There is no end to the incessant, bizzarre, and wonderful sonic/visual spectacular that is The Flaming Lips. Last night on Jimmy Fallon the band played a version of Bowie’s “Heroes” wearing capes, hoods, and -- in Wayne’s case -- hardly anything at all, except for a loincloth and a full-stage rat’s nest of shimmering electric light tubes. The band also played “Try To Explain” from this year’s album The Terror. Check out the clips below, and head over to Consequence of Sound to also check out Wayne in a game of Pictionary with Jimmy Fallon, Demi Lovato, and Julie Cohen.
The-Dream teamed up with Director X to make a video for “IV Play” -- his homage to “straight sex”. The video is shot on some quasi-futuristic concrete structure with lots of fog, lots of twerkin’ ladies, and a helicopter -- apparently The Dream’s preferred mode of transportation. The dance song of the summer? Could be. It’s got me moving before I’ve even finished my coffee on a Thursday morning. [Stereogum]
Franz Ferdinand has announced they’ll be coming out with a new album -- Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions -- which is their first since 2009′s Tonight. Consequence of Sound has compiled live videos of eight of the ten new songs, and we’ve shared the one for “Right Action” below. The album was apparently recorded in a number of different studios across Europe, so it will interesting to see how the album comes together on its August 27th release via Domino.
The So So Glos and Titus Andronicus are on tour to “Bring Back the Dudes”, and bring them back they have -- with a vengeance. It’s clear in the just-surfaced video of the two bands sharing the stage for a sweaty, drunken cover of the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” that the two bands are out to save the world from the dwindling presence of Dudes-who-don’t-give-a-fuck. Check out the video below, and thank these brave men for tackling a very serious problem in the music world today! [Stereogum]