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Bjork Rocks China

Bjork called out “Tibet, Tibet” at the end of a performance of “Declare Independence” during a concert in Shanghai earlier this year, and now every other artist performing in China will have to suffer the consequences: The Chinese Ministry of Culture will now be tightening approvals, and screening… More »

fluxington | July 17, 2008 2:45 am

Bjork called out “Tibet, Tibet” at the end of a performance of “Declare Independence” during a concert in Shanghai earlier this year, and now every other artist performing in China will have to suffer the consequences: The Chinese Ministry of Culture will now be tightening approvals, and screening… More »

Fred Schneider Is Not An Everyday Person

In this fan-recorded clip from a few weeks ago, the B-52’s, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, and others come together to belt out a gleeful version of Sly and the Family Stone’s inclusive anthem “Everyday People.” More »

fluxington | July 17, 2008 2:30 am

In this fan-recorded clip from a few weeks ago, the B-52’s, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, and others come together to belt out a gleeful version of Sly and the Family Stone’s inclusive anthem “Everyday People.” More »

Kelly Clarkson Returns To Pop, Clive Davis Ascends To Divinity

decembre.jpgFox News’ Roger Friedman gleefully reported today that “sources” have told him the newly apologetic Kelly Clarkson will return to pop music, with a new album of songs selected by record mogul Clive Davis and his associates to come sometime in 2008. If it’s true, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the controversy surrounding My December, and the album’s solid–though unremarkable–sales figures. However, Friedman’s over-the-top reverence for Davis borders on outright fanboy drooling, and serves to highlight one of the more peculiar aspects of this whole Kelly/Clive debacle: Have we gotten to the point that people are so cynical about pop music that they prefer to reserve fandom for an industry executive who has facilitated hits rather than those who write and perform them?

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 12:30 pm

decembre.jpgFox News’ Roger Friedman gleefully reported today that “sources” have told him the newly apologetic Kelly Clarkson will return to pop music, with a new album of songs selected by record mogul Clive Davis and his associates to come sometime in 2008. If it’s true, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the controversy surrounding My December, and the album’s solid–though unremarkable–sales figures. However, Friedman’s over-the-top reverence for Davis borders on outright fanboy drooling, and serves to highlight one of the more peculiar aspects of this whole Kelly/Clive debacle: Have we gotten to the point that people are so cynical about pop music that they prefer to reserve fandom for an industry executive who has facilitated hits rather than those who write and perform them?

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We’ve Already Wasted A Lot More Than 120 Minutes On This Site


Like most music nerds in their late twenties, MTV’s 120 Minutes was a staple of my adolescence, and a prime influence on my taste in indie and alternative rock. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, anyone can troll around for almost any video that would have ever aired on the program, but the anonymous curator of 120minutes.tumblr.com improves on that by posting five embedded alt-rock classics per page, roughly approximating the experience of watching the show by adding a sense of continuity and an element of surprise.

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 11:05 am


Like most music nerds in their late twenties, MTV’s 120 Minutes was a staple of my adolescence, and a prime influence on my taste in indie and alternative rock. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, anyone can troll around for almost any video that would have ever aired on the program, but the anonymous curator of 120minutes.tumblr.com improves on that by posting five embedded alt-rock classics per page, roughly approximating the experience of watching the show by adding a sense of continuity and an element of surprise.

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Video Director’s Life Comes To A Sad End

The video for Beck’s “Round The Bend,” which was created by video artist Jeremy Blake, somehow manages to be even more low-key and glacially paced than the song itself. The images slowly melt together, leaving abstracted, animated washes of bright colors while only occasionally revealing the nature of their form. There are no figures; when the face of Beck appears, it’s only as a two-dimensional representation directly lifted from the art that Blake created for the 2002 album Sea Change. It’s a gorgeous piece, and it’s likely the final music video of Blake’s career–he went missing last week and is now presumed dead.

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 10:30 am

The video for Beck’s “Round The Bend,” which was created by video artist Jeremy Blake, somehow manages to be even more low-key and glacially paced than the song itself. The images slowly melt together, leaving abstracted, animated washes of bright colors while only occasionally revealing the nature of their form. There are no figures; when the face of Beck appears, it’s only as a two-dimensional representation directly lifted from the art that Blake created for the 2002 album Sea Change. It’s a gorgeous piece, and it’s likely the final music video of Blake’s career–he went missing last week and is now presumed dead.

