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Just got Hit To Death..., Transmissions... and Clouds Taste Metallic after finally bowing to pressure from friends who know what I like. Had The Soft Bulletin since it came out, but was never massively taken with it, until now... Maybe it's 'cos I've fallen in love recently or something, but they just seem like an absolutely outstandingly fantastic band to me now, whereas before I was non-plussed by them largely...

So, Classic Or Dud? Seek And Destroy?

And does anyone know where I can get hold of Zaireeka without having to buy it from an American on ebay?

Cheers.

Nick Southall, Wednesday, 2 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

you can download it from any file sharing program mixed together or seperate tracks. as for the band.. i cant tell if i like them or not. sometimes they sound funky and sometimes they sound cheesy. i hate the midi violins too.

chiznaki, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i think that this thread has happened but i'm not smart enough to find a link . . .

anyways, classic classic classsic for me. soft bulletin and transmissions are the predictable picks for their best albums and that's what i'm going to go with. ambulance and hit to death are pretty good, but i don't find myself listening to them that often. i think that clouds has some of their best songs ever, even though it kinda sags in the middle. "psychiatric exploration of the fetus with needles" is one of the best songs ever. so, search most 90s work and keep your fingers crossed for their new one, which is due sometime this year i think.

brains, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

heres what was said before for anyone interested.

i'll just repeat that hit to death and transmissions are the best, in my view, spangly guitar pop (reminds me of a lysergic us vers of suede's coming up strangely), that providing needles, and priest driven ambulance also are worth getting, that clouds taste metallic is oddly lacklustre, that zaireeka is better than you might expect, and that soft bulletin was rather mediocre.

gareth, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

man, there sure was alot of asskissing in that last flamin lips thread. i am surprised more people aren't turned off by Wayne Coyne's voice. and what about those lyrics? "when you had that accident in your car..i really thought that whole thing was bizzare!" i mean.. its cute at times...i guess. i saw them live once. they gave me a pair of headphones and the mix was all off.

chippy, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

oh! but zareeka is nice at times. i love their ideas, just not their execution.

chippy, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I love their ideas and their execution. Classic for this guy. I'm surprised they've been able to stay on WB this long, though. I can't imagine they sell a whole bunch of records. I think someone at the label realizes they're a good band.

Nude Spock, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Am I the only one who thinks they're sinister like.. uh, I don't know, one of those children's movies that turns out to be quite horrifying like Willy Wonka. I had a high school friend who loved them from In a Priest-Driven Ambulance on & was more than a little psychotic. Search: the letter Wayne wrote to Alternative Press in 1994 re:"The Idiot Who Burned Himself Up," about an obsessed Flaming Lips fan who (possibly) torched himself outside their motel room. Also every time I hear that one song on The Soft Bulletin ("is that gash in your leg/really what has you stopped..") it reminds me of the time its melody mysteriously started playing in my head just after I saw Cronenberg's Crash. eep.

daria gray, Friday, 4 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

No, they are sinister exactly how you described them. For an even more obvious psychotic children's show comparison, see Flossie & The Unicorns (all 8 clips of which are downloadable at Amazon.com). Creepy stuff.

Nude Spock, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

By the way, I think Gash is a brilliant way to put such a positive outlook into a song without seeming too pollyanna, or maybe a better way to put it would be a sad song that manages to be hopeful and optimistic, though the battle wages on 'til the end. I also love the superman/god theme throughout the Soft Bulletin. That is so damn cute, it reminds me of Acme Novelty / Jimmy Corrigan comics every time.

Nude Spock, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Ok, phew!, thought it was just me re: their evil side. I always get mildly irritated by the fact that those scientists racing for the prize are "just humans with wives and children." Hey, man, some women are scientists too! Come to think of it, the song makes me think of the Cold War, so they prob all were men.

daria gray, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

Flaming Lips have made this the best Valentines Day ever!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYT_t5y_9Qg&feature=feedlik

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 14 February 2011 22:05 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

So.....the Neon Indian collab, life-size gummi Wayne Coyne, gummi skulls with USB new songs, cereal boxes with flexi discs, etc.

