Flaming Lips collect blood for new release
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, April 12, 2012
4/12/12 at 5:37 AM
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne keeps tweeting about the band's anticipated Record Store Day release. "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends," a double vinyl album, hits independent music sellers April 21.
It includes a crazy number of collaborations and he's confirmed that some editions also will include, uh, bodily fluid.
Over the weekend, he tweeted pictures and video of blood drawings from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and singer-songwriter Michael Perry. Other donors (and collaborators) include Ke$ha, Chris Martin of Coldplay and more.
Coyne also spilled that he'll return the favor and contribute on Ke$ha's upcoming studio release, too.
Coyne also recently told Pitchfork magazine: "I've got blood from Ke$ha - she did it 20 minutes after I texted her. I said, 'Hey I need your blood,' and she said, 'I'm there.' She sent me a little video and everything. It was awesome. And I've got blood from (Neon Indian's) Alan Palomo. Tame Impala's blood is on the way. I think I'll be getting Bon Iver's blood today. Edward Sharpe has thirteen people in his band, so I'm not sure I'll get blood from every one of them. I've got my blood and the Flaming Lips' blood. Everybody says yes to this sort of thing, but when it comes down to getting poked with a needle, some people just cannot bear it."
During a trip to Nashville last weekend, Ke$ha also gave Coyne his first tattoo, she claimed via her Twitter feed.
"Happiest index toe ever in the world!!!" she wrote, and attached a picture of Coyne's digit, complete with fresh happy face ink.
Read the Tulsa World interview with Wayne Coyne on Sunday.
Garth heads north
Garth Brooks is leaving his Las Vegas residency at the Wynn Las Vegas - for one night, anyway.
Multiple sources report that he'll headline the Calgary Stampede centennial event July 12 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The annual rodeo, exhibition and festival runs July 6-15 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
"Garth Brooks has a long history with Calgary," said Paul Rosenberg, vice president of Calgary Stampede programming in a press statement. "We are thrilled to have him here during our Centennial year. Garth is a country music legend; to have him perform at the Centennial Calgary Stampede is incredible."
For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/calgarystampede
Ryan Tedder collaborates
B.o.B. announced a contributor-laden sophomore album via his Twitter feed Monday, including Tulsa-raised Oral Roberts University grad and OneRebublic frontman Ryan Tedder.
Tedder joins Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and even Morgan Freeman among listed appearances on B.o.B.'s sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," set for May 1 release.
Producer, songwriter and musician Tedder has teamed with a roster of stars in recent months and years, including Adele, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw and Adam Lambert.
Foreigner hosts high school choir
Rock act Foreigner will host the Calumet High School Choir during its Friday concert at Lucky Star Casino in Concho, northwest of El Reno.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the choir will sing the band's 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is," organizers said.
The band also partnered with the Grammy Foundation and will donate $500 to the Calumet High School Choir music program.
"As far as I'm concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creative and anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music, is our goal in this partnership," said Mick Jones, Foreigner guitarist and founding member, in a press statement.
The Motels will open the show.
More information and tickets are available at tulsaworld.com/luckystar
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Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips confirms that some of the band's Record Store Day releases will hold the blood of contributing artists. CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Tulsa World file