The NACC Charts for November 14 are LIVE!

It was clear St. Vincent had a monster record on her hands with the attention advanced tracks received followed by her landing the third highest NACC 200 debut of 2017. MASSEDUCTION wasted no time vaulting to #1 (13-2-1) and this week, it settles in for a very much expected second week on top. St. Vincent’s star has been on the rise with each one of her releases. 2014’s self-titled effort won her a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and she’s experienced her first substantive airplay outside the College and Community world with “New York” and “Los Ageless.” But as is so often the case, it’s independent radio that can lay claim to supporting an artist well before the masses became familiar.

Taking two of our five features this week is the final new record from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. By leaping from 82-8 this week, Soul Of A Woman scores both the biggest climb into the Top 10 and also the NACC 200’s biggest overall climb. Congrats to Daptone and Distiller for the jump. This coming Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of Sharon Jones’ death at 60. Make sure to tune into the Tonight Show this Friday when The Roots and The Dap-Kings team up for a special Sharon Jones tribute performance.

The NACC 200’s highest debut this week is from Bloomington, IN quartet, Hoops. The band formed in 2011 as a solo project of lead singer Drew Auscherman and expanded to a full group in 2014. It wasn’t until the release of Tape 2 in 2015 that the band broke through when it became the darling of music hype blogs. Hoops signed to Fat Possum Records in 2016 and released their eponymous EP, which was followed this past May by their first full-length, Routines. This latest release, Tapes #1-3 put all that pre-Fat Possum music together in a catch-up compilation. Debuting at #59, it’s actually the lowest debuting, highest debut of the year. But as they say in sports, a win is a win! Kudos to Fat Possum and Planetary.

Enjoying this year’s most runaway top add honors is Fever Ray, the solo moniker for Karin Dreijer Andersson of Swedish duo, The Knife. Unlike many weeks where two or more records jockey for #1, Fever Ray accumulated near 50 more Top 10 Adds than it’s next competitor. Andersson won universal acclaim for her 2009 Fever Ray release, which landed on a slew of Best of 2009 lists including Top 10 placements from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Pitchfork, NME and Drowned In Sound. Her new album, Plunge, is enjoying a similar reception, already placing in the current Top 5 of the best reviewed albums of 2017. Climbing 87-42 on the NACC 200 this week, expect a lofty ascent, perhaps into the Top 10, next week.

When we have one album take two of our feature honors we have an opportunity to shine a light on another album. There was no clear choice based on a close runner-up in adds, climbing, or highest debut, which is how we usually pick one. Still, one record seemed an obvious choice when we looked further: Take Me Apart. It comes from DC-born Kelela Mizanekristos, who goes just by her first name professionally. A second generation Ethiopian American, Kelela first came on the scene in 2013 with her Cut 4 Me mixtape, which made numerous year-end lists. A 2015 EP followed as well as numerous album guest appearances including features on 2017 releases from Gorillaz & Solange. Take Me Apart (which spends a second week in the Top 10 this week) is her debut LP and holds the distinction of being the only album to appear on the NACC 200, Non-Comm, NEXT, Hip Hop, and Electronic Charts simultaneously this week (hence our obvious choice wording).

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] FEVER RAY Plunge [Mute] //120//
2] TWIN PEAKS Sweet ’17 Singles Series, Vol. 2 [Grand Jury] //71//
3] FITS All Belief Is Paradise [Father/Daughter] //70//
4] DAPPLED CITIES IIIII [Chugg] //66//
5] THE SHES All Female Rock And Roll Quatret [Empty Cellar] //53//

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
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GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL

NON-COMM: BECK Colors [Capitol]
NACC NEXT: BECK Colors [Capitol]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: CONVERGE The Dusk in Us [Epitaph]
HIP HOP: YOUNG RJ Blaq RoyalT [Ne’Astra]
JAZZ: BLUE NOTE ALL STARS Our Point Of View [Blue Note]
FOLK: MARGO PRICE All American Made [Third Man]
WORLD: LEE SCRATCH PERRY AND SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM Super Ape Returns To Conquer [Subatomic Sound]

 

 

The NACC Charts for November 7 are LIVE!

