The Flaming Lips announce ‘The Soft Bulletin’ 20th anniversary UK tour
Tom Skinner Mar 6, 2019 4:02 pm
It includes a show at London's Brixton Academy
The Flaming Lips will mark the 20th anniversary of ‘The Soft Bulletin’ by performing the classic album in full during a special UK tour. See the dates below.
Released in 1999, the critically acclaimed ninth record from the band features the singles ‘Race for the Prize’ and ‘Waitin’ for a Superman’. Following its arrival, the LP was named NME‘s album of the year.
Two decades later, it’s been announced that ‘The Soft Bulletin’ will be showcased in its entirety at shows in Edinburgh, Manchester, and London in Autumn this year. The three-day stint will conclude with a performance at Brixton Academy on September 7.
Tickets go on general sale this Friday (March 8) at 10 am.
The Flaming Lips play:
September 5 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
September 6 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
September 7 – Brixton Academy, London
Back in 2011, The Flaming Lips performed the album in full at London’s Alexandra Palace as part of ATP’s Don’t Look Back series of shows.
Last year, the band released a Greatest Hits compilation – featuring material released between 1993 and 2017. B-sides, outtakes, and some more left-field cuts were also included.
Looking forward to new material, the US group’s fifteenth album ‘King’s Mouth’ – narrated by The Clash’s Mick Jones – is set for release next month. The follow-up to 2017’s ‘Oczy Mlody’ will arrive on April 13 via Warner Records.
In other news, The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne married his longtime partner Katy Weaver earlier this year. The ceremony was held at an Oklahoma rooftop venue, where the couple later posed inside the band’s plastic bubble prop. Coyne famously crowdsurfs inside the ball at live gigs.
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Flaming Lips to Release New Album ‘King’s Mouth’ on Record Store Day
Band’s 15th LP will feature narration from the Clash’s Mick Jones
Jon Blistein February 28, 2019 3:19PM ET
The Flaming Lips 15th studio album 'King's Mouth' will feature the Clash's Mick Jones and arrive exclusively on Record Store Day.
The Flaming Lips will release their 15th studio album, King’s Mouth, on Record Store Day, April 13th.
The band will issue just 4,000 copies of the LP, which will be pressed on gold vinyl and will only be available at participating independent record stores. Another version of the album won’t hit the marketplace until July.
King’s Mouth follows the Flaming Lips’ 2017 album, Oczy Mlody. The record will feature 12 new tracks and the music will be connected by narration provided by the Clash’s Mick Jones.
The album is also just one aspect of a much larger project from the Flaming Lips and frontman Wayne Coyne. The music on King’s Mouth parallels that in Coyne’s immersive art installation of the same name, in which viewers crawl into a large metallic head to experience a music-driven LED light show. The new album will also be accompanied by a book, King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience, which Coyne wrote and illustrated.
“The King’s Mouth immersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as The Flaming Lips live performances,” Coyne said of the overall project. “The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions.”
Along with prepping their new album, the Flaming Lips continue to release episodes of their retrospective podcast, The Sorcerer’s Orphan: A Song by Song History of the Flaming Lips. The latest episode is centered around the group’s 1994 alt-rock staple, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Last year, the band released a massive greatest hits collection as well.
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February 23, 2019
“There’s a fun part of the show tonight where it doesn’t have to go exactly how we said it would go,” declared Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
The band was only a couple songs into performing its 1999 album The Soft Bulletin with the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall on Friday night, and Coyne already seemed to sense how unique and special the evening was going to be, his declaration a sort of one-line manifesto promising that the show would be a capital “E” Experience.
While performing the entire track list of The Soft Bulletin, the Flaming Lips and the Colorado Symphony wove a musical tapestry in Boettcher Concert Hall. That tapestry was playful at times — such as when fifty-plus choral singers immersed themselves in the crowd, or when Coyne had everyone in the concert hall imitate the sounds of insects for the Lips’ song “Buggin" — and at other times incredibly moving to the point of making the musicians emotional...despite this being music the Flaming Lips have been playing for twenty years.
The Colorado Symphony deserves much of the credit, filling the room with lush accompaniment to the band’s psychedelic sound, with the percussionists and scores of string and brass players — not to mention the choir — making everything sound about ten times more epic.
And as Coyne pointed out during the show, “We’ve also got a conductor with the coolest fucking name: Christopher Dragon.”
Indeed, Dragon was fun to watch as he helmed the orchestral component of the evening's musical madness, appearing to have a strong rapport with the Colorado Symphony players in his fourth season as its associate conductor.
It also helped that Friday night was not the first time the Flaming Lips have performed The Soft Bulletin with the Colorado Symphony; the collaboration goes back to 2016, when the band teamed up with the orchestra to perform the album at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The Flaming Lips Performance With the Colorado Symphony Felt EpicEXPAND
As Westword learned at the time from the symphony’s chief artistic officer, Anthony Pierce, the idea came together after a chance encounter Pierce had with the Lips’ longtime manager, Scott Booker, at a music-industry conference in Denver years ago. That day, the two exchanged business cards on the off chance that they would ever want to work together.
Later, Pierce – who is part of an ongoing effort at the Colorado Symphony to broaden the organization’s audience through collaboration with contemporary musicians outside of the classical-music sphere – called the number on that business card to see how serious the Flaming Lips were about teaming up on a project.
The two groups decided on reimagining The Soft Bulletin in a live setting using their combined forces.
“And one of the things that [Flaming Lips bandmember] Steven Drozd told me was that if they had had an orchestra when recording the album, they would have used it," Pierce told us in 2016.
Of course, performing The Soft Bulletin at Red Rocks with the symphony would require entirely new sheet music and orchestral arrangements, because the album’s original string sounds were recorded using synthesizers and samples. So Pierce turned to another collaborator: Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, who offered to write the orchestral charts.
“And Tom [Hagerman] and I were in and out of Oklahoma City," Pierce recalled. “We spent a couple hours with [the Flaming Lips] before we were back on the plane and [Hagerman] started writing."
After that, the band and Hagerman exchanged sheet music and notes with each other using Dropbox, culminating in some mad-dash rehearsals and their performance at Red Rocks on May 26, 2016.
That outdoor show at the amphitheater may have had more spectacle, including a blow-up hamster ball and an octopus-like suit Coyne wore with LED tentacles, but this past Saturday’s show at Boettcher Hall certainly topped 2016’s show musically; with the well-balanced acoustics and more intimate setting at Boettcher, the band sounded more confident than it had during its previous outing with the Colorado Symphony.
The arrangements and execution on songs like “Waitin’ for a Superman,” “Feel Yourself Disintegrate” and (in the encore) “Do you Realize??” were tight and powerful to the point of inducing goosebumps.
The Flaming Lips Performance With the Colorado Symphony Felt EpicEXPAND
True to the Flaming Lips’ M.O., there was plenty of fun, too, including a blown-up robot that swayed from side to side during the other encore song, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1.”
But even the contrast between the band, whose bassist, Michael Ivins, was wearing an orange robe and LED glasses like some futuristic Shaolin monk, and the members of the symphony in their formal concert attire, somehow seemed perfectly natural.
Coyne repeatedly told the crowd how lucky he felt to be there and to perform with his fellow musicians on stage.
The crowd, giving at least a half-dozen standing ovations during the evening, felt similarly.
