NightsFueled By Ramen
106666SHARON VAN ETTEN TrampJagjaguwar
111122114YELLOW OSTRICHStrange LandBarsuk
12110-122MAGNETIC FIELDSLove At The Bottom Of The SeaMerge
131511116HEARTLESS BASTARDSArrowPartisan
1410537OF MONTREALParalytic StalksPolyvinyl
151712124ISLANDSA Sleep And A ForgettingAnti
How many of these records would have the chance at going #1 today? 

I think its just really neat to look back at how much can change in a year, 2 years longer... 
The longer the gap between records the harder it gets for them to keep that fan base. The Black Keys had a record a year for many years, Ty Segall has one every year pretty much now. 

However a counter to that is Sleater Kinney. The break between albums was longer than M83 by far but how they returned was part of the story. It was largely a surprise.  Is Pitchfork the major driver in what is still relevant. Looking at Sleater Kinney they came back and scored best new music 8.7 and were once again darlings. But also every record listed on Pitchfork from Sleater Kinney has at least an 8.3.  Perhaps that is the key. 

Thanks for reading. Lets talk more on the internet. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Well I was not expecting this thats for sure. I thought we would see a one and done with Andrew Bird this week but he not only held strong in the #1 spot on the charts his lead grew from 57% of stations to 61% of stations!  This of course leads to the most exciting outcome if you enjoy watching what is going on at the top of the charts like I do.  

Parquet courts does move to #2 from #5 while last weeks #1 most added M83 jumps all the way to #6. This does remind me a lot of last year at this very same time.  Lets take a look back.

It all started with a big record, Modest Mouse going for adds and taking the #1 spot pretty easily but... not destroying it like we thought they might.

1137MODEST MOUSEStrangers To OurselvesEpic
297COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop

A few weeks later we had this : 

11217DAN DEACONGliss RifferDomino
299423COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
353539MODEST MOUSEStrangers To OurselvesEpic
43439PURITY RINGAnother Eternity4AD
532-52SUFJAN STEVENSCarrie And LowellAsthmatic Kitty
I thought for sure at this time that Modest Mouse would jump into the #1 spot the next week and easily ride it out for a few weeks. 

The next week though Courtney Barnett took the #1 spot and stayed there for 4 weeks 

12914COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
235210MODEST MOUSEStrangers To OurselvesEpic
353233SUFJAN STEVENSCarrie And LowellAsthmatic Kitty
41118DAN DEACONGliss RifferDomino
5117258DEATH CAB FOR CUTIEKintsugiAtlantic

Week 2
11215COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
223211MODEST MOUSEStrangers To OurselvesEpic
33534SUFJAN STEVENSCarrie And LowellAsthmatic Kitty
461044CHASTITY BELTTime To Go HomeHardly Art
5912453TORO Y MOIWhat For?Carpark

week 3

11116COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
222212MODEST MOUSEStrangers To OurselvesEpic
33335SUFJAN STEVENSCarrie And LowellAsthmatic Kitty
461044WAXAHATCHEEIvy TrippMerge
55954TORO Y MOIWhat For?Carpark

week 4

11117COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
24625WAXAHATCHEEIvy TrippMerge
334-32ALABAMA SHAKESSound And ColorATO
43336SUFJAN STEVENSCarrie And LowellAsthmatic Kitty
55555TORO Y MOIWhat For?Carpark

And the week after

133413ALABAMA SHAKESSound And ColorATO
21118COURTNEY BARNETTSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitMom And Pop
32426WAXAHATCHEEIvy TrippMerge
55556TORO Y MOIWhat For?Carpark

Timing is really everything sometimes. Looking back at last year Courtney Barnett blocked Modest Mouse and because Modest Mouse was pushing for #1 that had an impact on Sufjan Stevens, Waxahatchee, perhaps even Toro Y Moi. All of those record could of been #1 records at different times of the year. 

So back to this week 

11514ANDREW BIRDAre You SeriousLoma Vista
2513123PARQUET COURTSHuman PerformanceRough Trade
32724TACOCATLost TimeHardly Art
43436IGGY POPPost Pop DepressionConcord-Loma Vista
588553YEASAYERAmen And GoodbyeMute
2 weeks at #1 so far for Andrew Bird ( and growing this past week ) Can they stay there another week. It really does throw a lot of plans into chaos.  This should of been the week for Tacocat if they were going to do it and for a while it did look close but Parquet Courts had more Core to put them on top. Do you give up if you are Tacocat?  I think its going to come down to M83 vs Parquet Courts over the next few weeks. The question is who will be this years Modest Mouse? 

ADDs this week were kind of interesting in that almost all 20 records on the ADDS list got at least 20 adds. Thats pretty good. The top 2 records each got over 100 adds each but I doubt either of them really challenge for #1 

1106FRIGHTENED RABBITPainting Of A Panic AttackCanvasback
2104COATHANGERSNosebleed WeekendSuicide Squeeze
It is interesting to note that last year week 16 was the 2nd  peak week in terms of reporters for the spring. The first peak comes early on around week 6 or 7 right before all the spring breaks. In March we get a big downturn and then it slowly works its way back up to this week. Then we start to lose stations to final exams, graduation, summer hours.  Thats why it can be a little tricky on the charts because some supporters are going away and others are harder to get in touch. 

