Listen: The Flaming Lips w/Bon Iver ‘Ashes in the Air’

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Friend to Guerrilla Candy Wayne Coyne and his band The Flaming Lips have teamed up with a rather interesting group of musicians for their upcoming Record Store Day release The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends. The list of collaborators includes Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Lightning Bolt and many others (full list below) and the first sampling of what that record will sound like can be heard below with the Bon Iver track “Ashes in the Air.”

The record will be a limited-run for Record Store Day and the extra-obsessive Flaming Lips fan Coyne will be making available extremely limited editions of the record that include samples of blood from everyone who contributed to the project. You read that right, actual blood samples. Ke$ha, Neon Indian and Prefuse 73 have contributed blood so far. Here’s what Coyne told the NME:

“What I’m going to try to do – and I’m collecting stuff for it as we speak – is I’m going to try to make a record that has every person’s blood in the record.”

“I don’t have everybody’s blood just yet, but I collected quite a few vials of blood and it’s actually sitting in my refrigerator as we speak … I’m going to try to take that same concept and put little bits of everybody’s blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing.”

In other Flaming Lips Record Store Day news, the band will also release a limited split 7″ single with Mastodon that includes the band’s classic “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” off The Soft Bulletin. One side will include Mastodon covering the track and the other will include the original. The record will be on baby pink vinyl.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends track list:

Side 1:
2012 (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
Ashes In The Air (featuring Bon Iver)
Helping The Retarded To Know God (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

Side 2:
Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee (featuring Prefuse 73)
Children Of The Moon (featuring Tame Impala)
That Ain’t My Trip (featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
You, Man? Human? (featuring Nick Cave)

Side 3:
I’m Working At NASA On Acid (featuring Lightning Bolt)
Do It! (featuring Yoko Ono)
Is David Bowie Dying? (featuring Neon Indian)

Side 4:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (featuring Erykah Badu)
Thunder Drops (featuring New Fumes)
I Don’t Want You To Die (featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 13 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and former editor of the defunct music site Ear Candy.