Recorded with The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was surprise released free of cost following their 2015 MTV Video Music Awards finale performance of lead single “Dooo It!” on August 30th (watch here). To date there are no physical copies of the album: it’s only available as a stream on Miley’s website. Fans who have been asking for a proper issue are in luck though…well, sort of…
It won’t receive a traditional release but it will be available on vinyl at shows that Miley announced last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Miley revealed on the program, “I’m gonna go on tour later this year. Me and the Lips we’ve come together…” The Flaming Lips – as “Her Dead Petz” – will be Miley’s band on this tour. She also told Jimmy that Lips frontman Wayne Coyne was “back there drunk, falling on the floor, stealing stuff out of your dressing room…he’s in your dressing room now actually ramshacking the joint with a bunch of strippers. And Fetty Wap is actually also in there blowing off confetti canons up his butt.” Wayne’s instagram from backstage suggested otherwise (those veggies look yummy). Watch Miley explain it all at nbc.com, followed by the tour dates. Tickets go on sale October 7th at ticketmaster.
One thing Miley did not explain is whether this vinyl version will be the full 92 minute album. If that’s the case,
it will have to be a triple LP (Correction: As a commenter on this post pointed out, it could probably be squeezed on to two records). Alternatively, perhaps it will include edited versions of the songs, or an abridged track sequence to squeeze it into a single album. At 23 tracks long – replete with guest appearances by Ariel Pink, Dennis Coyne of Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Mike Will Made-It, Sarah Barthel of Phantogram, Miley’s dad Billy Ray and Big Sean – the full Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz is a lot to take in. But that’s kind of the point (which cutting would defeat). Stay tuned for the vinyl details.
Below watch Miley and Fallon last night discussing her blowfish, one of her dead pets that inspired the album (and specifically its vegan anthem “Pablow The Blowfish”):
The Lips have toured in similar backing band situations twice before: with Richard Davies in 1995 and with Beck in 2002. They’ve backed Miley in live performance just once so far, the aforementioned VMA finale. Tomorrow night Miley will host the season première of Saturday Night Live and perform with her Petz…aka The Flaming Lips [UPDATE – Watch Miley and the Lips SNL performance of “Karen Don’t Be Sad” and Miley’s solo piano version of Heady Petz closing track “The Twinkle Song”].
Preview the SNL premiere with the social media teases collected below: