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Spiritualized at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Long-running neo-psychedelia collective Spiritualized returned last year with Sweet Heart Sweet Light, their first album since 2008, and a very solid one at that. They've since been supporting it on a tour, which recently included a very tiny NYC show around the time they played Coachella. Now the band are set to make their way back to the area for a couple shows that will be much easier to get into.

First, they'll play Wallingford, CT's Oakdale Theatre on July 15 with The Flaming Lips. It's not the closest venue to NYC, but for a lineup like that, it might be worth the commute. Then, later this summer after playing Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, Spiritualized will play a show that's actually in NYC at Webster Hall on September 10. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today (6/5) at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (6/7) at noon. Tickets for the CT show are on sale now.

Spiritualized's currently-scheduled dates are a little scattered so it's possible that a full tour will be announced soon. All known dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Spiritualized playing shows (some w/ The Flaming Lips)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Will the woman who lost a small baby please come to the stage...


Two days after their appearance on Fallon and one day after they headlined Wellmont Theater in Montclair, the Flaming Lips played a 6:15pm set in Prospect Park as part of the first day of the second year of GoogaMooga (which ended up not having a third day). They want on in the light after the Darkness and before Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Here are some pictures, the setlist and video from their set. It all continues below...

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people waiting to get in Sunday morning (via)

They really thought they were going to open today. They even announced that more tickets were being released today and that James Murphy, following in Sharon Jones's footsteps, had cancelled his performance today due to a family emergency. But the rain has won, and the second day of the 2nd GoogaMooga is now officially CANCELLED. The people pictured above waiting to get in today are probably especially upset.

Official reason: "NYC Parks Dept, Prospect Park Alliance & #Googamooga have canceled today's event in the interest of safety & prevention of damage to park."

All Sunday VIP ticket purchases will be refunded in full.

Bands and DJS that were supposed to play today included Delicate Steve, Cults, De La Soul, Kool & the Gang (instead of Sharon Jones), Nancy Whang & Pat Mahoney (instead of James Murphy), and M.A.K.U. Sound System.

Stay tuned for our pictures from Friday and Saturday, coming soon. Meanwhile watch a channel 12 video report that was filmed in the park early Saturday (it claims GoogaMooga will be back "bigger and better in 2014"), and a video of the Flaming Lips playing "You Lust" on Friday (you can hear people screaming "Vaseline, Vaseline!"), below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Flaming Lips @ Wellmont Theatre, 5/16/2013
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips played the first of two New York-area shows last night (5/16) at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey.

It was near-sensory overload -- as all Flaming Lips shows have been since The Soft Bulletin tour -- as strobes and lasers flashed all about the theater. Wayne Coyne ascended a pile of silver half domes where his mic sat atop and he cradled an infant doll for the first three songs as black confetti was shot from cannons, two on either side of the stage, during the second song of the evening, "The Terror." It was everywhere and I found myself fishing confetti out of my camera bag on the train ride home.

It was also a far cry from my first Lips show - "The World's First Headphone Concert" - in Dallas in 1999 when Coyne had a solitary trash bag of confetti and would launch handfuls of it into the crowd. Colors cascaded through fiber-optic cords that snaked around the domes and back behind Coyne. From afar it looked as if he was standing on the glittering remains of a Disney Electrical Parade float. You may have seen it on their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance.

The set leaned heavily on material from their new release, The Terror, and the past few records back to Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. We were treated to one song from The Soft Bulletin ("Race For The Prize") and nothing from the earlier records which I think is a bit of a shame.

Nonetheless, it was a spectacle that looked and sounded great. Spanning thirty years, the Lips maintain an eclectic and wide-ranging age group of fans. The younger part of the crowd did their part as kids toward the front wore costumes and covered themselves in glitter and fake blood. One girl - front and center - even had her own infant doll.

The Flaming Lips, along with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Darkness, will play the first night of Great GoogaMooga 2013 tonight (the Lips are on at 6 PM) before heading over to Europe for a handful of dates.  Setlist and more pictures from Wellmont --  including ones of opener Julianna Barwick -- are below.

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips played Wellmont Theatre (pics, setlist); GoogaMooga is tonight"

Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, who continue their NYC-area adventure with a show at Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight (5/16) followed by an early Friday gig for GoogaMooga in Prospect Park, played Fallon last night. Watch the performance that aired, the web exclusive (a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes"), and Wayne Coyne playing Pictionary with Jimmy, Julie Bowen, and Demi Lovato, below...

