Entries tagged with: The Flaming Lips
UPDATE: The Flaming Lips and Florence + the Machine too
As Kurt Vile just revealed on his Instagram, he was an answer on the Jeopardy! College Championship tonight. (Seriously.) Apparently, none of them got it right:
Kurt Vile was just referenced on college Jeopardy! and none of those stoners got it @therealkurtvile— Strawman (@StrawmanPhila) February 3, 2016
UPDATE: The Flaming Lips were too. It said: "In 2015 Miley Cyrus toured with these indie darlings who sound like their mouths are on fire." See Wayne Coyne's Instagram of it below. Florence + the Machine were too (but we haven't seen the question yet).
It wouldn't be the first time indie rock was on Jeopardy!.
by Bill Pearis
The sixth season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's series Portlandia premieres Thursday (1/21) at 10 PM on IFC and takes place entirely at Oregon festival Pickathon (which just announced its 2016 lineup). Among the storylines are that headliners The Flaming Lips have split into two competing groups: The Flaming Lips Featuring Wayne Coyne and More Flaming Lips (with Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and a new singer). Surely this will be the most momentous festival-based comedy episode since Homer Simpson went to Lollapalooza. Watch a clip below.
You can also watch an entire new episode of Portlandia (not the Pickathon one) over at IFC.
Related: Fred paid tribute to the late David Bowie on this past week's SNL.
photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:
Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.
Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)
Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.
As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.
We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.
photos by P Squared
Does the relationship ever feel just a bit strange?The unlikely -- but seemingly genuine -- pairing of Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips brought the craziness that is their current tour to NYC on Saturday (11/28) at Terminal 5. With myriad costume changes, props, streamers, glitter and more, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was a spectacle that may have rivaled Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with Pornicorn.
Wayne Coyne: I know it seems strange or seems impossible to some people. It's like, how the fuck? Why the fuck would you guys even care about each other? But the reality is that she is not like the way people think she is and I'm probably not the way people think I am either. We're just people who love music. I really love her. I've been around her and seen the way she works. She's just fuckin' cool. We get these weirdoes involved and have fun and get to know each other. If you're in my world then that's what we're going to do, that's how we get to know each other. That's how we got to know Miley Cyrus. If you're in Miley's world you're going to make crazy music and get tattoos with her. - [The Observer]
"Still, as much fun as it is to see her do her bad-bitch routine dressed as a stick of butter, or prance as an apocalyptic ponygirl in a chrome harness sporting a massive, perhaps 18-inch corkscrew dildo -- the moments of transcendence were when Cyrus was on her own, less concerned about us: at the piano, howling a eulogy for her departed fish; doubled over, screaming "What does it mean?!" at the floor; or the moment when she ripped off her fake dreads in fuck-this-shit earnestness. It suddenly felt like this is the Miley we've been waiting for -- or rather, the Miley we really deserve. [Jessica Hopper @ Rolling Stone]Dan Deacon's party-friendly, interactive set warmed up the crowd. More pics from the whole night along with one of the setlist, below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
We already knew that Glenn Danzig would be one of the guests on season 6 of Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen's show Portlandia, and now Pitchfork points out IFC announced the premiere date (January 21) and more guests:
Guest stars coming to Portlandia this season include Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Louis C.K. (Louie), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, rocker Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef), Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Moshe Kasher (Another Period), Zoe Kravitz (Dope, Mad Max), John Levenstein (Kroll Show), NPR's Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live), and Bitsie Tulloch (rimm).Sounds great as always. While you wait for January 21 to roll around, you can catch up on the first five seasons on Netflix.
Returning guest stars include Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).
Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is out now and we just interviewed her about that and other things. Sleater-Kinney are touring soon too, including five NYC shows in December. Most are sold out but tickets for some are still available.
The Flaming Lips are also touring soon as Miley Cyrus's backing band, and with Dan Deacon opening. They're also giving a physical release to their Christmas single with Yoko Ono, and an autographed copy is one of the items being auctioned off with proceeds going to Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete, who is battling cancer.
photo: Dan Deacon at Outside Lands 2015 (more by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei)
Miley Cyrus' trek into surrounding herself with indie types continues. She already announced a tour with The Flaming Lips as her backing band, and it's since been revealed that the tour will be opened by Dan Deacon. That includes the NYC show on 11/28 at Terminal 5, which is now sold out.
