Friday, June 29, 2012

Quick Notes: Toadies, Flaming Lips, Minus The Bear + More

*[] Toadies throw the most kick-ass dinner party ever, complete with chainsaws, shotguns, and naked chicks, in the music video for “Summer of the Strange” (NSFW). The band’s latest album, Play.Rock.Music, hits stores on July 31st via Kirtland Records. Directed by Dennis Fitzgerald.

*[] Amid their record-breaking feat of playing eight concerts in 24 hours, The Flaming Lips offered the first taste of their next studio album. As MTV reports, the band performed “You Lust” with Phantogram during their stop in Biloxi, Mississippi. And since whole thing was streamed live online, you can watch pro-shot footage below.

Speaking recently with Rolling Stone, Wayne Coyne said many tracks on the new album were composed “subconsciously” during sessions for the the band’s recent collaboration album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. “It really took us by surprise… We were kind of making it like we were sleepwalking.”

The Lips plan to complete the album next month, but Coyne is already hyping the hell out of it “I honestly think it might be the best Flaming Lips record that we’ve ever made,” he declared.

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*[] Seattle indie-rockers Minus the Bear returned to their hometown earlier this year to record their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, which is set for release on August 28th. The first single, "Lonely Gun," packs a punch with charging, acrobatic-sounding guitars woven through a pop-friendly chorus.

"'Lonely Gun' came out of a deep depression," singer/guitarist Jake Snider tells Rolling Stone. "I was thinking about how lonely an unused gun must be, its purpose unfulfilled, like a loveless relationship. The only way to allow its purpose is to hold it – to use it."

Check out the trailer for the album, which features part of the Infinity Overhead track "Diamond Lightning" over clips of the band during the recording process.


*[press release] The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels are happy to announce that next year's Austin Psych Fest will be held the weekend of April 26 - 28, 2013. With the success of APF5 behind them, planning for the 6th annual festival is in full swing.

Vice's Noisey video channel is streaming the entire concert film of APF4 "Austin Psych Fest: Live at The Power Plant" for a limited time. This concert film features 16 highlight performances from the 4th annual festival including tracks from The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Spectrum, Crystal Stilts, A Place to Bury Strangers, and many more. Watch it below.

The DVD is available for sale on the new Austin Psych Fest website, which is freshly stocked with merch from the 2012 festival, including all the festival shirts, posters and a new APF 2012 triptych poster set.

You can also find several releases from The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label for sale and streaming, including the new LP from The Black Angels guitarist Christian Bland's side project: Christian Bland and The Revelators - Pig Boat Blues. Check out their video for "Black Crayon" HERE.

[] The Coathangers know how to have a good time. Their hometown show on June 19 featured a celebration of bassist Minnie Coathanger’s birthday—complete with a Minnie Mouse balloon, a cake in the shape of some sort of animal and lots of mid-show instrument switches. During one song, “Nestle in My Boobies,” off their self-titled debut, Minnie jumped into the audience and danced and sang. You can check out their energetic live show during the band’s West Coast and Midwest tour starting in July.

Check out "a day in the life of The Coathangers" photo series HERE.


Bufftbone said...

That Toadies video is a bit weird but I like the song. I'm actually looking forward to the album now.

Dan Goldin said...

yeah, it doesn't make sense even in a weird way. definitely digging the tune though