The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967’s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation. READ FULL STORY
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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.
When the Flaming Lips finalized their star-studded Sgt. Pepper tribute album, With a Little Help From My Fwends, last month, more than a few feared Miley Cyrus would take a wrecking ball to her contribution, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Now the Lips have released the track, which also features Moby, along with pre-ordering details. READ FULL STORY
Miley Cyrus was out of commission for a spell, which kept her away of eye-popping costumes and attention-grabbing headlines for a few weeks. (How did the Internet not sink into the ocean due to a dearth of Cyrus-related material?)
But now she’s back, touring Europe, happily grinding against anatomically correct blow-up dolls, and dropping in on Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards via satellite to deliver a cover of the Beatles’ “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” with some help from the Flaming Lips.
Record Store Day 2014 Roundup: Reviews and samples of new stuff by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and the glorious return of Veruca Salt
Another Record Store Day is in the books, and based on preliminary statistics and the number of photos of crowded indie shops that popped up all over Instagram on Saturday, it appears to be bigger than ever.
This year’s crop of exclusive vinyl releases featured several big-time reissues or first vinyl appearances of classic albums, but there were also a handful of newly minted pieces of music unveiled via Saturday’s festivities. Bruce Springsteen released a four-song salvo, Jack White set a record with a record, and Veruca Salt announced their return via two new tracks. Check out the reviews of these new tunes from big-name artists below.
It’s not quite the MTV Video Music Awards, but Great GoogaMooga will still bring some musical insanity to Brooklyn: the annual food-focused festival has announced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips will be headlining its opening-day concert this year.
And that’s just the start of the lineup for the festival, which takes place May 17-19 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The Darkness will also be joining the Karen O and Wayne Coyne bands for the kick-off concert, and the next day will include performances from Matt & Kim, Father John Misty, Sharon Von Etten, and more. On the final day of the weekend, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, De La Soul, and Cults will be taking the stage.
Put together by Bonnaroo’s organizers and billed as an “amusement park of food, drink, and music,” Great GoogaMooga began last year to mixed reviews. With draws like the Roots and Hall & Oates, last year’s carnival attracted an estimated 40,000 people, causing long lines and short tempers. This year, hopefully, GoogaMooga’s organizers (and attendees) will be better equipped to handle the musical and culinary onslaught.
Take a look at this year’s full music lineup below:
Even though it awkwardly sits in the middle of the week this year, the Fourth of July remains the most ideal holiday: There’s no psychological trauma surrounding giving the right gift, you usually don’t have to travel to fully enjoy it, and there’s no somber occasion that makes you feel guilty about getting a day off from work. It’s simply an excuse to go outside, put meat on fire, and watch colorful things explode.
Of course, it’s also important to crank up some music as loud as humanly possible in order to fully enjoy the Fourth of July. That’s why EW has put together a special Spotify playlist for Independence Day, which features 29 killer songs sure to upgrade your backyard barbecue. There are odes to the summer months (Will Smith’s “Summertime,” Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime,” Flaming Lips “It’s Summertime”), hat tips to the home of the brave (Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom), and some actual songs called “4th of July” by the likes of Aimee Mann, X, and Bruce Springsteen.
You’ll also find a handful of tracks about partying, one or two shout-outs to the backyard, and Sweet’s “Fox On the Run” (because you can’t have a party without “Fox On the Run”).
Check out the playlist below, and please remember to handle your fireworks carefully. Happy Fourth! READ FULL STORY
Looks like Hova took a day off from watching the throne.
Last night in New Orleans, the Flaming Lips finished their eighth live show of the day, thus stealing Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for the most shows in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.
The Lips began their record-breaking journey by playing a show in Memphis on Wednesday, following that up with a string of gigs along the Mississippi River Delta. By the time the Wayne Coyne-led band wrapped up in New Orleans, they were presented a certificate marking their achievement. In a statement, Coyne described the feat as “an absurd joy.”
Sorry, John Mayer and Taylor Swift: There’s a new music beef in town.
The messy feud between Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips has a surprisingly long timeline that dates back to March, when Badu complained to Rolling Stone about the creative process behind the song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” their collaboration off the Lips’ Heady Fwends release.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said of the supposed collab, during which she was reportedly interrupted by Lips leader Wayne Coyne “29 times.” Continued Badu, “I was like, ‘C’mon man, just let me sing it!'”
But the show went on, and when it came time to produce a clip for the track, Coyne decided to post nude pics of Badu from the video shoot.
And then about a month ago, Coyne and Co. debuted the since-removed NSFW video, much to Badu’s chagrin. She took to her Twitter account to express her displeasure, writing, “I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video.”
Apparently looking to avoid negative and perhaps even sexism- and racism-tinged publicity (remember when Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent?), the Oklahoma psych-rock vets released the following apology:
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