We’re getting into our Christmas season with the first round of top-sellers for December. Gift giving always shakes up our charts, usually dethroning the new releases as popular gift items shoot up the charts. This makes it all the more impressive that we’ve got Jeff Tweedy’s (Wilco) new solo record Warm in the top-spot. It’s a record that, while sounding very down the center of what you’d expect from the guy, finds him in full on confronting demons mode. Definitely a must hear for fans of Jeff Tweedy the songwriter.
Boygenius is still moving, RSD Black Friday LPs (Cornell / RATM) are finding homes. But you know we love to shine a light on the oddties that sneak into our best-sellers from time to time. This weeks most unusual chart topper is The Beths with the well titled Future Me Hates Me. It is smart well-made New Zealand indie-pop, you know that tiny nation punches way above its weight in that field. Give it a listen, as usual your neighbors know what’s up!
Down in our CD charts it’s definitely Christmas. Legacy acts (Beatles/Dylan/Neil/Petty) rub shoulders with the years best (did you see out Indie gift guide?). But at number one we’ve got the iconoclastic Earl Sweatshirt with his latest full-length Some Rap Songs. This artist has been growing up on record, willing to embrace sonic grit, chaos, and some downer-vibes; all while flexing his generational talent as a pure rapper. He twists up the genre in inventive ways few others would dare to. One of our store favorites in his field, we’re glad to see y’all agree.