October 17, 2009

Playlist 10-17-09

* J.S. Bach: Sonaten für Violine & Cembalo (Kuijken/Leonhardt) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* LeClair: Violin Sonatas (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (ECM CD)
* Arte dei Suonatori: Persona Grata Festival, Warszawa 6-26-09 (FM 2CDR)
* AMM: AMMusic (ReRec/Matchless CD)
* Ornette Coleman: Beauty is a Rare Thing (d.1-2) (Rhino 6CD)
* Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp: Abbey Road Duos (Treader CD)
* J Spaceman & Matthew Shipp: SpaceShipp (Treader CD)
* Ginger Baker Trio: Going Back Home (Atlantic CD)
* David Torn: Clouds Above Mercury (ECM CD)
* Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (MFSL CD)
* Simon & Garfunkel: Old Friends (d.1-2) (Columbia 3CD)
* Chris Bell: I Am the Cosmos (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino Handmade 2CD)
* Grateful Dead: Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings (d.7-9) (Rhino/GD 9CD)
* Grateful Dead: Civic Center, Augusta, ME 10-12-84 (SBD 2CDR)
* Can: Ege Bamyasi (Spoon SACD)
* New Order: Power, Corruption & Lies (Deluxe Edition) (d.1) (Rhino 2CD)
* Boston Spaceships: Zero to 99 (GBV, Inc. LP)
* Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador 2LP)
* Thurston Moore: Trees Outside the Academy (Ecstatic Peace CD)
* Jim O’Rourke: The Visitor (Drag City LP)
* Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs (Matador CD)
* Beck & Flaming Lips: Austin City Limits 11-11-02 (CATV CDR)
* Flaming Lips: In a Priest Driven Ambulance (Restless CD)
* Flaming Lips: Embryonic (Warner Bros. 2CD+DVD-A)


The new Flaming Lips record (photograph) sounds every bit as weird as it looks. After their last few albums of gorgeous, orchestral pop music, I was not expecting this sprawling, experimental “double-album” full of crude electronic noises, skronky guitar, and bad-acid-trip paranoia. At first I was confused, but after three listens now it’s starting to grow on me. I’m still not sure if it’s a brilliant triumph or a self-indulgent mess – or both. Either way, it’s definitely not for the feint of heart.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Once again, no overlap in our playlists.

Nice to see Jeff Hand pop up on my screen from your flickr feed! I love that painting, and have fond memories of gazing at it while being blown away by whatever you were playing on the stereo.