We are very close to April 1st and knowing their joking side, everything is possible, but according to Pitchfork and COS, the Flaming Lips are about to release ‘Flaming Side of the Moon’, a new companion album to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Right! As if the legendary album needed a companion album? As if the Lips hadn’t expressed their love for the iconic band enough already? They recorded their own version of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in 2009.
But it gets even trickier because the Flaming Lips want you to listen to both albums at the same time: ‘For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of Dark Side, but it will work with the album on any format’, and should I try this with vinyl only? How do you do that? They haven’t stopped there, announcing that ‘Flaming Side of the Moon’ is also supposed to synch up perfectly with the 1939 film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Yes, they had already attempted something like this when I saw them in concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, bringing Dorothy and the witches in the middle of their Pink Floyd show.
COS, doesn’t buy it at all because no tracklist and no specific details are included in the press release, and no such product was found in the major digital music outlets… if iTunes doesn’t have it, what should we think?
However, Pitchfork is announcing the thing very seriously adding that the album is ‘available now through all participating digital outlets’ and that ‘a limited pressing of 100 will be distributed on vinyl to the band’s friends and family’ and this is very funny. Last time I checked on the Flaming Lips they were recording ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ with Miley Cyrus and others, so I don’t buy it either. I guess we’ll know for sure very soon as it is supposed to be out March 31st, but the artwork is puzzling and uninspired for the Flaming Lips, like a computer thing done in a five minutes.
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