Kinda feel like the Lips are hitting a Zaireeka 2 period of exploration. Musically as well as conceptually. I might have to buy some of this cereal they come up with.

Telephoneface (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 7 April 2011 15:20 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

Six Hour Song anyone?

Want to be 'in' it?

Mark G, Friday, 9 September 2011 13:30 (nine years ago) link

Ever wonder how much it would cost to buy yourself into a Flaming Lips track? After an announcement today, it’s no longer a mystery—the answer is $100. The Flaming Lips announced today that fans can have a part in their new freakishly long six-hour track, which now is titled “Found a Star on the Ground.” Frontman Wayne Coyne announced it today on Twitter, and it seems like the offer will only be available for a limited time—maybe just today.

“We’ll be recording all day!!” Coyne said on Twitter.

But the proceeds from the track are going toward a good cause: The OK Humane Society and ACM@UCO. You can make your name a part of Flaming Lips history here

Mark G, Friday, 9 September 2011 13:52 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

After years and years and years of hating this band, I finally heard a song I liked, but only because it sounded a lot like "Mercury" by Royal Trux (at least it did coming out of the club speakers last night) - the lyrics are "I was born / The day they shot JFK" or something. I guess this is from one of them earlier albums with Mercury Rev guy that I've never heard. Is any of their other stuff like this?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 25 March 2012 02:42 (eight years ago) link

The song you're talking about is "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain" offa In a Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares), their last indie album and the first to clearly announce the sound they'd pursue throughout the early 90s. It's easily one of my top 10 favorite Flaming Lips tracks, though there really isn't a bad song on the album. Dunno whether or not it has an official video, but here's a tube w/ photo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukt212_j-w8

FWIW, the vibe & theme are pretty typical for the Lips, echoed in different forms in many of their songs, from the first album's "Godzilla Glick" to "Do You Realize" on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. If you particularly like "Five Stop", I'd say the albums to check out are Priest Driven Ambulance and the major label follow-up, Hit to Death In the Future Head. A couple tracks that I think of as roughly similar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTrlMiqNL4I
"chrome plated suicide", from telepathic surgery, the album before PDA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkivf7SUdiw
"you have to be joking", from hit do death

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:30 (eight years ago) link

lol, make that "Godzilla Flick". for the hell of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH7Kh4wYZlM

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:34 (eight years ago) link

(album version is better, but what you gonna do)

god i loved this band

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:36 (eight years ago) link

Thanks Fozzy! Of these, I really dig "You've Got To Be Joking." Just listened to "Five Stop Mother Superior Rain" again back-to-back with Royal Trux's "Air" and the similarities are obvious (though likely coincidental). I should mention that I despise everything I've heard of this band from The Soft Bulletin on, but I'm really loving the supremely stoned psych folk vibes of these tracks. What else should I check out? Which is the album that has the most like this?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 26 March 2012 01:34 (eight years ago) link

hey, glad you dug some of that. thing is, they've got a few basic approaches, one of them being the stoned & shattered psych folk you seem to like. starting out, they p much alternated between that and more punk-garagey psych rock, plus points in between and experiments out in various directions. as a result, it's easier to point to tracks than to albums. if you dig the crispy 70s psych vibes in general, then their first two albums, hear it is and especially oh my gawd!!!, are the most obvious place to start. after that, just work your way forward.

track suggestions that lean in psych folkwardly direction, most probably previewable on youtube:

hear it is (1986) - "with you", "jesus shootin' heroin", "she is death"
oh my gawd (1987) - "one million billionth of a millisecond on a sunday morning", "ode to c.c. part 2", "love yer brain"
telepathic surgery (1989) - "miracle on 42nd street", "the spontaneous combustion of john"
in a priest driven ambulance (1990) - "rainin' babies", "stand in line", "there you are"
hit to death in the future head (1992) - "you have to be joking" is about it, but it's a great album for lots of other reasons
transmissions from the satellite heart (1993) - "chewin' the apple of your eye", "plastic jesus" (i.e., the song from cool hand luke, awesome)

the last three represent the early days of the dave fridmann production era, and after transmissions, a great album that fridmann did not produce, they disappear down that dreary wormhole.

