Mejores Discos Internacionales 2021

Mejores Discos Internacionales 2021

1Low"Hey What"
2Rachel Love"Picture In Mind"
3Billy Bragg"The Million Things That Never Happened"
4Cassandra Jenkins"An Overview on Phenomenal Nature"
5St. Lenox"Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for our Tumultuous Times"
6Quivers"Golden Doubt"
7Arlo Parks"Collapsed in Sunbeams"
8Paul Weller"Fat Pop"
9Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders"Atoms and Energy"
10The War on Drugs"I Don’t Live Here Anymore"
11The Laughing Chimes"In This Town"
12The Weather Station"Ignorance"
13Tim Cohen"You Are Still Here"
15Damon Albarn"The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows"
16The Lodger"Cul-De-Sac of Love"
17Massage"Still Life"
18The Hepburns (Feat. Estella Rosa)"Architecture Of The Ages"
19Nation of Language"A Way Forward"
20The Reds, Pinks and Purples"Uncommon Weather"
21Always You"Bloom Off the Rose"
22Foreign Correspondent"A Quizzical Look"
23Bernice"Eau De Bonjourno"
24The Chills"Scatterbrain"
25CHVRCHES"Screen Violence"
26The Coral"Coral Island"
27Villagers"Fever Dreams"
28The Death Of Pop"Seconds"
29Ed Dowie"The Obvious I"
30Karen Peris"A Song is Way Above the Lawn"
31Lana Del Rey"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"
32Little Simz"Sometimes I Might Be Introvert"
33Lucy Dacus"Home Video"
34Monnone Alone"Stay Foggy"
35Natalie Bergman"Mercy"
36Painted Shrines"Heaven and Holy"
37Pearl Charles"Magic Mirror"
38Mt. Misery"Once Home, No Longer"
39The Telephone Numbers"The Ballad of Doug"
40Yola"Stand For Myself"

Mejores Canciones Internacionales 2021

Mejores Canciones Internacionales 2021

1CHVRCHES & Robert Smith"How Not To Drown"
2Cassandra Jenkins"Hard Drive"
3ABBA"Don't Shut Me Down"
4Arlo Parks"Too Good"
5Rachel Love"No More"
6Low"Days Like These"
7Paul Weller"Fat Pop"
8Billy Bragg"Ten Mysterious Photos That Can't Be Explained"
9Tim Cohen"Give Me Yours"
10Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen"Like I Used To"
11Karen Peris"Superhero"
12The Lodger"Perfect Fit"
13David Crosby"River Rise (feat. Michael McDonald)"
14Bernice"Lone Swan"
15Always You"Edendale"
16The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness"Summer"
17Arab Strap"Here Comes Comus!"
18Daniel Knox"Vinegar Hill"
19Juliana Hatfield"Mouthful of Blood"
20Buck Meek"Cannonball! Pt. 2"
21Capitol"Always Saying Nothing"
22Ed Dowie"Then Send Them (feat. Emma Smith)"
23Lia Ices"Young on the Mountain"
24Caroline Marie Brooks"Tomorrow"
25Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders"Red Sunset (Green Eyes)"
26DARKSIDE"The Limit"
27Deacon Blue"Look Up"
28Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton"My Best"
29Foreign Correspondent"Crying In Your Sports Car"
30The Hepburns (Feat. Estella Rosa)"Mermaid"
32Lambchop"A Chef's Kiss"
33The Laughing Chimes"The badlands"
34Little Simz"Introvert"
35Lorde"Stoned at the Nail Salon"
36Lucy Dacus"Brando"
37Manchester Orchestra"Bed Head"
38Massage"Sticks & Stones"
39Maston"Souvenir (feat. L'Eclair)"
40Midpoint Union"Morning Light"
41Mogwai"Ritchie Sacramento"
42Monnone Alone"Feel It Disappearing"
43Natalie Bergman"He Will Lift You up Higher"
44Painted Shrines"Gone"
45Pearl Charles"Only for Tonight"
46Portable Radio"Hot Toddy"
47Quivers"Hold You Back"
48The War on Drugs"I Don't Live Here Anymore"
49Yola"Dancing Away In Tears"
50St. Lenox"The Great Blue Heron (Song of Solomon)"
51St. Vincent"Somebody Like Me"
52Teenage Fanclub"Living with You"
53The Bevis Frond"My Own Hollywood"
54The Chills"Hourglass"
55The Coral"Change Your Mind"
56The Death Of Pop"Go Back"
57The Reds, Pinks and Purples"I Hope I Never Fall in Love"
58The Telephone Numbers"Curtains Close"
59The Weather Station"Subdivisions"
60Chime School"Taking Time to Tell You"

