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Indie Chart Toppers

Ice Cube - PredatorLast week, when Vampire Weekend‘s sophomore effort was the top selling album in America, Billboard announced that Contra was “only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began powering the list in May of 1991.” Curious what the other eleven were? Here they are:

1991 – N.W.A. – “EFIL4ZAGGIN” (Ruthless/Priority)

1992 – Ice Cube – “The Predator” (Priority)

1994 – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney)

1995 – “Friday” soundtrack (Priority)

1995 – “Pocahontas” (Walt Disney)

1995 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “E. 1999 Eternal” (Priority)

1995 – Tha Dogg Pound – “Dogg Food” (Death Row/Priority)

1997 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “The Art of War” (Priority)

2007 – Eagles – “Long Road Out of Eden” (self released/Wal-Mart)

2008 – Radiohead – “In Rainbows” (TBD/ATO/RED)

2009 – Pearl Jam – “Backspacer” (self released/Target)

2010 – Vampire Weekend – “Contra” (XL/ADA)

Not a lot of what you’d really think of as “indie,” is there? That’s because Billboard defines an independent album based on the title’s distribution:

If an album is sold by an indie distributor (or, one of the major label’s indie distribution arms), it is classified as an independent title and can chart on our Top Independent Albums tally. Classification is not based on a label’s ownership, or if an act is signed to an independent label.

In the mid-90s Priority Records was sold to EMI and Walt Disney Records switched to Universal Music Group Distribution, which led to a ten-year absence of indie releases at the top of the album chart until the Eagles came along and changed everything!

7 Worlds Collide – The Sun Came Out

7 Worlds Collide - The Sun Came Out7 Worlds CollideThe Sun Came Out (Sony)

It should be enough to say that members of Crowded House, Wilco, The Smiths and Radiohead have come together to record an album. Anyone still on the fence should be swayed by the fact that the proceeds go to a charitable organization that fights poverty around the world with real solutions. Of course, that’s not enough.

Neil Finn originally launched this project as a 2001 live album, credited to Neil Finn and Friends. The original project featured Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien, Tim Finn, Sebastian Steinberg, Phil Selway, Lisa Germano, and Betchadupa (featuring Neil’s son Liam Finn). Eight years later, poverty remains and Finn has again called on some friends to help.

7 Worlds Collide Promo

Stream: 7 Worlds Collide – Learn to Crawl (Neil and Tim Finn)

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Fun with Forkcast, Round 18

Pitchfork: ForkcastThe fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. Here’s our latest roundup of the good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:

Phoenix -“Love Like a Sunset” (Animal Collective Remix – Deakin’s Jam)

Vampire Weekend – “Horchata”

Bat for Lashes – “Pearl’s Dream (Skream’s Pour Another Glass of Champers Remix)”

Radiohead – “Videotape (Phaseone & Frank Heat Remix)”

More fun after the jump…

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Fun with Forkcast, Round 17

Pitchfork: ForkcastWe’ve been spending a lot of time listening to 40-year-old music lately, but that doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention to new stuff. The fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. Here’s our latest roundup of the good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:

Radiohead: “These Are My Twisted Words”

Circulatory System: “Round Again”

Califone: “Funeral Singers”

The xx: “Do You Mind” (Kyla cover)

More fun after the jump…

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7 Worlds Collide Album Details

7 Worlds CollideTwo of GLONO’s worlds collide as Johnny Marr and Jeff Tweedy team up for the upcoming 7 Worlds Collide album, The Sun Came Out. In case you haven’t heard about it, this is the project that Crowded House founder Neil Finn started to raise money for charity. Recorded in New Zealand during everybody’s “Christmas holiday,” Finn gathered an impressive collection of musicians to work on the double album due September 29 via Sony Music.

In addition to Marr and Tweedy, Wilco‘s Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone play on most of the tracks. Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway contribute to several songs as well. Check out who plays and sings on each of 24 songs after the jump…

7 Worlds Collide: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

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New Thom Yorke – Present Tense (live, acoustic)

Video: Thom Yorke – “The Present Tense” (live at Latitude, July 19, 2009)

He’s really feeling it around the 3:48 mark.

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7 Worlds Collide 2009 video online

YouTube playlist: Seven Worlds Collide 2009

According to Pitchfork, this documentary aired on TVNZ last month. 7 Worlds Collide is Neil Finn‘s project that raises money for Oxfam and features Radiohead‘s guitarist and drummer Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, Johnny Marr, and most of Wilco.

Previously:

7 Worlds Collide Promo

Johnny Marr Joins Wilco for Radiohead Cover

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7 Worlds Collide Promo

There’s a new promo for Neil Finn’s 7 Worlds Collide project that brought Jeff Tweedy and members of Wilco, Johnny Marr, members of Radiohead, and loads of other great musicians together to benefit OXFAM.

Great clips from the recording of the album, short tour, and off-hours shenanigans. Bask in the glory of Jeff Tweedy in a bathing suit.

7 Worlds Collide Promo

Johnny Marr Joins Wilco for Radiohead Cover

I sometimes obsess over bands. Two of my heaviest obsessions were focused on The Smiths and Wilco. So, if I had been in the audience when Johnny Marr joined the members of Wilco, Liam Finn, and Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway on a cover of “Fake Plastic Trees” I may have pissed my pants and screamed like a little girl. Instead, I am watching the video in my office. Check it out.

Video: 7 Worlds Collide – “Fake Plastic Trees”

Via Pitchfork.

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New Mountain Goats: Satanic Messiah EP

John Darnielle has announced that The Mountain Goats will be independently releasing a new EP, produced by Scott Solter, entitled Satanic Messiah EP, as a double-7″ in a “hi-gloss UV gatefold sleeve […] in a limited edition of 666 copies,” and only available at shows.

“But wait!” I hear some of you saying. “If I send you some money will you send me a copy?” Let me answer this question once, and once only, and for all time: no. What you will be able to do, though, is download the whole EP from a dedicated site that we’re setting up right now. I hope/expect/pray that the site will be ready within a month or so. The songs will be available in both MP3 and AAC formats at high resolutions, and also, if I can figure out how to make and seed a torrent, as AIFFs, which digitally speaking is the best way to hear them, since Scott Solter is an awesome producer. The downloads will be open to everybody, with no hoops to jump through, though there will also be several options available for those who want to pay me for my work, since part of the point of the exercise is to see whether that’s a viable route for smaller-potatoes-than-Radiohead dudes like me.

Exciting news. Cool to see more bands experimenting with new business models and distribution methods. Darnielle, as a fellow music obsessive, has an unusually open relationship with his fans, regularly getting (deeply) involved in various threads on his zine’s message boards. So I predict that his real fans (myself included) will be willing to support his endeavors.

MP3: The Mountain Goats – “Source Decay” (live in San Francisco, October 23, 2002, courtesy of the Live Music Archive. One of my all-time favorite songs, originally appearing on All Hail West Texas.)

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