23 November 2011

Who Charted? WTJU Rock Top 30 Breakdown w/ DJ Poubelle

WTJU Rock Top 30 for November 22, 2011:

1    THEE OH SEES    Carrion Crawler / The Dream EP    In The Red
2    CAVEMAN    Coco Beware    Magic Man
3    BLACK LIPS    Arabia Mountain    Vice
4    REAL ESTATE    Days    Domino
5    LANA DEL REY    "Video Games"/Blue Jeans" [Single]    
6    SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS    The Physical EP    Royal Potato Family
7    WILD FLAG    Wild Flag    Merge
8    FUCKED UP    David Comes To Life    Matador
9    WOODEN SHJIPS    West    Thrill Jockey
10    JENNIFER O'CONNOR    I Want What You Want    Kiam
11    ICEAGE    New Brigade    Dais-What's Your Rupture
12    STRANGE BOYS    Live Music    Rough Trade
13    SIGUR ROS    Inni    XL
14    CASS MCCOMBS    Humor Risk    Domino
15    ATLAS SOUND    Parallax    4AD
16    CHILDISH GAMBINO    Camp    Glassnote
17    BEACH BOYS    The Smile Sessions    Capitol
18    BEES    Every Step's A Yes    Fiction
19    BEETS    Let The Poison Out    Hardly Art
20    FEIST    Metals    Interscope
21    TRAILER TRASH TRACYS     You Wish You Were Red    Double Six
22    BJORK    Biophilia    Nonesuch
23    RALEIGH MONCRIEF    Watered Lawns    Anticon
24    APPLE BRAINS    Get Fruity    
25    APPARAT    The Devil's Walk    Mute
26    CAROLEE    EP 1    12XU
27    RY COODER    Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down    Nonesuch
28    LIMES    Tarantula Plus Blue Blood    Goner
29    VARIOUS ARTISTS    Life Is Dance: Plugged In Sounds Of Wonder At The Pakistani Picture House    Finders Keepers-B-Music
30    GLENN JONES    The Wanting    Thrill Jockey

Sometimes, the WTJU Rock Top 30 speaks in complete sentences; a while ago, we had consecutively-ranked artists tell us that “Strange Boys Spoon Dum Dum Girls.” More recently, “Girls Fucked Up Patti Smith.”

On other occasions, the chart contains secret messages with obscure yet compelling resonances. This week, for instance, we have:

17. Beach Boys
18. Bees
19. Beets

What does Be, Be, Be signify? Or is it Be, Bee, Bee? I don’t know!  Ditto this eerie echo, later in the chart:

24. Apple Brains
25. Apparat

Apps galore. Is this Steve Jobs speaking to WTJU listeners from beyond the grave? Probably not. But what, then?!

More obvious messages sometimes occur. Looking at album titles, we learn that:

23. Watered Lawns
24. Get Fruity

Sounds banal, but perhaps this is a taunt, given the impending winter months? Perhaps it is, as vegetation appears throughout the chart: Beets and Apple Brains, as well as Limes (#28).

The Top 30 Chart can be a harsh mistress. Stay tuned for more scintillating analysis in weeks to come.
- Poubelle

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