The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips to debut new music in yoga classes

Wayne Coyne announced on Instagram that The Flaming Lips will share “brand new, never heard before” music during classes at The Yoga Box in Oklahoma City. Classes on Fridays during October “will feature a special Flaming Lips Playlist” that will new music, “old classics and rare hard to find secret tracks,” and “cool remixes.” As Coyne points out, the class will help “you get your body and mind fucked with and made better and healthier and happier by the coolest yoga gals in OKC!!!!” Find the full announcement below. You can book an upcoming class at The Yoga Box here.

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The Flaming Lips will star in X-Men comic

X-Men ’92 are published Marvel comic set in the ’90s X-Men continuity. The Flaming Lips, as Billboard reports, will appear as themselves in an upcoming issue. They’re on the cover, which you can see above. “Being in an X-Men comic where they (the X-Men themselves) actually run security at one of our shows… I should have written a song about that,” Wayne Coyne said in a statement. “I mean… before it really happened.” The Toadies will appear as well in the issue. “As an X-Men fan since 1977 this is a dream come true,” Toadies bassist Doni Blair told Billboard. The issue will be out in August.

Maverick Music Festival in photos

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1 – The Flaming Lips

2. Gronlandic Edit – Of Montreal

3. Light & Day – The Polyphonic Spree

4. Once Around the Block – Badly Drawn Boy

5. Up On the Ride – Guillemots

6. One Day Like This – Elbow

7. Ancient Mars – The Zolas

8. Plastic Skateboard – Brave Baby

9. Another Dimension – Jaded Juice Riders

10. Rotten Love – Levy

11. Washed Up – South of France

12. Antique Furniture – Guy Fox

13. Golden Age – Grandchildren

14. Jumping Fences – The Olivia Tremor Control

15. Takeshi and Elijah – The Music Tapes

16. Glue – The Gerbils

17. A Grey Cloth Covering My Face – Elf Power

18. Polar – The High Water Marks

19. Red Light – Marbles

20. Bad Feelings – The Robot Ate Me

Record Store Day 2016 announces release list

Record Store Day will return on April 16th. The list of releases available at independent record stores exclusively that day was announced today. Find the full list here for the U.S. and here for the UK. Artists like David Bowie, Run the Jewels, the Weeknd, Outkast, J Dilla, Mac DeMarco, Bob Dylan, Chvrches, the Flaming Lips, Jay Reatard, the Shaggs, Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Best Coast, Jason Molina, and many more are included. Here are a few of the highlights of what is coming out:

  • David Bowie reissues of “TVC 15” and “The Man Who Sold the World” on picture disc, and the 50th anniversary release of his singles, I Dig Everything – The Pye Years 1966 
  • A 16-track album of Mac DeMarco demos, Another (Demo) One, which were in his bedroom
  • Unheard songs by the Shaggs on a 7″, “Sweet Maria” b/w “The Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song)”
  • J Dilla’s long-lost vocal album The Diary
  • Big Star’s reunion show Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93, on double-LP
  • Patti Smith’s Horses Live Electric Lady Studios, a live version of the classic album, recorded last year in the same studio
  • The Weeknd’s The Hills Remixes, which features Eminem and Nicki Minaj
  • Run the Jewels’ own virtual reality viewer (for watching their “Crown” VR video, which is coming soon)
  • Metz and Mission of Burma cover one another on “Good Not Great” b/w “Get Off,” available on starburst 7″
  • Florence + the Machine’s “Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” which has studio and demo versions of “Delilah” alongside the Neil Young cover
  • Outkast’s “Elevators (Me & You),” reissued as a “glow-in-the-dark alien vinyl” for the 20th anniversary of ATLiens
  • The Feelies’ Uncovered, which features covers of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Doors, Patti Smith, and more
  • Fleetwood Mac’s (Alternative) Tusk, that features the alternative version of the album on double-LP
  • A 7″ including new songs from Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval
  • Best Coast’s “Late 20s” b/w “Bigger Man” 7″, including two previously unreleased B-sides
  • Chvrches’ Every Open Eye Remix EP, including takes on the song by Four Tet and others
  • Low/S. Carey’s 10″ single “Not a Word” b/w “I Won’t Let You,” including two exclusive seven-minute collaborations
  • The Flaming Lips’ alternate mix for Cloud Tastes Metallic, which also includes an accompanying comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne, and an 8xLP albums boxset called Heady Nuggs Vol.II Studio Albums 2006 – 2012
  • Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions 10th anniversary reissue on red vinyl, with a bonus demos 7″
  • A Bob Dylan EP called Melancholy Mood backed by four tracks from his upcoming Fallen Angels album
  • Husker Du’s “In A Free Land” with the long out-of-print 1982 single to 7″
  • A 7″ featuring Townes Van Zandt covers by the late Jason Molina
  • Death Cab for Cutie’s “Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun,” two live tracks that also includes a Guided by Voices cover
  • The Runaways’ single “Right Now/Black Leather” reissued on cherry-red vinyl
  • Lush’s five album reissues in the Origami boxset
  • New York performances by Sun Ra and His Arkestra, recorded in 1966 and ’68, on colored vinyl
  • Foals’ “Rain” 7″ backed by a cover of Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker’s “Daffodils”

New “Portlandia” trailer shows Danzig, drones, man-buns, astronauts, more

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen will return to “Portlandia” January 21st on IFC. As previously announced, there will be appearances from Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips, Louis C.K., Zoe Kravitz, and Glenn Danzig, among numerous others on the new season.

A new trailer for the new season has surfaced today, showing the antics that arrive: drones removing man-buns, portals to other dimensions, Brownstein painting Armisen’s character in the buff, and more. There is a brief glimpse of Danzig’s appearance at around the :48 mark. Watch it here via Vulture.

Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices and more auctioning songs for Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete

Thomas Fekete, the guitarist for Surfer Blood, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer this year. The band is now raising funds to cover the cost 0f treatment for Fekete by selling unreleased songs by various artists.

Surfer Blood, Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Julianna Barwick, Cults, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Lou Barlow, Nick Diamonds, the Drums, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and Alex Somers (of Jónsi and Alex) all shared tracks. The tracks go from a GBV live cut from 1994 to a Cults outtake to a Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger song from 2009 when Mark Ronson was a member of the band. Nick Diamonds and Surfer Blood also contributed new songs.

Each track is being auctioned as a single lathe-cut vinyl 7″. All 13 tracks are available for download if you donate $10 or more. Find the tracklist below.

There are also items up for auction that have autographs from Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips, Interpol and Shepard Fairey, Sleigh Bells, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen. Everything can be found here.

In May, Surfer Blood’s van was broken into as well. In addition to taking gear and personal items, the thieves also took donations that were collected for Fekete.

01 Guided By Voices: “Motor Away” (live)
02 Yo La Tengo: “Can’t Forget” (live)
03 Cults: “Hurting”
04 Real Estate: “Talking Backwards” (demo)
05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: “Between These Boys” (demo)
06 Lou Barlow: “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
07 The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
08 Nick Diamonds: “Be A Comedian”
09 Julianna Barwick: “Promise”
10 Alex Somers: “Well”
11 The Drums: “Help Him”
12 …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: “F Train”
13 Surfer Blood: “Tidal Wave” (demo)