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Somebody’s Having A Laugh

Andy Stott “Faith in Strangers” A lot of songs that are built around a post-punk type of bass line end up having that part completely overtake the rest of the composition, and every other sound is just some decoration for this huge, thudding thing at the center of the track. But that’s not what’s going […]

So Hard To See The Stars

Tenashe “Aquarius” This song starts off in a fairly ordinary place – an R&B song in which a girl is telling a dude about how she wants to chill him out with sex that’ll be better than what he’d get with anyone else – but then makes a hard shift into astrology and paranoia about […]

The Drums Of The City Rain

Gerard Way “Brother” The majority of Gerard Way’s first solo album sounds like Britpop filtered through alt-rock and grunge, and you’d think I’d be the biggest mark for that. But as it turns out, my favorite on the record is the one that sounds the most like his old band, My Chemical Romance. “Brother” is […]

Reflecting Your Eyes

Thurston Moore “Forevermore” I’ve spent enough time listening to Thurston Moore over the past 20 years that his particular rhythms and tics are burned into my mind, enough that I can hear a new song by him and accurately anticipate his every move. He’s basically been on autopilot for a long time now, but I […]

How I Learned Not To Care

Foxygen “How Can You Really” One of my friends made a joke that Foxygen’s …And Star Power sounds “like disc 47 of the Their Satanic Majesties Request sessions box set,” and yes, it definitely does. (With a bit of Todd Rundgren in there too, I suppose.) This isn’t surprising – a lot of the best […]

We Gotta Do It Metaphysically

Prince “This Could Be Us” Prince’s music over the past 20 years doesn’t have a good reputation, and there’s good reason for that – he’s spent a LOT of that time being very indulgent and making records that satisfy his creative urges but test the patience of even his most devoted fans. You really do […]

Heathens Come, Charlatans Go

Electric Six “Alone with Your Body” It’s kinda amazing that it took Electric Six ten albums to make a fake Motown song, or more specifically, “white middle class bar band dudes playing soul music.” There’s about two layers of ironic distance in the music, and another added in the lyrics, in which Dick Valentine sings […]

Calling All The Human Race

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Peaking Lights “Telephone Call” I like the way Indra Dunis seems so guileless as she sings this song. There’s a pretty high level of kitsch in the music and the lyrics, but she’s just straight faced enough to make the whole song seem ambiguous and inscrutable. It’s a very ‘80s new wave move – being […]

You Could Be My Unicorn

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Swick & Lewis Cancut featuring Tkay Maidza “Wishes” “Wishes” is the sort of pop song that is so catchy and insistent that it dares to be totally annoying, but that’s sorta built into the sentiment of the lyrics. This is about feeling a very particular blend of ecstatic joy and nagging anxiety after connecting with […]

Who Are Smart

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Deerhoof “Paradise Girls” One of the best things about Deerhoof is that their music often conveys a joyful physicality. It just sounds like the product of great fun, and the parts click together in this seemingly spontaneous way, even if it’s not improvised at all. John Dieterich’s guitar parts always feel particularly alive, and seem […]

Kiss And Kill Me Sweetly

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The narrative around The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore has always been that it’s this bold departure from the band’s sound, but that’s only half true. Yes, it is an album that avoids the sort of heavy psychedelic rock that the band was best known for, but at the same time, there’s really nothing on the record […]

The Clouds Were Grey And The Sun Was Bright

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Tricky “I Had A Dream” I feel bad for Tricky sometimes – so much of what he was doing two decades ago has been plundered by other artists, and writers rarely if ever give him credit for being so forward-thinking and influential. He really did himself in by becoming so prolific – that’s a surefire […]

I Just Never Want To Hear That Sound

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ex Hex “How You Got That Girl” One thing that sets Mary Timony apart from a lot of other artists, particularly those of her generation, is that in over 20 years, she’s never once revisited the past. She’s never reunited Helium, she doesn’t play oldies in concert, she hasn’t stuck to any of her signature […]

All Of My Madness

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Thom Yorke “Guess Again!” The funny thing about Thom Yorke is that he drifted away from rock music because he felt it was banal, but culture has shifted in a way that the electronic music he makes now feels surprisingly ordinary. Yorke’s third album outside of Radiohead, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, is at times alarmingly dull. […]

New-Phase Gregorian Chants For Now People

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Laetitia Sadier “Quantum Soup” For a long time I had assumed that the instrumental side of Stereolab’s songwriting was dominated by Tim Gane, but Laetitia Sadier’s solo records indicate that she was either a lot more hands on with that sort of thing in that band, or she internalized their rhythms and aesthetics so much […]

The First A Formal Music

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Aphex Twin “Minipops 67 (Source Field Mix)” Right around the time Syro was announced, a few fake “leaks” of the album started going around. I can’t remember what it actually was, but if you barely knew Aphex Twin, you wouldn’t really know the difference probably. It’s sort of insulting, really, the thought that an electronic […]

This Is For Nobody

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz “Take Me In Your Army” Julian Casablancas’ new record barely sounds like what you’d expect of him – it’s deliberately odd and spacey, gleefully perverse, and sometimes he barely sounds like himself as he sings. It’s a genuinely surprising record from someone we’re used to sounding more or less the […]

The Virtues Of Cruising

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King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater 9/18/2014 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part 1 / Level Five / A Scarcity of Miracles / Hell Bells / Pictures of a City / The Letters / Sailor’s Tale / The ConstruKction of Light / Red / One More Red Nightmare / VROOOM / Coda: Marine 475 / Talking […]

You Think I’m The Negative One

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SBTRKT featuring Ezra Koenig “New Dorp New York” Ezra Koenig’s lyrics here are brilliant – he’s evoking very specific images in New York City, and contrasting them so that middle class Staten Island blurs with big money Manhattan. He’s playing a little game with the listener, but he always is, to some extent. I think […]

You Were In My Dream Again

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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. […]

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