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Electronic Charts 9/15

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1PÁULA POVOA JERGEPrimavera [EP]Moshi Moshi
2FJAAKSYS03 [EP]Self-Released
3NEGATIVE GEMINI“Utopia” [Single]1005
4ROISIN MURPHYRóisín MachineSkint/BMG
5SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
6AVALANCHES, THEWe Will Always Love YouAstralwerks
7ULTRAFLEXVisions of UltraflexStreet Pulse
8WESTCOAST GODDESSU Up? [EP]Infinite Pleasure
996 BACK9696 DreamLocal Action
10AG COOKApplePC
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Daytime Charts 9/14

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1CHILDREN COLLIDETime ItselfSpinning Top
2DEAFHEAVENInfinite GraniteSargent House
3SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
4TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
5ATLANTIC CANYONSSee The Hue [EP]Self-Released
6A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVESPonoTopshelf
7FLYING LOTUSYasukeWarp
8JIMMY EDGARCheetah BendInnovative Leisure
9GINGER ROOTCity Slicker [EP]Acrophase
10KANASHIIKanashii [EP]Cardigan
11MAMALARKY“Meadow” [Single]Fire Talk
12ALEXALONEALEXALONEWORLDPolyvinyl
13TOBIElements Vol. 1Same Plate/RCA
14TOMBSTONES IN THEIR EYESLooking For A LightKitten Robot/Somewhere Cold
15MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
16NATIVESON 91Come Back DownInner Tribe
17BLACK MARBLE“Somewhere” [Single]Sacred Bones
18DAWN RICHARDSecond LineMerge
19EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
20GIRLPUPPYSwan [EP]Royal Mountain
21ARLO PARKSCollapsed In SunbeamsTransgressive/PIAS
22MEDIA JEWELERThe Sublime Sculpture Of Being AliveFire Talk
23HYPOLUXOHypoluxoTerrible
24TROPICAL FUCK STORMDeep StatesJoyful Noise
25PLANET GIZADon’t Throw Rocks At The Moon [EP]Self-Released
26ZEBRA KATZLess Is MoorZFK
27PONYTV BabyTake This To Heart
28BREEZEOnly UpHand Drawn Dracula
29ZELMA STONEThe Best [EP]Self-Released
30PIROSHKALove Drips And GathersBella Union/PIAS

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1AMYL AND THE SNIFFERSComfort To MeATO
2WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKSEnjoy The ViewBig Scary Monsters
3GOLD AND YOUTH“The Worse The Better” [Single]Paper Bag
4WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE, THE“Queen Sophie For President” [Single]Epitaph
5BAD WAITRESSNo TasteRoyal Mountain
6HALF GRINGA“Sevenwater” [Single]Self-Released
7SINCERE ENGINEERBless My PsycheHopeless
8TURNSTILEGlow OnRoadrunner
9GRANT CAREYFUTURE FRIGHTCalifornia Sound Hotel
10GIANT SKY“Human” [Single]Bloody Sunset
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Chainsaw Charts 9/14

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1ANNIHILUSFollow a Song From the SkyFederal Prisoner
2CHARREDPrayers Of MaledictionEntertainment One
3BLACK WOUNDUnending LabyrinthDry Cough
4MALIGNAMENTHypocrisis AbsolutionPrimitive Reaction
5BONEHUNTERDark Blood Reincarnation SystemHells Headbangers
6LORNA SHOREAnd I Return To Nothingness [EP]Century Media
7CRYPT CRAWLERFuture UsurperBitter Loss
8GODSLAVEGodslaveMetalville
9KROSSFYRERites Of ExterminationHell’s Headbangers
10INGESTEDThe Surreption IIUnique Leader

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1VENUS SYNDROMECannibal SarRockshots
2AZZRIELL“Cycle of Shadows” [Single]Self-Released
3MASTIFFLeave Me The Ashes Of The EarthEntertainment One
4ANDREW WKGod Is PartyingNapalm
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Underground Charts 9/14

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
2NATIVESON 91Come Back DownInner Tribe
3FLYING LOTUSYasukeWarp
4PLANET GIZADon’t Throw Rocks At The Moon [EP]Self-Released
5SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
6JIMMY EDGARCheetah BendInnovative Leisure
7TOBIElements Vol. 1Same Plate/RCA
8MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
9EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
10GENESIS OWUSUSmiling With No TeethHouse Anxiety/Ourness
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Music News and Interviews

Kim Petras is Back

Kim Petras isn’t the first person you think of when you think musical victims of the pandemic but she’s definitely on the list. The singer was scheduled for an event release in 2020 on a major label, but her touring-centric business model put those plans on hold. Well, with the pandemic as over as it’s ever going to be, Petras has seen fit to release her major label debut, a single with the rather on the nose title “Future Starts Now.”

