The Flaming Lips stopped by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic last Friday and performed a bunch of songs from their latest, Embryonic, as well as a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Eclipse”, because they’ll be covering Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety with Star Death and White Dwarfs.
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Here are the Big Pink, live, on something called “French TV”, with two from their latest, A Brief History of Love.
This video could have taken all of twenty minutes to film, but everyone looks to be enjoying themselves. It’d be hard not to, the song being of the infectious sort that you sing in your head with made-up lyrics for days before you learn the real ones. “When We Swam” is from Know Better Learn Faster.
The Gargoyle is a brutal story about a man terribly disfigured in a car crash, burned to an almost unrecognizable crisp following an alcohol and cocaine binge. Incongruously, it’s also about timeless love.
The nameless narrator may have been burned beyond recognition, but Maryanne Engel knows him. They’ve never met before, at least that he can remember, but she finds him in his recovery room and helps nurse him back to health through endless skin grafting, morphine doses, and physical therapy.
Maryanne is many things—an artist, a sculptor, a storyteller, a fantastic cook, and a tattooed schizophrenic. As Maryanne helps the narrator overcome his inclinations toward suicide and substance abuse, she gradually fills him in on their past romances. Davidson’s story mixes violence in the present with destruction in the past, conveying the intense connection that Maryanne feels about the man she perceives as her soulmate.
At times jarring, at times hopeless, at times saturated with a sense of inevitability, Maryanne’s stories are captivating and the narrator finds himself thoroughly dependent on her. Until, inevitably, the tables are turned and the narrator finds he must take care of Maryanne, trying everything he can think of to pull her out of her own spiral toward self-destruction. Davidson’s debut novel is a riveting page-turner. I’m hoping he’s hard at work on something equally fascinating.
Say Goodbye to Useless
Releasing: 23 February
“Peanut Butter & Patience”, the first single from Deru’s third full-length release, is a doozy, contrasting sharp percussion with creepy, ambient electronic sounds. It belongs on a Samurai Champloo soundtrack. Say Goodbye to Useless is going to blow up 2010. Watch for it when it drops on February 23rd.
01 I Would Like
02 I Want
03 Peanut Butter & Patience
05 Basically, Fuck You
08 Days, Then…
09 What Happens When You Ask
10 Cottonmouth Lothario