The Flaming Lips take aim at the Billboard charts once again with new six-hour song

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MTV darlings The Flaming Lips are at it again with another of their trademark surefire-hit music experiments. Known for a series of top-40 successes over the past two decades, including the hit songs “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” “Talkin’ Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues,” and “The sixth track on the fourth disc of Zaireeka,” the Lips are reportedly at least 4.5 hours into the process of recording a six-hour song called “I Found a Star on the Ground,” which is sure to keep you tapping your feet from breakfast until a little after lunch.

But how does one go about the process of creating a six-hour song? In the opinion of this astute reporter, The Flaming Lips have created so vast a catalogue of audio recordings that they need only to string their classic first six LPs together. Reached for comment on this suggestion, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said, “Yeah, it’s a nice idea, but does anyone really remember how any of the songs from Transmissions from the Satellite Heart go? I know I don’t. Except for ‘She Don’t Use Jelly.’ That was a fun little tune. Too bad it never caught on.”

Wayne Coyne’s updates, in order:!/waynecoyne/status/106840716138905601

• The Flaming Lips:

The Beach Boys’ SMiLE Sessions finally gets release date; the world still waiting on Brian Wilson’s Pleasure Island: A Rock Fantasy

After decades of devoted fans compiling mix tapes of studio outtakes, B-sides, and unfinished recordings, The Beach Boys’ SMiLE sessions are finally being released November 1 by Capitol/EMI. Dubbed “The most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history…” by Rolling Stone, the album was intended to best Brian Wilson’s magnum opus Pet Sounds, but due to Wilson’s deteriorating grip on reality/health combined with pressure from their record label, the sessions were scrapped and hastily packaged together as the lackluster Smiley Smile. Since then, music critics and fans alike have wondered what the actual project would have sounded like, and even though Brian Wilson released his revamped take on SMiLE a few years ago, it still differed from what the intended project was supposed to be. However, with the release of The SMiLE Sessions, the full participation of the original Beach Boys (Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson) has collected and compiled the band’s original 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed album. Hopefully now some of the mystery will be taken out of the enigmatic album, which many have assumed would’ve been one of the greatest records of all time.

The album will be released in a wide array of formats, including a 2-CD lift-top box, double-vinyl LP, digital album, and iTunes LP, with the boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions (being released physically and digitally) featuring the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the sessions, a double-vinyl LP set, and two 7-inch vinyl singles. The deluxe box will also contain a 60-page hardbound book with rare and unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys’ archive, as well as newly-written essays by Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore and other inner-circle participants. The Beach Boys are also planning to produce the first official music videos for “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” by partnering with Tongal, a “leading” creative social platform. Fans will be able to collaborate to create these official music videos in two phases. Firstly, the concept phase will have fans conceptualize the music videos in 250 characters or less. Secondly, the video phase will have Tongal users select five winning concepts from the first phase and produce a music video based on it. Cash prizes and special items will be awarded to Tongal users for the top submissions.

Wait a sec, this just in: The Smile Sessions have just been scrapped in favor of The Deluxe Kokomo Experience, which will feature four CDs of remixes for The Beach Boys’ classic track “Kokomo,” as well as a 60-page hardbound book with newly-written essays by Mike Love detailing the process of writing and recording the song. Hopefully, he will also explain why he enjoyed ruining the band’s legendary image in order to appear on the Cocktail OST.

Okay, I should stop now. I’m not funny.

The SMiLE Sessions tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. Our Prayer
02. Gee
03. Heroes and Villains
04. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
05. I’m in Great Shape
06. Barnyard
07. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
08. Cabin Essence
09. Wonderful
10. Look (Song for Children)
11. Child Is Father of the Man
12. Surf’s Up
13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
14. Vega-Tables
15. Holidays
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow)
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
20. You’re Welcome *
21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo Mix) *
22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) *
23. Vega-Tables Demo *
24. He Gives Speeches *
25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage *
26. Surf’s Up 1967 (Solo Version) *
27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls into a Piano*

Disc Two:

