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Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the band's new Beatles cover album, late nights with Miley, and why he doesn't love weed


In the three decades since Oklahoma psych-rock icons the Flaming Lips formed, they’ve made no secret of their love for twee, trippy antics. They’re particularly infamous for their over-the-top live shows, in which they perform in Martian or animal costumes and shower the audience with confetti while singer Wayne Coyne rolls over the crowd in a giant plastic bubble.

The Lips are fond of experimentation offstage as well, recording not just 13 studio albums but a slew of limited-edition releases and collaborations, including 2010’s song-for-song cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a 2011 EP that was stored on a flash drive inside a gummy human skull. They’ve also dabbled in film, with projects like the bonkers 2008 holiday film Christmas on Mars and an inscrutable, NSFW five-minute short film, released earlier this year, called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.” In it, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint, a nude woman is sprayed with glitter, and Coyne sings from within a massive cardboard rainbow.


Video: Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips star in a super-trippy short film

Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, both fans of recreational drug use as well as being bottomless pits of need for attention, have become tight buds—which only makes sense. Over the weekend, Cyrus and Coyne partied together in Los Angeles, culminating in getting matching tattooed portraits of Miley’s deceased dog Floyd, who she has previously paid tribute to in the form of a giant inflatable stage prop.

Today, they followed that up by releasing a new video they made together. “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain” isn’t exactly a music video but rather a very brief psychedelic heist movie scored by what seems to be a heavily deconstructed version of a Flaming Lips track that harkens back to the band’s early years as a face-melting acid-pop band, well before they smoothed out enough of their lysergic edge to find mainstream success. Cyrus, who was bedridden at the time due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics, plays the custodian of JFK’s brain, which holds “the original formula for the drug LSD,” according to Coyne, which is stolen by a naked blonde woman. The Flaming Lips play rainbows and mushrooms.

Moby, Santa Claus, and “a lesbian Bigfoot” also make appearances in the five-and-a-half-minute short. NSFW for nudity, drug use, and Miley loudly dropping F-bombs.


Inaugural BottleRock brings Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Anthony Jeselnik to Napa Valley

Music festivals continue to grow, and between now and the end of the summer, there is essentially a major one every single weekend. The expanded menu requires a lot more diversity, both in the types of acts booked on the main stages and the other attractions offered on the grounds. Gone are the days when you could just set up a PA and invite some dudes with guitars—now there have to be multiple hooks to convince people to make the journey to your field.

Enter BottleRock Napa Valley, a new festival that launches its inaugural entry this Wednesday, May 8, and runs through Sunday May 12. The music lineup is impressive, and will include sets from the Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Train, the Shins, Alamabama Shakes, and dozens more.

Perhaps BottleRock’s biggest secret weapon, though, is its comedy lineup: READ FULL STORY

Record Store Day 2012 preview: The best vinyl, the coolest stores


Today, thousands of fastidious collectors are waking up way too early for a Saturday, standing  in silly lines with their brethren, and diving deep into crates to pay premium bank for the privilege of owning a handful of the dozens of exclusive vinyl releases being put out as part of the sixth annual Record Store Day.

And I couldn’t be happier.

Launched in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates the independent music shop, an institution that has been under attack since well before the Internet threatened to dismantle the music business. Really, it’s a day to celebrate the relative resilience of these little shingles that could. After all, they survived the format wars, outlived massive chains like Tower Records and Virgin Megastore, and stuck out the first wave of file sharing (Napster, Gnutella, and the like).

With vinyl sales surging and interest in sprawling music discovery zones like Amoeba Records steadily growing, it’s a good time to be a fan of black discs that go around and around and around. This year’s exclusive Record Store Day features the release of several dozen exclusive pieces of vinyl, which may or may not be available at your local emporium (it pays to hit up more than one spot, if only to observe the crowds at each location). READ FULL STORY

New vinyl album releases from Katy Perry, Flaming Lips give record stores a kick

Think Katy Perry and vinyl, and a hip-hugging dress might come to mind.

The 27-year-old pop artist is among musicians going old school — releasing music on pressed vinyl records to help celebrate Record Store Day.

Perry, who’s too young to have thumbed through 45-rpm singles when she was a girl, joins an eclectic mix that includes David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Misfits, White Stripes, the late James Brown and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends with special vinyl releases to celebrate the hometown record store on Saturday.

All of that vinyl — more than 300 offerings — represents a bright spot for the roughly 2,000 indie music retailers facing stiff competition from online music sales and streaming music services.

“There would be fewer stores, if it wasn’t for the resurgence of vinyl,” said Chris Brown from Bull Moose, a chain of 10 stores in Maine and New Hampshire, who hatched the idea for Record Store Day. READ FULL STORY

Margaret Cho's 'Baby I'm With the Band' video -- spot cameos from Conan O'Brien, Weezer, Wayne Coyne and more

Baby, what band is she not with?