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Flaming Lips in Toronto (more by David Andrako)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips were planning on landing in Simsbury, CT on July 15th, but Simsbury, CT has decided Wayne Coyne and crew will need to make other plans:

The town has decided against having The Flaming Lips play at the performing arts center at Simsbury Meadows this summer.

First Selectwoman Mary Glassman said the concert was conditionally approved pending a permit but that after conversations with Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen officials decided against the concert.

Glassman said the issue came down to staffing, and that it would have been difficult to get the necessary police officers in place for the concert, especially since the previously approved Emmylou Harris concert is planned for the following night. [Hartford Courant]

Major bummer Simsbury.

Meanwhile, the Flaming Lips have arrived in the NYC-area for a three-night run that looks like this:

Flaming Lips are here:
May 15 - The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
May 16 - Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
May 17 - Prospect Park Brooklyn, NY - GoogaMooga
Tune into Fallon tonight, get your tickets for the NJ show, and make sure to get to Prospect Park on Friday by 6:15!! The Darkness, Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs all on one bill has the makings of an epic show. It's just too bad that the Lips go on so early, and it's even sadder that the Darkness play at 4:45!

All tour dates and the band's newest (and very) NSFW video below...

Continue reading "Simsbury, CT cancels the Flaming Lips (who play Prospect Park at 6PM Friday) ++++ Fallon tonight, NJ Thursday"

Foals @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

Besnard Lakes @ SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Pieper)

today in NYC
* Discipline @ Acheron
* Stornoway @ Maxwell's
* Brian Eno @ Cafe Rouge
* Guy Klucevsek @ Barbes
* Jay Brannan @ Joe's Pub
* Paula Cole @ City Winery
* Earth, Wind & Fire @ NJPAC
* Chia's Dance Party @ Barbes
* The Young Lions @ The Stone
* Atlas Genius @ Original Penguin
* Foals, Surfer Blood, Blondfire @ Terminal 5
* No Regular Play, Justin Miller @ Cameo Gallery
* Johnny Marr, Alamar @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rush Midnight, Rioux, Candide @ Mercury Lounge
* Not Blood Paint, SWIMM, O Paradiso @ Glasslands
* Xenia Rubinos, Railbird, Leapling @ Cameo Gallery
* Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite @ Beacon Theatre
* Lockets, Breakfast In Fur, Daytona @ Shea Stadium
* Alexi Delano, Matthew Dear, Alejandro Sab @ Output
* Masters at Work, Suzanne Kraft, Jolly Mare @ Le Bain
* A Giant Dog, Neighbors, A. Rex & J. Rex @ Don Pedro
* Gun Outfit, Pampers, Big Ups, Ornament @ Union Pool
* Gramatik, Cherub, heRobust, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Kastle (live set), Knxledge, Morri$, Peter Fonda @ 285 Kent
* Shannon F. of Light Asylum (DJ), SSION (DJ) @ Glasslands
* Black Taxi, Easter Island, Emily King @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Nails, Xibalba, Early Graves, White Widows @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Crazy Pills, Auto Bonfire, Stereo Off, DJ KGB @ The Rock Shop
* The Besnard Lakes, Gem Club, Weeknight @ Bowery Ballroom
* Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill, Forbidden Planet NYC @ UCB East
* Knox, QuietDust, August Rosenbaum, Jimi Nxir @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Special Guest, The Snails, Moss Of Aura, Alle Alle @ Death By Audio
* John Legend, Salome Chamber Orchestra, Ryan Leslie @ United Palace Theatre
* Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Blues Control, Son of Dad, Liz Ber (DJ) @ Silent Barn
* Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Andrew W.K. (special vocal guest) @ Santos Party House
* Wax Idols, TV Ghost, The Laurels, Far Out Fangtooth, RITUAL (DJ Sets) @ Cake Shop
* Alex Vans & the Hide Away, Dig For Honey, Heels on Fire, Betty Who, Steven Roth @ Pianos
* Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, MadDog @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Martin Dosh, Aaron Parks, Chris Morrissey, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Aaron Parks @ Shapeshifter Lab
* Ken Boothe, Crazy Baldhead, Deadly Dragon Sound System, Grace of Spades, Dig Deeper, Mr. Robinson, DJ H @ Littlefield
* French Horn Rebellion (Party Ensemble), Auto Body, JD Samson (of Le Tigre), Ernesto (of Penguin Prison), The Dirty Grand (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl

Night Slugs DJ Morri$ has been announced as the "secret guest" for tonight's Kastle and Knxwledge show at 285 Kent. Peter Fonda is on the bill too, and tickets are still available.