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 26 March 2012 02:31 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

i'm a little confused why more people aren't talking about Heady Fwends. how do the ilxors feel about it?

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 12:34 (eight years ago) link

The only thing I've heard from Heady Fwends is the version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face with Erykah Badu which is quite incredible. I just saw the album is getting a proper release on June 26th, will probably wait till then to give it a full listen. I sadly couldn't afford to get the vinyl.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 11 May 2012 13:27 (eight years ago) link

the Badu collab sounds like the last song that gets played in the universe. sort of like a "pop" (relatively) version of the Disintegration Loops

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:09 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I couldn't score one of the LPs (and don't want to encourage eBay cocks who bought 'em to flip on Record Store Day), and I also don't want to listen to stuff on crummy YouTube rips - looking forward to hearing the real deal!

Walter Galt, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:28 (eight years ago) link

are you guys part of the weird "it's disrespectful to the artist to download album leaks" clan? (even though the album has been sold publicly and you can easily buy it later?) there are obviously well-circulated rips of this if you want to hear it so badly, and i don't really see that as morally suspect...

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:32 (eight years ago) link

I suppose so! I guess I need to hear the artist say some variation on "yeah, feel free, download our stuff" rather than establishing my own set of justifications. I'm not weird or judgmental or anything like that - knock yourself out; seriously - it's just how I'm doin' it, I guess. I also have weird OCDisms about fidelity and physicality.

Walter Galt, Friday, 11 May 2012 16:08 (eight years ago) link

I do download or listen to most things before I buy them now but sometimes I really miss going out and buying an album I haven't heard before and putting it on. Don't get me wrong I've wasted lots of money in the past buying weak albums I wish I could have listened to before but now and then I wait till an album comes out to hear it, especially if its something I'm really sure I'm going to like. I'm fairly sure I'm going to really enjoy this album.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 11 May 2012 17:52 (eight years ago) link

i can understand that. i guess the internet has just made me impatient about hearing stuff i'm excited to hear. then again, if i hadn't listened to it, i wouldn't be going around spreading the good word to my friends and on twitter & ilx!

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 18:20 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I have to admit I start off with the intention of waiting but I almost always cave in and find the download as soon as I see people talking about the album I'm interested in. I'm pretty sure I'll be back on this thread in a few days talking about having heard this album. Embryonic totally made me fall in love with this band again just as I was losing interesting in them. Didn't bother with Dark Side of the Moon but looking forward to this.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 11 May 2012 19:16 (eight years ago) link

it's a "fun" and "zany" listen

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 19:19 (eight years ago) link

another Snarkout Boy about, I see

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 May 2012 19:23 (eight years ago) link

u callin me snarky? i like the Flaming Lips record in a very unsnarky way. i think that it is good.

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 20:10 (eight years ago) link

was referring to poster Walter Galt, who I haven't seen before

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 May 2012 20:17 (eight years ago) link

ahh, well done. my pop culture knowledge has failed me.

caulk the wagon and float it, Friday, 11 May 2012 20:25 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, the Badu collab is all I hoped for (which was pretty high, given 'Embryonic' is top two or three albums of the last decade for me, and 'Mamas Gun' is probably top 5). Some of the stuff already issued on the EPs remains very good. All of the other non-EP new stuff left me bored or worse. Really hope they don't go back to "zany"--'Embryonic' is so fantastic.

Soundslike, Sunday, 13 May 2012 04:13 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

I really love Heady Fwends; the middle of the album has so many great sounds. I think some truly good tunes got overshadowed by the novelty of it all. I wish they'd release all the other stuff from the limited EPs.