            If you’ve literally any Kim Petras song before, you have an idea of what to expect. She’s a indie pop artist with mainstream ambitions, making her contemporaries with a whole host of women including Rina Sawayama, Jessie Ware, Charli XCX, and Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s a hard market to break into as electropop fans (translated: teenage gay boys on Instagram) are spoiled for choice in the genre.

            What makes Petras stand out is curiously absent on her newest single, which while good, lacks the songwriting chops that made her independent pop. She’s certainly no stranger to dance oriented tracks with little lyrical substance, but her songwriting ability has always been what’s set her apart from her more beat driven contemporaries. Her most popular and best tracks “I Don’t Want It All,” and “Heart to Break,” were driven by her forceful and jaw dropping vocal ability combined with unusually smart lyrics. Her newest single, while danceable and pleasant to listen to, is just another nu-disco house fusion with an eight word chorus. It’s not bad, but it is unambiguously the safe choice.

            I don’t know if Kim Petras has Top 40 potential. She has a lot going for her, but there are some serious marketability roadblocks. She would be the only trans musician in the mainstream at the moment, making notoriously risk-averse record companies nervous about promoting her. Her music is also unapologetically campy and unserious, a far cry from the ‘respectable’ and social issue oriented pop mainstream of Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Olivia Rodrigo. If Petras does make it through to the top 40 charts, it be from sheer force of personality and talent, things she definitely has, but aren’t on display in “Future Starts Now.” Here’s hoping to a riskeir second single.

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Weekly Charts

Chainsaw Charts 9/8

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1CURTA’N WALLCurta’n Wall [EP]Grime Stone
2VALRAVNESome Kind of VampireSelf-Released
3LORNA SHOREAnd I Return To Nothingness [EP]Century Media
4DESTRUCTIONLive AttackNapalm
5IXTLAHUACTeyacanilitztli NahualliNuclear War Now!
6I THE NIHILIST“Wonderlust” [Single]Self-Released
7MANNVEIRAVitahringurDark Descent
8CRYPT CRAWLERFuture UsurperBitter Loss
9IRON MAIDENSenjutsuBMG
10DECREPISYEmetic CommunionChaos Network &

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1BORISNoThird Man
2ANNIHILUSFollow a Song From the SkyFederal Prisoner
3CHARREDPrayers Of MaledictionHorror Pain Gore Death Productions
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Afterhours Charts 9/8

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1CECILE BELIEVEPlucking A Cherry From The VoidSelf-Released
2JULESDelta Ajax [EP]Happy Life
3BICEPIsles (Deluxe)Ninja Tune
4DOSS4 New Hit Songs [EP]LuckyMe
5GALCHER LUSTWERKInformation (Redacted)Ghostly International
6BUSCABULLAEva [EP]Domino
7COM TRUISEIn Decay, TooGhostly International
8CFCFMemorylandSelf-Released
9DREAMWEAVERCloud9MagicCrafters
10LOGIC1000You’ve Got The Whole Night To Go [EP]Therapy/Because
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Daytime Charts 9/8