It only took three weeks for St. Vincent to reach #1 on the NACC 200. She completes her journey to the top by ascending 2-1 this week. Since we’ve now prominently been featuring a pink butt in our chart recap for three weeks, it’s fair to say news has broken regarding whom it actually belongs to. Although she had earlier said in an interview with Vogue that she’d never disclose whose butt it is, St. Vincent has let the cat out of the bag. Gracing the cover is model Carlotta Kohl. With all that’s going on in the world today, aren’t you glad you now know that? St. Vincent’s “Fear The Future” tour kicks off it’s US leg November 14th in Detroit (and with 12 additional dates just added, will now run through March 2018).

Leaping 16-7 this week, and enjoying the biggest climb into the Top 10, is British singer/rapper Archy Ivan Marshall aka King Krule. The Ooz is his second LP under the King Krule moniker following 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon which was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 award (though he did release an album, A New Place 2 Drown, under his own name in 2015). Joining King Krule in the Top 10 this week are Destroyer (11-9) and Kelela (12-10).

As we thought might be the case this week, our biggest NACC 200 climb comes from last week’s top add-getter Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts. But who knew it would be so close? The collaboration from the Italian composer and New York band that we profiled here last week, leapt 162 spots (from 195-33) on the chart this week, but we have to also mention Julien Baker, who raced 161 spots (from 187-26). Her Matador Records debut, and second solo release away from her band Forrister, certainly gave Luppi and Parquet Courts a run for their money.

The NACC 200’s highest debut this week comes from Curtis Harding. Harding got his start singing backup, both in the studio and on tour, for Cee Lo Green. After meeting and hitting it off with Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander the two formed Night Sun and released a single on Burger Records. The label ended up putting out Harding’s debut release Soul Power in 2014. Now signed to Anti-, Harding’s sophomore release, Face Your Fear, is the top debut of the week at #39.

Bittersweet news with regard to this week’s top add. It comes from the late, great Sharon Jones and her band The Dap-Kings. Jones didn’t release her first album until she was 40. A gospel singer in church and a session backing-vocalist, Jones worked as a correction’s officer at Riker’s Island and armored car guard for Wells Fargo, among other things. It wasn’t until a session backing deep funk legend Lee Fields that Jones was ‘discovered.’ For the next 20 years, Jones & the Dap-Kings made a name for themselves as what many called America’s best live act. Jones overcame cancer in 2013, but it returned in 2015. She recorded seven albums, including a holiday album in 2015. Her final release, Soul Of A Woman, was recorded while she was deep into her battle with pancreatic cancer. Jones passed away on November 18th of last year. But she’s left behind an amazing catalog of music and an indelible memory of an amazing and powerful singer for anyone who was fortunate enough to see her perform.

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS Soul of a Woman [Daptone] //91//
2] HOOPS Tapes #1-3 [Fat Possum] //80//
3] JOHN MAUS Screen Memories [Ribbon] //78//
4] EERA Reflection Of Youth [Big Dada] //65//
5] ORA COGAN Crickets [Hand Drawn Dracula] //60//

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
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GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL

NON-COMM: BECK Colors [Capitol]
NACC NEXT: BECK Colors [Capitol]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: CONVERGE The Dusk in Us [Epitaph]
HIP HOP: YOUNG RJ Blaq RoyalT [Ne’Astra]
JAZZ: BLUE NOTE ALL STARS Our Point Of View [Blue Note]
FOLK: STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS The Long Awaited Album [Rounder]
WORLD: LEE SCRATCH PERRY AND SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM Super Ape Returns To Conquer [Subatomic Sound]

 

 

 

The NACC Charts for Halloween are LIVE!

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say it, but we have a new #1 on the NACC 200 this week! Alvvays relinquishes it’s 5-week lock on the top spot. More than happy to take over is Beck, who rises 2-1 with his 13th LP, Colors. Beck recorded the album with Grammy-winning producer (and The Bird And The Bee member) Greg Kurstin, who has worked with everyone from college/community favorites like The Shins and Tegan & Sara, to up-and-comers like Halsey & Shura to mainstream stalwarts like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and Pink. Together Beck and Kurstin played almost every instrument on the album themselves. Colors has been a huge success across the board: generally positive reviews, Beck’s 6th straight Top 10-debuting album on the Billboard 200, a Top 5 Alternative and #1-peaking AAA hit with “Up All Night” and now, a #1 NACC 200 record.