She Got the Shakes, Sunday, 18 November 2012 12:22 (seven years ago) link

"I was stuck near the food court, wasn’t able to cross the airport to get to my gate. Flight left without me, all because of Wayne Coyne."

http://www.thelostogle.com/2012/11/19/wayne-coyne-brings-grenade-to-okc-airport-tsa-shuts-down-airport-people-miss-flights-and-lose-money/

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:45 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

<img src="Http://www.saidthegramophone.com/images/theterror.png";>

welcome to 1995

sean gramophone, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:11 (seven years ago) link

http://Http%3A//www.saidthegramophone.com/images/theterror.png

sean gramophone, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:11 (seven years ago) link

http://www.saidthegramophone.com/images/theterror.png

sean gramophone, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:13 (seven years ago) link

Wow, straight out of 1990.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:17 (seven years ago) link

Cool cover. Maybe it's time to revisit these guys, don't think I've listened for three or four years at this point...

skip, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:17 (seven years ago) link

It just occured to me how much teal & orange these guys have done throughout their career.

how's life, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:18 (seven years ago) link

reminds me of CD bargain bins

sean gramophone, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:19 (seven years ago) link

weird, but i think i ended up listening to this mix: http://musicophilia.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/one-off-zygotic-after-the-flaming-lips-embryonic-2009/ more than embryonic itself.

tylerw, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:19 (seven years ago) link

That's what I was thinking, sean. Is it the font?

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:20 (seven years ago) link

The first thing that came to mind was Under Rug Swept.

how's life, Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:22 (seven years ago) link

Was pretty bored with these guys until Embryonic, which is probably one of the best things they've done since the 80s, and I got all excited again. But then that Heady Fwends thing made me kind of sick of them again. Pile on that the bullshit Wayne pulled with the Badu sisters and I'm not sure if I even care anymore.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:24 (seven years ago) link

you're right, turrican. i see the light. the new one is terrible, especially compared to those you mention

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 16 December 2017 20:40 (two years ago) link

Dunno Turrican, don't think it's abject shite tbh

In a slipshod style (Ross), Saturday, 16 December 2017 21:13 (two years ago) link

turrican say it ain't so but maybe you're a gholdfish trollah? for real this is a pretty decent album, haters beware. from their "the castle" to KG&tLW's "crumbling castle" this has been a dope year for fucked up music

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 16 December 2017 21:37 (two years ago) link

i really like "Galaxy I Sink" too, maybe my favorite on the record.

i am way more into this album than when it came out (would rate it over Mystics) but still feel like it's undercooked. like it should be a sprawling double album but we only got half the tracks. the minimalism and noise elements tend to be boring here where they were more menacing and focused on "The Terror".

also i think they are reaching the limit of their production style, the bottom entirely falling out during the overloaded bass solo of "Nigdy Nie". it tries to be awesome and overwhelming solo but just ends up sounding like a bad recording.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 16 December 2017 21:45 (two years ago) link

I genuinely believe that it's their weakest album for a very long time and would certainly not rate it over Mystics.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Saturday, 16 December 2017 21:55 (two years ago) link

why is it so weak? i don't hear it

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 16 December 2017 23:09 (two years ago) link

love that the melody on the first track re-appears as a motif later on

great when artists do this, st. vincent pulled the same trick on her latest

In a slipshod style (Ross), Saturday, 16 December 2017 23:11 (two years ago) link

turrican, how can you not love the strings on galaxy i sink, that's dope

In a slipshod style (Ross), Saturday, 16 December 2017 23:13 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Newest record is dope. Great sound design

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:11 (two years ago) link

Psychedelic like their earlier stuff but in a more sedate way. How is incredible

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:15 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

The release of the "early years" box set is a good reminder that this band sucked from the beginning. They were the Replacements (who also sucked) trying to be the Butthole Surfers.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 28 June 2018 18:47 (two years ago) link

right.

