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I Just Want To Be The One You’re Talking About

22 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Girlpool “Alone at the Show” There’s really not a lot of lyrics in this song, but it’s such a vivid sketch of a girl with a crush on a guy in a band. It sounds like an exciting situation but it’s actually pretty ordinary, and Girlpool does a great job of making it clear how […]

The Language Is Broken

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Erase Errata “Watch Your Language” Erase Errata: The other amazing all-female punk band that returned from a looooooong hiatus with an excellent, vital new record this week. I hate that they are so overshadowed, but that was always the case – even when they got some attention, it wasn’t all that much. Erase Errata haven’t […]

There’s Something Else If You Listen

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kindness featuring Robyn “Who Do You Love?” I really wasn’t feeling Robyn’s work with Royksopp last year, not because it was in any way bad, but because it just sorta predictable and dull to me. A lot of that has to do with the production style, which was very beat heavy and air tight – […]

The Shout Of The Room

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sleater-Kinney “Hey Darling” It makes some sense that the song on No Cities to Love that feels the most like a classic Sleater-Kinney song, or a least something that would’ve fit in perfectly well on Dig Me Out or The Hot Rock, is also the song that’s a message addressed to all the old fans […]

The Border Between Paradise And The Fall

Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker “Leaving Los Feliz” There’s a point in “Leaving Los Feliz” where Tame Impala singer Kevin Parker – in character as a jaded guy hanging out at a party for rich hipsters in Los Angeles – says that he’s pretending to shoot a documentary in his head of what’s going on […]

Let Imagination Run Free

Extraordinaire featuring Killer Mike “What You Said” Now that I’ve heard this I just wonder why it took so long for there to be a Southern rap track built around the faux-Terry Riley synthesizer intro of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” It works very well, especially because Extraordinaire left in the more squiggly part of the […]

Systems Of Subtraction

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

of Montreal “Empyrean Abattoir” If you’re just going on his music, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much time when Kevin Barnes ~isn’t~ being the ultimate manic depressive intellectual queen bitch of the universe. The past couple Of Montreal records were odd, transitional works – most of Paralytic Stalks sounds like an actual nervous breakdown […]

Dark Cloud Descended Again

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Panda Bear “Boys Latin” I love the way Panda Bear will focus on melody and harmony to the extent that the sheer sound of it will make his lyrics nearly illegible, as if the words are only there for architectural reasons. The chorus of “Boys Latin” is all about that cycle of notes, and the […]

I Win, I’m Winnin’

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Rae Sremmurd featuring Jace of Two-9 “Unlock the Swag” This is pure dumb fun. This is the kind of song where I could write about it in great detail but you’d never really get a sense of it because you just need to hear the sound of these guys’ voices. It’s all in the way […]

Candy-Coated Thoughts

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

D’Angelo and the Vanguard “Another Life” Every time I listen to Black Messiah I think about how unlikely and amazing it is that a record that was fussed over for soooooo long could possibly feel so loose and spontaneous. This really comes out in “Another Life,” which unfolds with such a graceful ease that you […]

Corny, I Know, But You Had Better Believe It

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Pulp “I Love Life (Live)” “I Love Life” is a rare and special song, the sort that makes a case for living that is unsentimental and bluntly logical: What else are you going to do? It’s the only thing you’ve got, really. The lyrics deliberately avoid the simple and the saccharine, and that makes it […]

Emotions, Books, Outlooks On Life

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sonic Youth “Skip Tracer” “Skip Tracer” starts off as a story about watching a band – specifically Mecca Normal, if you’re into trivia – but ends with a sequence in which the song slows down for a moment of fragility before zooming off into the future. It’s very sci-fi; it sounds like travel, and the […]


last monthMusic / 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

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 […]

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