Video: Record Store Day 2012! Flaming Lips ready to release “Heady Fwends,” Guestroom Records to showcase local music
It’s almost here! The fifth annual Record Store Day is Saturday.
Celebrated every third Saturday in April, Record Store Day is the one day of the year that independently owned record stores come together with recording artists to celebrate the art of music. Instead of sleeping in on Saturday, get out and support your local indie music retailer.
As part of the festivities, Guestroom Records is hosting performances by Oklahoma musicians in all three of its metro OKC locations Saturday afternoon. (They won’t make you get up too early; they’re open at their usual 11 a.m.) Here is the lineup:
Guestroom Bricktown, 25 S Oklahoma, Suite 101
12:15 p.m. – Student Film
1:15 – Crown Imperial
Guestroom OKC, 3701 N Western
2:45 p.m. – Jacob Abello
3:45 – Deerpeople
Guestroom Norman, 125 E Main Street
6:30 p.m. – Locust Avenue
7:30 – Beau Jennings
8:30 – Brother Bear
According to RecordStoreDay.com, other Oklahoma outlets participating in Record Store Day include The Beat Goes On, Claremore; Randy’s M&M’s, Edmond; size records, OKC; Reggie’s Records, Ponca City; CD Warehouse, Shawnee; Blue Moon Discs and Starship Records & Tapes, Tulsa; and various Vintage Stock location around the state.
A wide array of bands and artists are planning exclusive vinyl, CD and single releases especially for Record Store Day, including Tulsa native St. Vincent, ABBA, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Metallica, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble with Ray Charles, Carolina Chocolate Drops with Run DMC, The Civil Wars, Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, the Woody Guthrie tribute quartet behind “New Multitudes” and many, many more. For a full list of RSD releases, click here.
Perhaps no RSD 2012 release is more eagerly anticipated than The Flaming Lips’ much-buzzed-about collection of collaborations, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.” Warner Bros. Records is only pressing 10,000 copies of the album, which features the Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers partnering with Ke$ha and Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, New Fumes and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
I got to take a listen to a preview copy of “Heady Fwends” – on CD, not on the special vinyl that has vials of the contributors’ blood mixed in with it, mind you – and for Lips devotees, it lives up the considerable hype. It’s a star-studded trip through the band’s personal spacey, otherworldly, noisy-in-a-good-way cosmos. To read The Oklahoman Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett’s review of “Heady Fwends,” click here.
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne talks about “Heady Fwends” in this video: