Although I included a link to the Flaming Lips’ new collaboration with New England, noisemakers Lightning Bolt in my Facebook feed late Friday, this video is one which deserves a second look and listen. In one word, it’s weird. I don’t know if any of us knew what to expect when this pairing was first announced — A rickety, blasted out stomp with everything recorded way loud, teetering on discomfort would have been a good place to start. And, that’s exactly where “I Want to Get High, But I Don’t Want Brain Damage,” does begin. Mixed in are some mystical (And again) blasted out keys, similar to those found on the Lips’ A Christmas on Mars soundtrack, and Lightning Bolt’s scrawling guitars, surprisingly neutered of their volume, but ratcheted up in electricity. Is it good? Is it bad? Ten listens in and I can’t decide. The fact that The Flaming Lips have been doing weird for so long and still can surprise has to be a positive, right?
If you’re lucky enough to be in the Boston area on Tuesday, copies of The Flaming Lips’ 12″ EP with Lightning Bolt will be on sale at the Newbury Comics at Harvard Square. The rest of us will have to deal with eBay prices or pirated mp3s.