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Maria Sherman on boy bands, K-pop, BTS, Blackpink, One Direction, Iceage

Maria Sherman on boy bands, K-pop, BTS, Blackpink, One Direction, Iceage

January 13, 2021

This episode features Maria Sherman, the author of Larger Than Life: A History Of Boy Bands From NKOTB To BTS. We talk about boy bands and K-pop in the broad sense, and go in a bit deeper on the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC rivalry, BTS, One Direction, and Blackpink, who Maria profiled for Elle last year. We also chat about country music and Iceage, as she just recently wrote about the 10th anniversary of their debut album for Jezebel.

Premium Preview: Caitlin White on Ingrid Andress, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, and more

Premium Preview: Caitlin White on Ingrid Andress, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, and more

January 9, 2021

This week’s premium episode features Caitlin White, the pop critic for Uproxx and the founder of CNMN. We talked enough that I decided to split the conversation into two parts, and in this episode we discuss Ariana Grande, Adele, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dua Lipa, Phoebe Bridgers, Guided by Voices, Fiona Apple, Rihanna, SZA, Ingrid Andress, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Lee Brice. This preview chunk features that last bit with all the country stars. 

Nick Sylvester of Godmode on becoming a producer, learning from James Murphy, and developing artists like Shamir, Yaeji, and LoveLeo

Nick Sylvester of Godmode on becoming a producer, learning from James Murphy, and developing artists like Shamir, Yaeji, and LoveLeo

January 6, 2021

This episode features Nick Sylvester, a producer, musician, and songwriter who co-founded the artist development company Godmode. In this conversation we discuss Nick’s transition from critic for Pitchfork and Village Voice to musician in the band Mr. Dream to the evolution of Godmode. We also get into his apprenticeship with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, how working with Shamir was a turning point in his career, an anecdote about a somewhat disastrous experience being called in to potentially contribute to Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, developing LoveLeo from TikTok fame to viral pop star, how his work process has changed through the pandemic, and how we’re both amazed and confounded by Playboi Carti’s music. We actually recorded a lot for this, so a second episode with Nick that goes deeper into technical music stuff will come out next week as a Patreon exclusive.

Premium Preview: What happened with Electronica?

Premium Preview: What happened with Electronica?

January 2, 2021

This is a snippet from a premium Patreon episode of Fluxpod. This episode is a Q&A in which I answer a series of questions largely dealing with music trends and "irony" in relationship with making and appreciating music. The question presented here is basically "Why didn't Electronica stay big in the US?" If you want to hear the full episode and every other premium episode, you should hit up the Fluxpod Patreon page

Ilana Kaplan on Halsey, Phoebe Bridgers, and writing celebrity profiles in a pandemic

Ilana Kaplan on Halsey, Phoebe Bridgers, and writing celebrity profiles in a pandemic

December 30, 2020
The guest in this episode is Ilana Kaplan, a prolific freelance writer who has written many features for many major publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and GQ. In this episode we talk about how she's gone about writing profiles with major celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Lenny Kravitz during the pandemic, her very positive experiences with Halsey and Phoebe Bridgers, and how Rob Sheffield inspired her to become a writer.
 
Here's a few of the articles that Ilana wrote this year that are mentioned in this episode:
 
Premium Preview: Sean T. Collins on Guns N’ Roses

Premium Preview: Sean T. Collins on Guns N’ Roses

December 26, 2020

This is a segment from a Patreon premium episode featuring Sean T. Collins. Unlike our previous episode together, which was focused on industrial music, this is more of a free-flowing conversation that gets into Tears for Fears, Human League, Roxy Music, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, and in this part of the conversation, Guns N' Roses. If you'd like to hear the full episode and get 4-5 premium episodes every month, you should hit up the Fluxpod Patreon

Rob Sheridan on creating the visual world of Nine Inch Nails

Rob Sheridan on creating the visual world of Nine Inch Nails

December 23, 2020
This episode features Rob Sheridan, who worked as the visual director of Nine Inch Nails for many years. This conversation covers how a teenage Rob came to work for Trent Reznor in the first place, how his collaboration with him evolved through the years, and how he created live visuals for NIN shows that remain many years ahead of the curve. Rob is also a noted glitch artist and is the co-creator of the Vertigo comic High Level with Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Fajardo. You can find the fan-edited live video of the NIN Lights in the Sky tour that Rob mentioned here, and the High Level soundtrack created by Steven Alexander Ryan and Justin McGrath can be found here.
Premium Preview: Ronen Givony on Pearl Jam

Premium Preview: Ronen Givony on Pearl Jam

December 19, 2020

This week's premium episode is an interview with Ronen Givony, the promoter behind the Wordless Music series, about his new book Not For You: Pearl Jam in the Present Tense. If you're not particularly into Pearl Jam this is still worth checking out as we talk a lot about his background in instrumental and modern classical music and creating the Wordless Music series, and the discussion of Pearl Jam is - like the book – really more about the culture of the '90s in general. If you want to hear the full episode, you can subscribe to the premium feed on the Fluxpod Patreon

Sean T Collins on Industrial: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more

Sean T Collins on Industrial: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more

December 16, 2020

This episode features the writer Sean T Collins  – the Original Bad Boy of TV Criticism! We recently collaborated on a playlist called Burning Inside: Industrial 1986-1994, which we made as an introduction to and celebration of the genre. This episode is basically a live "liner notes" for the playlist in which we discuss all the major figures and songs featured in the mix. 

You can find the playlist on both Spotify and Apple Music

Cates Holderness on Tumblr’s year in music - K-pop, Harry Styles, sea shanties, Hozier, and more

Cates Holderness on Tumblr’s year in music - K-pop, Harry Styles, sea shanties, Hozier, and more

December 14, 2020

Cates Holderness, the managing editor of Tumblr, is here to break down what music was popular on Tumblr in 2020. Gen Z kids make up a huge portion of Tumblr's user base, so some of what's big there is about what you'd expect – K-pop, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift – while other things, like the huge popularity of sea shanties and the singer-songwriter Hozier, may come as a surprise. 

Here's a list of all the songs featured in this episode:

Agust D "Daechwita"
The Mechanisms "Drunk Space Pirate"
The Amazing Devil "The Horror and the Wild"
Hozier "Wasteland, Baby!"
The Longest Johns "Oak & Ash & Thorn"
Harry Styles "Sunflower, Vol. 6"
Orville Peck "Drive Me, Crazy"
K/DA "Pop/Stars"
CNCO "Tan Enamorados"
Blankpink/Selena Gomez "Ice Cream"
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