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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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Erykah Badu Blings The Loop Up

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Back from our ‪London Film Festival‬ hiatus, our loop returns with Erykah Badu at the top. The soulful diva has completely reworked one of Drake’s latest smashes, ‘Hotline Bling’. Her “(But You Caint Use My Phone Mix)” widely improves on an already excellent, Flash & The Pan sampling original, which a few weeks ago came also close to top our chart.

Highest entry of the week is Baltimore’s favourites Beach House with one of the standout tracks from their surprise new album, ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, their second in as many months. Also new, the latest tracks from Eleanor Friedberger; Deerhunter; Sophie; Majical Cloudz; Mark Kozelek; Tinashe; Hype Williams; Shackleton; Operator Music Band and a colaboration between classically trained maestros Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm.

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The Loop Go Wild With Beach House

After their well received fourth album, ‘Bloom’, has even conquered the most mainstream of charts, the loop is headed again by another standout from Beach House.

The last edition before going on a two week holiday sees high new entries by MS MR; Killer Mike; Actress and the first taste of Afghan Whigs’ reunion, resorting once again to one of their specialities, a cover of the soul classic ‘See & Don’t See’. Freebies by How To Dress Well; Perfume Genius and Fang Island also debut.

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A New #1 Of Mythical Proportions

Baltimore’s favourite indie duo Beach House follows up the globally acclaimed ‘Teen Dream’ with an evocative new single ‘Myth’, rising expectations for their fourth work ‘Bloom’ to become another album of the year contender.

The Arthur Russell influenced act Kindness makes the highest entry on an edition that also serves as a best winter records recap featuring new tracks by Julia Holter; Django Django and energetic Brooklyn rockers The Men

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#3-BEACH HOUSE-Teen Dream (Bella Union)

The recently coined denomination dream-pop – sort of a XXI century version of the ethereal waves of British Indie and shoegaze during the 80’s – can claim its first masterpiece in Beach House latest album. The Baltimore duo has mastered their haunting sound, of which Victoria Legrand’s vocal magic is a fundamental part, and released a superb collection of songs that made them grow into a higher artistic league, the same of artists often mentioned as their sonic precursors such as Mazzy Starr. Every track a complete delight, so sure they were of the quality of their new offer that a promo video has been made for each of them, which wasn’t even necessary as the music in ‘Teen Dream’ speaks for itself.

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#1-BEACH HOUSE-Walk In The Park (Bella Union)

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#55-BEACH HOUSE-10 Mile Stereo (Carpark)

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#105-BEACH HOUSE-Norway (Bella Union)

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The Week That Was (25-02-2010): Joanna Newsom; Liars; Roman Polanski; Pantha Du Prince; Devo

Last week it seemed like there was only one record release: Joanna Newsom’s third album’s triple extravaganza has taken the media by storm. Newsom has never been short of ambition and her former opus “Ys” became such a landmark that few thought it could be matched. But the first reactions to “Have One On Me” have been superlative. However, a couple of listenings have left us still unsure if three albums worth of material were necessary or “Have One On Me” would have been much better if shortened. Listen in full during this week at NPR and take your own conclusions.

Joanna Newsom casts a shadow over the rest of the week’s releases, among them ‘Similes’, the new record by Phil Elverum’s ambient project Eluvium and the rather lackluster posthumous sixth volume of Johnny Cash’ “American Recordings”.

Haiti and the many charitable musical causes to help with the earthquake’s aftermath were still generating news. After the devastating catastrophe the world had to suffer –for a good cause- reinterpretations of R.E.M.’ s ‘Everybody Hurts’ performed by Simon Cowell’s puppet factory next to some other British stars and in the US ‘We Are The World’ by a large list of A, B and even some C list artists that happen to be around on Grammy night; now its time for an all-star record that you may actually want to hear: Shane MacGowan and friends covering ‘I Put A Spell On You’. The Pogues’ frontman got Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Mick Jones, Chrissy Hynde and a few other friends involved in the recording.

Primal Scream generated some headlines by announcing they will be touring in the autumn playing their seminal album “Screamadelica”. The band joins an illustrious list of artists that in recent times are following the trend of playing classic albums in full. More live news, Fleet Foxes’ frontman Robin Pecknold will be touring with Joanna Newsom in what’s likely to be one of the most talked-about double bills of the year and Fairport Convention veteran Richard Thompson will be the curator of London Southbank’s annual festival Meltdown.

Roman Polanski was the toast of the Berlinale after being awarded as best Director for his new film ‘The Ghost Writer‘. The filmmaker was not able to collect the prize as he’s still in house arrest waiting for new developments in his long-standing conflict with the US law. The winner of the Golden Bear was the Turkish film ‘Bal’ (Honey). More details about the rest of the festival’s winners here.

More movie news, Oren Moverman, whose striking debut ‘The Messenger’ has earned an Oscar nomination for best script, will be the director of a film about Kurt Kobain’s life. Moverman is no stranger to writing about music. He earned rave reviews for the imaginative script of Bob Dylan’s biopic ‘I’m Not There’. This week also saw the Oscar nominated shorts hit the American cinemas, a look at this year’s contenderds here.