Lovers of sweeping guitar rock should consider hitting Bowery Ballroom tonight for Montreal's Besnard Lakes who are touring in support of their soaring new album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO. Gem Club and Weeknight are also on the bill and tickets are still available.

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Flaming Lips have a new video for The Terror track "You Lust," and unsurprisingly at this point, it's extremely NSFW. It's also not safe for people who aren't comfortable seeing electrodes attached to people's gentalia. (NSFPWACSEATPG) So, you've been warned, it's below if you wanna watch.

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)

We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

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Even though The Flaming Lips have a new album, The Terror, whose release date got pushed back to April 16, the band are still releasing videos from last year's The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Like the new clip for "Ashes in Air." In it, an eye-headed alien finds a baby (who looks a little like Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who sings on the track), visits some hippies (naked, of course) and takes the little guy back to his spaceship for dinner. Check it out below.

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GoogaMooga kickoff

The Great GoogaMooga is returning to Brooklyn from May 17 to 19 at Prospect Park this year, and the festival will begin with a kickoff show on the Friday (5/17) from 4 PM to 10 PM with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness. Whoa! Tickets for the kickoff show go on sale Thursday (3/28) at noon. More info on the rest of the festival coming very soon HERE.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs also play a sold out show at Webster Hall on April 7 and The Flaming Lips also play Wellmont Theatre on May 16 (tickets).

Updated YYYs dates are listed, along with their new video for "Scarilege", below...

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The Flaming Lips at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, who just expanded their tour (it hits the NYC-area on 5/16 at Wellmont Theatre), have finally officially revealed the first taste of their new album, The Terror, which comes out on April 2 via Warner Brothers. NPR is streaming the album's opening song, "Look... The Sun Is Rising," so head to their site to hear that.

As mentioned, the Flaming Lips tour includes SXSW, and while they're there, they'll be premiering Wayne Coyne's iPhone-shot film. The band will also be on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 3.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips streaming first track off 'The Terror', premiering Wayne Coyne's iPhone-shot film at SXSW, playing 'Letterman'"

by Andrew Sacher

The Flaming Lips at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips will be touring internationally this year, beginning with their big shows in Austin for SXSW this month, and they'll make their way to the NYC area for a show on May 16 at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of their thirteenth full length album, The Terror, which is due out on April 2 via Warner Brothers. The Terror is a depressingly existential concept album about the relationship (or lack thereof) of life and love. "We want, or wanted to believe that without love we would disappear," explains Wayne Coyne in a press release, "The Terror is we know now, that even without love, life goes on... we just go on... there is no mercy killing." It's the kind of concept that we can imagine being taken on by a band 30 years into their career, and impressive to see the Lips doing something like this rather than copying their old sounds or fading away.

Musically, it's one of the band's noisiest albums since the '90s, with their multi-layered psychedelia tightly packed into a claustrophobic container of sound. Like last year's The Seer by Swans, it's the type of record that takes you on a trip for the entire listen, but while Swans took you deep into the underworld, The Flaming Lips take you to Mercury, or year 3,000, or both. And while it's more of an album-album than a song-album, it's worth mentioning that The Terror's goal is best executed on its 13+ minute centerpiece; the wildly psychedelic "You Lust."

All tour dates are listed, along with a video of The Flaming Lips performing "You Lust" live with Phantogram, and a recent pitchfork documentary on their 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin, are below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips expand tour (Wellmont Theatre included)"

Bradford Cox w/ Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bradford Cox

today in NYC
* Joey Arias @ Joe's Pub
* Tim Noyes @ The Ace Hotel
* Shawn Colvin @ City Winery
* Imperial Topaz @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Franzisca Seehausen @ Barbes
* Hex Breaker Quartet @ The Stone
* Casey Shea @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Once Upon A Time in NYC @ Joe's Pub
* Hooray For Earth, Reputante @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter), DIIV @ MoMA PS1
* Local Natives, We Barbarians @ Bowery Ballroom
* Walking Shapes, DRGN King, Nicos Gun @ Glasslands
* Andrew W.K., MC Todd, Aleister X @ Santos Party House
* Feed Me, Mord Fustang, Alex English DJ set @ Webster Hall
* Fair Marie, Larkin Grimm, Yes William, Phoebe Novak @ Cake Shop
* Sharkmuffin, Butter the Children, Liz Hogg, Turnip King @ Pianos
* Tiger Waves, Sport of Kings, Oscar Albis Rodriguez @ Mercury Lounge
* Oberhofer, Total Slacker, Shadow Walker, Night Visions @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, What Next?, The Rebel Kind, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Silent Barn
* Bad Boys, Electric People, Secret Lover, Mr. Frank, White Crime @ Death By Audio

Super Bowl XLVII is tonight, and you can watch it a bunch of places, including Brooklyn Bowl, The Bell House, and Knitting Factory.