Hot on Beck’s heels is St. Vincent. She races from #13 (where she debuted last week) to #2 with her fifth LP, MASSEDUCTION. It follows up her 2014 self-titled release that was named Album Of The Year by The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, NME and Slant. Her new album has been no slouch, receiving prefect ‘100’ reviews from six publications including The A.V. Club & DIY and is, at the moment, the 9th best reviewed record of 2017. St. Vincent has one of three new albums in our Top 10 this week. Joining her there are Bully (15-7) and Protomartyr (12-9).

The NACC 200’s biggest mover this week comes from New Jersey duo, The Front Bottoms. Contrary to popular belief, neither member’s rear end can be found on their front sides. Their name actually comes from a line in the 2000 Ben Kingsley movie Sexy Beast. Going Grey is the band’s sixth album and second on Fueled By Ramen and it soars from 145-25 this week.

This week’s highest debut comes from Slaughter Beach, Dog. It’s really a one-man project from Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. That band just went on hiatus less than three weeks ago with three farewell-for-now shows in Philadelphia. Ewald has released music before under this moniker including last year’s Welcome. Birdie opens on the NACC 200 this week at #40. Congrats to everyone at Lame-O Records and Terrorbird.

The album receiving the most Top 10 Adds this week is a collaboration between Italian composer Daniele Luppi and New York-based Parquet Courts and features a heavy dose of vocals from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O. MILANO is the follow-up to Luppi’s 2011 collaboration, Rome, with Danger Mouse, which featured vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones. MILANO easily grabs #1 Add honors and sneaks onto the NACC 200 at #195 this week so expect a huge jump next week, perhaps even next week’s biggest climb.

You can check out all of this week’s NACC #1s just below. Beck nabs a rare hat-trick by holding down #1 on the NACC 200, Non-Comm, and the NACC Next Charts. We have new #1s at Heavy (an impressive 21-1 jump for Trivium), Folk and a return to #1 on World.

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] DANIELE LUPPI AND PARQUET COURTS MILANO [30th Century/Columbia] //87//
2*] CURTIS HARDING Face Your Fear [Anti-] //67//
2*] PACK A.D., THE Dollhouse [Cadence] //67//
4] SHAMIR Revelations [Father/Daughter] //55//
5*] LA LOUMA Let The World Be Flooded Out [Bitchwave] //53//
5*] ZOMBIES, THE Odessey And Oracle [Varese Sarabande] //53//
* indicates a tie

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
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GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL

NON-COMM: BECK Colors [Capitol]
NACC NEXT: BECK Colors [Capitol]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: TRIVIUM The Sin And The Sentence [Roadrunner]
HIP HOP: OPEN MIKE EAGLE Brick Body Kids Still Daydream [Mello]
JAZZ: BLUE NOTE ALL STARS Our Point Of View [Blue Note]
FOLK: WAILIN’ JENNYS, THE Fifteen [Red House]
WORLD: ANTIBALAS Where the Gods Are in Peace [Daptone]
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The NACC Charts for October 24 are LIVE! + NSEMC 2017/CBI Sponsor

If you are headed to NSEMC 2017/CBI in San Antonio next week we hope you have a great time! NACC is an official sponsor, and you might find a little something in your convention bag from us.

They did it! Alvvays lock down #1 on the NACC 200 for a fifth straight week and by doing so, have the longest running #1 album on the NACC 200 this year. A huge congrats to the band and everyone involved in this project. Alvvays will have their fiercest competition yet for #1 next week with Beck racing 17-2 this week and reaching #1 at Non Comm and NACC Next.

Two of college and community radio’s favorite singer/songwriters, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, have teamed up for the beautifully titled collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice. The album was written and recorded in Melbourne over two week-long sessions spread over two years. Both artists became huge fans of each other’s music before they met. Barnett opened for Vile in 2013 and the two formed a friendship. After emailing back and forth for months, Vile sent Barnett a half-finished version of “Over Everything” thinking she’d fit well with it, and one song soon turned into nine and Lotta Sea Lice came to be. The album races ahead from 41-8 on the NACC 200 this week joining Beck’s Colors as the two new albums in the Top 10.

