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2016 Survey Mix

Here’s the 2016 survey, featuring 222 songs from across several genres from the past year. Unlike the 1980s survey mixes, this is not really about giving a historically accurate picture of the year in music – while I think this is representative of 2016, it’s a lot more personal and subjective. This is the most […]

It’s So Hard To Find

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Childish Gambino “Have Some Love” Somewhere along the way I missed the part where Donald Glover set aside rap in favor of psychedelic funk in the vein of Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament/Funkadelic, so hearing the songs on Awaken, My Love! was a genuinely surprising experience for me. Glover went all in on […]

Ain’t Worth The Psychic Disease

Monomyth “Re: Lease Life (Place 2 Go)” “Re: Lease Life” is a modern twist on up-tempo Velvet Underground songs like “What Goes On” and “Rock & Roll” – the tone is the very similar, but the stakes of the lyrics are totally different, with Monomyth leaning into the “write what you know” axiom by just […]

A Little Rock On A Big Mountain

Margaret Glaspy “Somebody to Anybody” “Somebody to Anybody” starts off as an expression of deep humility, with Margaret Glaspy singing about being at peace with the idea of being an insignificant part of a much bigger world. But as the song progresses, it becomes clear that this isn’t just about humility. It’s about not wanting […]

Say When

Say When This two-hour mix is adapted from a much longer personal playlist of night music. I have no particular definition for “night music” aside from that all of it sounds much better at night, and in some cases, sounds as though it should only ever be heard at night. Some of it is melancholy, […]

Activate Your Sexy

Bruno Mars “Perm” Bruno Mars fakes it so real he is beyond fake. His commitment to throwing himself into what is basically an elaborate impression of James Brown is so complete that it somehow goes beyond pastiche – this is just who Bruno Mars is now, and it all comes naturally. Mars emulates Michael Jackson […]

Tumbling On The Floor

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kaytranada featuring AlunaGeorge and Goldlink “Together” The hooks in “Together” are strong enough that they don’t actually require a particularly interesting arrangement – you could just highlight the melody with a serviceable beat, and you’d have something solid and fun. Show More Summary

Numb To The Feeling

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Michael Kiwanuka “The Final Frame” I love the way Michael Kiwanuka’s lead guitar contrasts with the sentimental string arrangement and gentle piano chords in this song – it’s a much less restrained performance, and one that seems as though it could fall apart at any moment. There’s an odd tension to it, and the particular […]

May You Never Play Yourself

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Oddcouple featuring Joey Purp “Visions” “Visions” is built around a sweeping, melancholy string section hook that sounds like it’s been yanked from the score of some 1950s melodrama. It sounds like small scale misery blown out to monumental proportions, and Joey Purp’s verses follow that lead with lyrics drawing a line from everyday tragedy to […]

Suffer With Pride

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Depeche Mode “Condemnation” “Condemnation” is Depeche Mode playing against type, at least on a surface level. It’s essentially a gospel ballad, and the synthesizers and drum machines that define most of their work are either sidelined or minimized in the arrangement. Whereas most of their work is programmed and produced in a way that doesn’t […]

Show Me All Your Teeth

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lady Wray “Smilin'” It’s interesting how a decade and a half of R&B revivalism has resulted in music rooted in ‘60s and ‘70s aesthetics no longer sounding retro, per se. Time has looped around so someone could hear Lady Wray’s record and hear Adele, Solange, or Amy Winehouse rather than Motown or Stax, and be […]

A Face Overrun With Fear

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Thee Oh Sees “At the End, On the Stairs” A live show by Thee Oh Sees tends to veer back and forth between the band’s two primary modes – frantic bursts of garage punk, and hypnotic Krautrock grooves. It’s all driving rhythm, all the time. This stuff slays live, and John Dwyer knows exactly how […]

Extensions Of Instinctual Soul

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

A Tribe Called Quest “Dis Generation” “Dis Generation” is as much about passing the torch to a new generation of rappers – Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, and Earl Sweatshirt are specifically named as heirs – as it is a celebration of the Tribe guys and Busta Rhymes still making excellent music together into […]

One Eye On The Door

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Duck “Lip on the Floor” Duck are essentially a synthpop duo, but their music is essentially a digital simulation of grunge circa ’91. It’s interesting to hear this sort of L7/Mudhoney vibe transposed to keyboards and drum machines – it’s just as loud and murky, but the sound is more tinny and the drum machine […]

Without Prince Charming

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra “Sleeping Beauty” “Sleeping Beauty” isn’t quite like any other piece of music I’ve ever encountered. It sounds like moonlight, and feels like floating outside of yourself. It moves at a very languid pace over the course of 12 minutes between sections led by Sun Ra’s electric […]

I Can’t Feel My Hair

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Really Big Pinecone “Everybody Needs Friends” Really Big Pinecone’s music is somehow both restless and chill at the same time. The guitar parts have a mellow tone, but the melodies wind around in strange knots and change direction at odd intervals. It’s kinda like if Real Estate tried to channel the chaos of a Captain […]

Nothing Over, Nothing Less

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

A$AP Mob featuring A$AP Rocky and Skepta “Put That On My Set” There’s a lot going on in this Lil Awree-produced track but it still somehow feels very stark and minimal, like this chilly, cloudy haze engulfing A$AP Rocky and Skepta’s verses. You notice the atmosphere more than anything – that faint sax, the distant […]

Draw A Circle Perfectly Around Her Heart

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Heavy Heart “Teenage Witch” The music sounds a bit more “teenage vampire” to me, if we’re being honest. But teenage witches are more interesting to me than teenage vampires, in part because while the metaphor of vampires is more about adults lusting for youth, witchcraft is about wanting to claim the powers of adulthood. It’s […]

My Mind Is Open

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Drugdealer featuring Weyes Blood “Suddenly” Everything about this song screams “I’m from the early ‘70s,” to the point that the only tell is in the production, which has a very contemporary digital chilliness to it. (I am not actually certain this was recorded and/or mixed digitally, but I would be a lot of money that […]

Fall Into Me Slow

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ari Lennox “Night Drive” The melody line in this song and the vocal performance captured on this track are both remarkable, but I find myself obsessing on something relatively minor about the recording: There is something magical about the particular crack of the snare, something I can barely describe. It’s a perfect thwack sound, both […]

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