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Everything Is Borrowed
Everything Is Borrowed
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less Grime /// More Time, January 13, 2010
This review is from: Everything Is Borrowed (Audio CD)
This album rules. It took me a couple of years to catch up to it. But now I realize it's one of those albums I'm going to listen to for a long time. It's not as "grimey" or loud and arresting as you'd exepct... doesn't immediately reach out and sock you in the ballz. It sounds like he's tired of doing lines with crack-smoking MTV pop stars.... maybe because everyone has camera phones? oh well, sometimes you just have to get it outta your system.

Embryonic (2 CD/1 DVD)
Embryonic (2 CD/1 DVD)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Oh Oh... finding that there ain't no answer to find., October 20, 2009
This review is from: Embryonic (2 CD/1 DVD) (Audio CD)
Forget everything you know... or everything you think you know... about the Flaming Lips and music in general. Put the album in and just let it play. Don't worry about the track numbers. Let it rumble, squeal and iminate through-out the corners of your home in surround-sound as you put the groceries away and sip wine. Then feel the sudden urge to write a review at some point on Amazon because it's so mind-boggling good. It's like an odd mutation of Flaming Lips records of the past; chrystalized and injected into the outer hemisphere of your brain; strange memories of sounds you once knew being plunged into the future of consciousness; where everything is everything and the Flaming Lips are doing the score. You will at once be entranced and yet somehow comforted by the warmth of familiarity; not unlike the slow synthesization of a ripening fetus with it's soul. Yes, you will eventually come back to terms with reality, but this album let's you take your time and figure things out at your own pace - sort of like life. By the album's end you will be craving more, committing yourself to multiple listens to crack the embryonic code. This does not exist because the flaming lips are clearly in tune with their chakras and are simply emitting positive bio-energies at all times when they create such musical brilliance. I don't think I have heard this kind of brave experimentalism that actually cohedes itself into something meaningful since Tricky's first three albums. Or in the Flaming Lips' case, since Zaireeka. The only bad thing about Zaireeka was that there were only eight songs. Embryonic is a double album! And the songs are tracked in their entirity on a single disc!! which means it only takes one CD or DVD player to hear an entire song!!! not four!!!! I guess surround sounds weren't as bountiful a commodity during the parking lot experiments. I am still waiting for Zaireeka in a DVD format so that I can hear the beautifully cryptic 'March of the Rotten Vegetables' at the click of a button. Those who call this album pretentious or masturbatory are the same people who wrote-off Zaireeka as too much of a hassle. This album is epic and timeless, and it will be here when you are ready for it.
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Transparence [Vinyl]
Transparence [Vinyl]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frosty lushness..., September 10, 2009
This review is from: Transparence [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
I'm so glad they released this on vinyl! "Transparence" has never sounded more etherial. I love the new intro and the entire mix sounds even dreamier than the album version. Coupled with the new electronica-infused "Urusai Tori", Side-A packs more frosty lushness than a pyschadelic strawberry-rum creamcicle. Now on to Side-B. The Transparence Remix is amazing! I'm anxious to hear more of what Aa has done. They remixed the song in a way that compliments the hook without ramming it into your face over and over and over again. "Miniature Cities" is the last track which, like "Blind Little Rain" from "Hush", is the perfect, hazy ending to a beautiful dream. As the record spins, the song slowly drifts into your consciousness with a swaying circular motion, sucking you in as it slowly fades to nothing... but then suddenly re-emerges with a colorful burst of harmonious blended vocal melody and reverberating guitar!!! Another perfect Asobi Seksu song. If you're a fan you definately need to try and get your hands on this. Because the downloaded tracks just don't sound the same. I can't wait to hear them live!

Over The Under
Over The Under
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ON MARCH THE SAINTS OF METAL!, October 10, 2007
This review is from: Over The Under (Audio CD)
More down and dirty riffage, more down-south attitude, more down-tempo moshy-worthy metal sludgery... more DOWN - at last! This one never lets up. There are less breaks in intensity and the whole album has a cohesiveness to it that allows you to put it on repeat and keep bangin' all night. Some say they've changed or that it sounds different. WhatEver. Some even say they've lost their steam? Those who enjoy their other bands know this can never be true. I sort of think of DOWN as their art project.

This is classic DOWN. If you like them, you should already have it.

Our Love to Admire
Our Love to Admire
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show me the dirt pile..., August 18, 2007
This review is from: Our Love to Admire (Audio CD)
And I will jump right in! Interpol have returned with a fresh set of tunes which range from dreary to bouncy, from gloomy to... well, not so gloomy. They have a sort of nostalgic or throwback quality to them... i'm not sure how to describe it? Maybe I've just been listening to them for so long, that hearing their new stuff, takes me back to times when I first heard their old stuff? This must be the mark of a band who has refined and defined their sound. They might as well trademark it. But I'm not sure what IT is.

Most noticeably different on this album would be the epic opener and brilliantly ethereal closer. And I think there's a bit of a lack of that mid-song guitar ping-pong electricity that the guitarists so cleverly wove in earlier classics such as "Obstacle 1".

They have raised the bar slightly above melodo-gothic garage rock, to a more polished/less angry(?) brand of melodo-gothic garage rock. I sense less tension in the music, but with lyrics like "I've made hallways scenes for things to regret" and "This is a bandits life, it comes and goes...", it sounds like the sadness is still there. They're just getting used to it. Lets just hope he doesn't start taking Zoloft or something b/c that could really ruin them.

