Last night at the MTV O Awards, The Flaming Lips paid tribute to recently deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs by doing a rendition of The Beatles’ Revolution completely on iPads.
I must say, if you’ve never seen drumming on iPads, it’s quite a sight.
You can check out the performance over at the O Awards website.
Hot off their insane six hour song and news of an even more-insane 24 hour song in a human skull (!) comes the news that they’ll finally be collecting all of the collaborations they’ve been working on this year and assembling them for a special Record Store Day LP early next year.
It will gather their work with Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, and Prefuse 73, with whom they have released collaborative EPs this year, along with in-the-works collabs with Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Ghostland Observatory, and Cloudland Canyon.
This is as close to a straightforward release as you’re likely to get from The Flaming Lips these days. Details on if the LP will be JUST a special limited edition RSD item or if that’s just the general release date have not been released.
Yes. You did not misread that. According to Pitchfork:
Following the release of their charitable six-hour song, the Flaming Lips will record a 24-hour track and encase five of the recordings (which will be placed on hard drives) in human skulls, reports O Music Awards. Frontman Wayne Coyne says the song is a work-in-progress, but that “it’s a song about death and it’s a song about fucking and it’s a song about life.” As far as procuring the skulls, Coyne mentions a local Oklahoma City institution: “There’s a place in town that’s called Skulls Unlimited that’s been here for almost as long as the Flaming Lips have been here, and it sells human skulls.” Appropriately, the track’s scheduled for release at midnight on Halloween.
First the gummy skulls, then gummy fetus’, NOW human skulls and a 24 hour song? This is all well and good, but WHEN ARE WE GETTING A NEW ALBUM, COYNE?