Halloween O Music Awards to feature Flaming Lips’ Beatles iPad Cover – Steve Jobs Tribute


On Monday, October 31st The O Music Awards will stream at OMusicAwards.com and a variety of other media platforms detailed below.  The award event will feature a tribute to Steve Jobs: The Flaming Lips covering The Beatles’ “Revolution” using just iPads (in other words, no conventional instruments).  This cover is speculated – but unconfirmed – to be somehow related to the Occupy protests of the past month.  The Flaming Lips filmed a “secret video” this past weekend – likely the “Revolution” segment for the O Awards (though that too is unconfirmed).  Note the picture below from the “secret” shoot (posted today at blog.omusicaward):  Michael wears an Apple T-shirt and Steven’s guitar has an iPad attached.  Watch Steven play his makeshift “iPad guitar” here.  The Flaming Lips – like Steve Jobs – are big Beatles fans, and Wayne Coyne played “Revolution” on BBC Radio 1’s Rob da Bank and Friends a few years ago as a guest DJ choosing one song for every letter of the alphabet (suggesting it’s one of his Fab Four favs).  Watch Wayne prepare for the “Revolution” cover last week by emulating the Beatles’ “wicked distorted guitar,” here.  Also note the photo above from the shoot – via Wayne’s twitter – a homage to a famous Beatles’ press photo circa “Revolution”.


O Music Awards presenters include Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Alabama Shakes, Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator, Travie McCoy, Midi Mafia and DJ Diamond Kuts. Wayne Coyne, Bjork, Devo and Girl Talk are among the nominees – and that’s just one category, the “Digital Genius Award” (video director Chris Milk – of Arcade Fire/ Gnarls Barkley/ Kanye West/ Modest Mouse fame – is also in that category; his first major music video was The Chemical Brothers/ Flaming Lips “The Golden Path” – watch it).  Actually, that’s the only category that strays much from the Gagas and Odd Futures – though there’s a few other random nominees (WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, Cookie Monster covers Tom Waits… like, OMG! can Best Coast top Britney?!)…


In related news, The Flaming Lips will perform at MoogFest on Halloween weekend.  The festival also features an art show in tribute of Bob Moog with new limited-edition screen prints by Wayne Coyne and other artists.  Halloween weekend culminates with the release of The Flaming Lips’ 24 hour song at midnight on Halloween.  The day-long song will be streamed by the band (they attempted to release the song on iTunes, but it outsized the service).  It is possible that the O Music Awards will somehow be linked to the 24 hour song stream as well.  Details are all of the above are still fuzzy, follow updates at twitter/futureheartday as they are revealed (also futureheart.tumblr.com, facebook.com/TheFutureHeart).



The polls opened on September 27th, and so far 12 million votes have been cast.  You can track each O Music Award nominee’s poll performance day-by-day and hour-by-hour.  For example, check Wayne’s here.  And of course, if you feel so moved, you can vote – here.  A complete list of nominees is below.

MTV News: “The O Music Awards 2 have added some heavy hitters to the roster with the announcement that Robyn will headline the October 31 show and the Flaming Lips will pay tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during the broadcast…Oklahoma’s Lips will pay tribute to the Apple co-founder — who died of pancreatic cancer on October 5 — by performing the Beatles’ “Revolution”; the performance will be recorded on an iPad and broadcast on the O Music siteRobyn will take the main stage at the awards show, set to unfold at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m. ET. The live, multiplatform event celebrating the artists, innovators and fans who are constantly transforming digital music culture will open with the Swedish singer’s performance (one of several during the show), which will be broadcast on MTV. The rest of the event will unfold on a number of the Viacom Music Group’s websites, including MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com, LogoTV.com and MTVHive.com, as well as mobile.

blog.omusicawards.com “The O Music Awards plan to honor the life and achievements of Apple co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer Steve Jobs with a special performance of an iconic song performed by digital geniuses, The Flaming Lips… The performance will go down during the course of the O Music Awards broadcast, which will kick off on October 31 at 8:30pm PDT/11:30pm EST.”


