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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.

Motorcycles and laser beams introduce a fuzzed-out mid-tempo riff to kick off the technicolor musical epic “Home Thru Hell,” the first track on Deap Lips, the new collaborative project from Deap Vally and the Flaming Lips. The song’s lyrics have fantastical tendencies alluding to classic prog-rock fare such as vultures and hypnotizer’s spells, while lines like “Riding along through the deep valley/Where the dragons of madness roam” and “Taking all my wisdom/From the flaming lips of youth” creatively shout out the band names of the two groups involved in this super-collaboration. “Home Thru Hell” acts as a bold and brilliant overture for an album that is brimming with fun and off-the-wall musical treats, including light rapping, robot voices, a Steppenwolf cover, and wild synth and guitar tones throughout.

Listening to Deap Lips, it’s easy to hear the musical characteristics of both Deap Vally and the Flaming Lips, but each band’s sounds have been so well-kneaded into the musical dough of this project that the album came out of the oven sounding truly original. It’s no surprise that this crew could cook up something fresh as both bands are seasoned collaborators: The Flaming Lips are well-known for working with a wide range of artists, from Miley Cyrus and Kesha to Mick Jones and the White Stripes, while Deap Vally have been working on a collaborative album with artists such as KT Tunstall, Peaches, and members of bands like Warpaint and Queens of the Stone Age.

As a guitar and drum two-piece, Deap Vally have just the right amount of room in their sound for two Flaming Lips to join in with synthesizers, bass, some guitars, and a handful of songs. Guitarist Lindsey Troy explains, “When you’re in a two-piece, people are always asking, ‘Will you add a third member?’ So this is our way of experimenting with that. It was fun to throw someone else in the room to change up the dynamic and it’s been great. We just thought we’d do one song with the Flaming Lips. We didn’t know it was gonna turn into a whole record, but it’s amazing that it did.”

It took some kismet for the two bands to come together. In 2016, Wayne Coyne was in Raleigh, North Carolina, meeting with the creator of the “World’s Largest Gummy Bear” about making some props for the Lips when he checked out a show by Wolfmother, where Deap Vally was opening. He tracked down Lindsey at the merch booth and the two hit it off immediately. It was only a matter of time before Lindsey hit up Coyne with the proposal to work on some music together, and in early 2018 she and drummer Julie Edwards were on their way to Wayne’s home studio, Pink Floor, to work with Coyne and fellow-Lip Steven Drozd. “We went out to Oklahoma City and stayed with Wayne at his house and wrote and recorded for five days, had a really great time, made some awesome stuff,” says Troy. “After that, he kept sending us more ideas and was eventually like, ‘Let’s do a full album.’ He’d send us stuff and we’d go into the studio in L.A. and send him stuff and that’s how the rest of it got finished.”

The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = Deap Lips. The self-titled album is out now:

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The Flaming Lips and Kacey Musgraves have teamed up for a collaborative new single, “Flowers of Neptune 6”, which was released this Friday.

The relaxing, dreamy track acts as the first new material from The Flaming Lips since their collaborative album with Deap Vally arrived earlier this year. The song hears the veteran psych-rock outfit softly glide their way through its 4:31-minute runtime with Musgraves’ vocals joining along in harmonic accompaniment. “Flowers of Neptune 6” showcases the band’s trademark space-rock style while singer Wayne Coyne keeps listeners grounded with its heartfelt melodies and lyrics. The song’s video offers the same amount of subtle captivation, as Coyne is seen walking across a field–which later burns–while also wrapping himself in an American flag.

Coyne mentioned about the band’s new single, “Flowers Of Neptune 6” track started off as a very evocative series of melodies that Steven Drozd had woven together.

The first time he played it for me I was stunned by its emotional flow. The 3 sections (well they seem like sections to me) seemed to hint at an older, mature mind reflecting back into a journey from younger innocence then starting to learn and understand and keeps going into the panic of becoming one with the world. The opening lyric ‘Yellow sun is going down so slow…Doing acid and watching the light-bugs glow like tiny spaceships in a row… is the coolest thing I’ll ever know’…and is a combination of blissful, innocent, psychedelic experiences that Steven and Kacey Musgraves (she sings harmony with me on the track) and myself all discussed.

