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You Were In My Dream Again

13 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Caribou “Silver” “Silver” is one of those songs where I have to assume the lyrics were written in some way as a response to the musical arrangement – everything in the song is moving in these slow, sad circles, so Dan Snaith sings about being heartbroken like it’s just being stuck in a painful loop. […]

A Better Body Than Anyone Else Is A Full Option For Me

Hyuna “Red” I’ve come to really love the K-Pop version of rap, which to me is both a more interesting version of the typical K-Pop aesthetic, and a bizarre reflection of American hip-hop. I love the way an artist like Hyuna can go out of her way to approximate the cadences and lyrical forms of […]

Somebody Stepped Inside Your Soul

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

U2 featuring Lykke Li “The Troubles” traditional release with relatively little fanfare. I know they wouldn’t ever want to do that, but I think this record would’ve been far better received if they undersold it, and were just like “hey, we made a kinda personal record about our youth, check it out or not.” It’s […]

Inverse Achievement

Interpol “Everything Is Wrong” It’s unfair to project your experience as a listener on to the intention of an artist, but Interpol’s last record suffered a lot because it just sounded like a slog. It just sounded like a band who was exhausted with itself, and it gave little indication that they’d ever come back […]

She’s A 20th Century Fox

Sloan “Cleopatra” Sloan’s new album Commonwealth splits into four sides, one for each songwriter in the band. You can look at it like four miniature solo albums released under the Sloan banner, or as a typical Sloan album sequenced so their songs don’t really mingle together. It’s a little of both, probably. The four sides […]

You Find The Idea Calming

Sinkane “Omdurman” It’s interesting to me just how country this song gets without necessarily announcing itself as a country song. The guitar parts are straight up ‘70s country, it’s all twang and pedal steel, and while the organ part definitely calls back to more or less the same era, it’s more ambiguous. It dominates the […]

Work Your Way Up To Me

Basement Jaxx “What’s the News?” Honestly, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the new Basement Jaxx record because 1) the singles leading up to it were so good, but do not appear on it and 2) the bar is always set quite high for Jaxx records. I get why they didn’t put “Back 2 […]

All Your Thoughtless Words

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Merchandise “Enemy” I was not particularly interested in the earlier incarnation of Merchandise. I didn’t hear fully formed songs in their recordings, and I don’t think that being a band who plays a lot of DIY gigs is even remotely intriguing. But this new version of the band on 4AD has my attention, in part […]

Every Time You Think Of Me

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

QT “Hey QT” This song, a collaboration, between Sophie and A.G. Cook from PC Music, may be actual proof that the universe likes me and wants me to be happy. This is all concentrate energy and joy, and somehow manages to feel fresh and new while also feeling vaguely nostalgic. I’m not sure for what […]

When My Love’s Around

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ty Segall “The Singer” In a strange way, this song strikes me as the midway point between Pavement in 1995 and Oasis in 1995. I say “in a strange way” because neither of those bands really did waltzes, and it doesn’t literally sound exactly like either band. But on this song – and a few […]

You’re Handling It Well, Lover

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The New Pornographers “Dancehall Domine” Of all the songs on The New Pornographers’ sixth album Brill Bruisers, “Dancehall Domine” is the one that most reminds me of the sleek, turbo-charged sound that made me fall in love with the band back in the very early ‘00s. They never really abandoned that sound, but this one […]

If There’s No Music Up In Heaven, What’s It For?

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center 8/24/2014 Reflektor / Flashbulb Eyes / Power Out / Rebellion (Lies) / Joan of Arc / Rococo / The Suburbs / Ready to Start / Tunnels / We Exist / My Body Is A Cage / No Cars Go / Haiti / Afterlife / It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) / […]

It’s Not Enough To Watch A Movie

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Girlpool “American Beauty” These girls are putting up a bratty front in this song, and you can tell they’re pretty excited to push the envelope a bit by singing “eat me out to American Beauty. That’s fun, but what really makes this work is that they’re not too cool for their own song and are […]

Boy Or Girl Or Supercomputer

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kero Kero Bonito “Sick Beat” It’s funny to get this song in the same week that Taylor Swift dropped a single in which she describes a totally conventional pop 4/4 as a “sick beat.” This track actually does make good on the promise of a sick beat, and taps into the same manic, surrealistic pop […]

Hopeless Without Your Love

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Nicholas Krgovich “The Backlot” The first line of the chorus of this song should resonate with, well, most any human being who has moved on from a relationship: “I don’t know what came along and tricked me into believing that you were the only one for me.” There’s a lot of ways you could deliver […]

Devils Don’t Lie

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Kimbra “Madhouse” Who knew that Kimbra, the girl from that “Somebody That I Used To Know” song, had it in her to make a solid art-funk album that legitimately sounds like late ’80s Prince? I like these little surprises in life. “Madhouse” is the most overtly Prince-ish track on the record, but there’s echoes of […]

Away From The Light

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Mr. Twin Sister “Blush” Back when Mr. Twin Sister was known simply as Twin Sister, the band’s best material were the tracks where they strayed away from shoegaze-y indie stuff and embraced a very mid-90s moody sophistication. They wisely have kept moving in that direction, and “Blush,” a single from their forthcoming record, nails this […]

You Could Hear My Heart Yell

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Cam’ron “Lala” Cam’ron is a rapper who has aged very well on record in large part because his vocal style has never been about projecting youthful vitality or energy. He has a very NYC kind of laid-back cool, and his cadences always feel relaxed and lived-in. My favorite thing that he does with his voice, […]

Til The Record Stops

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Saint Pepsi “Fiona Coyne (Maxi Yo Remix)” Look, it’s not easy to choose between this version of “Fiona Coyne” and the original mix by Saint Pepsi. They both have the optimistic vibe and perky groove, but they come at it from different angles. The remix is nearly half as long as the original, and starts […]

Lungs Hollowed Out

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Love Inks “Shoot 100 Panes of Glass” If someone had lied to me and told me that the forthcoming record by Love Inks was a new album by Young Marble Giants, I would have believed that without a moment of hesitation. Love Inks draw on more or less exactly the same formula – extreme minimalism […]

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