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The easiest way to quickly describe this is to let Funny or Die do the talking!

Happy April Fool's Day,

As you've probably heard, The Flaming Lips recently released Flaming Side of the Moon: an immersive companion piece to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Listeners are encouraged to enjoy the albums simultaneously while watching The Wizard of Oz, as both sync up perfectly with the film:

https://soundcloud.com/theflaminglipsofficial/flaming-side-of-the-moon

Funny Or Die is excited to announce that we produced the album, as well as these accompanying videos starring Fred Armisen, Jon Daly, and many others that contextualize the creative process!

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ab5a11510e/the-flaming-lips-sell-out

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/a5c3a11daa/fred-armisen-joins-the-flaming-lips

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e1ff526fc0/michael-bay-s-yoshimi-battles-the-pink-robots-trailer

There's also this video of the studio session that spans the entire 43-minute album:

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c7562ab266/flaming-side-of-the-moon-studio-session

We're also excited to introduce Flaming Lips Cereal and Wayne Coyne's New York Magazine cover story:

http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/46d02b8c58/introducing-the-flaming-lips-cereal-flames-and-lips

http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/fe62e3e277/wayne-coyne-s-new-york-magazine-cover-story-i-m-all-in

Enjoy!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Jessica Pratt (by Philip Cosores)
Jessica Pratt

As discussed, California folk singer Jessica Pratt will be making her way to NYC for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on February 21 with Widowspeak and Porches. It was initially a one-off, but she's since added another free show to happen the next night: an in-store performance at Other Music on February 22. It starts at 9 PM and space is limited.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar is also where Speedy Ortiz plays TONIGHT (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney and Infinity Girl. And like Jessica, Speedy also play an in-store at Other Music on Monday (2/10).

Other upcoming Other Music in-stores include Cibo Matto (2/14) & Wayne Coyne (2/8). Other Music will also be at the Brooklyn Flea Mini Record Fair this weekend.

Stream Jessica's newest single, "Game That I Play," below...

Continue reading "Jessica Pratt playing free Other Music in-store after Brooklyn Night Bazaar (where Speedy Ortiz plays tonight)"

Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
Amnesty
Amnesty
Amnesty
Photos via Here, Here and Here

What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

Continue reading "Amnesty International @ Barclays Center: Pussy Riot, Madonna, Blondie, Flaming Lips, Yoko, crotch shots & more (video)"

Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are about to come to NYC to play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (tickets), and after that frontman Wayne Coyne will be going on a solo tour of record stores. It kicks off at Manhattan's Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 AM, and that's followed by an appearance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day. All dates on the tour are listed below.

For Wayne's solo tour, he'll be selling an "extremely limited edition" of the Flaming Lips first EP, which was initially released in 1984 and at that point featured Wayne's brother Mark on lead vocals. Details via press release on what this edition of the EP will entail:

Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12" EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world.

The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group's homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.

The Flaming Lips are also performing on The Late Show with David Letterman (which is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre) on Thursday (2/6), celebrating Beatles Week.

Stream a track from the EP, along with all Wayne Coyne solo and Flaming Lips dates, below...

Continue reading "Wayne Coyne going on a solo tour of record stores; Flaming Lips reissuing 1st EP on vinyl in a chocolate skull"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

The Two Amigos: Wayne Coyne & Moby
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We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like TV on the Radio, PIxies, The Julie Ruin, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Tricky, Night Sins, Placebo, Goldrapp, 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 Moby & Wayne Coyne, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, Twin Shadow covering Bruce Springsteen, Queens of The Stone Age covering Arctic Monkeys, Kitty, They Might Be Giants, and what may be the newest viral YouTube hit, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (Moby & Wayne Coyne, Twin Shadow, TMBG, QOTSA, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, "The Fox" & more)"

The Sun is Sick

Simsbury, CT may not have gotten any love, but Wallingford will experience a Flaming Lips invasion tonight (7/15). The spacey Oklahoma band is now on a tour with Spiritualized that vistis Oakdale Theatre tonight before leaving towards Pittsburgh. They play a 'Rock For Oklahoma' tornado victim benefit in their homestate on 7/23 with Kings Of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and more. The Lips return to NYC in October to play two nights at Terminal 5 as part of a tour with Tame Impala. Tickets are still available for everything. All dates are listed below.

