Not content with their start-to-finish cover of Pink Floyd‘s landmark LP Dark Side Of The Moon from a few years ago, The Flaming Lips have now recorded and released a “companion” piece to that record, intended to be played simultaneously. It is called Flaming Side of the Moon.
I know what I’m doing today.
Dark Side is an album rife with its own mythology, which includes the details behind the making of the record, the subject matter of the songs, the mysterious audio snippets buried throughout, and, of course, the supposed connection to The Wizard of Oz (which is certainly coincidental at best, though the Lips say this release does indeed sync up). So it is a prime target for further creative explorations by sonic adventurers The Flaming Lips, who are no strangers to this kind of multidimensional, puzzle-piece recording, having created their own Zaireeka, an album released in 1997 on four different discs, also intended to be played simultaneously.
[UPDATE: The Flaming Lips report this was an April Fool’s Day joke. So, everything above, and it’s all real, and they did it, but… just kidding?]
There’s never a dull moment for The Flaming Lips. Whether they’re filming NSFW videos with Amanda Palmer, beating Jay-Z’s record for most live concerts played in 24 hours, releasing music inside of gummy skulls, or rolling around in giant plastic balls at their live shows, Wayne Coyne and company are always on the lookout for their next thrill. So of course, the announcement of the April 2 release of their album The Terror wasn’t complete without an additional surprise out of left field; this Super Bowl Sunday, they will be performing a new song, “Sun Blows Up Today,” in a Hyundai commercial during the big game. The 60-second spot, an advertisement for the Hyundai Santa Fe, will feature the band hanging out on a suburban rooftop playing the new tune, which will be available for 100,000 free downloads from the Hyundai website and as a bonus track on the digital album.
According to Coyne, the “great, very strange, beautiful, emotional record” was written between sessions for the band’s previous 2012 release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. You can find the official track list for The Terror, as well as a still from the upcoming commercial, below the jump.
President Obama is sexy (and he knows it)
Who woulda thought that President Obama was such a big LMFAO fan? Turns out he’s been surreptitiously dropping lyrics to Sexy and I Know It into all his speeches. As long as he doesn’t collaborate with Madonna, we’re OK with it. Watch the Commander in Chief bring sexy back below.
Deadmau5 taps fan to collaborate
The Internet has elevated many things to a whole new level: spying on your exes, indulging your cat obsession and, in this case, interacting with your favorite musician. Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, streamed an unfinished track on his Web site to give fans a listen to the songwriting process. One industrious follower tweeted the DJ a vocal track, and Zimmerman liked it so much he promised to add it into the song. Oh Internet, will your powers ever cease to amaze? Watch the magic happen below.
Jerry Lee Lewis marries for seventh time, to cousin’s ex-wife
File under gross: Jerry Lee Lewis, who is now seventy-six years old, got married to his seventh wife ¦ wait for it ¦ who also happens to be the ex-wife of his own cousin, Rusty Brown. But there’s more! Cousin Rusty is the younger brother of Myrna Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was only thirteen years old. Lets hope this latest dysfunctional marriage cools those great balls of fire once and for all.
Earl Scruggs dies
Bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs passed away this week from natural causes at an area hospital in Nashville. He was eighty-eight years old. Scruggs, along with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, formed the most influential bluegrass acts of all time”the Blue Grass Boys. Scruggs is credited with popularizing the three-finger style of banjo playing. He went on to play with Flatt in the Foggy Mountain Boys (later known as Flatt and Scruggs). His hits”which include the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies and Bonnie and Clyde”helped bring bluegrass to mainstream audiences. R.I.P.
Wayne Coyne bleeds collaborators for Record Store Day release
For his upcoming Record Store Day release, entitled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Wayne Coyne wasn’t content to give fans his figurative blood, sweat and tears. The Flaming Lips front man is including his actual blood as well as the blood of his collaborators on the vinyl and packaging of the record. That means folks like Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Chris Martin, Erykah Badu and more will be donating a sample to this bio-hazardous album. Handle with gloves, people.
