More Videos From Bonnaroo

Below is the second of three Bonnaroo video recaps.  Originally posted on the last day of ‘Roo ’10 (Sunday, June 13), it … More

The Flaming Lips with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic

“Tonight, you will bear witness to music history amid a psychedelic and multi-media concert extravaganza, as the world-renowned alternative rock … More

Lips’ Back On Toes?

  “My favorite festival is definitely Bonnaroo – we’re excited to play there this spring for the third time.”  -Steven … More

Professor Drozd?

Scott Booker, “I met The Flaming Lips and saw the work ethic of bands like them, and the Sonic Youths of the world, who, even though the world wasn’t embracing them yet, they didn’t care. And they make the effort, and made the art, regardless. And then the world slowly accepted them – either by becoming stranger as a whole, or maybe they just became more familiar with this kind of art. That’s kind of how the school came about, in a way, was this same kind of thing. I mean, the idea of rock n’ roll, and music like the being accepted by the masses as a whole – and the people that could make a decision about whether a university should offer these kind of courses. Well, we’ve reached this kind of tipping point, where the people who make those decisions actually grew up with rock n’ roll.”

I Can Be a Gabba Gabba!

The Flaming Lips will appear on Nick Jr. kid’s Yo Gabba Gabba! (previously mentioned in PsychExFutureHeart’s Oct 15, 2009 blog entry Yes Yes Yes: So Embryonic It’s All Right) playing “I Can Be Frog.” No broadcast date has surfaced yet and image searches on Google, Bing, Yahoo and Altavista have yielded nada thus far… but there’s a stupendously silly picture of the Flaming four geared up (think “Spongebob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy” video costumes) and playing with the Gabba! cast on page 29 of the current issue of Rolling Stone (1096). Devo, The Killers, Weezer and Weird Al are also scheduled to appear on season three of the show, set to premiere Jan 16, 2009.

Yes Yes Yes: So Embryonic It’s All Right

The Secret Show today isn’t just another gig or album release promo obligation, it’s the culmination of everything discussed above, from Switzerland to Conan. The Lips have used the status and connections they’ve earned since The Soft Bulletin and an understanding (as well as anyone can) of how the music industry and the internet currently works to develop throughout 2009 not just a sound or a modified aesthetic, but a sense of something “happening”…a thrill for enthusiasts of daring rock n’ roll. It’s not merely a matter of new songs, but that once again “blaring like a trumpet” their “potential has arrived” and these same phrases the “Happy Anniversary Soft Bulletin” blog used (from the lyrics of that album) to describe the larger significance of ten years ago apply today… but this time they have a sizeable fan-base to participate and observe as it unfolds.