The 2017 hangover seems to be abating as 2018 releases are beginning to flood the upper reaches of the NACC 200. No where is this more obvious than right at the top of the chart, where Ty Segall shatters our record for the biggest climb to #1. Only one other album (Gorillaz’ Humaz release in May of 2017) has jumped from outside the NACC Top 10 to the top. They climbed 13-1. This week Freedom’s Goblin from Ty Segall (out on Drag City) leaps from 24-1. One week shy of a year ago, Segall reached #1 on our chart with his self-titled LP, which went on to spend four weeks on top. February definitely seems to be Segall’s month! The #1 spot will be his to lose in the weeks to come as he jumped over four other climbing records to get to the pinnacle.
Another chart record falling this week is our biggest climb into the NACC Top 10. Orginally held by Girlpool (116-8), the feat now belongs to Tucson, AZ band Calexico. It’s two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, first played together in the band Giant Sand. They formed Calexico in 1996 and are releasing their 10th album with The Thread That Keeps Us. This week the honor of the biggest climb ever into the NACC 200 now belongs to them with their 137-8 jump. Congrats to the band and Anti- for the accomplishment.
Debuting at #27 on the NACC 200 this week is Hannes Ferm aka Holy. The Stockholm-based musician has released his second album, All These Worlds Are Yours, out on PNKSLM Records. His debut LP, Stabs, was released in 2015 and this new sophomore album is already meeting with a heady reception. Hyperbole-be-damned, review site The Revue has called this record, “a concept album that we have not heard in decades.”
The NACC 200’s biggest overall climb this week belongs to The Go! Team. The Brighton, England six-piece, helmed by Ian Parton, formed in 2000 and this new album, Semicircle, is their fifth studio release. Out on Memphis Industries, Semicircle is an homage to the Motor City in the 1960’s and the Detroit Youth Choir sings backup on the album, which welcomes back rapper Ninja and original guitarist Sam Dook to the band’s lineup. Their LP skyrockets from 181-36 on the chart this week.
Most-added was a battle this week but in the end, only one artist came out on top and that was one of Polyvinyl’s newest signings, Anna Burch. Fellow Michigan native, and a longtime Polyvinyl roster member, Fred Thomas brought Burch’s music to the attention of the label when he sent them her demos last year. Her debut LP, Quit The Curse, grabs the most Top 10 Adds this week and debuts on the NACC 200 at #79 as well. Expect a big jump next week.
You can view the Top 20 of the NACC 200 below as well as all of this week’s #1s. There are new #1s at Hip Hop, Electronic, NACC Next and at Non Comm (where Calexico makes news by debuting at #1) plus a return to the top at World.
NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS
1) ANNA BURCH Quit The Curse [Polyvinvyl] //98//
2) BORN RUFFIANS Uncle, Duke & The Chief [Yep Roc] //96//
3*) CAROLINE ROSE LONER [New West] //84//
4*) HOVVDY Cranberry [Double Double Whammy] //84//
5) BAHAMAS Earthtones [Brushfire] //71//
* denotes tie