Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne Announces New “Record Store Tour” Dates

CLASSIC RECORDING, THE FLAMING LIPS EP, PACKAGED WITH CHOCOLATE SKULL, COMPLETE WITH REDEEMABLE GOLD COIN, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT ALL TOUR STOPS

THE FLAMING LIPS TO PERFORM ON AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA HUMAN RIGHTS HOME CONCERT AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN ON FEB 5TH

LETTERMAN BEATLES WEEK TO FEATURE THE FLAMING LIPS ON 
FEBRUARY 6TH
 Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne will hit the road on Saturday, February 8th, for the second half of his “Record Store Tour,” during which he is meeting and greeting fans and signing copies of the Lips’ first-ever EP, The Flaming Lips 1st EP.

 

 

Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12″ EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world. See below for all of Coyne’s upcoming tour stops.

 

This product contains quite a substantial amount of high-quality, gourmet chocolate accompanied by the main course: A generous earful of the very earliest music created by THE FLAMING LIPS in their original incarnation and pressed onto color vinyl. A feast for all the senses, we’re pretty sure you’ll find this exclusive item delicious and satisfying on every level.

 

The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group’s homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.

 

As previously announced, THE LIPS will participate in Amnesty International’s USA Human Rights Home Concert on February 5th at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY.  Also appearing on the bill: Tegan and Sara, Yoko Ono, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cold War Kids, Cake,

Colbie Caillat, Blondie, The Fray, Bob Geldof with special address by members of Pussy Riot, introduced by Madonna. For more info:  http://www.amnestyusa.org/Feb5Concert/

 

Also The Flaming Lips promise a very special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 6th, celebrating Beatles Week, marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance of the Ed Sullivan Show. As you know, The Ed Sullivan Theater is the home of The Letterman Show on CBS.

 

Don’t forget that THE FLAMING LIPS’ current six-song set, Peace Sword, featuring all new LIPSmusic, is out now, along with their current album, THE TERROR.

 

Wayne Coyne’s Record Store Tour:

02/08        @ 11 am            New York, NY            Other Music

02/08        @ 4 pm              Brooklyn, NY             Rough Trade

02/09        @ 1 pm              Boston, MA               Newbury Comics/ Newbury St. location

02/10        @ 5 pm              Philadelphia, PA        a.k.a music

02/11        @ 5 pm              Baltimore, MD           Sound Garden

 

The Flaming Lips upcoming tour dates:

02/05             Brooklyn, NY              Amnesty International, Barclay’s Center

03/08             Tampa, FL                 Gasparilla Music Festival

03/22             New Orleans, LA        BUKU Music + Art Project

05/16 -18        Gulf Shores, AL         The Hangout Festival (Specific date TBC)

06/05 – 08       Ozark, AR                  Wakarusa Music Festival (Specific date TBC)

06/05 – 08       Austin, TX                  X Games Austin, Austin 360 Amph. (Specific date TBC)

11/09             Reykjavík, Iceland       Iceland Airwaves

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Embarks on “Record Store Tour” Dec 19th

CLASSIC RECORDINGTHE FLAMING LIPS EP, IS PACKAGED WITH CHOCOLATE SKULL, COMPLETE WITH REDEEMABLE GOLDEN COIN, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT ALL TOUR STOPS

 

30th ANNIVERSARY VINYL ON SALE BEGINNING CHRISTMAS EVE

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne will hit the road this Thursday, December 19th, for what is being billed as his “Record Store Tour.” Coyne will be meeting and greeting fans and signing copies of the Lips’ first-ever EP, The Flaming Lips 1st EP,

and The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo.

 

Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the EP which will be housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull. Anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull will contain a special Golden Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show byTHE FLAMING LIPS in the world. See below for all of Coyne’s upcoming tour stops.

 

This product contains quite a substantial amount of high-quality, gourmet chocolate accompanied by the main course: A generous earful of the very earliest music created by THE FLAMING LIPS in their original incarnation and pressed onto color vinyl.  A feast for the senses, we’re pretty sure you’ll find this exclusive item delicious and satisfying on every level.

 

The Flaming Lips 1st EP  will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group’s homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.

 

Also for sale, will be The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo (recorded in 1983), which will be available as a limited-edition 7″ on blue vinyl and signed by Coyne. Originally recorded in 1983, it captures the group in a transition from its primitive shambolic drug-damaged punk-pop to the primitive shambolic drug-damaged hallucinogenic cosmic brother death rock heard on the 1st EP. The music has been remastered by LIPS drummer Kliph Scurlock and the cover photo is by Wayne’s brother, DennisCoyne. Both items go on sale from participating record store retailers on December 24th and only 2,000 copies of each piece will be made available.