01. Our Prayer “Dialog”
02. Heroes and Villains: Part 1
03. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
04. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (1/27/67)
05. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade (2/15/67)
06. My Only Sunshine (11/14/66)
07. Cabin Essence (10/3/66)
08. Surf’s Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
09. Surf’s Up: Piano Demo (12/15/66)
10. Vega-Tables: Fade (4/12/67)
11.The Elements: Fire session (11/28/66)
12. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26-10/29/67)
13. Good Vibrations Session Highlights

* bonus tracks

• The Beach Boys:
• Capitol:

Sic Alps bet you a million dollars that they will go on a European tour. You owe them a million dollars!

It’s just like Sic Alps to go tour Europe! That’s so ravin’? Oh no no no no no no no, my friend! That’s so Sic Alps! Picture this: me and the Sic Alps guys were at a party once. The scene was kind of a BBQ, just a bunch of people hanging outside. We’re just standing there in the backyard talking, when Mike Sic Alps turns to me and says “Hey man, what do you bet I can throw this tennis ball into that bucket?” Now, get this: that bucket was way across the yard. And this was a pretty big backyard. He would have been throwing that ball at least 100 feet into a maybe foot-wide bucket. There’s no way he was going to make it. So I tell him I’ll give him a million bucks if he makes it. “Your money’s no good here,” he says to me. “I get it, I pour these beers on your head.” A deal is made.

Lo and behold, the man makes the shot. He pours the beers on my head. The rest is history. I lose contact with those Sic Alps fellows. Wish I could say that it wasn’t because I’m still steamed about that shot, but I think I might be. Still, I’m glad they’re out there doing well, putting out records like this year’s Napa Asylum (TMT Review) on Drag City. They’re good guys, no matter how you cut it. And, yeah, they’re going on a European tour, starting right about now. If I were you and you live in Europe, meaning that in this situation I, too, live in Europe, I’d go see Sic Alps. Just don’t make any fishy bets.

Sic Alps dates:

08.30.11 - Bremen, Germany - Die Friese
08.31.11 - Arhus, Denmark - Musik Cafeen
09.01.11 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
09.02.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen
09.03.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Bakken
09.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - West Germany
09.05.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Club 007
09.06.11 - Lucern, Switzerland - Frigorez
09.07.11 - Bologna, Italy - Scuderie
09.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
09.09.11 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
09.10.11 - Catania, Italy - Mercati Gernerale Garden
09.11.11 - Milan, Italy - Dauntaun
09.12.11 - Grenoble, France - AmpéRage
09.14.11 - Vitoria, Spain - Jimmy Jazz
09.15.11 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
09.16.11 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 De Apolo
09.17.11 - Bordeaux, France - Saint-Ex
09.18.11 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
09.20.11 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
09.21.11 - Rouen, France - Emporium Galorium
09.22.11 - Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
09.23.11 - Paris, France - Glazart

• Sic Alps:
• Drag City:

Thee Oh Sees announce second album of 2011, continue crusade to incorporate a little nightmare into your sun-dappled West Coast psych rock

Still having those dreams where everything seems all rainbows and bubblegum until you stop to look a little closer and it turns out you’ve actually stumbled into a meadow full of flesh-eating monsters and zombies? But then, maybe those zombies and monsters just want to be friends?? It’s all so confusing, but kind of satisfying in way… well, get ready for more of the same!

Following up on the June release of their spooky psych rock full-length Castlemania (TMT Review) on In The Red, San Francisco-based band Thee Oh Sees are holding true to their natural prolific nature by announcing the release of Carrion Crawler/The Dream, a new LP due out November 15, also on In The Red. After releasing two albums in both 2008 and 2009 (and then just the one in 2010), expect another announcement about their first record for 2012 any day now.