Bobby Brown arrested for DUI
Bobby Brown was charged with two DUI counts and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license after cops pulled the singer over on Monday. Brown faces up to six months in jail if convicted. His court date is scheduled for April 16. Our advice? We think Brown should pack up his group, get a grip, come equipped, grab his proton pack off his back and then split. Oh wait, that only works if you’re a Ghostbuster.
- Aerosmith announce summer tour dates
- Watch Cori B’s Daddy’s Girl video
- Andrea Bocelli welcomes daughter
- Bobby Womack diagnosed with colon cancer
- Amy Winehouse’s 4.6 million estate goes to family
- Are Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson dating?
- Diplo calls M.I.A. abusive
- Scots use Queen to protest Donald Trump golf course
- Jet breaks up
- Justin Bieber drops Boyfriend
- Usher will play Sugar Ray Leonard in biopic
- Madonna sings Happy Birthday to Nicki Minaj
- Madonna clears air with DeadMau5 via Twitter
Like Lupe Fiasco, Billa Camp hails from Chi-Town, loves skateboard culture and is an exemplar of alternative hip hop. And here’s another similarity”both appeared in the video for Fiasco’s song Kick, Push.” Still, Camp’s got his own thing going on, like an encyclopedic knowledge of rock, for starters. On Grateful Dread, the rapper name checks dozens of artists, starting with Sublime, Radiohead and Nirvana before moving onto Talking Heads, MC5 and Flaming Lips. Even Phish gets a shout-out on the hypnotic track, which combines lashes of cymbals and droning textures that sound like a deviant version of Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker. Stylistically, Camp’s music runs the gamut”from surf guitars on California to a crackling samples of the 1950s hit Why Don’t You Believe Me on Show Time to the banging Beat Street with its hefty dose of Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa. You don’t know where you’re going when you put on a Billa Camp track, but you can be sure you’re gonna have a good time.
Lana Del Rey’s SNL performance
There’s no arguing that Lana Del Rey has a beautiful voice, but there’s also no arguing that she is gangly as all get-out. The torchy chanteuse made her television debut on Saturday Night Live last weekend, and it turns out she’s quite a polarizing performer. Juliette Lewis initially dissed Del Ray, saying it felt like watching a twelve year old in their bedroom. But the next day Lewis woke up singing a different tune. Decide for yourself if Del Rey is fresh and yummy or wiggity-wack by watching her performance below.
Trent Reznor, Flaming Lips, Radiohead protest Internet legislation
Musicians are up in arms this week over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)”two bills making their way through Congress that will allow the government to block access to sites accused of copyright infringement before their court date. The Lonely Island, Nada Surf, MGMT signed this online petition, while Radiohead and Flaming Lips posted anti SOPA and PIPA banners on their Web sites and Twitter profiles. We’ll see if star power can move mountains, or at least Capitol Hill.
Jay-Z hasn’t retired the b-word after all
This week numerous media outlets reported that Jay-Z had released a poem announcing he’d given up the word bitch in honor of his daughter, Blue Ivy. Turns out, the whole thing is a crock of bitch (hey, if he’s not retiring it, then neither are we). Jay-Z will still be going H.A.M. when it comes to profanity, which gives us a sneaking suspicion of what Blue Ivy’s first word will be.
Kate Bush stalker breaks in to propose
When Kate Bush sang Let me into your window in her song, Wuthering Heights, little did she know one day a fan would let himself into her window in an ill-fated attempt at a marriage proposal. Police arrested Frank Tufaro after he broke into the reclusive singer’s home with a $4,500 engagement ring. Bush wasn’t home at the time, but we’re guessing her answer would have been no.
Elton John and husband get catty with Madonna
Madonna won the Best Original Song at the Golden Globes on Sunday, much to the dismay of Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish. John was nominated for his song, Hello Hello from Gnomeo and Juliet, but lost to Madge’s Masterpiece from W.E. That pissed Furnish right off, and he let everyone know it on his Facebook page. You can read the rant here, and see a screenshot of Elton John’s sourpuss during Madonna’s acceptance speech.
Diddy loses another battle in the vodka wars
Page Six is reporting that P Diddy lost his cool once again when patrons of a pre-Golden Globe party were prohibited from drinking his Ciroc vodka because the event was sponsored by Grey Goose. Not that anyone was asking for Circoc, mind you. Maybe that’s what he was really mad about. Get the rest of the gossip here.
