Top 10 Songs Weekly Playlists – Dirty Projectors, Desert Noises, Crystal Castles, Team Genius, Teen Daze, Social Studies, Clinic
Now that the holidays are over and people are getting back to their regular routines, we had time to put together the November week-to-week playlists. The December week-to-week top songs will be thin because December is traditionally not a month that there are many new releases. The No. 1 songs for November, in chronological order, include recent lead singles from November releases by Dirty Projectors, Crystal Castles, Gospel Claws, and Sleeping Bag.
The Dirty Projectors, not surprisingly, dominated the month’s charts. Their latest single, ”About to Die,” was not only the top single of the Top 10 Songs for the entire month of November, but also for the first week of November’s Best New Releases (Week of Nov. 6th).
Prochet Collaboration with Kevin Parker Pays Off; Band to Watch Desert Noises
French multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Melody Prochet, who goes by the moniker Melody’s Echo Chamber, achieved the No. 2 song for the first week of November’s singles with the song “Endless Shore” from her debut, self-titled album. She’s been getting more and more attention lately in the U.S. for her songs that are an intricate blend of layers of fuzzy, psych-tinged synth notes, sound effects, percussion and her incredibly sensual vocals. “Endless Shores” was produced and engineered by Tame Impala band member Kevin Parker, which partly explains its success since it was released a few months ago. The No. 3 slot for the first week of November releases was the title track of band to watch Desert Noises’ EP, I Won’t See You.
Melody Echo Chamber’s Two Singles Chart; Teen Daze Scores in Top Five
Melody’s Echo Chamber pair of singles from her new EP were popular with IRC listeners, producing the No. 2 as well as the No. 4 song of the week, followed at No. 5 by the lead single, “Spirit,” from Teen Daze‘s newest album, Inner Mansions.
Top Ten Singles from New-to-Us Bands Grape Soda and Crushed Out
Kicking off the second half of the Top 10 Songs for the first week of November’s releases featured on IRC, as determined by listeners’ streams and downloads, was the No. 6 most listened to and downloaded song of the week, “Obvious Signs” from Grape Soda‘s debut LP, Form A Sign, followed at No. 7 “Weigh You Down” from lo-fi garage rockers Crushed Out‘s new album, Want to Give.
Utah Farmer with Shins’ Collaborators and Team Genius Fill Two Slots
Ranking as the No. 8 single of the week was “Queen of the City” from Utah farmer/musician Joshua James‘ LP, The Top of Willamette Mountain. James was joined by two prominent multi-instrumentalists, Evan Coulombe and Richard Swift, best known for their work with The Shins. The No. 9 and No. 10 songs of the week, “Everything’s Alright” and “Roaring,” respectively, were originally featured in IRC’s band profile of Team Genius, from Brooklyn.
“Roaring” – Team Genius from New York Songs
Top 10 Songs for the Week of Nov. 13th Best Releases
We love seeing which songs made it to the Top 10, and consistently, you guys pick the best singles from the weekly new releases, from virtually unknown DIY bands to some of the most popular artists in the indie rock genre (accepting, of course, that ‘indie rock’ is a broad genre that includes many sub-genres).
Crystal Castles easily captured the No. 1 spot for the top single for the week of Nov. 13th with the lead track, “Affection,” off their new album, simply titled, III (even though it’s actually their fourth LP release; hmmm).
Sufjan Steven’s New Christmas Track Jumps High; Crystal Castle Chart Second Single
The prolific talents of Sufjan Stevens are on full display once again with the release of volumes six through ten, called Silver & Gold, a continuation of his 2006 release of Songs for Christmas that contained the original box set of volumes one through five. Silver & Gold, which we featured as the Album of the Week upon its release, contains a mind-boggling 58 songs of both new and original, mostly Christmas-oriented songs by Stevens’, as well as he and his ensemble’s renditions of dozens of traditional Christmas songs. The track, “X-Mas Spirit Catcher” scored as the No. 2 song of the week.
Not surprisingly, the second single, “Plague,” that was featured from Crystal Castles’ new LP in the Best New Releases for the second week of November owned the No. 3 slot on the list for the Top 10 Songs of November 2012, followed at No. 4 by the new single from the fantastic band El Perro Del Mar‘s new LP, Pale Fire. The No. 5 most popular song of the week was the lead single, “She Lives in an Airport,” by Guided By Voices.