Beyonce will be performing during the halftime show and is bringing out the reunited Destiny's Child during her set.

Justin Timberlake made his live return after a five-year absence from the stage at a DirecTV party in New Orleans last night (2/2) and brought out Jay-Z for his verse on JT's new single, "Suit and Tie." You can watch a video of that below. Since Justin's in New Orleans, it's looking like there's a chance that he too will come on stage with Beyonce tonight? If he does, hopefully things go better than last time JT played the Super Bowl.

Also look for The Flaming Lips' Hyundai commercial during the game.

You can also catch Andrew WK doing his own halftime show at Santos.

And all Super Bowl excitement aside, have you listened to the new My Bloody Valentine album? If not, you can stream each track below.

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"Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!" - @waynecoyne

The new face of terrorism (via)

What kind of dumbass packs a freaking grenade in his carry-on ... and accidentally tries to take it onto a plane? Answer: Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne. And he shut down an Oklahoma City airport in the process.

The grenade wasn't live -- thankfully -- but according to the police report, Coyne still accidentally packed it in his bag on November 10 and triggered an alarm at the TSA checkpoint at Will Rogers airport ... like a dumbass.

Needless to say, TSA freaked ... and shut down the terminal while officers frantically tried to figure out how to handle the situation.


According to reports, Coyne was flying to LAX to catch a preview of the new Flaming Lips musical "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" -- and told police he was given the dead grenade at a party as a joke.

Shocker, the grenade reportedly resulted in several missed flights ... and lots of wasted money -- but once TSA determined it was harmless, they let Coyne go. -[TMZ]

To be fair, maybe he missed the grenade because it was hidden inside one of his oversized hulk hands? He did apologize.

UPDATE: He explains the whole story to Pitchfork.

Hunx as Gayracula
Halloween costumes

All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...

Continue reading "more pics of Bands in their Halloween Costumes -- (Wayne Coyne, Kickball Katy, Dirty Projectors, Hunx & more)"

Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Jay-Z raises serious $$$ for Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, Deftones, 'Ice Ice Baby' analyzed, Wilco, Neil Young & more"

by Bill Pearis

Flaming Lips video

You may remember the video for the Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" that featured the singer's sister, Nayrock, writhing around naked in a tub full of glitter, blood and other liquids. Erykah was none too pleased.

Well, the band have gone back to the drawing board, or at least the tub for a new version of the old standard now featuring vocals from Amanda Palmer, who lends herself to the video -- au naturel but minus the glitter, blood and other gunk. Needless to say, it's NSFW and you can watch it below.

Pitchfork notes that Flaming Lips main man Wayne Coyne will work with Palmer again, directing the video for her upcoming single "Do It With a Rock Star" which will take it's concept from the title, it looks like. Amanda's new, Kickstarter-funded album, Theatre is Evil, is out September 11 which is the same day as her Webster Hall show to which tickets are still on sale.

Video is below.

Continue reading "Amanda Palmer stars in Flaming Lips new NSFW video; Wayne Coyne directing video for Amanda's new single"

Stephen Colbert

Last night Stephen Colbert, in an effort not to be outdone by Coachella and their impending expansion into cruise lines, announced the second edition of his own music series will also be on a boat...though not one of those sissy luxury liners. Only the most American of vessels can contain Colbert, that's why you can look forward to the StePhest Colbchella '012 aboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier on August 10th.

Don't worry, Colbert is hip to all of the cool bands ("like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, those guys are great"), so you can get excited for appearances from The Flaming Lips (who recently played Firefly), Grizzly Bear (who have a new LP on the way), Santigold (who plays Fun Fun Fun Fest this year in Austin), Grandmaster Flash and Billboard Singles Chart toppers Fun, and will be FREE/open to the public, though tickets are required (available via the Colbert site). Check out the announcement from his show last night below.

