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When My Love’s Around

12 hours 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

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?

2 days 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

5 days 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

6 days 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

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

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

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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 […]

The Strat With The Lightning Strap

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Weezer “Back to the Shack” A lot of the best recent Weezer songs – and there’s really not that many, so we’re talking about a small sample size here – are basically just Rivers Cuomo singing about his job. And that’s a strange thing for a guy whose most famous work connected with audiences because […]

They Do Not Make Me Complete

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Spoon @ McKittrick Hotel 8/3/2014 Knock Knock Knock / Inside Out / Small Stakes / The Beast and Dragon, Adored / Do You / Don’t Make Me A Target / Outlier / Who Makes Your Money / Rent I Pay / Got Nuffin // I Turn My Camera On / You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb […]

A Moth To Your Flame

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Redinho “Playing with Fire” I know lyrics are besides the point in a song like this – it’s really all about the tonality of the keyboard parts and the way the melodies seem to gently lean against the beat – but wow, this guy really isn’t messing around with the easy rhymes and clichés. I […]

The Space Between Us

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

GFOTY “Don’t Wanna/Let’s Do It” Here’s another track from the PC Music crew, and it’s one of the most bizarre and confounding pop songs I’ve ever encountered. The structure is glitchy and warped, but in a way, that’s not too weird. A lot of music now is glitchy and warped. This is interesting in how […]

Give It To The Cutest Girl

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sophie “Lemonade” I don’t really know much about Sophie other than that despite the name, it’s a male producer. Or something. Not knowing anything about Sophie makes his songs feel even more alien than they already do – like “Bipp” before it, “Lemonade” is a pure, direct R&B/rap-derived pop song that feels like it’s been […]

Bet You Tell Her I’m Crazy

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Jenny Lewis “She’s Not Me” This is basically a song about seeing one of your exes go on to have a seemingly happy and stable adult relationship, and wondering if that relationship works entirely because their new partner is just a lot easier to deal with than yourself. The line that really stings is when […]

Words Won’t Do It

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Veruca Salt @ Bowery Ballroom 7/24/2014 Get Back / All Hail Me / It’s Holy / Straight / Forsythia / Spider-Man ’79 / With David Bowie / One Last Time / Don’t Make Me Prove It / Wolf / I’m Taking Europe with Me / Venus Man Trap / Celebrate You / Aurora / Museum […]

Born To Excite Her

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Electric Six @ The Jewel (Rocks Off cruise) 7/22/2014 Nom de Plume / After Hours / Electric Demons In Love / Down at McDonnelzzz / The New Shampoo / Gay Bar / Gay Bar Part Two / She’s White / Hello! I See You / Pink Flamingos / Randy’s Hot Tonight! / Night Vision / […]

Mistaken For Slag

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Bernhoft “One Way Track” My first impression upon listening to the new albums by this Norwegian R&B singer is that it’s one of the best engineered and mixed pop records I’ve heard in a while – it’s just got this wonderful presence and clarity, and this perfectly warm and fully central bass sound. The producer […]

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