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Once Wayne Coyne saw Runnin’ Down a Dream, a 2007 documentary on Tom Petty, he became fixated on a stop Tom Petty made through Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1974 and his recording in that city with the earliest inception of the Heartbreakers—along with Belmont Tench and Mike Campbell—as Mudcrutch.  Manoeuvering through imagined scenarios and what-ifs, the Flaming Lips frontman became caught in some imaginary realm between his Oklahoma upbringing, the current state of America, and an imaginary jam session with the late rock legend. Imagine if the Lips were a local Oklahoma band that befriended Petty in his pre-Heartbreakers days—or what if Tom and company were pulled into the seedier side of Tulsa, shifting the course of rock history as we know it?

Running down a rabbit hole of reflections, the Lips’ sixteenth album “American Head” drifts through the singer’s wild imagination, exploring addiction and mental health in its drug-induced Americana. “As we destroy our brains / ’Til we believe we’re dead / It’s the American dream,” Coyne sings on “At the Movies on Quaaludes” before the more revelatory “Now I see the sadness in the world / I’m sorry I didn’t see it before” on “Mother I’ve Taken LSD.” Following up  Lip$haa proposed 2014 album with Kesha, and collaborating on the psych-pop experiment Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz in 2015, for American Head, the Lips cozied up to Kacey Musgraves for some feminine texture on three of the record’s tracks. Only The Flaming Lips could conjure up their American Head narrative, mixing loosely based recollections, romanticized tales…and the state of the country as we think we know it.

American Legends The Flaming Lips are pleased to announce the release of their 21st studio album, American Head released on September 11th via Bella Union. The album is comprised of thirteen new cinematic tracks, produced by long time collaborator Dave Fridmann and The Lips. Among them, “God and the Policeman” featuring backing vocals from country superstar Kasey Musgraves. American Head takes on a welcome temporal shift that occupies a similar space to that of The Soft Bulletin or Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and just may be their most beautiful and consistent work to date

American Head finds The Flaming Lips basking in more reflective lyrical places as Wayne Coyne explains in a longer form story titled “We’re An American Band.”  Excerpt below:

The Flaming Lips are from Oklahoma. We never thought of ourselves as a band. I know growing up (when I was like 6 or 7 years old) in Oklahoma I was never influenced by, or was very aware of any musicians from Oklahoma. We mostly listened to the Beatles and my mother loved Tom Jones (this is in the 60’s)… it wasn’t till I was about 10 or 11 that my older brothers would know a few of the local musician dudes.

So… for most of our musical life (as The Flaming Lips starting in 1983) we’ve kind of thought of ourselves as coming from ‘Earth’… not really caring Where we were actually from. So for the first time in our musical life we began to think of ourselves as ‘AN AMERICAN BAND’… telling ourselves that it would be our identity for our next creative adventure. We had become a 7-piece ensemble and were beginning to feel more and more of a kinship with groups that have a lot of members in them. We started to think of classic American bands like The Grateful Dead and Parliament-Funkadelic and how maybe we could embrace this new vibe.

The music and songs that make up the American Head album are based in a feeling. A feeling that, I think, can only be expressed through music and songs. We were, while creating it, trying to NOT hear it as sounds… but to feel it. Mother’s sacrifice, Father’s intensity, Brother’s insanity, Sister’s rebellion…I can’t quite put it into words.

Something switches and others (your brothers and sisters and mother and father…your pets) start to become more important to you…in the beginning there is only you… and your desires are all that you can care about…but… something switches.. I think all of these songs are about this little switch.”

The Flaming Lips return on Bella Union Records with American Head, their 21st studio album. They’ve pulled off a masterstroke here, it retains all of their bubbling psychedelics, whilst sounding more introspective or reflective than they have in years. It’s a cracking set of songs and very pretty too.

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. Bob Boilen October 9th, 2020 Wayne Coyne has appeared inside a bubble for over a decade. At concerts, he’d roll over the tops of adoring fans, their outstretched hands keeping him aloft. That was novelty long ago; now it seems prescient. For this Tiny Desk (home) concert, Wayne and his fellow bandmates are seemingly quarantined from one another, with the bubble-sharing green-haired drummers and keyboards pairing off, playing together yet apart. The Flaming Lips have always embraced the surreal. Drugs are undoubtedly part of the culture, and on their new songs from “American Head”, drugs are at the core. These are songs for the lost, the overdosed dreamers, the damaged, the car crashed. On the album’s opening track “Will You Return/When You Come Down” (which also begins this concert), Steven Drozd asks in falsetto, “Will you return? Will you come down?” while Wayne Coyne responds, “Thinking back to those lost souls / And their ghosts / Floating around your bed / Hear it said / Now all your friends are dead.”

