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This Is Our Life

7 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Tragically Hip “Ahead By A Century” Like pretty much all other Americans, I had ignored The Tragically Hip through their entire career. I knew about them. I knew they were hugely popular in Canada, but were at best a cult act in the United States. I was dimly aware of a song of theirs […]

Keep Breathing Slowly Slowly

Vince Staples featuring Kilo Kush “Loco” Vince Staples’ lyrics have an incredible density – verbose and highly detailed, sure, but he has a talent for layering meaning in his verses so his songs are like narrative high rises. There’s a lot going on in “Loca,” enough that it’s hard to keep the “plot” straight, in […]

I Used To Dream In Parables

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Noname featuring theMIND “Sunny Duet” There’s something in the sing-song lilt of Noname’s voice that makes her verses feel both playful and a bit sad at the same time. She always sounds like she’s making an effort to stay optimistic and kind, and that effort is wearing on her more than she’d like you to […]

When The Sun Is Ruined

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Frank Ocean “Pink + White” A very large portion of Frank Ocean’s Blonde has no percussion, or at least none in the form of traditional physical percussion or drum programming. Things like organ vamps or palm muted guitar will keep the tempo in some places, but in others, it’s just this free-floating ambience and Frank’s […]

This Heart Still Beats For You

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Angel Olsen “Shut Up Kiss Me” I like the way Angel Olsen sings this with a sort of pouty affect, and how the chorus sounds a bit like a tantrum with its demanding language and clipped phrasing: Shutupkissmeholdmetight! Shutupkissmeholdmetight! It adds a bit of humor to a song that is otherwise pretty sad, and is […]

As Toxic As Ever

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Slow Club “Give Me Some Peace” It’s been a pleasure watching Slow Club evolve from tuneful but cutesy folk pop into one of the most sophisticated indie bands of their generation, but it’d be even more satisfying if I didn’t feel like I was observing this growth all on my own. It is frustrated to […]

You Want To See Ego?

Field Mouse “The Mirror” Field Mouse give you exactly two guitar strums to get your bearings before blasting into the circular riff and propulsive beat of “The Mirror,” the opening song from their album Episodic. The spiraling sensation and violent momentum reminds me of Sunny Day Real Estate, but Rachel Browne’s vocals are a lot […]

Just A Feeling In The Room

Miya Folick “Pet Body” Miya Folick sings with a passion and flair that sometimes reminds me specifically of Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker. Not so much the aspects of Corin’s voice that could blow a hole through a mountain with their volume and intensity, but certainly the times when her phrasing becomes more playful and deliberately camp. […]

I’m Just “Illuminations” And “Flowers Of Evil”

of Montreal “Gratuitous Abysses” I’ve been following Kevin Barnes’ career closely for about 12 years now, and in some ways it’s like being heavily invested in a hysterical psychedelic soap opera starring someone I feel like I know extremely well but have only ever met in passing. Innocence Reaches is a strange record, mainly in […]

A Special Kind Of Way To Be Cruel

AJJ “American Garbage” If I were to make a Girls character quiz at BuzzFeed, I would go in assuming that very few people would want to get Shoshanna as a result. She’s strange, awkward, and extremely abrasive. A lot of people hate Marnie, but would still like to be told that they’re like the show’s […]

How Much I Don’t Need You

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Thee Oh Sees “The Axis” Let’s skip ahead in this song and focus on the ending, in which John Dwyer plays a guitar solo that starts off as compelling yet fairly standard shredding, but gradually shifts until it sounds like the notes are literally shredding. It’s a beautifully ugly sound, and it’s the perfect, magnificently […]

Maybe We Can Play Pretend

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Tennis “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” I’ve never had a grasp on Tennis’ identity as a band. I’m not totally sure if they do either. They definitely have an aesthetic – very clean and glossy, but also refined and not particularly flashy – but their personality is rather vague and seems to shift with whatever their […]

Dripping In Smiles

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Britney Spears “Private Show” Britney Spears has been mainly singing like a horny cyborg for nearly a decade, a move that originated in necessity circa her public breakdown album Blackout but has persisted as an aesthetic choice ever since. It suits the sort of electro pop that she’s focused on over the years, and can […]

I Will Not Hold You Back

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wild Beasts “Alpha Female” The major through line of the Wild Beasts discography has been Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming’s deeply conflicted relationship with masculinity – their own, mostly, but also in broader terms. Sometimes it’s a critique, and other times it’s a celebration. Thorpe’s early vocal performances would toggle dramatically between masculine and feminine […]

1980 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the final installment in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which have been anthologizing each year of that decade in reverse order. These compilations are designed to give context to the music of this era, and give a sense of how various musical niches and trends overlapped or coexisted in their cultural moment. […]

There Comes The Darkness

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Radiohead @ Madison Square Garden 7/27/2016 Burn the Witch / Daydreaming / Decks Dark / Desert Island Disk / Ful Stop / My Iron Lung / Climbing Up the Walls / Morning Mr. Magpie / Pyramid Song / Bloom / Identikit / The Numbers / The Gloaming / Weird Fishes/Arpeggi / Everything In Its Right […]

My Heart’s In A Cage Tonight

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79.5 “ooo” I have spent a lot of time immersed in music from the early ‘80s and late ‘70s in the recent past, and I can say with reverence, enthusiasm, and some minor degree of authority that this song could pass as a vintage mellow R&B cut from that era. There are some tells – […]

Only The Very Best

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Half Waif “Nest” Nandi Rose Plunkett has a lovely voice, with a crisp vocal tone and refined inflection close to that of Annie Clark on the first two St. Vincent records. She could easily get by on the sheer prettiness of her voice, but she resists that all through her first record as Half Waif, […]

Images Flashing In My Mind

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Body Language “Just Let It” “Just Let It” falls at just the right spot on the curve of a trend that it simultaneously sounds fresh and nostalgic at the same time. This sort of bright and perky laptop indie pop has been going strong for over a decade now, but it’s still a young and […]

The Punch You Shouldn’t Feel

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Schoolboy Q featuring Lance Skiiiwalker “Kno Ya Wrong” “Kno Ya Wrong” has a diptych structure with a shift in tone so strong that it’s easy to forget the first half was in the same song once you’re deep into the second half. I favor the first part, actually – I’m a sucker for piano loops […]

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