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The World Is Too Heavy

9 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Superorganism “It’s All Good” The Twitter bio for Superorganism proclaims “WE ARE DIY,” and yet they’re hooked up with Rough Trade, featured by Apple Music, and pushed heavily on what remains of the music blogosphere. The whole thing makes me nostalgic for the old mp3 blog days, right on down to the mid-00s twee peppiness […]

God Above And Devil Below

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Annie Hardy “Want” Annie Hardy’s music in Giant Drag was usually quite playful, and at times overtly silly in a bratty, stoner-ish sort of way. Her first solo record has a very different tone, a direct result of her experiencing some truly awful trauma – the death of her infant son, and a year later, […]

The Two Of Us Explored

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Filthy Friends “Any Kind of Crowd” Filthy Friends is essentially the touring version of R.E.M. minus Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, but with Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney on lead vocals and Kurt Bloch from the Fastbacks on guitar. It sounds almost exactly like what you’d expect, but… even more so. “Any Kind of Crowd” sounds […]

Plastic On The Ceiling

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Gorillaz featuring De La Soul “Momentz” If you could go back in time and tell me as a teenager in the ‘90s that Damon Albarn from Blur would one day find even greater success as a respected rap producer, I never would have believed you. But here we are 20 years after “Song 2” and […]

The Desire Causes Pain

Depeche Mode “So Much Love” It is fun to think about how at one point in their career Depeche Mode could be dismissed as a faddish thing for teenagers. They were so far ahead of the curve of mainstream music culture that even their corniest early stuff now sounds like it could be contemporary, if […]

You’ll Only Want Cake

Casey Dienel “High Times” “High Times” is a story about a woman having a one night stand with a hot dude at a hotel in Palm Springs, and it plays out lyrically and musically like a hazy memory of something you’re vaguely surprised actually happened. Casey Dienel sounds bemused throughout, and describes the encounter with […]

Carbon Copies Get Declined

2 Chainz featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko “It’s A Vibe” I can’t say I’ve given a lot of thought to 2 Chainz over the years despite liking a lot of songs he’s on, but I’m still vaguely surprised he’s so great on a genuinely sexy slow jam like this. But I […]

Why God, Why God

Kendrick Lamar “Fear.” The flashiest bits Kendrick Lamar’s new album Damn. are confrontational and menacing, but in context, that’s all a defensive front. As bold as he can get, Kendrick is introverted and introspective above all other things, and the majority of these songs are paranoid ruminations on a world where even a best case […]

Breaking Through The Atmosphere

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Harry Styles “Sign of the Times” “Sign of the Times,” Harry Styles from One Direction’s first solo single, starts off in a tasteful but sorta dull place that sounds like someone trying to hack the piano part from John Lennon’s “Imagine” the way Noel Gallagher did for “Don’t Look Back In Anger” without also plagiarizing […]

Waiting For Prince Charming

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

She-Devils “Hey Boy” It would be so easy for this song to be a fast garage rock thing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually started out in that mode. The genre conventions are all right there, but She-Devils opt to play it mid-tempo and spacey so it comes out sounding very sensual and […]

Allergic To Being Alone

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Babaganoüj “Hoping That It’s You” Power pop is basically rock music about loving rock music, and wanting to turn everything about ordinary life into glamorous, catchy, fun rock music. It’s about wanting action and romance and fun, and having complete faith that riffs and “doo-doo-doos” and hooks and zippy solos is a fast track to […]

The Oceanic Hum

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Magnetic Fields “’66: Wonder Where I’m From” “Wonder Where I’m From” is the first song on Stephin Merritt’s 50 Song Memoir, a record with a song for each year of his life up through the age of 50. This is the one that is ostensibly about the first year of his life, but since […]

Learn The New Language

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The New Pornographers “Darling Shade” Whiteout Conditions is the first New Pornographers album without two key founding members of the band. Most obviously, it’s the first without any songs written or sung by Dan Bejar. You’d think this would be a big deal, but it’s kinda…not? Bejar typically serves as a foil for Carl Newman […]

All At Once

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Band Practice “I Want You” This song is barely over a minute but it’s an incredibly vivid and nuanced portrait of an ephemeral but intense relationship at a specific moment in time. There’s a bit of manic desperation, and a little naiveté, and awkward but genuine lust, and the looming weight of cultural expectations, and […]

1993 Survey Mix

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the fourth in the 1990s survey mix series, which will come out monthly in chronological order through this year. You can find the previous mixes here. We’re in the thick of it now! This year, along with the next two, are unquestionably the most formative time for me as a young music fan […]

Listen To The World Outside

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Living “Glory” Chillwave happened long enough ago that there are many young musicians for whom Washed Out and Toro Y Moi could be formative influences. Which is funny, because it doesn’t feel so long ago to me, but I was already in my late 20s and many years into doing this site when that went […]

At Any Given Second It’s Real

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Raekwon “Nothing” The best compliment I can pay to Frank G, the guy who produced this track, is that when I first heard it I thought “wow, is Raekwon back with the RZA?” “Nothing” reminds me a lot of the eerie barebones minimalism of RZA’s work The W, especially the Raekwon showcase “Hollow Bones.” Both […]

Horizons That Just Forever Recede

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Father John Misty “Pure Comedy” If you’ve ever been lucky enough to karaoke with Rob Sheffield, you may have seen his take on John Lennon’s “God.” If you’re not familiar with the song, it’s this ballad in which Lennon runs down a list of people and concepts he doesn’t believe in, some of which he […]

Kickin’ The Can But Never Eats The Spinach

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Quelle Chris “Popeye” Quelle Chris’ Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often opens with “Buddies,” a slightly tongue-in-cheek song about self-love that simultaneously pokes fun at narcissism while embracing a healthy self-esteem. I mention this because I’m not writing about that song, but rather the track immediately after it. “Popeye” […]

A Concept Of Love

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Spiral Stairs “Emotions” The last time Spiral Stairs put out a record was about eight years ago, and I reviewed it for Pitchfork. I know the review bothered him a lot, and I don’t blame him. I wrote about how he served as an important foil to Stephen Malkmus in Pavement, and stand by that. […]

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