Wizards Of Oz THE FLAMING LIPS Organize The First Real BUBBLE Concert…

It’s not the first time that Oklahoma mavericks THE FLAMING LIPS stunt. Their live shows always have been a colorful, carnaval-esque, and terrifically eye-catching spectacle with wizard/frontman Wayne Coyne frequently squeezing himself in a plastic bubble and rolling over the crowd while performing a song, which I experienced myself a few times.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume! Amsterdam, 2018)

No wonder they have the expertise to organize a real bubble concert with the audience in a diaphanous cocoon. They already did a try-out recently, playing Assassins Of Youth and Brother Eye, two of the highlights from their recent American Head album.

Watch here…

– ASSASSINS OF YOUTH –

– BROTHER EYE –

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First real bubble concert on 11th December (already sold out, a 2nd show just announced)

Bubble Pioneers THE FLAMING LIPS Shoot Spectacular Live Video For ‘ASSASSINS OF YOUTH’

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

28 October 2020


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Weird coincidence? In recent years, as part of the fairytale-like concerts of THE FLAMING LIPS their wizard-frontman WAYNE COYNE squeezed himself in a sort of plastic bubble and rolled over the crowd while performing a song. Spectacular indeed, as I witnessed myself a few times. Little did the band know they would perform this stunt in 2020, live
for the making of a video, with 100 spectators each in their own bubble.

The short show was filmed at The Criterion in their hometown of Oklahoma City. One of
the songs they played was ASSASSINS OF YOUTH, a magical ballad from their recent, excellent album American Head.

Watch the bubble pioneers and their bubble audience right here…

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(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume! Antwerp, Belgium, 2017)

Soft Starry-Eyed Sagas – New LP ‘AMERICAN HEAD’ By THE FLAMING LIPS Out Today!

11 September 2020

Band: THE FLAMING LIPS
Album: AMERICAN HEAD – 16th LP
Released: 9/11 – 2020

NME review: “Frontman Wayne Coyne and his band of merry pranksters take a trip down memory lane, exploring tales of adolescence through their psych-smeared prism. Coming in
hot off the back of the colossal mind-bending fever dream that was 2019’s ‘King’s Mouth’, The Flaming Lips have crash-landed back to frontman Wayne Coyne’s childhood town of Oklahoma city. Their 16th album, a quasi-concept record, loosely documents his teenage years. ‘American Head’ takes listeners on a walk down memory lane, Coyne’s own personal Americana viewed through a dreamy, nostalgic haze of friends, family and biker gangs (Wayne Coyne’s childhood was not like yours and mine)… Rather than using their fantastical bubble of sound to transport listeners into distant galaxies, as they have done so many times before, the band here float softly above Oklahoma city, where Coyne sits up front, quietly contemplating beauty and childhood.

‘American Head’ is a soft, reflective moment of taking in and appreciating the vista once the trip has worn off – when king’s heads and evil pink robots have melted away – and the dust has settled.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Quote: “I want people to be ecstatic but to cry at the same time.Wayne Coyne

Key line: ‘Contender for album of the year.” Turn Up The Volume!

Singles: Mother Please Dont Be Sad / Flowers Of Neptune 5 / My Religion Is You / Dinosaurs On The Mountain / You ‘N’ Me Sellin’ Weed / Will You Return – When You Come Down

– FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6 –

– MY RELIGION IS YOU –

– DINOSAURS ON THE MOUNTAIN –

– YOU N ME SELLIN’ WEED –

– WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN –

Full album…

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Melancholic Symphony – THE FLAMING LIPS Drop Another New Track From Their Upcoming LP

New sonic impulses…

29 August 2020

The surreal fairy tale daydreamers THE FLAMING LIPS launch their new album American Head on 9/11. With the five tracks (watch/listen below) we already heard it sounds like The Lips will spoil us with one of their most affecting works ever. A sort of moody masterpiece.

And this sixth new song, titled MOTHER PLEASE DON’T BE SAD follows in the sonic footsteps of the other five tracks. A melodramatic and melancholic symphony.

“Mother please don’t be sad/ I didn’t mean to die tonight / But those robbers were so fast/
Their guns and their anger comes and I lost the fight.”

Watch/listen here…

The previous 5 tracks…

– FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6 –

– MY RELIGION IS YOU –

– DINOSAURS ON THE MOUNTAIN –

– YOU N ME SELLIN’ WEED –

– WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN –

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New album AMERICAN HEAD out 9/11

THE FLAMING LIPS Share Heartsick Reverie From Upcoming Album – Listen To ‘WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN’

New sonic impulses…

15 August 2020

The psychedelic Oklahoma junks THE FLAMING LIPS unleash their new longplayer American Head on 9/11. With the four tracks (watch/listen below) they already shared with the world it seems like The Lips created one of the darkest works in their long, remarkable career.

And this fifth new piece called WILL YOU RETURN / WHEN YOU COME DOWN
continues the melodramatic and gloomy tone of what we heard so far.

“Shooting star/ Crashing in your car/ What went wrong/ Now all your friends are gone.”

Watch/listen here…

Previous shared tracks…

– FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6 –

– MY RELIGION IS YOU –

– DINOSAURS ON THE MOUNTIAN –

– YOU N ME SELLIN’ WEED –

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New album AMERICAN HEAD out 9/11

(pic on top: Turn Up The Volume!)

Magical Dope – THE FLAMING LIPS Share New Track ‘YOU N’ ME SELLIN’ WEED’ From Upcoming LP

New sonic impulses…

25 July 2020

High-flying space pop rockers THE FLAMING LIPS will share their 16th longplayer AMERICAN HEAD with the world on 9/11. So far, the band let us hear three cuts:
‘Flowers Of Neptune 6’, ‘My Religion Is You’ and ‘Dinosaurs On The Mountain’.

And here’s another new one called YOU N’ ME SELLIN’ WEED. Magical dope it is.
An affecting slow/fast/slow pearl floating eight miles high. Orchestral melancholia.

Here we go…

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New album AMERICAN HEAD out 9/11

(photo on top TUTV!)

THE FLAMING LIPS Release Sixteenth Album ‘AMERICAN HEAD’ On 9/11

28 June 2020

Surreal fairy tale rockers THE FLAMING LIPS have their 16th longplayer AMERICAN HEAD waiting in the pipeline to be released on 9/11. Last month we got the first single, sensitive diamond FlowersOf Neptune 6 .

Here’s a second piece, entitled MY RELIGION IS YOU. A familiar
sounding, emotive ballad. Tender, intimate and romantic.

Watch/listen here…

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(photo by TUTV – Flamings concert Amsterdam 2018)

Sensitive Diamond – THE FLAMING LIPS Share New Stellar Ballad ‘FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6’

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

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29 May 2020

THE FLAMING LIPS, the Oklahoma experts of turning surreal fairy-tales into melo-dramatic gems have already been busy this year. They worked with Californian blues-
rock tandem Deap Vally on one of this year’s best albums under the moniker of Deap Lips and covered He Stopped Loving Her Today, a heartbreaking reverie by country legend George Jones for the movie Arkansas.

And now they shared a new sensitive diamond. A vintage Flaming Lips ballad
to dream away to, called ‘FLOWERS OF NEPTUNE 6’. Sit down, relax and enjoy…

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photo on top by TUTV!

‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ – Tenth Album By THE FLAMING LIPS (2002)

Old and new albums to make your day

12 February 2020

Band: The Flaming Lips

Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – the band’s tenth LP

Released: 16 July 2002

AllMusic wrote: “After the symphonic majesty of  ‘The Soft Bulletin’, the Flaming Lips
return with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a sublime fusion of Bulletin’s newfound
emotional directness, the old-school playfulness of Transmissions From the Satellite
Heart, and, more importantly, exciting new expressions of the group’s sentimental,
experimental sound. Funny, beautiful, and moving, ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’
finds The Flaming Lips continuing to grow and challenge themselves in not-so
obvious ways after delivering their obvious masterpiece.”

Turn Up The Volume: One of my all-time favorite bands on record and live. This is
their second-best longplayer after their outstanding tour de force The Soft Bulletin‘, released three years before. It sounds like listening to a sonic science fiction fairy tale
with lots of blissful and starry-eyed reveries, wondrous stories and magical orchestrations.

The singles: Do You Realize? / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 / Fight Test / Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell

– DO YOU REALIZE? –

– YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS PT. 1 –

– FIGHT TEST –

– EGO TRIPPING AT THE GATES OF HELL –

Album in full…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook – All Albums


Back sleeve

OUT NOW! Live Performance By THE FLAMING LIPS Of Masterpiece Album ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’…

Just released

30 November 2019

To celebrate the 20th birthday of their 1999 masterpiece album ‘THE SOFT BULLETIN’
the eccentric fairy tale rockers from Oklahoma THE FLAMING LIPS just released a special full live registration of the album as performed at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado with German classical conductor André De Ridder and The Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Here’s the orchestral result…

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The 1999 original album. You can stream it here