Unplugging: The drug-inspired Terror of the Flaming Lips

Posted by Lily Angelle, MXDWN

MXDWN loves random, and this week features some almost unbelievable musical endeavors, such as drug-inspired albums, music fests in Israel, Day of the Dead themed parties, and electronic superstars scoring Disney movies.

King of all things random and bizarre, The Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne shared details of a new album titled The Terror, among other interesting anecdotes in a brief interview with MXDWN. With the band’s now completed feat to break the Guinness World Record for the most concerts in multiple cities within a 24-hour period out of the way, Coyne shared that The Lips’ new album is set to be released this January, after a series of recording sessions in which the group "stumbled upon five or six things
that were kind of magical."

Described as the group’s "first real drug record," Coyne candidly revealed his drug use as inspiration for The Terror. So, what can fans expect from this new drug-inspired album? Coyne revealed that The Terror explores "the terror of curiosity, the terror of living, the terror of love. All of these things that are in a certain state of mind, you have to embrace them."

As far as collaborations go, as The Flaming Lips have produced tracks with countless names such as Bon Iver, Ke$ha and Lightning Bolt for their last album titled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Coyne said that there is no rhyme or reason to what the group decides to do, but Heady Fwends was a good,
experimental culmination of all their collaborative work.

When it comes to randomness, subculture music genres such as noise rock, indie rock, shoegaze and IDM prevail in that department. The European independent music festival, Le Guess Who?, features such subculture genres, and has just released their 6th annual lineup. Headliners include Destroyer, Grimes, Fuck Buttons, Dirty Three, Deerhoof, Ty Segall, and more. The festival is set to take place November 29th through December 2nd in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Earlybird tickets have been sold out, but regular passes are still available, but will go up in price starting September 1st. HARD Events, who just recently threw a stellar 2-day festival in LA where over 50,000 fans were in attendance, has announced their next event hitting Los Angeles in November, titled HARD Haunted Mansion Presents Day of the Dead.

Keeping in tune with their signature seasonal themes, this Halloween festival will take on the theme of the traditional Day of the Dead holiday. Taking place shortly after Halloween on November 3rd, the festival will have four stages, featuring performances from some of the biggest names in electronic music, such as Justice (Live), Knife Party, Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Diplo, Kill the Noise, and more.

If HARD Haunted Mansion doesn’t offer enough electronic music to sustain you, fear not, as three-time Grammy Winner, Skrillex, will be taking his futuristic beats to the big screen. At Comic-Con in July, it was announced that Skrillex would be contributing music to a new Disney film’s soundtrack. Titled Wreck-It Ralph, the Disney film is centered primarily on a "video game bad boy," as detailed by IMDB. This soundtrack is Skrillex’s second big screen gig, as he is also currently composing tracks to Spring
Breakers, starring Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Wreck-It Ralph will hit theaters
this November.

Lollapalooza’s international expansion has established its newest destination at Yarkon Park on August 20-23, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel joins Chile and Brazil as the third and latest international stop for the major festival, along with its US stop in Chicago. Lollapalooza is brought to Israel by NMC United, music distributor and publishing company, as well as production and promotion company Plug Productions
Generator.

This is the very first large-scale international music festival to hit Israel, and will feature the same festival experience that fans have come to expect in the U.S. The venue is minutes away from downtown Tel Aviv, and Yarkon Park stretches for 100 acres along the Yarkon River, which should prove to be a nice, spaced out venue for live music.

Unplugging In Brief:

In a brief interview, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips elaborated on his recent feats of collaborations and Guinness World Record, as well as the group’s upcoming album.

Le Guess Who? Festival 2012 Lineup Announced Featuring Fuck Buttons, Dirty Three, Grimes and More – Featuring subculture music genres, this European independent music fest will feature a slew of experimental rock outfits.

HARD Haunted Mansion Day of the Dead Event Announced Featuring Justice, Knife Party and Major Lazer – Featuring a theme of the traditional Day of the Dead holiday, HARD Haunted Mansion will surely prove to be a wicked post Halloween party.

Skrillex Set To Score Soundtrack To Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph – His 2nd big screen endeavor, it was announced at Comic Con that Skrillex would be composing tracks for Disney’s next big hit, Wreck-It Ralph.

Lollapalooza Israel 2013 Announced Set to Take Place in Tel Aviv
– The first large-scale international music festival to hit Israel, Lollapalooza will expand its awesomeness to Tel Aviv in 2013.

Lily Angelle, MXDWN