New Flaming Lips vinyl-only album due for Record Store Day
Flaming Lips fans will need to fire up their turntables if they want to hear the group’s new album when it surfaces exclusively on vinyl next month in conjunction with Record Store Day.
“The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends” is a double-LP set with experimental collaborations between the band and high-profile pals including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Kesha and others.
It will be released only in a vinyl edition created for Record Store Day, the annual promotion of brick-and-mortar independent music retailers, an event that takes place April 21 this year. The discs will be pressed in multicolored vinyl, making each a unique pressing.
Others who have teamed with the Oklahoma-based group for the project include Erykah Badu, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Neon Indian and Biz Markie. Among the titles of the new tracks: “I’m Working At NASA On Acid” and “Is David Bowie Dying?"
While some tracks appeared in recent months on limited-edition vinyl EPs, most will be out for the first time on the new album. Once the initial pressing has sold out, no more copies will be created, according to the band’s press release issued Tuesday.
Photo of the Flaming Lips. Credit: J. Michelle Martin Coyne.