Friday, July 29, 2011

Catching Up: The Flaming Lips

Psychedelic Weirdness Alert

Earlier this year frontman Wayne Coyne threatened to release a new track every month and true to his word, has actually surpassed his quota.

In February, they released Two Blobs Fucking as 12 separate tracks on YouTube to be played in sync on mobile devices ala their 1997 Zareeka 4CD experiment.  All you need to do is gather up 11 other friends and all press play together.  Some spoil sport (Thank you!) has mixed all 12 vignettes into one video with audio tracks combined and here's the result:

In March, they collaborated with Neon Indian and released a 4-track EP:

in April, they released a 4-track USB stick lodged in what was purported to be marijuana flavoured gummy skulls:

Tracklst: 1. Drug Chart, 2. In Our Bodies, Out of Our Heads,
3. Walk with Me, 4. Hillary's Time Machine

In May, they released a live recording of The Soft Bulletin (Live La Fantastique de Institution):

Tracklist: 1. Race for the Prize, 2. A Spoonful Weighs a Ton, 3. The Spark That Bled,
4. The Spiderbite Song, 5. What is the Light? / The Observer, 6. Waitin' for a Superman,
7. Suddenly Everything Has Changed, 8. The Gash, 9. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate,
10. Sleeping on the Roof

In June, they released another collaborative 4-track EP, this time with Prefuse 73:

Tracklist:1. The Super Moon Made Me Wanna Pee!!!, 2. Heavy Star Moving...,
3. Be Like That...That...That..., 4. Guillermo's Bolero

In July, we have the 3-track Gummy Song Fetus (US spelling):

Tracklist: 1. Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2,
2. Steven's Moonbow,3. Squishy Glass

In August, we have yet another collaboration with Lightning Bolt on 12" EP:

Tracklist: 1. I'm Working Aat NASA on Acid,
2. I Want to Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage,
3. NASA's Final Acid Bath,
4. I Want to Get Damaged But I Won't Say Hi

...and The Lips sharing a stage with Weezer at PNC Bank Arts Center.
In September, The Strobo Trip Toy!:

Tracklist: 1. Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die
2. I Found a Star on the Ground (6hr song)
3. Evil Minds

A breather in October, followed by 7 Skies H3 and the Harvest Festival (No sideshows) in November:

Tracklist: 1, 7 Skies H3 (24hr song)

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