The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)

On paper, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends - a Record Store Day round-up of various collaborations conducted over the past year-- doesn't appear to be the next official chapter in the band's ever-evolving history so much as a tribute to Coyne's skills of diplomacy, like his hyperactive Twitter feed brought to life. The internet may have splintered the pop monoculture into myriad musical streams, but Heady Fwends provides as inclusive a congregation of the entire, circa-2012 under-to-overground spectrum as you can muster in a single album, with a guest list that spans top-40 stars (Ke$ha, Chris Martin) and noise-rock extremists (Lightning Bolt), anarchic avant guardians (Nick Cave, Yoko Ono) and chilled-out indie new-schoolers (Bon Iver, Neon Indian), electronic experimentalists (Prefuse 73) and hip-hop heroes-cum-children's-television hosts (Biz Markie). Really, all you need to complete the picture is a Pauly D remix.

The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
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The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)
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A1. 2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
A2. Ashes in the Air (featuring Bon Iver)
A3. Helping the Retarded to Find God (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

B1. The Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee (featuring Prefuse 73)
B2. Children of the Moon (featuring Tame Impala)
B3. That Ain't My Trip (featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
B4. You, Man? Human??? (featuring Nick Cave)

C1. I'm Working at NASA on Acid (featuring Lightning Bolt)
C2. Do It! (featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band)
C3. Is David Bowie Dying? (featuring Neon Indian)

D1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (featuring Erykah Badu])
D2. Girl, You're So Weird (featuring New Fumes)
D3. I Don't Want You to Die (featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)

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Lovely Sorts of Death Records
United States
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