Black Lips live @ KEXP 7/9/07 (slideshow)
photo by Mike Blankenhorn
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo remix) by Black Lips, an exclusive remix from Vice Records.
The Atlanta-based Black Lips built their reputation on extreme live performances, shocking audiences with everything from urinating to strumming guitars with their
units. The strength of their shows was utilized earlier this year when Vice decided to release a live album, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo, which was received warmly by music critics. Now that more people are paying attention, the band is putting more emphasis on the music than the theatrics. With half the antics, the Black Lips produce perhaps the most notable brand of psych-rock since their ’60s and ’70s inspirations, as on their Vice full-length release also from this year, Good Bad, Not Evil. Diplo, another product of the South, is no stranger to remixing others’ work. His recent remixes include songs from Bloc Party, Peter Bjorn and John, Kanye West and many more. This time around, Diplo extends the track a full minute, packs it full of caffeine and bass, and puts his classic club stamp on it. For a guaranteed unforgettable show, check out Black Lips at Neumos 2/4. Their MySpace page has a bunch of other dates going through the end of March. Meanwhile, the following video features just one of their recent album standouts,