Updated dates, including a Kingston, NY show, are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Last month, Sharon Van Etten released her cover of "Teen Angel" from the upcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan. Rock the Cause Records releases the album next week (and proceeds go to Huntington's Hope) and now NPR's got the full stream of it. Most excitingly, that means we can now hear the covers from The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and The Flaming Lips.
It feels pretty safe to assume that The Flaming Lips' sound as we know it wouldn't exist without the influence of guys like Donovan, so it's pretty great to hear their take on his 1968 song "Atlantis." They deliver the spoken word portion with pitched-down vocals and once the singing comes in, they more or less make it sound like a Flaming Lips song. It's a cool take, and definitely not just a retread of the original. Hamilton, meanwhile, gives crooning pop bombast to Donvan's subdued "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting." Listen to those, and the rest of the compilation, below.
As you may know, The Flaming Lips will soon hit the road as Miley Cyrus' backing band.
Miley Cyrus released a collaborative album with The Flaming Lips over the summer, and last night (10/3) she brought them out to perform the Yoshimi-esque "Karen Don't Be Sad" on the season 41 premiere of Saturday Night Live. She also played "The Twinkle Song" solo and, as she was hosting the show, she gave a monologue that included her singing a tribute to The Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion, That Twerp Who Raised The Price of AIDS Medication, Lenny Kravitz's Junk, The Donut That Ariana Grande Licked and more of this summer's important celebrities. Videos of all that, below.
Miley and The Flaming Lips also announced a tour together as Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which hits six US cities in November and early December. One of those shows is in NYC, happening November 28 at Terminal 5. That's a much smaller NYC show than when she played Barclays Center in 2013 with Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Wednesday (10/7) at 4 PM local time. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Sharon Van Etten at NeilFest - 9/14/15 (photo by U of Music)
Though Sharon Van Etten was billed for NYC's Neil Young tribute show NeilFest, she didn't show up on night 1. But fortunately for anyone who went last night (9/14), Sharon was there (along with Ryan Adams, Kim Gordon, Norah Jones and many more). There's a picture above.
Sharon covered another folk legend recently too, and released that cover today. She takes on Donovan's "Teen Angel" for the upcoming tribute album Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan that Rock the Cause Records is releasing on October 16 (proceeds go to Huntington's Hope). Sharon offers up a great take on the song, and she tells NPR: "I've admired Donovan's voice and minimal psychedelic songs since I was a child. In the folk world he was still very 'left' and it stood out to me. Even though he was a trippy cat, he was still a romantic and I loved seeing both of those sides."
Also on the album is The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, Ivan & Alyosa, Astronautalis, Lissie and more. Check out the full tracklist, and stream of Sharon and Hamilton's covers, below.
Miley Cyrus hosted last night's VMA Awards on MTV where she did things like flash a nipple and get into an onstage confrontation with Nicki Minaj, who was giving an acceptance speech for Best Rap Video. Nikki called out Cyrus in a move that seemed straight out of the WWF/WWE Wresting playbook and some think it may have been about as real as that too. Decide for yourself: video of that is below. The VMA's ended with a performance by Cyrus of her single "Dooo It!" accompanied by a flock of drag queens.
That song is from her long-in-the-works collaborative album with The Flaming Lips, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz which also features guest appearances from Ariel Pink, Phantogram's Sarah Barthel, Big Sean, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus, and more. She surprise released it right after the VMAs and you can stream the whole thing, and watch her VMA performance of "Dooo It!", below.
Miley will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 3.
Legendary photographer Mick Rock has shot just about everyone who's anyone in his 40+ year career. Iconic pictures of stars like Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, and Blondie have earned him the title, "The Man Who Shot the Seventies". Times and technology have changed, but Mick is still at it, and now he has a TV show too.