"The Sun is Sick", pictured above, is a new comic book created by Lips sicko Wayne Coyne. The press release tells more:

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has announced the release of his first ever comic book, entitledThe Sun Is Sick. The adult-themed comic is a 40-page 6 ½" x 8 ½" full-color psychedelic fantasy in classic comic book form. It will go on sale at Comic-Com 2013 (at the San Diego Convention Center) beginning July 18th through 21st in an extremely limited print run and is sure to sell out. After that,The Sun Is Sick will be available through the official LIPS web store only beginning July 22nd where it will disappear fast.

WARNING!! The Sun Is Sick may be a comic book but make no mistake; this is not suitable for children and depending on what sort of person you are, it may not be suitable for some of you non-children either. If you have doubts at this moment then The Sun Is Sick is not for you. If you happen to be a LIPS fan that has enjoyed Wayne's beautiful artwork in the past and like adult-themed comic books then by all means this instant Collector's Item is waiting for you, but you better be quick.
In related news, Wayne Coyne appears on the forthcoming Moby album. Tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Wayne Coyne releasing adult comic book; Flaming Lips on tour with Spiritualized (CT tonight)"

Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moby

The last album from electronic musician Moby was the rather downcast Destroyed., which he put out in 2011. He's now just announced that album's followup, and it's looking like it's going to be a much more epic affair than its predecessor. The album, titled Innocents (due out 9/30), is set to feature guest spots from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, Screaming Trees frontman/QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan, Eminem/Dr. Dre collaborator Skylar Grey, and past Moby collaborator Inyang Bassey.

It also features singer/songwriters Cold Specks and Damien Jurado, both of whose 2012 albums ended up Moby's top ten of that year. The first single, "A Case For Shame" (which features lead vocals from Cold Specks) is available to stream now. Check it out below.

In related news, The Flaming Lips recently announced two Terminal 5 shows (10/1-2) with Tame Impala, and they also play a CT show in July with Spiritualized. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.

Song stream and album tracklist below...

Continue reading "Moby announces new album featuring Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan, Cold Specks, Damien Jurado, more (listen to a song)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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

GoogaMooga

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...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips played GoogaMooga (pics, video, setlist)"

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...

Continue reading "watch Flaming Lips cover Bowie on Fallon, Wayne Coyne play Pictionary (videos)"

Bleached on the Gorburger Show
Gorburger

Gorburger @ a BrooklynVegan SXSW party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gorburger

We were excited to recently meet alien talk show host Gorburger in the flesh (if that's what you call it), when he and the rest of the cast of The Gorburger Show stopped by our BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013 Wednesday day party to pose with and eat a few fans dipped in vegan queso. We're also happy and honored to be debuting the latest episode of the Gorburger show featuring BV-SXSW-2012 vets Bleached who stopped by the Japanese news network that Gorburger invaded for an interview with the host and a performance of their song, "Next Stop," from their recently released album, Ride Your Heart. Watch below!

It's the 16th episode of Gorburger's The Warner Sound YouTube show, which previously featured artists like Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, and Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne. Wayne's episode can also be watched below.

Bleached are on tour with Hunters and then Ex Cops, and that tour brings them to NYC for a show on April 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates along with the Gorburger video, below...

Continue reading "Bleached on tour, hung out with Gorburger (video & dates)"

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'"

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

The new face of terrorism (via)
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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.

Beautiful Noise

BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.

This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.

Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.

This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.

Campaign video below...

Continue reading "My Bloody Valentine, JAMC, Cocteau Twins, Ride and more feature in shoegaze doc that launched Kickstarter campaign"

Tamaryn @ Emo's in Austin, April 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tamaryn

Royal Thunder @ Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Royal Thunder

today in NYC
* The Heavens @ Barbes
* Nass Gwana @ Zebulon
* Henry Rollins @ Joe's Pub
* Patton Oswalt @ Town Hall
* The Molecules @ The Stone
* moe. @ The Capitol Theatre
* Aziz Ansari @ Apollo Theatre
* Tea Leaf Green @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ed Osborn @ Issue Project Room
* Psychic Ills @ Knitting Factory
* Cody ChesnuTT @ Mercury Lounge
* Justin Bieber (!!!!) @ Izod Center
* Rush Midnight @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mimosa, Curren$y @ Best Buy Theatre
* Cadence Weapon, Fat Tony @ Grasslands
* Tamaryn, Young Prisms @ Mercury Lounge
* Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ Irving Plaza
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Dredg, The Big Sleep, Ben Henderson @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nadastrom, Sabo, Uproot Andy, Geko, Blass @ 285 Kent
* Ten Kens, Psychobuildings, Idgy Dean, Indyns @ Cake Shop
* Corrosion of Conformity, ASG, Royal Thunder @ Saint Vitus
* Metro Area, Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid @ Cameo
* Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Jam City, Mike Q, Rizzla @ Glasslands
* Wolfgang Gartner, PROXY!, L-Vis 1990, Popeska @ Terminal 5
* The Sic F*CKS, Blue Coupe, Andy Shernoff @ The Bowery Electric
* Lawrence Arabia, Ludwig Persik, Mercies, Eureka Birds @ Pianos
* Caged Animals, Jamaican Queens, Phone Tag, Passalacqua @ Shea Stadium
* Gross Relations, Rarechild, The Judas Knife, Image Society @ Grand Victory
* Forgetters, Radical Dads, Weird Fantasy Band, Tiny Tusks @ Death By Audio
* Girls & Boys w/ Dillon Francis, Clockwork, Baauer, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Gold Panda, Photek, Still Live, The Rapture DJ set, Karizma, Grenier @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Omar-S, Jackmaster, Deadboy, Nick Catchdubs, Drop The Lime, Onra, Morri$, Matt Shadetek DJ set @ Public Assembly

