2013 in review: The Flaming Lips – The Terror

The Flaming Lips are currently enjoying a 30 year anniversary of their existence. I cannot think of many bands (that I am aware of) that have evolved as much as The Flaming Lips have, and continue to push themselves musically and creatively as much as The Flaming Lips still do to this day. Maybe that is in part due to Wayne Coyne’s restless energy and Steven Drozd’s music genius.

After a slew of collaborative singles with other artists released from 2011 and onward, and with the culmination of those efforts being The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends release, and not to mention, various other releases, (A cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, a 24 hour song and other record breaking attempts by the band) The Flaming Lips released The Terror on April 1st, 2013 (No joke!)

Wayne Coyne described the album’s theme as “We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”

While 2009′s Embryonic was a sprawling 18 song work that seemed, somehow, coherent, and all the while having tracks that greatly differed in sonic territory – like space age jazz instrumentals, etc, “The Terror” is a dark, and focused effort. Clocking in at 9 songs (which helps retain focus), the album is tied together by the musical efforts of Steven Drozd, and Wayne’s lyrics, which, on this album, seem to be about love failing, and as he said, still going on. It’s not a bummer of an album by any means, despite lyrics such as “However love can help you, we are all standing alone, the terror’s in our heads, we don’t control the controls.” I still find optimism in Wayne Coyne’s lyrics and I find The Terror as one of my favorite releases of 2013. I had the joy of seeing them live on two occasions in 2013 and I was greatly impressed with how the songs from The Terror translated to the live setting.

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Bitches Brew

It’s Thursday. I am going to be in a “holiday parade” on Saturday as part of a “float’ organized by fellow co-workers. What does that have to do with this post? Nothing, except that I am going to be dressed as a snow man and I have to iron my costume sometime tonight.

I haven’t listened to Miles Davis double album “Bitches Brew” in quite a while. Dogfish Head brewery released a tribute craft beer in honor of that album’s 40th anniversary bacck in 2010 and that was the last time I had this beer. Which, is really, really, really good. So… the beer and the album paired together go very well together. If you the reader are the type of person that enjoys craft beers with some type of food I recommend drinking this beer and eating dark chocolate with it. It works out well, and tastes great. The Bitches Brew Brew is a dark beer, with a bold taste.

And that’s all I have to say about that!

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I wasn’t expecting this

Three updates in over three days? That’s a new record for me. I am on my last day of having a four day weekend.. Tomorrow morning I will wake up and resume the daily grind that is work. But, enough of that.

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I did make it to Record Store Day Black Friday. No fights broke out, no one was tazed (or is it tased?) I think Record Store Day Black Fridays draws a slightly more civilized crowd as apposed to the crowd that lines up for days to get a sweet deal on a television. But to each their own. Who am I to judge?

With that said, and moving on, The Flaming Lips released one of the most surprising releases just months after their full length album The Terror was released earlier this year. “Peace Sword” contains 6 REALLY good songs which were written (though some were leftovers from the Embyronic sessions) for the movie Ender’s Game. I don’t say this because The Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands, but I say it because it’s true. While the Terror’s themes of lust, sadness, love and dispair dominated that album, the Peace Sword e.p. is chock full of hope and optimism and still a bit of love..

The song “Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy” sums up the e.p. with the lyric “Why, oh why have you made me so? So violent and strong, yet so aware of the beauty that surrounds me and the gentleness of love, I wish I could go back and be reborn once again.”

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