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The Week In Videos (02-04-2010)

This has been a week with no headlines, not that many records or remarkable live activity either, but with plenty of new videos instead. Most of them of tracks that have already been hits in our loop, but didn’t get a release until now –Janelle Monae; Titus Andronicus; MGMT or Dum Dum Girls among others.

To begin with, the newest and most notorious: the return of Band Of Horses after ‘The Funeral’ established them among the A league of American alt-rock. ‘Compliments’ is the first taster taken from their new album ‘Infinite Arms’.

But video of the week honors have to go to Erykah Badu, whose years of experience in the industry have taught her a thing or two on how to create anticipation for a record. The second part of ‘Nu Amerykah: Return Of The Ankh’ finally saw the light of day and Miss Badu launched the video for the first single ‘Window Seat’ at the same time. On the promo the singer pay tribute to the idea behind Matt & Kim’s recent ’Daylight’, both shot with the artists in the nude. The controversy has forced most media not to show it, and as today it can only be viewed in a ‘reverse version’ on the artists’ website.

Janelle Monae flaunts her glamourous style and amazing dance steps next to Big Boi in ‘Tightrope’


A More Perfect Union

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Titus Andronicus release ‘A More Perfect Union’, the opening track from their concept opus dedicated to the American Civil war ‘The Monitor’

Popular Brooklyn duo MGMT throw this video extravaganza for their psychedelia-infused new single ‘Flash Delirium’

And Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons use their latest ‘Olympians’ to soundtrack images of an elderly oriental man going karate-crazy.

Catalonian combo Delorean are back with a new distribution deal and ‘Stay Close’, anticipating the arrival of their first international album ‘Subiza’.

All female lo-fi garage band Dum Dum Girls released their debut ‘I Will Be’ last week, at the same time than a video for former single ‘Jail La La’

And veteran electronic wizard Matthew Herbert is back with ‘Leipzig’

And more psychedelia-inspired music from Wooden Shjips.

Cutting edge urban star Kelis survives collaboration with David Guetta and to celebrate it prepares a lavish video for the occasion.

Bonkers R&B singer R. Kelly keeps on pushing the lyrical subjects of the genre with this ode to polygamy ‘Be My Number 2’.

Something like a gay version of Ramones, Hunx & His Punx hilarious video for ‘You Don’t Like Rock & Roll’

And the hottest female rapper of the moment, Nicky Minaj, gets the Hype Williams treatment in the video of new track ‘Massive Attack’.

Finally, the alt-americana supergroup Monsters of Folk put some lovely visuals to one of their album’s highlights.

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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 @ http://www.atpfestival.com/

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The Cheapskate: MGMT; Pantha Du Prince; Neon Indian…

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Our date with free music has got a few long-awaited treats, beginning with MGMT’s first taster from their second album ‘Congratulations’. The Brooklyn duo is giving away ‘Flash Delirium’ through their website. A more straightforward psychedelic effort than the stylistic melting pot that shaped the songs of their debut album.

Other up and coming US indie bands offering new songs for free were Here We Go Magic with their contagious new single ‘Collector’ and Glo-Fi purveyor Neon Indian, the latest of a number of artists dropping new tracks through Green Label Sound. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Official Music Rober Awards 2008: Complete List of Winners


PORTISHEAD-The Rip (Live on Later..with Jools Holland)

small-uk-flag.jpgThe Academy has spoken, after the results of our annual music poll were unveiled, now it’s the turn for the official Rober Awards. There are few surprises and many similarities with the people’s choices. As predicted 2008 got a name standing above the rest: Portishead. The complete list of winners after the jump.

spanish-flag.jpg La Academia se ha pronunciado, tras desvelar los resultados de nuestra encuesta anual, llega el turno para los Premios Rober oficiales. Hay pocas sorpresas y muchos de los galardones coinciden con los elegidos en la votación. Como ya se preveía en 2008 un nombre destacó muy por encima del resto: Portishead. La lista de ganadores al completo, tras el salto. Read the rest of this entry »

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Music Poll 2008: The Results.


spanish-flag.jpg SPANISH INTRO.


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And the Rober Awards 2008 Music Poll winners are:
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The XXVII Rober Awards Poll is Open: VOTE NOW!!!


YES, WE CAN TOO
spanish-flag.jpgLa Academia Rober de las Artes y las Ciencias del Entretenimiento te invita a participar en la edición XXVII de los Premios Rober. Tras el salto encontrarás la encuesta musical con todas sus categorias. Si necesitas mas información audiovisual sobre alguno de los nominados, cada categoria contiene un enlace donde se facilita. La encuesta se cerrará el 10 de Febrero. Si, tu tambien puedes!!

Para ayudarte a reflexionar, eschucha la selección musical de los Rober Awards 2008 en hype machine.

Gracias por tu participación.

small-uk-flag.jpgThe Rober Academy of Entertainment Arts & Sciences proudly invites you to help us choose the XXVII Rober Awards. Please find our complete music poll after the jump. Should you need any further audiovisual information about any of the nominees, there is a link providing it for each category. Polls will close on February the 10 th. Have your say about the best music of 2008. Yes, You Can too!!

To help your choices, you can listen to the 2008 Rober Awards playlist in hype machine.

Thanks for your votes.

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