The Chart Show: Hometown hero is back on top

by Mark Wheat

Jeremy Messersmith
Jeremy Messersmith (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  1. Listen The Chart Show for Feb. 12, 2014

    Feb 13, 2014

Lots of love this Valentine's week for local hero Jeremy Messersmith who captures the top spot ahead of his sold out show next Saturday at First Avenue. He's added another night and there are still tickets available for Friday's show. Tomorrow Jeremy will be at the wonderfully named Belly Up Tavern in Solona, CA with The Hold Steady!?! What a magical double Minnesota bill that is!

NPR's giving him a lot of love, too. Look for him to be featured on their list of love songs this week; there's a few candidates on the new appropriately named Heart Murmurs album which came out last week, and you can still read Program Director Jim McGuinn's review.

Submit your Chart Show ballot this week for a chance to win tickets to Arcade Fire's show at the Target Center on Saturday, March 8!

There's a really good one on Jake Bugg's Shangri La, too which also has an apt title, "A Song About Love," with a cool new video on his site. Next week he'll play the biggest gig of his young life so far at the Royal Albert Hall in London. More astonishingly, however, he'll lead some songwriting master classes on the day of those gigs with teens who'll be only a couple of years younger than him!? He turns 20 years old on Feb. 28.

The Avett Brothers are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame for the sixth time. That equals Mumford and Sons, with The Black Keys holding the record of seven entries.

Some big name new entries this week. After releasing a sheet music album last year Beck is back to the good old audio albums. The first single, "Blue Moon," off his forthcoming record Morning Phase is the highest new entry. And also after years away from touring due to a back injury, which literally made it hard for him to even play guitar, Beck is back with a bang at Coachella in April and the massive Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight in Sept. There'll surely be more dates to fill that gap soon.

Amazingly enough this is the first time that The Boss has ever been on our chart, but it's only been around for 4.5 years. Looks like Bruce is gearing up for another mammoth world tour; he's starting in Australia this week and will begin the USA gigs planned so far in April in Barb Abney's old home town Cincinnati. No Twin Cities date yet.

It's also the first time Actual Wolf have made an appearance on our Chart. Eric Pollard and company will be spreading the love of MN music on the west coast this week and will be one of many local artists representing us at the big SXSW festival next month in Austin, TX.

And Jim James is back with a soulful take on a Bob Marley tune which is on our CD of the Week just in time for Valentine's Day, Sweetheart 2014.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you can share some radio listening time with your loved ones when we play nothing but love songs on Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m.

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 4 2 Jeremy Messersmith Ghost
2 1 6 Arctic Monkeys Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
3 2 11 Broken Bells Holding On For Life
4 5 6 Arcade Fire Normal Person
5 3 3 Vampire Weekend Step
6 16 12 The Avett Brothers Morning Song
7 8 3 Pharrell Happy
8 7 6 Caroline Smith Half About Being A Woman
9 11 6 Phantogram Fall In Love
10 13 6 HAIM Don't Save Me
11 15 4 Courtney Barnett Avant Gardener
12 9 6 Cage The Elephant Spiderhead
13 18 9 Sharon Jones Stranger To My Happiness
14 6 10 J. Roddy Walston Heavy Bells
15 17 4 Franz Ferdinand Bullet
16 10 2 Jake Bugg Slumville Sunrise
17 X 1 Beck Blue Moon
18 X 1 Bruce Springsteen High Hopes
19 X 1 Actual Wolf Victims and Things
20 X 1 Jim James Turn Your Lights Down Low

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