Time for a confession. I've completely ignored The Flaming Lips for years. To be honest, I never even gave them a shot until about a year ago. Even a month ago, they were a band that I rarely listened to. Something happened, though, when I played Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots all the way through last week. I'd heard it before, but not like this. All at once, the album unfolded and I was left stunned, sitting there looking at layer upon layer of genius that I'd never heard before. Here is the first and last track from the album, which I think come together nicely to convey the band's larger position as pioneers of electronic pop. And hey, here's to being surprised by music you foolishly tossed aside.