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.” … Read More
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? … Read More
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
Everyone is talking about Amanda Palmer. The drag queens are squabbling over whether she’s “fugly” or what she does is “art, bitch.” The hipsters in “Pave-adoh” T-shirts think she’s “a Scientologist and an ableist and a Klan member — and she hates men, she hates women. She hates everything!” But they actually all secretly love Amanda Palmer, because they end up at her show anyway to watch her rock out and get covered in glitter. And one of the hipsters, played by “porn star, feminist, smart alec, FORCE” Stoya Doll, ends up going home with Palmer. Yes, of course, there is girl-on-girl action in this video.
So, basically, according to Amanda Palmer — and Wayne Coyne, who co-directed the video with her, George Salisbury, and Michael McQuilken and appears in an extremely brief and death-defying cameo — everyone who says they hate Amanda Palmer actually wants to sleep with Amanda Palmer. Yup. So, if you’re interested, watch the NSFW Amanda Palmer controversy train roll on below! … Read More
We all know what our favorite musicians are like on stage — whether they’re shy or flamboyant, whether they’re chatty or businesslike, whether they’re funny or taciturn. But we also know that what we’re seeing on stage is ultimately a performance. Off stage, however, it’s a completely different matter, and thus backstage photography has always provided an interesting insight into the music world, particularly when the photos in question aren’t posed or contrived. We’ve pulled together a collection of such photos, images that seem to capture sides to performers that we rarely get to see, giving a glimpse of the person behind the persona — whether it’s a tearful Kurt Cobain slumped in a corner, Bob Marley playing soccer, or Lemmy reading a book (with nary a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in sight!), these are like all great photos in that they capture a moment in time and in doing so also capture some part of the subject’s personality. We hope you enjoy… Read More