 

Don’t forget that THE FLAMING LIPS’ current six-song set, Peace Sword, featuring all new Lips music, is out now, along with their current album,THE TERROR.

 

Wayne Coyne’s Record Store Tour:

 

12/19 @ 4pm       Nashville, TN        Grimey’s

12/20 @ Noon     Louisville, KY       Guestroom Records

12/20 @ 8 pm      Chicago, IL           Permanent Records

12/21 @ 5 pm      St. Louis, MO       Vintage Vinyl

12/22 @ 5 pm      Lawrence, KS       Love Garden Sounds

 

 The Flaming Lips upcoming shows:

 

12/29    @ 7 pm                  Broomfield, CO                  1stBank Center

12/30     @ 9 pm                 Aspen, CO                        Belly Up

12/31    @ 9:30 pm             Aspen, CO                         Belly Up

01/10     @ 3:30 pm            Squaw Valley, CA               The Last Chair Festival

01/26                                  Riviera Maya, Mexico         My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

01/27                                  Riviera Maya, Mexico         My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

01/28                                  Riviera Maya, Mexico         My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

01/29                                  Riviera Maya, Mexico         My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

01/30                                  Riviera Maya, Mexico         My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

03/08                                  Tampa, FL                          Gasparilla Music Festival

03/21                                  New Orleans, LA                BUKU Music + Art Project

03/22                                  New Orleans, LA                BUKU Music + Art Project

 

RECORD STORE DAY’S “BLACK FRIDAY” CELEBRATION IS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th

WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND AFFILIATED LABELS FEATURE SPECIAL VINYL PACKAGES  FROM RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS,

THE FLAMING LIPS, TEGAN AND SARA, FOALS,DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.,

ATLAS GENIUS AND MORE

 

GO TO WWW.RECORDSTOREDAY.COM STARTING TODAY TO HEAR TRACKS

November 25, 2013 – (Burbank, CA.) – This year’s Black Friday annual event is upon us! This coming Friday, Nov 29th, is the day to support independent record stores and celebrate your love of vinyl by actually going into your favorite temple of vinyl worship and participating in everyone’s favorite new Holiday presented by Record Store Day.

 

As previously announced, Warner Bros. Records has announced a series of vinyl albums, singles and various artifacts that have been created exclusively for this event. Beginnings today, go towww.recordstoreday.com to hear exclusive track premiers:

 

Mon, Nov 25 – SKATERS – “Stood Up.”

Tues, Nov 26 – NONONO– “Pumpin Blood (CSS Remix)”

Wed, Nov 27 – THE FLAMING LIPS – “Assassin Beetle – The Dream Is Ending”

 

Warner Bros. Records – a proud official sponsor of Record Store Day – will make available the following special releases:

 

Atlas Genius“So Electric: When It Was Now (The Remixes)” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

The “So Electric” remixes from the Aussie rock band’s 2013 album When It Was Now, featuring the Black Friday exclusive track “Electric (Vertigo Remix).” Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Tracklisting: Trojans (Lenno Remix) / If So (Magic Man Remix) / Back Seat (Goldroom Remix) / Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix) / If So (TheFatRat Remix) / Symptoms (Pierce Fulton Remix) / Trojans (Xaphoon Jones Remix) / Electric (Vertigo Remix).

 

Bad Things: “Anybody” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

The first single off Bad Things self-titled debut album. Guided by producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Saves the Day), the Los Angeles five-piece take the listener on a journey of emotions from insistent yearning, through urgent, punk fury, to bold, New Wave-influenced experimentalism, to heavy, shimmering hard rock and spirit-lifting funk. This 7″ single features “Anybody” on Side A and another album track, “Say It Again,” on Side B, exclusive for Black Friday.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.“The Speed of Things” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

The Speed of Things, the Detroit band’s latest full-length album, is being pressed to vinyl for the first time. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Flaming Lips: “Peace Sword” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 5,000 copies / CD EP – Limited to 3,000 copies

The vinyl and CD editions of the band’s upcoming six-song platter featuring new music inspired by the upcoming feature film Ender’s Game and released with exclusive artwork. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Worth noting that track 6, “Assassin Beatle – The Dream Is Ending,” is roughly 10 minutes of mind-melting sonic matter and is exclusive to this vinyl and CD artifact.

