The Flaming Lips finally quit goofing around, release one EP inspired by a sci-fi movie and another EP of Tame Impala covers. Never mind, definitely still goofing around!

The Flaming Lips finally quit goofing around, release one EP inspired by a sci-fi movie and another EP of Tame Impala covers. Never mind, definitely still goofing around!

Yeah, the Lips seemed to get a little serious on us for a minute or two this past spring when they put away the animal costumes and shit and savagely dropped some terrifyingly terrifying terror on us. But I think they maybe just needed to eat a Snickers bar or something, because now they’re back to doing what elder statesmen of psych-rock should be doing with their time and given status: recording EPs of vanity-style covers and incidental movie music for films they think are cool!

As Consequence of Sound tells it, Coyne and co.’s first forthcoming EP, entitled Peace Sword, was “inspired by” the forthcoming Hollywood movie Ender’s Game. It comes out on November 26 and features a healthy six (Dave Fridmann-produced) jams with such Flaming-Lips-title-esque titles as “Think Like a Machine, Not a Boy,” “Wolf Children,” and “Assassin Beetle/The Dream Is Ending.” In discussing the project with the Huffington Post back in August, Coyne remarked that he and the band “really ended up liking (the movie)” and that “Steven [Drozd] and I both remarked, ‘Man, I’d like to do some more music associated with this,’ and we think they’re going to let us… I think it could work out.” Sounds like it must have? (BTW: Coyne is all-too-aware of Ender’s Game creator Orson Scott Card’s recent controversial remarks about same-sex marriage and made sure to let everyone know via Instagram that “we try to do cool things with cool people that, obviously benefit us and the cool people we doing stuff with… occasionally these benefits extend to abstractly connected people who are NOT so cool… So we try to choose…” And they’re also planning on etching “Hey Orson Scott Card You Are Wrong” and “Gay People Are Cool” on both respective sides of the EP’s vinyl edition. So, yeah, chillax.)

In addition to that EP, though, there’s also another casual offering of goofy goodness in the works: A split EP with kindred psych spirits Tame Impala. The two bands will be crossing paths a few times on tour next month, and attendees at those shows (and probably all shows) will be able to pick up an “exclusive tour-only vinyl featuring a pair of covers from each band.” For their part, Coyne and the boys are tackling Tame Impala’s “Elephant” and “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”, while Tame Impala will impossibly attempt to further-psychify the Lips tunes “Are You a Hypnotist?” and “Silver Trembling Hands.” Check out some footage of the Lips tracking “Elephant” below. Or don’t if you don’t like your Flaming Lips doing fun stuff. Cuz this seems pretty fun.

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Mika Vainio & Stephen O’Malley to soundtrack your newly anarchist life with new LP as ÄÄNIPÄÄ on Editions Mego

We have no federal government right now, and that means a lot of things. Let’s discuss the least important thing that this all means: you are going to need a soundtrack to your newly anarchist life. Something bleak, dark, and noisey, something that epitomizes the apathy of this downhill nation. It should kind of rock out too, just because.

Oh look, Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) and Stephen O’Malley (sunn O)))) have a new project (under the moniker ÄÄNIPÄÄ) with an LP coming out via Editions Mego titled Through a Pre-Memory. This should do the trick.

Pan Sonic and sunn O))) first collaborated together on a Suicide cover version for a Blast First Petite series in 2007/8, and Mika and Stephen decided to collaborate further with what eventually became the ÄÄNIPÄÄ sessions. The record was tracked at Einstürzende Neubauten’s Andere Baustelle Ton studio in Berlin and mixed at Avast! (Soundgarden, Earth) in Seattle, and it captures the signature motifs of both players, resulting in a crushing block of sound rich with distortion and gritty unholiness.

Sure, the record isn’t due out until November 11, a time by which our government will likely regroup. But there’s at least a SoundCloud sample below that sounds as sweet as a Congressman’s face being smashed by your foot. Preorder here.

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Way Through take you on magickal English roadtrip on new album for Upset the Rhythm

Way Through are the English “pastoral punk duo” of all of our dreams. Formerly of Shropshire and now of London, Claire Titley and Christopher Tipton dig field recordings, traditional folk music, and off-kilter vocals and rhythms. They’re big into geography, writing songs about market towns, and crafting art projects around East London’s strangely lovely Bethnal Green area. They were invited by Resonance FM to write a processional work based on the Tate Britain, which inspired the duo to focus their songwriting around particular, meaningful places.

And so they began the process of writing Clapper Is Still, the new album due November 11 on Upset the Rhythm. Way Through spent a year doing research (i.e. looking up cat videos on the internet) and collecting field recordings, which they then spun into magickal English country songs about the places to which they traveled. Way Through’s oft-idyllic road trip can be yours on CD, digital, and that object most holy to the druids, white vinyl.

