The NACC Charts for October 3 are LIVE! + College Day is October 6!

Alvvays land a second week on top of the NACC 200 this week with their sophomore release, Antisocialites. Lead singer, Molly Rankin is the daughter of John Rankin, the fiddler for acclaimed Celtic folk family collective the Rankin Family, who in the 1990s sold two million records, won six Junos, and were credited with jump-starting a North American renaissance in Celtic music and culture. Her father died tragically in a car accident when Molly was only 12. An accomplished fiddler herself, Molly was turned on to indie rock by her boyfriend and Alvvays bandmate Alec O’Hanley. The rest is history. Alvvays will try to make it three weeks at #1 next week, but will be battling three indie rock veterans for the crown. LCD Soundsystem, Deerhoof and Ariel Pink are lined up at 2, 3 & 4 and have 29 LPs between them. Will experience trump youth? Tune in next week to find out!

With the lone new entry into the Top 10 this week (Mount Kimbie) making the smallest possible climb it could (11-10), and since we’ve already featured them once before, we’ll shine a light on two of the NACC 200’s biggest overall climbers this week. Though, congrats to Mount Kimbie! Reaching the Top 10 is a great accomplishment regardless of how it’s done.

The NACC 200’s two biggest climbers this week come from Moses Sumney (174-29) and The Horrors (192-50). Sumney was born in San Bernadino and growing up was an avid songwriter but was so shy he hid his songs in his mattress. It wasn’t until he moved out of his parent’s house and began studying creative writing at UCLA, that he bought a guitar, taught himself how to play, and began performing. He’s now signed to Jagjaguwar and his debut LP, Aromanticism is off to a rousing start as this week’s biggest climber. Close behind Sumney’s 145-spot leap are English quintet, The Horrors. Their fifth release, aptly titled V, enjoys a 142-spot climb and is one of 2017’s Top 20 best-reviewed albums so far according to Metacritic.

The highest debut of the week comes from Shout Out Louds. The Stockholm-based quintet has released their fifth full-length album, Ease My Mind, on Merge Records. Currently touring Europe, the band will begin a string of US dates October 30th in Philadelphia.

Wolves of all kinds battled for most-added honors this week. Wolf Alice and Chelsea Wolfe gave it the old college try, as it were, but it was Wolf Parade landing firmly at #1 on the Adds Chart this week. Cry Cry Cry is the Montreal band’s first release in seven years. After going on indefinite hiatus in 2011, the band returned to performing and recording in 2016. They are just the second act so far this fall to collect over 100 adds. The other was our current #1, Alvvays.

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

1] WOLF PARADE Cry Cry Cry [Sup Pop] //113//
2] THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE Always Foreign [Epitaph] //85//
3] CULTS Offering [Sinderlyn] //79//
4] CHELSEA WOLFE Hiss Spun [Sargent House] //68//
5] HUNDRED WATERS Communicating [Owsla] //67//

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

NON-COMM: NATIONAL, THE Sleep Well Beast [4AD]
NACC NEXT: ALVVAYS Antisocialites [Polyvinyl]
ELECTRONIC: URSULA 1000 Galleria [Insect Queen]
HEAVY: ARCH ENEMY Will To Power [Century Media]
HIP HOP: FASHAWN Manna [Mass Appeal]
JAZZ: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin’ It [Mack Avenue]
FOLK: IRON AND WINE Beast Epic [Sub Pop]
WORLD: ANTIBALAS Where the Gods Are in Peace [Daptone]

 

 

The NACC Charts for September 26 are LIVE! + College Day is October 6!

That epic battle for #1 that we prognosticated last week came to fruition. In the end, Alvvays pushed past LCD Soundsytem, Oh Sees and The War On Drugs and rose to the top, giving them two #1 albums at college/community radio in as many tries. Antisocialites has received an almost identical score on Metacritic as their self-titled debut. The band recently wrapped a string of European tour dates and after a one-off performance this weekend at the Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, CA, will officially kick off their US Fall Tour October 3rd in Boston.

Last week’s most added record is certainly on a tear. Ariel Pink bullets from 61-8 this week and certainly lines himself up as a possible future #1 on the NACC 200. The somewhat enigmatic artist has often tried to distance himself from his music and has created controversy with intentionally off-putting interviews in the past. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (the only new entry into the Top 10 this week) finds Pink releasing one of his most heartfelt and humble releases and both critics and radio programmers seem to really be enjoying the results.

The chart’s overall biggest climb this week belongs to the Toronto duo Death From Above. Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler’s third release, Outrage! Is Now, follows up 2014’s The Physical World (which came a full 10 years after their 2004 debut release and a 5-year breakup). They are also back to using their original name without the “1979” at the end. Legal troubles with DFA had led the band to add the numbers in 2004, but lately, with no legal dispute by dropping the digits, the band has gone back the name they originally intended. The new record has a great second week on the NACC 200, racing 122-17.

The highest debut of the week is actually one of the lowest highest debuts on the chart this year. But the #55 start is certainly still a nice one for Ducktails. Are we the only ones that want to immediately sing a falsetto “Woo-ooo” when we say that? The band name is actually indeed a play on the animated DuckTales TV show. Started in 2006 by former Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, the solo project was fleshed out into a full band after Mondanile signed to Domino Records in 2012. Ducktails (“woo-ooo”) now has a catalog of six studio albums, including this new, Jersey Devil release.

Landing top-add honors this week is songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, who goes just by Rostam professionally. Rostam was a founding member of Vampire Weekend (who he left in 2016). In addition to his solo work, he’s also helped write and produce music with and for The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Charli XCX, Declan McKenna and Carly Rae Jepsen. Rostam has sporadically released solo songs dating back to 2011. Almost all of those previously-released songs (and of course new ones) can be heard on his first LP, Half-Light.

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

1] ROSTAM Half-Light [Nonesuch] //86//
2] SHOUT OUT LOUDS Ease My Mind [Merge] //74//
3] MOSES SUMNEY Aromanticism [Jagjaguwar] //61//
4] FLORIST If Blue Could Be Happiness [Double Double Whammy] //60//
5] THE HORRORS V [Wolf Tone/Caroline] //58//

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

NON-COMM: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM American Dream [DFA/Columbia]
NACC NEXT: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM American Dream [DFA/Columbia]
ELECTRONIC: NOSAJ THING Parallels [Innovative Leisure]
HEAVY: ARCH ENEMY Will To Power [Century Media]
HIP HOP: GRIEVES Running Wild [Rhymesayers]
JAZZ: TONY ALLEN The Source [Blue Note]
FOLK: IRON AND WINE Beast Epic [Sub Pop]
WORLD: ANTIBALAS Where the Gods Are in Peace [Daptone]

 

 

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

Good Morning!
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Your NACC Chart Recap is here.

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]