HEAR EP: Flaming Lips Team With Lightning Bolt

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Wayne Coyne / Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale (Photo: Anna Webber/WireImage, Coyne; Andrew Herrold, Chippendale)
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Kevin O'Donnell

Do the Flaming Lips ever sleep? Oklahoma's fearless freaks have been working non-stop: there's the gummy fetuses, the Neon Indian collaboration, vinyl reissues, cemetery gigs with Edward Sharpe, and more. Now, after dropping one song from their collaborative EP with Lightning Bolt, the whole set has hit the web. Hear it here (via Psych Explorations of the Future Heart).

Rhode Island's Lightning Bolt are one of noise-rock's heaviest bands, and they bring their penchant for ear-deafening scuzz to these four tunes. "I Wanna Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage" is six minutes of art-damaged, Led Zeppelin-y pummeling, while "NASA's Final Acid Bath" is seven minutes of avant-garde white noise. The Lips also maintain their jones for psychedelic weirdness: "I'm Working at NASA on Acid" comes on like the craziest Ennio Morricone soundtrack ever.

The Lips don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Coyne told SPIN earlier this year that he'd love to collaborate on music with Deerhoof and has approached Ke$ha (!) about jamming in the studio, which prompted the pop star to tweet, "the flaming fucking lips?? call me."

Hear It: Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt, "I'm Working at NASA on Acid"
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Hear It: Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt, "NASA's Final Acid Bath"

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Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt, "I Want to Get Damaged but I Won't Say Hi"

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