Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the new Chart Discovery weekly column, we’ll highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites came via WESU in Middletown, CT, and WXDU in Durham, NC.

O Presidente On WESU

There’s clearly a bit of home university love on WESU’s chart this week—they also lent very early support to MGMT in 2005—with support for Wesleyan’s young O Presidente, whose Clube De Futebol landed at No. 2 on the station’s Top 30.

The band is actually bi-coastal, with half the members residing in the Bay Area. But wherever they choose to call home, O Presidente has put together a lo-fi surf album with a heavy Tropicália sway, which, according to an interview in The Bay Bridged, was influenced by guitarist Andrew Zingg’s grandfather and Zingg’s subsequent research trips to Brazil.

“The Way Your Mama Taught You” and “Buddy” are immediate highlights, with all the hooks and pop cheer needed to bring sun and surf into short winter days, but the entire album, below (via Bandcamp), is a worthy listen.


The Limiñanas On WXDU

The Limiñanas’ sultry pop has been a staple in the French fuzz underground since the band’s inception in 2009. And yeah, their track “Down Underground” garnered a bit of attention on oh-so-fashionable teen drama Gossip Girl, but let’s have a look at the group newest release, a January 7-inch on Chicago label Trouble In Mind, as brought to our attention as the No. 15 album listed on WXDU’s chart. Not unlike the Velvet Underground’s macabre ballad “The Gift,” “La Fille De La Ligne 15” is a spoken-word tale over psychedelic coos, and b-side “Mobylette” is an equally haunting chanson.