Flaming Lips

This Thing Sounds Like That Thing: Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, and Other Famous Pop Music Ripoffs

Four months ago, Sara Bareilles, underrated princess of empowerment rock, released “Brave,” a heartwarming, foot-stomping song all about, well, being fearless. People dug it, including Katy Perry, who tweeted at Bareilles her approval after the track was released. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Death Grips, Bat for Lashes

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. … Read More

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A Selection of Streets Named After Musicians from Around the World

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. … Read More

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The Top 10 Record Store Day Releases to Snap Up

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! … Read More

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Flaming Lips' 'Pink Robots' Musical Set to Debut This Year

Flaming Lips fans have a new album to look forward to this April, and now the musical version of their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots will be making its world premiere this winter (with a debut at California’s La Jolla Playhouse). The production will be written and directed by… Read More

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10 Albums We Dare You To Finish

A couple of months back, our own Kathleen Massara celebrated the release of Peter Nadas’s weighty novel Parallel Stories with a selection of 10 epic novels that we dared you to finish. Of course, this also got us thinking about equivalents in other art forms, whether it’s film (Charlie Kaufman’s interminable Synecdoche, New York springs to mind immediately), theater… or, inevitably, music. The history of music is full of albums that are awfully difficult to sit through in their entirety, whether it’s because they’re “difficult” or just because they’re damn long. So here are 10 albums we dare you to finish. Have you got any challenges for us? … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Beirut, ‘Watch the Throne’

Every Monday morning, we rope together five of the most noteworthy, interesting, and (hopefully) enjoyable albums streaming for free on the web over the course of the week. This week is shaping up particularly well — there’s the hype-laden Jay-Z and Kanye album, as well as an early (legal) listen to the new Beirut album, along with a Blood Orange’s late-night drag queen neo-funk, The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt wigging out together, and YOB making a Bhagvad Gita-inspired doom metal record. It’s all after the jump! … Read More

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Flaming Lips Release EP In Marijuana-Flavored Brain

Occasionally, we come across a piece of news that seems waaaaay too strange to be true. But still, here goes: the Flaming Lips are releasing a new version of their Gummy Skull EP, which was originally released on a USB stick embedded inside a life-sized skull made out of the same gelatinous candy stuff that’s used to make Gummi Bears. Right. The new version, which was hand-delivered by Wayne Coyne to record stores yesterday, features a special new marijuana-flavored brain. It also carries also a live version of The Soft Bulletin, which is enough to make all the accompanying silliness a compelling proposition. If you can somehow get your hands on a marijuana-flavored Flaming Lips gummy skull, it’ll set you back $150; failing that, you can watch a video of the whole strange business – featuring Coyne and a miscellaneous stoner dude – after the jump. … Read More

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Music Fan Porn: Band Memorabilia That We Wish We Owned

Record label EMI published the results today of a charity auction it held earlier this month to raise money for tsunami relief funds in Japan. There was plenty of interesting material to be had, although it was, of course, all well out of our price range – but if you happened to have a spare $10k sitting around, you could have snapped up signed copies of David Bowie’s full back catalog, while $6,744 would have gotten you Billy Corgan’s handmade “Zero” t-shirt. The news got us thinking about other band paraphernalia we’d love to get our hands on – read on to see our selection, and let us know what you’d like on your mantelpiece. … Read More

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