The NACC Charts For September 12 are LIVE!

Fall is definitely in the air with a wave of high profile releases on both the NACC 200 and Adds Charts. Three big jumps into the Top 10 this week and climbing records at #1 and #2 ensure a lively battle for the top spot in weeks to come. This week finds The War On Drugs climbing to #1 with a release that’s been buzzing on the NACC 200 as an ‘Advance Tracks’ album for weeks. After last week’s impressive 24-2 climb, it was almost a given they would rise to the top. A Deeper Understanding seems to be somewhat of a breakthrough album for the band, spawning their first Top 10 Commercial AAA-peaking single “Holding On” (which has also become their first charting Commercial Alternative single as well). But as is almost always the case, college and community radio can claim supporting the band long before these things happened.

The James Murphy-fronted LCD Soundsystem continue their comeback run with a monster 25-3 move this week. Reaching the top of the NACC 200 will be the next goal for the band’s first album since they reunited last year. American Dream has also become the band’s first #1-selling album, debuting atop the Billboard 200 this week. LCD Soundsystem kick off their fall tour on October 17th with two shows in Washington DC and will cap things off with 10 shows at Brooklyn Steel in December. Honorable mention must go to Grizzly Bear for their LCD Soundsystem-matching 22-spot climb into the Top 10 this week (29-7) with their fifth release, Painted Ruins.

Bears aren’t the only animal roaming the NACC charts this week. Foxes, wolves, lizards, rats, gorilla(z), and mosquitos can be found scattered amongst various NACC charts… some multiple times. But it’s deer that reign supreme with three different bands popping up on the charts. The highest among them is Deerhoof, who score the week’s biggest climb, racing 150-14. The San Francisco-based band has existed since 1994. Only one founding member (Greg Saunier) remains (though Satomi Matsuzaki deserves mention joining in 1995). The band’s 14th studio album, Mountain Moves, certainly seems Top 10-bound.

We have a first on the NACC 200. We’ve never had an album that hasn’t been released yet as our highest debut. LCD Soundsystem almost did that earlier this year when their first two singles from American Dream were bundled and debuted together back in May. But the album name had not been announced yet. Beck debuts this week at #27 with an album that doesn’t come out until October 13th. Airplay is based on four advance tracks from the LP. Colors is one of four ‘advance tracks’ albums on the chart this week and will be Beck’s 13th studio album dating back to 1993.

Alvvays has quickly become college and community radio darlings. The Toronto-based band’s highly anticipated sophomore release, Antisocialites, is the follow-up to their self-titled 2014 debut, which went to #1 at college radio. This new record is the first to top 100 adds since our June 27th chart, which certainly bodes well for another chart-topping album for the band.

Look below to see all of this week’s NACC #1s. We have returns to the top at Electronic and Folk and The War Of Drug pulls off a rare triple crown with climbs to #1 at NACC Next and Non-Comm.

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

1] ALVVAYS Antisocialites [Polyvinyl] //115//
2] THE DREAM SYNDICATE How Did I Find Myself Here? [Anti-] //79//
3] DEER TICK Deer Tick Vol. 1 + Deer Tick Vol. 2 [Partisan] //72//
4] TED LEO The Hanged Man [Self-Released] //62//
5] MOUNT KIMBIE Love What Survives [Warp] //59//

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

NON-COMM: THE WAR ON DRUGS A Deeper Understanding [Atlantic]
NACC NEXT: THE WAR ON DRUGS A Deeper Understanding [Atlantic]
ELECTRONIC: MOON BOOTS First Landing [Anjunadeep]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: GRIEVES Running Wild [Rhymesayers]
JAZZ: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin’ It [ATO]
FOLK: DAVID RAWLINGS Poor David’s Almanack [Acony]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

 

 

The NACC Charts For September 5 Are Live!

