Flaming Lips Singer Talks Bon Iver Record Store Day Collaboration


Story by Cat Badra

The Flaming Lips ready Record Store Day set, out this Saturday

Alternative favorites the Flaming Lips have teamed up with a stellar list of artists for a new album that will arrive this Saturday (April 21) as part of the hoopla surrounding Record Store Day 2012. “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends” is a limited-edition double-disc vinyl album that will offer collaborations with Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among others.

As for teaming up with Bon Iver, Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne told The Huffington Post that the mash-up fell together naturally. “This is a strange coming together,” Coyne said. “A friend of mine was following the singer Justin Vernon on Twitter and mentioned to him, in a Twitter kind of way, you should get together with The Flaming Lips, they’re doing all of these collaborations. And he replied, ‘I should, let’s do it.’ So immediately after that, I tweeted Justin Vernon, and before you know it, we had each other’s phone numbers.”

Coyne also revealed that he and Vernon wrote and recorded the song “Ashes in the Air” by sending pieces back and forth over email. They’ve actually never met: “Even though I’ve never met him in person and I don’t think I’ve ever really talked to him, all this is done through email, Twitter, texting, and I guess just psychically hoping to love and understand each other.”

“The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends” will arrive in local, independent record stores this Saturday. For a list of participating shops, visit Record Store Day’s official website.

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