blog.omusicawards.com frequently posts on The Flaming Lips’ outrageous projects and tweets, and broke the news of the band’s 24 hour song last month.  This month blog.omusicawards posted Halloween costume suggestions, among them –

Wayne Coyne:

1). Purchase: One dapper thrift store suit
2). Tease your coif into an epic fro (or purchase a wig if you are follically skint)
3). Acquire a plastic skull and insert a tape recorder featuring 24 hours of white noise and whispered ruminations on death and sex”

Also last month, Wayne Coyne discussed twitter with the site – in which he inadvertently explains why he should win the Digital Genius Award.  Clearly he’s spent some time thinking about how to creatively use twitter to engage fans:

 1) Tweeting Is Not Texting

Wayne Coyne: “My main beef is that it’s like text messaging instead of Twitter [with some people]. I don’t like those tweets that are just simply us peering in on someone’s conversation.

2). Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, But That’s OK

I think you have to try to do something every day. This would apply to people’s lives in general, even without Twitter. You try to make these absolute to-do lists in your mind, you think, ‘I have to do this every day.’ And I know why that works, because there are times when as The Flaming Lips, we assigned ourselves the idea that we have to come up with a song every day, and we would allow it that they all didn’t have to be that good. But if we come up with one every day, we’ll just force ourselves to do something different and something new. And I would say that almost every time that makes for the greatest songs you could ever write because you just keep going and going and going. You don’t really think about what you’re doing so much. And it really does reflect you.

We hate to believe that this is true, this idea that you just get up and you do it every day, because we want — especially in music and art — extraordinary things in life to be like these magic moments that just appear out of nowhere. But they don’t. Because if you think about it too much, it becomes too contrived and what you really want is for your life to be moving at such a pace that you’re really just an observer of it.

So for me, when I decided to do Twitter, I decided that I have to do at least four or five [tweets] every day. No matter what. That would be my promise to my followers. And we would just see how it went.

3). Don’t Censor Yourself Too Much

I like it when Kanye West goes on rants, misspells things and insults people and things like that, because it’s really off the top of his head and it’s not meant to be something that’s thought over and thought over for hours and hours. It’s a real spontaneous thing. And so I try to present [my Twitter] in the same way. I don’t always Google sh*t to make sure I’m spelling it right. Sometimes I’m tweeting it at that exact moment while I’m doing it. I think that’s kind of fun. Especially if I’m doing something that I think is particularly interesting. Last night I was at the Panda Bear show, and I was like, ‘This is great.’ So I’m tweeting as I’m talking to him backstage.

Side Note: Coyne was talking with Panda Bear about a possible collaboration.

4). Add Some Snaps

You wouldn’t look at a magazine if it didn’t have pictures. To me it’s always more fun — even if the picture doesn’t have anything to do with what you’re saying — it’s just another insight into the way that you think. I have filled up my iPhone 4 — I think it allows you like 5,000 pictures or whatever — I’ve filled it up twice since I got it. I take pictures all the time. I take a lot of video, and you can edit videos on the iPhone. So I can edit them down to where they’re just real quick little snippets.

I think it’s all about not just saying things, but presenting this little time capsule: ‘Here’s what I think. Here’s what I’m standing in front of. Here’s what I think is interesting.’

5). Get Feedback From Followers

We were about a week into making a six-hour song, and someone on Twitter said: ‘You should have a contest and have the winner’s name announced somewhere mysteriously within the song.’ And I thought that was a cool idea, and it is a six-hour song — it isn’t as if it would crowd the palate any. And a lot of the song — even a week into it — was still unknown.

6). Share Your Art

The way we’re working on our music in the past year — as I make a song, I’m letting the audience hear it as it goes, knowing that this may not be the way it sounds when we’re finished with it or this may be giving away the secrets of how we make music or stripping away the mysteries or whatever. But for us, because we’ve made a lot of records, we’ve been around a long time where people have access to a lot of information about us, I think it’s even better that we’re showing you what we do.

