The Flaming Lips announce new Drozd-heavy, drug-influenced album The Terror

The Flaming Lips announce new Drozd-heavy, drug-influenced album The Terror

Just when you thought they wouldn’t do it again, The Flaming Lips have done it again. According to Pitchfork (the popular hipster kid), FACT (the acid-dropping hottie), The Quietus (the cute intellectual exchange student), NME (the old-looking freshman), Spinner (the trust-fund student), Consequence of Sound (the band nerd), BrooklynVegan (the sack-lunch kid), SPIN (the quarterback with refined taste), Stereogum (the preppy kid), Exclaim (the Canadian), and The A.V. Club (the funny dropout), Tiny Mix Tapes (the androgynous outcast masturbating in the corner with a noose around its neck and a bag over its head) has learned that The Flaming Lips have finally recorded a “proper” follow-up to 2009’s Embryonic (TMT Review).

The nine-track album, produced once again by Dave Fridmann, is called The Terror, and Wayne Coyne had some stuff to say about it (of course): “Why would we make this music that is The Terror — this bleak, disturbing record…?? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”

More details about the album were announced last year. From an interview with Rolling Stone (the guy who still buys CDs):

During its initial creation, longtime bandmember and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd was in the throes of a drug addiction.

“It was probably the worst time of his life,” Coyne says. “I knew he was really, really struggling. He was in a bad way.” During this time, Drozd would seclude himself in a separate studio from his bandmates. Paying frequent visits to Drozd’s hideaway, Coyne would discover his friend having penned some “horribly creepy” but exquisite songs. The singer recalls a particularly disturbing tune that Drozd wrote reflecting his inner battle.

“He did this one piece of music and did lyrics, all these things,” Coyne explains. “Not all the pieces were audible, but he had these things saying ‘you are alone,’ and then the other voice saying, ‘I am not alone.’ Back and forth between some horrible internal dialogue. It was truly devastating.”

The Terror is due April 1 on Bella Union and April 2 on Warner Bros, preceded by a non-album, digital-only bonus track for “Sun Blows Up Today” on February 3. The track can also be heard on the same day in a commercial during the Super Bowl. And don’t forget that The Flaming Lips have dates with The Black Keys and a vinyl reissue of Zaireeka coming up too!

The Terror tracklist:

01. Look…The Sun Is Rising
02. Be Free, A Way
03. Try To Explain
04. You Lust
05. The Terror
06. You Are Alone
07. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
08. Turning Violent
09. Always There…In Our Hearts

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Primavera Sound 2013 uses Blur, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Swans, and more to grab your search engine’s attention

Hey, what do you know? Primavera (the festival that happens in Barcelona, Spain every spring and takes place this year on May 22-26) announced its full line-up!


Wait. Did you want to know what it is?

My Bloody Valentine
Wu-Tang Clan
The Knife
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Postal Service
Fiona Apple
Hot Chip
The Breeders (performing Last Splash)
Band of Horses
The Jesus and Mary Chain
James Blake
Animal Collective
Grizzly Bear
Crystal Castles
Death Grips
Local Natives
Daniel Johnston
Dinosaur Jr.
Hot Snakes
Bob Mould
John Talabot
Killer Mike
Jessie Ware
Dead Can Dance
Fuck Buttons
Neko Case
Fucked Up
Meat Puppets
Dan Deacon
Four Tet
Simian Mobile Disco
The Vaccines
Thee Oh Sees
Matthew E. White
Omar Souleyman
Christoper Owens
How to Dress Well
King Tuff
Mac DeMarco
Wild Nothing
Mount Eerie
The Bots
Glass Candy
Camera Obscura
The Sea and the Cake
Nick Waterhouse
White Fence
Titus Andronicus
The Vaccines
Dead Skeletons
Tame Impala
Los Planetas
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Nils Frahm
Antona Font
El Inquilino Comunista
Do Make Say Think
The Babies
Chris Cohen
La Brigada
Fred I Son
Sean Nicholas Savage
L’Hereu Escampa

• Primavera Sound:

Calvin Johnson found some rad cassettes in his garage, and now K Records is selling them

Maybe you’ve got a lawn mower in your garage. Maybe you’ve got aquariums. Maybe you’ve got two hospital beds, a grandfather clock, an inflatable pool, and a washing machine filled with pennies.

