Archive for April, 2014

The Best Records Of 2014’s First Quarter


And to kill time while our blog is on annual leave exploring Australia, here’s a special edition of the loop to recap the best records that have seen the light of day so far this year, focusing in popular favourites that haven’t yet been released as singles, such as the week’s honorary number one, Philadelphia rocksters The War On Drugs and ‘Burning’ our favourite from their acclaimed latest opus; those that we originally ignored or didn’t appreciate as much as they deserved, Future Islands‘ terrific ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You)’ is a good example; or tracks from albums that didn’t have a clear standout moment but are still worthy of notice.

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Swans Got The Loop In Their Hands

Swans a little god

Michael Gira’s second coming with his veteran band Swans is not giving any signs of fading away; about to release their thirteenth studio album ‘To Be Kind’, after the widely acclaimed ‘The Seer’ brought them back amongst Today’s critical darlings. They head our loop this week with the mindblowing album’s first taster ‘A Little God In My Hands’.

A soul-infused edition with new stars of the genre SZA and Jesse Boykins III being the two highest entries; next to new tracks by How To Dress Well; Lana Del Rey; Thee Oh Sees and the main theme from the next Superman sequel, performed by Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar.

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The Loop Drinks From tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain


The exhilarating vocals of Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs are causing havoc again in our loop. ‘Water Fountain’, the first taster from her third album ‘Nikki Nacks’ tops our chart this week.

American punk band Parquet Courts is the highest of many debuts. Among them, the latest from Popstrangers; The Acid; EMA; Bob Mould; Jack White and a surprising return to for by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, helped by The National’s Matt Berninger

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