Finally! Didn’t those printed-word chauvinists over at McSweeney’s know that everyone’s been waiting for a one-hour radio special centered around the hair-brained, brain-haired, gravel-voiced antics of fearless Flaming Lips frontman Wayne “Huge Hands” Coyne and a goofball supporting cast of contributors such as Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, Nico Muhly, Okkervil River, Oneida, and several others way too TBD to even name for, like… EVER?!?
Well, even if they didn’t before, they sure has heck know now, because Pitchfork told them so. The special, which was commissioned by McSwz (that’s the iPhone shortcut that my friends and I have for “McScweeney’s,” bt-dubs) and created by writer Richard “Radio Show Commissionee” Parks, is going down at 5 PM Hippie Time (PST) on November 24 and 25 in L.A. (and on KCRW.com everywhere else on the planet). In typical Wayne Coyne fashion, it’ll consist of a “continuous-play radio drama in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds” that concerns (however loosely) an imaginary, head-shaped tumor growing inside of Wayne Coyne’s otherwise seersucker-clad leg. Meanwhile, relief from that main plot will come in the form of new compositions from the likes of the Lips themselves, as well as all those people I just mentioned a second ago up in the hilarious first paragraph of this epic news bulletin.
But what I totally didn’t tell you up there in that now-famous first paragraph everyone keeps talking about, even though I fucking knew it all along, is that in addition to those folks, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, “This American Life“‘s Jack Hitt, comedian Paul F. Tomkins, Coyne’s wife Michelle Martin-Coyne, and The Flaming Lips’ manager Scott Booker will also appear! Out of thin air! I know what you’re thinking already, though; and the answer is this: YES, someone is actually out there conspicuously managing the increasingly batshit career of The Flaming Lips.