To quote Ovation:
Today, Mick is as in-demand as ever; photographing legends-in-the-making like Snoop Dog, Daft Punk, The Killers, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys, among many others, but this summer, he'll come out from behind the camera to host his own show: On the Record with Mick Rock.The series premieres on the Ovation Network on Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM (EST). in the first episode, Mick visits Josh Groban in Los Angeles. Details about each episode are listed below along with a few clips from the show where Mick talks about Bowie, the Beatles, Snoop Dogg and more. Check em out...
Featuring guest stars Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips and Patti LaBelle, On The Record With Mick Rock goes into each of the artists' hometowns to check out the sights and sounds that inspire them. A unique spin on the musician profile series, the show's stripped-down style and Mick's unapologetic rapport with his guests produces candid conversations and musical performances not usually seen on television.
Flaming Lips' stage at GOTR (photo by Annie Seighman)
There is nothing to say about The Flaming Lips' musical performance, because there is too much to say about the space-psychedelic madness and spectacle that was their stage show. Singer and party maestro Wayne Coyne employed confetti guns, confetti cannons, a tapestry of pull-apart silver balloons, a gong and much more to entertain the crowd. Roadies in oversized butterfly king and sun costumes took the stage for "Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots," and human-sized mushrooms and rainbow joined the wild-haired Coyne for the closer "Do You Realize."The same weekend as Governors Ball and Summer Jam, an estimated 30,000 people were being mellow on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ. It was the NJ stop of Mumford & Sons' traveling Gentlemen of the Road festival, which included sets from The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Vaccines and more. Fans camped out on the beach, and even the little bit of rain on Friday night didn't ruin that, as App.com points out:
Jenny Lewis, whose warm, California pop and blues-rock style has been embraced by alternative crowds for a 15 years, was endearing as the festival's anthemic frontwoman. Donning an ivory pant suit with a celestial scene stenciled onto it, she crooned the "ow, ows" of soulful tune "The Moneymaker" and dazzled with rich vibrato on the acoustic "With Arms Outstretched." For how intimate Lewis's songwriting tends to lean, her work played well to the huge audience, and her presence was steeped in complete comfort. [NJ.com]
Rain fell overnight and in the morning Saturday on the city of tents that sprang up on the Seaside Heights beach for the Gentlemen of the Road festival.The article also points out that Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd said there were "zero problems" and that the festival "brought in good people. It's amazing. They were super nice people." Check out the video recap at App.com.
Rainwater collected on the floor of the tent of high school seniors Victoria Ciccozzi and Nicole Bindell, both 17 and from Toms River. They stopped the flooding with toilet paper.
Fresh from a night of hearing Alabama Shakes, they didn't mind.
"It wasn't like the next Hurricane Sandy or anything," Nicole said. "It was just a little leak."
Mumford & Sons and Maccabees also played two Coney Island shows a few days earlier, and The Flaming Lips played a free Montauk show on Sunday after the Mumford fest (pics coming soon). The Maccabees play NYC on their own this Tuesday (6/9), and both JEFF the Brotherhood and Alabama Shakes have NYC shows coming up too.
A few more pictures below...
photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin
Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.
On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.
In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.
by Zack Baker
This year's edition of the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place from May 28-31 in Nelsonville, Ohio. The lineup features The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Built To Spill, The Black Lips, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Lucero, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Oblivians, Ryley Walker and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with four-day and single-day passes both available. Kids under 12 get in free, and there are activities for children at the fest too.
Folk music has always been a key focus for the festival, but as you can see the lineup is pretty diverse. The fest is tucked away in the woods, which is a pretty great environment for this kind of stuff, and there's usually a chance to see artists play intimate acoustic sets in the No-Fi Cabin too. If you're coming from NYC, it's just about a 9-hour drive, and you can camp there.
Check out the lineup in full along with a video of last year's headliner Dinosaur Jr. playing the festival, below...
Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting free concerts this summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, BUT... UPDATE:. The lineup we had up had leaked early and we're told it had errors. Stay tuned for the official announcement.
UPDATE 2: lineup announced.
by Sachyn Mital
Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.
The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.
More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...
Mumford & Sons' traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road returns this year, with a stopover not far from NYC in Seaside Heights, NJ on June 5 & 6 with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, the Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM. There's other stopovers in Iowa, Scotland, Washington, Colorado, and more TBA. All current lineups below.
