At War with the Mystics
At War with the Mystics is the eleventh studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on April 3, 2006 by Warner Bros. Records; the album is more guitar-driven and features more politically themed lyrics than the band's previous two albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. At War with the Mystics won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, was nominated for Best Alternative Album. By 2009, the album had sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. All tracks written by The Flaming Lips. Like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi, At War with the Mystics was released as a special edition 5.1 CD+DVD-Audio mix on October 24, 2006, accompanied by studio outtakes and exclusive radio sessions. The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne – vocals, keyboards, production Steven Drozd – guitars, keyboards, vocals, production Michael Ivins – bass, backing vocals, production, additional engineering Kliph Scurlock – drums, percussionAdditional personnel Scott Booker – production Dave Fridmann – additional songwriting, mixing, engineering, mastering Greg Kurstin – additional songwriting, backing vocals and instruments on "Haven't Got a Clue" At War with the Mystics at MusicBrainz
Clouds Taste Metallic
Clouds Taste Metallic is the seventh studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on September 19, 1995 by Warner Bros. Records, it was the last album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones. The album's recording is featured in the Fearless Freaks documentary. Clouds Taste Metallic was projected to be the band's first commercially successful release after the major success of "She Don't Use Jelly" from their previous album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, but failed to garner the same commercial success of its predecessor. However, in recent years, it has been regarded by critics and fans as one of the Flaming Lips' best albums, has achieved cult status. On December 18, 2015, Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic: 1994-1997 was released, which contained a three-CD or five-LP compilation including the album, the 1994 odds-and-ends EP Due to High Expectations... The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles for Your Balloons, a unreleased concert called Psychiatric Exploration Of The Fetus With Needles, a further rarities collection titled The King Bug Laughs.
The CD only release contains an original comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne. The vinyl reissue of Clouds Taste Metallic contains autographs signed by Wayne Coyne, the deluxe edition contains a bundle of several out of print posters & T-shirts of the band that were available at concerts on their tour in 1995-1996 in support of Clouds Taste Metallic. Included are digital downloads for songs such as the 1996 live versions of "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles" and "Put The Waterbug In The Policeman's Ear", studio versions of both said songs, two additional studio recordings of "Hot Day", recorded for the soundtrack to the 1996 film subUrbia, "Chosen One", a cover of Smog. Wayne Coyne – vocals, guitar Steven Drozd – drums, keyboards, vocals, glockenspiel Michael Ivins – bass, backing vocals Ronald Jones – guitar, vocals "They Punctured My Yolk" was sampled on Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs album in the song "We Got The." As part of Record Store Day 2016, an alternate mix of Clouds Taste Metallic featuring ex-Flaming Lips guitarist Ronald Jones was released.
"Lightning Strikes the Postman" was covered by Scottish rock band Aereogramme on their album Seclusion
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, still the magazine's publisher, the music critic Ralph J. Gleason, it was first known for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content. Rolling Stone Press is the magazine's associated book publishing imprint. Straight Arrow Press was the magazine's associated book publishing imprint, Straight Arrow Publishing Co. Inc. was the publishing company that published Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Ralph Gleason. To get it off the ground, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the parents of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim; the first issue carried a cover date of November 9, 1967, was in newspaper format with a lead article on the Monterey Pop Festival.
The cover price was 25¢. In the first issue, Wenner explained that the title of the magazine referred to the 1950 blues song "Rollin' Stone", recorded by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan's hit single "Like a Rolling Stone": You're wondering what we're trying to do. It's hard to say: sort of a sort of a newspaper; the name of it is Rolling Stone which comes from an old saying, "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Muddy Waters used the name for a song. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song. "Like a Rolling Stone" was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record. We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll."—Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone, November 9, 1967, p. 2 Some authors have attributed the name to Dylan's hit single: "At Gleason's suggestion, Wenner named his magazine after a Bob Dylan song." Rolling Stone identified with and reported the hippie counterculture of the era. However, it distanced itself from the underground newspapers of the time, such as Berkeley Barb, embracing more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding the radical politics of the underground press.
In the first edition, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces". In the 1970s, Rolling Stone began to make a mark with its political coverage, with the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for the magazine's political section. Thompson first published his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas within the pages of Rolling Stone, where he remained a contributing editor until his death in 2005. In the 1970s, the magazine helped launch the careers of many prominent authors, including Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, Joe Klein, Joe Eszterhas, Ben Fong-Torres, Patti Smith and P. J. O'Rourke, it was at this point that the magazine ran some of its most famous stories, including that of the Patty Hearst abduction odyssey. One interviewer, speaking for a large number of his peers, said that he bought his first copy of the magazine upon initial arrival on his college campus, describing it as a "rite of passage".
