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It Won’t Last Forever

27 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Purling Hiss “Fever” Purling Hiss’ early stuff gave me the impression that they weren’t particularly interested in writing song-y songs, and were more about foregrounding the scuzzy surface of lo-fi garage rock. I don’t think that music worked very well, in large part because form is pretty important to that genre, and without it you […]

I Cost More Than You Earn

Julia Jacklin “Leadlight” Julia Jacklin isn’t breaking the mold with anything about the melody, structure, or style of this song, but everything about this song is executed with a seemingly tossed-off elegance that impresses the hell out of me. It’s a bit like how you wouldn’t criticize gorgeous handwriting because the person holding the pen […]

In The Dark Where You Can’t See The Stars

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “Rough Going (I Won’t Let Up)” Rostam Batmanglij is a great collaborator for Hamilton Leithauser for a lot of reasons, but primarily because he has such a great grasp on exactly what makes Leithauser such an interesting and distinct performer. In “Rough Going,” Batmanglij taps into my favorite aspect of his […]

Plastic Bankroll

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

D.R.A.M. “Cash Machine” The “my life is pretty great now that I’ve got a lot of money!!!” song is a staple of hip-hop, and a lot of rappers can sound like they’re crossing something off a to-do list when they make theirs, but D.R.A.M. really goes at the trope with gusto on “Cash Machine.” There’s […]

Other People Need Food

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Mac Miller featuring Anderson Paak “Dang!” I can’t say that I would’ve expected Mac Miller to make one of the tightest, most focused, and musically rich rap records of 2016, but 1) it’s on me that I wrote this guy off for no good reason 2) I’m very glad that he did. “Dang!” sets the […]

The City On Fire

Danny Brown featuring Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, and Earl Sweatshirt “Really Doe” My favorite hip-hop is almost always little more than a series of rappers taking turns on a beat, especially if that beat has a creaky, dilapidated aesthetic. Blame the Wu-Tang Clan. All four verses in “Really Doe” are remarkable, and work as good minute-long […]

I Forget My Body

Nada Surf “Rushing” I could say that this is a really great soft rock song, but that sounds like I’m making fun of it, right? But it really is, and the quality of it highlights how difficult it can be to write in this mode without getting overly sappy and sentimental, or having the softness […]

Within The Next Few Hundred Weeks

Okkervil River “Mary On A Wave” About two thirds of the way through this song Will Sheff asks “are my eyes now closed or opened?” If songs could have a nut graf, this would be it for “Mary On A Wave.” The music is gentle and soothing, with a chorus that feels cautiously optimistic, but […]

Laugh At The Small Moments

Isaiah Rashad “Brenda” Isaiah Rashad mainly stays in one lane creatively – raspy, introspective rap over slow beats and melancholy guitar parts. It’s kinda like if Raewkon only ever did stuff like “Heaven & Hell.” This is not a complaint: This is one of my absolute favorite aesthetics for hip-hop, and Rashad is exceptional at […]

The Moments We Have

Uffe “As Long As It Lasts” This song feels like an entire noir film compressed into three minutes, with Uffe packing in so many classy-yet-lurid night time signifiers that it’s a wonder the song still has space to feel airy and stark. I’m particularly fond of the piano bits that sound like they’ve been jacked […]

Time Can’t Be Replaced

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

De La Soul featuring Estelle and Pete Rock “Memory of… (US)” It sucks that De La Soul were essentially forced to abandon the dense sample-centric aesthetic of their most famous works because, well, it’s just absurdly expensive and labor-intensive to clear so many samples. But at the same time, it’s good to hear them get […]

Seekers Who Don’t Even Find

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Relaén “Twines” “Twines” is so mellow that it doesn’t totally register at first. At least this was the case for me – the first few times I heard it I picked up on the “warm bath” vibe and enjoyed that, and then the melodies sunk in deeper and deeper with repeated listening. The vocal performance […]

Writing Cursive In The Sky

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Motion Graphics “Lense” Maybe you remember White Williams? They put out one record nearly a decade ago, it was sorta like if The Strokes were also Neu!, or if Devo were also Kraftwerk. Really great vibe, but they basically disappeared and were largely forgotten. Motion Graphics is essentially the second coming of White Williams – […]

Slow Motion Tremble To The Holy Beat

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Magic Potion “Cheddar Lane” About two thirds of the way through this song the tempo suddenly decreases, and this fairly perky riff rock tune becomes very, very drowsy. It sounds like the song is just strolling along and then gets hit by a tranquilizer dart to the neck from some sniper in the distance. It’s […]

All Of My Spirit Leaked Like A Cut

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wilco “Normal American Kids” “Normal American Kids” is not the fun sort of nostalgia where you make a version of the past that flatters you and is edited carefully so you only get the fun bits. This is Jeff Tweedy, a man on the edge of 50, remembering what it was like to be a […]

So Help Me Jesus

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Toadies “Possum Kingdom” I’m with Arianna on this one. “Possum Kingdom” is also my favorite song from the perspective of a vampire, my favorite song that makes the phrase “do you wanna die?” sound like a flirt, and my favorite song about seducing someone with the promise of immortality. And look, “Possum Kingdom” doesn’t have […]

I’m With Everyone And Yet Not

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bush “Swallowed” Gavin Rossdale has had an extremely charmed life, but it’s still a bit unfortunate for him that his band arrived in exactly the window of time when they would get the least respect. Worse still that those biases have carried on long after people stopped caring about whether or not they were another […]

Stupid Happy With Everything

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Everclear “Electra Made Me Blind” There are so many reasons Everclear do not get the respect they deserve, and some of them are maybe fair: Art Alexakis has a reputation for being an abrasive dick, and they really threw themselves into the deep end of the corporate rock market with gusto at a time when […]

This Is Our Life

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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

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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 […]

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