Also, I really do feel that I have been given a very privileged life — I have this really extraordinary life because of the fans of the Flaming Lips. So I feel — not because they demand it — I feel an obligation to share what I’m doing with my life. I don’t show people everything. You’d be amazed if I showed you everything. It would freak you out.”


Photos from “secret shoot”


Full List of Nominees

Digital Genius Award
Chris Milk
Wayne Coyne
Girl Talk

Fan Army FTW
Tokio Hotel “Aliens”
Lady Gaga “Little Monsters”
Adam Lambert “Glamberts”
Justin Bieber “Beliebers”
Insane Clown Posse “Juggalos”
Iron Maiden “Troopers”
Demi Lovato “Lovatics”
Taylor Swift “Taylor Nation”
Nicki Minaj “Barbiez”
Lil Wayne “Team Weezy”

Must Follow Artist On Twitter
Lady Gaga
Mark Hoppus
Snoop Dogg
Blake Shelton

Best Fan Cover
THePETEBOX covers “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies
Anna Burden covers “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by Lulu and the Lampshades
Air National Guard Band covers “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele
Tyler Ward covers “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
Maddi Jane covers “Price Tag” by Jessie J

Best Vintage Viral Video
Metallica, “Enter Sandman,” Monsters of Rock Festival
Sinead O’Connor, Bob Marley’s “War,” Saturday Night Live
Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Top of the Pops
Dolly Parton, “Jolene,” That Good Ole Nashville Music
Notorious B.I.G. Freestyling, Brooklyn, NY

Best Lyrics Video
Katy Perry, “E.T.” featuring Kanye West
Joe Jonas, “See No More”
Lenny Kravitz, “Stand”
Christina Perri, “Arms”
D.Willz, “Watermelon”

Best Web-Born Artist
The Weeknd
Kina Grannis
Ben Lovett
Odd Future

Hottest Music NILF
Billy Chasen, CEO and Co-founder of Turntable.fm
Alexander Ljung, CEO and Founder of SoundCloud
Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin
Sarah Fullen Gregory, The Gregory Brothers
Michelle You, Co-founder of Songkick
Arkadiy Kukarkin, Developer at The Hype Machine
Katie Morse, Social Marketing Manager at Billboard
Corey Stanford, Founder of Blaztrak
Prerna Gupta, CEO and Co-founder of Khush
D.A. Wallach, Artist In Residence at Spotify

Too Much Ass For TV
Foo Fighters, “Hot Buns”
Big Freedia, “Ya’ll Get Back Now”
Mr. Ghetto, “Walmart”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Marilyn Manson, “Born Villain”
Warm Ghost, “Open The Wormhole In Your Heart”
Scissor Sisters, “Invisible Light”
The Shivers, “Two Solitudes”
Jane’s Addiction, “End To The Lies”
The Floacist, “Let Me”

WTF I Love This Award
Pointy Boots
Hashtag Rap
Finger Tutting
Nyan Cat
Cookie Monster covers Tom Waits

Most Outrageous Tweet
Gwyneth Paltrow
Best Coast
Britney Spears
Tyler, The Creator

Best Music Forum
Ultimate Guitar
Talk Bass
Banjo Hangout
Ultimate Metal
Stereo Killer
Rap Godfathers
Rap Genius
Dogs On Acid

Oops! I Did It Online
James Blunt
Sinead O’Connor
The Game
Courtney Love

Beyond The Blog Award
In The Open
WFMU’s Beware of the Blog

Most Innovative Festival
iTunes Festival 2011
Way Out West

Best Music App
The National Mall

Best Music Hack
Music Video Genome

Best Artist With A Cameraphone
Demi Lovato
Justin Bieber
The Deftones
Portugal. The Man
Young The Giant
Shiny Toy Guns
The National
Katy Perry
Amanda Palmer
Ben Folds

Most Addictive Social Music Service



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