Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quick Notes: Flaming Lips, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Pink Mountaintops + More

*[] As anyone that’s helped hold up Wayne Coyne’s ball can tell you, there’s little to differentiate between Flaming Lips live experiences these days. So, when Edward Sharpe and a bunch of crowd members joined along in singing “Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?” in a graveyard at 6AM yesterday morning, that was not only an uncommonly poignant pairing of lyric and performance space, but a flat out uncommon moment with the Lips. Good job, everybody! Watch the video, taken at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and posted via YANP.

*For the sixth year running, Canada’s music industry will honor the country’s greatest album of the year (released between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011), based solely on artistic merit and as determined by 227 music biz insiders. The spoils: prize money (bumped up to $30K) and the esteemed company of past winners Final Fantasy (inaugural winner in 2006), Caribou (2008), and Fucked Up (2009). Today the PMP panel’s unveiled their long list, which including Exploding In Sound favorites...

Black Mountain – “Wilderness Heart”
The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Departing”
Women – “Public Strain”
Neil Young – “Le Noise”

View the complete list HERE. On July 6th that gets pared to a shortlist, of which each named artist will receive $2K, and on September 19th the big winner will get their due.

*Check out a video from the Rob Leickner-directed film "Everything Louder Than Everything Else." Pink Mountaintops/Black Mountain's Steve McBean performs with the fictional band Metal Problem...

Pink Mountaintops - "Through All The Worry" from stereogum on Vimeo.

*[] Guards performed "Resolution of One" in an empty pool for the Silver Series...


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