The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends Bon Iver, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Ke$ha (yes, Ke$ha) score golden tickets to the Lips' sonic Wonka factory on this exclusive Record Store Day release.… The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends Bon Iver, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Ke$ha (yes, Ke$ha) score golden tickets to the Lips' sonic Wonka factory on this exclusive Record Store Day release.… 2012-04-21 The Flaming Lips Warner Bros.
Music Review

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)

QUIRKY COLLABORATIO N Bon Iver, Ke$ha and Chris Martin join The Flaming Lips to create an awesomely eccentric musical mix
QUIRKY COLLABORATION Bon Iver, Ke$ha and Chris Martin join The Flaming Lips to create an awesomely eccentric musical mix
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Details Release Date: Apr 21, 2012; Lead Performance: The Flaming Lips; Production: Warner Bros.

Bon Iver, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Ke$ha (yes, Ke$ha) score golden tickets to the Lips' sonic Wonka factory on this exclusive Record Store Day release. Their fresh influx of ideas on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends creates new flavor profiles for the band's loopy psychedelic slurry: Ke$ha spews shards of sass over robot rocker ''2012'' and Martin's dreamy falsetto melts into the meditative dirge ''I Don't Want You to Die,'' while Bon Iver's ''Ashes in the Air'' casts its own woozy spell. Frontman Wayne Coyne remains a singular ringmaster, but here's proof that even mad geniuses need Fwends. A

Originally posted Apr 11, 2012 Published in issue #1203-1204 Apr 20, 2012 Order article reprints