I’m not sure if this counts as cheating, but Warner Bros. just announced that the special collection of collaborations that the Flaming Lips put together for last month’s Record Store Day, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends,” is going to be released widely in late June.
That means CDs and digital releases on top of the vinyl that sold out on April 21. The Fwends included Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, Yoko Ono and others. They’ve added a new track with Ghostland Observatory’s Aaron Behrens for the new release, just to entice the insane completist collectors to pony up for this one too.
Taking the special edition for Record Store Day (and they did do a few things to make it pretty special) and turning it into a general edition two months later seems a bit like cheating, but I’ll be looking forward to the release nonetheless. And besides, where many RSD releases involve a song or two, or even a split disc, this is indeed an entire album, so the crazy Coyners get a pass on that one.
For more info, here’s the official WB release.
One of the most anticipated albums of the year, THE FLAMING LIPS’ THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS sold out instantly at retail outlets around the world when it was released on vinyl in honor of Record Store Daythis past April 21st. Now, due to overwhelming demand, Warner Bros. Records will make the album available on physical CD and digitally via all digital retailers on June 26th.
It’s no surprise that THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS was among the Top 3 best-selling albums on Record Store Day, due to its collaborative nature with an unexpected array of Special Guests, its aesthetic beauty pressed into vibrant psychedelic rainbows of color (no two pressings alike) and the simple fact that THE FLAMING LIPS deliver something special with each new release.
THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS just may be their most adventurous recorded experience to date. The album contains the band’s unique and experimental collaborations with a diverse cross-section of heavy friends from every corner of the musical cosmos, including vocal and musical assistance from such disparate playmates as Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Ke$ha and many more. A new track recorded with Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory is exclusive to the CD and digital versions and was not included on the vinyl edition.
In other LIPS’ news, the band is nearing completion of its next official studio album, which is due this fall with a tour to coincide. For those who require yet MORE LIPSaction, we’re pleased to report that this fall, THE LIPS’ along with multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff will premiere their musical production of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the La Jolla Playhouse for the theater’s 2012 / 2013 season. More on that later, but for or now, go here for further info.
As previously announced by MTV, The O Music Awards — a digitally driven event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture - will play out through the world’s first 24-hour award show live stream, on June 27th. This special event, will unfold via a historic bus ride through the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Running tandem with the awards, two-time nominee The Flaming Lips will board a tricked-out bus and zigzag across the region in attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Records® title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities) hitting a total of 8 cities — starting in Memphis and ending in New Orleans. Fans can vote at OMusicAwards.com in a wide assortment of categories that
include Must Follow Artist on Twitter, Best Online Concert Experience, Most Adorable Viral Star, Fan Army FTW, Best Music App and Digital Genius Award. Go toThe O Music Awards at: www.omusicawards.com. Vote for THE FLAMING LIPS and all your wildest dreams will come true.