Charts n’ Adds: 2/17 – 2/24

dddimitir_8zTj110After 16 years of anticipation, Dr. Dog has finally released their debut album, The Psychedelic Swamp, and it’s number one on our chart this week! In reality, The Psychedelic Swamp is their 9th full length release. But in 2000, the Philadelphia artists recorded their first album only to never release it. This LP is a revisit to those original tracks, a reinvention of their roots into a psychedelic pop sound with tinges of soul, country, and more experimental heavy rock/pop. They’re joined again by Doug O’Donnell, an original member of the band who sings on the  first track of the record, “Golden Hind.” It’s a gorgeous track, and a strange break from the familiar vocals of Toby Leaman. Speaking about the album with Consequence of Sound, Leaman said “It’s like climbing out from the bottom of a junk drawer three stories deep, a veritable ascent into maelstrom.”

Number two on our chart behind the doc is Hinds, a female low-fi group from Madrid debuting their first full length, Leave Me Alone. KJHK writer Mallory Mcfall calls the album ” the garage rock lovechild of Girlpool, Courtney Barnett and Best Coast.” An apt description, the album is no-sh*t but delicate at times, and gets you moving. Number three is a special album, at least for myself. Gumption is the debut full length from Lawrence artist Your Friend. The brainchild of Tayrn Miller, the album released on Domino in January and is being played for audiences across the US as the group tours in support of  Porches and Alex G. It’s a mix of ambient indie folk-rock layered thick with synth, bass, percussion, and harmonies, all intermingled with looping and meditative guitar. Just dark enough, just uplifting enough.

An album of Tycho remixes released on Ghostly International sits at number four. Tycho’s 2014 release Awake has been revisited by a very tasty roster of artists including RJD2, Bibio, and Com Truise. Each artist’s reinvention stands alone, fascinating in the way they preserve Scott Hansen’s colorful electronic while adding their own distinct style. Rounding out our top five is Is The Is Are from Brooklyn artist DIIV. This second full-length from DIIV shows the group unafraid of using lyrics to explore the pains of their lives. But paired with lowkey and groovy indie rock instrumentation, it doesn’t pull you down and instead seems a celebration,  a thanks to the twisted, entropy filled world for letting them come this far.

New to the chart this week: Pillar Point’s Marble Mouth, Animal Collective’s Painting With, Savages’ Adore Life, Low Cut High Tops’ Eh, Whatever, and Tinderstick’s The Waiting Room.

1 DR. DOG The Psychedelic Swamp Anti
2 HINDS Leave Me Alone Mom And Pop
3 YOUR FRIEND Gumption Domino
4 TYCHO Awake Remixes Ghostly International
5 DIIV Is The Is Are Captured Tracks
6 WAND 1,000 Days Drag City
7 ATLANTIC THRILLS Vices Almost Ready
8 DAUGHTER Not To Disappear Glassnote
9 ADRIAN YOUNGE Something About April II Linear Labs
10 PILLAR POINT Marble Mouth Polyvinyl
11 JULIA BROWN An Abundance Of Strawberries Joy Void
13 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Painting With Domino
14 BERWANGER Demonios High Dive
15 AIDAN KNIGHT Each Other Outside
16 TY SEGALL Emotional Mugger Drag City
17 WRAY Hypatia Communicating Vessels
18 ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER New View Frenchkiss
19 PIXEL Golden Years Cuneiform
20 SAVAGES Adore Life Matador
21 ST. GERMAIN St. Germain Nonesuch
22 SHEARWATER Jet Plane And Oxbow SUB POP
23 DJDS Stand Up And Speak Loma Vista
24 LOW CUT HIGH TOPS Eh, Whatever Self-Released
25 SNARKY PUPPY Family Dinner, Vol. 2 Universal
26 SHIGETO Intermission EP Ghostly
27 ARCHY MARSHALL A New Place 2 Drown True Panther
28 NZCA LINES Infinite Summer Memphis Industries
29 PUSHA T Darkest Before Dawn G.O.O.D.
30 TINDERSTICKS The Waiting Room City Slang


Our top 5 adds this week:


1 ESPERANZA SPALDING Emily’s D+Evolution Concord
2 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Painting With Domino
3 CAVE SINGERS Banshee Self-Released
4 QUILT Plaza Mexican Summer
5 MOUNT MORIAH How To Dance Merge