söndag 23 juni 2019

Vecka 26-28


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Ny omgång mitt I sommaren med flera mycket kända artister, t.ex. inga mindre än Bruce Springsteen, Madonna och svenska Gyllene Tider. Ett nytt, intressant svenskt band är Kvasar.

1 Silversun Pickups (US)  (bild nedan) After having been together for nearly 20 years, the members of Silversun Pickups found themselves wrestling with a variety of challenges and difficulties within their personal lives during recording sessions for their fifth full-length, Widow’s Weeds   The album is predictably chock-full of the enormous hooks and power chords that fans have learned to both expect and love, especially on album opener “Neon Wound”, the breakneck “It Doesn’t Matter Why”   COS  

2 Bruce Springsteen (US)  När singeln »Hello Sunshine« släpptes tidigare i våras var den fylld till brädden av bitterljuv orkestrering, sobra blåssektioner och steel pedals hämtade från den countrypolitanska traditionen. Albumet »Western Stars« är en fortsättning på samma inslagna fåra och lär inte dämpa de vars ögonbryn redan var höjda. Samtidigt är Bruce Springsteens omfamning av sofistikerad västkustcountry logisk för alla som följt hans karriär med någorlunda noggrannhet. På många sätt är det en oundviklig station längs hans livslånga resa att fånga den amerikanska drömmen. Precis som i till exempel Frank Sinatra och Glen Campbells fall ser den som allra ihåligast ut i bjärt kontrast mot en förförisk fasad.   SONIC

3 Weyes Blood (US) Natalie Mering’s fourth album is a grand, sentimental ode to living and loving in the shadow of doom. It is her most ambitious and complex work yet. n the face of catastrophe, Natalie Mering always finds serenity. Throughout her fourth record as Weyes Blood, tides are surging, trees are falling, the internet is ruining romance, capitalism is pushing workers to the brink of exhaustion, and reality is breaking her heart. In the wake of all this, Mering continues to search the stars for salvation. Pitchfork

4 Bill Callahan (US) A peerless storyteller gazes deep into domestic life and offers a long, sun-warmed double album that is a highlight of his career. “We are flies on a mule, and we’re good at what we do,” he concludes on “747.” The song is one of a handful of masterpieces on Shepherd. On it, Callahan is on a plane, writing about the thoughts that slide into and out of his head as the plane ascends to 30,000 feet. Mark Kozelek, another would-be poet of the mundane, might stare into his vacuum-sealed airplane dinner and wonder about the last time he was served pasta primavera, and which pro wrestler had just died;  Pitchfork

5 Madonna (US) Nya albumet Madame X fick  otäckt låga 4,8 poäng av 10 på krediiga Pitchfork, men Dark Ballet fungerar.  Dark Ballet” travels in three movements from trap to classical music to an outro that sounds like robots playing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Vulture

6 Kvasar (SWE) (bild ovan)  är en kvintett från Göteborg som ser ut att ha klivit rakt ut ur 70-talet. Detta är deras första, självbetitlade EP. Bandet består av extremt skickliga musiker såväl som vokalister och faktum är att de har finslipat sitt sound i två år redan. Även om EP:n är klanderfritt inspelad skulle jag nog ändå rekommendera att se bandet live eftersom låtarna är som gjorda för att höras ur ett stort PA, precis som ELO:s eller King Crimsons musik.  HYMN

7 Vanishing Twin (Mixed) Drawing on the sonic worlds of Sun Ra, Ennio Morricone and Stereolab. London-based quintet Vanishing Twin have announced the release of new album The Age Of Immunology via Fire Records this June. A band comprised of five nationalities, who have made London their home, only to see the UK vote in favour of isolation in the EU referendum in 2016, Vanishing Twin’s new album is set against the uncertainty of rising populism across Europe.                                    vanishing twin, also known as twin resorption, is a fetus in a multigestation pregnancy that dies in utero and is then partially or completely reabsorbed.[1][2] In some instances, the dead twin is compressed into a flattened, parchment-like state known as fetus papyraceus.[3] Vanishing twins occur in up to one of every eight multifetus pregnancies and may not even be known in most cases. TheVinylFactory

