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What A Nasty Surprise

19 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Radiohead “Man of War” I suppose that when you’re in the middle of a creative hot streak as impressive as Radiohead’s in the mid to late ‘90s, you learn to follow your instincts when a good song isn’t quite working they way you’d want it to. But I listen to “Man of War” – this […]

New Shades Of Blue

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bedouine “One of These Days” Azniv Korkejian’s voice has a warm, calm tone that suggests perspective, serenity, and wisdom. Everything in “One of These Days” feels measured, even, and tidy, and I suppose that makes a lot of sense given that the lyrics are about patiently waiting for someone to fully return her romantic interest. […]

Flames Get Higher

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

DJDS featuring Amber Mark and Marco McKinnis “Trees On Fire” There is a serious glut of “minimalist” music, to the point that the seemingly endless amount of negative space between clicky beats and thin vocals in a wide range of contemporary pop, rap, and indie music has come to feel oppressive and dull. DJDS’ single […]

A Rush At The Beginning

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lorde “The Louvre” I envy the emotional connection people have with this new Lorde record, not necessarily because I feel a deep need to like this particular album more than I do, but because I wish the intense feelings in the music didn’t feel so removed from my life. When I see people talk about […]

Something Nice And Refreshing

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Orielles “I Only Bought It for the Bottle” The first time I featured The Orielles on this site was last year, when they were a tuneful but rather scrappy garage band. They’ve evolved a bit since then – a little glossier, a bit sassier in a very British sort of way, and a lot […]

Wreck The Spectacle You Live In

Phoenix “Tuttifrutti” The new Phoenix album is meant to be an escapist fantasy, a dreamy European wonderland of a piece with the romanticized luxury of Thomas Mars’ wife Sophia Coppola’s body of work. But just as the surface aesthetic of her films are a front for directionless melancholy, Mars’ words undermine the up tempo summer […]

Classy Like A Ring-Necked Pheasant

Swet Shop Boys “Birding” My favorite thing about Heems as a rapper is his playfulness – he makes rapping sound like a fun game without tipping so far into nerdiness that he negates the swagger essential to nearly all great hip-hop. He seems to take great joy in finding a way to make a convincing […]

Let The Night Unfurl

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie “In My World” The new album attributed to Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie is a Fleetwood Mac record in all but name. The rhythm section is John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, the music was intended to be a Fleetwood Mac record until Stevie Nicks opted out of the project. But […]

Streetlights Like Fire

Rainer Maria “Lower Worlds” I never paid much attention to Rainer Maria in their first run. I was aware of them and definitely checked them out a few times and decided it wasn’t for me. So it came as quite a surprise that this song, from their first new record in 11 years, completely blew […]

Isn’t That Life

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Showtime Goma “Chug” Showtime Goma’s arrangements are incredibly busy, to the point that the swirls of notes, beats, and textures rapidly moving in, out, and around the track can obscure or interrupt the melodic through line of the songs. The central vocal melody of “Chug” is strong enough to withstand the self-inflicted onslaught of sounds, […]

Counting The Cost Of Love That Got Lost

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Roger Waters “Déjà Vu” It really is too bad that Roger Waters can’t call Is This the Life We Really Want? a Pink Floyd album because musically and thematically, it belongs in that body of work much more so than any of his other solo works or anything that’s been labeled Pink Floyd since he […]

How Low Can You Go

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Heliocentrics “The Silverback” The Heliocentrics’ A World of Masks is a record rich in texture and atmosphere, and though it holds together musically and thematically, the songs feel like worlds unto themselves. You get jazzy incantations,...Show More Summary

Your Lips, My Lips

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Cigarettes After Sex “Apocalypse” Cigarettes After Sex is a good name for this band, if just because it so effectively conveys the aesthetic of their music. Every song on their debut record could accurately be described as “dreamy,” “hazy,” “romantic,” and “languid,” and the guitar parts often sound like the stuff Beach House and Mazzy […]

Convulsions And Emotions

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Future featuring Kendrick Lamar “Mask Off (Remix)” So yeah, here’s two rappers who are nothing alike on the same track. Future mutters through the song liked a stoned zombie, and though I don’t find him particularly charismatic, that “Percocets, molly, Percocets” mantra has an undeniable gravitational pull. Maybe it’s because he sounds like he actually […]

1995 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the sixth in the 1990s survey mix series, which will come out monthly in chronological order through this year. You can find the previous mixes here. I realized pretty early on in this project that 1995 was very special to me, and that I needed to present it a bit differently than the […]

From My Own Perspective

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Post Malone featuring Justin Bieber “Deja Vu” I was in a car in Los Angeles last week with my friend Daniel and he decided it was a good time for me to hear some Post Malone. For whatever reason, I just hadn’t listened to Post Malone. I had no preconceived notions or bias against the […]

May Love Reclaim Our Lives

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Steoples “From the Otherside” “From the Otherside” sounds as though it’s suspended mid-air, but not quite floating. This effect mostly comes from that old The Field trick of a stuttering ambient sample that sounds just like a skipping CD, but is somehow soothing rather than jarring. There’s no solid floor to this track – […]

Put Me To Sleep Forever And Ever

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Nick Hakim “Bet She Looks Like You” Nick Hakim’s vocal style is firmly rooted in R&B, but his music is very much in the same aesthetic mode as contemporary festival-circuit psychedelia – Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Living, maybe a touch of MGMT. As it turns out, that’s a very natural formula, and a stoned […]

A Tear Falling To The Ground

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Temple of the Dog “All Night Thing” Grunge wasn’t a very sexy genre. This was somewhat by design, since the major artists involved were deliberately distancing themselves from the casual sexism and corny bro antics of the previous generation of mainstream hard rock acts. And besides that, these guys were all way more interested in […]

You Came To Me For Entropy

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Marika Hackman “Boyfriend” I’m a big fan of songs sung from the perspective of “the other woman/man” because they unavoidably mix sadism, delusion, vulnerability, and insecurity in interesting ways. There’s always some justification, and in this case it’s the implication that the “boyfriend” in question deserves to have his girlfriend secretly hook up with another […]

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