The Flaming Lips recently recorded video of live performances of songs from their 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin live at at at upstate New York’s SUNY Fredonia campus a few weeks ago, as the Dunkirk, New York Observer reports. Why there? Well, longtime Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann is a professor at SUNY Fredonia, and the Lips were at Fridmann’s Tarbox Road Studio in nearby Cassadaga, New York to record a live version of The Soft Bulletin.
The results of that performance, dubbed The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011, will be housed on a USB drive inside of a gummi skull and sold as part of a limited package that also includes tickets to an upcoming pair of Lips concerts at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles June 14-15. (The band will perform The Soft Bulletin on June 14 and Dark Side of the Moon on June 15.) No word on when or how Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011 will be released otherwise just yet.
Both the Flaming Lips’ Twitter account and Wayne Coyne’s Twitter account have been full of activity related to the live Soft Bulletin recording and the gummi skulls. According to a Tweet yesterday from the Lips, the Hollywood Forever gummi skulls will contain “Marijuana flavored brain, strawberry skull, The Soft Bulletin recorded live, a unique playlist and 2 live videos.” The Observer reported that the two live videos are for “Race for the Prize” and “What Is the Light?” Watch brief clips of “Race for the Prize” here and here.
In other Flaming Lips news, according to various Twitter updates, the band is currently working on collaborations with both Prefuse 73 and Lighting Bolt. They’ve also added a slew of summer tour dates. All of the Lips’ upcoming dates as well as the cemetery gigs are below:
05-13 Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
05-14 Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
05-15 Richmond, VA – The National
05-17 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
05-18 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05-19-20 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *
05-21 Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Festival
05-26 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
05-29 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival *
06-04 Dublin, Ireland – Forbidden Fruit Festival
06-11 Santa Rosa, CA – Harmony Festival
06-14 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery *!
06-15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery ^!
06-17 Los Vegas, NV – Cosmopolitan/The Pool
06-24-26 Atlantic City, NJ – Dave Matthews Band Caravan
06-30 Cornwall, England – Eden Project
07-01 London, England – ATP *
07-02 Cheshire, England – Jodrell Bank Observatory
07-05 Ottawa, Ontario – Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
07-07 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom *!
07-08 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom !
07-09 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
07-10-11 Chicago, IL – Dave Matthews Band Caravan ^
07-27 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
07-28 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center #
07-29 Wantagh, NY – Nikon and Jones Beach #
07-31 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival *
08-03 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater ^
08-04 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
08-05 Kansas City, KS – Kanrocksas
08-06 Tulsa, OK – Brady District Block Party
09-10 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
09-16 Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
* performing The Soft Bulletin
^ performing Dark Side of the Moon
# with Weezer and Yeasayer
! with Marnie Stern