8 Gyllene Tider (SWE) Sveriges mest älskade popband säger tack och hej med sitt bästa album på 35 år. När medlemmarna träffas så händer något, och tillsammans med Anders Herrlin, Micke "Syd" Andersson och Göran Fritzon låter deras poporkester fortfarande som vore det 1979. Och de uppvisar dessutom samma frenesi och intensitet som då. I alla fall stundtals funderar jag på om det verkligen är en så lyckad idé för Gyllene Tider att lägga benen i vädret bara för att man fyllt 40. För det är ju tanken. Att lägga av. Inledande titelspåret "Skrot och korn" är en helt okej Tom Petty-flirt men framförallt är det en låt som sammanfattar albumet rätt väl, tillbakablickande och nostalgisk utan att kännas klibbig och kvävande. "Det kändes inte som maj" är däremot en rak och ringande gitarrbiff av den typ som Elvis Costello brukade skära upp och servera på 70-talet. GP

9 Fujiya & Miyagi (UK) Flashback is the eighth album from Fujiya & Miyagi, who are not, contrary to the expectations suggested by their name, a Japanese duo, but rather an English quintet whose stock-in-trade over almost 20 years has been a continuing exploration of the nuances of post-Krautrock possibilities.  So in the spirit of nostalgia suggested by the album's title, Flashback begins with the title track that recalls the combined grooves of "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash. PopMatters
                                                                                                                                     10 Sweat like an ape (FR)  Sweat Like An Ape ! hails from Bordeaux, France. Their music evolves in that special place where the urgency of punk and the sparkle of pop and dance music cross paths. Although certain new-wave and post-punk influences are unquestionable, these four boys like to mingle with all kinds of groove, be it that of the nigerian king Sir Victor Uwaifo, or the funk-punk of James Chance.  Bandcamp
Ni har hela tre veckor på er att lyssna på dessa tio låtar. Passa på en regnig dag. Sista dagen att lämna era poäng är söndag 14 juli. Här är länken.                                                                                                Image result for silversun pickups

Bad Religion vann

Bara tre röstande. Men jag var förberedd på detta. Midsommar är inte den mest
självklara tiden att rösta på Poplistan. Därför ska ni två som röstade ha en extra
eloge. TACK, Eva och Claes!!!

Här är hela resultatet med Bad Religion som vinnare med Big Black Dog.

Vecka 24-25
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CK
EG
Totalt
1
Big black dog
Bad Religion
4
5
4
13
2
21st Century Orphan
Starbenders
5
3
4
12
2
Quiet Light
The National
4
5
3
12
4
Got You
Amyl & The Sniffers
4
4
4
12
4
How it feels
Zuzu
4
4
4
12
4
Off my mind
Richard Hawley
4
4
4
12
7
The outside looking in
Peach Fuzz
4
4
3
11
8
Stranger
Vampire Weekend
4
3
3
10
9
Between the Hemispheres
Versus
4
3
2
9
9
Cruel Lovers
Arms Akimbo
4
3
2
9


söndag 9 juni 2019

Vecka 24-25

Välkommen till en ny lista med en hel del tuff rock. Här finns också gamla
kända band som The National och Vampire Weekend.

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Amyl & The Sniffers


1 Amyl and the Sniffers (AUS) The Aussie rockers’ unabashed fetishization of 1970s staples like punk, glam, and their country’s sharpie scene only helps fuel the invigorating rush of their music. It’s entirely justified to find Amyl and the Sniffers annoying just on the basis that the Melbourne punk quartet romanticizes the dirtbag 1970s to a degree that’s cartoonish. Too young to have experienced Dookie firsthand, let alone Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, Amyl and the Sniffers are blessed by the callous disregard of youth, adopting ratty mullets and tacky high-waisted jeans Pitchfork

2 Vampire Weekend (US) return with a shaggy, sprawling double album all about rebirth, contentment, and the reclamation of light. the band has lived inside a pregnant pause. Now we have Father of the Bride—a looser, broader album than Modern Vampires, the great sigh after a long holding of breath. There are still moments of conflict, but in general, you get the sense the band is just relieved to have run the gauntlet of their existential doubts and come out relatively unscathed, grateful to be here. Pitchfork