SET LIST: “Will You Return/When You Come Down” “God And The Policeman” “Be Free, A Way” “It’s Summertime”

MUSICIANS: Wayne Coyne: vocals Steven Drozd: keys, vocals Michael Ivins: bass Derek Brown: guitar, vocals Jake Ingalls: keys Matt Duckworth: drums Nicholas Ley: percussion

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The new Flaming Lips album, “American Head”  is really shaping up to be melodic, A mellow psychedelic record like we haven’t really gotten since Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They’ve just shared another single from it, “Will You Return / When You Come Down,” which is really lovely and comes with a video the band made during quarantine at their fully equipped AV studio and plays off the album art.
The Lips are releasing “American Head”, on September 11th via Warner Records. The video for the track that features the band performing the song in the studio in a socially distant manner. Frontman Wayne Coyne co-directed the video with regular collaborator George Salisbury.

The 5:21 minute track dances along thanks to the sparkling instrumentation and soft vocals from both Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd. Although they’re famously known for their expressions of alternative psychedelic material, the band also once again showcases their ability to deliver a ballad rich in softer melodies. The song’s affiliated video showcases each member appearing to perform their parts in isolation, with Coyne seen in what looks to be surrounded by a clear plastic wrap of sorts.

Longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann co-produced American Head with the band. The album includes “Flowers of Neptune 6,” a new song the band shared in May via a video for the track. The song featured Kacey Musgraves on additional vocals. Musgraves also features on another American Head track, “God and the Policeman.”

When the album was announced in June, the band shared its second single, “My Religion Is You,” via a video for the song. Then they shared another song from the album, “Dinosaurs on the Mountain,”  Then they shared a fourth song from the album, “You n Me Sellin’ Weed,” .

In June, The Flaming Lips performed for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with the entire band in separate plastic bubbles and also their audience, including some kids, in bubbles. And to make it even more timely, they did “Race for the Prize,” a classic from 1999’s The Soft Bulletin about two scientists racing to find a cure.

American Head is out September 11th via Warner Brothers.

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The Flaming Lips have released another single from their forthcoming album, in the form of a new track and video for ‘You n Me Sellin’ Weed’. With their next record American Head due out in September, the band have unveiled the new single with its own video clip. The hazy effort pairs well with the sun-soaked music video, following the blurry journey of Wayne Coyne in a car.

It’s far from the up-tempo track you might associate with a name like ‘You n Me Sellin’ Weed’, and instead, The Flaming Lips have given us a mellow, slow-burner which begins to gather momentum, and is full of psychedelic moments. American Head, the follow-up to 2019’s Kings Mouth, is due to be released on Friday, September 11th. So far we’ve been gifted four singles ahead of its release, including ‘Flowers Of Neptune 9’ featuring Kasey Musgraves.

Since then we’ve head ‘My Religion Is You’, while the first single to be unveiled was titled ‘Dinosaurs On The Mountain’. The forthcoming record is their 21st album, but the band have arguably released only 15 if you don’t include collaborative LPs and limited-release collections. The Flaming Lips made headlines in June when they played a social distancing gig with both crowd and band situated in giant plastic bubbles. The gig was organised by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, with each band member in their own plastic bubble while the live audience members watched from inside their own plastic bubbles.

It wasn’t the first time the Oklahoman band have utilised these props, as the giant plastic bubbles were often used by frontman Wayne Coyne’s at gigs in the past.

You n Me Sellin’ Weed’ from the upcoming album ‘American Head’ Out 9/11:

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The Flaming Lips have announced a new album called “American Head”. The King’s Mouth follow-up arrives September 11th via Warner Bros Records. With (A double colored vinyl follows on October 2nd, along with limited edition art prints.) It’s produced by long time collaborator Dave Fridmann and features the Kacey Musgraves collaboration “Flowers of Neptune 6.”

In a story Wayne Coyne wrote, excerpted in the press release, he said, “The music and songs that make up the American Head album are based in a feeling. A feeling that, I think, can only be expressed through music and songs. We were, while creating it, trying to NOT hear it as sounds… but to feel it. Mother’s sacrifice, Father’s intensity, Brother’s insanity, Sister’s rebellion…. I can’t quite put it into words.”

Earlier this year, the Flaming Lips released a collaborative LP with Deap Valley, as Deap Lips. Coyne and co. recently stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where they performed “Race for the Prize” with an actual audience, from the socially distanced confines of giant bubbles.

The Flaming Lips Announce New Album American Head Share the first song off the new album.

‘My Religion Is You’ from the upcoming album ‘American Head’ Out 9/11.