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5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

A lot of the reason I make these survey mixes is to prove to myself and others that there’s no such thing as a “bad year” for music. This seems very necessary in 2014, a year in which music culture felt scattered or uninspired, and there were few – if any – major zeitgeist-defining albums. […]

A Way With Entropy

Weekend Secret “Tendrils and Vines” I found this song at the end of a recent episode of WFMU’s Why Oh Why? with Andrea Silenzi. The singer/songwriter, Kelly Reidy, was interviewed about dating in the main segment of the episode, and Silenzi kindly played the show out with this song, and it was one of those […]

The Land Of The Humble And Proud

Common “Speak My Piece” I had no idea Common even put out a record this summer until I started doing research for the forthcoming survey mixes. This happens every time, and it’s one of the reasons I do this sort of thing – for whatever reason, Common’s record wasn’t on my radar, and I don’t […]

Pretend That You’re Happy

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

18+ “Crow” 18+ seem almost a little too cool – the hip-hop minimalism a bit too trendy, the detached and strung-out vibe a bit too affected – but when their shtick works, it really really works. “Crow” sounds like a tougher version of the xx, with the two singers putting up an icy, indifferent front […]

You Have It All Backwards

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ximena Sariñana “Sin Ti Puede Estar Tan Mal” As far as I can tell, this is a song about figuring out what to do with a relationship that’s clearly come to an end. It’s about emotional indecision, and that’s reflected in the sound of it, as the track progresses through a series of tones that […]

I Don’t Wanna Wait Forever

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

J. Cole “Hello” I didn’t expect much from J. Cole’s new album because his last one, Born Sinner, was so awkward – the music wasn’t bad, but his verses oozed a very off-putting level of insecurity and desperation while being mostly focused on him telling you how talented he is. The record was split between […]

The Sound Of One Clapped Hand

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Smashing Pumpkins “Tiberius” When Billy Corgan announced that Monuments to an Elegy would be a nine-track album of ultra-epic guitar rock, I naturally assumed the songs would all be on the long side. You know, along the lines of stuff like “Soma,” “Hummer,” “Silverfuck,” “Porcelina,” “Thru the Eyes of Ruby,” etc. My hopes were […]

Keep Hitting That Spot

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

EXGF “Idle Hands” This is a wonderfully bratty little song that’s basically like if the girls of Icona Pop shifted their attention towards berating the DJ at a club. It’s funny, there’s never been a shortage of pop songs that praise DJs, but it’s hard to come by a song like this, which is just […]

Think Backwards

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wu-Tang Clan “A Better Tomorrow” First, a note of clarification: This is the title track from the Wu-Tang Clan’s new album, A Better Tomorrow. It is not the Wu-Tang Clan song called “A Better Tomorrow” from their album Wu-Tang Forever. I don’t really understand why they thought it’d be a good idea to make two […]

Strings Of My Heart

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Slim Twig “Heavy Splendour” I have listened to this song several times by now and every time it sounds a little different. Some of this has to do with some ambient haze in the arrangement that serves as a sort of musical fog, but it’s mostly in the way the structure of the song keeps […]

Not A Card In The Mail

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ghostface Killah “Love Don’t Live Here No More” Ghostface’s new record is a concept album in which he plays a guy who’s fresh out of a 9 year jail stint, and goes home to discover that the woman he loves has ended up with someone he hates. This song sets up the romantic plot, with […]

I’m Not A Free Sample

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Shamir “On the Regular” I can’t help but feel like there’s something very radical and subversive in a young black man being so silly and bubblegum on their first major rap single. There’s a lot of bragging going on here, but it’s not aggressive or macho at all, and his voice is so androgynous that […]

The Sky Is Not The Only Thing That Changes Rapidly

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Real Estate “Past Lives” Over the course of this year, Real Estate is the band I listen to most often without necessarily identifying as a fan. The music is extremely listenable – the melodies and harmonies are always lovely, it stirs up a lot of bittersweet melancholy feelings, and works well as a nice, unobtrusive […]

Stealth Like Utopia

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Young Fathers “Low” One of the benefits of being an outsider in hip-hop is that you have license to completely avoid a lot of standard tropes because you have no hope of fitting in with the mainstream stuff. Young Fathers, a trio from Scotland, are so indifferent to the boundaries of standard hip-hop that they […]

There Is A Softness To Your Touch

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

TV on the Radio “Careful You” A good chunk of the TV on the Radio catalog is made up of songs by either Tunde Adebimpe or Kyp Malone that deal with a romantic conflict in which deep love and affection is at odds with behavior and feelings that are slowly poisoning their relationship. Both of […]

All Your Sweet Life

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Thee Oh Sees “Savage Victory” I saw Thee Oh Sees for the first time last night, and I came away from the show feeling like I truly understood the band in way I hadn’t before. My grasp on the band’s dynamics were pretty hazy going in, to the point that I had assumed a woman […]

We Could Finally Be Done

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The New Pornographers @ Hammerstein Ballroom 11/17/2014 Brill Bruisers / Myriad Harbour / Moves / War on the East Coast / Sing Me Spanish Techno / Crash Years / All the Old Showstoppers / Jackie, Dressed In Cobras / Another Drug Deal of the Heart / The Laws Have Changed / You Tell Me Where […]

Like I Never Met You

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Caribou @ Webster Hall 11/14/2014 Our Love / Silver / Mars / Leave House / All I Ever Need / Bowls / Second Chance / Jamelia / Back Home / Odessa / Your Love Will Set You Free / Can’t Do Without You // Sun Caribou “Your Love Will Set You Free” I went into […]

Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be

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Sloan @ Bowery Ballroom 11/12/2014 Forty-Eight Portraits / Keep Swinging (Downtown) / Unkind / 13 (Under A Bad Sign) / You’ve Got A Lot On Your Mind / Three Sisters / I Hate My Generation / Carried Away / Suppose They Close the Door / You Don’t Need Excuses To Be Good // If It […]

The Night Isn’t Dark Enough

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

New Build “The Sunlight” Here we are with another project by a former member of LCD Soundsystem – this time it’s Al Doyle, who is also in Hot Chip. It’s interesting to me how all these records seem to run with one element of the overall LCD sound, so you can tell it’s all coming […]

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