The video for talking comedian turned sometimes-singing comedian Margaret Cho’s latest single from Cho Dependent – her first official foray into music, with assistance from Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, and Tegan & Sarah — is essentially a backstage pass to last year’s Bonnaroo.

Watch as Cho cuddles with Conan and Wayne Coyne, gets down with Gwar, fans out on Weezer, does ugly yoga with featured guest Brendan Benson, disappears into a dressing room with OK Go, steals Andy Richter’s hat, and sits on Christmas Tree Mom‘s face: READ FULL STORY

Flaming Lips, pirate metal, and why you should spend more time in record stores

Last weekend, my wife and I took a trip up to Newport, Rhode Island, to spend some time at the beach.

We got some sun, we ate some seafood, we drank some pretty terrible local beer, and we visited one of my favorite landmarks: The Music Box.

I’ve essentially made a trip to the Music Box once every summer since I was about 14, and though it has expanded its reach beyond music and video over the course of the last decade-and-a-half (if you notice on the store’s official website, they also sell sports memorabilia and “gourmet food”), it remains a good old-fashioned record store at its heart.

I almost always go in looking for a handful of specific things—for no other reason than tradition, I always pick up a copy of the new Warped Tour compilation, as I have been buying those things since they’ve been called Punk-O-Rama; this time around, I was on the hunt for the Flaming Lips’ Heady Nuggs, a limited-edition Record Store Day collection of the group’s first five Warner Bros. albums on vinyl—and also for some browsing: Whenever I visit a new city, I always try to seek out a used record store to dig out soundtrack compilations from ’90s teen movies, which I constantly purchase on the cheap for reasons I’ve lost track of.

The Music Box did not disappoint (though they were playing Train’s cover of “Umbrella” on their in-store sound system, which bummed me out profoundly). I walked out with the Lips set (at a fantastic price) and a promotional compilation of Lollapalooza performers from 1994, which includes tracks by Green Day, L7, Nick Cave, Stereolab, and the Breeders.

But the most thrilling moment of the afternoon was completely unexpected. READ FULL STORY

The Flaming Lips release a song called 'Is David Bowie Dying?': Do they know something we don't?

Not that the Flaming Lips need to explain their general weirdness to anyone, but the indie-psych stalwarts gave us pause with the title to their recently released song.

“Is David Bowie Dying?” is the first song on a very limited-release EP (only 1,000 copies) that is already available online, naturally. The tune — which is a collaboration with chillwave maestro Alan Palom of Neon Indian — is a neat little foray into eerie, atmospheric electronica that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Throbbing Gristle record or the second half of Bowie’s “Heroes.” You can listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

Dave Matthews Band announce plans to play series of three-day festivals this summer

dave-matthews-rehearsalImage Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.comLast May, Dave Matthews swore he wouldn’t tour in 2011. “I want to look at music not as a professional,” Matthews told “I’d like to do it for a year where I’m just an amateur, where the only reason I’m doing it is out of love so I can come back with this group of people that I’ve played with for 20 years and have something more.”

Today, the “amateur” announced a summer return, of sorts: the Dave Matthews Band will headline four three-day festivals this summer.

The first of these “Dave Matthews Band Caravan” events will take place on June 24, 25, and 26 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. DMB are set to play a full show each night, alongside a roster that includes David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, Damian Marley, and The Flaming Lips, as well as , Michael Franti and Spearhead, Warren Haynes Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Guster, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

Tickets will be available as three-day passes only, and the “Caravan” shows will be DMB’s only performances this year. The online ticket request period for the Atlantic City festival begins Monday, March 14. As for the other three still-unannounced happenings, the band’s website says, “There will be a festival July 8-10 in the Midwest, an August event in an unknown location and a September festival, likely Labor Day Weekend at the Gorge in George, Washington.”

So, DMB fans, will you be attending the New Jersey festival? Who intends to go to all four events (regardless of where they’re held)?

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Flaming Lips visit 'Yo Gabba Gabba!': Watch an exclusive preview here

Yo-Gabba-Gabba-FlamingThe Flaming Lips are coming to Yo Gabba Gabba! Oklahoma’s most famous psychedelic rockers will appear on the Nov. 5 episode of the popular kids’ show singing “I Can Be a Frog,” from their 2009 album Embryonic. Hit the jump for an exclusive minute-long preview of their performance.

As you’ll see, “I Can Be a Frog” is a catchy tune about the power of imagination. Lead Lip Wayne Coyne sings it while wearing multiple hats.

Cute, right? Will you be tuning in to Nickelodeon at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, Nov. 5? Let us know what you think in comments. READ FULL STORY

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