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#BestOf 2013 Top 50 Albums Of The Year

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If we look at the events shaping the last twelve months in music it’s easy to claim that 2013 has been the year of the comeback. If over the last years a growing number of retired artists have been finding the way back into business, partly due to the healthy demands of the live circuit and partly because a new generation of bands has yet to be solid enough to replace them in the minds of the fans. This year some of the most recalcitrant retirees have been tempted to return.

It all began with My Bloody Valentine overnight announcement of the two-decades in the making follow-up to ‘Loveless’ was ready for download; the excitement generated by ‘MBV’ and the fact that it didn’t fail to transport you twenty years back in time hasn’t been rivalled during the rest of the year. Coming close and soon afterwards Bowie put an end to a decade long hiatus; Daft Punk conquered the springtime with their first studio album in nearly the same amount of time, where they rescued the sounds of the golden era of US FM radio –the 70’s- and repacked them for the EDM generation; Boards Of Canada also left their mysterious retirement and delivered another excellent album and so on… Through the months Prefab Sprout; Suede; Mazzy Star; Yo La Tengo; Polvo; Throwing Muses and many other former alternative stars, mostly from the 90s, have shaken off the cobwebs with notable results. Even the Pixies ventured to controversially release their first EP of new material; the fact that they did after Kim Deal left the band was received with rejection and terrible reviews.

Against this omnipresence of veiled nostalgia, very few newer artists could compete. And even those who dared aiming at greatness didn’t quite manage to match the scope of their ambitions. Kanye went all minimal electronica and offered a fascinating and disturbing gaze into his chaotic mind in ‘Yeezus’, a boundary pushing effort in parts brilliant, in parts nearly unlistenable; The Knife revealed themselves against Today all-conquering vulgarity with the year’s bravest art statement, or perhaps the biggest piss-take; Arcade Fire flirted with electro pop joining forces with James Murphy and John Grant aided by Gus Gus and Sinead O’Connor released his best collection to date.

Follow-ups by younger acts such as Janelle Monáe; James Blake or Julia Holter managed to keep up with previous achievements, rather than reaching any new heights. Most alarmingly, very few new acts appear among the year’s best records. Savages; Chvrches: Danny Brown; Parquet Courts and Factory Floor are noble exceptions; all of which led to the unquestionable conclusion that Today’s pop is sorely lacking of fresh ideas.

Despite the the industry’s safe playing, the following works were the ones standing up from the crowd and helping to shape this challenging period in popular music. Read the rest of this entry »

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MBV Reverberates Again In The Loop

Returning this week to the live stage in London, My Bloody Valentine also heads our loop with ‘New You’, another standout moment from their impressive two-decades in the make ‘MBV’ album.

Experimental female artist 3:33 is the week’s highest entry; Smith Westerns; Rustie; Waxahatchee and Bonobo, recruiting Erykah Badu for his new chilled out track, also feature high.

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Listen To The New My Bloody Valentine Record At Last!

My Bloody Valentine shocked the music world last night by releasing through the band’s brand new website their first album since 1991’s ‘Loveless’. Named simply ‘MBV’, recorded analogically and taking the band back to the point where they left it more than two decades ago, fans reactions were ecstatic as first impression is that of a total triumph.The website collapsed for hours due to heavy demand but it’s properly up and running now.

The band, also beginning an International tour that will take them among other destinations to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival, has made available to stream all the new songs through TheOfficialMVB YouTube channel. Welcome back!!

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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.


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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!!!


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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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