London-based duo Monarchy continues to be The Hype Machine's most blogged act of the moment on June 10, as the act's new track called "Love Get Out of My Way" makes its way around the blogosphere. New York City band The Drums is in second place, followed by Los Angeles-based avant-garde musician Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti.
In 2003, Ariel Pink became the first artist to be signed to the record label of experimental band Animal Collective, an association that helped him gain a cult following. Known for his lo-fi sound, Pink formed the band Haunted Graffiti in 2008 to support his act and, a year later, signed to the larger label 4AD. The act's first album on 4AD, Before Today, has just been released and is being reviewed by bloggers and other music journalists.
Re-entering the top ten is Japandroids, a garage-rock/noise-pop band from Vancouver whose first album, 2009's Post-Nothing, earned spots on Pitchfork and Spin magazines' "best of 2009" lists. The band has just shared an mp3 of the latest in a planned series of five limited-edition singles. "Younger Us" is due out July 20 on vinyl with a B-side cover of X's "Sex And Dying In High Society." Many bloggers are calling the single "nostalgic" for its references to early-2000s power pop. I Rock Cleveland (blog.irockcleveland.com) writes, "the hooks here...are clean and crisp, the chorus is big, immediate, and memorable, and its sentiment is universal."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on June 10 at 10:00am GMT:
• Monarchy (unchanged)
• The Drums (+1)
• Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (+6)
• Crystal Castles (unchanged)
• Japandroids (re-entry)
• Tokyo Police Club (+2)
• Washed Out feat. Caroline Polachek (new)
• Cold Cave (-2)
• Big Boi (+1)
• Delphic (-5)
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.