 

Tracklisting: Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) / If They Move, Shoot ‘Em / Is The Black At The End Good / Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy / Wolf Children Assassin Beetle – The Dream is Ending

 

Foals: “CCTV Sessions” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

This exclusive limited edition 12″ features audio from the British band’s video series filmed using CCTV. Tracks include “Milk & Black Spiders,” “Bad Habit,” “Stepson,” “Late Night,” and “Bluebird and Moon.” Engineered, mixed, and filmed at Safehouse Studios by Kit Monteith, Tim Roberts, and Jamie Morris. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

NONONO: “Pumpin Blood” CD EP – Limited to 3,000 CD copies

Stina Wappling with production duo Astma & Rocwell formed in Stockholm, Sweden during the spring of 2012.  The three Swedes found instant chemistry, and soon became the trio now known as NONONO, a name which highlights an important philosophy for the band.

Exclusively available for Black Friday this debut EP by NONONO features a never before released remix of “Pumpin Blood” by CSS.

 

Tracklisting: Pumpin Blood / Jungle / Fire Without A flame / Like The Wind / Pumpin Blood (acoustic) / Pumpin; Blood (CSS remix)

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers: “I’m Beside You” – Gatefold pocket jacket, numbered, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 5,000 units

This vinyl double LP features outtakes recorded during sessions for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2011 studio album I’m With You, produced by Rick Rubin. Previously released as a series of nine individual 7″ singles (from August 2012 to July 2013), the 17 tracks are being released together for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl. They have been pressed at RTI and mastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Tracklisting: Strange Man / Long Progression / Magpies on Fire / Victorian Machinery / Never Is A Long Time / Love of Your Life / The Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy / Pink as Floyd / Your Eyes Girl / In Love Dying / Catch My Death / How It Ends / Brave From Afar / This Is The Kitt / Hanalei / Open-Close

 

SKATERS: “Deadbolt” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000

The first official single from the NYC rock band’s upcoming debut album, due February 25th. This 7″ single features “Deadbolt” on Side A and “Stood Up” on Side B, exclusive to this 7″.

 

Tegan And Sara: “Guilty As Charged/I Run Empty” – Single-pocket jacket,  regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000

Guilty As Charged / I Run Empty VINYL EXCLUSIVE only available at Independent Record Stores.

The “Guilty As Charged / I Run Empty” includes one track on each side, “Guilty As Charged” and “I Run Empty” for the first time on vinyl. Both songs were recorded by Mike Elizondo & released digitally as bonus tracks on Tegan and Sara’s 7th studio album, Heartthrob – their highest charting album of their careers.

 

 

For more about Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com

 

Warner Bros. Records Announces Special Releases for Black Friday/Record Store Day

VINYL PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, 
THE FLAMING LIPS, TEGAN AND SARA, FOALS, 
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR., ATLAS GENIUS AND MORE

 

October 24, 2013 – (Burbank, CA.) – Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make a series of vinyl albums and singles available on “Black Friday”, November 29th.  In the past, Black Friday was an American event created by large corporate retailers as a shopping day that promoted mass-produced items at super-low prices in hopes of driving customers into their stores. RSD’s BlackFriday subverts the model and creates pieces of art in the form of limited special editions, often numbered, from a diverse list of beloved artists. RSD’s version of Black Friday is an excuse to celebrate not only the great music but the pieces themselves and the special independent record stores who exclusively carry them.

Warner Bros. Records – a proud official sponsor of Record Store Day – will make available the following special releases:

 

Atlas Genius:  “So Electric: When It Was Now (The Remixes)”  – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

The “So Electric” remixes from the Aussie rock band’s 2013 album When It Was Now, featuring the Black Friday exclusive track “Electric (Vertigo Remix).” Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Tracklisting: Trojans (Lenno Remix) / If So (Magic Man Remix) / Back Seat (Goldroom Remix) / Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix) / If So (TheFatRat Remix) / Symptoms (Pierce Fulton Remix) / Trojans (Xaphoon Jones Remix) / Electric (Vertigo Remix).

