The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

This is my review for Embryonic. To start you off, here is the flash player from the Lips’ website. Go ahead, rub the fur, and start listening to audible candy.

The latest album by The Flaming Lips, called Embryonic, is everything I was hoping for and more. The first six tracks are good Lips style rock with a couple mild tracks in there. It’s a great start. Then comes track seven, Gemini Syringes. This is where I feel the album cranks up the awesome dial. It’s a great transition song from the first part of the album to the remainder. From here on out, turn up the volume to 11.

The sounds from here on out remind me of some of Pink Floyd’s early departure from their original not-quite-pop sounding stuff. Listen to A Saucerful of Secrets and you’ll hear what I mean.

This is The Flaming Lips at their very best. My favorite tracks to play at near eardrum blowing volume are The Ego’s Last Stand and Worm Mountain. Give the fur a rub to check those ones out!

It’s a great album, and to end it off, here’s Wayne Coyne talking about all the packaging options.

Ghosts of the Past by Starflyer 59

Just a quick little post here about the album I’m currently listening to on lala.com. Ghosts of the Past is the name of the album. Starflyer 59 is the name of the band. I’ve got plenty of their albums, and for some reason they fall into the group of bands I forget about until I happen to see their name somewhere. When that happens, I’ll listen to them for a while, then let them fade away again.

So they just released this new album last month, and if you’re clicked play on that little embedded player there, you are hearing the same good sounds that I am as I write this! The album starts out just awesomely and keeps going strong for a good while. I just heard the Bread cover of Guitar Man, which has also been covered by Cake. They did it well I thought.

Ghosts of the PastI’m now on track 16, and it seems to be losing momentum. There are 31 tracks on this 2-disc album, so I suppose that’s bound to happen. I’m going to keep listening to it and see how it plays out.

As for the genre of Starflyer 59, they’re kind of an in between type of sound. The two groups would be shoegaze and post-rock. They’ve got a somewhat distant sound, but it’s a bit more up front than most shoegaze stuff, and I’m still not sure how to describe post-rock, but I think it fits them pretty well. Pretty strong point there huh?

So anyway, check out the music, it struck me as something worthy of letting the world know about via this here site. If nothing else, it may provide some nice background music to get you through your workday Monday…day.

The Girl and the Robot by Röyksopp

Röyksopp’s new album, Junior is pretty darned awesome. I hope to post a review of it on here soon. In the meantime, check out the video for The Girl and the Robot. Recognize that singer? Yep, it’s Sweden’s Robyn. I dig the hair, I really do.

The Girl And The Robot from Röyksopp on Vimeo.

New Röyksopp Album Streaming on Myspace

Röyksopp - JuniorRöyksopp has made their forthcoming album available for listening on their Myspace page. I’m listening to it right now, and it’s pretty high quality.

Junior will be their third studio album. So far they are 2 for 2 on producing good albums. That phrase really sounded dumb. Oh well, it’s still good stuff! Its release date is March 23, 2009. You can pre-order it from Amazon here.