stoker (Ross), Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

from priest onwards up until the last one they were pretty dope. their early early stuff does suck tho

stoker (Ross), Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

nah, sure they were total amateurs but there is plenty of good stuff. "Everything's Exploding" rules. "Chrome Plated Suicide" rules. i love "Godzilla Flick" off that first record

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:55 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUCzn_eMFF4&

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 12 June 2020 23:24 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Oddly tempted to check out the new one, which is supposedly a Return to Form™.

pomenitul, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:08 (one week ago) link

They never put out an album that disappointed me. Apart from the Miley Cyrus collaboration. There has definitely been a lot of wheel spinning and a loosening up that is sometimes fun and sometimes frustrating, but there is definitely a sense of aimlessness. Wayne started smoking pot and I think he went through his college party phase late. Hoping that being a dad is going to bring some kind of focus back. Oczy Mlody wasn't bad but it was more like a mood piece. I liked King's Mouth a lot more than I expected, but it's such a concept thing that I never want to hear a particular song.

I take back what I said. At War With The Mysics was disappointing. A few good songs but gtfo with "Yeah Yeah Yeah" and all that shit. The Terror was the last one that I loved.

I like Wayne's personal stories so I'm hopeful for the new one. I would like songs about drugs and not another damn vague thing about The Sun or cosmic claptrap.

Cow_Art, Friday, 11 September 2020 16:50 (one week ago) link

I'm hearing good things too, but please don't make me listen to this.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 September 2020 22:48 (one week ago) link

what form is it returning to though? the last Flaming Lips album I actually loved was Clouds Taste Metallic which is 25 years old now. tbh I haven't listened to anything since Embryonic, which was OK I guess, after disliking most of Yoshimi and Mystics and not really liking the Soft Bulletin much but I seem to be alone on that one

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Friday, 11 September 2020 22:58 (one week ago) link

Embryonic has turned out to be one of my favorites of theirs.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 11 September 2020 23:40 (one week ago) link

what form is it returning to though? the last Flaming Lips album I actually loved was Clouds Taste Metallic which is 25 years old now. tbh I haven't listened to anything since Embryonic, which was OK I guess, after disliking most of Yoshimi and Mystics and not really liking the Soft Bulletin much but I seem to be alone on that one

You won't like the new one.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 12 September 2020 00:23 (one week ago) link

It has a song called 'Watching the Lightbugs Glow'. I think I'll give it a miss.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 12 September 2020 11:25 (one week ago) link

The Soft Bulletin is the last album of theirs I cared for. But i confess i dont make much effort any more. Still great live, but I'm out when it comes to recorded releases.

Duke, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:19 (one week ago) link

I saw someone rant on FB about how this is a mere SB rehash but that seems very unfair. Genuinely great album in its own right and the only similarity is that it's melodically strong all the way though

PaulTMA, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:37 (one week ago) link

xpost That's funny, because it's their Muppet Rock live performances that mostly turned me off. I've skipped or ignored many of their last several releases, which have mostly seemed like stunts, and Wayne went from whimsical wizard to douchebag pretty quickly, but the last couple of albums I heard, like Embryonic and The Terror, were as I recall pretty cool.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:37 (one week ago) link

I missed out on The Terror until last year for being put off by them for years due to the same reasons

PaulTMA, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:46 (one week ago) link

The only real SB comparison I can really hear is that it appears to mine an ELO 'Time'/'Secret Messages' influence for the first time since

PaulTMA, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:47 (one week ago) link

Lips bug songs >>> sun songs

Cow_Art, Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:24 (one week ago) link

I remember being super excited for At War with the Mystics because someone told me it was a return to their 90s guitar-based sound... I was like "YES! Finally, enough with this preschool shit!" Then I get it and hit play and the fucking "Yeah Yeah Yeah" song comes on... LOL

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 14 September 2020 18:03 (one week ago) link

Mystics has some deep cuts I like a lot ("Cosmic Autumn Rebellion", "Pompeii", "Goin On") but some real dogs as well

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2020 18:06 (one week ago) link

Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung is my favorite off of Mystics. Meh record with like 3-4 killer songs.