Profiled first here last week, Bully make our chart recap for a second week by scoring the NACC 200’s biggest jump, racing 140-15. The trio, led by Alicia Bognanno, is based in Nashville and make some of the most bombastic punk music around today. Their second album, Losing, is a breakup album that chronicles every stage of the process and features Bognanno’s “sandpaper scream” as Pitchfork calls it.

Just as Beck did last week, St. Vincent doubles up our weekly feature honors this week by taking top add honors and landing the NACC 200’s highest debut. St. Vincent outdoes Beck though by debuting four spots higher on the NACC 200 than he did and by collecting the most Top 10 adds of any record this year: 143. Anne Erin Clark (aka St. Vincent) was born in Tulsa, OK and was both a member of Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens touring band before venturing out on her own in 2006. MASSEDUCTION is her fifth studio release.

With St. Vincent taking two of our feature spots this week we are able to shine a light on another album. It’s our second highest climber this week, racing 198-88 and just happens to come from a rock ‘n roll legend of the highest order. At 69 years old, Robert Plant has been making music for over 50 years, first as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin and, since 1982, as a solo artist. Carry Fire is his eleventh solo LP. Plant is considered, by a myriad of music publications and polls, one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ‘n roll.

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] ST. VINCENT MASSEDUCTION [Loma Vista] //143//
2] DESTROYER Ken [Merge] //97//
3] SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG Birdie [Lame-O] //88//
4] THE FRONT BOTTOMS Going Grey [Fueled By Ramen] //78//
5] NAI PALM Needle Palm [Sony Masterworks] //68//

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
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GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL

NON-COMM: BECK Colors [Capitol]
NACC NEXT: BECK Colors [Capitol]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: AUGUST BURNS RED Phantom Anthem [Fearless]
HIP HOP: OPEN MIKE EAGLE Brick Body Kids Still Daydream [Mello]
JAZZ: BLUE NOTE ALL STARS Our Point Of View [Blue Note]
FOLK: EILEN JEWELL Down Hearted Blues [Signature Sounds]
WORLD: TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET Ladilikan [World Circuit]

 

 

 

The NACC Charts for October 17 are LIVE!

Alvvays fend off fierce competition and hoard a fourth straight week at #1 on the NACC 200 this week. By doing so they match Ty Segall and Broken Social Scene for the longest run atop the chart in 2017. Also, we give up trying to find something new and interesting to tell you about the band. We’ve featured them in every chart recap for the last six weeks. We get it. You’re all obsessed with them! But seriously, congrats to Polyvinyl and the band. Definitely shaping up to be one of 2017’s very top NACC-charting releases.

The lone new entry into the NACC Top 10 this week comes from Wolf Parade. We featured the Montreal quartet two weeks ago when they were our #1 most-added record. Now they rise not just into the Top 10 but also the Top 5 (12-5) with their first release since 2010. A long hiatus didn’t mean the members were not busy. Various albums from side projects such as Handsome Furs, Divine Fits and Sunset Rubdown were released. But Wolf Parade have returned, with heady material about death (including songs about the passing of Leonard Cohen and David Bowie) and politics and the result is one of the best reviewed albums of 2017.

Leaping from 182-46 this week are Mister Heavenly, a supergroup that includes Honus Honus of Man Man, Nicholas Thorburn from Islands and The Unicorns and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins. When the trio recorded their first album, 2011’s Out Of Love, Michael Cera toured with the band as their bassist. Their sophomore release is this week’s biggest climber.

Taking two of our weekly feature honors this week is College/Community-favorite, Beck. He simultaneously takes top add honors and scores the week’s highest debut, at #17, with his 13th LP, Colors. Beck joins LCD Soundsystem as the only act this year to land the NACC 200’s highest debut with advance tracks from an album and then again with the full album. “Dear Life” and “Up All Night” preceded Colors and debuted together back in September. “Up All Night” recently became Beck’s 8th Alternative Top 10 dating back to his #1 smash “Loser” in 1994. Beck’s 120 Top 10 Adds this week give him just the fourth album to collect 120+ ‘add week’ adds this year.

