Monday, March 05, 2007

A Ghost Is Born: Incubus In Lisbon

Memory is a tricky thing. I can't recall what I ate for dinner last week (well, aside from the fact that it was dorm food), but I still remember the first episode of TRL (yes, that TRL) I watched. Well, scratch that, I couldn't tell you the guests, or what Carson Daly-fueled antics occurred that particular afternoon, but one video that sticks out is Incubus' "Stellar." Its visual inventiveness, coupled with vaguely romantic subject matter - yearning without being angst-ridden - all over a solid rock foundation remains pretty appealing to this day. That was about seven years ago, and since, Incubus has emerged to become one of the more popular bands, at least in their quasi-mainstream niche. Their latest album, the strangely familiar-looking Light Grenades, just came out last year, but to be honest, I don't plan on hearing it anytime soon.

Admittedly, I've developed a bit of an aversion towards so-called mainstream groups. It's not elitism (really!); I guess I just find pleasure in discovering the obscure. But still, these guys are worth a listen. The live setting isn't necessarily the greatest environment for the group, depending on what you're more interested in. Although there's plenty of energy here, some of the subtlety is diminished. If you like what you hear below, I also recommend checking out the downright sublime "Aqueous Transmission," as well as the studio version of the Orwellian "Talk Shows On Mute." And finally, this show was recorded on June 4th, 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal.


1. Megalomaniac
2. Nice To Know You
3. Idiot Box
4. Just A Phase
5. Wish You Were Here
6. Priceless
7. Pistola
8. Vitamin
9. Take Me To Your Leader
10. Drive
11. Talk Shows On Mute
12. Under My Umbrella
13. Sick Sad Little World
14. Certain Shade of Green
15. A Crow Left of the Murder

Make Yourself: Here


Anonymous said...

don't know how else to say this... but i've been listening to can since 14 (24 now) and i finally made something i think is good enough. and i figured you might dig it.

it's here:

remixes of the streets, marvin gaye, mos def, b-52's, cocteau twins, more

hope you like it


The "Eardrums shall fail" blog said:

"Remixing is raised to art status when you give new life to music, any type of music. To see potential in a boring cut, to push the envelope all the way to different galaxies, to let your mind wander where the original intention left off - all this presumes passion and marquees lighting up over your head as opposed to a mere lightbulb. A writer, most of the time, is a passionate reader first and a remixer of words second. Tago-Mago does that with music. I may not like each and every track but that would be a strange and new feeling anyway. Rarely have I heard a reinvention of music I was, or thought I was, familiar with, in such unexpected ways. His major influence is Can, and the mixes are inspired by a variety of hip hop and electronica artists."

4casey4 said...

Have been traveling and missed visiting your blog. Great new posts.


erika said...


I realize this post is from 2007, but the tracks are "stellar."

Any chance you could re-upload and re-post an Incubus playlist? I'm a big fan of their music.



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