Your tolerance for this will be directly related to how much of the Flaming Lips' distinctive, uh, style you can handle over another person's tune, but anyway here is a cover for a Sparklehorse tribute album being put together now.
First of all, this is not safe for work because it has nudity in it. But secondly, watch it anyway, sometime, whenever you can. The Flaming Lips' cover of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," with vocals by Erykah Badu, is maybe as good as Roberta Flack's definitive 1972 version. (Maybe better?! It's very early for such assessment, but wow is it good!) I don't think I will ever like any visual treatment for the song more than I do Clint Eastwood's usage of it in Play Misty for Me. But this video is super-excellent, too. It's beautiful and yucky at the same [...]
Zoiks. This new video the Flaming Lips' "Powerless," a great, druggy freak-out from last year's highly acclaimed Embryonic album, is very disturbing. Apparently, the monkey from Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" has turned the tides on its human torturers-he seems to enjoy watching a bound and blindfolded woman writhe in agony. She goes into horrible stutter-shot convulsions and he just sits there laughing, the sick fuck. Then she escapes-I hope before she got a sunburn-but, oddly, neglects to remove her blindfold. Then she dances through the field and it seems like she and the monkey are friends. Stockholm syndrome or something? I don't know. (The part of [...]
Does the world need another cover of this David Bowie classic? Sure, why the hell not. [Via]
The video for this song from Duck Down Records' indie-rap supergroup Random Axe is good looking but sort of confusing. It takes place in a hotel, where, in one room, rapper Guilty Simpson keeps a man tied to a bed while he builds a Rube Goldberg machine with which to kill him (kind of like if OK Go were James Bond villains.) Next door, Sean Price makes anthrax powder to send to record label offices and, for some reason, decides to taste some (!) as he's concocting it. And in another room, Black Milk, who produced the track, plays poker. The coolest thing about all of [...]
Do you remember on "Mork & Mindy" when Mork and Mindy had a baby but it turned that aliens from Mork's planet were born old and then aged backwards so the baby was played by 56-year-old Jonathan Winters? The new Flaming Lips video is like that. It's pretty excellent. But, like most Flaming Lips videos, it's gross and disturbing, especially at the end, so be forewarned.
"It's a similar feeling from being in a community of punk rockers as a teenager and the feeling I still get today when I'm in a community of skeptical scientists. The idea with both is that you challenge authority, you challenge the dogma. You challenge the doctrine in order to make progress. The thrill of science is the process. It's a social process. It's a process of collective discovery. It's debate, it's experimentation and it's verification of claims that might be false. It's the greatest foundation for a society." -Greg Graffin, founder of the L.A. punk band Bad Religion, is also an evolutionary biologist at U.C.L.A. Talking to [...]