Holding the top spot, Black Lips’ Arabia Mountain climbed from No. 4 just two weeks ago. Coming in at No. 2 is Battles’ kooky sophomore album, Gloss Drop. Yell “Oh My God” as Cults continues its unholy march toward the domination of all that is poppy and cutesy as it rises to No. 3, while Bon Iver’s absurdly well-received self-titled album (which sold an indie-ridiculous 135,000 copies and came in at #2 on Billboard last week) skyrocketed to No. 4, up thirty spots from last week—maybe a 9.5 from a certain provincial music blog helped. The top mover is Handsome Furs’ Sound Kapital at No. 18, up from No. 160, although John Maus’ and Unknown Mortal Orchestra made strides as well. Chain Gang Of 1974 debuted strongly at No. 66 with Wayward Fire.
Outside of the predictable Radio 200 indiesphere, the possibly-still-interesting land of Loud Rock is ruled by Atmosphere’s juggernaut of an album, the unkillable The Family Sign. Junior Boys, Helado Negro (that’s “black ice” in Spanish—thank you, high school), Corea Clarke And White, and the also-unkillable Vieux Farka Toure round out the rest of the winners from this week.
Next week: Will Black Lips be dethroned? When will Unknown Mortal Orchestra own up to how its name sounds, and play power metal covers of Lou Reed songs? Find out next time, on CMJ Charts Recap! (cue theme music…wait, we don’t have theme music?)