Favorite Tracks:
#5 - Mammoth (Spare Me the Suspense!)
#9 - Who Do You Think? (Slow Decay - I won't stop fighting yet!)

Some Loud Thunder
Some Loud Thunder
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***A Nice Round of Applause***, February 6, 2007
This review is from: Some Loud Thunder (Audio CD)
Just when all the Indie bands are starting to sound too mainstream, Clap Your Hands deliver an artsy, raw, yet colorful mix of textured tunes entitled 'Some Loud Thunder'. Its no surprise that some have mistaken their creativity for defective product, haha. I love this cd. They go from wacky and weird one minute, to lonesome and longing the next. Each song creates its own atmosphere; its own groove. The entire album, like their first, is quite danceable and energetic. When listening to 'Emily Jean Stock' one is reminded of early 90's experimental-noise-rock ala Flaming Lips' 'In A Priest Driven Ambulance'. Chiming bells, clapping hands, distorted reverberating guitar lines, dirty drums and cymbals crashing here and there... what a great song. And such distinctive vocals make this band immediately recognizable. It could be said that their stint at Bonnaroo 2006 set the stage for this recording. The set was full of amp failures and power outages, resulting in harsh buzzing and loud, ear-popping snap-crackles and blips. But they never missed a beat and Alec ultimately ended up kicking his guitar aside to sing the last half of the show without it. Bravo!

Eraserhead (Import, All Regions)
Eraserhead (Import, All Regions)
DVD ~ Jack Nance
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This version is defective, January 4, 2007
If you want this movie, purchase the 2000 version. This one is glitchy and everytime a character moves or walks, the film jumps a little bit. It almost looks like its part of the film and if you hadn't seen the film before, you wouldn't even notice. But I did. Get the 2000 version which has cooler special features and a funny menu selection - they loop the dead-cat scene over and over. I'm going to try and get my money back on this version. But Eraserhead is such a great visionary film. Bizarre and grotesque, yet visionary.

Blood Mountain
Blood Mountain
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2006, September 20, 2006
This review is from: Blood Mountain (Audio CD)
MASTODON are a unique voice in metal music today. Stoner rock, sludge metal, whatever we must call them, all that really matters is that MASTODON Rocks. And its cooler to sing about mythological beasts these days [...]- though we can all relate to that material as well. Not a single bad song on the album. Tracks 4 thru 8 are nonstop metal ferocity. Then there's 9-12.. and 1-3. It's all good! Thick guitar riffs, spastic drums, and clever songcraft make BLOOD MOUTAIN a delight for children of all ages. And the vocals are varied enough to keep things interesting. Check out the album illustrations by singer/guitarist Brent Hinds - Cool Stuff

Hostel (Unrated Widescreen Cut)
Hostel (Unrated Widescreen Cut)
DVD ~ Barbara Nedeljakova
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadistically Satisfying, April 20, 2006
Eli Roth further hones his visionary style of horror with HOSTEL, a buddy flick gone awry! Three travelers seek out sinful solitude in foreign territory and soon fall prey to a deceitful web of underground entrepreneurs. Unlike most horror films of the day, there is no damsel in distress... unless you count the guys. The whores who con them are as evil as they come, though, and beg little forgiveness for their deeds.
Those who realize how disjointed the process of film-making can be will appreciate what Roth has achieved in both CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL. The mood and tone of his films seamlessly shift from one extreme to the next as the movie progresses. There is generally no filler material and the pace is swift and relentless. Then he ends it with a horrifically satisfying blow to the chrome. Initially, HOSTEL it is a gradual descent into the unknown. Then, suddenly the floor drops out and you are faced with the grim matters at hand. Without giving details, I will say that this movie delivers on the gore (though you can ALWAYS have more gore), the disturbing sounds and images, the nudity and the explicit content. But it is also very entertaining, has a good story with good acting and, at times, is really funny. Anyone with a sick sense of a humor and a love for horror films is going to enjoy HOSTEL. And for those of you comparing this to porn? There's a couple fully frontal shots and several breasts - but nothing i'd consider pornographic in this day and age. Lighten up (:

20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006
20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pyschiatric Exploration Thru Time!, April 19, 2006
An awesome CD for the true fans, '20Years...' features a rare chronology of live cuts that span the LIPS career. You'll enjoy oldies like WITH YOU as well as JELLY-ERA favorites such as MOTH IN THE INCUBATOR and WHEN YOU SMILE, showcasing the noisy dexterity of ex-guitarist Ronald Jones (love that slide guitar). PSYCHIATRIC EXPLORATIONS... even shows up as an unlisted track at the end of WHEN YOU SMILE which is a treat, being the slamming opener to their '97 album CLOUDS TASTE METALLIC. But the jewel of the recording would have to be ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE DEFEATS EXISTENTIAL FEAR, a non-live track which brings about a feeling of serenity with its RaiNY-DaY-BacKdrOp. As Wayne's frail voice mopes over a bad dream, it is accompanied by warm washes of lo-fi synth and the slow pluck of a reverberating banjo. This CD is a re-cut version of a recording which was originally handed out at the South by Southwest festival in Texas as a sort-of soundtrack to their FEARLESS FREAKS rockumentary, and in my mind, is well worth the money. Fans of strictly post-SOFT-BULLETIN material be weary, as SLEEPIN ON THE ROOF & THE OBSERVER is all you'll get besides the new MYSTICS track, FREE RADICALS. Enjoy-

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