12 Days of Martian Christmases at the Zoo Countdown – Day 11

12 Days of Martian Christmases at the Zoo Countdown- Day 11     

“It’s the type of mood we were hoping to get on The Soft Bulletin: a mood that says, ‘This record is about death and isolation.’”     

-Wayne Coyne on Dark Side of the Moon’s “isolation and insanity” influence in his life and work,     

Uncut (magazine), June 2003, page 48     


12 Days of Martian Christmases at the Zoo Countdown- Day 11
Psych Explorations of the Future Heart is counting down to New Year’s with twelve days of Martian Christmases at the zoo!  Today we preview “The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon,” released exclusively on iTunes tomorrow… and to be performed by The Lips and Stardeath on New Year’s Eve at midnight.

Here’s the latest on “The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon:”      

The Flaming Lips: ‘Embryonic’ Experiments     

By Guy Guy Raz, December 19, 2009      


Wayne Coyne: “just as a way to push the conversation onward — I said, ‘Maybe we should just do a cover version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon,'” Coyne says. “And thinking they would say, ‘Yea, well, maybe not,’ and we would think of something else. But it didn’t.”     

Here’s the audio of NPR’s interview http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=121666771&m=121670117     

Wayne and Dennis Coyne Talk Dark Side Cover, Other Weird Stuff     

By Robin Murray, December 18, 2009      


Wayne: “Our new version would probably sync up in some philosophical aspects with Tron, which probably is not very watchable unless you have some really good music or marijuana to get you through it.”      

“I’m picking up this giant mirror ball apparatus that we’ve been having welded by some truss experts outside of Dallas. It’s 20 feet around. The guy who is doing the final inspection of it is the same guy who made Pink Floyd’s giant mirror ball in 1995.”      

“Dark Side of the Moon gets slagged a lot because it’s so popular, but I never felt that way.”      

“If you look closely, Pink Floyd is probably a lot more punk rock than a lot of punk rock groups were.”     


Dennis Coyne “every Christmas we’ll get a smoke machine and some strobe lights out. Someone will dress up as Santa Claus and come running through, flashing lights at the little kids.”      

“When I was seven we found a dead bat outside my house, sprayed it with polyurethane and gave it to Wayne for Christmas.”     

Flaming Lips version of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ set for release     

By Jennifer Chancellor, December 18, 2009     


“The Flaming Lips version’s title is a tad bit longer, though. Naturally. Look for it exclusively on iTunes for one week — Dec. 22-29 — as “The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon.”      

“The sessions were tracked in Oklahoma City and recorded by Okies Trent Bell and Chris Harris at Bell Labs studio in Norman. It mastered by longtime band collaborator Dave Fridmann and co-produced by The Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Bell and longtime band manager Scott Booker.”     

“On New Year’s Eve at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City, the Stardeath and the Lips will perform the entire album live at the stroke of midnight, after a full sets leading into the official 2010 countdown celebration. The show will also feature the “world’s biggest balloon drop,” claims Lips frontman Wayne Coyne”     

Flaming Lips’ Dark Side of the Moon Out Tuesday     

December 18, 2009     


“Festivals curated, Arcade Fire beefed, great record released, pants optional: that’s how you have a year. And before the page turns on 2009, the Flaming Lips are adding to that list of distinctions with one more bit via Tuesday’s iTunes release of The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon.”     

The Flaming Lips’ “Dark Side of the Moon” Out Digitally December 22     

December 18, 2009     


“It is currently the Lips’ only planned live performance of Dark Side, and Rolling Stone will be on the ground for a full report. Frontman Wayne Coyne has promised, “Oh, it’s going to be a good time.”       


Flaming Lips Reveal Dark Side of the Moon Release Details     

By Gage Henry, December 18, 2009     


“The bands recorded the album together in Oklahoma City, accompanied by Henry Rollins and Peaches, and considered it all “purely a labor of love.” The Lips and Dwarfs additionally produced the tracks with their own modern interpretations on each song.”     

Flaming Lips Talk ‘Dark Side…’     

Oklahoma band prepare to one off show     

By Robin Murray, December 21, 2009     




“New Years Eve Freakout!!
Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs
2009 becomes 2010
Cox Center Downtown Oklahoma City
Tickets $10 and $20
Starting at midnight a special performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon”     


If you missed Day 12 of the countdown, check out some behind the scenes “Christmas on Mars” footage at http://www.myspace.com/psychexfutureheart and a video playlist following the film from the original 2003 trailer to the 2008 rock fest screenings and then Q&A tours at http://www.youtube.com/user/psychexfutureheart or (direct link) http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A38247DF2BCD8904    

Check http://www.myspace.com/psychexfutureheart tomorrow for Day 10- “Christmas in the Future Heart”    


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