Usher took the top spot on the sales charts this week, selling 128,000 units of Looking 4 Myself. Rush debuted in second place with 103,000 units of Clockwork Angels, while Adele dropped to No. 3 with another 60,000 of 21. Other notable debuts include Ed Sheeran at No. 4 with 44,000 copies of + and Waka Flocka Flame at No. 9 with 33,000 of Triple F Life. Finally, fun. moved yet another 16,000 copies of Some Nights, landing at No. 22. Some Nights hasn't moved out of the top 50 in its 17-week run since its release, and has sold over 300,000 copies in total.
We all love and adore Shane Henderson of Valencia, so when he signed on to produce Cody Hoffman's new EP, you knew you were going to get quality music. We're premiering the track "I'm Not Crazy" and it's got a great alt rock vibe that you can imagine hearing on the radio. Head to his AP.net profile and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we're premiering a new track called "The Fall Guy" from I Call Fives' upcoming full length. The band has been going at it for years but never put out an official full length but now is the time for the pop-punk act to show their chops when the album drops July 10th on Pure Noise Records. Head to the band's AP.net profile to check out the track and leave your thoughts in the replies.
You're going to need some time to sit down for this one this week. In case you haven't yet, please read NPR intern Emily White's blog. Then read professor and ex-musician David Lowery's response. Then read Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan's response to Lowery. If you make it through all of that, I've got some thoughts on all three pieces here. What I want you to think about this week is the tangible ownership of music. If there's one vinyl record or CD in your collection that you would never part with, why? When and where did you get it, and is there a story behind it? Would love to hear why the tangible medium will never die from music fans instead of the press.
Happy Body Slow Brain's Dreams Of Water and Sleepy EP are now available for vinyl pre-order. The packaging is a custom pvc gatefold jacket filled with liquid - check it out in the replies. The band also released the demo version of "Never Loved" from Sleepy EP, which can be heard here.
Like, really...you can't make up today's news. A mother starting singing Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" while her daughter was in a coma (she had been unresponsive for a week) and the comatose little girl smiled in response. Two days later, she was able to get out of bed.
In an increasingly strange day of news posts, Buzzfeed has some images of a grown man who has 15 Miley Cyrus tattoos on his body. They range from a simple "Miley Cyrus" on his chest to a horrible portrait on his arm to her signature on his hands. A couple of the better images are in the replies.
Today I'm more than proud to showcase the premiere track from Pswingset's upcoming album, All Our False Starts. Mixing guitar intricacies reminiscent of Sharks Keep Moving with rhythmic grooves pulled from the best of Mock Orange, All Our False Starts is the record we've all been "remembering when..." about. Head to the band's AP.net profile to check out "Native Pass," and if you like what you're hearing, you can pre-order the album here.