Europopnewsletter January 2013
 

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Newsletter, January 2013

   
       
 
 

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."

 
 

Happy New Year everyone. Let's hope that we're gonna get an amazing musical year. As tradition commands we started the year with a summary of the 30 albums that impressed or enjoyed us the most in 2012. We also spend most of our Christmas holiday writing blisters on our fingers trying to keep up with all the releases that came out at the end of the year. You'll notice that our review section exploded somewhat over the past weeks. And there are still some leftovers that came in late and will be reviewed later this month. Since we select and buy most of the albums ourselves (yes, it is an expensive hobby!) there is a chance we're missing a superb title from your country. Feel always free to tip us on any release you might think noteworthy for us. Or if you're a record company, send us a sampler.

Meanwhile 2013 didn't start off with much good news. Europopped, a fellow blog writing about the more breezy side of European popmusic, decided to stop. He will continue twittering but couldn't find the time anymore to write everyday about new video's coming out. We wish him all the best. Further, no less then four countries stepped out the Eurovision competition. The official reason is the economical crisis allthough disappointment of not getting into the finals is probably also playing a role in the decission. And talking about crisis, with Berlusconi running for election again Del Shapiro thought the time was right to set the Italian Constitution to music. With a nice result, be sure to check the video. We'll expect the crisis really getting tangable in Europe this year and we hope that will give artists great inspiration for some super albums. Like they say, adversity brings out the best in artists.

As always: ENJOY THE MUSIC.

DOUBLE BASS & PAUL ROYAL

 
         
  Music news and background articles  
 


Our 30 favourites for 2012

What did 2012 bring us musically? We had a busy year trying to keep up to date with everything that was going on around Europe. We had surprises from young upcoming artists who delivered some interesting, intriguing or just plain tasty albums. We also had our disappointments with established artists like Miguel Bosé, Haris Alexiou and even Alice not living up to our expectations. But don’t let that get you down because 2012 was, although diverse, an interesting year. For your convenience and pleasure we compiled the 30 non-English sung European albums we gave over three stars the past year. Check the list, read the full review and then go out and find these gems. Go to the overview

 
     
 


"It's the economy, man" - dropouts for ESC 2013

Despite the challenging economic situation in Europe a healthy number of 39 public broadcasters are committed to the long-standing tradition that the Eurovision Song Contest has become". This also means that some of the European countries have decided to drop out of the competition. Bosnia & Herzegovina (BHRT), Portugal (RTP), Turkey (TRT) and Slovakia (STV) have decided not to take part.  With Poland not returning for the second year in a row. We can imagine Sand is trying to keep up a happy face but in our opinion this is quite a blood-letting for the ESC in representing a musical European identity. To play the economical card is an obvious for Portugal and Bosnia & Herzegovina were the current crisis is hitting hard. But Slovakia (thriving on the car industry moving from Germany to the East) and Poland (one of the few growing economies in Europe) this can hardly be the sole reason. We expect that the Slovaks, just as the Poles, are just getting pissed that they keep being sending home in the semi finals when the send in quality songs. But since that sounds a bit unsportive the economy is an easy scapegoat. Read more
 
     
 


Erkin Koray in car accident

Turkish rock legend Erkin Koray (71) was involved in a car accident in Turgutreis on Mehmet Hilmi Avenue on 29 December while driving to Bodrum to celebrate New Year’s eve with his wife. Allegedly Koray’s car hit the motorcycle bumping it into the gutter. It must have been quiet a crash since both the female driver was transferred to hospital right after and she is still there. Koray himself had nothing but the female suffered from an injury to her leg. Still matters could have been far worse and both the artist and the driver ended up with a big scare. In an official statement the shocked 71-year-old Erkin Koray said: "We were to spend the holiday with friends but due to this unfortunate accident, all urge fled to enjoy myself
 
     
 


Italian constitution in music

Part of our website is about celebrating Individual social cultural identities within the European collective. And so the diversity that is in the heart of the European identity. A constitution of your own is part of that offering you some pride in being German, French or Italian (for example). At least that is what British-Italian composer Shel Shapiro must have thought. He's been living in Italy for decades writing songs for celebrated Italian artists like Mina. The economical crisis and the bad image Berlusconni gave Italy abroad were reason for Shapiro to set the Italian Constitution to popmusic in a song called 'Undici'. Shel about the project: The song is  accompanied by a video directed and signed by the great director Marco Risi. You can check the video on Youtube.
 