Mejores Discos Internacionales 2020

1It's Immaterial"House for Sale"
2The Explorers Club"The Explorers Club"
3Bill Fay"Countless Breaches"
4Bob Dylan"Rough and Roudy Ways"
5Paul Weller"On Sunset"
6A Girl Called Eddie"Been Around"
7Bruce Springsteen"Letter To You"
8Adele & The Chandeliers"First Date"
9Elvis Costello"Hey Clockface"
10El Goodo"Zombie"
11Nation of Language"Introduction, Presence"
12Pop Filter"Banksia"
12Pop Filter"Donkey Gully Road"
13Fiona Apple"Fetch The Bolt Cutters"
14The Avalanches"We Will Always Love you"
15Gary Olson"Gary Olson"
16Marc Almond"Chaos and a Dancing Star"
17Gorillaz " Song Machine, Season One_ Strange Timez"
18The Parson Red Heads"Lifetime of Comedy"
19Milky Wimpshake"Confessions Of An English Marxist"
20Matt Berninger"Serpentine Prison"
21The Psychedelic Furs "Made of Rain"
23The Reds, Pinks and Purples "You Might Be Happy Someday"
24Pet Shop Boys"Hotspot"

Mejores Canciones Internacionales 2020

1Bill Fay''Time's Going Somewhere''
2Courtney Marie Andrews''If I Told''
3Bob Dylan''Murder Most Foul''
4It's Immaterial''Downriver''
5Paul Molloy''My Madonna''
7Bruce Springsteen''House Of A Thousand Guitars''
8Paul Weller''Village''
9A Girl Called Eddy''Been Around''
10Nation of Language"On Division St."
11Marc Almond''Slow Burn Love''
12Pet Shop Boys''Burning the Heather''
13The Avalanches''The Divine Chord (feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr)''
14Dropkick''Catching On''
15El Goodo''The Grey Tower''
16Elrichman''Seeking Grey Skies''
17Elvis Costello''No Flag''
18Pop Filter''Walk It Off''
19Tim Burgess''Lucky Creatures''
20The Reds, Pinks and Purples''Last Summer in a Rented Room''
2Matt Berninger''Distant Axis''
22JARV IS...''House Music All Night Long''
23H.C. McEntire''Hands for the Harvest''
24The Explorers Club''One Drop of Rain''
25Ezrat''Endless Holiday''
26Fiona Apple''Fetch The Bolt Cutters''
27Fleet Foxes''Maestranza''
28The Strokes''The Adults Are Talking''
29Bananagun''Out of Reach''
30Woods''Where Do You Go When You Dream?''
31The Parson Red Heads''All I Wanted''
32The Psychedelic Furs''This'll Never Be Like Love''
33Brian Campeau''Bennys Song''
34Cornershop''St Marie Under Canon''
35Dead Famous People''Safe And Sound''
36Angel Olsen''Waving, Smiling''
39The Waterboys''The Soul Singer''
40Gary Olson''Navy Boats''
41The Rhythm Method''I Love My Television (Lockdown Mix)''
42Milky Wimpshake''King Of Clubs''
43Moses Sumney''Cut Me''
44My Morning Jacket''Still Thinkin''
45Marc Almond''Chaos''
46Ben Watt''Hand''
47The Jayhawks''Living in a Bubble''
48Jonathan Wilson''10. Platform''
49Gregory Porter''Phoenix''
50I Break Horses''I'll Be the Death of You''
51Bill Callahan''Pigeons''
52Mary Halvorson's Code Girl''Lemon Trees''
53The Radio Dept.''You're Lookin' at My Guy''
54Pete Molinari''I'll Take You There''
55Eels''I Got Hurt''
56Daniel Romano''Amaretto and Coke''
57Algiers''We Can't Be Found''
58TOPS''Colder & Closer''
59M. Ward''Unreal City''
60It's Immaterial''The Gift Of Rain''

Mejores Discos Internacionales de 2018

1Elvis Costello & The Imposters"Look Now"
2Jonathan Wilson"Rare Birds"
3Beach House"7"
4Young Scum"Young Scum"
5The Goon Sax"We're Not Talking"
6Ólafur Arnalds"re:member"
7The Fernweh"The Fernweh"
8Low"Double Negative"
9Swamp Dogg"Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune"
10Paul Weller"True Meanings"
11John Hopkins"Singularity"
12Kamasi Washington"Heaven and Earth"
13Okkervil River"In The Rainbow Rain"
14In Tall Buildings"Akinetic"
15Tracyanne & Danny"Tracyanne & Danny"
16Father John Misty"God´s Favorite Customer"
18Yo La Tengo"There's A Riot Going On"
19Villagers"The Art of Pretending to Swim"
20Graham Parker"Cloud Symbols"

