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Congratulations to this week's chart-toppers, some French guys and some french fries! On the singles front, Phoenix got an assist from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig on their latest tune "Tonight," propelling it to a #1 debut. And on the album chart, it's been a slow rollout of Built To Spill's new record When The Wind Forgets Your Name, with the first single coming out way back in April. The album is finally here and it's finally #1, making Idaho proud (hence the bad potato joke).
Last week's #1 single, "There'd Better Be A Mirrorball" from Arctic Monkeys slips ever-so-slightly to #2, followed by a tie between Bjork with "Atopos," the first single from her upcoming record (but another one is coming right behind it), and Pixies' latest, "Dregs of The Wine." Fazerdaze is up next at #5 with with "Break!," followed by The Afghan Whigs at #6 with "Catch A Colt," and Dry Cleaning with "Gary Ashby" at #7. Another tie is at #8 between "All You Do" from Magdalena Bay and "Weird Goodbyes" from The National. That leaves Sorry to close out the top ten with "Key To The City."
You'll see mostly the same names doubling up on the album chart, starting with Pixies' forthcoming Doggerel at #2. The Afghan Whigs' just-released How Do You Burn? is up next at #3, followed by the Break! EP from Fazerdaze at #4, and the upcoming Stumpwork from Dry Cleaning at #5. The aforementioned Dry Cleaning has their still-unreleased Anywhere But Here tied at #6 with the previously unmentioned Santigold's brand new Spirituals. Magdalena Bay's Mercurial World from last year, gets a second life with a deluxe edition coming in at #8, followed by the always popular Alvvays at #9 with Blue Rev. That brings us to #10, where we find another tie, this time between Ginger Root's Nisemono and Oliver Sim's Hideous Bastard.
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