The Flaming Lips had initially announced plans for a run of west coast performances in the spring and early summer months, but those dates have–like most other live events–been postponed

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Deap Lips a collaboration between Flaming Lips and Deap Vally released their self-titled debut LP Friday, and with it the project’s colorful video for their cover of Steppenwolf’s Easy Rider classic “The Pusher.”

Since the Oklahoma City psych-rockers and the Los Angeles rock duo first announced their collaboration in December, the project has released tracks “Hope Hell High” and “Home Thru Hell.”

“I can’t remember exactly when I became aware of Deap Vally… but let’s say it was sometime just before I saw them play,” Wayne Coyne previously said in a statement of the collaboration, which pairs him and the Lips’ Steven Drozd with Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards. “I was in Raleigh visiting with the creator of the World’s Largest Gummy Bear, and so getting to experience Deap Vally was just one more cool thing of many cool things that were happening to me. Deap Vally really rocked the mostly all dude crowd that was there to scream to WolfMother. I met Lindsey that night and we both were glad we met. Deap Vally got my phone number and about a year later hit me up, out of the blue … and invited themselves to come to Oklahoma City and jam with us and maybe come up with a couple songs for their ‘collaboration’ album that they were working on.” Coyne added that their “The Pusher” cover was previously considered for one of Miley Cyrus’ projects with the Flaming Lips but ultimately ended up on Deap Lips.

The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = DEAP LIPS.

The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = DEAP LIPS. Our new single is out now. Listen to ‘Home Thru Hell’ & pre-order the album today.

The Flaming Lips have a long-standing tradition of collaborating with other artists for full albums. Now, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd have teamed up with Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards to form a new supergroup called Deap Lips. Their new album Deap Lips is out March 13th via Cooking Vinyl.

In the past, the Flaming Lips have shared collaborative albums with Miley Cyrus, Neon Indian, Stardeath & White Dwarf, and a whole slew of “heady fwends.” This year they dropped the new album King’s Mouth and a live orchestral Soft Bulletin album.

The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = DEAP LIPS. The self-titled album releases March 13th, 2020.

The Flaming Lips have teamed up with LA rockers Deap Vally (Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards) to create a brand new supergroup called, appropriately, Deap Lips. They’ll be releasing an album March 13th via Cooking Vinyl, and today they’ve revealed the psychedelic lead single “Hope Hell High” Listen to it below.

Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the band have paired up with Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards for Deap Lips.

The Flaming Lips are no strangers to collaboration, having previously paired with the likes of Neon Indian, Miley Cyrus, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Earlier this year they released new record King’s Mouth and a live album called The Soft Bulletin—and clearly show no signs of slowing down in the new year.

Their eponymous album will be released on March 13th, 2020.

It’s not the first time The Flaming Lips have collaborated with artists for full albums.

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The Flaming Lips offer an oral history of The Soft Bulletin, with intimate interviews examining the stories behind this modern classic. The Soft Bulletin is the ninth studio album by The Flaming Lips, released by Warner Bros. Records on May 17th, 1999 . The album was released to wide critical acclaim and hailed by critics as a departure from their previous guitar-heavy alternative rock sound, into a more layered and intricately arranged work.

The Flaming Lips will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary of their 1999 masterpiece The Soft Bulletin with a limited edition vinyl reissue this October. The 2-LP reissue, released exclusively through subscription service Vinyl Me, Please and pressed on mustard yellow, preserves the album’s original 13-song vinyl track list – including the track “Slow Motion,” originally omitted from the U.S. CD release – and is accompanied by a new art print designed by frontman Wayne Coyne.

The album is now considered by many to be the Flaming Lips’s masterpiece, “The Soft Bulletin is a record that’s always with us… and we’re always considering it… we’re always playing it… we’re always celebrating it,” Coyne said of the reissue in a statement.

“Densely textured, awkward but somehow melodic, The Soft Bulletin finds these pop oddballs with their poker-faced humor firmly intact — ‘When you got that spider bite on your hand/I thought we would have to break up the band,’ sings Wayne Coyne in his strained Neil Young-style voice, referring to an accident that could only have happened to the Lips, and did,” Rolling Stone wrote of The Soft Bulletin in a 1999 album review.

“Their music isn’t, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.”

