Tag: Matthew Hogan
What have The Flaming Lips been up to in 2012? Well. In the first half of this year, Oklahoma’s favourite sons have written a fight song (based on ‘Race For The Prize’) for NBA finalists The Oklahoma City Thunder, broken a Guinness World Record for the most gigs played in different cities in 24 hours, released a 24-hour song encased in an edible gummy foetus, unleashed a split single with metal titans Mastodon, and collaborated with Coldplay main man Chris Martin, pop skank Ke$ha, soul queen Erykah Badu (which resulted in a music video featuring Badu’s nude sister, amid much controversy), and Australia’s own Tame Impala, among others. The collaborations resulted in The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, originally a Record Store Day vinyl release – but after all those copies sold out, along with the super limited edition (which featured the featured artists’ blood encased in the vinyl), a CD version was released last month.
There really are few artists around today that embody the spirit of rock’n’roll quite like Nathan Williams, leader of noisy surf rockers Wavves. With his constantly fuzzy guitar, party lifestyle and onstage meltdown history, Williams has attracted many followers (I’m looking directly at you, Bleeding Knees Club) – but could he be turning his back on the guitar in favour of a beat machine?
The National Going Global By Matthew Hogan Since releasing their fifth album in May, the profile of crooning indie heroes The National has risen rapidly. The reception of High Violet afforded the Brooklyn-based band headline slots at some of Australia’s biggest festivals this summer – and this October, it even won them the Q Magazine [...]