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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, July 15 – 21, 2018

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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FIREKID – “Baby You Done Me Wrong” (not available)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: After an excellent self-titled album in 2015, this soloist turned duo finally returns with a nice folk track with a modern twist.

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MINKE – “Maybe 25” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Following some great social media co-signs, the current single from this London-based singer sounds like a future radio hit.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIG DATA – “Evolution Once Again”
NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Moving On”
TANNERS – “Empress In Reverse”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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For The Record: Adam’s Pop Picks For Record Store Day 2015

Viva la Vinyl.

All the spin on RSD.

Another year, another round of Record Store Day shopping is on schedule for this Saturday, April 18. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the eighth national day, I’ve managed to bring down my big list to the eight most essential pieces that I’m looking to find on my journey. It may be a struggle, but let’s hope for the best. Though a little more retro-skewed than last year’s list, here are my top pop picks:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

A-HA, “Take On Me” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
If “Feel This Moment” wasn’t a musical moment for you, there’s always the 1985 classic to look back on, a huge #1 for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. The best part about this release is it’s a picture disc with a frame from the iconic video. Radical, man.

BEE GEES, Extended (Image)
Format: 12″ EP
Label: Rhino
This special four song set from the phenomenal brother trio features some of their international hits from the RSO era, like the Saturday Night Fever cuts “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”. In fact, all four songs can be found on that landmark soundtrack.

BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Warner Bros.
“Dangerous” is the biggest single to date for producer Alan Wilkis, a #1 song on the Alternative chart last summer and included on his recent 2.0 album. This release definitely has one of the coolest package designs for RSD as it looks like a big floppy disk.

DAVID BOWIE, “Changes” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
The word legend gets thrown out a lot nowadays, but Bowie truly is one and this classic single is a reminder of that status. From the Hunky Dory album, it charted twice but never made the top 40. The picture used is a different one from the original sleeve.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE and FREEDY JOHNSTON, “Bad Reputation” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Atlantic
Johnston’s best-known song was a minor Alternative hit in the fall of 1994 before crossing over to the CHR chart in 1995. This split 7″ release concept has been one of the essentials throughout past events, including the always popular Mystery Artist one.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, “What Kind Of Man” (Image)
Format: 12″ Single
Label: Republic
“Man” is the leadoff single (and a top ten Alternative hit) from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, scheduled to be released in early June. The 12″ single release comes on blue vinyl encased in a copper sleeve and features the b-side “As Far As I Can Get”.

GROUPLOVE, Under The Covers (Image)
Format: 10″ Single
Label: Atlantic
The California quintet is welcomed back onto the RSD list after appearing on a split single two years ago. This EP, a three track set strictly featuring covers, includes two unreleased songs and an additional remake recorded for a Spotify session last spring.

MUMFORD & SONS, “Believe” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Glassnote
They may have lost the banjos, but they haven’t lost their enthusiasm for the holiday. I purchased a vinyl copy of their EP Live At Bull Moose in 2013 and I will be looking out for this. The jacket is not fancy, but the song is a solid Alternative chart-topper.

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 23)

Down by the Bay.

Down by the Bay.

A handful of promising newcomers and a family friendly soundtrack with some big name stars lead the pack of the week’s fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Tuesday based on label response status, but most should be up for sale today.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 23:

  • Already charting well all over Europe is the debut album from James Bay, Chaos And The Calm. Bay’s first single from the set was largely ignored by AAA, “Let It Go”, but the second release from it, “Hold Back The River”, is gaining ground at several radio formats. Thanks to strong pre-order numbers, aided by iTunes’s First Play program for albums, it might have a chance to be next week’s top debut. Even if it isn’t, look for a significant entry. (iTunes)
  • Featuring new cuts from artists like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film Home will be moving into its new home on the charts real soon. “Towards The Sun” from the latter artist is the set’s first single, but with “FourFiveSeconds” still dominating in the top ten, its radio airtime is limited. Sales may spike on the weekend if the movie performs well at the box office. (iTunes)
  • You know his #1 single on the Alternative chart from last year titled “Dangerous”, and now Alan Wilkis, better known as Big Data, releases 2.0. The set is largely a collection of collaborations, including the aforementioned hit with Joywave and tracks with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo and more. The current single from it is “The Business Of Emotion”, featuring White Sea. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Van Morrison returns with Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, featuring new versions of album cuts as done with Joss Stone, Michael Bublé and more. Though the songs are not as well-known, that’s not stopping a strong physical pre-order peak on sites like Amazon. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful (iTunes), Buena Vista Social Club‘s Lost And Found (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Canaan Smith (EP) (iTunes), Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (Live) (iTunes), Kansas‘s Miracles Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 28 (iTunes), Laura Marling‘s Short Movie (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Wish You Were Here (EP) (iTunes), Smallpools‘s LOVETAP! (iTunes) and Toto‘s Toto XIV (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Can’t Deny My Love”, the new single from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere To Run”, the new single from Krewella. (iTunes)

Death Cab For Cutie‘s Kintsugi and Wale‘s The Album About Nothing are among next Tuesday’s top new album releases. Is either one capable of making it to the top? A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 2, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Catching ZZZ’s and the #1 spot.

DEBUTS
39. Oh Honey – Be Okay
36. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Big Data – Dangerous (36)
24. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Karmin – I Want It All (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun (09) | PEAK: #08
08. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker (06) | PEAK: #02
06. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Bastille – Bad Blood (05) | PEAK: #05
04. MAGIC! – Rude (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Grouplove – Shark Attack (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Aer – Says She Loves Me (2)
2. Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue (3)
3. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (7)
4. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up) (5)
5. OneRepublic – I Lived (10)
6. Daft Punk – Give Life Back To Music (6)
7. Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing (9)
8. KONGOS – Come With Me Now (4)
9. Vance Joy – Riptide (-)
10. O.A.R. – Peace (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Bastille – Flaws
Better Than Ezra – Crazy Lucky (new)
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Birdy – Skinny Love
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (new)
Daughtry – Battleships
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum (new)
HAIM – Forever
Hedley – Crazy For You
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
John Newman – Out Of My Head
Lo-Fang – When We’re Fire
Magic Man – Paris
Miner – Hey Love
needtobreathe – The Heart
Parmalee – Carolina
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova (new)
R5 – (I Can’t) Forget About You
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (new)
Strange Talk – Young Hearts

Chart Notes:

  • As the old Irish proverb states, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Well, not only are Neon Trees “sleeping” on their latest single, but they may as well be having a nice chuckle too. Their sixth top 40 entry becomes their second #1 single, as “Sleeping With A Friend” advances 2-1. It’s their first song to reach the top since debut single “Animal”, which spent four weeks at #1 in the fall of 2010. This, of course, displaces Christina Perri‘s “Human”, which falls to #2 after six weeks at the throne.
  • For the second week in a row, the Biggest Mover on the countdown belongs to newcomer DJ Cassidy, along with chart veterans Jessie J and Robin Thicke. “Calling All Hearts” leaps from 31-24, the first single from Paradise Royale, due in May. A video clip for the song debuts early this week.
  • This week’s Highest Debut at #36 belongs to Bleachers, a new project from fun.‘s Jack Antonoff. The trio was responsible for three back-to-back #1 singles in 2012; can his new act also reach the top? We’ll see. “I Wanna Get Better” goes to Alternative and AAA radio next month.
  • At #39 is the other debut this week, “Be Okay” by Oh Honey. The Brooklyn based duo of Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins are the newest members of the Atlantic Records family after signing with the label late last month. I first heard the song about five weeks ago when it was added to Hits 1 on SiriusXM. Way to go, you two!

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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