3 The National (US) Ny singel och nytt album “I am easy to find”.  Lyssna här på Quiet Light  https://youtu.be/JXhWOOlmYuU

4 Versus (US) Throughout a very productive run that spanned the entire 1990s, New York City's Versus delivered multiple albums and singles of noisy, guitar-driven indie pop that matured into something more jangly and subdued by the time their fourth album, Hurrah, arrived in 2000. The band take what feel like natural steps forward both musically and conceptually, with more adventurous production and some of the most confident melodies of their career. Though it may be an indefinite number of years before the band's next full-length arrives, this sharp EP points to great things from that eventual album. All Music

5 Arms Akimbo (US). Indie rock outfit Arms Akimbo just released their gritty, vibrant EP entitled Seven Dollar Paycheck. The EP narrates the anxiety and apprehension, but also the thrill of taking on an uncertain world while feeling barely armed for reality. Thematically it’s about balancing the craving for creativity with the need for financial stability and assuring yourself you chose the right path. Each day diligently fighting for a dream that may seem out of reach.  The 'arms akimbo' stance generally indicates that combination of impatience and defiance which is these days called 'attitude'  Earmilk

6 Bad Religion (US) It's been awhile since we've heard from Bad Religion, the legendary punk band from southern California. The six-year gap between 2013's True North (and the holiday album Christmas Songsfrom the same year) and their new album, Age of Unreason, is the longest break the band has taken in their four-decade career. But the band is very good at what they do, and Graffin's erudite, clever takes on various issues makes the album significantly more entertaining than reading, say, your progressive-leaning aunt's Twitter feed. Popmatters
7 Zuzu (UK) has released her biting new single 'How It Feels' The Mersey songwriter is blending pop textures into her slacker ethos, it's a vivid, literate piece of guitar music that remains lodged in your head long after the final note dissipates. Clashmusic
8 Richard Hawley (UK) His eighth album sees Hawley ruminate on themes from ageing to solitude, with the guitars turned up loud. The Sheffield singer-songwriter’s lush balladry is as trademark as his quiff and spectacles, and on his eighth solo album he seems to forever find unexpected new themes to inspire him. Off My Mind’s howls of distortion are closer to Oasis (or Hawley’s own Britpop era band, the Longpigs)  The Guardian

9 Peach Fuzz (UK) A soaring psych pop gem full of sparkle and synth romance. Yet another special Skeleton Key find. For fans of: The War On Drugs, The Maccabees, Blossoms, The Coral, Fuzzy Sun.

10 Starbenders (US) It's such a wonderful thing when a new band pops up that is so exciting, so impossible to ignore, that not only do they stand out from the pack, they positively leap out of it and hang off of your ears. Atlanta's Starbenders did exactly that. Albumofthe week

Som vanligt har ni två veckor på er. Sista dagen är söndag 23 juni. Här är länken.

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Tysk seger via Rammstein

Det blev en klar seger för Rammstein med Deutschland. De två övriga som går
vidare till delfinal 2 är Peter Perrett, som med sina soloalbum kommit starkt
tillbaka efter många tunga år och Sonny & The Sunsets. Kul!
Holly Herndon kom sist trots att jag gav henne en sexa, Nåja, många kritiker har
haussat henne, så hon klarar sig nog. Jag hoppas få en liten intervju med henne
framöver under hennes Europaturné.

Vecka 22-23
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CK
ISö
EG
MR
LN
Totalt
1
Deutschland
Rammstein
4
6
5
6
6
5
32
2
I want your dreams
Peter Perrett
5
4
3
6
3
5
26
3
A bigger picture
Sonny & the Sunsets
4
4
6
3
4
3
24
4
Swift kick in the butt
Jay-Jay Johanson
4
3
4
3
5
3
22
5
Surveil
Maps
4
4
3
2
3
5
21
6
Home to you
Cate le Bon
4
2
5
3
3
3
20
7
Feel the sun
Josefin Öhrn
4
4
3
2
3
2
18
7
Red white and black
Jesca Hoop
4
2
3
2
4
3
18
9
Chatter
Ari Roar
4
2
3
3
2
3
17
10
Frontier
Holly Herndon
6
3
2
1
1
2
15