If the last few weeks have been any indication, winter seems to be the season for cover songs. Between The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Ke$ha and more, there hasn’t been any shortage of classics getting a new lease on life. Beck‘s new cover of John Lennon‘s “Love” only cements that tradition. Made for Starbucks’ fifth compilation album, Sweetheart 2014, “Love,” originally from Lennon’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band album, sits alongside tracks by Vampire Weekend, Thao, The Head and The Heart, and many more in an easy listening covers paradise. Check out the new song, along with the track listing below, and pick up Sweetheart 2014 beginning Feb. 4. (more…)
There’s something extremely risky about covering an iconic band’s work of art. Risky, and often times bold. But with several covers under their belt, including an impressive interpretation of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon, The Flaming Lips recently tackled The Beatles’ classic, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” The song has that Flaming Lips touch, which the band admits was recorded spur of the moment while practicing for New Year’s Eve. You can check out the cover below.
Last week we brought you the news that Wayne Coyne would be embarking on a short Record Store Tour and promoting The Flaming Lips‘ early recordings, some of which would be handed off to record stores to sell in a life-sized handmade chocolate skulls. That was pretty cool, but this week, a 1983 recording of 2nd Cassette Demo was released”and we think that’s pretty awesome too. Available on limited edition 7″ blue vinyl, it consists of four tracks, which have been remastered by drummer Kliph Scurlock, and freshened up with some new artwork by Coyne’s brother, Dennis.
A press release states that the demo captures the group in a transition from its primitive shambolic drug-damaged punk-pop to the primitive shambolic drug-damaged hallucinogenic cosmic brother death rock heard on the [The Flaming Lips] 1st EP. Check out the demo and track listing below. (more…)
An EP made of chocolate, you say? Well, not quite. The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne has just embarked on his Record Store Tour, hitting Nashville, Louisville, Chicago, and St. Louis, before wrapping things up in Lawrence, KS. Though a short tour, Coyne will be promoting the reissue of The Flaming Lips’ early recordings, The Flaming Lips 1st EP on 12″ green vinyl and The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo on 7″ blue vinyl. Each will be limited to 2,000 copies, and will officially go on sale Dec. 24.
So where does the chocolate come in? Coyne will be giving record stores a limited version of the EP which will sit in a life-sized, handmade chocolate skull. If that isn’t enough for you, the package will also include a golden coin, which permits access to any headlining Flaming Lips show….in the world. Check out Coyne’s Record Store Tour dates, along with The Flaming Lips’ upcoming dates below. (more…)
Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of unusual covers and collaborations from bands like The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, and The Joy Formidable to name a few. Now, with Tears For Fears releasing their cover of Animal Collective‘s “My Girls,” the replication isn’t quite as different as you might imagine (or even hope.) Flooding listeners with sweet synths and haunting vocals, this cover takes everything you loved about the original and adds that extra dose of ’80s vibes to send listeners straight into a blissful trance.
Tears For Fears is also working up on a follow up to 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, with plans to release the new album in 2014. Check out the cover below. (more…)
Box of Stars, a nonprofit organization which raises mental health awareness, is currently seeking pledges via IndieGoGo for a tribute album they hope to create for the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, who tragically committed suicide in 2010. Featuring tracks by The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Portugal. The Man, and more, the campaign hopes to raise $50,000 for the album, and is offering rewards such as t-shirts, CDs, limited edition vinyl, mixing/mastering by Ted Richardson (Portugal. The Man, The Joy Formidable), and more. You can pledge here and listen to tracks by The Flaming Lips and The Joy Formidable below.
Remember when The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha planned a collaborative album? In case you don’t, it was aptly titled Lip$ha and was shelved this past November. We can’t imagine why. But Lip$ha hopefuls, fear not! On The Flaming Lips’ new Stone Roses cover album, fans can find this sought after (and to be honest, kind of weird) collaboration, also featuring New Fumes, with the track “Elizabeth My Dear.” Check it out below. (more…)
The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips will be hitting the road together for a short tour across the U.S. and Brazil this spring Individually, The Black Keys will include Argentina on their trek, while The Flaming Lips will head to Europe in late May.
You can find a full list of tour dates for each band after the jump, and don’t forget to enter our weekly #FreeTicketFriday contest for your shot at a free pair of tickets!