Calvin Johnson, co-founder of K Records and member of Beat Happening, has cassettes in his garage. Or, he had cassettes in his garage. Cassettes that had been out-of-print or otherwise impossible to find for years. Black Candy by Beat Happening. Avalanche by Some Velvet Sidewalk. Jarred Up by Mecca Normal. God Don’t Make No Junk by The Halo Benders. And a whole bunch of others, all of which you can purchase here.

Now, do you know where your old Walkman is? Somewhere in your garage? Inside a broken refrigerator or maybe at the bottom of an aquarium?

• K:

[Photo via Flickr]

The Postal Service to reunite for Coachella, announce Give Up 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, delayed packages

Rumors of a dissolving postal service are more exaggeration than anything — its existence is ordained by the U.S. Constitution, after all! Rumors of a dissolving Postal Service, however, have a bit more basis in reality, as neither Ben Gibbard nor Jimmy Tamborello have announced concrete plans to release a true follow-up to their quite successful, 2003 hipster transmogrifier Give Up. To the contrary, in an interview with Spinner last October, Gibbard unequivocally stated, “There are no plans to make a second record… I can’t say that enough.” He went on to equivocate: “The door is not closed. But people shouldn’t hold their breath.” And hold our breath we shan’t, especially given the duo’s recently announced, apparent swan song…

Doubling as an attempt at fan satiation, The Postal Service have announced that they’ll be reuniting for a performance at this year’s Coachella, with additional dates “in the works,” according to Billboard. Additionally, (and perhaps more importantly, to those hopelessly waiting for new material) they’ve announced the release of a 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Give Up, consisting of the original 10-track album, plus 15 bonus tracks — included among them: two brand new songs (“Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String”). Check out the full tracklist below (the release itself is due out April 8 in the UK and April 9 in North America), and if it turns out that a new album is released in a year or so, I promise to apologize telepathically to everyone I might’ve misled.

Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
02. Such Great Heights
03. Sleeping In
04. Nothing Better
05. Recycled Air
06. Clark Gable
07. We Will Become Silhouettes
08. This Place Is a Prison
09. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem

Disc 2:

01. Turn Around
02. A Tattered Line of String
03. Be Still My Heart
04. There’s Never Enough Time
06. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
07. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
08. Grow Old With Me
09. Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
10. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
11. Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
12. We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
13. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
14. Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
15. We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
16. Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron and Wine)

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David Grubbs set to metamorphose into new album in April via Drag City

The cycle of life continues this April when another stage in the metamorphosis of the David Grubbs is released from the hollow logs known as Drag City. After incubating for a period of time, the Grubbs is set to emerge on April 16 as The Plain Where the Palace Stood. Here it will emit sounds both pop and experimental, calling fans of Gastr del Sol to take note and participate in the ritual known as listening to music, a key component of the Grubbs mating process. Once properly seduced, ‘listeners’ will deposit money into the coffers of Drag City’s cavernous environs, continuing the all important circle of production that is independent music.

Seriously, though, David Grubbs has been around for a good long while and this new release, the follow-up to 2008’s An Optimist Notes the Dusk (TMT Review), is being touted as a return to his days of seamlessly combining pop and experimental sounds through extended compositions with punctuated segments of straightforward songwriting. Four of the tracks on the album feature vocals, but all should take you on a mental journey not unlike that of a wriggling grub evolving into pupae. Listen to the title track, featuring C. Spencer Yeh on violin and Andrea Belfi on drums and electronics, at David’s blog.

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• Drag City:

[Photo: Gonçalo F. Santos]

Apache Dropout drops in with new album, Magnetic Heads

Well, not exactly a new album. The Bloomington, Indiana trio is prepping an archival release, Magnetic Heads, due February 5. on Family Vineyard.

Rawer and bleaker than last year’s Bubblegum Graveyard, the 10-track album is a combination of two of their early cassette releases, 2008’s Cha Cha Cha and 2009’s Lysergic Caveman Choogle: Not for Pigs, originally released on Magnetic South Recordings. The songs are drenched in fuzz and echo with the occasional fiddle (!?) accompaniment. Check out the album’s opening track (which is also a helpful piece of advice), “Don’t Trust Banks,” below.

Magnetic Heads tracklist:

01. Don’t Trust Banks
02. Eyes Wide Open
03. Memphis, Tennessee
04. Taj Mahal
05. On The Beat
06. Put a Moth On It
07. Mary Don’t You Weep
08. Devil Story
09. I’m So Glad
10. Exaltation of the Guru in the Natural Harmonic Series

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