VIDEO: Big Grams’ “Fell In The Sun”

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Big Boi and Phantogram are Big Grams and normally, that is all you would need to know and be happy. But Big Grams is a new musical project between the three (Phantogram consists of singer Sarah Barthel and mate Josh Carter) and in order to hear and know more, they’ve made a video for one of the songs from their debut album. Watch “Fell In The Sun” by clicking here because they’re not allowing me to embed it on my site.

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.


AUDIO: Phantogram’s “Black Out Days (Future Islands Remix)”

You may have already picked up Phantogram‘s latest album Voices and may be getting into “Black Out Days” significantly, but now get into it from a different perspective. This vision comes from Future Islands, who did a remix which was approved of and released.

If you wish to hear them in a personal setting, Phantogram are currently on tour, head here to see where they are now and/or where they’ll be next.

SOME STUFFS: New tour dates and a Tobacco song remixed

Sir Tobacco is currently on tour right now, but some new dates have been announced for September. If you wish to see and hear them, rub yourself well and get a chance to do so.
July 14… Burlington, VT (Higher Ground) %^
July 15… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) %^
July 16… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl) %^
July 17… Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts) %^
July 18… Richmond, VA (Gallery 5) %^
July 19… Pittsburgh, PA (Mr. Smalls) %^
September 4… Pomona, CA (The Fox Theater) *
September 5… Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) *
September 8… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge) %
September 9… Seattle, WA (Neumos) %
September 11… Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge) %
September 12… Denver (Larimer Lounge) %
September 13… Lawrence, KS (Bottleneck) %
September 14… St. Louis, MO (Off Broadway) %
September 16… Minneapolis, MN (- Triple Rock Social Club) %
September 17… Chicago, IL (- Lincoln Hall) %
September 19… Columbus, OH (Skully’s) %
September 20… Ferndale, MI (The Loving Touch) %

* = w/ Phantogram
% = w/ The Stargazer Lillies
^ = w/ Zackey Force Funk

As you glaze over the new dates, check out a new High Tides remix of his “Eruption”, figuratively and literally.

SOME STUFFS: Jagwar Ma add more dates to spring tour

Jagwar Ma announced some concert dates last month that included a stop at this year’s SXSW, but now the actual venues have been confirmed. They’re turning it into a spring adventure, head out and support the Ma movement if you can, which will also include a stop at Coachella:

March 13… Austin, TX (Red Bull @ The Belmont)
March 16… Dallas, TX (Dan’s Silverleaf)
March 18… Houston, TX (Fitzgerald’s)
April 1… Cambridge, MA (The Sinclair)
April 4… Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE) Ω
April … Columbus, OH (Lifestyle Communities Pavilion)
April 6… Denver, CO (Snowball Festival)
April 9… Las Vegas, NV (Beauty Bar)
April 11… Indio, CA (Coachella)
April 14… San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
April 16… Santa Barbara, CA (SoHo Music Club)
April 18… Indio, CA (Coachella)

Ω = w/ Phantogram