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WTF Is Going On With Wayne Coyne?

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I remember the first time I saw the Flaming Lips. It was at the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne in 2004. It was the first time I’d seen Wayne Coyne in his gray suit, smearing blood on his face and pulling his balloon-into-the-crowd stunt. The show was… I hesitate to say “spiritual,” but it was a profoundly beautiful and moving experience in a way that very few rock shows are, a demonstration of how music can be a force that’s inspiring and healing and uplifting.

That was 2004. This is 2014. The man who held the crowd in the palm of his hand that night has spent the last five years in a quest to apparently become the worst person in rock ‘n’ roll, culminating in yesterday’s report on Gawker that he fired his drummer of 12 years for objecting to one of Coyne’s friends wearing a Native American headdress on Instagram. Wayne Coyne, what the fuck?
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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Death Grips, Bat for Lashes

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It’s Friday, which means another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week there’s a new Death Grips track as the finale of Adult Swim’s Singles Program, plus instrumental angst from Xiu Xiu, Liars remixing The Twilight Sad, Flaming Lips covering King Crimson, new tracks from The Soft Moon and Bat for Lashes, and a whopping great free Ghostly Records sampler. And more! Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.
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A Selection of Streets Named After Musicians from Around the World

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We wrote a couple of days back about the new posthumous Joey Ramone album, and while we’re not entirely convinced by the record and the philosophy that underlies it, it is nice to see the Ramones continuing to get some recognition, albeit far more belatedly than they should have done. The most famous way in which the band’s legacy has been commemorated has been the decision to rename part of 2nd Street in Manhattan “Joey Ramone Way,” a street sign that immediately made its way to the top of hoarders’ lists. It’s certainly not the only street around the world named after a famous musician, mind — check out 10 of them after the jump.
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The Top 10 Record Store Day Releases to Snap Up

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Record Store Day, which is coming up on Saturday, has grown into quite an industry over the last few years, which is certainly great news as far as promoting awareness of independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores goes — but it does also make it rather difficult to keep track of the wealth of exclusive releases on offer. But never fear, we’re here to help — we’ve trawled the extensive list of RSD-only releases and come up with the ten we’d definitely be investing in if we could only wake up early enough to get hold of them. Let us know what’s on your shopping list!
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