Mejores Canciones Internacionales de 2018

1Jonathan Wilson''Over the Midnight''
2Elvis Costello, The Imposters''Stripping Paper''
3Beach House''Lemon Glow''
4Young Scum''Sloth''
5MGMT''When You Die [Explicit]''
6Okkervil River''Famous Tracheotomies''
7Ólafur Arnalds''saman''
8Low''Dancing and Blood''
9Father John Misty''God's Favorite Customer''
10Arctic Monkeys''Four Out Of Five''
11Belle and Sebastian''I'’ll Be Your Pilot''
12Cœur de pirate''Carte blanche''
13David Byrne''Gasoline and Dirty Sheets''
14Natalie Prass''Short Court Style''
15Paul Weller''Aspects''
16Courtney Barnett''Charity''
18Elvis Costello, The Imposters''Photographs Can Lie''
19Eels''Bone Dry''
20The Fernweh''One Hundred Flowers Bloom''
22First Aid Kit''Rebel Heart''
23Foxwarren, Andy Shauf & Darryl Kissick''Everything Apart''
24Tahiti 80''Hurts''
25Jon Hopkins''Echo Dissolve''
26Yo La Tengo''For You Too''
27Thom Yorke''Unmade''
29Cat Power''Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)''
30Lucy Dacus''Night Shift''
31Tracyanne & Danny''Home & Dry''
32Hurry''Every Little Thought''
33Melody's Echo Chamber''Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser La Neige''
34In Tall Buildings''Overconscious''
35Lord Huron''Never Ever''
36Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever''Talking Straight''
37The Tallest Man On Earth''Forever Is a Very Long Time''
38Stone Foundation''Next Time Around''
40Kamasi Washington''Street Fighter Mas''

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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The Style Council – “Our Favourite Shop”

Uno de los discos de mi vida. Así de claro. Junto con el primero y el último de mi lista de 366 los que más veces he escuchado en estos 47 años que tengo. “Our Favourite Shop” de The Style Council, del que ya conté casi todo hace unos años, significa mucho para mí, fue la llave que abrió muchas puertas. Mi copia del disco dice que lo compré en Octubre de 1985, la primera edición del disco, la que no incluía “Shout To The Top” que tuve comprar en su versión maxisingle en Inglaterra al verano siguiente, una edición con triple portada con Paul Weller y Mick Talbot en primer plano. Creo que fue el primer disco al que le dediqué tiempo de verdad, tiempo para entender las letras, para escuchar cada una de las canciones, para explora los distintos estilos….. Por eso digo que fue la llave que abrió muchas puertas, desde ahí llegué a The Jam por ejemplo. El disco no es de los que aparece en las listas, tampoco creo que sea la mejor obra de Weller, pero a mí me marcó y mucho, imagino que llegó en el momento justo. Es un disco combativo y político, Weller estaba en plena batalla anti Thatcher, y lleno de SOUL y pop del bueno. Yo me lo llevaría a una isla desierta, eso seguro.


As the rain comes down, upon this sad sweet earth
I lie awake at nights and – think about me
All those usual things like what a fool I’ve been
I curse the awful way – that I let you slip away
For what was forged in love, is now cooling down
With only myself to blame for playing that stupid game
I thought I need only call and you would run
But that day you never showed honey – well I sure learnt –

That it seems I need you more each day
Heaven knows why that it goes that way –
Now it’s far too late – an’ I’ve lost this time –
Like the Boy who cried Wolf

An’ yes – I know it’s far too late
To ever win you back –
No tale of nightmare’s at my gate –
Could make you turn –
My lost concern

And now the night falls down, upon my selfish soul
I sit alone and wonder – where did I go wrong?
It always worked before you kept the wolf from my door
But one day you never showed and honey – Now I’m not so sure –

That is seems I need you more each day
Heaven knows why that it goes that way –
Now it’s far too late – an’ I’ve lost this time –
Like the Boy who cried Wolf

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Bonus Mis copias de “Our Favourite Shop” y el maxi de “Shout To The Top” image image

Robert Wyatt – “Comicopera”

