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I will slightly expand the review I just gave dmlaenker of the Flaming Lips' at War with the Mystics which I picked up on a whim last week.

Listened through the first time. Thought the lyrics were weak, the instrumentation was neat and reminiscent of an earlier time*, and the beats were simplistic when they needed to be complex.

Had to listen again immediately 48756345 times.

The first thing I thought was: "This sure is no Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots." And it isn't. And I really like it. I mean, come on. "You think you're radical / but you're not so radical / in fact, you're fanatical". Over and over! I even feel like he's singing it at me because, well, you know. Yet I can't stop listening.

* Specifically, track 11, which involves Gabriel-like flute, mellotrony-sounding keyboards, and made me want to check if I hadn't slipped into a reverie and put a [that band] album in the cd player.

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kazoogrrl
May. 23rd, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I heard Wayne "He doesn't know it yet but he's gonna' be my boyfriend" Coyne on 89.7 a few weeks ago. At first, before I knew who it was, I thought, "Who is this guy talking? He is some kind of salesman? Or huckster? He's talking about the possibility of alien life; is he some new age weirdo". He has such a persuasive voice! Such smooth delivery! Such charisma!

I'll have to pick this up.
snidegrrl
May. 23rd, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have even know what he looked like if not for those mac ads. Do you already have Yoshimi because that album is totally awesome.
curious_jp
May. 23rd, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
I've had this for quite a while now, and I agree that it's definitely an album that grows on you. It's not quite as compulsive a listen as The Soft Bulletin, that's for sure, but it's no big deal. I'd be surprised if anyone could kick out TSB after TSB after TSB.

I think my picks for the album are "The Sound of Failure / It's Dark... Is It Always This Dark??" and "Mr. Ambulance Driver" ( a lot of people shafted this as too sugary, so sue me, it's enjoyable to listen to ). There is a lovely mash of "Mr. Ambulance Driver" along with George Harrison singing Dylan's "If Not For You" in the 2:45 AM slot on the second disc of the magnificent 24 Hours, which everyone should download before it gets taken off their page.

Whoever writes their flute arrangements is very talented, I agree. I think their best one is possibly the line from "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" from "Yoshimi", which has a lovely descent that reminds me of some of Dylan's gospel period harmonica work for some reason ( can be heard very clearly on Chess Game At The Gates of Hell, another Kleptones mix track from their excellent Lip-Hop album Yoshimi vs. The Hip Hop Robots ).

kazoogrrl, you should see him live. He's an entrancing man, and I'm sure he'd approve of your enthusiasm for Kazoos. ( I have an electric one sitting on my desk as I write this. )

A lips fan in Japan,
-- curious_jp
snidegrrl
May. 23rd, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I never got into TSB. I should probably give it another listen. I DL'ed the tracks you mentioned, will check them out later tonight!
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snidegrrl
May. 24th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Did you not like Yoshimi, or you just want something new?
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snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Pompeii am Gotterdammerung
Actually, I am a member of the Blackfathom Corsairs. I am signed up on the Chants board for joining in raids, although you are correct in that I am not on much any more. I kind of got burned out. Usually now I'm on one of my alts - Tzimpye more often than not.

Anyhow! Thanks for dropping in here and saying hi!! I am always super excited to meet other Genesis fans. I don't know where you are located, but have you seen The Musical Box? I saw their Lamb show twice and it totally blew me away, it was incredible. Are you on the genesis forums too?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: Pompeii am Gotterdammerung
I sent an email to what I thought was your livejournal email address about 4 days ago, continuing the conversation we started on wow... you wanted my msiling address to send me some dvds. I have also made a cd for you. Anyway, if you get this drop me a line. jfinegan atsymbol advantexmail period net

Hope to run into you on wow again some time.
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snidegrrl
Aug. 1st, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: Pompeii am Gotterdammerung
I am sorry I haven't gotten back to you! I haven't forgotten I promise, I have just been out of town 3 weekends in a row and thus not keeping up with my extracurriculars. It's on my list!
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