It’s no surprise to hear that Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips are working together, given that they performed… Read More
Christmas music has always done the inverse of what it’s supposed to for me. So naturally, I was pleased when I heard about a new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks!, which celebrates the best and weirdest holiday music you’ve never heard, and follows the record collectors who crate-dig to save these vintage oddities. The Mitchell Kezin-directed doc — which is out this week in select screenings as well as via DVD, cable VOD, and digitally — features characters including John Waters (known for his bizarre Christmas album), The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne (who’s behind the Christmas on Mars film), and Run-D.M.C. (known for “Christmas in Hollis”). But record collectors are at the heart of the movie, so we asked one of them to put together a mix of excellent Christmas music you’ve probably never heard and will undoubtedly find more appealing than those tired “Jingle Bells.”
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Miley Cyrus may have entered the public sphere as the relatively vanilla Hannah Montana, but she’s undeniably come into… Read More
On October 27, The Flaming Lips released a collaboration-heavy track-by-track tribute to/massacre of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club… Read More
The devolution of Wayne Coyne from fearless freak into fearful fuckwit has been one of the saddest spectacles in the music industry over the last few years. He was responsible for at least two of the truly great albums of the 1990s, and now he’s doing drugs with Kesha and filming Miley Cyrus in bed. This week sees the release of the first single from the upcoming record With a Little Help from My Fwends, in which Wayne and his
sycophants wacky pals cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety! How wild and crazy!
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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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GalleyCat just tipped us off to some very exciting news: This weekend Los Angeles’ KCRW will air a radio drama from McSweeney’s that features Wayne Coyne, Will Sheff, Eleanor Friedberger, Ed Droste, and a slew of other indie musicians and writers. Even if you’re not based in LA, you’ll be able to stream… Read More