I've got a whole city to hold down

August 09, 2005

Chart watching

Dusted Magazine, the Chicago-based music Webzine, very quietly and consistently puts together some fine writing and reviews without getting the shine of, say, Popdork or even Stylus. In certain circles, though, Dusted is known less for its crit, interviews and frequent artist lists than for its college radio charts, which offer a scrappy alternative to the CMJ goliath.

The local scene figures prominently in the current chart - and, actually, so does Chicago in general, thanks to Sufjan Stevens, whose Illinois album has held down the top spot for three weeks running.

Locals on the latest list include Pelican (#7), Fruit Bats (15) and Smog (30). Others with local connections include Drag City’s Pajo (21) and the John McEntire-produced, Soma-recorded Teenage Fanclub disc (29).

Three Chicago-area college radio outlets - Loyola's WLUW, Northwestern's WNUR, and Triton College's WRRG - are among the 44 stations whose weekly reports combine to form Dusted's Top 40. Though Dusted unfortunately doesn't print each station's report, you can hop to the respective outlets' sites to view NUR's Top 30 and RRG's too. (LUW doesn't appear to publish its report online.)