The New York Comedy Fest is happening as we speak. Tonight includes Patton Oswalt at Town Hall and Aziz Ansari at The Apollo.

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival kicks off tonight with a few events, most notably Gold Panda and Photek at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The first of two BV-presented screening of Miami Connection happens tonight at Sunshine Cinema. It's a midnight show and tickets are still available.

BrooklynVegan presents a FREE SCREENING OF THE COMEDY at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this Sunday. Meanwhile you can live-stream a Q&A Tim will be a part of in LA tonight.

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Amanda Palmer made a video for "Do It With A Rockstar," which Wayne Coyne (who worked with a naked Amanda Palmer in the Flaming Lips video for "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face") directed and appears in. Check out the expectedly ridiculous video below. And it's Amanda Palmer so it goes without saying that it's NSFW. You can read the video's backstory at Amanda's blog.

Foals have a new single, "Inhaler," and you can watch the video for that below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

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)"

Real flyer on Grand Ave. 'HIPSTERS ONLY Please!' (via @adelaloconte)
Hipster Casting

Guy Fieri, Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell and Sammy Hagar are teaming for what is likely to be the most exclamation-point-filled cookbook of all time. Also, maybe the worst.

Those of a certain age may have fond, fuzzy memories of MTV's sock puppet hosts Sifl & Olly. Well they're back! Reviewing video games? Sort of. Check out a video below.

Speaking of fond MTV memories, you can catch Kurt Loder in the flesh at at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (9/20) (with Julie Klausner who has other upcoming gigs too).

Bruce Springsteen plays again in NJ tonight tomorrow. Meanwhile check out his setlist from last night.

Fiona Apple got busted for hash possession at the same Texas checkpoint that got Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. She's out on bail, but tonight's ACL Live show is canceled (which means no pictures tonight on the BVAustin Instagram).

Speaking of Austin, Ume is funding a new record via Kickstarter.

Speaking of Kickstarter, Gawker discusses their accountability problem, Amanda Palmer included.

That said, we're sure Owen Pallett, like many others, was happy to hear that Amanda is now paying all musicians.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for backers for your Kickstarter, Forbes listed the 400 richest Americans, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas included.

Speaking of money, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and more will appear as guests on Ke$ha's new album, Warrior.

Speaking of Patrick Carney, congrats to him and his now-wife Emily Ward on their recent wedding. Will Forte officiated. Shaun White was arrested.

The first track from Neurosis's new LP Honor Found in Decay has slipped out. Stream "At The Well" at NPR now.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Sifl & Olly are back, Smashmouth/Guy Fieri cookbook, Little Pete vs Lindsay Lohan, Patrick Carney, Neurosis & more"

photos by David Andrako

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

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)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Flaming Lips + Weezer
Flaming Lips + Weezer

The Flaming Lips and Weezer played their second of two co-headlining shows at a wet Jones Beach on Friday (7/29). As we learned from the first show in NJ the night before, Wayne and Rivers opened the show by riding in their own space bubbles as the remaining members of both bands played "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath) on stage. That was followed by alternating sets by the two bands every few songs, starting with The Flaming Lips.

According to Rolling Stone, "The Flaming Lips had a tougher job because they were playing to what was clearly a majority Weezer fan audience. They even had to endure some obnoxious "Weezer! Weezer!" chants between songs." Those in attendance who do appreciate the Flaming Lips's great work were treated to their recent Neon Indian collaboration "Is David Bowie Dying?," in addition to popular standouts like "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "What Is the Light?" "The Observer," and "Do You Realize??"

