Brooklyn indie band The National is the most popular act in the blogosphere for the second week running, according to The Hype Machine. Other top-blogged musical acts of the day include dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem and Toronto electronic duo Crystal Castles. Among new acts to the top ten on Monday, April 19, are Health and Kurt Vile.
Los Angeles noise rock band Health, which rose to prominence thanks in part to a tour with Nine Inch Nails in 2008, released its last album, Get Color, in 2009. The band is now readying to release a remix album, called DISCO2, with remakes of songs by acts including Crystal Castles, Gold Panda, Javelin, and Tobacco. Bloggers are sharing the track "USA Boys," the only original song that will be included on the album. Synthetic Sound (syntheticsound.net) calls it "surprisingly accessible and definitely danceable."
Kurt Vile is a guitarist and singer from Philadelphia who performs both as the frontman for band The War on Drugs and as a solo artist. He signed to Matador Records in 2009 and released his first album on the label, Childish Prodigy, the same year. "Invisibility: Nonexistent," which Pop Headwound (popheadwound.blogspot.com) calls a "long strange trip," is a new single by Vile that Matador has shared, announcing that it will be released on May 25 as part of a new EP called Square Shells.
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on April 19 at 10:00am GMT:
• The National (unchanged)
• LCD Soundsystem (unchanged)
• Crystal Castles (+1)
• Beach House (+2)
• Health (new)
• Two Door Cinema Club (-1)
• Kurt Vile (new)
• Best Coast (new)
• Marina and the Diamonds (new)
• The Futureheads (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.