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photos by David Andrako

Flaming Lips in Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto - 6/16/12

As previously mentioned, The Flaming Lips will "attempt to break a Guiness World Record by playing the most concerts in multiple cities during a 24-hour period, a record currently held by Jay-Z. They've got eight shows scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28 in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Each show is with a different band. Openers include Grimes, Neon Indian, Gary Clark Jr., Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, GIVERS, and more." Those shows begin on 6/27 at 4:30pm PT aka 7:30 ET aka now, and the whole thing will be streamed live at the O Music Awards site on three channels (the bus, the venues and the control room). The list of shows and bands they're playing with is below.

A little over a week earlier, on 6/16 to be exact, the Flaming Lips played a huge free show in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto as part of NXNE. I don't know if it set any records, but the outdoor square was PACKED with people, many who were supposed to be at Radiohead, but ended up having some free time on their hands. At the show, Wayne Coyne and crew paid tribute to Radiohead by doing covers and constantly sending their love to Radiohead family during stage banter. Our pictures from that show are in this post too, and continue along with the 24 hour shows schedule, below...

Continue reading "Flaming Lips streaming 24 hours of record-breaking shows NOW, played Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto (pics)"


Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

The Flaming Lips at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips

First Jack White. Then Melvins. Who better to next attempt a Guinness Book record than The Flaming Lips? They've already made a 24-hour song (has anyone ever stayed awake to listen to the whole thing?) and now they'll attempt to break a Guiness World Record by playing the most concerts in multiple cities during a 24-hour period, a record currently held by Jay-Z. They've got eight shows scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28 in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Each show is with a different opener. Openers include Grimes, Neon Indian, Gary Clark Jr., Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, GIVERS, and more. The shows are in conjunction with the O Music Awards. The shows in list format are below.

In other Flaming Lips news, the video they made for the song with Erykah Badu which featured "Erykah's sister, Nayrok, naked in a bathtub as she's showered in glitter, blood, and... hair conditioner?" has been removed from the internet with a statement apologizing for it ever having been posted. Concerning the video, Erykah was um... unhappy, to say the least, and she makes that pretty clear. You can read her entire statement below, choice quote being Erykah telling Wayne he can "KiSS MY Glittery ASS."

Erykah's statement to Wayne and Flaming Lips dates are below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips attempting Guiness Book record; Erykah Badu told Wayne Coyne to "kiss her glittery ass""


Madison Square Garden pays tribute to Adam (pic via)

Like Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry!, and Thom Yorke, many, many artists and institutions have been paying tribute to Adam Yauch in their own way, More videos from last night below....

Continue reading "Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deer Tick, MSG, The Mets & more paid tribute to MCA (more videos & pics)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, video by Kurt Christensen, words by Christopher Paragraph

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards, who is on the just-announced lineup of NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, performed for a crowded Webster Hall Saturday night (4/28), playing songs off her new, Justin Vernon-produced album, "Voyageur," alongside selections from her previous three records. Edwards opened the night with the funny-but-not-really "Empty Threat," in which she teases the notion of moving to America. Whether the Canadian songwriter feels more at home in the USA or up north is up for debate, but she certainly feels comfortable on stage. At one point she announced mid-song that she had to pee, ran off stage during a guitar solo, and made it back in time to hit the last chorus of "12 Bellevue", though she admitted she didn't have time to wash her hands.

The night focused on the emotional, introspective side of Edwards' songwriting, even when it got loud. There were no props, backdrops, or stage antics. Edwards seems content letting the power of the lyrics dictate the energy of the room. (It's no small feat to pull that off in a venue the size of Webster Hall.) It's a testament to the quality of her songwriting that she does this so effectively.

Fans of songwriters from Tom Petty to David Bazan will certainly find something to latch onto in the music of Kathleen Edwards. Fans of Death Grips maybe not so much. But who knows, maybe Death Grips fans have acoustic guitars under their beds. And she did play a cover of Flaming Lips' "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate," which bridged the folk and indie worlds in an unexpectedly seamless way.

Video of the Flaming Lips cover, the full setlist and more pictures from the show (which Hannah Georgas opened), below...

Continue reading "Kathleen Edwards played Webster Hall (pics, review, setlist & video of the Flaming Lips cover)"

by Andrew Marinaccio


This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.

No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.

Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).

Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...

Lee Perry

The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.

Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.

Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.

Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.

Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.

Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.

Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.

Flaming Lips

Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".

Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.

St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.

Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".


Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.

Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.

For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.

Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...

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