 

Bad Things: “Anybody” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000 copies 

The first single off Bad Things self-titled debut album. Guided by producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Saves the Day), the Los Angeles five-piece take the listener on a journey of emotions from insistent yearning, through urgent, punk fury, to bold, New Wave-influenced experimentalism, to heavy, shimmering hard rock and spirit-lifting funk. This 7″ single features “Anybody” on Side A and another album track, “Say It Again,” on Side B, exclusive for Black Friday.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.:  “The Speed of Things”  – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

The Speed of Things, the Detroit band’s latest full-length album, is being pressed to vinyl for the first time. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Flaming Lips: “Peace Sword” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 5,000 copies / CD EP – Limited to 3,000 copies

The vinyl and CD editions of the band’s upcoming six-song platter featuring new music inspired by the upcoming feature film Ender’s Game and released with exclusive artwork. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Worth noting that track 6, “Assassin Beatle – The Dream Is Ending,” is roughly 10 minutes of mind-melting sonic matter and is exclusive to this vinyl and CD artifact.

 

Tracklisting: Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) / If They Move, Shoot ‘Em / Is The Black At The End Good / Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy / Wolf Children Assassin Beetle – The Dream is Ending

 

Foals: “CCTV Sessions” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 3,000 copies

This exclusive limited edition 12″ features audio from the British band’s video series filmed using CCTV. Tracks include “Milk & Black Spiders,” “Bad Habit,” “Stepson,” “Late Night,” and “Bluebird and Moon.” Engineered, mixed, and filmed at Safehouse Studios by Kit Monteith, Tim Roberts, and Jamie Morris. Includes a digital download card. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

NONONO: “Pumpin’ Blood” CD EP  – Limited to 3,000 CD copies

Stina Wappling with production duo Astma & Rocwell formed in Stockholm, Sweden during the spring of 2012.  The three Swedes found instant chemistry, and soon became the trio now known as NONONO, a name which highlights an important philosophy for the band.

Exclusively available for Black Friday this debut EP by NONONO features a never before released remix of “Pumpin Blood” by CSS.

 

Tracklisting: Pumpin’ Blood / Jungle / Fire Without A flame / Like The Wind / Pumpin’ Blood (acoustic) / Pumpin; Blood (CSS remix)

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers: “I’m Beside You” – Gatefold pocket jacket, numbered, regular-weight black vinyl 12″ – Limited to 5,000 units

This vinyl double LP features outtakes recorded during sessions for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2011 studio album I’m With You, produced by Rick Rubin. Previously released as a series of nine individual 7″ singles (from August 2012 to July 2013), the 17 tracks are being released together for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl. They have been pressed at RTI and mastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

 

Tracklisting: Strange Man / Long Progression / Magpies on Fire / Victorian Machinery / Never Is A Long Time / Love of Your Life / The Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy / Pink as Floyd / Your Eyes Girl / In Love Dying / Catch My Death / How It Ends / Brave From Afar / This Is The Kitt / Hanalei / Open-Close

 

SKATERS: “Deadbolt” – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000 

The first official single from the NYC rock band’s upcoming debut album, due February 25th.  This 7″ single features “Deadbolt” on Side A and “Stood Up” on Side B, exclusive to this 7″.

 

Tegan And Sara: “Guilty As Charged/I Run Empty” – Single-pocket jacket,  regular-weight black vinyl 7″ – Limited to 3,000

Guilty As Charged/I Run EmptyVINYL EXCLUSIVE only available at Independent Record Stores.

The “Guilty As Charged/I Run Empty” includes one track on each side, “Guilty As Charged” and “I Run Empty” for the first time on vinyl. Both songs were recorded by Mike Elizondo & released digitally as bonus tracks on Tegan and Sara’s 7th studio album, Heartthrob – their highest charting album of their careers.

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For more about Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com

The Flaming Lips Premiere Each Song from “Peace Sword” EP Online Today

THE FLAMING LIPS will release a brand new six-song EP featuring new music inspired by Summit Entertainment’s upcoming feature film Ender’s Game onOctober 29th, to coincide with the film’s November 1st release. Today, all six songs will premiere online at various music-related outlets at 10 a.m. ET.

 

Here are the links to stream each track:

 

“Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)” at TheDailyBeast.com

 

“If They Move, Shoot ‘Em” at NPR.org

 

“Is The Black At The End Good” at Spin.com

 

“Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy” at Stereogum.com

 

“Wolf Children” at RollingStone.com

 

“Assassin Beetle – The Dream Is Ending” at Pitchfork.com

 

The CD and limited-edition 12″ vinyl release will follow on Black Friday/Record Store Day, which falls on November 29th. This beautiful vinyl package features the same audio content as the CD, but features different artwork. It will be pressed on black, standard-weight vinyl with a dazzling “LIPSian” gatefold sleeve. The title track “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)” was written exclusively for the filmEnder’s Game, while the remaining five tracks were all inspired by the book upon which the film is based as well as the motion picture itself.