Carrion Crawler/The Dream tracklist:

01. Carrion Crawler

02. Contraption/Soul Desert

03. Robber Barons

04. Chem-Farmer

05. Opposition

06. The Dream

07. Wrong Idea

08. Crushed Grasss

09. Crack in Your Eye

10. Heavy Doctor


09.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

09.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #

09.06.11 - Victoria, BC - Sugar #

09.09.11 - Portland, OR - Musicfest North West

10.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival

10.19.11 - Halifax, NS - Halifax, Nova Scotia

10.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End

10.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern

10.27.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish ^

10.30.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Ukrainian Cultural Center ^

10.31.11 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink

11.04.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

11.07.11 - New Orleans, LA - TBA ^

11.09.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone ^

11.10.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree ^

11.11.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^
11.12.11 - Winston-Salem, NC - Krankies ^

11.13.11 - Baltimore, MD - TBA ^

11.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA ^

11.17-18.11 - New York, NY - TBA ^

11.19.11 - Providence, RI - TBA ^

11.21.11 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar ^

11.22.11 - Detroit, MI - TBA ^

11.23.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ^

11.25.11 - Lawrence, KS - TBA ^

11.26.11 - Denver, CO - TBA ^

12.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Verdi Club *

02.10.12 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise Festival

^ Total Control


# Bare Wires, Chains of Love

• Thee Oh Sees:
• In The Red:

The Olivia Tremor Control dabble in some existential pondering on new single “The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3”

The Beatles-meets-Lumpy-Gravy sound of Olivia Tremor Control has been slowly seeping back into the minds and hearts of devoted fans this year, as the band announced a string of live dates after several years of hiatus (including an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties), a new track titled “North Term Reality,” the prospect of reissued albums on Chunklet Industries, and the news of a new album set to be released sometime next year.

Naturally, we at Tiny Mix Tapes have been feverishly squirming in our urine-soaked britches in excitement and anticipation for new material from this legendary Elephant 6 act (and they’re not the only legendary group that’s been showing recent activity). Well, it seems as if our pants are going to perpetually get wetter, seeing as the band released another new track (supposedly from the upcoming album) titled “The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3.” The song is available as a single via Cloud Recordings, but you can stream the track and read an interview with the band at NPR. You should also check out the following fall tourdates below and see if the band is stopping near your city (and if not, suck it up and travel as far as you need to see these guys. Your children’s trust fund be damned!).


08.31.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
09.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
09.09.11 - Portland, OR - (MFNW) Someday Lounge *
09.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre *
09.13.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
09.14.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center *
09.15.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol at New Hazlett Theatre *
09.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
09.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
09.19.11 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
09.21.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
09.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - UPENN Rotunda *
09.24.11 - Durham, NC - The Casbah *
10.11-15.11 - Athens, GA - Athens PopFest
11.25.11 - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club
11.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Club
11.28.11 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
12.2-4.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival

* The Music Tapes

• The Olivia Tremor Control:
• Chunklet:

Sam Hillmer of Zs to refuse sleep and release solo release as Diamond Terrifier in September

In an attempt to surpass Richard Youngs and Madlib as the most prolific artist ever in the universe of all time, Sam Hillmer of Zs has announced yet another project, Diamond Terrifier, which will release its first full-length, Himalayan Appalachia, on a limited-edition cassette tape September 17 on Sockets Records. This is in addition to the upcoming release by his other project, Black Crown Ceremony, and a plethora of other shit from Zs.

The cassette, consisting of two 20-minute solos on tenor sax, will be introduced on September 17 at Diamond Terrifier’s release party at Brooklyn’s Death by Audio. The performance, featuring friends from Parts and Labor and No Babies, will be accompanied by projections from Trouble, Hillmer’s art duo project. If that weren’t enough, he’s then going to wake up the next day and coach his Fly Girlz through his non-profit new music organization, Representing NYC. And then we hear he’s going to call up James Franco on the phone and be all like, “What now!? You ain’t got shit on me!! BLAH!!”

Check out a preview of Himalayan Appalachia over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Himalayan Appalachia tracklisting:

Side A:
01. Two Witnesses
02. Three Things

Side B:
01. One Point
02. Five Dark Ages

• Diamond Terrifier:
• Sockets: