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The Flaming Lips performed “Will You Return/When You Come Down,” with an assist from artist/musician/Willie Nelson’s son, J. Micah Nelson, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday, April 26th.

As Jimmy Kimmel noted, the performance was taped at the first venue the Flaming Lips ever played, the Blue Note in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City. Set up in front of hanging plastic shields (perhaps partly for Covid-19 safety reasons, although they did add a shimmering looking-glass feel to the visuals), the Flaming Lips moved effortlessly through the swooning psychedelic cut, with Nelson perfectly recreating the guitar solo he played on the recorded version of the tune.

“Will You Return/When You Come Down” appears on the Flaming Lips’ most recent album, “American Head”, which was released last September. The band recently performed the album in its entirety at a special space bubble show in Oklahoma City on April 20th. The Lips began playing space bubble shows last year, taking a classic element of Coyne’s stage show — the big bubble he used to roll over crowds — and bringing them into the audience as a way to keep people safe while playing live during the pandemic.

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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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Now then, you’ll be relieved that under these abnormal circumstances it has’nt stopped a load of excellent records from being released this week, covering the usual baffling array of genres and styles. It’s here! ‘The Metrobolist’ by David Bowie, complete with Tony Visconti mix, is in on LP and CD. Will you get sent a coloured vinyl edition? David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World gets a 50th anniversary reissue under its original title, “Metrobolist”. Gold and white coloured vinyl are randomly inserted amongst the standard black vinyl, so hopefully you’re lucky enough to bag something extra special.
The Flaming Lips reissue ‘Transmissions From The Satellite Heart’ on a limited black and white mix coloured vinyl.

Very nice looking 5LP expanded set from Wilco for their ‘Summerteeth’ record Wilco’s “Summerteeth” turned 21 this year and gets a very handsome deluxe edition to celebrate. A box edition  with a five-LP set featuring the remastered studio album as well as the unreleased demos, alternates and outtake recordings pressed on 180-gram vinyl.. Lupin is the (almost) self-titled debut solo LP from Hippo Campus’ Jake Luppen. Really smart pop this, sounds huge but still handcrafted. Really good.

Neil Young issues a new double live album with Crazy Horse, ‘Return To Greendale’ was recorded on the 2003 tour. It’s  another fantastic live record from Neil Young & Crazy Horses from their tour supporting the Greendale album. “Return to Greendale” is the next instalment in Neil Young’s Performance Series and features a concert (audio and on film) from the historic and unique tour.  Some big ol’ riffs here.

New West Records look back at the influential early albums of Pylon, reissuing “Chomp” and “Gyrate”, as well as the lovely Pylon Box Set.

PUP release their new EP, “This Place Sucks Ass” on coloured vinyl

Noise rockers Hey Colossus return very much at full throttle with the excellent Dances / Curses on Wrong Speed Records. Full of drive, but also really quite hypnotising in its long drones. Nice double clear vinyl pressing too.

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David Bowie – “Metrobolist”

November 2020 sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The album marks the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane—as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters

Originally titled Metrobolist, the album’s name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track ‘After All’ which Tony considered perfect as is, and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.

The Metrobolist 50th anniversary artwork has been created by Mike Weller who was behind the historically controversial “dress” cover which Mercury Records refused to release. As with the Space Oddity 50th anniversary vinyl, as well as a 180g black vinyl edition, it will come in 2020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies on gold vinyl (# 1971 – 2020) and on white vinyl (# 1 – 1970) all randomly distributed.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse – “Return to Greendale”

Return to Greendale is the next installment in Neil Young’s Performance Series and features a concert from the historic and unique 2003 tour supporting the release of the Neil Young with Crazy Horse album Greendale. On the 2003 tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were joined on stage by a large cast of singers and actors to perform the story Neil Young wrote about the small town of Greendale and how a dramatic event affects the people living there. The ten songs from the powerful original album are performed in sequence, with the cast speaking the sung words – adding to the intensity of the performance. The film of the ambitious live show captures the vibrancy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse on stage in a unique multi-media experience. It seamlessly blends together the live performance, the actors portraying each song, with the story occasionally enhanced by scenes from the Greendale – The Movie. Both the live concert film and the Inside Greendale documentary are directed by Bernard Shakey and produced by L. A. Johnson.

