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 Day this 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.
And speaking of your wildest dreams, don’t miss THE LIPS on tour this summer:
Fri June 1 Happy Funtime Fest / Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
Sat June 2 Free Press Summer Fest Houston, TX
ThurJune 8 Primavera Sound Fest. Porto, Portugal
FriJune 9 Parklife Weekender Manchester, UK
SatJune 16 NXNW Fest./ Young Dundas Sq Toronto, CAN
Thur June 21 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
Fri June 22 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
SunJune 24 Rivers Edge Fest / Harriet Island Park St. Paul. MN
Sat July 7 Kongsberg Jazz Fest. Kongsberg, NOR
Tues July 10 Sherwood Fest Padua, Italy
WedJuly 11 Le Gru Turin, Italy
FriJuly 13 Colours of Ostrava Fest Ostrava, Czech
Sun July 15 Dour Fest Dour, Belgium
FriJuly 20 All Good Fest Thornville, OH
Sun July 22 Firefly Music Fest Dover, DE
FriJuly 27 Greenville Fest Schonwalde-Glien, GER
Sun Aug 16 LouFest / Forest Park St. Louis, MO
More TBC Shortly!
Focus your attention to www.flaminglips.com for all things LIPS including soon-to-be announced upcoming one-off tour dates on both coasts, videos, merch, and much more than you’ll ever expect. It’s going to be an extra exiting time for THE FLAMING LIPS in the months ahead. We can tell you that THE LIPS are putting the finishing touches on their next full-length studio album due later this year. Tour dates will follow. Stay tuned.
The track listing for THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS is as follows:
1. “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) “(w/ Ke$ha, Biz Markie & Hour Of The Time Majesty 12)
2. “Ashes In The Air” (Featuring Bon Iver)
3. “Helping The Retarded To Know God” (Featuring Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros)
4. “Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee” (Featuring Prefuse 73)
5. “Children Of The Moon” (Featuring Tame Impala)
6. “That Ain’t My Trip” (Featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
7. “You, Man? Human???” (Featuring Nick Cave)
8. “I’m Working At NASA On Acid” (Featuring Lightning Bolt)
9. “Do It!” (Featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band)
10. “Is David Bowie Dying?” (Featuring Neon Indian)
11. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Featuring Erykah Badu)
12. “Girl, You’re So Weird” (Featuring New Fumes)
13. “Tasered And Maced” (Featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory)