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I Loved And I Lost

17 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Space Invadas “Now That I Know” It was not immediately obvious to me that the vocals in this song are not sampled and looped, but are live and unique to the record. That’s mostly because Katalyst’s production is so rooted in sample-based rap that this felt more like a DJ record to me, or like […]

Very Nice Very Nice

Videotapemusic “Hot Pants in the Summercamp” I try to avoid describing artists’ work by saying it’s like another more famous act’s work as much as I can, mostly because I think it’s lazy and sorta insulting. So with that in mind, please understand that when I say that Videotapemusic reminds me a lot of The […]

The Sun In Your Cold World

Soccer Mommy “Last Girl” “Last Girl” is an essentially self-deprecating song about feeling insecure because you feel like you’re vastly inferior to your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, but I like that it doesn’t quite tip over into self-loathing. It’s never really about this guy, or even herself so much as it’s about how much she admires this […]

At My Leisure

Yo La Tengo “Polynesia #1” The new Yo La Tengo record is full of negative space, which makes it feel loose and airy, but also empty and hollow. The sounds they choose feel deliberate but instinctive, the way a cartoonist can suggest a great deal of character and detail with carefully place lines on a […]

Took Me For A Ride

Zizi Raimondi “SUPAfresh” The last time I featured Zizi Raimondi on this site just two months ago, she was doing a sleepy indie rock tune called “Folly Dolly” in which she was somehow both Lou Reed and Nico, and everyone else in The Velvet Underground for that matter. This time around it’s a completely different […]

To Be Lucky Once

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Peter Zummo “Song II: Left; On The Beat—Variations” This piece was recorded by Peter Zummo with Arthur Russell, Bill Ruyle and Mustafa Ahmed in 1984, but has been shelved and unreleased until now. The music was recorded live to tape, and is partially improvised – or “an exercise in spontaneous arrangement,” as Zummo put it. […]

What Is This Force

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lake Ruth “Julia’s Call” Lake Ruth work in a relatively straight forward rock-pop paradigm, but their songs rarely if ever include choruses. It’s as if the shape of their compositions reject the convention – any time one of their songs feels like it could shift gears into chorus mode, the music moves in another direction, […]

Hopes Or Holidays

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Breeders “Walking With A Killer” “Walking With A Killer” is sung from the perspective of a girl who gets murdered by the end of the song, but it’s not a particularly scary song. A bit uneasy, sure, but the feeling of it is mostly quite calm and the lyrics describe the situation with a […]

Straight To Your Face

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Margaret Glaspy “Before We Were Together” Margaret Glaspy’s songwriting is rather terse and economical, and I wonder if it’s the result of meticulous editing or a disposition in favor of blunt, effective simplicity. “Before We Were Together” is lean and tight, and moves at an impatient pace that makes her lyrics about finding the nerve […]

The Last Year Has Been Kinda Rough

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Of Montreal “Sophie Calle Private Game/Every Person Is A Pussy, Every Pussy Is A Star!” Kevin Barnes’ work has a sort of internal logic in which electronic music and funk roughly correlates to manic hysteria, and more straightforward psychedelic rock loosely translates to either playful innocence or violent catharsis, depending on the tone. I like […]

An Emotional Sexual Bender

Janelle Monáe “Make Me Feel” In some ways it feels unfair and dismissive to say that a song like this or a lot of the better Bruno Mars songs of the recent past, are “retro.” I think it might be more accurate to say that this sort of funky pop – openly indebted to Prince, […]

Build It To Burn It Down

Everything Is Recorded featuring Ibeyi, Sampha, Wiki, and Kamasi Washington “Mountains of Gold” Richard Russell’s album as Everything Is Recorded is essentially a “producer + guests” record, but the way he cycles a set of collaborators through the songs makes it feel much more like the work of a specific, deliberate ensemble than a compilation […]

Radion Beams Casting Vibrant Views

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Khalid featuring Swae Lee “The Ways” Khalid and Swae perform “The Ways” from a position of genuine awe and humility. They’re both swooning for a “power girl” whose strength, beauty, and intelligence inspires them to rise up to her level. It’s a love song where respect and eroticism are tied together, and the power of […]

Your Indifference Is Boundless

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Born Ruffians “Side Tracked” The main guitar part in “Side Tracked” is a lot more ’70s R&B than most people would expect from Born Ruffians, but it suits them well, particularly as the song is produced by Richard Swift and this vintage vibe is very much his comfort zone. But it’s not a straight pastiche. […]

Now You’re In Real Life

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Caroline Rose “Jeannie Becomes A Mom” Caroline Rose’s vocals throughout her new record Loner have a distinct and captivating cadence – usually conversational in tone, often a bit wry and funny, always very empathetic and human. That empathy is particularly strong in “Jeannie Becomes A Mom,” a mid-tempo synth pop track with a slick cosmopolitan […]

You Don’t Have To Think

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

U.S. Girls “Incidental Boogie” “Incidental Boogie” has the sexy mechanical strut of Goldfrapp in their Black Cherry/Supernature schaffel phase, and without paying much attention it comes off as a sleek funk song about BDSM. If you pay attention… well, it gets a lot more complicated. Remy’s character in the song is a woman who is […]


3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh huh. As the story goes, back in October of 1986, Dan Rather was attacked by two men on Park Avenue in New York City. As the men accosted the famed anchorman, one of them repeatedly asked a puzzling question: “Kenneth, what is the […]


3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Finest Worksong I like to think that sometime in 1986, R.E.M. got around to thinking that all of the music that was being called “industrial” was not taking that label literally enough, and decided to write a song of their own that didn’t just sound a bit like a factory, but also played out the […]

16 Years Of Unpopular Pop

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is a collection of the finest non-hit pop songs from the 16 year history of this site. (Well, actually, one legit hit made it through because it fit in nicely.) It’s basically nothing but world-class bangers. You can experience it as an Apple Music playlist, a Spotify playlist, or as an expanded download version […]

We Dive Into Devotion

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Marit Larsen “The Sinking Game” Marit Larsen’s solo debut Under the Surface was released in her native Norway in March of 2006, nearly eight months before Taylor Swift released her own debut in late October. Larsen and Swift’s aesthetics overlap a lot, particularly as Swift phased out the more overtly country rock elements of her […]

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