Posted in music | pictures on June 14, 2008

photos by Ailecia Ruscin

Wakarusa

The Flaming Lips are hitting at least 17 music festivals this summer. Of that 17, four have already happened. There was Summer Camp, Jam on the River and Sasquatch. And then there was last weekend at Wakarusa in Lawrence, Kansas (home of Williams S Burroughs from 1981-1997). Like Jam on the River, Wakarusa was heavy on the jam bands. STS9, Lotus, Galactic, Tea Leaf Green, and Keller Williams were all on the bill. So were Mates of State, Dr. Dog, Cake, Tilly and the Wall, Bettye Lavette, Old 97's, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Arrested Development, Built to Spill and many more. And like a lot of summer festivals, Wakarusa was forced to deal with rain delays and related artist cancellations. And there was camping....

People of all ages find elaborate ways to set up their campsites, entertain themselves, sleep comfortably, at least as well as you can in 85 degrees, and grill up some grub. Since it's equal parts music and camping at Wakarusa, having the right supplies improves the experience. T.J. Baker, 23, Lawrence, said sleeping comfortably is key. Hammocks are the best, he said.

"I'm envious I don't have one with me, especially for napping," he said, looking at a yellow hammock his friend was sound alseep in. Eric Blakie, 22, and Jake Via, 23, both from Buffalo, N.Y., made the 16-hour road trip for the festival, so there was no going back for that forgotten toothbrush or towel... [Lawrence Journal]

No, there was no going back.

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As you know by now, Flaming Lips have integrated nudity into their already-over-the-top stage show. That stayed true at Wakarusa and one of the girls even seemed to be sending NYC a message. We read you loud and clear...

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More of Ailecia's Wakarusa pics can be found HERE.

In related news, "An Oregon man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, after he pleaded guilty trying to peddle LSD, mushrooms and other drugs from a van at the 2005 Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival."

Flaming Lips @ Sasquatch HERE.

Flaming Lips @ Jam on the River HERE.

Flaming Lips are not playing Bonnaroo this weekend, but you can catch them on June 15th at City Stages in Alabama.

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Comments (31)

oh boy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2008 6:02 PM

Look at the size of that bush!

Posted by JWeir | June 14, 2008 6:08 PM

When is the last time the Lips played NYC?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2008 6:15 PM

NYE 2004?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2008 6:22 PM

Hammerstein on September 24th and 25th of 06...great shows

Posted by Bernie | June 14, 2008 6:42 PM

Wonder how the nudity's gonna go down in Bama...

Posted by Bama | June 14, 2008 7:46 PM

Good question, Bama. We'll find out tomorrow.

Posted by Rufus J Squirrel | June 14, 2008 8:33 PM

HAHHAHHHAAAA

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2008 8:40 PM

As far as Alabama is concerned--I'm betting they'll have to scrap the nudes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:30 PM

that nyfc girl looks like an r.crumb drawing come to life

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 12:11 AM

wow, i can almost smell that show from here

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 12:18 AM

hmm...this new gimmick of the lips- anything to do with the fact that they havent written any good songs for about 3 years (if not longer)....theyre live show seems to be taking over as an excuse to not have to play too much material....

Ohh race for the prize...(10 mins of messing about )
Spark that bled (a bit more messing around)
yoshimi (someone dressed as a telly tuby)
She dont use jelly (naked woman)
Two more songs...end of show...

also, how come theres no naked guys......it would make it feel a bit less exploitation.... come on wayne...

Posted by jo | June 15, 2008 6:13 AM

It's good to see some more coverage of Wakarusa, especially since I thought we were the only blog there!

Nice pics! (well except for the naked NYFC hippy)

Posted by Eggs | June 15, 2008 11:31 AM

Should be naked on stage: Wayne, Built to spill singer and the sax player from Gallatic

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 11:46 AM

giant bush = giant soft on

Posted by trash talkin sandwich | June 15, 2008 2:33 PM

Wow that one naked woman was really going for it - wonder how much they were paid, wonder if they were paid at all

Chalky

Posted by Chalky | June 15, 2008 3:20 PM

wow, that muff looks like penthouse circa '74

Posted by pete daverney | June 15, 2008 9:10 PM

funny how only the people you DON'T want to see nekkid wind up declothed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2008 10:10 AM

I think that bushy girl had flaming lips.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2008 7:08 PM

ah, those Lawrence hippies.. prolly got too messed up on the porch at Free State that afternoon before heading out.

Posted by Jonesboogie, Rawkansas | June 16, 2008 9:16 PM

New York Fucking City! Yes that girl is me. i'm not ashamed, but I'm a little embarassed that it ended up on there.! It was a blast though!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2008 9:20 PM

What a surprise.

Kansas has heifers.

Posted by Cranky | February 11, 2009 12:39 PM

I personally am intrigued and bewildered!...there oughtoo be more "fun dancing!"...(b.t.w) "...long live the grizzlies!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 11:36 PM

good for all.

Posted by butt | March 16, 2009 6:17 PM

Love to get naked with the girls! Why no boys invited?

Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2009 10:29 PM

I would totally dance naked with the nude crew on stage. Prob have at least a semi too!

Posted by guy | November 1, 2009 8:08 AM

NYFC naked chick fucking rocks! Love the freedom of it!

Posted by nikki | July 27, 2010 8:28 PM

GREAT AND TANTALIZING SHOW

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010 4:59 AM

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