The Flaming Lips-Christmas On Mars
Fulfilling a long talked about rumor, The Flaming Lips finally finished their “fantastical film freakout” entitled Christmas On Mars. With a similar campy style and acting deficiency of an Ed Wood feature, Christmas On Mars may be watchable only to loyal fans and schlock enthusiasts. However, accompanying the 86-minute DVD is the true gold of this release: the movie’s original soundtrack. As wondrous as antiquated sci-fi illustrations of tin robots and Buck Roger spaceships, The Flaming Lips capture the desolate eeriness of extraterrestrial landscapes and weightlessness with a mixture of orchestrated agitation and heavenly synthesized textures. Remember the dramatic escalation of tension in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, just before the simians touch the Monolith? With or without the visuals, it’s a menacing composition. Similarly, The Flaming Lips have constructed a soundtrack that captures the imagination without having to be propped up by its cinematic counterpart, which in this case, may be welcome.
Julian Koster—The Singing Saw At Christmastime
Holiday music can start to become obnoxious quickly. You begin to hear the same few standards everywhere you turn, whether blaring from a commercial or being piped out of a retailer’s store speakers. Usually every Christmas, one or two albums update the traditional holiday songs with innovative freshness, making classic
—Malik Miko Thorne, of Boo Boo Records and KCBX’s “Night Train”