Atlanta indie rock band Deerhunter is the most popular act of the moment on The Hype Machine, as it readies the September release of Halcyon Digest. In the second and third spots on July 28 are husband-wife duo Tennis and Los Angeles duo Best Coast, while Grinderman and Marnie Stern are new to the top ten.
Grinderman is a rock band formed in 2006 by Nick Cave and three fellow members of The Bad Seeds. The group released a self-titled debut album in 2007 and is now planning a second album, Grinderman 2, for release on September 13. A first single from that album, "Heathen Child," has now been offered up for streaming by the group's label Mute Records. Sonic Masala (sonicmasala.blogspot.com) comments, "It has a different feel than its predecessor [ Grinderman], but is no less squalid, diseased, filthy, and oh so seductive..."
Marnie Stern is an American guitarist who has so far released two full-length albums featuring her songwriting and technically skilled guitar-playing. She has just announced that her third album, this one self-titled, is due out October 5, and the announcement was accompanied by the album's first single, "For Ash." Citizen Dick (citizendick.org) calls Stern's style "sometimes strangled, sometimes assaulting with strobelight intensity... There is not a soul in music producing this kind of sound."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on July 28 at 2:30pm GMT:
• Deerhunter (+1)
• Tennis (+2)
• Best Coast (+3)
• Grinderman (new)
• Arcade Fire (re-entry)
• Delorean (-1)
• Midnight Juggernauts (re-entry)
• Marnie Stern (new)
• Robyn (-6)
• YACHT (new)
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.