Patience has paid off for Arcade Fire. After waiting for two weeks at #2, one beloved Canadian band replaces another at #1. The Grammy & Juno Award-winning band is no stranger to #1. Everything Now debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and has topped album charts around the world including England, Ireland, Portugal and Scotland. It has also spawned the band’s biggest U.S. hit to date. “Everything Now” has topped the AAA Chart and is edging closer to the Alternative Top 10 (where it would be the band’s first Top 10). Arcade Fire will have their work cut out for them if they want to spend a second week on top. Three albums make massive moves into the Top 10 this week and will challenge for the NACC 200 crown next week.

The biggest mover into the Top 10 comes from Oh Sees. They soar from where they debuted last week at #71 to #6 this week with their 19th release, Orc. Nineteen albums in 20 years (including two as Thee Oh Sees last year) certainly qualifies frontman John Dwyer and his San Francisco-based band as prolific. But how about the band already announcing their 20th release this coming November? The band that loves to change it’s name will release that album as OCS.

LCD Soundsystem have been teasing their comeback for a while now. Since October of 2015, when word came that the band would reunite in 2016, excitement has been building. A Christmas 2015 single, headlining performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2016, and the premiere of two new songs on SNL in May. Those songs together scored the highest debut of the week on the NACC 200 earlier this year (the only non-album to accomplish that feat so far). Word came yesterday that American Dream is on pace to become the band’s first Billboard 200-topping album. And it’s well on it’s way to topping the NACC 200 as well, simultaneously scoring Top Add and Highest Debut honors (at #25). Congrats to DFA, Columbia & The Syndicate.

With LCD Soundsystem taking two of our five features this week, we have the opportunity to shine a light on another record. And that has to be The War On Drugs, who almost leapt from outside the Top 20 to #1 this week. Their 24-2 move is an impressive one and certainly lines them up for a serious challenge for the top next week. The Philadelphia-based band released their first album in 2008 (which included Kurt Vile, who went solo after that release). A Deeper Understanding is the band’s fourth full length studio album.

The NACC 200’s biggest mover this week is from Liars. TFCF is their eighth album (out on Mute Records) since the band formed in 2000. Angus Andrew is the founding and only constant member of Liars. To that end, the band are known for radically changing their sound from album-to-album. Their latest is off to a wonderful start, roaring from 172-21 on the chart this week.

Check out #1s on NACC’s medley of genre charts just below. Highlights include Iron & Wine (the third of our big Top 10 NACC 200 jumps this week) topping the Non-Comm Chart with their new album, Beast Epic. We also have the most new overall #1s we’ve had in one week up until now, with fresh chart-toppers at Hip Hop, Folk & Jazz (an unprecedented 30-1 jump for Christian McBride Big Band) and a return to #1 for a previous chart-topper at Electronic.

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

1] LCD SOUNDSYSTEM American Dream [DFA/Columbia] //95//
2] DEERHOOF Mountain Moves [Joyful Noise] //89//
3] GRIZZLY BEAR Painted Ruins [RCA] //75//
4] ZOLA JESUS Okovi [Sacred Bones] //73//
5] MOGWAI Every Country’s Sun [Temporary Residence Ltd.] //68//

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

NON-COMM: IRON & WINE Beast Epic [Sub Pop]
NACC NEXT: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: WASHED OUT Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: GRIEVES Running Wild [Rhymesayers]
JAZZ: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin’ It [ATO]
FOLK: SHELBY LYNNE AND ALLISON MOORER Not Dark Yet [Thirty Tigers]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

 

 

The NACC Charts For August 29 Are Live! NACC 200 Podcast, New Electronic #1 & More.

Broken Social Scene will not be denied! Hug Of Thunder has now logged four weeks at #1 which matches the longest run on top so far this year. (Ty Segall did it in February and March). BSS begin a Fall North American Tour September 15th in Ottawa with dates that extend right into November. Kudos to Arts & Crafts and Pirate for the achievement. Of note this week as well is the Top 4 remaining stationary from last week (a first for this year). One of those records is from Arcade Fire, who wait in the wings at #2 for a second week. They are #1 again this week on the NACC Next & Non-Comm Charts and will challenge BSS again next week for #1 along with Manchester Orchestra and The Districts.

