Leave it to The Flaming Lips to hide USBs of new music inside an edible anatomically correct heart. The band has teamed up with Dude, Sweet Chocolate to help them release their latest, Songs of Love. Part of this bizarre release is a cover of The Beatles‘ “All You Need is Love” featuring Alex and Jade of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The chocolate is reportedly “72% South American dark chocolate studded with hazelnut mini whoppers and waffle cone crunch,” and the cover itself is roughly 60% surreal and 40% dreamy and romantic.
Last month, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Old Crow Medicine Show channeled their old-weird-America roots by touring the South on an old train. Dubbed the Railroad Revival Tour, it featured the bands hitting six cities aboard a few old Amtrak cars. Joe Biden would approve.
The folks at War Child know how to put together a charity album, no doubt about that. Their previous offering featured classic artists handpicking young folks to cover them. This led to the Hold Steady signing Springsteen (naturally) and Lily Allen rocking the Clash (less naturally). Their latest features two discs of new David Bowie covers, three of which you can check out below.
What album’s name is unclear. It was called Repetition and that’s still how your order it. New press releases refer to it as We Were So Turned On though. So, yeah, the title is probably one of those. Unless it isn’t. What we do know is that the lineup includes new ones by Duran Duran, A Place to Bury Strangers, Chairlift, and 39 more. Yowza!
Three tracks have premiered so far. Vivian Girls go surf-fuzz on “John I’m Only Dancing,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes freak-folkify “Memory of a Free Festival,” and Swahili Blonde (feat. ex-Chili Pepper John Frusciante) lend a disco thump to “Red Money.” Check them out below along with the full tracklist.