Well thank you for reading. If you want to talk lets do it on twitter. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


I was looking online at an old CMJ magazine like the kind I used to get when I was an MD the other day and I just found it so fascinating to see what was charting at that time. How it was presented. The stories, the advertisements.  I think looking back on those charts can be a lot of fun so I will try and do that more often.  So we will do that in a bit but first lets look at this week a little bit.

This week Andrew Bird took the number one spot in a VERY tight race with Tacocat. I think it really came down to a few stations or a few spots on a few  charts. It was what I thought would happen as Andrew Bird most likely has a larger following with the AAA stations. It becomes interesting now with Tacocat at #2 and Parquet courts coming in at #5 the week after ADDS.  Parquet courts looks like a formality next week though but with 2 indies on Tacocat maybe they can sneak in. Also The last Andrew Bird record was #1 for a solid month so who knows if they will be dethroned so easily.

THEN you add in this weeks top ADD M83, you are looking at a 4 record race. I would guess M83 would jump to where Parquet Courts is this week.  What makes all of this even more interesting is we have a wide variety of people working each record.   The 2 indies that are working Andrew Bird are not working any of the other records so perhaps that gives them the advantage to keep it there?  One of the 2 indies working Tacocat is not working any of the other records. Parquet Courts and M83 have a lot of crossover though and its always interesting to see how that is handled.  Regardless should be fun to watch. If I had to bet I would bet on Parquet Courts taking it next week then M83 the week after. ( although Parquet looks really strong and we could see some flip flopping between m83 and them)

So the last time Andrew Bird went to #1 was in 2012 so lets take a look at the top 10 that week.

Showing Radio 200 Chart For Issue #1241
144313ANDREW BIRDBreak It YourselfMom And Pop
22326SLEIGH BELLSReign Of TerrorMom And Pop
31118TENNISYoung And OldFat Possum
46844HUNXHairdresser BluesHardly Art
5142453THE MENOpen Your HeartSacred Bones
771274MAGNETIC FIELDSLove At The Bottom Of The SeaMerge
891785DELTA SPIRITDelta SpiritRounder
9159-92SHINSPort Of MorrowColumbia
103218DR. DOGBe The VoidAnti

Pretty interesting. I doubt Delta Spirit would make it that high now nor would Sleigh Bells. What do you think. 

The last Andrew Bird record was the first one that went to #1 at radio but he has a long history starting back with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The record before this one would get #1 most added and peak at #7. I looked for the CMJ report where this happened but the closest I could find was from the CMJ Monthly retail magazine. 

You can check out the whole magazine online here 

I find it so fun to see what records were on the chart at different times. Looks like the big guns would still do well today. 

Lastly I want to tell the story of one of the weirdest reported records ever from WDBX 

Yesterday a promoter sent me a link to their chart... and I saw this. 

1. LICK MY BUTT AND BALLS Lick My Butt And Balls
3. MIRACLE BOY Happy Convention
4. LES COPELAND To Be In Your Company

Obviously I was blown away someone would not only make up a band but chart them at #1. So immediately I contacted CMJ to let them know... what we discovered though was pretty bizarre. 

The band is real. Or was real. Check out the first story here. 

That could of been the end of it but it was not.  Turns out the drummer for that band had died at a party while saving 2 other people. Check that out here 

If that wasn't enough it turns out he leaves behind a five year old with autism, read about that here 

For me this story is remarkable on a few levels. One that we should get all the facts before we react on things more often than not and two that one of the beauties of college radio is being able to pay tribute to this band, this man by charting him at #1 and while sometimes that can be pretty insignificant it can also lead to half of the college radio music industry talking about your station or band for a day or 2.  Pretty crazy really. 
Ok lets continue the conversation on twitter! 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


Happy April everyone.

March is such a bore every year. So many breaks at different times from stations. It can be hard to get any momentum going with a record. April though we should have 4-6 solid weeks of everyone reporting together. To coincide with that we have some of the best records of the year. Well biggest.

Last week we saw 2 huge adds with Andrew Bird and Tacocat both getting over 100 adds.

Sure enough those 2 records immediately found a spot in the top 10.

This week we again had 2 big records duke it out with Parquet Courts and Yeasayer both also getting over 120 adds and while never really in the mix for #1 most added Frankie Cosmos also scored over 100 adds.  I would guess all will make big jumps into the top 10 next week.

This makes the next few weeks pretty interesting as we will have a large group of records with legit #1 aspirations.   Speaking of we did have a new #1 this week with Thao and the get down stay down finally dethroning Animal Collective after a month at #1. I think Thao will be a one a done though with either Tacocat or Andrew Bird taking #1.

It is kind of exciting to see so many big records all pushing for #1. All of the forthcoming contenders have at least 2 indies on them as well, the big one though will be M83, it comes out this week so I imagine it goes for adds next week, with THREE indies. The last M83 was parked at #1 for 6 weeks!!!!

So lets take a look at the contenders over the next few weeks

Parquet Courts
Andrew Bird

Long shots would be Charles Bradley and Iggy Pop but I would fly to vegas and bet money those have both reached their peak.

So out of those 7 records how many will get to #1? I bet we see 3. I would not be surprised to see Andrew Bird or Tacocat take it next week. Then Parquet Courts the week after followed by M83.

Lets talk about your predictions. Am I missing anyone?

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