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“The Terror” of the Flaming Lips: A Phone Call from Venus

C_Venera09_Processedby Dr. Spin

When the Mars rovers made planetfall, it reignited my childhood interest in the space program. For a brief period after Spirit and Opportunity set down in 2004, I surfed around the internet looking for other successful extraterrestrial touchdowns and found out that nearly thirty years prior, Russia’s Venera 9 successfully sent back surface pictures of the inhospitable Continue reading

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Paying Strict Attention: Syd Arthur Challenges the Epic

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Gentlemen, when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention. -Dale Cooper
And so it goes when it comes to new music. Finding new stuff is sometimes tricky because I practically never listen to the radio. As a usual matter of course, I troll a selection of music sites and take suggestions from friends, but even this short resource list produces an overwhelming amount of new and unheard music. I hardly have the time or the finance to give everything that catches my attention a serious listen, so there is an imperfect and informal vetting process that constrains what I let into rotation. Sometimes, things are left to time and chance, which usually lands me on the tail end of the “hipness” curve… see more tail and curvy hips at The Pharmacy

 

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Call Me Ishmael: Death Grips’ “Exmilitary”

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Driving in the semi-rural regions of Texas might seem like an incongruous setting for the rabid hip-hop stylings of Death Grips, but for the compulsive music listener, not all music has the good fortune to become connected to perfectly relevant experience. I recently took a solo drive up to visit a friend’s new lake house, which involved a bit of winding around in unexplored parts of the state. I knew that I could assault myself with whatever music I wanted for this drive. Death Grips immediately came to mind… come into your own mind at The Pharmacy

 

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The Reach: Half of One, Two Thirds of the Other

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When I was involved in the 90s Dallas music scene, I saw countless bands, but there were probably a handful of them that I genuinely got behind. One of them was a Dallas-based band called The Reach. We played a gig with them once at The (now defunct) Green Room, and I bought their debut CD Closer on the spot. Although I wasn’t entirely convinced that the album really captured the band, it was an enjoyable listen…enjoy more at The Pharmacy

 

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The Dirty Projectors From the Mouths of Babies

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The Little One loves to go outside. Fortunately, we had the foresight to wire our porch for sound, so we often have the opportunity to appreciate music while hanging out in our backyard. When the weather is good, we’ll turn on the tunes while she blows bubbles or draws chalk scribbles on the concrete.

She is growing increasingly verbal, so she constantly astounds us with her use of plain language to express what is on her mind. I was floored, however, when one afternoon she abruptly stopped her usual outdoor activities to enthusiastically join in with the chorus of this tune…get dirty over at The Pharmacy

 

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Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” Breaks the Spell

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Although in many ways, I am still on the fence about the new Daft Punk album, I have to admit I that I am enjoying the controversy that it seems to have stirred up. On the one side, the critics would have people believe that it is the most important album of 2013, but here on the street level it seems that praise for Random Access Memories is very rarely given without some reservation.

At worst, a lot of Daft Punk fans, both old and new, simply don’t care for it… stick with daft and care over at The Pharmacy

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