June 29, 2002 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Sweet! The Flaming Lips' new album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, comes out in mid-July. But you can listen to it in its entirety right now. Battling robot goodness.
posted by RakDaddy (28 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
thank you! thank you! thank you! Great post! (stuck at work on a Saturday - this is gonna help a lot.)
posted by lilboo at 10:29 AM on June 29, 2002

Dear Flaming Lips,

If I promise to buy this album on the day it comes out (and I've been planning to anyway), can you provide MP3s of all of the tracks so I can put it on my portable player and listen to it everywhere I go? Pretty please?

posted by turaho at 10:36 AM on June 29, 2002

[this is good]

"do you realize / that everyone you know / someday will die / and instead of saying all your goodbyes / let them know you realize / that life goes fast / it's hard to make / the good things last"
posted by chemicalpilate at 10:55 AM on June 29, 2002

Damn japanophiles

ps. turaho: I doubt it.
posted by delmoi at 11:35 AM on June 29, 2002

The cave I live in just became a bit larger, brighter.
I have never listened to this band before -- they just never perceptively fit my tastes in music. I love this album and am organizing a trip east to see the Aug. 2 show at Redrocks. Any Utahns (or Utites, Utahnians...as you please) interested in a road trip?
posted by glennie at 11:52 AM on June 29, 2002

Sounds pretty good. I wish this band would kill the sweet singing and just rock more and make more weird noises and shit. The Soft Bulletin sounded good the first few spins but I never play it nowadays. It's all a bit contrived and knowing.
posted by dydecker at 12:06 PM on June 29, 2002

wow, i've only heard 30 sexonds of it, and i know i already like it... very strange... are the flaming lips the group that put out that cd a while ago that was meant to be listened to with three other copies of the cd, in order to get the full effect?
posted by lotsofno at 12:25 PM on June 29, 2002

yeah, Zaireeka is the 4 cd album. I'm going to see them on Tuesday and can hardly wait...
posted by the cuban at 1:11 PM on June 29, 2002

The head lip seems to be a bit of a character.
posted by Fat Buddha at 1:50 PM on June 29, 2002

Daddy I wuv you so much.
posted by oh posey at 1:56 PM on June 29, 2002


The Lips are one of very few "progressive rock" bands that equally satisfy both parts of the equation. They're as wiggy as Amon Düül but as hooky as Big Star

posted by jonmc at 2:07 PM on June 29, 2002

I actually found an unopened copy of Zaireeka last weekend. I wound up not buying it because I didn't have four CD players to do it justice with. I love the Flaming Lips, but I can't hear them without hearing Ian Ziering's say, "I don't know who these guys are, but they rock!" (on the set of Beverly Hills 90210 when the Lips were invited to play "Vaseline" in the Peach Pit.

The first song is terrific.
posted by yerfatma at 2:20 PM on June 29, 2002

I really like the Lips...although I've never had the 4 cd experience either. :) If you like the FL, you may really like Luna also. This is my fave Luna CD, and this is their site.
posted by dejah420 at 3:05 PM on June 29, 2002

there're my fave band ever...I first heard of them when dragged to go see Batman. Whichever one had Jim carrey-anyways, a song of their's is playing during a scene. I adored the song so much, I bought the soundtrack, and then bought my first Lips album. As someone growing up in ND, I had never heard stuff like they do before-all the stations are pop/classic rock.

Looks like this is gonna be a great album. "Soft Bulletin" wasn't up there on the list of the best work they've done, for me at least. Thanks for this link!
posted by Windigo at 3:11 PM on June 29, 2002

OH MY GAWD.......! One of the bands I always find myself going back to. Always fresh.
posted by anathema at 4:51 PM on June 29, 2002

thanks for the post. awesome.
posted by alfredogarcia at 5:00 PM on June 29, 2002

I'd never heard of the Lips until last year, when a friend dragged me to a show. What a wonderful experience that was. I'd never seen anyone sing with so much joy and shameless passion. If you only go to one show this summer, tell Grandpa Mick and The Geriatric Three to "suck it", and see the Flaming Lips instead.
posted by Optamystic at 5:58 PM on June 29, 2002


Reaction the first - I can't believe how good, and different from "She Don't Use Jelly" (the only other time I had heard of the band, but which I still like), is.

Reaction the second - how the hell did they do this? The whole album is just there, instantly, with nothing else to do, and with accompanying graphics.

Reaction the third - can this (please, oh please) become a model for future delivery of music to be released at a later time in purchasable format? You know, actually USING the internet to promote and sell music, instead of trying to kill it off?
posted by yhbc at 7:00 PM on June 29, 2002

can you provide MP3s of all of the tracks so I can put it on my portable player and listen to it everywhere I go?

Geez, no wonder the industry hates its customers. Here we have a major label band streaming their unreleased album for FREE with no ads to boot and you want MP3s too?? I think its fairly obvious what the music industry thinks of mp3s.

Hopefully, this little online experiment will help convince the dunderheads in the industry to embrace streams and internet radio. I don't like how streaming and mp3 trading to some are to some pretty much the same thing.

yhbc, its a flash app from what I can tell.
posted by skallas at 7:33 PM on June 29, 2002

Nice link. I haven't heard anything by the Flaming Lips other than "Jelly," either. I love how they're another band being compared to Big Star. I've never heard that group, but I have a strong impression of its music based on all the groups compared to it.
posted by rcade at 8:35 PM on June 29, 2002

Zaireeka on four systems is indeed as cool as they say. It can be a bitch to get all the machines synched, though. Two years ago they played at the new bands tent at Glastonbury. New? I was shaking my head, too.
posted by Monk at 9:28 PM on June 29, 2002

Zaireeka is sweet, but you're right Monk, it is a bitch to get synched. You have to have many friends or be verrrry flexible and coordinated. Or if they're slightly out of synch - (pause, play, pause, play... I hope some of you Flaming Lips fans understand my pain...)
posted by dig_duggler at 10:14 PM on June 29, 2002

I understand that there's an gargantuan .mp3 floating around that has Zaireeka pre-synched as one track. I can't seem to find it right now, though.
posted by Optamystic at 10:16 PM on June 29, 2002

I didn't know MP3 could support 8 channels.
posted by jjg at 10:46 PM on June 29, 2002

Good point. It's probably not audio-perfect, but it might provide an approximation, content-wise. (Again, I'm just guessing, as I have not heard it).
posted by Optamystic at 11:10 PM on June 29, 2002

it's a mix down to 2 channels jjg. for new flaming lips fans this is a good intro to their newer stuff - and a really inspirational take on the creative process.
posted by alfredogarcia at 10:29 AM on June 30, 2002

Thanks for posting this link! I hadn't heard anything by the Flaming Lips before, and really like them. :-)
posted by Stuart_R at 10:36 AM on June 30, 2002

My friends and I are posting this from the L.A. show at the Knitting Factory. The show just ended, and I have one piece of advice for anyone who may happen upon this ol' thread:

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