“Over the past twenty years, The Soft Bulletin has cemented its standing as a modern classic of American rock music. The Flaming Lips’ distinctive use of theme, melody and unorthodox recording techniques accelerated them to an early-career magnum opus that has inspired countless artists,” Vinyl Me, Please Head of A&R Alex Berenson said in a statement.

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On January 31st, 2006, Warner Bros. re-released The Soft Bulletin in the US as a two-disc package titled The Soft Bulletin 5.1. It includes a remastered CD and a DVD-Audio disc that contains a 5.1-channel surround sound mix of the album.

The Soft Bulletin has so many special moments it could easily half-fill a 10 of the Best on its own. But on an album where nearly every song’s a gem, from the brittle beauty of The Spiderbite Song to The Spark That Bled’s gorgeous six-minute symphony, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate feels particularly precious. Here, Coyne floats high above the everyday muck and, cushioned by soft pillows of celestial synths and strings, realising that his body’s been slowly breaking apart ever since he was born; that all life is destined to die. “Love in our life is just too valuable / Oh to feel for even a second without it / But life without death is just impossible / Oh, to realise something is ending within us,” he sings gently, and for just a fleeting second, he’s grabbed hold of nirvana. In slightly grubbier fashion, The Soft Bulletin helped Warners see the light, too: after years of bemoaning the band’s lack of commercial success, they suddenly had a mainstream breakthrough act on their books. Their next project would be even bigger.

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“The Spark That Bled” and “What Is The Light”, “Waitin’ for a Superman”

The Soft Bulletin, originally released in 1999, still stands as a pinnacle of what pop music can be at its most magical and inventive, an album rattling with wondrous sounds and ideas you’ll want to hold on to forever. On one hand, it’s their most sonically breathtaking work, built on otherworldly noises and instrumentation that sound as if they’re being beamed from a future disco in an orbiting space-station; on the other, it’s their most moving and vulnerable, too, with Coyne finding more frailty than ever before in his outlandish ideas. Race for the Prize, a touching tale of two scientists prepared to sacrifice themselves and find a cure that will save the world, is a belter: just listen, now, to the giant crack of those distorted drums, that giddy piano riff, the rush of those shrieking synthesised strings that fizz in your synapses like sherbert being poured on your brain. And then Coyne, somehow, touches looks past the HG Wells-like set-up to hit just the right nerve and bring you back down to Earth. “Theirs is to win / If it kills them,” he yelps. “They’re just humans with wives and children.” It’s four-odd minutes of glorious, perfect psych-pop, and a bittersweet sci-fi masterwork to boot.

The Flaming Lips

  • Wayne Coyne – songwriting, vocals, guitar, keyboards, theremin
  • Michael Ivins – bass, keyboards, backing vocals, engineering
  • Steven Drozd – songwriting, drums, guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, pedal steel

The cover artwork of the album is a modified version of a photograph taken by Lawrence Schiller for a 1966 Life magazine article on LSD, The Soft Bulletin is still an undeniably essential listen that belongs in every record collection

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Wayne Coyne and Stephen Drozd of The Flaming Lips

Ever since The Flaming Lips first formed in Oklahoma City back in 1983, they’ve made a name for themselves as one of the kookiest groups in the business. However, the group have just embarked upon arguably their most normal venture in a number of years, launching a new podcast that looks back on their musical history.

In anticipation of the group’s Greatest Hits compilation, which is set to be released later this week, the band have launched a new podcast which aims to give listeners “a song by song history” of their works and music.

Hosted by their multi-instrumentalist Stephen Drozd, who has been a member of the group since 1991, the first episode of Sorcerer’s Orphan focuses on the 2011 track ‘Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2’, which was originally released on a USB drive encased within an edible ‘gummy foetus’

The track has now seen a widespread release as part of the group’s forthcoming compilation album, which is set to feature this previously-limited track, alongside a number of the band’s best-known hits and rarities.

This new compilation album comes just a month after The Flaming Lips released a limited-edition record for Record Store Day which was filled with their own pink beer which had been specifically brewed for the occasion. Likewise, April of 2017 also featured the group launching a new piece of merchandise by way of a hand soap which was designed to look like a foetus.

Needless to say, this new podcast might be the most normal thing the band have done in years. Stay tuned for more episodes