The Flaming Lips are always planning some adventures for Record Store Day, whether it's a remake of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon or a digital EP trapped inside a gummy fetus or a vinyl box set featuring their first five albums on Warner Bros. This year, Wayne Coyne and Co. have once again upped the ante, recruiting Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Jim James, Chris Martin, Ke$ha, and many more for a 2-LP collaborative album titled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. The limited-edition collection will be released this Record Store Day, April 21.
Some of the Fwends collaborations have previously been released, like "Is David Bowie Dying?" with Neon Indian, "I'm Working At NASA on Acid" with Lightning Bolt, and "Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee" with Prefuse 73, but that's only a third of what will be sprawled on the album's four sides. Erykah Badu, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Tame Impala, Yoko Ono, Biz Markie, and New Fumes will also take part on Fwends. If this release wasn't unique enough, no two multi-colored vinyl discs of the album will be alike.
In addition to the Heady Fwends, Flaming Lips have one more Record Store Day release to look out for: A pink 7" single for The Soft Bulletin track "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton," featuring Mastodon's take on that cut.
"2012" (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
"Ashes In The Air" (featuring Bon Iver)
"Helping The Retarded To Know God" (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
"Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee" (featuring Prefuse 73)
"Children Of The Moon" (featuring Tame Impala)
"That Ain't My Trip" (featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
"You, Man? Human?" (featuring Nick Cave)
"I'm Working At NASA On Acid" (featuring Lightning Bolt)
"Do It!" (featuring Yoko Ono)
"Is David Bowie Dying?" (featuring Neon Indian)
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (featuring Erykah Badu)
"Thunder Drops" (featuring New Fumes)
"I Don't Want You To Die" (featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)