Hot Chip – “Burning Up”

We here at Blocland were fairly recently advised that the sub-genre "Slinky White Boy Disco" is NOT the preferred nomenclature for what Hot Chip do. Nor is it the correct term for Junior Boys, Cut Copy,...

Heavy Metal Is Confounding

So let's talk about metal. And maybe keep it really simple. As I personally think one of the biggest hindrances to people actually trying to get into metal is how knotty the music and the history...

Bring Your Own Dinner – WTF Is This Nonsense?

Ever been invited to a Bring Your Own Dinner event? Not potluck. Some fucking thing where apparently everybody shows up at a prescribed time and brings their own dinner? And from what I gather you don't...

Veni Vidi Vicious Vs Is This It? (THIS IS HAPPENING)

Oh hi. Thanks for stopping by. This week has seen a massive firestorm on the various Blocland chat sites. One of the more virtuous writers for the site opined that The Hives album Veni Vidi Vicious...

Mikko Joensuu – “There Used To Be A Darkness”

Hello Bloclanders!!! So the past few weeks have found your ol pal Bloc infatuated with Finnish artist Mikko Joensuu. Mikko has a trilogy of albums called Amen - volumes I, II, and III. Each is...

ShitKid – “Sugar Town”

Some hero placed this track on the Raptor Jesus weekly Stereogum Weekend Party playlist. Prior to that I had never heard of ShitKid. A quick Bandcamp perusal yields the following data..... ShitKid is the project of 24-year-old...

I Just Wanna Have Something To Do – The Ramones

Howdy Bloclanders!!! since I was just a wee cube of a lad I've claimed this is the greatest rock song ever made. I've seen nothing in the past 40 years to change that opinion. This...

Joe Goddard – “Electric Lines”

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip fame has a new solo album that came out in April. How this slipped by my radar is beyond me. Thanks to my internet pal Jorge for wising me...

I’ve Heard It: First Hate – The One

A couple months back we published our best of the first half of 2017 list, http://blocland.com/music/best-albums-2017, and Copenhagen duo First Hate led that list off at #20. Several of the Blocland staff adore that album...

The Entire Concept of Sub-Genres Is Jacked Up

Man, I thought metal was confounding. But as I look at lo-fi, noise pop, emo, slowcore, post-rock, math rock, chillwave, witch-house, vapourwave, and SO many more sub-genres of indie rock I just get absolutely bogged down...