The Mumfords have also announced that their third album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4 via Glassnote. A new article about the album on Rolling Stone says, "Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements - banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum - and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines." The album was produced by Arctic Monkeys' go-to guy and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford, and they also recorded part of it in The National's Aaron Dessner's studio in Ditmas Park (inspiring the song "Ditmas"). Artwork, tracklist, and teaser video below.
photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The 25th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was announced last month, and the lineup's now been expanded. Patti Smith and Sturgill SImpson join a cast that already includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, artistic director Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ashley MacIsaac. The concert takes place March 5 at Carnegie Hall. Ashley MacIsaac. Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.
Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.
Patti's only other upcoming dates are overseas. All of her dates, and an updated list of Sturgill's, below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
The annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert is now in its 25th year, and happens at its usual location of Carnegie Hall on March 5. Artistic director Philip Glass is once again curating the lineup, which includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac, and more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds support the Tibet House US. You can also purchase the special gala package (starting at $500) which includes admission to the concert and a dinner reception with the performers.
Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl will be the Honorary Chairpersons for the night.
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium) (video below), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.
I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM
I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.
The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP
The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM
After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.
The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP
The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP
The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP
The good folks at guitar pedal shop Death by Audio have just announced their latest limited-edition artist collaboration: The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal. That's what it looks like (naked torso not included), above, and here's a description of what it does:
The Flaming Lips have worked with Death By Audio to design a truly unique effect capable of manipulating and transporting sound into exciting new dimensions. The circuit works by using a telephone decoding chip that is then squashed into a ring modulator comprised of specially matched diodes and custom wound transformers. This creates blooming, rich sounds ranging from warped tremolo staccatos to wild arpeggiator type sequences to alien fax machines hurled at the sun.To hear what that actually sounds like, check out a video in this post. The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal is only available the month of September and comes with a poster designed by Wayne Coyne. The first 200 pedals are signed by the band -- order yours.
The Space Ring has knobs for Volume, Psychedelic Warp, and an XYZ switch that flips the carriers with the modulators to create more modulated insanity.
Previous DbA collaborations have included Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.
In other news, Lips side project Electric Wurmz released their album a couple weeks back, and Flaming Lips' song-by-song cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is due later this year.
The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal demo video below...
Courtney Barnett / Woods / Spoon / Flaming Lips / Jenny Lewis
Outside Lands in it's seventh installment has completed it's transformation from a traditional rock and roll festival to a Coachella of Northern California. What used to drive Outside Lands were bands like Pearl Jam, Muse, Furthur, and Radiohead. Today, the headliners can be some of the quietest parts of the night. It's the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that rules almost all festivals nationwide. Trying to get anywhere even close to Flume, Tiesto or Duck Sauce was virtually impossible. Luckily, the stage presence of those shows are next to nothing (besides some creepy visuals of satan that Boys Noize provided) so you can be standing anywhere with your friends and have a great time. This should be no surprise to anyone who's attended a festival in the past few years. The crowds are demanding dance music and I'm often being told that rock shows are just plain "boring". Whether that has to do with the increased intoxication at these festivals or just a shift in the popularity of EDM is for you to decide.Outside Lands closed things out with a bang on Sunday as Danielle Haim played drums with The Killers, Flaming Lips covered the Beatles, Patrick Stewart got drunk, and a whole bunch of other sets happened. Those other day 3 sets included Spoon, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Jenny Lewis and plenty more. Unfortunately, CHVRCHES were a no-show due to border-crossing issues. Pictures of day 3's fun are in this post. Pics from day 1 are here and pics of day 2 are here.
The beauty of the music festival lies in it's diversity in music. It will always be heavily weighed on what's trending, but you'll never go to a major music festival without classic hip hop, vintage rock and roll, EDM, and sometimes a little country. What has really started to impress me is the increasing number of female led rock groups." [Huffington Post]
Like we did at Lollapalooza and on OSL DAY ONE (pics) and OSL DAY TWO (pics), we set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent on the festival grounds. On Sunday the activities there included a live interview with Wayne Coyne and 2nd sets from Hiss Golden Messenger, The Bots and Courtney Barnett. Those pictures are in this post too and continue below.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...