comicoperaRobert Wyatt, es uno de los grandes, pero de los grandes de verdad, empecemos por eso, con una carrera extensísima iniciada en los años 60 como batería de varios grupos de rock progresivo, entre ellos Soft Machine, el grupo por excelencia de rock progresivo. En 1973 su vida cambió para siempre cuando cayó desde la ventana de un cuarto piso y su cuerpo quedó paralizado de cintura para abajo de por vida, sus pies nunca volverían a tocar una batería. Mr. Wyatt inició una brillante carrera en solitario. Yo le conocí gracias a uno de mis músicos favoritos, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt hizo famosa una versión de “Shipbuilding”, una canción protesta contra la guerra de las Malvinas. Cuando a mediados de los 90 tuve mi fase de exploración “costelliana” esa canción de su disco “Punch The Clock” me encantaba y descubrí que Wyatt había hecho una versión que mejoraba la original, ahí empezó todo. Hasta llegar a este “Comicopera” (2007), el que, salvo que el cambié de opinión, será también su último disco. Un álbum precioso e inclasificable, otro de mis discos nocturnos, que mezcla el jazz, el rock, la política (enorme su versión del “Hasta Luego Comandante” de Carlos Puebla) y la voz de Robert Wyatt, esa voz, su mejor instrumento. Por si fuera poco la nómina de colaboradores del disco es brutal de Brian Eno a Paul Weller. Cualquiera de los discos de Robert Wyatt merece la pena, pero empezar por el último puede tener sentido. “Comicopera” es una maravilla.

It’s that look in your eyes
Telling me lies
So many promises broken
What can I do?
What should I do?
Try to love you just as you are

‘Cause I’m never going to change a thing about you
Never ever going to change a thing
Try to love you just as you are

Should I leave, should I stay
Should I call it a day
There’s so much to say that’s unspoken
In your way you’ve been true
But all I can do
Try to love you just as you are

‘Cause I’m never going to change a thing
No I’ll never ever change a thing about you
Try to love you just as you are

It’s that look in your eyes
I know you despise me
For not being stronger
What can I do?
What should I do?
I’ve always loved you just as you are

And I never tried to change a thing
Never tried to change a thing about you
Always loved you just as you are

Will you leave, will you stay?
There may come a day
When I’m weak and I’m stupid no longer
In my way I’ve been true
I’ve lived just for you
I’ll always love you just as you are

I never tried to change a thing
Never tried to change a thing about you
Always loved you just as you are



Paul Simon – “Graceland”

Graceland_cover_-_Paul_SimonEn otoño de 1986, cuando  se editó “Graceland” , para mi Paul Simon era dos cosas, el bajito de Simon & Garfunkel y el ex marido de la princesa Leia (Carrie Fisher). La ignorancia es atrevida, como todo el mundo sabe, y ninguna de las cosas me parecían importantes, la primera porque no había conectado con su música y la segunda porque realmente no era importante. En cualquier caso esos eran los datos que tenía de él y entonces en aquel otroño  todo el mundo se puso a hablar de “Graceland”, para bien y para mal. Para bien, porque la mayoría de la críticas que leí y escuché alababan el gusto de Simon, yéndose a Sudáfrica para grabar rodeado de músicos sudafricanos y haciendo un disco radicalmente distinto a todo lo que había hecho hasta entonces, y para mal porque algunos de los artistas mas combativos, entre los que estaban mis siempre adorados Paul Weller  y Billy Bragg, veían en la grabación un ataque a la lucha anti-apartheid, saltándose el boycott cultural al que se había sometido al régimen racista de  la época. Yo escuché el disco empujado por todas estas informaciones y reconozco que me quedé cautivado por la belleza de aquellas canciones, un disco “redondo” de los de verdad. Desde las más accesibles “You Can Call Me Al” (la de veces que la habré tarareado), “The Boy In The Bubble” o la propia “Graceland” (la historia de su viaje a la mansión de Elvis, acompañado de su hijo, para superar su divorcio de Leia ;–)) ), hasta las canciones más  lentas como “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” o “Homeless” (está última a capella). Un disco precioso,  eso me lo parece cada vez que vuelvo a él , pero que por una extraña razón, que no consigo discernir,  no tengo la necesidad de escuchar a menudo, imagino que su sobre-exposición es la causa. En cualquier caso un disco que ha sido influencia para muchos, por ejemplo Vampire Weekend, y muy pero que muy disfrutable.

The Mississippi Delta was shining
Like a National guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the civil war

I’m going to Graceland
In Memphis Tennessee
I’m going to Graceland
Poorboys and Pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland
My traveling companion is nine years old
He is the child of my first marriage
But I’ve reason to believe
We both will be received
In Graceland

She comes back to tell me she’s gone
As if I didn’t know that
As if I didn’t know my own bed
As if I’d never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead
And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

I’m going to Graceland
Memphis Tennessee
I’m going to Graceland
Poorboys and Pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland

And my traveling companions
Are ghosts and empty sockets
I’m looking at ghosts and empties
But I’ve reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

There is a girl in New York City
Who calls herself the human trampoline
And sometimes when I’m falling, flying
Or tumbling in turmoil I say
Oh, so this is what she means
She means we’re bouncing into Graceland
And I see losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody feels the wind blow

In Graceland, in Graceland
I’m going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There’s some part of me wants to see
And I may be obliged to defend
Every love, every ending
Or maybe there’s no obligations now
Maybe I’ve a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland