In recent months, the Flaming Lips have released songs on a USB encased in a gummy fetus, recorded a cover version of The Dark Side of the Moon, collaborated with Prefuse73 and Neon Indian for EPs, toured their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin, released a song in 12 parts on YouTube, performed at Lollapallooza in Chile, reissued their Zaireeka 4XLP to be played simultaneously on mobile devices, and handed over their long-delayed Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Broadway play to the guy who did Jersey Boys. Not every one of these ideas may be a goldmine (who can keep track of them even?), but no one could accuse the band of a dearth of creative juice, even as they trek on into their 50s. Their latest is an EP with Providence, Rhode Island noise duo Lightning Bolt. You can view their video for their latest “I Want to Get High, But I Don’t Want Brain Damage” below. Judging by the video, it may be too late though.
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Spike Jonze, who directed the classic ‘90’s Beastie Boys video “Sabotage” (and has worked on videos from everyone from Weezer to R.E.M. to Ludacris to Arcade Fire), has been called upon to transform the new single “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” (featuring Santigold) into another presumably prize winning video (script by Adam Yauch aka Nathaniel Hörnblowér). This time you won’t find the Beasties in police costumes or controlling giant robots. Here they have been plasticized so that their action figures can serve as avatars for some hilarious and action packed “continuingly ill” adventures. With their performance interrupted by an anti-Beasties group out to assassinate them, the Beastie Boys make a quick escape before their vehicle flips and a shootout begins. It definitely deserves a few repeats in order to observe the nuances in the “costumes” and “scenes”.
Last night, M.I.A. posted a tribute to Amy Winehouse on her Soundcloud page fittingly titled “27”. It’s “dedicated to all [her] friends that died at 27”, likely also a reference to Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones, who all, like Winehouse, passed away at the tender age of 27.
Synkro started off as little more than a Burial clone, which wasn’t too bad since he was such a terrific fascimile and rarely any one was attempting to do the same. Since then, Synkro’s Joe McBride has branched out with his sound, even cutting a few records for D-Bridge’s “noveau D N’ B” Exit Records. His latest single for Mindset is a slow burner with jittery beats and twinkly sonics like a cleaner version of James Blake’s 2010 EPs. The video for song is much like the song, a pan and scan night journey with little variation or trajectory, but transcendently beautiful in its nomadic arch. Director Chris Shen captures the dazzle of the drift of faces on a subway or the paralyzing energy of shimmering headlights turning the corner of a dark street corner.
Atlanta’s Black Lips, described as a “flower punk” band, are currently making a few stops around the US, including New York and Nashville, before stopping in Chicago for Lollapalooza.
Sweeping out from behind a mountain and flying through the air, the Black Lips look like they are engaged in a strange recreation of Quidditch for their new video “New Direction” off the album, Arabia Mountain (which earned a 9/10 review right here at PopMatters).
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