2012 has been a crazy year in many ways, and the music industry hasn’t exactly been immune to its air of pervading insanity. (In fairness, the music industry is rarely immune to any sort of insanity, but still, humor us here.) This year has given us a particularly rich vein of memorable controversies, conflicts, and contretemps, and as part of our ongoing end-of-year wrap-up, we’re looking back at some of the most significant. Some of these are hilarious, some of them depressing, some of them hilariously depressing, and some just plain old bewildering — but from the resurrection of dead rappers through homeless people functioning as wifi hotspots to a record company suing an entire country, all of them have been worth remembering. … Read More
1. Yes, she’s been publicly naked in a bathtub before, but it’s pretty weird that Wayne Coyne is talking about replacing Erykah Badu with Amanda Palmer in a re-shot version of the Flaming Lips’ controversial video for “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” right? [via NME]
2. Apparently LA Noir, Frank… Read More
Music is a passionate occupation to pursue, and it makes sense that some of our favorite musicians have, well, hooked up with some of our other favorite musicians in fiery ways throughout the years. This is something we’ve been chewing on ever since we first got former Fleetwood Mac co-figurehead Lindsey Buckingham’s last solo record,… Read More
1. Erykah Badu is understandably pissed about that unedited version of the “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” video that the Flaming Lips posted earlier this week. “Even with ‘Window Seat’ there was a method and thought process involved,” she tweeted at Wayne Coyne. “I have not one need for publicity. I just… Read More
It isn’t a Flaming Lips video without some gratuitous, generally disconcerting nudity — and Erykah Badu has been known to get naked in her music videos, too. So you can probably venture a guess as to what goes on in the clip for the Lips’ collaboration with Badu, “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” from The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Warning: Despite sort of knowing what we were getting into by pressing “play,” it still managed to gross us out a bit. We’re no prudes, and seeing
Badu Badu’s lookalike sister Nayrok splash around nude in glitter doesn’t make us blush. But then she’s covered in blood, and then she’s covered in… well, if you stick around through the end of the video, you’ll find out. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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Today at Flavorpill, we worried about cannibal sharks (200 yards from shore). We recited 25 of the best catchphrases in television history. We practiced 20 ways to open a beer bottle. We learned what 31 different brands’ acronyms and initials stand for. We listened to David Attenborough’s tortoise and… Read More
In typical NME fashion, the magazine has caught on to ’90s nostalgia a few years after the rest of the music media and released its list of the top 100 songs of the decade. Aside from a few unmistakably British flourishes (Pulp’s “Common People” edging Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” out of the #1 spot, McAlmont & Butler’s “Yes” in the top 10), there are few surprises. No one can deny the excellence of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” or Daft Punk’s “Da Funk,” but we’re getting sick of seeing the same songs honored over and over when there are so many other equally great tracks to celebrate. We’ve done just that below, rounding up a handful of criminally underrated ’90s songs that you may have forgotten over the years. Since there are literally thousands of tracks that also deserve a place on this list, we hope you’ll add your suggestions in the comments. … Read More
Looks like The Flaming Lips just won Record Store Day. On April 21st, collectors all over the world will celebrate the fifth anniversary of this indie record store appreciation day by lining up in the wee hours of the morning to purchase RSD-exclusive singles, live albums, and reissues. But the ante has officially been upped with today’s announcement that Wayne Coyne and co. plan to release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends – a double album of the band’s recent collaborations, pressed on multicolored vinyl in one-of-a-kind “custom art jackets.” While some of the tracks have been released as ridiculously limited-edition singles, others have never been committed to wax before.
The big news, of course, is who these collaborations happen to feature. There are your usual indie suspects, sure — Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (on a track called “Helping the Retarded to Know God”), Neon Indian, Tame Impala, Jim James — as well as some exciting contributors from the more experimental side of the underground — Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, New Fumes. But we’ll also get to hear Wayne harmonize with everyone from Ke$ha and Biz Markie (yes, on the same track), Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, and even Chris Martin of Coldplay. Well, if there’s anyone who can make him interesting, we’re sure it’s the Lips. Click through to see the entire tracklisting, and start scheming to snag a copy, because we’re sure they’ll go fast. … Read More
1. Last night Jon Stewart stopped by The Colbert Report to sign paperwork that legally makes him the head of Stephen Colbert’s super PAC — a move that will allow the late night host to pursue his “possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina.” [via Huffington Post]