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Our Roster Of Guest-Bloggers Is Still In Flux

Hey everybody. My name is Matthew Perpetua, and I’m going to be Idolatin’ for you all day long. You might know me from my site Fluxblog, where I’ve been writing about mp3s most weekdays for five years or so. If you’re an obsessive R.E.M. fan, you may be familiar with my Pop Songs 07 project, in which I’m writing a bit about every song in that band’s catalog.

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 8:44 am

Hey everybody. My name is Matthew Perpetua, and I’m going to be Idolatin’ for you all day long. You might know me from my site Fluxblog, where I’ve been writing about mp3s most weekdays for five years or so. If you’re an obsessive R.E.M. fan, you may be familiar with my Pop Songs 07 project, in which I’m writing a bit about every song in that band’s catalog.

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“Reader” Writer Readies Her Pitchfork Over Tegan & Sara Review

thecon.jpgIt’s been a pretty quiet day at the Idolator flophouse. (I’m staying in a lovely guest room. Maura is a great hostess–she even made me blueberry pancakes! A++!) I’d been hoping that my guest spot on this site would line up with something crazy, or eventful, or weird–y’know, something easy to write about, if we’re being very honest. And here we are, at the end of the day, and it’s here: an honest-to-goodness Pitchfork nontroversy! More specifically, it’s the first round of what could be the critic-on-critic showdown of the season!

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 5:49 am

thecon.jpgIt’s been a pretty quiet day at the Idolator flophouse. (I’m staying in a lovely guest room. Maura is a great hostess–she even made me blueberry pancakes! A++!) I’d been hoping that my guest spot on this site would line up with something crazy, or eventful, or weird–y’know, something easy to write about, if we’re being very honest. And here we are, at the end of the day, and it’s here: an honest-to-goodness Pitchfork nontroversy! More specifically, it’s the first round of what could be the critic-on-critic showdown of the season!

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Guardian Tries To Shoehorn A Few Bands Into A Half-Baked Trend

shoegaze.jpgListen, I know that it’s silly to take the British press seriously when they write trend pieces about genres, and coin names for new subgenres and movements. It is a truth universally acknowledged that writers for publications like NME and the Guardian are kinda silly, and sometimes have a tenuous grip on reality. It’s not so bad, actually–sometimes it results in totally improbable things becoming popular for five or ten minutes. But c’mon, Guardian: Nu-Gazing?

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 5:07 am

shoegaze.jpgListen, I know that it’s silly to take the British press seriously when they write trend pieces about genres, and coin names for new subgenres and movements. It is a truth universally acknowledged that writers for publications like NME and the Guardian are kinda silly, and sometimes have a tenuous grip on reality. It’s not so bad, actually–sometimes it results in totally improbable things becoming popular for five or ten minutes. But c’mon, Guardian: Nu-Gazing?

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A Band From Portland That’s Kinda Spiritual, But Not Twee

Portland, Oregon’s Old Time Relijun’s forthcoming Catharsis In Crisis may be the finale of something they are calling “The Lost Light Trilogy,” but you hardly need to have heard the previous installments to appreciate the record’s ecstatic quasi-Krautrock jams. More »

fluxington | July 27, 2007 4:00 am

Portland, Oregon’s Old Time Relijun’s forthcoming Catharsis In Crisis may be the finale of something they are calling “The Lost Light Trilogy,” but you hardly need to have heard the previous installments to appreciate the record’s ecstatic quasi-Krautrock jams. More »


Zombie Dances Changed My Life!


If you’ve spent any time idling around on the Internet in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen this clip of hundreds of prisoners in the Philippines performing an elaborate dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” But did you know that this wasn’t just a fun day for the inmates in question, but rather a compulsory program intended to “drastically” improve their behavior? Or that a few of this program’s alumni have gone on to become professional dancers? Now you do:

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fluxington | July 27, 2007 3:30 am


If you’ve spent any time idling around on the Internet in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen this clip of hundreds of prisoners in the Philippines performing an elaborate dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” But did you know that this wasn’t just a fun day for the inmates in question, but rather a compulsory program intended to “drastically” improve their behavior? Or that a few of this program’s alumni have gone on to become professional dancers? Now you do:

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