Montreal indie band Arcade Fire continues to top the list of the most popular acts on The Hype Machine on August 5, as bloggers review the band's just-released third album The Suburbs. Brooklyn band The Drums is in second place, while Austin, Texas-based psychedelic rock band The Black Angels is in third.
The Black Angels formed in 2004 and quickly grew in popularity thanks to the success of its MySpace page and its inclusion on the 2005 dual-disc compilation Psychedelica Vol.1 from Northern Star Records. The group's music has been featured on several TV and film soundtracks, most recently for Twilight: Eclipse, which has further expanded its fanbase. The band has just released the single "Telephone" from upcoming third album Phosphene Dream, slated for September release. The Devil Has the Best Tuna (besttuna.blogspot.com) calls the track "a light little jangly psych pop gem that sounds like it's drifted from the window of a Haight As[h]bury squat in the summer of love."
Los Angeles indie band Fol Chen has re-entered the top ten for the first time since the release of its album Part II: The New December in early June. The band has just offered up a new EP - a collections of remixes of its track "The Holograms" - for free on folchen.bandcamp.com. Among the most popular remixes being passed around the blogosphere is one by Vancouver's Teen Daze, which Stereogum (stereogum.com) says turns "Fol Chen's syncopated avant gym-class pop into an airier, less rigid excursion."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on August 5 at 10:00am GMT:
• Arcade Fire (unchanged)
• The Drums (+1)
• The Black Angels (+6)
• Tiga (unchanged)
• Black Mountain (unchanged)
• Chromeo (+1)
• Best Coast (-1)
• Everything Everything (unchanged)
• Jens Lekman (-8)
• Fol Chen (re-entry)
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.