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Archived Since:April 11, 2008

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I Can Finally Sleep At Night

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lake Street Dive “I Don’t Care About You” It’s funny how once particular retro sounds become popular enough, they end up belonging to multiple eras. A few years ago a soul-rock tune like this would’ve seemed like an outlier, but with the massive success of an act like Alabama Shakes, it’s now just a good […]

Some Sexy Dreams

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Tricky “Diving Away” One of the most distinctive qualities of Tricky’s music is his tendency to have his raspy, muttering vocals shadow a melody sung by a conventionally good singer. In the early days of his career this typically highlighted the ever-shifting dynamic between himself and his singer and real-life partner Martina Topley-Bird – the […]

Pushing On Your Physical Existence

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Flume featuring Vince Staples and Ku?ka “Smoke and Retribution” Flume’s arrangement for “Smoke and Retribution” is jagged and unstable, with the beat and pretty much everything else in it reacting against a harsh keyboard part that sputters and bleeps like a malfunctioning alarm. It may be the freshest, most original rap track that I’ve heard […]

For Lonely Days

Massive Attack featuring Tricky “Take It There” It was sad to read a bunch of aggregated news items about this song that didn’t even mention why it’d be significant that Tricky would be on this track. I suppose that even though so much popular and cool music today owes a massive debt to the work […]

The Edge Of My Seat

Sunflower Bean “Come On” There are certain types of rock songs that are clearly written to be played live, in which all the dynamic shifts are there to specifically jolt an audience. These kind of songs are most typically found on debut records, which are typically written and workshopped extensively in concert before being recorded, […]

Fist Fighting With Fire

Rihanna “Love on the Brain” Rihanna’s new album has no bangers, an awkward flow, few obvious hits, a spectacularly botched release via Tidal, and a total absence of Kanye West despite him being attached as the record’s “executive producer” up until very recently. But it does have a couple of the best ballads of Rihanna’s […]

Move In Space And Time

Bullion “Never Is the Change” I’ve missed a couple stages of Bullion’s development as a songwriter and producer, but I’m happy to catch up with where he is now on this single. “Never Is the Change” is rather like Hot Chip at their best, at least in terms of being this very groovy dance track […]

These Fragile Things

Space Captain “Two” There’s a lightness and elegance to this song that’s at odds with its lyrical sentiment, which from the start is telling you to “keep your crippling fear, let nobody come near you.” This could be cheap irony, but it comes out sounding rather sincere, making it more like a lullaby for the […]

Put It In The Machine That Fits

Ty Segall “Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess” This song is like a sculpture carved out of a big block of midrange, with jagged chunks of treble jutting out in all directions. This is about as menacing as psychedelic rock before it shifts into metal – it’s still got that hard psych vibe, but it’s very much a […]

Now You Ain’t Having It

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Little Shalimar featuring Killer Mike, Bun B, and Cuz Lightyear “Savage Habits” In the Pitchfork review of the Rubble Kings soundtrack, Jonah Bromwich says that this song “doesn’t quite pound in the way you might hope” for a track featuring both Killer Mike and Bun B. I think I know what Bromwich is getting at, […]

1986 Survey Mix

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the fourth in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which are moving backwards in time from 1989 to the start of the decade. These compilations are designed to give more context to the music of the ‘80s, and give a sense of how various niches and trends overlapped in this cultural moment. With […]

So Troubled So Shy

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Teen “All About Us” Teeny Lieberson’s sense of melody has been strong from the start, but improves with every new Teen record, to the point that we now have a song like this which could easily pass as a Girls Aloud tune. (High praise, trust me.) “All About Us” is a rather harsh break up […]

Say Say Say Say Say

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Anchorsong “Oriental Suite” Anchorsong’s music bears a striking resemblance to that of Four Tet, at least in the sense that they’re both working within the same set of rhythmic, melodic, and textural parameters, and have similar ideas about how a song should progress. There’s a shared internal logic, and a similar way of conveying a […]

Removed In Time

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

30/70 “Local Knowledge” 30/70’s new album Cold Radish Coma is similar in tone and style to beloved classics by Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Lauryn Hill, but the execution is stranger and more abstracted than anything they’ve put out. On a structural level it’s closer to what someone like Flying Lotus does, with fragments and songs […]

Solid State Solid Skin

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Rozi Plain “Actually” The tones in this song remind of cold metal pressed to your hand, and the odd not-quite taste of frigid air on your tongue. I imagine this woman standing on a hill, and wind is whipping about but not enough to seem particularly dramatic. And she’s just thinking about all the little […]

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Eerie Summer “????? ???? ??? ??-???????” As you can maybe tell by the title of this song, Eerie Summer are a band from St. Petersburg, Russia. A majority of their songs are sung in English, but this one is not. This is good old fashioned lovelorn indie-pop, and even if the words are not in […]

C’mon Hey Hey Hey

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DJ Paypal “Slim Trak” DJ Paypal’s music comes out of the Chicago footwork tradition, which is another way of saying it’s so fast and frenetic that it’s hard to imagine anyone but the most athletic people dancing to it. A lot of that stuff can be difficult to hear out of context, and I say […]

This Is All I Ever Meant

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David Bowie “I Can’t Give Everything Away” It seems reductive to say that Blackstar is a record about aging and mortality – there’s a lot more going on both thematically and musically – but I think the most powerful moments on the album address these ideas from a vaguely unsettling perspective. He’s morbid, but not […]

Too Scared To Leave

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down “Nobody Dies” The rhythms in “Nobody Dies” are steady and strong but feel a bit loose and rickety all the same, like it’s just a bunch of scaffolding keeping Thao Nguyen’s voice aloft in a place where it probably shouldn’t be. And that suits the theme of the […]

Darker Every Time We Try

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No Joy “Burial In Twos” One of the best things about No Joy’s extraordinary and sadly underrated More Faithful is the way the band implies a sense of depth in their music. They exaggerate dynamics to the point where the music will have this 3-D movie effect, with sounds seeming to surge out from the […]

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