INCOMING: Something Wicked This Way Comes


Stay tuned for a Wayne Coyne’s house exclusive REDACTED that we tell you about just yet. Look for it later today tomorrow on a Phawker near you!

RELATED: How’s this for hyperbole: in an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne referred to the band’s forthcoming fifteenth studio album, The Terror, as “the best Flaming Lips record that we’ve made.” That’s a pretty tall claim coming from a band that made The Soft Bulletin (and Zaireeka, and Embryonic, and a host of other considerable classics), so the question stands: do his bandmates agree? When I asked multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd about it over the phone last week, his response was pragmatic. “I hate those guys who’ve been making records for over thirty years and peaked in the mid-1970s, and they put a new record out in the present day and say ‘I think this is the finest work I’ve ever done.’ I’ve always wanted to change something on every Flaming Lips record afterwards, though, but there’s nothing I would change about this one.” The band members’ shared optimism about The Terror (out April 2 via Warner Bros.) stands in contrast to how Drozd describes the new album’s sound and mindset. “There’s no songs with major chords or great, happy messages. They’re dreary and bleak, but in a good way.” MORE

Flaming Lips & Erykah Badu: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face


PREVIOUSLY: Last week, we posted a very NSFW video for the Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu‘s Heady Fwends cut “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. The next day, the video was removed from Vimeo. Wayne Coyne tweeted “Sorry!!Sorry!!! Sorry!!!! Video First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is temporarily taken down…should be back up Monday!!”  Earlier today, the Flaming Lips issued the following statement regarding the video:

The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”, which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved.. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which  features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version. MORE