The Inconceivable Pace of the Flaming Lips

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During an interview with The Atlantic Wire last month, the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd joked about the exhausting pace of life in the Oklahoma City rock band. "I'm just like, man, please," he said amidst discussion of the group's newest studio album, brand new Ender's Game-inspired LP, forthcoming joint EP with Tame Impala, and ongoing world tour. "I don't really like to work at that kind of pace."

Which is frankly too bad, because that pace shows no signs of letting up. Gearing up for the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day, the Lips will be releasing (count 'em) three items, Rolling Stone reports: the previously mentioned EP with Tame Impala, a vinyl edition of the Peace Sword EP, and a full-length cover of the Stone Roses' entire self-titled debut. (The group's been planning that one for a while; you might recall their similarly minded reimagining of Dark Side of the Moon from 2009.) That makes for a hyperactive 2013 for the group. Please—be careful, Flaming Lips! Exhaustion from overwork is nothing to scoff at.

Of course, there is a dutifully psychedelic packaging component to this output, as frontman Wayne Coyne told the magazine: 

"It's all made out of chocolate, it's a life-size human skull, a life-sized human brain, and the brain is actually sliding out of the skull made with this brain fluid flavored hard-candy," Coyne tells Rolling Stone. "And there's a little magic coin inside that brain that you're supposed to dig out."

Which is—well, fun. But this is a band that has released a special edition of a collaborative LP pressed with actual samples of its contributing artists' blood, a band that has released a box set of four CDs meant to be played simultaneously, a band that has released an EP on a USB drive contained within an edible gummy skull. So let it go, Wayne. You've already staked your conquest upon the psychedelic possibilities of audio formatting. Try to move on. There isn't much territory left to explore—edible or otherwise. 

Except for one idea Drozd proposed in the aforementioned interview with the Wire: "Maybe the next thing is, you pay $50,000 and [Coyne] comes to your house and plays it for you on your record player in person." Start saving up for that one now.

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