We have two new Top 10 entries this week. One is the aforementioned The Districts (who rise 11-5). But Jen Cloher (a previous highest debut on the NACC 200) rises 17-10 for top honors. The Aussie singer-songwriter will be coming to the US for a string of tour dates later this fall which will culminate with an appearance at Austin City Limits November 11th.

Soaring onto the NACC 200 this week at #18 is one of just a handful of records to debut in the Top 20 this year. That feat belongs to Widowspeak, a Brooklyn-based band releasing their fourth album, Expect The Best. Their entire output has been released on Captured Tracks. Congrats to the label and Terrorbird for the strong debut.

This week’s biggest overall climb belongs to Dent May who leaps 148-22. May, who was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but now calls Los Angeles home, has something in common with Jen Cloher and Widowspeak in that he too is releasing his fourth record.

The battle for the #1 Add this week was a fierce one between The War on Drugs and Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees). Both records scored over 90 Top 10 Adds but in the end Oh Sees snuck out the win, with 95 Adds. Oh Sees love to change their band name. They’ve done it six times now over their 20-year career. First known as Orinoka Crash Suite, then OCS, Orange County Sound, The Ohsees, The Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees and now Oh Sees. Orc is the band’s 20th release, which outnumbers the entire output of all the other artists we featured here this week.

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

1] OH SEES Orc [Castleface] //95//
2] THE WAR ON DRUGS A Deeper Understanding [Atlantic] //93//
3] LIARS TFCF [Mute] //82//
4] TURNOVER Good Nature [Run For Cover] //68//
5] THE PREATURES Girlhood [Harvest] //55//

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

NON-COMM: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
NACC NEXT: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: MOON BOOTS First Landing [Anjunadeep]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: SHABAZZ PALACES
Quazars: Born On A Gangster Star/Quazarz: Vs The Jealous Machines [Sub Pop]
JAZZ: HAROLD MABERN To Love and Be Loved [Smoke Sessions]
FOLK: DAVID RAWLINGS Poor David’s Almanack [Acony]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

 

 

The NACC Charts For August 22 Are Live! Inaugural Folk Chart, New Jazz #1, New Promoter Profile & More

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Broken Social Scene lock down #1 for a third non-consecutive week on the NACC 200 with their fifth full-length studio release, Hug Of Thunder. We’ve profiled BSS so many times here recently that there isn’t much else to say. Did we tell you all fifteen original members are represented here? Sure did. Did we mention many of them have gone on to great success outside the band? Yes’m. BSS will have to fend off another beloved Canadian band next week in Arcade Fire, who rise 4-2 this week (and are #1 on the NACC Next & Non-Comm Charts). That means 21 Canadians are involved in our top two records.

Roaring into the Top 10 this week are Downtown Boys. One of two new records in the top 10, they leap from 37-8. When the Providence, RI band, led by Victoria Ruiz, hit the scene in 2011, Rolling Stone dubbed them ‘America’s Most Exciting Punk Band.’ Cost Of Living is the band’s third LP.

The NACC 200’s highest debut comes from Trailer Trash Tracys. Like Downtown Boys, they formed in 2011 and like Downtown Boys they have a core duo who started the band. And like Downtown Boys, one of those core members happens to be a talented woman on lead vocals. But unlike Downtown Boys, her name is not Victoria Ruiz. It’s Susanne Aztoria. She and her bandmates call London home and their second release, Althaea (out on Double Six), debuts at #39.

Making an impressive 177-25 jump this week (and easily scoring the week’s top move in the process) is last week’s top add-getter, Rainer Maria. College and community radio seems thrilled to have the band back after an eleven year break between albums. Their latest, entitled S/T is their tenth release and boasts the same lineup as when they started. Caithlin De Marrais, Kaia Fischer and William Kuehn have always been the only members of Rainer Maria.