In 1977, the magazine moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City. Editor Jann Wenner said San Francisco had become "a cultural backwater". During the 1980s, the magazine began to shift towards being a general "entertainment" magazine. Music was still a dominant topic, but there was increasing coverage of celebrities in television and the pop culture of the day; the magazine initiated its annual "Hot Issue" during this time. Rolling Stone was known for its musical coverage and for Thompson's political reporting. In the 1990s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors and popular music; this led to criticism. In recent years, the magazine has resumed its traditional mix of content, including in-depth political stories, it has expanded content to include coverage of financial and banking issues. As a result, the magazine has seen its circulation increase and its reporters invited as experts to network television programs of note.
The printed format has gone through several changes. The first publications, in 1967–72, were in folded tabloid newspaper format, with no staples, black ink text, a single color highlight that changed each edition. From 1973 onwards, editions were produced on a four-color press with a different newsprint paper size. In 1979, the bar code appeared. In 1980, it became a large format magazine; as of edition of October 30, 2008, Rolling Stone has had a smaller, standard-format magazine size. After years of declining readership, the magazine experienced a major resurgence of interest and relevance with the work of two young journalists in the late 2000s, Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi. In 2005, Dana Leslie Fields, former publisher of Rolling Stone, who had worked at the magazine for 17 years, was an inaugural inductee into the Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2009, Taibbi unleashed an acclaimed series of scathing reports on the financial meltdown of the time, he famously described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid".
Bigger headlines came at the end of June 2010. Rolling Stone caused a controversy in the White House by publishing in the July issue an article by journalist Michael Hastings entitled, "The Runaway General", quoting criticism by General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U. S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, about Vice President Joe Biden and oth
Michael Lee Ivins is the bassist, backing vocalist and one of the founding members of The Flaming Lips. Along with Mark Coyne and Wayne Coyne, he formed The Flaming Lips in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. According to frontman Coyne, Ivins was found as the bassist for the band because of his punk-rock look, not because of his musical ability. In fact, Ivins couldn't play bass, but he learned how and has been the bassist for the band since. Ivins developed an interest in the recording process and has helped engineer the Flaming Lips' studio recordings since 1994. Ivins wears a full-body skeleton suit recognized as a Halloween costume in tribute to John Entwistle. In recent years, he is more seen wearing СССР T-shirts. Interview with Michael Ivins on public radio program The Sound of Young America
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the tenth studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on July 15, 2002 by Warner Bros. Records; the album was well-received critically and commercially, helping the band break into the mainstream, was adapted into a musical in 2012. The lyrics of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots concern a diverse array of subject matter melancholy ponderings about love, artificial emotion and deception, while telling the story of Yoshimi's battle; the title character is inspired by Boredoms/OOIOO member Yoshimi P-We, following a comment in the Flaming Lips studio that her machine-sound abstract singing sounds like she is battling monsters—Coyne added'pink'. P-We performs on the album; some listeners consider. Despite the story-type title and science fiction themes of the album, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has made it clear that the album is not intended to be a concept album; the vocal melody of track one, "Fight Test", echoes Cat Stevens's "Father and Son".
Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, is receiving royalties following a uncontentious settlement. Coyne has claimed that he was unaware of the songs' similarities until producer Dave Fridmann pointed them out; this claim, however, is contradicted by his statement to Rolling Stone magazine: "I know "Father and Son" and I knew there would be a little bit of comparison. "Fight Test" is not a reference to the ideas of "Father and Son", but a reference to the cadence, the melody, chord progression. I think it's such a great arrangement of chords and melody"; the final track, "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon", won a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The Flaming Lips won the same award for "The Wizard Turns On...", taken from At War with the Mystics, in 2006. In recent years, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots has proved itself to have a bigger commercial impact than the band's 1999 breakthrough album The Soft Bulletin, became their first gold-certified release in April 2006; as of 2009, it has sold 570,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots received widespread acclaim from critics. Calling the album "as strange as it is wonderful," Billboard nonetheless noted that "beneath the sunny, computer-generated atmospherics and the campy veneer of talk about gladiator-style clashes between man and machines with emotions, Yoshimi is a somber rumination on love and survival in an unfathomable world." Tom Moon of Rolling Stone praised the album's "ambitious" production, while Fortune magazine called it "a lush and haunting electronic symphony." Uncut declared that "even by their standards, Yoshimi is astonishing." Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a three-star honorable mention rating, indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure". Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots appeared in the best-albums-of-the-decade lists of several music publications, such as Rolling Stone and Uncut, with Uncut declaring it the greatest album released in the magazine's lifetime.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. For the television show Friends, Flaming Lips re-wrote the song "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" into "Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots" to fit one of the show's main characters; as a 2014 April Fool's gag, Funny or Die posted a fake trailer for Yoshimi: Fall of the Chosen starring members of The Flaming Lips. The short is laced with references from the album: "Evil Natured Robots Programed to Destroy Us" scrolls by during news footage, "Yoshimi! Don't let them eat me!" is heard in the dialogue, there is a quick shot of Yoshimi taking her vitamins. In 2007, it was announced that the album would be made into a Broadway musical by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and director Des McAnuff. Frontman Wayne Coyne said of the plot: Des McAnuff stated that Aaron Sorkin exited the project after it became clear the musical would be sung through; the musical includes existing songs from the album, as well as two other Flaming Lips albums, The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics.
