Archive for November, 2015

The Loop Is Diving With Joanna Newsom

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After her all-conquering live shows in London and teaching Larry King how to play the harp on TV, Joanna Newsom is back to the top of our loop with ‘Divers’, the title track from her masterful fourth album, delivered with a beautiful video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This is the pair’s their second collaboration after Newsom’s role on his latest feature’Inherent Vice’

Spanish singer Soleá Morente, daughter of the legendary Flamenco singer Enrique Morente, is this week’s highest entry with her indie take on the classic Sevillanas subgenre. Other high entries are the latest project by Jonny Greenwood “Junun”; The return of David Bowie with ‘Blackstar’ and his disturbing eight minute video; the spectacular duet between Grimes and Janelle Monáe and the latest tracks by So Pitted; D∆WN; Savages; POLIÇA; Baroness; Junior Boys: New Order feat. La Roux; Future, doing the theme track for the new Rocky film “Creed”; Lana Del Rey covering Daniel Johnston, among many others.

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Grimes Fills The Loop With Art Angels

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Canadian alternative poppet Grimes tops the new edition of our loop with her Avril Lavigne-esque power pop anthem ‘Flesh Without Blood’, from her widely acclaimed second album ‘Art Angels’.

Highest entry of the week is by Kiwi alt-country star Marlon Williams, whose controversial video is raising eyebrows for its full nudity and violent content. He’s followed by a pre-christmas avalanche of new releases featuring the latest tracks by Tindersticks with Lhasa de Sela; The Big Pink; Erykah Badu; The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart; Frankie Cosmos; JT The Goon; Bibio; Aphex Twin; J-Lin; J Ralph With Antony; Lizzo; Hinds; Daugher; Banks and two returning hip-hop legends: Pusha T and Missy Elliott teaming up with Pharrell for her long delayed comeback.

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Retro-Loop: Journey Of Dreams

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We begin another edition of our retro-loop, the section we dedicate to our favourite not new music, led by Morphine. One of our favorite bands from the 90s, their career came to a tragic end with the dead of their frontman Mark Sandman. Their story is the subject of a new documentary called “Morphine: Journey Of Dreams”.

Our brand new retro loop also features songs from classic albums celebrating their respective birthdays by Cocteau Twins; Garbage; The Velvet Underground; etc. Highlights from notable reissues and anthologies by, among others, Swans; Neko Case; Harmonia; Beat Happening; Sonic Youth; Van Morrison; Los Planetas; Mogwai; Earth, Wind & Fire & Lush, whose reunion is likely to be one of next year’s festival circuit sensations; plus recent discoveries from the likes of Joanna Billing; Visitors; Patrick Cowley; Clarence G or The Feelies.

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Savages Have The Answer

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London post-punkers Savages top the latest edition of our loop with ‘The Answer’, the first taster from their eagerly anticipated second album, ‘Adore Life’, to be released next January.

Highest debut this week is Oneohtrix Point Never‘s new track ‘Sticky Drama’ -don’t miss its amazing video-; followed by the latest offerings from Eleanor Friedberger; Beach Slang; Okzharp Feat. Manthe; Connan Mockasin & Devonte Hynes; Chance The Rapper Feat. Saba; Jeremih; DIIV; Blanck Mass; the return of Jeff Lynne’s ELO; two US alternative icons, Paul Westerberg and Julianna Hatfiend, joining forces as The I Don’t Cares; plus two top-notch versions: CHROMATICS‘ multiple rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ and Natalie Prass covering Anita Baker’s ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’.

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Brooklyn: Immensely Charming Coming Of Age Drama.

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They used to say ‘home is where the heart is’, but what happens when a heart is split between two options? That’s the central premise of ‘Brooklyn’, an endlessly charming coming of age period drama which takes acclaimed best-seller of the same name to the big screen.

It tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey, a teenage girl sent to America by her sister hoping for a better life, sponsored by an also immigrant priest as she lands in the popular New York neighbourhood’s Irish community, buoyant during the 1950s. Once there, she will get a job as a department store assistant and begins taking night classes to become an accountant. After a few tough months struggling with homesickness and solitude, romance will knock on her door, setting a solid base for that promised brand new life. However, family circumstances prompt her to temporarily go back to her Irish small town, where all she left behind awaits and new opportunities to settle down would arise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can’t Wait!: The Films To Watch This November

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Those of you left “spectred out”, in fear that nothing of value would be released any soon to avoid clashing with the mighty 007, won’t have to wait long until the cinemas are filled with a diverse range of excellent works. Right after festival season, November is traditionally one of the best months for cinema going; when some of the most prestigious films of the year begin taking our screens by assault, while waiting for their luck during the imminent awards season.

We take a look at our most anticipated films among those scheduled for release during the penultimate month of the year, some of which we’ve just seen at the London Film Festival and can fully recommend; some others eagerly awaited. There’s something for everybody, from favourite Oscar contenders (“Carol”; “Brooklyn”; “Steve Jobs”) to some of the most acclaimed indies of the year (“Tangerine”; “Microbe and Gasoil”); eagerly awaited blockbusters such as the conclusion of The Hunger Games saga; Spielberg’s spy thriller “Bridge Of Spies” or the latest Pixar, “The Good Dinosaur”. Next to them, minor arthouse gems from around the world of the likes of the Swedish drama “My Skinny Sister”; the hilarious Mexican road movie “Güeros” or first class documentaries (“The Russian Woodpecker”; “The Fear Of 13”); plus the BFI blockbuster Love season, somehow complemented by the controversial arrival of Gaspar Noé’s latest provocation of the same title, in graphic 3D detail.

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Beach House Thank Their Lucky Stars

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Just when the critics were panning their recent work ‘Depression Cherry’ as the sound of a tired band, Beach House shuts everybody down with their magnificent surprise new album ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, a far superior collection earning unanimous acclaim for the Baltimore trio once again. One of its standout tracks, ‘One Thing’, makes it to the top of the loop this week.

Highest new entry is the title track from Joanna Newsom‘s new masterpiece ‘Divers’, already a clear contender for album of the year. Next to her, the latest songs by Grimes ; Jesu & Sun Kil Moon; Blood Orange; Kendrick Lamar ; Princess Century: Hazte Lapón; Martin Courtney; El Vy; Seinabo Sey; Greys; Alessia Cara and the colaboration between supergroup Soldiers Of Fortune and Pavement’s legend Stephen Malkmus.

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