The Flaming Lips 'Transmissions From The Satellite Heart' LP

The Flaming Lips – Transmissions from the Satellite Heart

Transmissions from the Satellite Heart is the Flaming Lips’ sixth album, released in 1993. The Norman, Oklahoma, quartet makes modern rock that doesn’t sound like anyone else; head music, they’d have called it in psychedelia’s heyday, weird soundscapes that conjure the bizarre alternate universe on the other side of the funhouse mirror. Transmissions, their second major-label release after a long indie apprenticeship has a mellower feel than early fans might expect, with lots of acoustic guitar and dreamy interludes to shame more-era Pink Floyd, but it’s no less weird than their last two efforts. strange sounds float in and out of the mix, and Wayne Coyne’s twisted hick vocals are convincingly demented. Coyne’s lyrics tend toward a dadaist stream of consciousness with occasional forays into junk culture; this is familiar modern rock territory, but songs such as She Don’t Use Jelly, Chewin the Apple of your Eye, and Be my Head are more effective and less annoying than the would-be gonzo efforts of Frank Black and Sonic Youth because they’re catchier and less pretentious. The Flaming Lips may be transmitting to the satellites, but when all is said and done, they live in Oklahoma.

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Wilco – “Summerteeth” Deluxe Edition

Wilco’s third album, Summerteeth, arrived in March 1999 to glowing reviews for its daring arrangements, lush harmonies and revealing lyrics. More than 20 years later, the Chicago-based band expand one of its best with multiple collections packed with hours of unreleased studio and live recordings.

Summerteeth introduced many fan-favourite classic tracks that the band continues to play live today, including I’m Always In Love, A Shot In The Arm and Via Chicago. The 24 previously unreleased recordings that debut on the deluxe edition explore the making of the critically acclaimed album with demos No Hurry and I’ll Sing It, outtakes I’m Always In Love (Early Run Through)and Viking Dan, and alternate versions Summer Teeth (Slow Rhodes Version)and Pieholden Suite (Alternate).

Limited to 6,000 copies, the five-LP set features the remastered studio album as well as the unreleased demos, alternates and outtake recordings pressed on 180-gram vinyl. However, instead of the Colorado concert included in the CD package, the LP version contains a special, exclusive performance from early 1999 titled, An Unmitigated Disaster, a previously unreleased live in-store performance at Tower Records on March 11, 1999, just two days after the album was released. The 10-song set, which was broadcast on Chicago radio station WXRT-FM, highlights several tracks from Summerteeth (We’re Just Friends, How To Fight Loneliness and Can’t Stand It). This show is only available in the LP collection.

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Pylon – “Pylon Box”

Pylon was born in 1979 in Athens, Georgia. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s. Their 1979 single Cool b/w Dub has reached legendary status with Rolling Stone calling it one of the “100 Greatest Debut Singles of All Time,” and was followed by their albums Gyrate (1980) and Chomp (1983). The band would break up upon Chomp’s arrival, but their music would continue to influence genres, musicians and fans for years to come. New West Records is proud to present Pylon Box — A comprehensive look at the band that features their studio LPs GyrateandChomp, both of which have been remastered from their original tapes, the 11-song collection Extra which includes rarities and 5 previously unreleased studio and live recordings, as well as Razz Tape, Pylon’s first-ever recording: a 13-song unreleased session that pre-dates the band’s seminal Cool b/w Dub debut.

Pylon Box also Includes a hardbound, 200 page full color book featuring pieces written by the members of R.E.M., Gang of Four, Steve Albini, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Interpol, B-52’s, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, Mission of Burma, Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and K Records, Anthony DeCurtis, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and many more. Includes an extensive essay chronicling the band’s history with interviews with the surviving members of the band as well as members of R.E.M., B-52’s, Gang of Four, Method Actors, and more. It also features never before seen images and artifacts from both the band’s personal archives as well as items now housed at the Special Collection.