Samuel Ervin Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, has been, dare we say, a core artist at college and community radio since his debut album in 2002. His latest, Beast Epic, is his fifth studio album, though there have been a number of EPs and some collaborative albums (2015’s with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and 2016’s with labelmate Jesca Hoop) as well. Congrats to Shine On and Sub Pop for Iron & Wine’s solid start.

Finally, a special mention for our inaugural Folk Chart that launched this week! Guitarist David Rawlings tops the chart with his eighth collaborative LP with Gillian Welch. And we’d be remiss not to mention the legendary Glen Campbell, who passed away on August 8th after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His final album, Adiós, is #5 on the Folk Chart this week. RIP.

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

1] IRON & WINE Beast Epic [Sub Pop] //80//
2] DENT MAY Across The Multiverse [Carpark] //76//
3] A GIANT DOG Toy [Merge] //70//
4] THE MYNABIRDS Be Here Now [Saddle Creek] //69//
5] WIDOWSPEAK Expect The Best [Captured Tracks] //61//

 

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

NON-COMM: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
NACC NEXT: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: WASHED OUT Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: SHABAZZ PALACES
Quazars: Born On A Gangster Star/Quazarz: Vs The Jealous Machines [Sub Pop]
JAZZ: HAROLD MABERN To Love and Be Loved [Smoke Sessions]
FOLK: DAVID RAWLINGS Poor David’s Almanack [Acony]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

 

 

The NACC Charts For August 15 Are Live!

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Your NACC Chart Recap is here. 

Folk Chart Launching Next Week! We’re thrilled to announce that we’re launching our newest genre chart in beta this Friday! If you are at a station that would like to report a Folk Top 10 to NACC (and you didn’t already sign up via our website), please reach out to us HERE and let us know. You won’t be able to report to this chart without doing that.

The battle for the NACC 200 crown is as hot as ever and it’s resulted in something we’ve not had happen on the chart before. After relinquishing the top spot to Waxahatchee last week, Broken Social Scene have returned to #1 this week. BSS member and Metric lead singer Emily Haines recently talked to Exclaim regarding the band playing in Manchester just 24 hours after the terror attack there in May and about her reluctance to open the band’s set with “Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl” until Manchester native and Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr agreed to appear on stage with them. The Arts & Crafts release has now spent two weeks at #1 and will now be working to fend off challenges from Toro y Moi and Arcade Fire (the latter of which rises to #1 on both the NACC Next and Non-Comm Charts this week).

Speaking of Manchester, only one new album cracks the Top 10 this week, and it comes from Manchester Orchestra, who, ironically, is not from Manchester nor are they an orchestra. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia the quartet have just released their fifth album, A Black Mile To The Surface (out on Loma Vista) and it climbs from 17-7 this week.

As tipped here last week, The Districts have scored that lofty debut we expected them to. They, in fact, land the top debut on the NACC 200 this week at #26. The band teamed up with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (who has worked with St. Vincent, War On Drugs, & Cloud Nothings, among many others) on their 2015 sophomore LP A Flourish And A Spoil. Congleton produced four songs here on their new album, but The DIstricts have shown their continued growth as a band and took on the challenge of producing the rest of the album themselves.

Enjoying the healthiest jump on the NACC 200 this week is one-man project Mappe Of. A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone (released by Toronto-based Paper Bag Records), is the debut release by Ontario’s Tom Meikle, who is also a member of the art-rock five-piece Common Age. Meikle attended journalism school and busked around Australia before settling on a career in music. His sound, far removed from Common Age’s, has been called by some as Bon Iver-meets-Fleet Foxes. Whatever the attempt at categorization, Mappe Of enjoys the chart’s biggest climb this week, up 181-68.

