Entries tagged with: The Flaming Lips
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.
The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.
TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...
The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.
Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:
Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...
"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...
A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
photos by Chris Tuite
The psychedelic Tame Impala / Flaming Lips tour, which we also caught in NYC, got even wilder last night in San Francisco as the show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium coincided with everyone's favorite day to play dress up.
Similarly, the co-headliners, with Austin's White Denim in town, played the two nights prior in LA, both equally interesting:
I really do love Halloween," said a blood-soaked Wayne Coyne from his space agey podium. It was a special show called the Halloween Blood Bath at The Greek Theatre featuring co-headliners the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala with the fine men of White Denim as openers. The audience was a mix of some heavily costumed groups and some who were just there for the music. Nevertheless, it was a celebration and it immediately felt like it from the start. Coyne took the stage wearing a tiny white dress holding a white plastic cloak over his head that almost made him look like a fetus that was about to burst. The rest of the band emerged donning creepy Michael Myers masks, then fake Miley Cyrus carried by a giant bear came out with a bucket of blood (real pig's blood was what they initially told us) and poured it all over him as thousands of confetti flew into the air, making a magnificently theatrical intro that was accompanied by some dark instrumental music. It was a spectacle and nothing less than what I expected from Flaming Lips who's always been famous for their extravagant live performances. Impressively, he did not leave the stage to change at all and performed throughout the night doused in fake blood. [Restless Cities]We've got pictures from the Halloween show, where like Arcade Fire did on the same night in LA, the Lips covered Devo. Full setlist and more pictures below...
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
Flaming Lips @ T5, 10/1/2013
The Flaming Lips have a new EP coming out, featuring six songs "inspired by" Ender's Game, the new big budget sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley that's based on the 1985 novel of the same name. The film is about a battle between and man and a race of mutant bugs, which is, as you know, already the subject of so many Flaming Lips songs. One of those, "Peace Sword," is actually in the film and is a pretty good Flaming Lips song. You can listen to five of the six tracks it below and head to NPR to hear the other one, "If They Move Shoot 'Em." The Ender's Game EP is out digitally next week (10/29) and will be available on CD and vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday release.
Earlier this month The Flaming Lips played two shows at Terminal 5 with likeminded Aussie tourmates Tame Impala as well as Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and we've got a belated set of pictures from the 10/1 date in this post.
In other news, the Lips will be part of My Morning Jacket's previously discussed "One Big Holiday" festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya, Mexico from January 26-30, 2014. This four-night, all-inclusive "concert adventure" also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza. Ticket packages are on sale.
Check out more pics from T5, plus the EP streams, below...
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.
The Flaming Lips at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips, who were last here for the Great GoogaMooga, are heading out for select US dates this summer including shows with Spirtualized, and after a brief stop in the EU for some festival appearances, they'll return to the East Coast for a string of dates with Tame Impala. The five dates will include a pair of NYC appearances at Terminal 5 on October 1 & 2. No word on when tickets go on sale but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
UPDATE: Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at noon.
All tour dates and some video of the band doing a cover of Bowie's "Heroes" is below.
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...
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...
The Flaming Lips @ Wellmont Theatre, 5/16/2013
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.
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
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.
GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Brooklyn food, drink, and music festival The Great GoogaMooga, who we're sure have been working hard on figuring out to do things better the second time around, have announced the lineup for their second year which goes down from May 17 to 19 at Prospect Park. We just mentioned that the fest begins with a kickoff show on the Friday (5/17) with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness. The rest of the lineup includes Matt & Kim, Father John Misty, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Fields & the Expressions, and more playing on Saturday; and Sharon Jones & the Dap-KIngs, De La Soul (who recently announced a tour with LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Ice Cube), Cults, The Soul Rebels, Delicate Steve, and more playing on Sunday.
Tickets for the kickoff show and VIP Cocktail Experience tickets for Saturday and Sunday go on sale Thursday (3/28) at noon, and general admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday become available in an online ticket giveaway which runs from April 1 to 3. "Complimentary tickets will be awarded at random and recipients will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, April 10."
Full music food and drink lineup below...
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.
Updated YYYs dates are listed, along with their new video for "Scarilege", below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
The Flaming Lips @ SXSW, 3/14/2013
The Flaming Lips have become known for doing special things at concerts in the last ten years -- confetti, blood, giant hampsters balls. But last night (3/14) as part of SXSW's "Warner Sound captured by Nikon" series that happened at The Belmont in Austin, the Lips did something special and different by playing 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots front-to-back for the first time ever. It was also a straight band performance, with little in the way of special effects, hulk hands, etc.
Could this be how the plan on presenting their thematically heavy, musically experimental new album, The Terror, when they tour later this year? (Like at Wellmont Theatre in NJ on 5/16 [tix]). We shall see. Meanwhile, check out more pics -- and video of the live debut of "Are You a Hypnotist?" -- from their SXSW Yoshimi performance below.
The Flaming Lips at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
The Flaming Lips at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
Bradford Cox w/ Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Joey Arias @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* 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
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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by Bill Pearis
Flaming Lips will release their 14th album on April 2... and it sounds like a bummer. Says Wayne Coyne:
"Why would we make this music that is The Terror -- this bleak, disturbing record...?? I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless... or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.Coyne told Rolling Stone last year that the album, called The Terror, began its life while Steven Drozd was going through a drug relapse. "It was probably the worst time of his life," Coyne told RS. "He did this one piece of music and did lyrics, all these things," Coyne explains. "Not all the pieces were audible, but he had these things saying 'you are alone,' and then the other voice saying, 'I am not alone.' Back and forth between some horrible internal dialogue. It was truly devastating." Coyne says Drozd got through and is now "better than ever." Drozd went though heroin addiction in the late-'90s, and depicted in the Lips' "Spiderbite Song" from 1999's The Soft Bulletin.
These bleak times, though, may have produced "possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made," Coyne told Rolling Stone. While no music from The Terror has been released yet, that's the cover art above. Expect a tour, though maybe the confetti cannons and giant hamster ball may be retired for such dark material? The band do have a few dates this spring with The Black Keys (none near NYC) and those dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Black Keys / good question, Firefly Music Fest 7/22/2012
The Firefly Music Festival wrapped its successful first year on Sunday (7/22) with performances by The Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, The Head & the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. As mentioned before, tickets on 3-day passes for the 2013 Firefly are now on presale.
With it's cavalcade of guest appearances (Biz Markie, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, etc.), The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends was arguably the most sought-after Record Store Day 2012 release. (I didn't even see it at any of the stores I went to.) For those who didn't get it, the Lips are making it a legit release, putting it out on CD and digital on June 26th. No new vinyl... for that you're still going to have to go to eBay where it is currently averaging around $40. The tracklist is at the bottom of this post, and if you take a look at it you'll notice that the track with Chris Martin ("I Don't Want You To Die") from the RSD release has been switched with a new song called, "Tasered and Maced," which features Ghostland Observatory's Aaron Behrens.
The band just released a video for, "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face," the album's colaboration with Erykah Badu. The video features Erykah's sister, Nayrok, naked in a bathtub as she's showered in glitter, blood, and... hair conditioner? Needless to say it's NSFW. Do the Flaming Lips make any other kind of video anymore? You can watch it below.
A press release states they're also working on a new Flaming Lips studio album, which should see a release this fall, followed by a tour. That tour hasn't been announced yet, but the Lips are making the festival rounds this summer, playing the Happy Funtime Fest in Dallas tonight (6/1) and the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston tomorrow (6/2). No NYC date on the horizon but a list of all upcoming appearances are below.
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...