Thursday, November 17, 2005

Vermont Music Update

It's been a few weeks since I looked at what Vemonters are buying and listening to, so it seemed like a good time to pull it together.

Here are the top ten albums purchased at central Vermont music stores over the last week (courtesy of Seven Days):

Pure Pop, Burlington

1. Tragically Hip - Hipeponymous
2. Kate Bush - Aerial
3. Danger Doom - Mouse and the Mask
4. Trey Anastasio - Shine
5. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
6. Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
7. Mars Volta - Scab Dates
8. Bruce Cockburn - Speechless
9. Neil Young - Prarie Wind
10. Grateful Dead - Fillmore West 1969

Buch Spieler, Montpelier

1. Trey Anastasio - Shine
2. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Nothing But the Water
3. Neil Young - Prarie Wind
4. Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
5. Sheryl Crow - Wildflower
6. Susannah Clifford Blachly - Middle of the Night
7. Kanye West - Late Registration
8. Patti Casey - The Edge of Grace
9. John Coltrane - One Up/One Down
10. Grace Potter - Original Soul

Exile on Main St., Barre

1. L.A. Guns - Black List
2. Daniel O'Donnell - Teenage Dreams
3. John Fogerty - Long Road Home
4. Santana - All That I Am
5. Herbie Hancock - Possibilities
6. Melissa Etheridge - Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled
7. Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
8. John Mayer - Heavier Things
9. Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
10. Billy Currington - Doin' Something Right

I'm not going to include Middlebury's Vermont Book Shop this week because their list is just too friggin' weird (e.g., #1 is Ronan Tynan and #6 is a Putumayo compilation) and Seven Days isn't updating these lists on their website anymore so I have to type them out. So, since the place isn't representative of anything and it requires more work on my part, Middlebury is out.

Vermont is Treyland so it isn't surprising to see him on two of the lists. However, I was a little surprised that he didn't make the list in Barre; although that says more about Barre than it does about Trey.

Neil Young continues to hang around two of the lists a month or so after he was on all four lists. Perhaps Vermont is more Neilland than Treyland.

Is there any other record store in the world with two different Coltrane albums and two different Grace Potter albums in their top ten? Montpelculiar, indeed.

As for the top bands from the Vermont group on Last.FM, here are the most listened to bands for the last week:

1. Broken Social Scene
2. Belle and Sebastian
3. Yo La Tengo
4. The Beatles
5. Wilco
6. Pixies
7. Elliott Smith
8. Radiohead
9. The Decemberists
10. Iron & Wine

Indie rock and The Beatles...that's what the 29 members of this group love. In fact, that's pretty much what every group on Last.Fm looks like...indie rock and The Beatles. Regardless, it's nice to see folks enjoying the new BSS album. By the way, jds has a good post up about catching their show when he was in CO recently.

Here were my top ten for the last week:

1. Devendra Banhart
2. Pavement
3. Palace Brothers
4. Art Brut
5. Acid House Kings
6. DJ Shadow
7. Belle and Sebastian
8. DJ Danger Mouse
9. The Legends
10. Dirty Three

I remember listening to a few Pavement tracks while deciding which ones to send over to a friend but I didn't think it was that many. I must have walked away from the computer for a while when it was playing the tunes and iTunes just rolled through the Pavement songs.


jds said...

I think the La Guns album sitting atop the list says more about Barre then the absence of Trey's disc.

It's sad that I wouldn't consider purchasing a single disc at my local shop.

Flatlander said...

Good point. I was going to comment on that but then I learned that its actually a new album from them and not a greatest hits, re-issue or early album from them. So, since I had no idea what the deal was with them or their new album, I thought I'd steer clear of possibly showing my ignorance of the Sunset Strip's metal scene.

But the fact that their CD is ranked 15,000 on Amazon but #1 in Barre does say a good deal about Barre.

jds said...

Are you kidding, 15,000th? That means that there are 14,999 more popular albums. That's hard to believe - not that there are more popular albums, but that Barre is soooo far out of the mainstream.

b.f. said...

Maybe some local music teacher came in and bought 20 copies of that L.A. Guns title to give to her class as a "How Not To..." example.

Seriously, I'd love to know how many units were sold to make that album #1 in that store.

Flatlander said...

Casey at Seven Days reads this blog and is responsible for compiling those lists. So, maybe he can share how many units were sold if he surfs by here.

I doubt it is very many since I never got the impression that Exile on Main Street sells a lot of CDs. Barre's downtown is trying to become more vibrant but, right now, it has less foot traffic than it's twin city, Montpelier.

Montpelier tends to be more white collar with the state government in town while Barre tends to be more blue collar with the granite quarries. So, that explains a lot of the differences between lists.

Burlington's Pure Pop caters a lot to the 10,000 UVM students in town.

Nico said...

I still need to get the new Devendra album. I don't know why I've been so lazy about picking it up...

Nat Kinney said...

I've been looking forward to getting the album "Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall"

Haven't had a chance to get into Montpelier to buy it!