Thursday News Roundup

photo by Jim Bennett

  • It’s been a while since usually-frequent news makers The Flaming Lips have graced the world with a 27-minute long free-form jam, some gaping vaginas emitting rainbows, gummy fetuses, concert posters decorated with human blood, or some other bit of psychedelic grotesquerie. Wayne Coyne and Co. are notorious for their New Year’s Eve bashes, however, and to commemorate their upcoming 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Freakout in Oklahoma City, during which they’ll cover Beatles songs with Sean Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, they’ve released a video (below) of their totally badass version of “I Am The Walus.” To top it all off, Phantogram will be kicking the night off at the Coca Cola Bricktown Events Center in OKC. So…are there non-stop flights from Sea-Tac to Oklahoma City’s airport? Does Oklahoma City even have an airport? How much are tickets? If I take enough acid can Wayne Coyne teleport me down there?

  • If for some freaking insane reason you’re not going to be in Oklahoma City when the clock strikes 2012, Pitchfork has compiled this handy city-by-city guide to concerts that will rock in the new year. Apparently Seattle’s only relevant option is John Tejada and Lusine at Neumos. For some reason I have a felling this won’t be all that’s going on.
  • Youthful British indie rockers The xx burst onto the scene in 2009 with the release of their Mercury-prize-winning debut album. It was recently announced that they have begun working on a follow-up that should be released sometime in 2012. Even more recently, they posted a demo called “Open Eyes” that may or may not be on the forthcoming release, but was recorded “whilst creating our new album,” according to the band’s blog. Listen to it via this YouTube video posted on their blog:

  • On a more sombre note, two music legends passed away this past week. Jim Sherwood, a multi-instrumentalist and one of Frank Zappa’s original Mothers of Invention, passed away on Christmas from causes yet to be determined. He was 69. A day later, influential jazz musician Sam Rivers died at the age of 88. Most commonly known as a saxophonist, Rivers was a member of the Miles Davis quintet in the 60s before going on to found Studio Rivbea in New York, one of the hotbeds of experimental jazz in the 70s.
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