THE FLAMING LIPS And Their 13-Year Old Fan NELL SMITH Cover NICK CAVE

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12 November 2021

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Nell is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric Lips.
Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point as she
attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch
and after Coyne found out that she’s a singer he proposed
her to work with the band on a Nick Cave tribute album he
already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized When The Viaduct Looms covers LP,
with Nell on vocals.

Release: 26 November 2021

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”

Nell: “I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should
start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some
of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and
pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

A first cover Girl In Amber was shared a few weeks ago and now we get an
amazing interpretation of one of my all-time Cave favorites The Ship Song
(my wedding song 12 years ago). Smith‘s vocals are just splendid…

The Cave original

Tracklist

1. ‘Girl In Amber’
2. ‘Weeping Song’
3. ‘Into My Arms’
4. ‘O Children’
5. ‘The Kindness Of Strangers’
6. ‘No More Shall We Part’
7. ‘Red Right Hand’
8. ‘The Ship Song’
9. ‘We Know Who You Are’

THE FLAMING LIPS Cover BOB DYLAN – Hear ‘LAY LADY LAY’

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2 May 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

British music monthly UNCUT will celebrate the imperishable and legendary
troubadour BOB DYLAN‘s 80th birthday (born Robert Zimmerman, in Duluth,
Minnesota
on 24th May 1941) with a CD of covers.

Uncut‘s June issue comes with DYLAN REVISITED: “A covermount CD made up
of 14 cover versions of choice cuts from Dylan’s songbook recorded exclusively for
Uncut, as well as a previously unreleased track from the man himself.”

You can order the special issue here.

One of the artists paying tribute are The Flaming Lips. They picked that gentle pearl
Lay, Lady, Lay from Dylan’s 1969 Nashville Skyline LP and give it their characteristic,
head-in-the-clouds twist.

Listen here…

The original

BOB DYLAN: Website

THE FLAMING LIPS Played The Club Where They Started Back In 1983

27 April 2021

Fairy tale pop/rock surrealists THE FLAMING LIPS
impressed lately with some spectacular space bubble
shows.

And last night they played the Blue Note club, in their hometown of
Oklahoma City, where the band performed live for the first time, back
in 1983. The performance aired on the American TV show Jimmy Kimmel
Live.

They played gripping ballad Will You Return / When You Come Down
from their formidable 2020 album American Head.

Micah Nelson (who played with his own band on tour with The Lips before),
the youngest son of his world-famous father Willie joined on vocals and guitar.

Here we go…

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

THE FLAMING LIPS – 7th Album ‘AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS’ Released 15 Years Ago Today

Back in time…

3 April 2021

Band: THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma, US)
Active since 1983 / 16 albums (so far)

Album: AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS
Released: 3 April 2006 -15 years ago today

The Guardian wrote: “At War With the Mystics falls short of
being a masterpiece, but the more you listen to it, the more it
adds up. Goin’ On closes the album by weaving its spaghetti-like
threads into a gently cathartic ballad about plugging on despite
the odds. And if anybody has earned the right to hymn the virtues
of perseverance, it’s the Flaming Lips.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn U The Volume: Yeah Yeah Yeah.

Singles: The W.A.N.D / The Yeah Yeah Song

– THE W.A.N.D. –

– THE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG –

Full album…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

Members Of SLOWDIVE + FLAMING LIPS + THE SOFT CAVALRY + CASKET GIRLS = BEACHY HEAD

23 March 2021

Band: BEACHY HEAD
Who: Members of Slowdive (Christian Savill & singer Rachel Gowell),
The Flaming Lips (drummer Matt Duckworth), The Soft Cavalry (Steve
Clarke
) and Casket Girls.

The band is named after a chalk cliff in Sussex, UK.
One of Britain’s most popular beauty spots but,
unfortunately, also a notorious suicide spot.

Debut Album: BEACHY HEAD
Out: 30 April 2021 via Graveface Records

Lead-single: DESTROY US

If members of daydream bands team-up you may
expect sonic, cinematic paintings like this first broody
and darksome single. Starry-eyed synths, twinkling
guitars, meditative reflections and floating vocals.

Tune in here…


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GRAVEFACE RECORDS: Website

Wizards Of Oz THE FLAMING LIPS Organize The First Real BUBBLE Concert…

It’s not the first time that Oklahoma mavericks THE FLAMING LIPS stunt. Their live shows always have been a colorful, carnaval-esque, and terrifically eye-catching spectacle with wizard/frontman Wayne Coyne frequently squeezing himself in a plastic bubble and rolling over the crowd while performing a song, which I experienced myself a few times.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume! Amsterdam, 2018)

No wonder they have the expertise to organize a real bubble concert with the audience in a diaphanous cocoon. They already did a try-out recently, playing Assassins Of Youth and Brother Eye, two of the highlights from their recent American Head album.

Watch here…

– ASSASSINS OF YOUTH –

– BROTHER EYE –

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook


First real bubble concert on 11th December (already sold out, a 2nd show just announced)

Bubble Pioneers THE FLAMING LIPS Shoot Spectacular Live Video For ‘ASSASSINS OF YOUTH’

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

28 October 2020


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Weird coincidence? In recent years, as part of the fairytale-like concerts of THE FLAMING LIPS their wizard-frontman WAYNE COYNE squeezed himself in a sort of plastic bubble and rolled over the crowd while performing a song. Spectacular indeed, as I witnessed myself a few times. Little did the band know they would perform this stunt in 2020, live
for the making of a video, with 100 spectators each in their own bubble.

The short show was filmed at The Criterion in their hometown of Oklahoma City. One of
the songs they played was ASSASSINS OF YOUTH, a magical ballad from their recent, excellent album American Head.

Watch the bubble pioneers and their bubble audience right here…

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume! Antwerp, Belgium, 2017)

Soft Starry-Eyed Sagas – New LP ‘AMERICAN HEAD’ By THE FLAMING LIPS Out Today!

11 September 2020

Band: THE FLAMING LIPS
Album: AMERICAN HEAD – 16th LP
Released: 9/11 – 2020

NME review: “Frontman Wayne Coyne and his band of merry pranksters take a trip down memory lane, exploring tales of adolescence through their psych-smeared prism. Coming in
hot off the back of the colossal mind-bending fever dream that was 2019’s ‘King’s Mouth’, The Flaming Lips have crash-landed back to frontman Wayne Coyne’s childhood town of Oklahoma city. Their 16th album, a quasi-concept record, loosely documents his teenage years. ‘American Head’ takes listeners on a walk down memory lane, Coyne’s own personal Americana viewed through a dreamy, nostalgic haze of friends, family and biker gangs (Wayne Coyne’s childhood was not like yours and mine)… Rather than using their fantastical bubble of sound to transport listeners into distant galaxies, as they have done so many times before, the band here float softly above Oklahoma city, where Coyne sits up front, quietly contemplating beauty and childhood.

‘American Head’ is a soft, reflective moment of taking in and appreciating the vista once the trip has worn off – when king’s heads and evil pink robots have melted away – and the dust has settled.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Quote: “I want people to be ecstatic but to cry at the same time.Wayne Coyne

Key line: ‘Contender for album of the year.” Turn Up The Volume!

Singles: Mother Please Dont Be Sad / Flowers Of Neptune 5 / My Religion Is You / Dinosaurs On The Mountain / You ‘N’ Me Sellin’ Weed / Will You Return – When You Come Down

– FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6 –

– MY RELIGION IS YOU –

– DINOSAURS ON THE MOUNTAIN –

– YOU N ME SELLIN’ WEED –

– WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN –

Full album…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook