Listening Log: February 22nd 2010

Warner Bros. 1999


Album of the Day: The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin

There’s almost no competing with this album. Even after listening to it for over a decade, I still believe it represents a key evolution in rock music, and that it’s one of the top 5 albums of all time. Is there a better album opener than “Race for the Prize”, one that is more distinct, memorable or awesome? It has become an album of glorious little details that have burrowed into my psyche over the years, like an old movie you watched a thousand times as a kid and every time you hear a sound or a line from it, you automatically get transported back to whatever or wherever you associate it with. Hearing this album helps to move any day up a notch.

EMI 1983

Albums to Revisit: David Bowie Let’s Dance

Alright—I listened to it again! Two times, motherfuckers! And, you know what? I still only like three songs. Three strikes and you’re out, Davey!

Galaxie 500 “On Fire” ****
The Jesus Lizard “Down” ***1/2
Soundgarden “Badmotorfinger” ****
Billy Bragg & Wilco “Mermaid Avenue Vol. II” ***1/2
Supergrass “Supergrass” ****
Sloan “Never Hear the End of It” ****
David Bowie “Let’s Dance” ***
Nada Surf “The Weight is a Gift” ****
The Flaming Lips “The Soft Bulletin” *****
The Vandalias “Buzzbomb!” ***1/2

Total Albums Heard=10

***** Classic
**** Amazing
*** Good
** So-So
* Nope

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8 Responses to “Listening Log: February 22nd 2010”

  1. Ian Says:

    For some reason I never really got into the Flaming Lips despite liking almost all of their albums. The Soft Bulletin was the closest I got to being a hardline fan, though. “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” kills me every single time though. Easily one of my favorite songs in the history of songs. There’s something there that just wraps its fingers around my heart and makes me have little epiphany moments where my brain gets all fuzzy and warm and sad and still OK with everything. I guess transcendence is the word I’m looking for. Damn, need to listen to that one again!

    • recordgeekheaven Says:

      That is such a good song! It takes that Brian Wilson idea of doing a little mini-song a bunch of different ways (Wilco likes to do that, too). And I agree, it definitely transcends any sort of verbal communication, which all the best music should at least attempt to do.

  2. Kevin Says:

    Only three? Which one are you omitting? China Girl, Cat People (Putting Out Fire), Modern Love or Let’s Dance? For the record, those are the only ones I’ve heard, but I dig them all.

    • recordgeekheaven Says:

      That would be “China Girl”–not the biggest fan of that one. Those other three are insanely good, though!

  3. Bewlay Says:

    “Let’s Dance” is the last good Bowie album from the 80s (and his biggest selling). “Scary Monsters” is phenomenally better and blew my mind when I heard it in high school, possibly 1985. “Soft Bulletin” is a great album but I am really enjoying “Embryonic” more. As a longtime Lips fan “Soft Bulletin” represented the transition from live band to studio band (this is before Kliph Scurlock joined and allowed Steven Drozd to focus on guitar/keyboards).

  4. ianbalentine Says:

    You’ve probably heard Mercury Rev’s Deserters Songs, the album Wayne Coyne himself says helped pave the way for Bulletin’s success. If you haven’t, then go out and buy it immediately.

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