For any people who disliked the Lips pop/whimsy trilogy of The Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi/Mystics give Embryonic and The Terror a try. Completely different atmosphere, sound and emotional palette, and my two favorite records by the band.

New one is quite good btw, and is a sonic turn from the last decade back into more of a bright instrumentation a la Yoshimi, but with much darker and introspective narrative to the lyrics. Definitely more autobiographical like their 90's records rather than the cosmic, fictional storytelling that came after.

Never liked the sound of their records from the 90's other than Clouds Taste Metallic. I don't get the nostalgia for that era. They weren't very good and felt like a middling indie band.

octobeard, Monday, 14 September 2020 18:21 (one week ago) link

Yeah Embryonic was a big surprise to me at the time, I had p much written them off and then Embryonic felt like a bolt out of nowhere, the first time in forever that this band that constantly throws around words like "freak" & "weird" made a record that actually sounded weird and freaky. I've probably reached for that one more than any of their others over the last ten years.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 14 September 2020 18:32 (one week ago) link

I can't prove this, but I credit Kliph Scurlock for productively kicking their assess on that one.

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2020 18:52 (one week ago) link

and after he left (got sacked) they went on a long detour back to cutesy gimmickland for quite a while, so I suspect he really was a (the?) key ingredient there for a bit

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 14 September 2020 18:56 (one week ago) link

With Wayne & Michael Ivins' extremely limited instrumental abilities, it seems like its always good for them to have someone else in the room who can actually play music along with Drozd (who otherwise afaict basically plays like 95% of whats on the records, right?)

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 14 September 2020 19:15 (one week ago) link

Clouds Taste Metallic is wonderful but I'm well aware that it's at the top of my list because of nostalgic reasons. Embryonic and The Terror are excellent and likely my #2 and #3 favorites. This new one is right up there though. Still processing but so far its been exactly what I've wanted recently. A sad look at reality but also calming and melodic.

gman59, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:20 (one week ago) link

Never liked the sound of their records from the 90's other than Clouds Taste Metallic. I don't get the nostalgia for that era. They weren't very good and felt like a middling indie band.

― octobeard, Monday, September 14, 2020 11:21 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

offtm, a middling indie band couldn't produce "superhumans"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:26 (one week ago) link

guitars big, hooks strong

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

I love the sound of those records. The Bonham drums rule.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:41 (one week ago) link

Kliph has played drums on the last two or three Gruff Rhys albums if you want more of his drumming.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:44 (six days ago) link

Always surprised Wayne hasn't gotten metoo'd yet

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:49 (six days ago) link

I actually like Steven's drumming best!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:14 (six days ago) link

xpost - at the very least he should have gotten far more blowback for that Badu shit he pulled.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:34 (six days ago) link

a friend of a friend was his assistant and it sounded like it was crazy

when they weren't busy he made her paint his house

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:53 (six days ago) link

Kliph made him out to be a real angry, volatile, even somewhat violent character, which is obviously impossible to verify, but that seems to line up with what I thought was hiding behind that Yoshimi-era goofiness.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 21:11 (six days ago) link

Kliph only drummed on some of Embyonic, if I remember right. And he left afterwards. I know there was a lot going on, but he seemed really irritated with Wayne running around with Kesha and I assume the mid-life hedonism/crisis that Wayne was going through around that time. Wayne as a freaky workaholic was much better than Wayne the insufferable stoner.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:27 (five days ago) link

He's also credited on The Terror but idk how credits/reality line up for them

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:48 (five days ago) link

there's interviews where he talks about the terror sessions, it seems pretty clear he played on it too.

ufo, Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:58 (five days ago) link

It’s only been a week but I've already cooled considerably on this album.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 19 September 2020 18:46 (three days ago) link


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