October 9, 2004 at 11:18 am #47352
NATURAL ‘MYSTICS’ !
THE FLAMING LIPS have almost finished work on their new album, and have told fans to expect a more "organic" sound.
The album, recorded at producer Dave Fridmann’s Tarbox Studios, will be the groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first since 2002Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœYoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Going by the working title of Ã¢â‚¬ËœAt War With The MysticsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, the album has been scheduled for release mid-2005.
"We’ve moved away from robot sounds to sounds that are made by robots that come off organic," frontman Wayne Coyne explained to Blender magazine.
"It’s getting into a space-age jazz element, a sort of progressive Dixieland, hopefully not too far out of the realm of what’s listenable." He said he hopes the new record will keep the Lips "element of psychiatric injury".
Tracks expected to appear on the album are ‘Space Bible’ and ‘Mr Ambulance Driver’.
"It’s about a guy and a gal," said Coyne of ‘Mr Ambulance Driver’, "And the gal is dying after a car accident and it’s the moment they share as the ambulance approaches."
The veteran group, who will appear in the US at All TomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Parties next month, have also written new track ‘Spongebob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall of Energy’ for forthcoming film ‘Spongebob Squarepants Movie’.October 9, 2004 at 11:21 am #105520
I cant wait, man, TFL rockOctober 9, 2004 at 8:07 pm #105521
As the decade inches closer to the halfway mark, it’s becoming increasingly clear which band rewards its fans the most: The Flaming Lips, by a landslide. With a slew of projects slated for the upcoming year, the group’s guaranteed to sate any human with even the slightest taste for metallic clouds and satellite hearts. Chief among these projects will be the reissue of the softest bullet ever shot, otherwise known as Pitchfork’s 3rd favorite album of the 1990s, aka 1999’s The Soft Bulletin. The success of releasing 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in a 5.1 Surround Sound mix has prompted the band and long-time George Martin-type overseer Dave Fridmann to give that critically lauded pre-millennial classic a similar Surround Sound sheen.
The only question left (and believe us, though it remains a total mystery, we tried) is whether the 5.1 enhanced Soft Bulletin will contain the same glorious extras as Yoshimi, which featured unreleased tracks, alternate versions of fan favorites, and a DVD section including a whopping 10 different video tracks. Oh, the possibilities! And even if there’s nothing extra, can’t you just hear the ethereal, symphonic depth of Soft Bulletin bombarding your senses from five different angles? The veritable gold is set to be delivered in the first part of 2005.
Next up on the psychedelic docket is a photo book showcasing the band, which is to be made available exclusively through their website. Succinctly titled Waking Up with a Placebo Head Wound: Images of The Flaming Lips from the Archives of Jay Blakesberg and J. Michelle Martin-Coyne 1987-2004, the book will include 375 images from prominent Bay Area music photographer Jay Blakesberg and another extremely talented photographer, who also happens to be Wayne Coyne’s wife. (She at least has a reason for following the band around the country.) The publishing run will only total 1,500 copies, and will contain essays from band members Michael Ivins and Steven Drozd, manager Scott Booker, WB publicist Rick Gershon, Coyne’s wife, and Blakesberg, all of whom have witnessed the exquisite madness that is The Flaming Lips’ visual presence. Wayne himself provides the introduction for the festivities.
Pre-orders of Waking Up made by November 12th will include a special seven-inch picture disc containing two new studio tracks from the long-awaited Flaming Lips feature film Christmas on Mars. Those of you not familiar with the near mythic story of this film’s development, which is directed by Coyne and stars Drozd, might like to know that it was first scheduled for release in December 2003. We previously reported here that a song disturbingly titled "Vaginal Holocaust" was completed for the film, but no word yet on whether it will be included on the "Waking Up" 45. There will also be a new trailer on the band’s website soon. All of this, however, serves as a prelude to what you might have already suspected: Christmas on Mars has been pushed back again, and is now scheduled for a Christmas 2005 release.
Meanwhile, Bradley Beesley (who is also involved in Christmas on Mars) is set to release a documentary, in conjunction with Shout Factory Films, which will chronicle The Flaming Lips’ rise to musical prominence. The film’s release date is uncertain, but the book that famed music journalist Jim DeRogotis (who did perpetrate that horrid Kill Your Idols buffoonery, but who also memorialized Lester Bangs) is writing about the group is on track for a Fall 2005 release. In the spirit of the photo book’s title we mentioned ten paragraphs ago, DeRogotis’ opus will be entitled Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips.
With all this action going on, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Lips’ next album, At War with the Mystics, got a jump start from the cancellation of Lollapalooza, and is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of next year. In other studio-related news, none other than Yoko Ono has enlisted The Flaming Lips to mash up her "Cambridge 1969" piece and add fresh Lips tunes to the affair.
Plus, don’t forget that their contribution to the SpongeBob movie, SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy will be the first single for the kiddies to digest with their breakfast, and that Coyne will direct a hopefully animated video for it. These studio activities plus their various compilation contributions (Daniel Johnston tribute, Future Soundtrack of America; we said it before, and we’ll say it again: Shall we go on? No? Okay) should excuse the band from their lack of touring, but if you’re in Southern California on November 6th and 7th for the Modest Mouse-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties, you may see the boys playing atop the Queen Mary moored along the Long Beach port. Say hi for us.October 10, 2004 at 11:43 am #105522
I am so looking forward to a new Lips album & tour!!!
That is a whole bunch of fan friendly stuff, gotta love them for that. The documentary sounds pretty pleasing, can’t wait to check it out! There used to be a documentary on the Lips online, think it was put together before The Soft Bulletin was released.
I want that Spongebob songOctober 10, 2004 at 11:29 pm #105523
does anyone know whats going on with the Flaming Lips Movie "CHristmas ON Mars"October 11, 2004 at 12:49 am #105524
Bucky RamoneParticipant"Rich" wrote:does anyone know whats going on with the Flaming Lips Movie "CHristmas ON Mars"
From the Pitchfork article (see above….. )Quote:There will also be a new trailer on the band’s website soon. All of this, however, serves as a prelude to what you might have already suspected: Christmas on Mars has been pushed back again, and is now scheduled for a Christmas 2005 release.October 11, 2004 at 12:13 pm #105525
I’ve given up on the movie ever being released, each year it’s pushed back again.
Looking forward to a new trailer though :aliensmile:
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