*[consequenceofsound.net] Wayne Coyne turns 50 today, but his creative juices remain forever young. Case in point is the below YouTube video, which shows The Flaming Lips frontman, along with guitarist Steven Drozd, re-imagine their 1997 album Zaireeka with four iPhones. There’s no word on whether this is one of the 12 new tracks that the band has promised for 2011, but like Zaireeka, the song’s sound is derived by playing four different elements at the exact same time. Only this time it requires two people and four iPhones instead of four people and four CD players. Way less frustrating. Also way less bloody.
*[pitchfork.com] Record Store Day, the annual quasi-holiday celebrating independent record stores, will return in 2011. Mark your calendars: This year, the big day is April 16. On Record Store Day, bands and labels release exclusive goods available only in indie shops. As anyone who spent an hour standing in line outside his or her local emporium in past years can tell you, Record Store Day has been a successful enterprise, one that probably helps keep many of these stores in business. So we're happy it's coming back for a fourth go-round.
*[theprp.com] Graveyard have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast and will release their new album “Hisingen Blues” through the label late this coming March. Speaking on the signing, the band offered the following:
“It feels great to work with such experienced and dedicated people as the Nuclear Blast crew. Awesome!! It’s a label that’s founded by old school tape traders that obviously are good at what they do, since NB is one of the few big independent labels that manages not only to survive, but to expand in today’s difficult music climate. Peace, love & chemical warfare!” – Graveyard
*[theprp.com] High On Fire, Trash Talk and Kylesa will be playing two “Sidewave” shows down under in March, they include:
03/01 Brisbane, AUS – The Hi-Fi
03/02 Melbourne, AUS – Gershwin Room