Sultans of psychedelia The Flaming Lips have released a limited edition double-LP in an abstract-colored vinyl format recently, through Record Store Day 2012. Apparently titled by Elmer Fudd, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is a meta-collaboration of the likes once seen in 2009’s Dark Night of the Soul, which starred the odd pairings of Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse (R.I.P.), the Lips, and others.
This time, the Lips are at it again, reaching out to an even more head-scratching lineup of genre-bending conspirators, which include (overly compressed drumroll please) Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, New Fumes, and Chris Martin (yes, you read that right, the singer for Coldplay).
Hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it. If Quentin Tarantino could make John Travolta “cool again” (circa everybody’s favorite quotable film-about-films, Pulp Fiction), then the Lips can with Mr. Martin. For all you elitists, rest-assured that your go-to indie taste-makers, Pitchfork, have given the album their coveted “above 8.0” seal of approval today. If that isn’t incentive enough, then be sure to glue those eyeliner eyes of yours on Wayne Coyne’s walkthrough of the vinyl release itself. If anything, don’t miss the segment beginning at the 6:00 mark, where he talks about vials of blood (I say no more).
If and when I get my Latino-American hands on a copy of this, I’ll be sure to give readers a full review.