“Hold Off The Dawn” – El Perro Del Mar from Pale Fire on The Control Group
Bottom Half of Top 10 Kicks Off by SVIIB and Social Studies
The fresh electro pop/dance single, “Secret Days,” from the New York indie rock duo School of Seven Bells, received nearly 52,000 plays and nearly 50 thumbs up comments on Soundcloud, and place at No. 6 for the week, followed at No. 7 from the San Francisco band Social Studies for their single, “Away for the Weekend,” from the album, Developer.
First Album from Soundgarden in 16 Years; The Weeknd and Drake, and Clinic
After a long hiatus, the 90′s grunge/alternative rock band Soundgarden returns with an appropriate-titled single, “Been Away For Too Long,” to capture the No. 8 slot. The track is off the band’s latest album, King Animal, their first studio album since the release of 1996′s platinum album, Down on the Upside. The final two songs of the Top 10 include, at, No. 9 the latest single – “The Zone” – from musician Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, featuring the popular artist Drake, who also makes a brief appearance in the music video as well. The No. 10 song for the second week of November releases was the single, “For The Season” from the band Clinic.
Top 10 Songs for Week of Nov. 20th
The Arizona indie band Gospel Claws took the No. 1 song for the week of November 20th with the mellow track, “Pale Horse Dry Cleaning,” followed at No. 2 by Goldenboy, otherwise known as Shon Sullivan, a member of Elliott Smith‘s band before Smith’s untimely death. Gospel Claws’ second single, “Hambone,” the lead single from the Put Your Sunshine Away LP, was No. 3 most popular song of the week.
Artist of The Week, Goldenboy, and Sambassadeur
IRC’s Artist of the Week for the week of Nov. 20th, Thad Kopec, scored a number of positions on this week’s Top 10 Songs, including the No. 4 spot for his single “The World Was Young,” followed at No. 5 by Goldenboy with vocals posthumously from Elliott Smith on the song, “Summertime,” and the No. 6 song by the Swedish band Sambassadeur and their new single, “Memories.”
“Memories” – Sambassadeur from Memories/Hours Away 7″ on Labrador Records
Top Singles from Faunts, Elbow, and Thad Kopec
The No. 7 most popular song of the week was “What I’d Love To Hear You Say” from the new album by Faunts, followed at No. 8 by the newest single from Elbow, with the DIY band Midway in Wake taking the No. 9 spot with Thad Kopec, a former Artist of the Week, rounding out the Top 10 Songs with his track “White Wolf” from his Album of the Week, Heart of Man. The band Naomi Punk‘s single, “Burned Body” tied for the No. 10 spot.
Top 10 Songs for the Week of Nov. 27th Releases Led by Sleeping Bag
The No. 1 song for the last week of November by the band Sleeping Bag combines jangling guitar, whistling choruses, and a catchy rhythm on the single, “Walk Home.” The single, from the band’s new LP, Women Of Your Life, is the kind of song that reminds us of a brilliant spring day with deep azure blue skies, and a light, pleasant breeze – something a lot of people dream about this time of year. The No. 2 song for the last week of November goes to the lead single from the Album of the Week by Winnipeg band The Departures. The new track, “Trojans” from Atlas Genius took the No. 3 spot for the week. The band’s new EP, Through The Glass, is worth checking out if you like this single.
DIY Releases from The Eastern Sea, My Radio and Challenger
The new Christmas single from the band The Eastern Sea took the No. 4 song of the week with “This Is Christmas” from their new DIY album release, First Christmas, followed at No. 5 by the new single from another DIY release from the band, My Radio. Yet another DIY single, “I Am Swithces” from the band Challenger took the No. 6 spot.
“Life Is A Bitch Slap” - My Radio from Starts In The East, Falls In The West (DIY release)
Giant Giant Sand, Departures, Teen Mom and Joan of Arc
Giant Giant Sand‘s latest single, “Detained,” took the No. 7, followed by the second Top 10 song from the Album of the Week by the Departures at No. 8. The No. 9 song of the week according to IRC readers/listeners for the week of November 27th went to the lead single, “You and Me,” from Teen Mom from the Mean Tom EP. The Top 10 for the last week of November wraps up with Joan of Arc‘s single, “King Song,” from their self-titled debut album.
“King Song” – Joan of Arc from Joan Of Arc Limited Edition LP on Joyful Noise Recordings