We have room to feature one other band this week, given Beck’s double-feature. And we’d be hard-pressed not to make it the new album from Bully. They put on a battle-royale with Beck for the #1 add this week and came up one excruciating add short. Almost any other week 119 adds would easily give you #1 add honors. So we’re happy we were able to feature them anyway. Bully was founded by Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno. An internship at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago is where she first began recording demos. Now living in Nashville, Bognanno and her band have released their sophomore LP, Losing, out on Sub Pop.

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] BECK Colors [Capitol] //120//
2] BULLY Losing [Sub Pop] //119//
3] THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE The WIld [Saddle Creek/Paper Bag] //79//
4] MAKTHAVERSKAN III [Run For Cover] //77//
5] STARS There Is No Love In Florescent Light [Last Gang] //67//

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
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GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL

NON-COMM: THE NATIONAL Sleep Well Beast [4AD]
NACC NEXT: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM American Dream [DFA/Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: AUGUST BURNS RED Phantom Anthem [Fearless]
HIP HOP: OPEN MIKE EAGLE Brick Body Kids Still Daydream [Mello]
JAZZ: BLUE NOTE ALL STARS Our Point Of View [Blue Note]
FOLK: JOLIE HOLLAND AND SAMANTHA PARTON Wildflower Blues [Cinquefoil]
WORLD: ANTIBALAS Where the Gods Are in Peace [Daptone]

 

 

The NACC Charts for October 10 are LIVE!

Alvvays lock down #1 for a third straight week with Antisocialites and by doing so, become just the fifth artist to spend three or more weeks on top this year. Congrats to Polyvinyl and Shine On. The Toronto-based, w-averse quintet have become the darlings of college and community radio with two #1 records in as many tries. Spending a fourth week on top next week would put the band in the company of Ty Segall and Broken Social Scene for the longest run on top of 2017. They’ll have stiff competition though with a bunch of releases piled up behind them and eager for their own week on top.

The biggest climber of the three new records in our Top 10 this week comes from Deer Tick. The Providence, RI-based quartet started in 2004 with only one permanent member, lead singer John J. McCauley. His desire to make Deer Tick a full band came in 2007 and their debut release followed that year. The band’s sixth and seventh albums have been released simultaneously (and together) as Deer Tick, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 and this week rises from 13-8. Joining Deer Tick in the Top 10 are Metz (11-9) and Death From Above (12-10).

The NACC 200’s overall biggest mover this week comes from Jessica Lea Mayfield. The Kent, OH musician recorded her first EP at 15 and printed only 100 copies. One of those copies landed in the hands of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach who ended up producing Mayfield’s debut album. Her fourth LP, Sorry Is Gone, has been produced by legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) and this week jumps from 170-51.

Leaping aboard the NACC 200 this week at #24 is easily the band with the longest title we’ve featured here on our Wednesday Morning Chart Recap. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are a seven-member band from Willimantic, CT. Their third LP, Always Foreign, is the week’s highest debut. Kudos to The Syndicate, Pirate and Epitaph.

Protomartyr have the week’s most added record this week with their fourth studio album, and first on Domino, Relatives In Descent. The Detroit-based quartet should enjoy a lofty debut on the NACC 200 next week.

NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
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# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS

1] PROTOMARTYR Relatives Of Descent [Domino] //92//
2] WILD ONES Mirror Touch [Topshelf] //78//
3] WEAVES Wide Open [Kanine] //76//
4] MISTER HEAVENLY Boxing The Moonlight [Polyvinyl] //65//
5] ALEX LAHEY I Love You Like A Brother [Dead Oceans] //60//

#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
GENRE | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL
NON-COMM: NATIONAL, THE Sleep Well Beast [4AD]
NACC NEXT: ALVVAYS Antisocialites [Polyvinyl]
ELECTRONIC: ODESZA A Moment Apart [Counter]
HEAVY: ARCH ENEMY Will To Power [Century Media]
HIP HOP: GRIEVES Running Wild [Rhymesayers]
JAZZ: CECILE MCLORIN-SALVANT Dreams and Daggers [Mack Avenue]
FOLK: OLIE HOLLAND AND SAMANTHA PARTON Wildflower Blues [Cinquefoil]
WORLD: ANTIBALAS Where the Gods Are in Peace [Daptone]