The Chart Show: Franz Ferdinand's ballad arch-dunks the Chart


Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand snag the top spot on The Current's Chart Show for the second week in a row. (Courtesy of the artist)
The Chart Show for September 26, 2013
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As the seasons turn, so does the chart! Five new entries this week: Some expected; the highest new entry goes to Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" in its first week on the ballot — a song that guest vocalist David Bowie apparently threatened to steal?! Some surprises; Phosphorescent's second appearance. Their first song was a slow-burning hit, but love for "Ride On/Right On" is immediate, making Phosphorescent one of our biggest new discoveries. They're touring through the south right now but have already sold out two of four shows in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the end of the year.

Neko Case also gets some love for her second single off her new album. She'll play two shows at First Avenue Oct. 16 and 17. Remember to wear your Neko-designed Current T-shirt, one of our past thank-you gifts for being a member of Minnesota Public Radio. Speaking of thank-you gifts, here are the details of the upcoming Live Current Vol. 9!

Our regular thank-you, the CD of the Week, is Elvis Costello and The Roots' Wake Up Ghost; an unlikely collaboration that works beautifully. You can read about how the album came together here. Arctic Monkeys' AM will be our CD of the Week next week, and there's lots of surprising influences to it: a little Black Sabbath, Mud and TLC!??!

The celebration of Har Mar Superstar Day continues as he returns to complete the new entries, but we lost Savages after only one week, Poliça after two, Beck after a respectable seven, and we had two inductees to the Chart Show Hall of Fame.

No change at the top, but Alt-J might be a threat next week along with Arcade Fire. Number 1 Franz Ferdinand will be in town at the new Skyway Theater Oct. 9.

There was a little loss of love for HAIM this week, but if you want to get first listen of Days Are Gone, we're streaming it in full here.

Finally on a sad, yet uplifting note: Dessa's tour bus was burgled last weekend, but fans donated more than $30,000 to help her and the band get back on the road. Read the deets here.

TWLWWksThe Current Chart Show

1110Franz FerdinandRight Action
229Arctic MonkeysDo I Wanna Know?
588Jake BuggLightning Bolt
6115NONONOPumpin' Blood
7X1Arcade FireReflektor
867The NationalGraceless
9129Volcano ChoirByegone
10167Portugal. The ManPurple Yellow Red and Blue
1149Daft PunkLose Yourself to Dance
12102HAIMThe Wire
13X1PhosphorescentRide On/Right On
14X1Neko CaseBracing for Sunday
15133TV on the RadioMercy
1692CHVRCHESThe Mother We Share
17144DessaSkeleton Key
18187The SuburbsTurn the Radio On
19X1Elvis Costello and The RootsWalk Us Uptown
20X1Har Mar SuperstarPrisoner

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