The Chart Show: Spoon gets big boost week of 'They Want My Soul' release

by Mark Wheat

Spoon performing live at Rock the Garden 2014.
Spoon performing live at Rock the Garden 2014. (MPR / Teddy Wolff)
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Spoon get a big bump up the Chart as their new album They Want My Soul is released — we made it our Album of the Week. In her review, Mary Lucia suggested that, as a long time fan of the band, she regards "Rent I Pay" to be their best song ever. But as the newest member of the band Alex Fischel warned us in the Rock the Garden dinner tent that the song is much different from the rest of the album.

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Jenny Lewis also makes a huge leap upwards, perhaps propelled by her show at First Avenue this weekend. She stopped by The Current to chat with Mac Wilson about the new album, The Voyager, how Ryan Adams winded up producing it and how she managed to literally bump into Beck in a metropolis of five million people.

Coming in at #18, PHOX stopped by this week to record an in-studio ahead of their sold out show at the 7th St. Entry. They did a great job of telling us what's cool in Barraboo, WI and why you can't always rely on Wikipedia for background info on bands!

First Aid Kit are back with a bang. The title track of their newest album Stay Gold is the highest debut at #8. They're touring Europe extensively right now but will return to the States in the fall with a gig in the First Avenue mainroom on Nov. 20. Earlier this year they did a tour of Australia, stopping by Triple J radio to do one of their "Like A Version" tribute where they covered Jack White's "Love Interruption." Third Man Records liked it enough to retweet it recently, while Jack has been inducted into the Hall of Fame with "Lazaretto" finishing its 12 week stay at #4. Wonder if they'll retweet that?

There are two new entries this week from Andrew Bird and the New Pornographers who will both be playing at Target Field on Friday as a part of the Skyline Music Festival with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, S. Carey and Minneapolis' own Dosh. Local songwriter Mark Mallman recently talked with Andrew Bird about his process and covering of a whole album of Handsome Family songs.

Sylvan Esso debut this week, too, after some say, stealing the show at last month's 10,000 Sounds Festival. The duo have played with other bands that you might know: Megafaun, Feist and Headlights. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanbord chatted with David Campbell about their move to North Carolina and what they think of Prince and recorded a few songs off their self-titled debut in The Current studio. Maybe we'll get a Purple Rain review from Amelia in the near future?

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 1 7 Trampled By Turtles Are You Behind The Shining Star?
2 5 6 Alt-J Hunger of the Pine
3 12 4 Jenny Lewis Just One of the Guys
4 2 12 Jack White Lazaretto
5 19 7 Spoon Rent I Pay
6 9 2 Bon Iver Heavenly Father
7 6 4 tUnE-yArDs Wait for a Minute
8 X 1 First Aid Kit Stay Gold
9 16 8 Haley Bonar Kill The Fun
10 X 1 Andrew Bird Pulaski at Night
11 15 5 Lykke Li No Rest For The Wicked
12 3 5 OK GO The Writing's On The Wall
13 17 10 Future Islands Seasons (Waiting On You)
14 X 1 The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
15 7 9 Broken Bells Control
16 X 1 Sylvan Esso Coffee
17 11 3 The Black Keys Gotta Get Away
18 20 2 PHOX Slow Motion
19 14 7 Atmosphere Kanye West
20 13 3 John Mark Nelson Boy

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