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2017 Survey Mix

I’ve been making year-end survey mixes since the beginning of this decade, and this is the first intended to be a document of what happened in music in the year as opposed to being about my subjective experience. This came out of two things – most obviously, the fact that I’ve spent the past year […]

I See You Endlessly

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Belle & Sebastian “Sweet Dew Lee” It’s kinda remarkable how well Belle & Sebastian have integrated late ’70s disco moves into their repertoire through perseverance and dedication over the past 20 years. It’s there from the beginning of their career on “Electronic Renaissance,” but they cracked the code on “Your Cover’s Blown” back in the […]

Something More Than Hurt

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Everything Is Recorded featuring Sampha “Close But Not Quite” Richard Russell has explained that the origin of this song came from hearing Sampha’s record and hearing some of Curtis Mayfield in his voice, and I suppose, wanting to put both men on the same track as a sort of posthumous duet. The contrast is subtle […]

The Moon Is In My Eye

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bob Dylan “Soon After Midnight” I saw Bob Dylan live for the first time on the night before Thanksgiving. It was just one of those things where I knew I had to see him at least once, and the opportunity came up. I’m glad I did, it was as good as a show can be […]

This Ceaseless Stretch Of White

Ratboys “Crying About the Planets” (AudioTree Session) I’d meant to write about a song from the new Ratboys record months ago – the album came out in late June – but it fell off my radar for a while. But it makes sense to come back around to “Crying About the Planets” now, since it’s […]

The End Of A Dream, The Start Of What’s Real

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

U2 “American Soul” The biggest problem with U2 records in the previous decade is that Bono seemed only partly engaged in half the material, a result of the band becoming a secondary concern to him while he was more invested in his philanthropic and political work. This was particularly evident on No Line on the […]

Missing Mostly Everything

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Art Feynman “Monday Give Me Monday” The first half of “Monday Give Me Monday” is very good, with its appealingly jerky groove and a vocal melody performed in a tone so high and airy I can barely make out the words, but it’s all just preamble. The major feature of this track is the guitar […]

Girl, I’m Not At Home

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Jitwam “Alone” “Alone” falls into a zone halfway between totally alien and instantly recognizable, with familiar tones, grooves, and melodic bits pulled from rock and funk music from around the world adding up to a sort of musical deja vu. Jitwam’s production style has a worn, somewhat lo-fi quality that gives the track a vaguely […]

All The Roads I Run

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Noel Gallagher “She Taught Me How To Fly” Noel Gallagher’s new album is a pleasant surprise. Whereas his first two solo records seemed as though he was deliberately aiming for bland professionalism because that’s just what most people do when they go solo, Who Built the Moon? has him trying on some new styles and […]

My Day Is Dark As Your Night

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Weather Station “Thirty” “Thirty” is written is the past tense, with Tarama Linderman reflecting on the state of her life at that age, but the urgency of the music and the vivid details of her lyrics make it feel as though she’s singing from those moments. This is particularly true in the lines in […]

Honest And True

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Fascinations Grand Chorus “When You’re Mine” Fascinations Grand Chorus are proudly retro, and write and record as though music history – and the technology associated with it – cut off around the early 1970s. “When You’re Mine” is expertly crafted early ’60s girl group pastiche, and unlike a lot of music that aims for this […]

Whatever Happens Whatever Happened

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ibeyi featuring Kamasi Washington “Deathless” One of the weird things about 2017 is that the overwhelming majority of the music that’s been coming out was actually made in the year before, and so we’re only starting to hear songs written in the wake of last year’s election. Ibeyi’s new record is one of the records […]

Directing Attention Away From The Trick

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Squeeze “Rough Ride” “Rough Ride” is one of Squeeze’s most ambitious songs, a sleek disco number that tosses in some sax, a choir, and an opera singer for a bit of extra flavor. The music evokes both opulence and community, which mirrors the sentiment of Chris Difford’s lyrics, which lament the steady removal of the […]

Stay In The Mix

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

A$AP Mob featuring Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Meechy Darko & Zombie Juice “What Happens” My favorite type of rap song is the posse cut, no question. I just love the thrill of hearing as many rappers on a track as possible, and the contrast of voices and approach to lyrics and flow. I’m […]

That’s Balls Blue

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Cupcakke “Cartoons” The chime sound looped through “Cartoons” lends an off-kilter psychedelic vibe to a rap track that is otherwise very aggressive and focused. Cupcakke’s voice has a punchy quality, so maybe it’s meant to feel like your head is spinning from getting pounded in the face with her words. As forceful as she is, […]

It’s The Same Song, Right?

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Seventeen “Change Up” One thing I find fascinating about K-Pop as an ultra-casual dilettante is the way English words are scattered through songs that are otherwise performed in Korean. This song by Seventeen is a rather bold example, as the entire hook is in English – “change up, change up, change up” – so if […]

Don’t Read The Last Page

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Taylor Swift “New Year’s Day” The first music critic I read consistently was the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante, mainly because the Post was always around my house because my dad loved the sports section. Aquilante had an idea that would pop up in his writing now and again, and it’s stuck with me over […]

We’re Cute Together And Cool Too

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Red Velvet “?? ? (Red Flavor)” I don’t understand a word of Korean but it was pretty obvious what these girls were singing about just by hearing this music: “Red Flavor” is a big, goofy crush song. The melody and super-charged bounce of the beat capture a very young sort of crush feeling, amped up […]

From The Edge Of A Life

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Sleigh Bells “Favorite Transgressions” The initial thrill of Sleigh Bells came out of the way Derek Miller’s incredibly loud and forceful tracks blasted out nuance in favor of delivering hooks with the maximum degree of urgency and physicality. As the band have progressed he’s found ways to hold on to that energy and impact while […]

Now My Knees Are Bloody

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Escape-ism “Lonely At the Top” Escape-ism is the first music project Ian Svenonius has done entirely on his own, and he really makes the most of that by embracing a severe minimalism. He’s basically doing his own version of Suicide’s first record, but in this case, he’s both Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Svenonius’ voice […]

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