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Pantha Du Prince offered an excellent show at Cargo, mostly based on the tracks of his magnificent recent album “Black Noise”. The project of Hamburg producer Hendrick Weber showcased his excellent melting pot of shoegaze; Detroit and minimal techno influences in front of an ecstatic audience.

Last week we finally finished watching all of this year’s Oscar nominated films, reaffirming our overall impression that 2009 won’t go down in history as a vintage year for movies. The last two films on hitting British cinemas are ‘Crazy Heart’, Scott Cooper’s debut as a director, which tells the story of a country singer whose career is fading. There’s nothing new or ground-breaking about it, but Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performances elevate it from being just an average fare. At this state nobody doubts Bridges will grab the statuette on Oscar night.

Other film whose actors have scooped some nominations is Michael Hoffman’s ‘The Last Station’, a period drama about the last days of Russian writer Leon Tolstoi; the peculiar cult surrounding his ideals and the conflict they generate between him and his wife, played by the always excellent Helen Mirren. Both Mirren and Christopher Plummer are nominated and deservedly so, but the film shifts between comedy and drama, failing to feel truly accomplished as either.

New and noteworthy tracks of the week: Beach House, fresh from having released one of the best albums of the year, unveiled a new track “The Arrangement”, destined to be a B-side for an exclusive single the Baltimore couple is releasing for record day. This week also saw the return of the Canadian supergroups, with both The New Pornographers –‘Your Hands (Together)’ and Broken Social Scene ‘World Sick’ offering the first taster from their respective new projects. Bill Callahan was also in the news with the announcement of an imminent best live moments compilation. The anticipating track “Bowery” hit the blogs a few days ago.

Video of the week goes for Vampire Weekend’s star-studded new promo in which the preppie New Yorkers have called their celebrity friends to be filmed during a strange tennis match. Jake Gyllenhaal; RZA; Lil Jon & Joe Jonas helped putting images to “Giving Up The Gun”.

Other interesting clips: Liars finally offered a video for “Scissor”, the first single from their imminent “Sisterworld”. Xiu Xiu’s “Death Grey” and Kanye West still releasing tracks from his tepidly received latest record “808’s & Heartbreak” brought us a disturbing video for “Coldest Winter

And the best free stuff of the week includes surprises such as a new track by Devo. The American new wave masters, after their successful return to the live circuit, announced their first studio album in two decades with the free download of the rather excellent new track “Fresh”. The band is also asking their fans for help choosing colours for their new art and image through a curious marketing research happening at their website.

Antifolk supergroup The Bundles, fronted by ex-Moldy Peaches Kymia Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis, introduced themselves by giving away one of their songs, ‘Pirates Declare War’.

And three top-notch mixtapes for your collection: The way for the imminent collaboration between Method Man; Ghostface Killah & Raekwon –finally under the name of Meth, Goth & Rae- is being paved with a mixtape full of both classic moments of the Wu-tang members and new track premieres. “Avenging Angels” can be downloaded here. Canadian electroclash purveyor Chilly Gonzales is back with his “Pianist Envy” mix; and for the lovers of nu-cumbia DJ Orion has compiled another scorcher called “Carajo Colombia” than can be downloaded on a pay as much as you like basis.

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In The Loop: Beach House on top of the loop.

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Baltimore’s dream-pop duo Beach House are this week’s number one among Rober Awards’ favourite tracks. “A walk in the park”, one of the highlights in the couple’s excellent new album “Teen Dream”, got to the top facing tight competition from Surfer Blood and Lindstrøm & Christabelle.

Entries include new tracks by Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck; Caribou; The Strange Boys; The Magnetic Fields; etc.

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The Week That Was: (24-01-2010) Pt. II: Beach House, Grouper, Joon-Ho, Caprica…

Following the news of Vampire Weekend’s sophomore record “Contra” hitting the Billboard Number 1 in the States -the first album released by a British independent label to hit the top spot in two decades; plenty of exciting music was launched or previewed this week. Among the flow of new releases, the album that has earned the best reviews is Baltimore duo’s Beach House third opus “Teen Dream”. It was streamed in its entirety by NPR radio and every track has a promo video. All of them collected on a bonus DVD as part of the original release. The album is being hailed as a dream-pop masterpiece and will establish the duo as one of today’s most interesting artists. Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Loop: Owen Pallett straight to the top.

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The string arranger of choice among indie stars storms into our loop at number one. Owen Pallett, fresh from the release of his stunning new opus “Heartland”, is the Rober Awards favourite song at the moments. Other high entries include Lindstrøm & Christabelle; Beach House; etc.

Dubster meister Joker; Swedish electronica-meets-opera siblings The Knife and US rising stars Surfer Blood are also fying high.

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REVIEW 2008: TOP 50 ALBUMS (50-26)


And last but not least, the countdown of our favorite albums from 2008 begins. Every selected record with links to as many relevant audiovisual material as we could gather, including many albums in full. The chosen ones after the jump.

Y como colofón, la cuenta atras de nuestros albums favoritos del 2008. Cada album escogido viene acompañado por el mayor numero de enlaces a su material audiovisual relevante que hemos podido encontrar. En muchos casos, incluimos el disco en su totalidad. Los elegidos, tras el salto.
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REVIEW 2008: TOP 100 SINGLES (75-51)


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