#ArtistAlbum Label
1TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
2ALEXALONEALEXALONEWORLDPolyvinyl
3BUTCHER BROWN#KingButchConcord Jazz
4FLYING LOTUSYasukeWarp
5GINGER ROOTCity Slicker [EP]Acrophase
6JIMMY EDGARCheetah BendInnovative Leisure
7ZELMA STONEThe Best [EP]Self-Released
8KANASHIIKanashii [EP]Cardigan
9LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
10SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
11TOMBSTONES IN THEIR EYESLooking For A LightKitten Robot/Somewhere Cold
12BLACK MARBLE“Somewhere” [Single]Sacred Bones
13EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
14FILM SCHOOL“Isla” b/w “Superperfection” [Single]Sonic Ritual
15HOVVDY“True Love” [Single]Grand Jury
16MAMALARKY“Meadow” [Single]Fire Talk
17LIARSThe Apple DropMute
18GREENTEA PENGMan MadeEMI
19JAMES TILLMANModern DesiresMusella Creative
20ARLO PARKSCollapsed In SunbeamsTransgressive/PIAS
21TROPICAL FUCK STORMDeep StatesJoyful Noise
22A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVESPonoTopshelf
23INDIGO DE SOUZAAny Shape You TakeSaddle Creek
24PLANET GIZADon’t Throw Rocks At The Moon [EP]Self-Released
25GOAT GIRLOn All FoursRough Trade/Beggars
26GIRLPUPPYSwan [EP]Royal Mountain
27WEDNESDAYTwin PlaguesOrindal
28CECILE BELIEVEPlucking A Cherry From The VoidSelf-Released
29ALICE PHOEBE LOUGlowSelf-Released
30TOBIElements Vol. 1Same Plate/RCA

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1BREEZEOnly UpHand Drawn Dracula
2CHILDREN COLLIDETime ItselfSpinning Top
3DEAFHEAVENInfinite GraniteSargent House
4BABA ALIMemory DeviceMemphis Industries
5LAWSON HULLHangin’ Out With Cowboys [EP]Nettwerk
6ARMLOCKTrustSolitaire
7LIONEL BOYLionel BoyInnovative Leisure
8EVAN WRIGHT“Turn The Other Way” [Single]Solitaire
9WILDERBad Bad Luck [EP]Rude
10PACKSTake The CakeFire Talk
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Underground Charts 9/8

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
2LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
3BUTCHER BROWN#KingButchConcord Jazz
4CHESTER WATSONA Japanese Horror FilmPOW
5EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
6MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
7TOBIElements Vol. 1Same Plate/RCA
8GENESIS OWUSUSmiling With No TeethHouse Anxiety/Ourness
9GREENTEA PENGMan MadeEMI
10HIATUS KAIYOTEMood ValiantBrainfeeder/Ninja Tune
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Classic Album Review

Doing Our Thing with Pride: Long Lost SC Soul Act Finally Gets a Reissue

Bandcamp can be hit or miss, but boy do I have a hit for you today. As part of their ‘Album of the Day’ series, Bandcamp has released a long-since out of print record from the disco era. “Doing Our Thing with Pride,” is the 1977 sole studio album from Greenville SC soul outfit The Al-Dos Band. Until literally last week, you could not listen to any of these songs without dropping literally thousands of dollars on Discogs. You can check the Bandcamp page for more information on the reissue, but today, we’re just going to give this thing the straightforward review it deserved 45 years ago.

The Al-Dos band skirt the lines of many retro styles. This was very common the 70s, when black music hit the mainstream and interesting experiments were, at least briefly, rewarded. The sound is clearly influenced by the contemporary trends in dance like funk and disco, but the core sound is more traditional. The best term is probably ‘country soul’ as the Al-Dos band have the most southern of soul aesthetics, at times bordering on gospel influence. It’s a fusion that was surprisingly rare in the decade following Sly and the Family Stone. The music is clearly steeped in the tradition of the black church, while remaining light, danceable, and sensual.

The lyrical themes are probably easy to infer from the album title: “Doing Our Thing with Pride.” The songwriter clearly wanted to continue in the tradition of “Say it Loud I’m Black and Proud,” or “What’s Going On,” writing songs that aren’t so much pollical theses as they are statements of intent and empowerment. Accordingly, much of the album isn’t political at all, instead taking themes of heartbreak and loss that transcend the era. The result is an album that is about as quintessentially 1977 as it gets, without ever becoming dated.

Music nerds like to think the best music will always eventually rise to the top, but the long-term obscurity of small-label wonders like the Al-Dos, screwed over by industry, geography, and happenstance, challenge that narrative. So much wonderful music remains out of print in our modern era. So, if you’re tired of buying blockbuster albums on vinyl for extortionate prices, take this album as your lesson to buy something for $5 from a band no one remembers. You might just find the next big discovering in record collecting.