Although the elections were yesterday, we still don’t know who won although we have a pretty good idea…. So we distracted ourselves with music. Kiwi Jr. got their second play in as many weeks with “Undecided Voters.” We dragged Pavement and the Mountain Goats out of semi-retirement. We basked in the gentle pop stylings of Miloe, a new artist out of Minneapolis who has a thing for Winona Ryder. Adam Levy’s “Cadiz” recalled a kinder, gentler Kid Creole. Arlo Parks’ “Green Eyes” was mesmerizing. And the bonus tracks on the Prince Sign of the Times megaset are unusually good bonus tracks — we played 2 Nu 1’s 4 U.
I grew up in the heyday of the long playing record, spent my babysitting years buying albums, made mix tapes like everybody else in the 80s, segued into CDs in the 90s, and then sometime in the 2000s, there stopped being records. By records, I mean physical copies of music with packaging, cover art, and […]
One of my favorite web sites seems to have died or maybe it’s just in a coma. BetterPropaganda.com hasn’t had any new content since December 2012. BP used to be my go-to source for interesting new music. It was all free and legal, released by the artist or the label. And it had great contributors, […]
Not that many records have impressed me this year, but there’s something about Sweet Life by Frank Ocean that stuck with me even though lyrically, it’s completely alien to my life. Somewhere between rap and R&B, Sweet Life takes you to a land of milk and honey somewhere in Beverly Hills where happy young people enjoy […]
I’ve been intrigued by Wye Oak for a few years, partly because they’re called Wye Oak (the ancient oak tree in Maryland that died a few years back) and partly because they’re from my old home town of Baltimore. “Civilian” was one of my favorite tracks of 2011 and now they’re back with “Spiral,” a […]
First, there were superfast zombies, now it’s jellyfish. What next? I do love this tune, which combines great poppy hiphop with great poppy pop, dedicated to the “water breathers.” It’s great summer music, although maybe not for beach-goers. Thank you, Flux Blog. Gorillaz: Superfast Jellyfish Speaking of FluxBlog, they had another recent favorite of mine, […]