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Pylon – “Gyrate”

Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. Pylon was less a band, however, and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind as well as an expiration date. While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s..Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band.

In 1980 the band released its first record, Gyrate and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the big apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. While in the studio they gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed non-musicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, Chomp was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity, but Pylon were skeptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

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Pylon – “Chomp”

Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. Pylon was less a band, however, and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind as well as an expiration date. While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. Throughout their brief history, they were able to create influential work that would help foster the post-punk and art-rock scene of the early 80s..Artists like R.E.M., Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol, Deerhunter and many more claim inspiration from the band.

In 1980 the band released its first record, Gyrate and began touring across the country in support of the release. The band would soon develop a following across the country and specifically in the bustling music scene in New York City. One of their earliest gigs was opening for the Gang of Four in the big apple. Following the critical acclaim of their debut release, Pylon went back into the studio. While in the studio they gleefully pulled their songs apart and put them back together in new shapes, revealing a band of self-proclaimed non-musicians who had transformed gradually but noticeably into real musicians. The resulting album, Chomp was barely off the press when Pylon were booked to open a run of dates for a hot new Irish band called U2 (after previously playing two arena shows with them in the month leading to the album release). Most bands would have jumped at the opportunity, but Pylon were skeptical. At a critical point in the life of Pylon, they opted to become a cult band rather than stretch their defining philosophy too far.

“We fully intended Pylon to be an almost seasonal thing that we were gonna do for a minute and then get on with our lives,” says Curtis Crowe, drummer for the band. “But it just never went away. It still doesn’t go away. There’s a new subterranean class of kids that are coming into this kind of music, and they’re just now discovering Pylon. That blows my mind. We didn’t see that coming.”   New West Records is proud to partner with Pylon to reissue the albums “Chomp” and “Gyrate” back into the masses. Beautifully remastered from the original audio sources and pressed on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years.

PUP 'This Place Sucks Ass' LP

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After recording their acclaimed 2019 album, Morbid Stuff, PUP was left with a handful of songs that didn’t make the final track list, largely because they were too frenetic or too unhinged. And for an album that fantasized about the world exploding, that’s saying a lot. “We usually save the really dark songs for the end of an album,” says frontman Stefan Babcock. “But we felt that Morbid Stuff was already pretty fucking dark by the time we got there.” The Toronto four-piece loved these thematic stragglers so much, though, that instead of forcing them onto the record or hiding them away forever, they decided that they deserved to stand on their own. The excluded tracks are now seeing the light via a six-song EP, This Place Sucks Ass.

For This Place Sucks Ass, however, they say it was relieving to let loose and put something into the world that values pleasure over perfection. “Our expectations are so high. Every album we make, we want it to be better than the last,” says Babcock. “But just putting out songs we like and think are fun, that’s also pretty rewarding. Taking a breather from the pressure we put on ourselves has been so positive for us.” Like all of their material,This Place Sucks Assis a document of the band PUP is – at times thoughtful and introspective and at other times wildly cathartic. And they hope that fans will take its sentiments of anger, frustration, and bitterness that run throughThis Place Sucks Ass and find collective empowerment and joy in turning them outward along with them. “Everything sucks and that’s OK, because it sucks for everybody,” says Babcock. “And we can make it a little bit better by being together in the shittiness.”