- Lookout! Records going under
- Sinéad O’Connor seeks treatment for depression
- Merle Haggard hospitalized
- Santigold blasts Katy Perry and Lady Gaga
- LL Cool J to host GRAMMY Awards
- Adele defends relationship on Web site
- Miley Cyrus buys boyfriend a puppy
- Bruno Mars cleared of cocaine possession
- Paris Hilton recording song with LMFAO for new album
- Kanye West recites poem about MLK Jr.
- Rihanna goes green on vacation
- We bet Celine Dion has some primo bath products.
- We’re exhausted just thinking about recording a 6 hour song.
- As weird as this is, it wouldn’t surprise us.
- Stop the presses, Madonna hates hydrangeas.
- Back when there were five Rolling Stones… those were the days.
- Yeah, but did she invest in Facebook?
- Shut up, dude.
These are the things you’ll need to love in order to truly appreciate Osgoods: Hooks. Big, ballsy hooks. The Los Angeles-based band purveys quirky, ambitious rock that sounds like the rebellious offspring of Barenaked Ladies, Spacehog and the Flaming Lips. Steady is a plucky, bass-laden groove composed of electronic swirls, grungy guitars and singer Anthony Nigro’s muscular croon. Like much of Osgood’s songcraft, it’s lush, bold and catchy as hell. The band likes to top-load their arrangements with different textures and parts, which makes what would be a straightforward power ballad like You Made It Easy take on a Queen-like grandiosity. Moody blues are served up on My New Excuse, just before a crescendo of blistering guitars solos light the melody on fire. There’s definitely range within Osgood’s musicology; listen closely and you can hear anything from electro-pop to sludge. Staunch rockers, pop lovers with a tolerance for quirk”this band’s for you.
It’s April, and that means that the special day for baskets filled with tasty treats and surprises is just around the corner. Sorry Easter Bunny, you’re much beloved, but I’m talking about Record Store Day, the once-a-year event that has fans of music on vinyl hopping excitedly to their favorite independent record store.
Now in its fifth year and celebrated at over 700 outlets, Record Store Day 2011 will have fans clamoring over limited edition collectibles like a Built to Spill 7 picture-disc, a red vinyl split 7 single from the Ramones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, colored vinyl albums from Deerhoof (green), Architecture in Helsinki (pink) and Joan of Arc (blue), five albums from The Flaming Lips that have been out of print on vinyl for a decade and a numbered picture-disc version of Dio‘s 2002 album Killing the Dragon.
Lots of classic rock acts that were around when vinyl was in its heyday thirty-five years ago will be represented; releases from Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Queen will be in the bins right next to goodies from contemporary bands like The Dodos, Opeth, Peter, Bjorn & John and Matt & Kim. Even good old Ozzy is involved; Osbourne not only has a collectible single coming out for Record Store Day; he’s the event’s official ambassador.
The hope is of course that all the day’s hoopla, which will include live in-store performances at many outlets, will reintroduce the joy of shopping in a brick-and-mortar record store to old-schoolers who may not have purchased any music for awhile as well as to those who mostly acquire music digitally. Sales of titles on vinyl have been increasing despite declining sales for other configurations, and as Michael Kurtz, president of the Music Monitor Network points out, there’s plenty of business out there to be had.
The Music Monitor Network, with stores in the US and Canada, is the largest of the indie record store coalitions, Kurtz says. Those stores have about $100 million in annual sales. And while shrewd marketing helps indie stores stay alive and even thrive, further conversation with Record Store Day co-founder Kurtz reveals that it’s really passion, a love of music, that makes the whole thing happen.
Ask Kurtz about the music and he’ll rattle-off a long list of Record Store Day titles he wants to swoop on. I’m most excited about the REM three-singles set with the unreleased B-sides, the translucent Daft Punk 10 EP, the Regina Spektor live EP, the Foo Fighters covers album and the album from a new band called Manhattan Murder Mystery. And I’m especially thrilled to hear that the db’s went into the studio to record new songs for their Record Store Day release. They were a favorite of mine in college and I still love their music so I want to hear this one. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th.
For a list of participating stores visit www.recordstoreday.com