Weezer, whose new material is slightly lacking (to say the least), focused a little more on their earlier stuff like they did on their Blue Album/Pinkerton tour. They played old favorites like "El Scorcho," "My Name is Jonas," "Surf Wax America," and "Buddy Holly," though they didn't touch on early b-sides like they did the previous night when New Jerseyans were rewarded with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" and "Susanne," in addition to two more Pinkerton tracks. They also covered Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" like they did in May when they posted a live-in-studio video of them recording the track to their YouTube account.

The encore saw both bands rejoin on stage for one of each band's quirkier tracks. Wayne and Rivers traded verses on the Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly" and Rivers sang lead on "Undone - The Sweater Song" as Wayne ran into the audience shooting confetti.

Yeasayer opened the show in the rain with a short set made up of their singles and fan favorites.

More pictures, videos, and setlists from the show below...

Continue reading "Weezer & the Flaming Lips shared the stage again @ Jones Beach (pics, setlist, videos & Yeasayer too)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Flaming Lips + Weezer

The Flaming Lips and Weezer played side-by-side sets at PNC Banks Arts Center last night (7/28) with an opening set from Yeasayer (who we missed). Pictures from the NJ show are in this post.

As mentioned, Rivers Cuomo was quoted in a recent press release saying, "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in." He wasn't joking! Toby Tenenbaum, who shot the show, writes:

The special intro comprised the two lead singers from Flaming Lips and Weezer (Wayne Coyne and River Cuomo) pulling one of the most original stunts I had ever seen. They were both inside their own inflatable balloon and used it to crowd-walk/surf over the heads of the crowd. It was truly awesome and unique.
As the two frontmen rolled around the audience in the space balls, the remaining band members on stage played a rendition of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." Check out a video of all of that happening below.

The two bands then alternated every few songs. To quote Toby again, "With the average song length for FL being about 6 minutes per song and for Weezer its the standard 3 minutes per song it felt that Weezer were simply playing intermittently between a Flaming Lips show. One high point for Weezer was the Radiohead Paranoid Android cover." The bands also played together at the end of the show. The full setlist and other videos are also below.

All three bands will play again tonight (7/29) at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island. Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for pictures and a review from that show too, and congrats to all the BV contest winners that were/are in attendance.

More pictures, the video and the NJ setlist below...

Continue reading "Weezer & the Flaming Lips played 'side by side' @ PNC Bank Arts Center (pics, video & setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Steven Drozd - "Born" (MP3)

Tibet House US Benefit 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tibet

No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).

In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...

First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."

Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."

Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne

Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.

The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips & Michael Stipe playing Tibet Benefit, Deerhoof playing Europa, Heart Is A Drum Machine score out now"

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

"An estimated 200,000 people journeyed the grounds of Zilker Park this weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

The descent of the iconic guitar sign Monday signified the end of an incredibly successful ACL Music Festival, and with eight stages and 130 bands, clean up is expected to take the rest of the week.

"This year's ACL was one of the best. The weather was incredible," City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.

The show's producer, C3 Presents, takes care of cleaning up Zilker Park, and the city sends crews into the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any trace of music fans who know how to have a good time.

After C3 Presents leaves the park later this week, fertilizing and watering the grass will city's number one priority." [News 8 Austin]

Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, the rest of the Saturday HERE, Flaming Lips HERE, and the rest of the pictures from Sunday (and the conclusion of our 2010 Austin City Limits coverage), below...

Continue reading "ACL 2010 Day 3 in pics (Foals, Eagles, Yeasayer, Norah Jones, Ted Leo, Devendra Banhart, Morning Benders & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

"Watching Deer Tick at One Eyed Jacks in
the French quarter..." - Wayne Coyne, one day after ACL

Austin City Limits

"Burbank, CA - What would Halloween be without THE FLAMING LIPS? Certainly nothing as magical and incendiary as their annual Ghouls Gone Wild event held in their hometown of Oklahoma City, that's what. As we fall into the crisp Autumnal night air of the season's darkest yet sweetest holiday, THE FLAMING LIPS ask the question: Want to Participate in This Year's MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS?

This October 23rd, The LIPS will once again host their annual MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS Parade in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, just a stones throw away from FLAMING LIPS ALLEY.

Last year's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild event was a huge success that drew LIPS fans from around the globe. Naturally, this year's Supernatural procession will be even more elaborate as festive floats, (in)appropriately adorned cars, walking groups and plenty of surprises along with 1000 strong undead snaking through the streets of Oklahoma City.

