Thursday, April 28, 2005

Late Night Tales (Flaming Lips comp album) review

The first one I've seen in the press at least - find the record heah

The Flaming Lips' latest release is actually a mix-disc compilation of band favorites. The selection is often surprisingly sedate, considering who's doing the selecting here, though even fringe-dwellers need their particular solace.

"Tales" manages to meaningfully segue music from some disparate sources. Bjork's "Unravel" opens the set, moving on to '50s-era Miles Davis with his "My Ship," then into the acoustic melancholia of Big Star's Chris Bell.

Flaming Lips fans will want to tune in for the sought-after version of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," dubbed "Harry Potter's and George W. Bush's Severed Head Army Mix." Wailing sirens signal the familiar riff, and Wayne Coyne appears with lyrics lifted from the Butthole Surfers' "Moving to Florida" before moving on to name-check Colin Powell and John Ashcroft as dive-bombing guitars enter the picture.

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