From the dark side of another moon, specifically Mars' Phobos, comes the idiosyncratic, psychedelic, outer/inner space romp that is Les Claypool's and Sean Lennon's new duo album. Monolith of Phobos
' title track was inspired by an oddly shaped rock that fascinates moon walker Buzz Aldrin. Another moonwalker turns up in "Bubbles Burst," a poignant tale fraught with double meanings about Michael Jackson's pet chimp. Surreal, playful lyrics hammer surprisingly serious points throughout Phobos
, whether it's the creepy voyeurism of "Mr. Wright," the dangers of prescription drugs, rampant cluelessness threatening the democracy, or electronic alienation. The pair, who play everything on Phobos
, decided to collaborate after their respective bands — Primus and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger — toured together. Delirium really shine in their eccentric, hallucinogenic stew of star-trekking progressive rock, Beatles-tinged pop, fuzzy melodicism, and zinging space oddities. Everything marvelously coalesces around Claypool's funk-laced, eloquent bass and Lennon's expressive electric guitar. L.A.'s Chicano Batman opens.