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Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention – “Carnegie Hall”

Carnegie Hall is a quadruple live album on 3CD’s by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, It is a mono recording of the two shows given on October 11, 1971 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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Anna Von Hausswolff – “Ceremony”

Anna von Hausswolff is a 26-year-old from Gothenburg (and daughter of CM von Hausswolff) but her music sounds like it’s dug from ancient Viking rituals. She’s an artist whose scope, ambition

and dynamics actually warrant a comparison to Kate Bus. On the sprawling Ceremony she goes from straight up pop to ethereal Drones to rural psychedelia. Arguably ‘Ceremony’s most significant ingredient is the church organ of Gothenburg’s vast Annedalkyrkan, whose pipes are featured on the album’s striking cover. It’s featured on nine of the thirteen songs on the albumincluding the eight minute centerpiece Deathbed. Think Nico’s Desert Shore as sung by Kate Bush.

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David Bowie – “Outside in Budapest”

Superb Bowie Performance From The Earthling Tour. David Bowie’s 20th studio album was originally released in February 1997 on Arista Records. Earthling showcased an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s. It was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974’s Diamond Dogs.
The Earthling Tour started on 7th June 1997 at Flughafen Blankensee in Lübeck, Germany, continuing through Europe and North America before reaching a conclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7th November 1997. On August 14, ‘97, Bowie performed at Hungary’s Student Island Festival in Budapest, where he put on a quite extraordinary show, accompanied as he was by Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, Zack Alford on drums and Mike Garson on keyboards. Playing just a few tracks from the new record plus a fine selection of back catalogue gems, the entire show was broadcast, both across Eastern Europe and indeed in the US too on selected FM stations. Previously unreleased this remarkable gig is now available

 

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It’s been 20 years since The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, the instant classic that helped them make the transition from weirdo cult faves who made albums you needed four CD players to listen to, to being the confetti-shooting, giant-hamsterball-riding, phantasmagoric festival favorites they are now. They’ve made a lot of different records since, some even more popular (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), some awesomely, terrifyingly psychedelic (Embryonic), some that feature Miley Cyrus or full covers of Pink Floyd albums. But none that have quite had the magic of The Soft Bulletin.

King’s Mouth has some of that magic. Released for Record Store Day, the album recieved proper wide release on July 19th and grew out of an interactive art installation of the same name the band made for their Oklahoma City art gallery, The Womb. It’s a concept album, a fantasy tale of a giant king who dies saving his people from an avalanche who then cut off his head to display as a tribute. Or something. It’s a very loose concept that still centers around very Soft Bulletin ideas like the unstoppable force of death, the infinite power of love and hope, and the vastness of the universe. The storyline is tied together by narration from Mick Jones of the Clash, whose easy going, slightly sad delivery brings just the right touch to this fantastical tale.

Musically, King’s Mouth is very Soft Bulletin / Yoshimi you know, orchestral space rock psych flower power pop. There may not be anything on here as immediate or as amazing as “Race for the Prize,” “Superman Song,” “Buggin’” or “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate,” but this album is a real grower and has stayed in my thoughts. The only song digitally released so far, “All for the Life of the City,” which falls right in the middle of the story — “The King saves the day…but the King dies today” — is the album’s most immediate, but it’s the song it segues into, “Feedaloodum Beedle Dot,” that comes closest to The Soft Bulletin‘s big drum orch-rock sound. It’s more of a coda than it’s own complete song, though, and King’s Mouth is all kinda like that, where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

That said, there are so many great moments on this album. Side One-ender “Electric Fire” has great call-and-response from Jones’s low-key narration and Wayne’s multi-tracked harmonies (“Associated Regions!”, “Aurora Borealis!”) before going into another dimension of psychedelia (it was one of the pieces originally created for the installation). There’s also “How Many Times,” which is a classic Lips tale of not giving up despite the odds, and album closer “How Can a Head” is genuinely moving in a way that only the Flaming Lips can be, asking “How can a head hold so many things? All our life. All our love. All our songs we sing.” As someone who was obsessed with The Soft Bulletin in the summer of 1999, I am glad to have some of that spirit back in a new Lips record.

If you’re in NYC I highly recommend you head to Brooklyn’s Rough Trade to visit the King’s Mouth installation which is up through the end of May. You crawl through the mouth into the head and stare up at the ceiling for a highly psychedelic experience that is kind of like the last 10 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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.

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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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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.