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[Link] – Interview with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips at The Quietus

Posted in Link by Soundslike on September 27, 2009


Interview – Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips @ The Quietus

UPDATE: I’ve created a mix in response to the new Lips album called ‘Zygotic,’ exploring some of sonic spheres that gave birth to ‘Embryonic’.  Download it at Musicophilia.

You may already know, thanks to a now-defunct preview stream (at the Colbert Report’s website, of all places) or you may not–but the Flaming Lips are about to release what is arguably their best work ever–in their twenty-sixth year as a band.  I admit, I’ve never even heard their last album, and came to find the once-cute “Do You Realize?”-style bunny-costume and confetti and balloons and smiles shtick more than a little tiresome.  But ‘Embryonic’ is truly a new game for these “fearless freaks“.  Gone are the grins, and gone are the singalongs.  It’s not that this is “serious” music, as even at its darkest you wouldn’t call it glum–it’s just more artful and visceral than we’d come to expect.  It is svelte, carefully messy, taut and yet clearly created with greater abandon than anything the band has done since the parking garage/boombox/’Zaireeka’ days, and very definitely earns its “double album” length of 71 minutes–at least to ears that appreciate what Musicophilia is on about.  So it made me happy to read this little “interview,” which reads more like a one-sided narrative recollection on process and letting go, from Wayne Coyne:

It is kind of like waking up in the morning with blood on your hands and wondering . . . “What did we do last night?” Had we become some sort of werewolves and killed some innocent bystanders? I fear we have. But maybe the bystanders were our former selves . . . Our more crafty or calculated selves. Our less brave selves . . . Our less spontaneous selves. If those are the ones who have been mutilated maybe they got what they deserved . . .

Here’s hoping we can all experience, in whatever endeavors we undertake (including living), that sort of ability to become free–especially if we can do it in middle age, when we’re expected to be safe, pleasant and predictable.

[UPDATE: The Flaming Lips documentary ‘The Fearless Freaks’ is available to view free online here.  It’s worth your time, though obviously it doesn’t cover this new, exciting revival of the band’s artistic fortunes.]

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[Audio+Link] – Tuxedomoon – “Litebulb Overkill” (1978) + Interview

Posted in Audio, Link by Soundslike on March 20, 2009


Tuxedomoon – “Litebulb Overkill” (1978)

In honor of the interview linked below, here is an early track from San Francisco’s Tuxedomoon (who incongruously appear in the wonderful NYC film/document ‘Downtown ’81’).  It’s not necessarily representative of their work, which tends more toward a Eurocentric, American take on a Deutsche Neue Welle-esque noir-synth-pop.  But it is a lovely little piece, somehow blending a violin melody that reminds me a little of Laurie Anderson with the little “starburst noise” one often hears in electro-disco.  [Tuxedomoon are featured on the ‘Computer‘ mix from the ‘1981’ box set at Musicophilia.]

Interview with Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon) by Simon Reynolds

Another interview from Simon Reynolds‘ research for his post-punk tome ‘Rip It Up,’ a “runner up” excised from the recently issued (and thoroughly enjoyable–perhaps a review coming soon) collection of interviews and short-form articles ‘Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews & Overviews‘ (UK only for now, but quite affordable and worthwhile as an import).  This one delves into the enviably fecund art-music-theatre-noir fusion that was San Francisco in the punk/post-punk years.

Read it Here.

[Link] – Interview – Charles Hayward by Simon Reynolds

Posted in Link by Soundslike on March 3, 2009

Charles Hayward interviewed by Simon Reynolds

An outtake from Reynolds’ new book of post-punk interviews, ‘Totally Wired’ (UK/import only for now), this interview provides a nice overview of This Heat’s trajectory and Hayward’s pre-post-punk perspective on the late 70’s and early 80’s.  [Charles Hayward is featured here and here in mixes at Musicophilia.]

“And it’s important to me that music which goes ‘outside’ still has some sort of semi-folk basis in society. It belongs to a place and comes from a place. Which is something I always hear in Sun Ra. They were part of a community in Philadelphia and Washington, even though their music doesn’t overtly describe the situation they lived in. Everyone nowadays is basing their morality and ethics on gadgets, as if a sense of place doesn’t exist anymore. People feel dislocated when they haven’t got that.”

Read it at The Quietus

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