I’ll admit, I never got into Mercury Rev when David Baker was fronting the band. It was only after he left, and the band started sounding more like The Flaming Lips, that I found them listenable. Baker went on to form Shady after his Mercury Rev departure (I think I picked up Shady’s 1994 release, World, out of a dollar bin making it a very good candidate for a Plucked from the $1 bin feature). Baker also produced one of my favorite albums from the ’90s, Comet’s Chandelier Musings (seriously, buy a very cheap copy on Amazon).
Baker’s got a new band, Variety Lights, and will be releasing Central Flow on June 12.
DOWNLOAD: “Silent Too Long”