Finally, we have this week’s top add-getter. It marks the return of Rainer Maria. The Madison, WI-based trio formed in 1995 and released five LPs along with a number of EPs before breaking up in 2006. A reunion show took place on New Year’s Eve in 2014 and several more shows have happened over subsequent years. Those shows let to new music and now, 11 years after the release of their last record, Rainer Maria join the list of other long-absent bands (including Ride, The Jesus And Mary Chain & Grandaddy) that have made 2017 their comeback year.

View This Week’s NACC 200 HERE

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

1] RAINER MARIA S/T [Polyvinyl] //74//
2] KELLEY STOLTZ Que Aura [Castle Face] //51// (tie)
TRAILER TRASH TRACYS Althaea [Double Six]
4] EL TEN ELEVEN Unusable Love [El Ten Eleven] //48//
5] SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs [Burger/Dine Alone] //45//

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

NON-COMM: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
NACC NEXT: ARCADE FIRE Everything Now [Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: WASHED OUT Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: SHABAZZ PALACES
Quazars: Born On A Gangster Star/Quazarz: Vs The Jealous Machines [Sub Pop]
JAZZ: CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET Passin’ Thru [Blue Note]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

The NACC Charts For August 8 Are Live!

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Undeterred from being climbed over just last week, Waxahatchee’s fourth release (out on Merge Records) persevered and has risen to the top of the NACC 200 this week. The brainchild of Katie Crutchfield, the band, which includes her twin sister, Allison, becomes the first from any Alabama band to reach the top of the NACC 200.

Speaking of siblings, Montreal’s Arcade Fire (which includes brothers Win & William Butler) more than makes up for missing top add honors last week (by just one add!) by soaring into the Top 10 this week, up 35-6, and quickly putting themselves into contention for #1 on our chart in the weeks to come. Everything Now just became the Grammy-winning band’s third straight Billboard 200 chart-topper.

Last week’s top add-getter is this week’s biggest mover on the NACC 200. Death Cab For Cutie lead singer Benjamin Gibbard lands one of the largest one-week climbs the chart has seen, skyrocketing from 193-29 with his take on Teenage Fanclub’s classic 1991 album Bandwagonesque. The album is Gibbard’s favorite, by his favorite band, and he’s expressed how meaningful the music is to him even moreso now: “It is a retreat from the passage of time, a retreat from the political climate in our country and a reminder that there is beauty in the world.”

The highest debut on the NACC 200 this week is last’s week’s third-place finisher on adds behind the two artists profiled just above. Her name is Jen Cloher and she’s married to another artist who is no stranger to college and community radio: Courtney Barnett. Cloher has recorded music with her wife, but her musical career certainly predates that as this self-titled album is her fourth LP. It debuts at #56 on the chart this week.

Landing at #1 on the Adds Chart this week are The Districts. The Pennsylvania quartet (who all went to high school together) are originally from a small town in central PA called Lititz but have since relocated to Philadelphia. Expect a lofty debut on the NACC 200 next week with their third LP, Popular Manipulations, out on Fat Possum Records.

View This Week’s NACC 200 HERE

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

1] THE DISTRICTS Popular Manipulations [Fat Possum] //82//
2] DOWNTOWN BOYS Cost Of Living [Sub Pop] //68//
3] MATT POND P.A. Still Summer [131] //60//
4] SLEEPY SUN Private Tales [Dine Alone] //59//
5] GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH Desert Center [Suicide Squeeze] //57//

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

NON-COMM: DAN AUERBACH Waiting On A Song [Easy Eye Sound]
NACC NEXT: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Hug Of Thunder [Arts & Crafts]
ELECTRONIC: WASHED OUT Mister Mellow [Stones Throw]
HEAVY: BYZANTINE The Cicada Tree [Metal Blade]
HIP HOP: SHABAZZ PALACES
Quazars: Born On A Gangster Star/Quazarz: Vs The Jealous Machines [Sub Pop]
JAZZ: CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET Passin’ Thru [Blue Note]
WORLD: LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas, Y Deseo [Sony]

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