REVIEW: The Flaming Lips’ “With A Little Help From My Fwends”

 photo FlamingLips14_cover_zpsd41ccabf.jpg The last time we heard from The Flaming Lips, they made a fantastic album called The Trial (my review of which can be read by clicking here.) After having a bit of surprise success with their cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon in full, the Oklahoma gentlemen decided to get into their mushroom storage shed again to cover another classic rock album, this time The Beatles’ highly cherished Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The new album is called With A Little Help From My Fwends (Warner Bros.), called this because the Lips are joined by a number of special guests, some welcomed, some unwelcomed, some surprises, others not so much. Overall, it is a split effort. Some songs work fairly well while others fail miserably, even within the context of The Flaming Lips. Some of the more demented stuff is quite good, including versions of “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Black Pus and Autumn Defense), “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” (with Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer and Sunbears), “Lovely Rita” (featuring Tegan and Sara, Stardeath and White Dwarfs), and “When I’m Sixty-Four” (with Def Rain & Pitchwafuzz). Surprisingly, it is Miley Cyrus’ two contributions (yes, two) to the album are some of the best songs here, playing roles in “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (which also features Moby) and “A Day In The Life” (featuring New Fumes). If Cyrus ever steers towards making more serious music, she may become a huge influence on a generation or two of many young singers. That’s not a joke.

The absolute best track is “With A Little Help From My Friends” not only because it has Black Pus but because it’s the noisiest on here. Would I listen to this on a regular basis, not really. I prefer other Flaming Lips albums and EP’s and I like The Beatles’ album a bit too much, even though I do enjoy the way they’ve always reinterpreted other people’s works. It may work very well for other listeners so if your mind is open up to this, definitely plug it in. Despite the fact that a good part of it sounds like a total failure (and definitely feel freel to define “failure” in your own way), the good thing about this is that all proceeds from record sales will go to The Bella Foundation, an organization in Oklahoma City that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners. Buy it for that reason.


FREE DL: L’Orange’s “After The Flowers” (EP)
L’Orange not only has free music for you in the form of an extended play, but the EP is being distributed as a free item. Yes, it’s free of charge so have a listen to After The Flowers, which features help from Blame One, Amerigo Gazaway, Chuck Inglish, Red Pill. Xiomara, Billy Woods, Meyhem Lauren, and Johaz.

SOME STUFFS: Asher Roth gets Pabst and heads on the road

Asher Roth isn’t just working endlessly, he’s a pee bucket. Check this out: his new album is called The Pabst & Jazz Sessions, featuring his collaborations with Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, and Blended Babies and he’s releasing a new song each day in the form of the goofy term “leaks”. The full album will be released next week Tuesday (December 20th), but you’ll be able to extract megabytes through his means of digital speaking.

Roth will be going on tour starting this weekend, bringing with him a live band and a few DJ’s. His proceeds from the tour will go to The Philadelphia Hunger Coalition. Here is where you’ll be able to catch the Asher Roth holiday spirit. Links will take you to websites where where you’ll be able to order tickets:

December 17th: Cincinnati, OH (Lunar)
December 19th… Chicago, IL (Reggie’s)
December 21st… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl)
December 22nd…Las Vegas, NV (The Harmon Theater)
December 29th… San Francisco, CA (330 Ritch)
December 30th… West Hollywood, CA (Viper Room)
January 5th… Philadelphia, PA (Milkboy)
January 12th… London (Jazz Café)

VIDEO: Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish’s “In The Kitchen”

Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish – In The Kitchen from on Vimeo.

The Asher Roth did not give up his fight to create more music in 2011, and it doesn’t look like he will be resting for awhile with his forthcoming project with Chuck Inglish, called Pabst & Jazz. Have a look, listen, and maybe taste.