Los Planetas Bring Negationism To The Loop

Veteran Spanish indie band Los Planetas scores a new #1 in our chart with ‘El Negacionista,’ an ironic and critical song against the conspiranoid misinformation manufactured by the ultra right that’s wrecking our media and weakening our societies. The return of dubstep pioneer Burial and experimental hip-hop poet Moor Mother feat. billy woods & Wolf Weston complete the Top 3.

In a very Spanish-flavoured edition, the surprise collaboration between C. Tangana and Toquinho is the highest new entry. Followed by the new songs by Lana Del Rey; Julien Baker; Taylor Swift feat. HAIM; Playboi Carti; Jane Weaver; Stereolab; CARM feat. Sufjan Stevens; Margot; REYKO; Steve Earle; Sleaford Mods feat. Amy Taylor; Kurt Vile; Jane Birkin feat. Étienne Daho; Ashnikko feat. Kelis… and the return of the always controversial female rapper Azealia Banks feat. Slim Dollars. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sault Bring Their Monsters To The Loop’s #1

Enigmatic British soul collective Sault keep on their incognito ways. They have a new album, ‘Untitled (Black Is),’ a standout track from which, ‘Monsters,’ is this week’s #1 in the Loop. The returns of Sufjan Stevens and veteran British folk singer Shirley Collins complete the Top 3.

Spanish Indie band Los Planetas is this edition’s highest debut with a politically charged track dedicated to ‘The New Normality’. Also debuting new songs by PLAY DEAD; La Bien Querida; Bill Callahan; Gabriel Garzón-Montano; Tkay Maidza feat. Kari Faux; Julianna Barwick feat. Mary Lattimore; Sen Morimoto; Westside Gunn feat. Armani Caesar; Remi Wolf; Koffee… and the collaboration between Canadian band Kestrels and J Mascis. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Week That Was (26-03-2010): Los Planetas; Broken Social Scene; Meth, Rae & Ghost; Beck’s Record Club…

Two high profile albums were offered to listen in full this week. Brooklyn duo MGMT’s ‘Congratulations’, the follow-up to their breakthrough debut ‘Oracular Spectacular’, likely to generate rivers of ink shortly. Two major changes on it: no potential singles, which until now were the band’s greatest asset; and a focus on psychedelic sounds, courtesy of Sonic Boom on production duties. It could have been their ‘Dave Fridmann’ albums as it connects them with all the bands that have benefited from the ex-Mercury Rev arranging magic –from Flaming Lips to Low-. It may sounds less challenging and contemporary, but it’s far superior than its predecessor.

On a more local scale, Spanish most acclaimed band Los Planetas unveiled on Radio 3’s Julio Ruiz Show the follow-up to their groundbreaking ‘La Leyenda Del Tiempo’. ‘Una Opera Egipcia’ carries on merging alt-rock with flamenco and boasts a a few surprises, including collaborations with Spanish chanteause La Bien Querida and their first flirts with electronica.

On British soil, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood broadcast ‘Doghouse‘ the twenty minute classical piece that will form the base for the soundtrack of ‘Norwegian Wood’, the adaptation of the popular Murakami novel.

Canadian collective Broken Social Scene offered two new tracks from their forthcoming album, ‘Forgiveness Rock record’.

Beck’s record club showed the world the first track of his new venture, in which he has assembled Annie Clark of St. Vincent; Os Mutantes and Liars to perform the classic album ‘Kick’ by INXS. Its opening track ‘Guns in the Sky’ is the first taster for the project.

New videos for Ted Leo And The Pharmacists ‘The Mighty Sparrow’ and Brooklyn electroduo High PlacesThe Longest Shadows’, second track from their imminent sophomore and album ‘High Places vs. Mankind’, in which they have shaped a more accessible and accomplished work.

After all the uncertainty surrounding the project, it seems that ‘Wu-Massacre’, the collaboration between Wu-Tang greats Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface under the moniker of Meth, Rae & Ghost will get a release next week. ‘Our Dreams’, their Michael Jackson sampling first single, has got an impressive video that somehow looks inspired by sinister movie ‘Seven’.

On a quiet week for news, the indie festival South By Southwest once more monopolized the attention of the music world. Among the hundreds of bands playing and plugging their stuff we found Macy Gray, surprisingly returning to the spotlight with a cover of Arcade Fire during popular blogger Perez Hilton’s party.

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And as an incredible way to put an end to their year-long 10th anniversary celebrations, All Tomorrow’s Parties has just announced that Belle & Sebastian – the band who curated their first ever festival ‘The Bowlie Weekender’- will be back at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead for BOWLIE 2, to be held on 10th-12th December 2010. Tickets will go on sale next Monday, when the first batch of confirmed names will also be announced. More details @

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186-LOS PLANETAS-Reunión En La Cumbre

Part of their most recent and ambitious record, “La Leyenda del espacio (The Legend Of Space)”, in which the most acclaimed alternative band of Spain took the challenge to combine their style with different types of flamenco as a reply to Camaron’s classic “La Leyenda del tiempo (The Legend Of Time)”, these “poor guys from Granada” made some room for their traditional sound: guitar-led pop-rock heavily influenced by the ongoing trends in the Anglo-Saxon world during the nineties. “Reunión en la cumbre” was a good example, promptly boming another of their classics.

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