The show received its world premiere at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse in November 2012, starring Kimiko Glenn as Yoshimi Yasukawa, Paul Nolan as Ben Nickel, Nik Walker as Booker, Pearl Sun as Mrs. Yasukawa, John Haggerty as Mr. Yasukawa and Tom Hewitt as Dr. Petersen. All tracks written by The Flaming Lips except; the Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne – songwriting, guitars, cover paintings, production Steven Drozd – songwriting, guitars, electronics, vocals, production Michael Ivins – songwriting, keyboards, backing vocals, production, additional engineeringAdditional personnel Yoshimi P-We – vocalization Dave Fridmann – additional songwriting, mixing, engineering, mastering Scott Booker – production Trent Bell – additional tracking Andy Taub – additional tracking George Salisbury – design and layout
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on June 22, 1993 by Warner Bros. Records; the album marked the departure of Jonathan Donahue and Nathan Roberts, the addition of guitarist Ronald Jones and drummer Steven Drozd. The track "She Don't Use Jelly" is notable for being the band's first charting radio hit, after its video was featured on the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head nearly a year after the album's release. "Turn It On" was a moderately successful single, had two different music videos, one of, shot at a laundromat. By 2002, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart had sold 300,000 copies worldwide; the EP Due to High Expectations... The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles for Your Balloons was released the following year to promote the album and featured live versions of "Chewin the Apple of Your Eye" and "Slow•Nerve•Action". All songs written by The Flaming Lips except. Wayne Coyne – vocals, guitar Steven Drozd – drums, guitar, vocals Michael Ivins – bass, backing vocals Ronald Jones – guitar, backing vocals Keith Cleversley – recording engineer, mixing engineer
Clifton Thomas "Kliph" Scurlock is an American musician. He was the drummer and percussionist for alternative rock band The Flaming Lips from 2002 to 2014. Scurlock was born in Topeka, the son of Roger W. Scurlock and Linda Louise Rokey, his love of music was inspired by his mother. Linda Scurlock was in Mariachi Estrella, she gave him his first Beatles album, on 8-track tape. When he was eight years old, his mother died in the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City, where she was performing with Mariachi Estrella. After her death, Scurlock went to live with his father, he began marching band in 6th grade. When he was in 11th grade, he began spelling his name K-l-i-p-h to distinguish himself from another student named Cliff; the spelling variant stuck and family and friends began spelling it that way. At age 16, Scurlock bought a Ringo Starr series 1964 Ludwig Silver Sparkle Drum Set. Within two weeks, he was in his first band—a cover band whose first show was at a Topeka strip club named the Golden Horseshoe.
The following year, he joined his first "real" band, based out of Lawrence. When he was 18, he moved there, he quit Slackjaw in 1993 and played in a lot of other bands, including Kill Creek, Panel Donor, the Rohypnol Rangers, Contortion Horse. In March 1999, Scurlock was hired as a roadie for the Flaming Lips while the band was on tour to promote their album The Soft Bulletin, he remained with them on their next tour while they served as Beck's backing band in 2002. Scurlock was chosen to play the drums on that tour, to enable another band member, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, to play lead guitar. Scurlock became the Flaming Lips' touring drummer so Drozd could continue playing guitar and keyboards live. Subsequently, there was a distinction between the Flaming Lips Live. However, upon the release of the Flaming Lips album Embryonic in October 2009, Scurlock was formally recognized in the liner notes as a full-fledged member of the band. In addition to the Embryonic album, he is credited on the 2003 "Fight Test" EP In March 2014, Scurlock left the band.
In May, Scurlock said that he had been fired for negative comments about Wayne Coyne's friend Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma's governor and leader of a band called Pink Pony. Fallin had been criticized for cultural appropriation after she wore a Native American headdress in a publicity photo. According to Scurlock, his criticism of Fallin's actions led to conflict with Coyne and his dismissal. In response, Drozd said, "his Lips/Kliph bullshit has gone too far. We parted ways because of the usual band musical differences; the rest has been blown way out."Scurlock toured alongside Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, as part of Rhys's backing band on the 2014-15 American Interior tour. He's played with the band Gulp, fronted by SFA bassist Guto Pryce, was part of SFA's stage crew during their May 2015 gigs. Scurlock now resides in Cardiff and collaborates with Welsh musicians such as Gwenno. Scurlock is an endorser for Alchemy Cymbals. Kliph Scurlock on Facebook Kliph Scurlock's Page at MySpace Kliph Scurlock Credits at Allmusic Kliph Scurlock discography at MusicBrainz Kliph Scurlock on IMDb 2006 Kliph Scurlock interview with Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World, June 10, 2006 2013 Kliph Scurlock interview with The Drummer’s Journal