There’s never a dull moment for The Flaming Lips. Whether they’re filming NSFW videos with Amanda Palmer, beating Jay-Z’s record for most live concerts played in 24 hours, releasing music inside of gummy skulls, or rolling around in giant plastic balls at their live shows, Wayne Coyne and company are always on the lookout for their next thrill. So of course, the announcement of the April 2 release of their album The Terror wasn’t complete without an additional surprise out of left field; this Super Bowl Sunday, they will be performing a new song, “Sun Blows Up Today,” in a Hyundai commercial during the big game. The 60-second spot, an advertisement for the Hyundai Santa Fe, will feature the band hanging out on a suburban rooftop playing the new tune, which will be available for 100,000 free downloads from the Hyundai website and as a bonus track on the digital album.
According to Coyne, the “great, very strange, beautiful, emotional record” was written between sessions for the band’s previous 2012 release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. You can find the official track list for The Terror, as well as a still from the upcoming commercial, below the jump.
“Lifestyles of the rich and the famous/ they’re always complaining, always complaining/ If money is such a problem/ well they got mansions/ think we should rob them.” – Joel Madden, singer, poet.
Oh Good Charlotte, wise beyond their years. What other band could so brilliantly lampoon the extravagance of popular music stars, satirizing it while subtly nodding to the allure of money, at once deriding lust for material things and acknowledging the avarice in all men.
A true poet.
One can wax poetic on the evils of money until the cows come home. It’s the root of all evil, greed is a deadly sin, it can’t buy you happiness, blah blah blah. Alright sure, money can’t buy you happiness, but you know what it can buy you? A bitchin’ new house! Hey, knock money all you want, but if you get a little bit of green then you can finance yourself a sweet little pad. That must be the thought-process behind the housing decisions that rock stars make. And who can blame them? You’re young (or young-at-heart), successful with a regular infusion of cash and you probably fancy yourself the creative type. Why not have a sweet house that reflects all that about you and more? Let’s take a look at some sweet rock star domiciles.
We can’t profile all of the famous rock guitarist’s homes, but one of them stands out not only for it’s opulence but also for it’s relative availability for the (fabulously wealthy) average Joe looking to rent a tropical getaway. Standfast Point in Antigua is less a house or mansion and more of a compound: a 14,000 square foot four building complex sitting atop seaside cliffs looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. With space for your family in the main house, separate accommodations for your guests, onsite staff and two pools on the property, the property truly does have it all—and it can be yours for the going rate of $50,000 a week. But can you really put a price on living in the lap of luxury in a house that could easily pass for a Bond villain hideout? You can learn more about the villa here.
Fat Mike (NOFX)
Frontman of long-running punk band NOFX Fat Mike wears many hats. As a performer in his group, he sings and plays bass. Day to day, he helps run Fat Wreck Chords, the seminal punk label that he founded along with his wife in 1990. And now Mike can add real estate mogul to his lengthy resume. Fat Mike has begun to rent out a house in Las Vegas known as the Vegas Punk House and Paltry Museum. Now, you probably won’t see Fat Mike there, but his influence is all over the place. The living room is plastered with posters from classic punk shows of yore and the house features a number of amenities that will please the man-child in all of us. In addition to a salt water pool, the backyard also features a nine-hole mini golf course and a water slide. And you bring all your friends since the Punk House has bed space for ten people and is only four miles removed from the Vegas Strip. You can take a tour of the place with Fat Mike himself in the clip below.
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)
Coyne, weirdo shaman frontman of psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips, needs a pad worthy of his outsized gonzo persona. And he does—his house is so weird it’s even something of a celebrity in it’s own right. “Wayne Coyne house” is the third hit that comes up when you begin to search for the rock star online. The most notable story about the humble abode is when the Internet freaked out after spotting Coyne’s house in Google Maps street view. How could they tell it was Coyne’s house, you might ask. Well, let’s take a look at the evidence.
Yep, that's Wayne Coyne in a bathtub on his front yard in Google Street View. It's art, people.
So, we’ve seen the outside of his house, but what about the inside? Well, it’s a home worthy of Coyne’s grand weirdness and it’s pretty damn cool. Coyne and his wife worked closely in collaboration with Oklahoma City-based architecture firm Fitzsimmons Architects in order to transform the suburban home into something very unique. Also notable is the location Coyne chose for his home; in the middle of the same neighborhood that he grew up in. Coyne wanted to show his support for the community by placing his new home there. What a class act!
For those who got MGMT fever listening to their vocals on Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” the wait is (almost) over. Today MGMT released the first track off their upcoming surfer pop album, Congratulations. This one is called “Flash Delirium” and it is available FREE FOR DOWNLOAD on the band’s Web site. Dance, little children, dance.
Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous takes own life
The music industry lost another world-weary hero this week. First Vic Chesnutt, and now Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse— a frequent Chesnutt collaborator. Linkous reportedly died from a self-inflicted stab wound outside a friend’s home in Tennessee. As Sparklehorse, Linkous released 4 studio albums (with a 5th on the way), toured with Radiohead and collaborated with the likes of Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and, most recently, Danger Mouse. The duo was entrenched in a legal dispute with Danger Mouse’s record label, EMI, for the rights to release their album Dark Night of the Soul, but had recently reached an agreement.
On a personal note, I interviewed Linkous after the release of his stunning 2001 album, It’s a Wonderful Life, at his farm in Virginia, and found the man behind the musical genius to be a quiet, gentle soul who entertained all my fumbling questions with grace and kindness. R.I.P., Mark.
Bieber rips off Raaaaaaaandy?
Could it be true? Through his alter ego, Raaaaaaaandy (yeah, that’s 8 A’s), comedian Aziz Ansari has accused Justin Bieber of ripping off his song “Baby, Baby” in the teen idol’s current hit, “Baby.” According to the re-enactment footage, Bieber stole the music and lyrics after pistol whipping poor Raaaaaaaandy in the studio. That’s so Bieber! Check out the Funny Or Die clip here.