MMJ, Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino, Alabama Shakes, Eric Burdon + Jenny Lewis & More For True Blood Vol. 4 Soundtrack

Get Ready To Bite Into True Blood®’s Volume 4 Soundtrack, Available Everywhere May 28th Courtesy of ATO Records

Album Includes Tracks From Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and more!

Stream/Share “Let’s Boot and Rally” by Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino

Following on the heels of its three previously Grammy-nominated volumes, the Volume 4 soundtrack of the acclaimed HBO® original series True Blood is making its way to the show’s fang-loving fans on May 28th, just one week after True Blood®: The Complete Fifth Season is released on DVD and Blu-Ray with HBO Select on May 21st.

True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 4 is once again produced by the show’s music supervisor Gary Calamar, who continues the True Blood soundtrack tradition of uniting legendary rock hall of famers with indie darlings such as Iggy Popwith Bethany Cosentino (digital release only) and Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis.  Other never before released tracks include noted artists Alabama ShakesBosco Delrey, My Morning Jacket, Mobley, Deap Vally and Los Lobos, as well as a rare, out of print song by The Flaming Lips.

For the first time ever the soundtrack will also be available on vinyl, to be released mid-June.

Calamar carefully selects a musical tone for each episode; the fifth season’s debut “Turn! Turn! Turn!” featured My Morning Jacket’s cover of the classic tune by The Byrds, and after “Let’s Boot and Rally” became an episode title, Iggy and Bethany came on board to duet the punk rock duet song of the same name. Fans should lend an ear to season six as well, for three songs on the Volume 4 soundtrack will also be featured in upcoming episodes.

True Blood is centered in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana and follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), who can read minds, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) is creator and executive producer the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The highly anticipated sixth season premiere debuts on June 16th and runs through September.

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Track Listing
1.     Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis
2.     Let’s Boot and Rally – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino
3.     What Makes A Good Man? The Heavy
4.     Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
5.     Pocket Change – Alabama Shakes
6.     Authority Song – Bosco Delrey
7.     Turn Turn Turn – My Morning Jacket
8.     Your Face Can Tell The Future – The Flaming Lips
9.     The Sun – The Naked and Famous
10. Undertow – Warpaint
11. I Wanna Be Your Man – Mobley
12. {She’s A) Wanderer – Deap Vally
13. Whatever I Am, You Made Me – Koko Taylor
14. We’ll Meet Again – Los Lobos

Black Keys “Tighten Up” Their Grip In Pittsburgh

Real old electric blues had a specific tonality and sound. Robert Johnson, Muddy and even Buddy Guy didn’t have any Bonamassa, or Hendrix “Red House” tones, like any of the big “blues” guys today. Missing was the “Dumble” sound or any of what I would call contemp-blues tones in their guitars. Doyle Bramhall III maybe one of the few guys that goes back and forth between contemp-blues and old electric-blues along with Clapton.

Ole school electric-blues is thin in it’s presentation. Auerbach steals a page out of SRV’s book when we discuss tone…obviously not style or even choice in guitar for that matter. Auerbach is the king of “dumble” sounding blues. Influencing new hitters like Gary Clark Jr. I always refer to his really cool rig rundown being a player myself. Gotta love the squishy tweed deluxe Japanese fuzz-wah sounds.

The guitar in those bands (often with piano, mouth harp, or other instruments in the mix) just totally stood out. Dan Auerbach is a traditionalist and fails to completely conform to modern blues sounds. Many people were confused with the muffled sound of his guitar.  People who know The Black Keys realize this is the palette that Auerbach paints from and we dig it!

Nobody seems to go for that sound anymore. Yet a lot of covers of the originals do it with a more mid-rangy, chirpy, OD sound. In fact, a lot of the old electric blues wasn’t even close to being in OD territory.  This territory was fantastic when Carney and Auerbach went two piece during the early middle part of the show doing down home versions of Thickfreakness, Girl On My Mind and Your Touch.

I can see where in today’s world, we have changed our tastes, and it could wear thin over a whole set, but for those of us “chasing the tone”, it might be a cool idea, for authentic blues sound, to play a couple of songs on the bridge pickup, and let the bass and drums (and maybe piano) cover the low and mid ranges. This would be my only complaint after watching The Black Keys rip it up last night at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA.

