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I Keep A Vision Of A Life That’s Free

Wolf Parade “Floating World” Dan Boeckner has many bands – Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators – but regardless of who he’s playing with, his style is essentially the same. Boeckner’s aesthetic mixes twitchy new wave with a slurring dirtbag glam vibe, so he always sounds like some sexy rocker dude who’s dealing with […]

The Meaning Of Contentment

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Alexis Taylor “Crying in the Chapel” Alexis Taylor’s interpretation of “Crying in the Chapel” is faithful to the tone of Elvis Presley’s classic recording, but strips nearly everything out of the arrangement aside from piano. There’s just enough there to give the song its shape, and a slight amount of reverb to imply the richness […]

Sometimes A Feeling Is Reason Enough

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Anohni “Execution” The far left politics of Anohni’s Hopelessness isn’t merely “on the nose.” It is a full-scale attack on the nose, and by the time the record is over, there is just a pile of pulp and rubble where the nose used to be. It’s a shameless work of agitprop, and so fixed in […]

You Still Don’t Know About Love

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Speedy Ortiz “Emma O” It’s a little strange to me that Speedy Ortiz would choose to put “Emma O,” a major step forward in their evolution as a band, as a song on a stopgap EP connected to their previous album along with a couple remixes. But hey, this song reminds me a lot of […]

That Shake In My Voice

Car Seat Headrest “1937 State Park” One of the many great things about Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial is how the band rocks out in this very casual way that’s hard to come by in music released after the ‘90s. It’s not sloppy at all, but it has a very physical energy, kinda athletic […]

All The Blessings

Chance the Rapper featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne “No Problem” The best word I’ve seen used to describe Chance’s music, particularly his third record Coloring Book, is jubilant. He’s working in a genre that goes heavy on party music, but he’s the guy in rap who sounds like he’s truly celebrating all the time. […]

You Are The Star Tonight

R.E.M. “Electrolite” The problem with writing about “Electrolite” is that Michael Stipe already did it, and he summed up the concept of the lyrics with such remarkable clarity and grace that I would find it very difficult to discuss the song without deferring to his explanation, or straight-up plagiarizing him. Back in 2006, he was […]

To Roam Endless Nights

Fascinations Grand Chorus “Welcome” The best fun I’ve ever had has come on nights that feel ripe with possibility, but have no particular plan. You can definitely have fun without surprises, and fun on a schedule, but it’s never quite as pure as jumping gleefully into the unknown. That’s basically the theme of this song, […]

The Touch Is Like A Breeze

Radiohead “The Numbers” The first time I heard A Moon Shaped Pool I was walking through an unfamiliar chunk of West Hollywood at twilight, finding my way back to where I’m staying. I’ve only heard it in Los Angeles since, and I’m sure I’ll associate it closely with the city for the rest of my […]

Letting Sunlight In

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Guided by Voices “Kid On A Ladder” The thing I always tell people about Robert Pollard is that you don’t realize the extent of his genius until you realize that he’s written at least 100 songs you love. He’s written a lot of duds, sure, but dwelling on that distracts from the overwhelming number of […]

Tie Me In A Bow

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Leapling “Alabaster Snow” This is one of those songs that is slightly aggravating in that I swear it reminds me of something specific from 20+ years ago, but I can’t place it at all. It might be a lot of things at once – the vocal melody is very Elliott Smith, for example, but the […]

Keep Away From The Darksides

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Underworld “Motorhome” The first half of Underworld’s Barbara Barbara… feels very dark and oppressive, and I feel stressed and claustrophobic just listening to it. The feeling disappears midway through the record, and the back half is much lighter and brighter. “Motorhome” is the first song after this transition happens, and it sounds like you’re coming […]

You’re Never As Low As You Think

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bas featuring Cozz “Dopamine” “Dopamine” belongs to a long line of rap songs about willing yourself into a better life, and reasons to accumulate wealth that have nothing to do with cheap glory. Bas’ verses are mostly focused on a sense of responsibility to family and friends, and his eagerness to be generous is inspiring, […]

I Can’t Believe This

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

James Blake “Radio Silence” James Blake’s deconstructed R&B has gradually shifted from strange outlier to mainstream trend over the past few years, to the point that his own music doesn’t quite have the same “whoa, what is this??” quality it had when he started releasing songs with vocals. He’s still a bit too weird to […]

1983 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Here’s the seventh in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which are moving backwards in time from 1989 to the start of the decade. These compilations are designed to give more context to the music of the ‘80s, and give a sense of how various niches and trends overlapped in this cultural moment. I can’t […]

This Ain’t A Rhetorical Question

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Elijah Blake “Whatever Happened” “Whatever Happened” is right on the edge of self-parody, with vulnerable sentiments about being rejected presented in a way that seems like it’s at least partly meant to be taken as a self-deprecating joke. But…maybe not? Some guys are not very self-aware. Elijah Blake is singing about a college girl he […]

When We Were Strangers

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Little Scream “Dark Dance” “Dark Dance” is essentially about the private moments of clarity and joy we can have quite suddenly, which you can never plan for but can have the power to entirely shift the focus of your life. In this case it’s dancing alone in the dark, but it could be anything, really. […]

The Only Good Thing That I’ve Got

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Formulars Dance Band “Never Never Let Me Down” It’s pretty easy to get sucked into the gravitational pull of this song. There’s something about the way that gentle groove, tinny guitar, and softly buzzing keyboard come together that’s slightly off in exactly the right way. The notes seem to shake slightly in the air, the […]

They Don’t Love You Like I Love You

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Case/Lang/Veirs “Honey and Smoke” “They don’t love you like I love you” is a poignant phrase to hear in a song because as earnest as it may be, it can only come from a position of insecurity. The one being addressing is obviously not convinced, or perhaps sees the difference in how you love them […]

Mighty Man Of War

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down “Fool Forever” Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards produced the new Thao record, and it’s very obvious, as her aesthetic is all over it – the emphasis on bass and percussion, the ever-shifting planes of musical texture, little eruptions of noise, a slightly feral quality to the performances. Thao Nguyen […]

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