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Bulletin About The Flaming Lips

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The Soft Bulletin came out in 1999 and is our Then-album to go with our recent review of The Terror by The Flaming Lips. We often try to find some underappreciated piece to examine in reference to a classic artist’s new work, but this clearly isn’t the case this time.  The Soft Bulletin is the best album by The Flaming Lips, clearly their classic.

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18: The Apex Of Mobymusic

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I’ve recently written about Moby’s new album, Innocents, that it follows the pattern of his last half-dozen albums or so (and, to my ears, that sort of consistency is far from contemptible).  The album that, I think, established that pattern and fulfilled it musically better than any other of his albums was 2002’s 18.

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A Howlin' Wind in 1976 Goes Unnoticed

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Graham Parker and the Rumour definitely disappeared for a while, a fairly long while, so it seems like it should be okay to look at one of their most successful albums as our Then-album to compare with the new one, Three Chords Good(2013).  That would mean that we could review Squeezing Out Sparks (a five-star album) or The Up Escalator, both of which charted well and were in most dorm rooms back then.  That doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of this site though, so let’s take a look at the first Graham Parker and the Rumour album, 1976’s Howlin’ Wind.

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Dr. John Whispers Gris-Gris

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Last year I found myself browsing a record store in New Orleans, trying to find some local releases, something not available outside of the city. It's a small, privately owned store but well-stocked with new and old and—most importantly—used records and CDs. I talk to the owner for some time about music, feeling him out, checking out his tastes and depth of knowledge, his musical awareness, before I purchase any of his recommendations. In the type of non-chain store I'm talking about, people who work there love to talk about music—and in the friendly, out-going Big Easy, where people operate on N'Awlinz time, people love to talk period. So it's  not like I'm torturing the local, minimum-waged video clerk to recommend a movie (yawn...that one with Vin Diesel is popular).

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