Order your costume bundle for this year's parade now in the official Flaming Lips store: www.flaminglips.com/store

The Flaming Lips played a nine-song set opposite Band of Horses at Austin City Limits on Sunday (10/10). Coming up, the band will play a week of shows in Florida before their pre-Halloween parade (see above), and then another week of shows in Asia after Halloween, and eventually, in July 2011, a very special performance in the UK. All dates with more ACL pictures, the setlist, and a video of Wayne screenprinting an ACL poster with his own blood, below...

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photos by Eliza Koch

Flaming Lips

""This night is f---ing perfect," Coyne announced at the top of the show following his now-customary climb over the audience in a giant inflatable hamster ball. He wasn't necessarily talking about the music but rather about the weather, as the oppressive summer humidity had dissipated long enough to create a warm, breezy summer night. It provided the ideal backdrop for the Lips' set, which was heavy on the amorphous material from Embryonic. On the album, the melodies float several layers below the surface and are constantly teased out by the adroit production abilities of Dave Fridmann. In a live setting, the band let the fuzz do the talking, and allowed most of the tunes to build into swirls of distorted noise and churning beat science." [MTV]
The Flaming Lips, played right up to Rumsey Playfield's 10pm curfew last night (7/26). In that time they managed to perform 14 songs including "Do You Realize?" for the 1-song encore. The full setlist is below.

Tonight, Tuesday, you can catch the band at Terminal 5 with Fang Island . The show is sold out, but it will also be streaming, like Smashing Pumpkins last night, online. The Flaming Lips return to the David Letterman show on Wednesday.

More pictures, a bunch of videos, and the setlist from Summerstage, below...

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Jeffrey Ross & Wayne Coyne @ Bonnaroo (via Jeffrey Ross)
Jeffrey Ross and Wayne Coyne

tonight in NYC
* Dam-Funk @ BKLYN YARD
* Leo Allen @ 2pm in Union Square
* Big Apple BBQ @ Madison Square Park
* John Zorn Improv Night@ The Stone
* Hillstock @ 967 Bergen St, Brooklyn
* Evelyn Evelyn @ Lucille Lortel Theatre
* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes @ Littlefield
* Care Bears On Fire, Jack Skuller @ Maxwell's
* Walter Schreifels, Brandon Reilly @ Maxwell's
* Kelli Scarr, Natureboy, Jo Schornikov @ Zebulon
* Fela! Tony Party & Afterparty @ Knitting Factory
* Girls At Dawn, Selmanaires, Carnivores @ Bruar Falls
* Pocahaunted, Prince Rama, Sleepover Forever @ Pianos
* The Jacuzzi Boys, K-Holes, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Cake Shop
* Slick Rick, B.C., Par-City @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Entrance Band, The Growlers, Orphan @ Death By Audio
* Undead Jazz Fest @ LPR, Kenny's Castaways & Sullivan Hall
* Rooftop Films at BAM w/ Teddy Blanks @ BAM Cinematek Parking Lot
* Friendo, Yourself & The Air, Murder Mystery, Nonviolence @ Glasslands
* Greg Zifcak of Eats Tapes, MNDR, synt.tofs @ Monster Island Basement
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat, JEFF The Brotherhood, Ava Luna @ Santos Party House
* Sing Me To Sleep w/ Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, Julie Peel (noon show) @ Joe's Pub

The Tony Awards are tonight. Fela! is up for lots of them. Knitting Factory host a party and an afterparty.

Watch the World Cup at Brooklyn Bowl.

There's also a record show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Bonnaroo concludes today. STREAM IT. Some videos from yesterday below...

What else?

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Wayne Coyne's living room (via)
Flaming Lips

In addition to playing NJ, Ithaca, Bonnaroo (where they'll do Dark Side of the Moon), the Flaming Lips are playing a Central Park Summerstage show on Monday, July 26th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 19th at noon.

They're also playing Poughkeepsie's Mid Hudson Civic Center on April 17th. Tickets go on sale March 8th at noon.

If you haven't already seen, pictures of Wayne Coyne's futuristic house in Oklahoma house have surfaced on the website of the architectural firm that designed it. And no, not the pictures of Wayne taking a bath on his lawn that people uncovered via Google Maps. Fitzsimmons Architecture has more photos of the inside like the one above.

"Having seen Coyne's appropriately trippy poop cave, it's got me wondering if other musicians' homes reflect their sensibilities as closely. Is John Mayer's house ordinary and forgettable on the outside but chaotically and impenetrably decorated on the inside? Does Prince's Minneapolis home have a bunch of sex swings? Yes, yes, I'm sure it does." [Gizmodo]
A video of the construction of the house in 2009 is below with all tour dates...

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