Listen to (and then download!) album track “Roughting Linn” below, “written about an outcrop of rock in Northumberland carved all over in prehistoric patterns, very off the map, no signs, no markers…”

Clapper Is Still tracklisting:

01. Dedham Vale
02. Imber & Tyneham
03. Stoke Poges
04. Roughting Linn
05. Westonzoyland
06. Dunkery Beacon
07. Haxey
08. Bacup / Knaresborough
09. Sipson
10. Eyam
11. Henry My Son / Dunwich
12. Whiteleaf Hill
13. Wharram Percy

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Wooden Shjips emerge from their wintry Valhalla lair, share new acoustic version of song from new LP

The Celts and Picts were really into post-punk. The ancient Greeks were deep into chillwave and the Mesopotamians were into minimal techno. Obviously the Vikings were super into psych-rock. These are basic tenets of Western Civilization; ask anyone, if you slept through that chapter during freshman year of college. And so it is with great fanfare that Wooden Shjips once more set sail from the dark winding river of [something I’m too lazy to look up/make up] that runs through the halcyon halls of Valhalla, bringing their bounteous crop of experimental psych rock to scattered peoples of North America once more.

Back to Land is the name of the new album, out November 12 on Thrill Jockey. (Odin’s favorite!) The band’s acoustic version of single “These Shadows” has been floating around the internet lately, most recently showing up below this paragraph, and it’s available as a bonus 7-inch when you preorder the Back to Land LP from Thrill Jockey. Fans can also get a freeeeee downloooooad ooooooohhhhh. Preordering is not guaranteed to keep your eternal soul from daily death in monumental battles for the amusement of the old gods, but between you and me, it’s the next best thing. Oh yeah, Wooden Shjips have a tour date or two coming atcha this fall, too.


11.08.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
11.09.13 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House *
11.10.13 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
11.11.13 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo *
11.12.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *
11.13.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
11.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
11.15.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts ^
11.16.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #

* Cave
^ Bardo Pond, Creepoid
# Purling Hiss, Arbouretum

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Drag City to reissue penultimate Royal Trux album Veterans of Disorder in November, because it would be weird not to

And the reissue train rolls on. What Drag City started a number of years ago with the LP reissue of 1989’s self-titled debut, then steamed right through 1998’s Accelerator and its EP follow up 3-Song EP, will continue with the band’s penultimate album, Veterans of Disorder, out in the world again on November 19 (14 years, two months, and 12 days after the original release according to Drag City). Well, I guess I should say “penultimate if you don’t count Hand of Glory.”

Anyway, originally released by Drag City back in 99, Veterans of Disorder has been out of print for (at least) several years. If I have my timeline correct, Veterans was the first full-length release of material written after Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema’s brief stint with Virgin Records. Most (all?) of Accelerator pulls from stuff they recorded at Virgin, so Veterans is sort of a return to their roots. Sort of.

I should note that one of the benefits of writing about Royal Trux is that it gives me an excuse to put up a link to this ancient interview with Jennifer Herrema conducted by James Jackson Toth. Neato.

Here’s the Veterans of Disorder tracklist, just in case you forgot what it looked like:

01. Waterpark
02. Stop
03. The Exception
04. Second Skin
05. Witch’s Tit
06. Lunch Money
07. ¡Yo Se!
08. Sickazz Dog
09. Coming Out Party
10. Blue Is the Frequency

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Cian Nugent and The Cosmos announce new LP of guitar music, just like that other Nugent guy (you know the one)

Every generation gets the Nugent it deserves. By this, I mean that everyone in the 1970s was a homophobic bow-hunter with uneven chin hair and, thus, totally deserved Ted Nugent. Hi, welcome to the news article!

One would hope we live in kinder, gentler times now. At the very least, we probably kill less things with bows, so now we get our new Nugent: Cian Nugent. Where our old Nugent was a scuzz-rocker from Detroit, the new Nugent is an acoustic guitarist from Dublin. On November 12, No Quarter records will release Nugent’s new album Born With The Caul, which marks his first full-length record with backing band The Cosmos. Sadly, the LP’s cover does not feature the guitarist boasting two acoustic guitars for arms, the only element he should have borrowed from the previous Nugent.

Born With The Caul was recorded throughout late 2012 and early 2013. Don’t believe me? Well… that’s very strange of you. Perhaps adopt a more trusting nature, especially in a low-stakes situation such as this? Maybe hearing the record’s opening track, “Grass Above My Head,” below will convince you. It clearly has that classic “Dublin in late 2012 or early 2013” sound.

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