THE FLAMING LIPS Release First New Music for 2011 Today
THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to announce the release of their first new music since their acclaimed albums, EMBRYONIC (released in October 2009) and "The Flaming Lips & Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon" (released in April 2010). The brand-new composition will take the form of a digital streaming "single," entitled "TWO BLOBS F**KING," and will be released appropriately enough today, Valentine's Day, February 14th, at noon PST only at: http://www.youtube.com/flaminglipsfree. This piece of music is conceptually, romantically, and scientifically just what one would come to expect from the world's most predictably unpredictable band. The intrepid Oklahoma-based artists have created a set of multiple tracks that, when combined with their melodic counterparts, will equate to the first-ever musical experience of its kind and, in this form, has never been done before.
"TWO BLOBS F**KING" will stream along with videos as 12 individual tracks that ultimately create one complete song, in much the same manner and concept as other past "audio experiments" conducted by THE LIPS, including the four-disc ZAIREEKA album (October 1997), which was intended to be listened to when played on multiple machines simultaneously.
You may also recall that, around the same time, THE FLAMING LIPS conducted a series of auto-audio "Parking Lot Experiments" around the country in which the band invited fans to secret locations utilizing 40 cars equipped with sound systems that were strategically arranged in patterns around a parking lot. Each car was assigned a cassette tape best suited to that car's position and stereo power. Once frontman Wayne Coyne instructed each car, by cassette number, to press play, the auto symphony began. The next logical step, "The Boombox Experiments," toured various cities around the world utilizing 101 boomboxes and cassettes, each with different pieces of music or sound effects. Wayne and guitarist Steven Drozd would "conduct" the controlled cacophony while bassist Michael Ivins would manipulate the PA with psychotic volume surges and panning effects.
2011's modern progression introduces the mobile experiment meant to be experienced and enjoyed in the most socially interactive way possible: "TWO BLOBS F**KING" was created specifically for iPhone-type devices. Imagine the lo-fi symphonic joy that you, along with family, friends, pets, and others, will create at the touch of a button. The more devices, the more harmonic possibilities can be constructed. You and your device, at one with the music, become the orchestra, just as the Gods of Technology naturally intended it to be.
Instructions on how to enjoy this musical creation by THE FLAMING LIPS will be available at the site as well: http://www.youtube.com/flaminglipsfree.
A reminder: "HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002," the five-vinyl-disc Box Set collection will be released on April 16th, otherwise known internationally as Record Store Day. Go to the LIPS' official store for details: www.flaminglips.com/store/featured.
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