Mejores Discos Internacionales de 2017

1The War On Drugs“A Deeper Understanding”
2Father John Misty“Pure Comedy”
3Cigarettes After Sex“Cigarettes After Sex”
4Saint Etienne“Home Counties”
5Slowdive“Slowdive”
6The XX“I See You”
7Ray Davies“Americana”
8Jens Lekman“Life Will See You Now”
9Van Morrison“Versatile”
10The National“Sleep Well Beast”
11Iron & Wine“Beast Epic”
12Adrian Crowley“Dark Eyed Messenger”
13Future Islands“The Far Field”
14Fleet Foxes“Crack-Up”
15Lorde“Melodrama”
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Mejores Canciones Internacionales de 2017

1Lorde"Green Light"
2Slowdive"Sugar for the Pill"
3Future Islands"Shadows (feat. Debbie Harry)"
4Saint Etienne"Dive"
5Jens Lekman & LouLou Lamotte"Evening Prayer"
6The War On Drugs"Nothing To Find"
7Business of Dreams"Repossessed"
8Paul Weller"Long Long Road"
9Destroyer"Tinseltown Swimming in Blood"
10Father John Misty"Total Entertainment Forever"
11Cigarettes After Sex"Young & Dumb [Explicit]"
12Ray Davies"The Deal"
13Hand Habits"Flower Glass"
14Billy Bragg"Saffiyah Smiles"
15The xx"Say Something Loving"
16Trevor Sensor"The Reaper Man"
17Van Morrison"Broken Record"
18Randy Newman"It's a Jungle out There"
19Fleet Foxes"I Should See Memphis"
20BNQT"100 Million Miles"
21Michael Nau"I Root (Trio Version)"
22The National"Day I Die"
23Beck"No Distraction"
24Dams of the West"Youngish Americans"
25Dan Auerbach"King of a One Horse Town"
26Hurray for the Riff Raff"Living in the City"
27Declan McKenna"Humongous"
28Iron & Wine"Thomas County Law"
29LCD Soundsystem"american dream"
30Thundercat"Show You the Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)"
31Zebra Hunt"I Won't Blame You"
32Vagabon"Cold Apartment"
33Alvvays"Dreams Tonite"
34Belle and Sebastian"We Were Beautiful"
35Father John Misty"Pure Comedy"

 

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Jens Lekman – “Oh You’re So Silent Jens”

Jens Lekman es otro de esos artistas que cuando escucho sus canciones es como si me las estuvieran cantando solo a mí, como si me le fuera a encontrar en el ascensor de casa cualquier miércoles de abril. Este “Oh You’re So Silent Jens” es una maravillosa recopilación de sus primeros singles y EPs. Arranca con “At the department of forgotten songs” que inevitablemente me lleva al Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados de Carlos Ruiz Zafón a la que sigue “Maple Leaves” (“The girl she says that we were just make-believe
But I thought she said maple leaves”, cantaba Jens con bastante ironía), luego tenemos “Black Cab” el tema con el me enganché al señor Lekman, del que ya hablé en una entrada donde ya contaba lo mucho que me gustaba Jens, pero es que todas las canciones del disco son pequeñas piezas de orfebrería pop elegante en la forma y cínico en la letras, que por momentos son más que agridulces.

Los chicos de pitchfork en su crítica del disco daban en el clavo, creo yo, con alguna de las referencias, Morrisey, Belle and Sebastian, Jonathan Richman

Una pequeña obra maestra.

It’s autumn in Gothenburg
I’m walking home to my suburb
Rain falls hard on the city
On every homeless kitty

Oh, please God bring relief
Even if it’s only brief
The girl she says that we were just make-believe
But I thought she said maple leaves

Do it for speed–go!
Ooh

So we talked for hours
And you cried into my sheets
And you said you hated your body
That it was just a piece of meat, I disagree
I think you’re beautiful
But it’s impossible
To make you understand
That if you don’t take my hand
I’ll lose my mind completely
Madness will finally defeat me

She said it was all make-believe
But I thought you said maple leaves
And when she talked about a fall
I thought she talked about a season
I never understood at all

I thought she said maple leaves
And when she talked about the fall
I thought she talked about Mark E. Smith
I never understood at all
I never understood at all
I never understood at all

El disco no está en las plataformas habituales, asi que habrá que conformarse con “Maple Leaves”

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Mejores Canciones Internacionales 2012

  1. “Never Ending Happening” – Bill Fay
  2. “I’m Always Going To Love You – Dexys
  3. “Myth” – Beach House
  4. “Over The Border” – Saint Etienne
  5. “Rendez-Nous La Lumière” – Dominique A
  6. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala
  7. “Default” – Django Django
  8. “Girasol” – Lightships
  9. “Take A Walk” – Passion Pit
  10. “Perfect Man” – Rufus Wainwright
  11. “Nancy from Now On” – Father John Misty
  12. “Primitive Girl” – M. Ward
  13. “Dragonfly” – Paul Weller
  14. “Andrew In Drag” – The Magnetic Fields
  15. “Going Home” – Leonard Cohen
  16. “Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen
  17. “Angels” – The xx
  18. “Next Year” – Two Door Cinema Club
  19. “Dinner For Two” – David Byrne & St. Vincent
  20. “Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder” – Jens Lekman
  21. “Chocolate” – Tindersticks
  22. “Hold On” – Alabama Shakes
  23. “Kill for love” – Chromatics
  24. “Tin Angel” – Bob Dylan
  25. “Every Little Hair Knows Your Name” – Jens Lekman

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Black Cab – Jens Lekman

Conocí a Jens Lekman gracias a la distribuidora de discos sevillana Green Ufos y su increíble recopilatorio “Hidden Songs”, del que ya he hablado por aquí. El bueno de Jens siempre me ha recordado, y no se muy bien porque a Jonathan Richman, su música no tiene mucho que ver con la de Jonathan, imagino que es más por su historias cotidianas y por su imagen de tipo que te puedes encontrar en el ascensor de tu casa. Sus tres discos grandes, son tres maravillas, una delicia…

“Black Cab”, es una historia simple. Después de una noche de fiesta, que para variar se ha torcido, intentas llegar a coger el último tren y lo pierdes, buscas un taxi y encuentras uno con un taxista con ganas de hablar mientras que tu sólo quieres llegar a casa y olvidarte de todo…

Hace 25 años podría haber sido la historia de cualquier noche….

Black Cab

Oh no, God damn
I missed the last train
I killed the party again
God damn, God damn
I want to sleep in my bed
I want to clean up my head
Don’t want to look this dead
Don’t want to feel this dread
I killed the party again
I ruined it for my friends
“Well, you’re so silent, Jens”
Well, maybe I am, maybe I am
Now at the central station
No time for being patient
I feel like going home
But at the same time, I don’t
Black Cab
And I’ve heard all those stories
About the black cabs and the way they drive
That if you take a ride with them
You might not come back alive
They might be psycho killers
But tonight I really don’t care
So I say turn up the music
Take me home or take me anywhere
Black cab
You don’t know anything
So don’t ask me questions
You don’t know anything
So don’t ask me any questions
You don’t know anything
So don’t ask me questions
Just turn the music up
And keep your mouth shut
Black cab

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