Tempo discussion was also thrown around the crowd. Patrick Carney always charges out of the gates like a bull at Pampalona.  He leads and very rarely follows. So when Auerbach starts most of the songs you have an unpredictable dichotomy between chase and follow.  Now don’t be misled by my observations which tend to be highly critical when analyzing live music. I truly loved this show and everything about it.  The magic is never lost in their set which is listed below (thx to “Setlist“).

Little Black Submarines was a highlight for a lot of people starting off with great acoustic sound similar to the record and eventually morphing into it’s muscle flexing power rock ending.  The rest of the set lived up to it’s billing and The Black Keys deserve the success they’ve garnered in the past 3 years. They’ve always seemed to carry that blue collar swagger with them and they truly appreciate their fan base.

The rule being that if you really dig at least 3 releases from a band you may be hooked. I loved the Magic Potion CD the first time I heard it and everything they put out after it.  I guess we must concede the fact that Ohio is the home of one of the best bands from the rust belt.  Maybe there’s another Black Keys in the making, in some basement in Pittsburgh. We can only hope.  But, I have a feeling that those guys from Akron will be around for a long time.

All photos ©2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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Flaming Lips Bring The Space Opera To Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center

“The promoter wanted me to tell everyone in the seats way up there that this building has an excellent ventilation system,” Wayne Coyne began to express to the Pittsburgh crowd, “and he said it’s okay that you guys smoke pot up there.”  Wayne Coyne is a funny dude, not in a comedic sense, although that comment sure got the tuned up Steel City audience in high gear for a night of melodic celebration.  Coyne is just well, ‘different’.

Coming out onto a high rise platform with snaked light up tubes wrapping around in some space ship Matrix 2001 Odessey love ship, taped up with aluminum and tubing reminiscent of pulsating organisms, Wayne literally clutched a baby doll for at least the first three and a half songs, often caressing it, sucking its toes and hands, as though it were a living child in his hands.  His outfit of metallic leather, silver metallic beads glued near his eyes, with the look of a blue bearded cross between Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan playing with toy trumpets and bellowing out for the crowd to make more noise from behind the thick smoke was like an alien presence before all.

Even if one were not truly familiar with the band that has been around since their hit in the nineties with, “She Don’t Use Jelly”, the surrounding light show, the atmosphere, the showmanship and the sheer magnitude of the presence that the band exudes combined with a musicianship that is rarely found in many popular groups is enough to keep most concert goers enthralled.  The Pittsburgh crowd appeared more like stunned.  With a true understanding of how integral the visual is with the visceral and the cerebral and the soulful much like in the vein of Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips have that certain something that puts one into an otherworldly state without the use of chemical enhancement (although it may not hurt).  It’s surrealist art for your ears.  With any luck they will bring their space opera back to visit us again soon to explore their new effort “The Terror” further and Mr. Coyne can continue being ‘different’ because that’s what makes him and his band so exceptional and beautiful and confusing.  Babydolls, toy trumpets, and all.

Setlist: Look…The Sun Is Rising ,The Terror ,The W.A.N.D. ,Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast ,Silver Trembling Hands ,Try to Explain ,One More Robot ,Sympathy 3000-21 ,“Heroes” (David Bowie cover,) Do You Realize?? , Always There, In Our Hearts

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Yoko Ono Starts Celebrations For Her 80th Birthday

One of the most daring and influential artists of our time, Yoko Ono, will be celebrating her eightieth birthday with a music performance at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin on Sunday, February 17. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will be led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon, who collaborated with Yoko on her 2009 critically-acclaimed record, Between My Head And The Sky. The album received 4 & 5-star rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME, Spin & many more, and was picked among Mojo Magazine’s top albums of the year. Additionally, Mojo honored Yoko with a Lifetime Achievement Award and she received the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at The Venice Biennale.

Over the past few years, Ono has achieved a record string of nine consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard dance charts. In September, Ono released the improvisational YOKOKIMTHURSTON album with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Other recent collaborations have included recordings and performances with Eric Clapton, Lady Gaga, RZA, Antony, Ornette Coleman, the Flaming Lips, the Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and tUnE-yArDs.

Yoko Ono’s retrospective, HALF-A-WIND SHOW opens at the Schirn Kuntshalle in Frankfurt on February 15, and will tour to major museums across Denmark, Austria and Spain in 2013 and 2014. Numerous projects are slated for 2013 including the reissue of her albums from 1968-1985, a career-spanning art book, Infinite Universe At Dawn highlighting six decades of her work, and the curation of the 2013 Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre in London in June.

photo: Kevin Mazur
photo: Kevin Mazur