#826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Interesting that this turned up on the Randometer so soon after The Flaming Lips, since MGMT are shooting in the same direction and even use Dave Fridmann, longtime Lips producer, on this album. It’s a production to be proud of, befitting its grand title: multiple-layers, big drums, shimmering guitars, delays, fuzzboxes, distorted sounds and vocals, … Continue reading #826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular


#496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips are a law unto themselves. There’s no one quite like them, and thank the Lord, since this planet couldn’t really cope with two crazed psychedelic dropout musical mavericks on this level of the Freak scale. The Soft Bulletin was my entry point into the world of The Lips. A worthy winner on … Continue reading #496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

#987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason

A David Gilmour solo album in all but name, and it was the rights to the Pink Floyd name that was being wrangled over with Roger Waters whilst this album was recorded on Gilmour’s Thames houseboat. Released in 1987, it has a very glossy late 80s-sounding production which dates it somewhat, but it stands up … Continue reading #987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason

#529 Peter Gabriel – ‘2’

Some people like to call this album Scratch. I don’t, because that’s not its actual name. It’s Gabriel’s second solo album, a bit more pedestrian than the first due in part to the rather murky production and more conventional song structures. Conventional for Gabriel that is, you’d still describe this as ‘art rock’ or ‘prog … Continue reading #529 Peter Gabriel – ‘2’

#1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One

One of several bands who have taken inspiration from William S Burroughs. Whether that puts you off, or turns you on is a matter of taste, but for lovers of psychedelia, jazz-rock or early progressive rock, Soft Machine’s first album, the ambitiously titled Volume One, offers a smorgasbord of each, effortlessly sandwiched together in a … Continue reading #1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One