And for those who weren’t lucky enough to be there on Friday, the concert may end up being released as a DVD; Coyne told Westword’s Jon Solomon that the Flaming Lips hoped to edit together footage from the Boettcher Concert Hall show with footage that was taken during the 2016 Red Rocks show. If that film captures a fraction of the magic that was Friday's concert and the 2016 show at Red Rocks, it will be well worth viewing.
posted by derek brown - Feb 25, 2019 - 0 comments
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They perform Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” medley in a new music video
by Matthew Strauss
December 20, 2018
The Flaming Lips have shared a new music video in which they cover David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s Christmas medley “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” The Lips recorded and filmed their version at Wayne Coyne’s Pink Floor Studios in Oklahoma City. Watch the trippy visuals, directed by Coyne and George Salisbury, below.
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Known as the home of PBS’s Bluegrass Underground, The Caverns in Pelham, Tenn. will host The Flaming Lips for a subterranean New Year’s celebration on Dec. 31. The underground venue dates back millions of years and sits below the base of Montagle Mountain.
The Flaming Lips will be joined by opening act Uni for their one-off New Year’s celebration, and VIP/Hotel packages will be available starting on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9:00 a.m. CT.
General onsale will start on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 a.m. CT.
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By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2018 Wrap Up Homelessness Campaign is now underway giving Oklahoma City residents an oppotunity to help those who are transitioning through homelessness.
For the third year in a row, the Curbside Chronicle has partnered with local artists to design holiday wrapping paper for sale to the public. The wrapping paper is sold by vendors for The Curbside Chronicle, a program of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance.
The Curbside Chronicle is the state’s first and only “street paper” created to provide both a voice and employment opportunities for people who are homeless. Sales of the Chronicle enables people to earn enough money to get into housing and end their homelessness.
The holiday wrapping paper has been created by professional Oklahoma artists with designs ranging from traditional to funky holiday themes. Each package includes five 24″x36″ sheets of wrapping paper and is sold for prices ranging from $8 to $20.
Local artists include Kris Kanaly, Katelynn Knick, Aditi Panchal, JUURI, Marissa Raglin, Betty Refour, Emily Hamm, Tony Thunder, Arjan Jager and Mark, a Curbside vendor.
“I wanted to make sure my design didn’t resemble any of the other artists,” Tony posted on Facebook. “That’s when I decided to illustrate something so original and off the wall that there would be no way of that ever happening. I called in E.T. and dressed him in iconic Christmas movie costumes. The rest is history.
“ In addition, this year a special package design will feature custom artwork by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of the Flaming Lips. Known for his eccentric art, Coyne’s wrapping paper will be sold separately.
Packages of wrapping paper can be purchased directly from Curbside vendors who are transitioning out of homelessness. Individuals selling the wrapping paper will be easily recognizable wearing their green Curbside Chronicle vests. They can be found selling the Chronicle at intersections, sidewalks, public spaces and events throughout Oklahoma City.
Packages will be available at local retailers throughout the metro area like DNA Galleries and various holiday events such as the Indie Trunk Show. This year, wrapping paper will also be sold each weekend at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in the Midtown OKC area.
“The wrapping paper is a great way to make your gifts extra special this year,” said Ranya Forgotson, program director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. ”It features unique, local art and directly supports people who are working their way out of homelessness. You’ll not only be giving a gift to your friend or family member, but you’ll be giving the gift of empowerment to someone in Oklahoma City who is working to make their situation better.
“Because of creative campaigns like this, Curbside was able to help 41 vendors end their homelessness last year — overcoming over 215 years of combined homelessness,” Ranya added.
The Wrap Up Homelessness initiative is sponsored by Fowler Automotive, Citizens Bank of Edmond, and Orthodontic Arts.
“This is a great campaign, not only because of the people that it’s helping, but it introduces local artists to a broader community,” said Kristen Vails, arts advocate and director of community outreach with Fowler Automotive. “It’s pretty special that people will have custom Oklahoma art under their tree.”
All proceeds from packages purchased from individuals will go directly to that individual who is working their way out of homelessness. Proceeds from store purchases will benefit The Curbside Chronicle and its mission to employ and empower men and women transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City.
To purchase wrapping paper online or for more details about Wrap Up Homelessness, visit wrapuphomelessness.com.