Heady Friends:

That wily Wayne Coyne and his gummy-fetus-spawning brain wasn’t blowing up his studio with one-off collaborations in naught over these past few months. Ke$ha, Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Neon Indian, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Nick Cave, Chris Martin (Coldplay), and speckling of a few more names will all be on the The Flaming Lips‘ Record Store Day bonanza double-LP come April 21 dubbed The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. To sweeten the downtime you’ll be waiting in line at your local record store, the Lips are promising it will come on extremely limited hand-thrown colored vinyl (via Paste).


Welcome to the club of elite pop stars with a twinkle in their teeth for Pepsi, Nicki Minaj. The divisive¬†trinidadian-American spitfire rapper signed a multimillion-dollar deal too large to type on the intranets to be part of a campaign for a curious new Pepsi product called “Pop,” reports Forbes. Take that, soda people. The news comes on the heels of fellow Cash Money/Young Money artist Lil’ Wayne striking deals with the Mountain Dew extension of the Pepsi brand, with another curious product dubbed DEWeezy.

LDR 2.0:

2012’s titanic internet hype Lana Del Rey has announced a second wind of shows, following a panned SNL performance earlier this year and a series of show cancellations, including a run at SXSW. NYC and L.A. will see residencies in June, reports Pitchfork, at the El Rey in L.A. and at Irving Plaza in NYC, followed by a couple of dates in Europe. It’s charming to see her keep pushin’ on, no? Or is the timing off? Also, the LDR camp just dropped a snazzy new video for “Blue Jeans” by director Yoann Lemoine over on her website.

Ninjas In London:

Blue-haired pop-tress Katy Perry fancied an odd ode to Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s most over-played song ever, “Niggas in Paris,” for BBC Radio 1 yesterday, Yankees cap and all, changing the lyrics to “ninjas in London,” for both comedic and creative effect, which is actually kind of entertaining, considering the horse has already been well beaten by West and Jay-Z.. On the Watch The Throne tour, the two played the song an absurd amount of times; 11 on their last performance in Vancouver.


British glam pioneers T. Rex played their last show on this day in 1977, the band effectively ceasing to be upon the subsequent car-crash death of curly-haired mystic frontman, Marc Bolan. The Smiths, Bowie, The Who, Oasis, the trail of the deeply influenced is long, here, making the veritable record stop that much more potent. But if you’ve ever injected a needle into the ’72 single “Children of the Revolution,” and yelped along to the first verse and chorus tease, it’s clear the record really never stopped:

Well you can bump and grind, it is good for your mind
Well, you can twist and shout, let it all hang out
But you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No You won’t fool the children of the revolution, no, no, no