Looks like The Flaming Lips just won Record Store Day. On April 21st, collectors all over the world will celebrate the fifth anniversary of this indie record store appreciation day by lining up in the wee hours of the morning to purchase RSD-exclusive singles, live albums, and reissues. But the ante has officially been upped with today’s announcement that Wayne Coyne and co. plan to release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends — a double album of the band’s recent collaborations, pressed on multicolored vinyl in one-of-a-kind “custom art jackets.” While some of the tracks have been released as ridiculously limited-edition singles, others have never been committed to wax before.
The big news, of course, is who these collaborations happen to feature. There are your usual indie suspects, sure — Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (on a track called “Helping the Retarded to Know God”), Neon Indian, Tame Impala, Jim James — as well as some exciting contributors from the more experimental side of the underground — Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, New Fumes. But we’ll also get to hear Wayne harmonize with everyone from Ke$ha and Biz Markie (yes, on the same track), Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, and even Chris Martin of Coldplay. Well, if there’s anyone who can make him interesting, we’re sure it’s the Lips. Click through to see the entire tracklisting, and start scheming to snag a copy, because we’re sure they’ll go fast.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends tracklist:
Side 1: “2012” (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie) “Ashes In The Air” (featuring Bon Iver) “Helping The Retarded To Know God” (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
Side 2: “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)
Side 3: “I’m Working At NASA On Acid” (featuring Lightning Bolt) “Do It!” (featuring Yoko Ono) “Is David Bowie Dying?” (featuring Neon Indian)
Side 4: “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)