     
  Reviews  
 


HS7:
Felkeltem a reggelt
♪♪♪
Seher Ahmetzade:
Daha Yüksek
♪♪½
Benjamin Biolay:
Vengeance
♪♪♪♪
Marie Key:
De her dage
♪♪♪♪
Ákos:
2084
♪♪♪
Anne Linnet:
Kalder laengsel
♪♪♪♪
K.Bhta
Χρυσαλλίδα
♪♪♪
'Nena:
Du bist gut
♪♪♪
Mylene Farmer:
Monkey me
♪♪½
Macaco:
El murmullo del fuego
♪♪♪
Joachim Witt:
Dom
♪♪♪
Xavas:
Gespaltene Persönlichkeit
♪♪♪
Salvatore Adamo:
La Grande Roue
♪♪♪½
   
 
  Europopmusic artists (added to the encyclopedia)  
 

Louis (Serbia)

His rugged beard and robust figure give the impression of a dangerous figure from the mountains that walked straight out of a folkloristic Grimm tale. But Louis is more a gentle giant. A real familyman who lets no opportunity pass to pose with his wife, children and grandchildren on his album covers. His albums have been a little forgotten but in the Eighties many progrock artists like Mike Oldfield heard his music and were really impressed. Louis is not folklore or worldmusic in its pure sense. he mixes rock, pop, jazz and folk into one. Not in the Balkanbeat way we know from Bregovic, less euphoric more singer/songwriter. His albums of the eighties are worth seeking out. He was on the verge of an international rehabilitation on snail records in the new age before his untimely death. The 2011 compilation gives an overview of the recordings of some of his hits. Go to artist page

 
     
 

Nena (Germany)

For the past years Nena has taken the spot as Germany’s (grand)mother of Deutschpop. And not entirely unjustified because her singles from the eighties are etched in the memory of many a teenager from that era. After some ailing years in the Nineties she miraciously made a powerfull and lasting return to the scene in the new millenium. First with revamping her old songs but later also with new and hip material. Also commercially Nena was not too childish to lend her music for an advertising campaign of a car or clothing chain. Only adding to her presence in German media. And with her role as jury/coach in the ‘Voice’ it is likely she will hold her status as matriarch for a while. Go to artist page

 
     
 

Kati Kovács (Hungary)

Kati is one of those artists that start of with some amazing albums. Stomping beat music, a raw voice, progrock, psychedelia, funk…everything is been thrown together for a boiling mix. Like a Hungarian Janis Joplin she sings her tonsils out. But if you start the wrong way and listen to her commercial (TV) work first you might get the wrong impression. Questionable production, strange choice for covers, sometimes even sung over a tape that sounds like it was bought on the black market. As her career develops she made some very popular TV appearances / shows and became entertainment for the whole family. Too bad because her early stuff is very worth seeking out. Gritty, raw and rock 'n roll…. Go to artist page

 
     
 

UHF (Portugal)

One of the godfathers of Portugues rock. UHF's style is not characterized by extreme virtuosity but, especially on their first albums, does show a tremendous urgency and eloquence. Their first record is a bit messy but the two that follow have some the stronger Portuguese rock tracks on them. Due to the internal struggles the emphasis is largely on the song writing skills of Ribeiro what sometimes makes UHF more a solo project than a band. Still, if you like your Eurorock a bit punky/alternative UHF is certainly a find. Go to artist page

 


   
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