The ever-eccentric Wayne Coyne and his merry band of psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips have been on a collaborative kick all year. After they initially announced in January that they would release new material during every month of 2011, they have so far kept true to their word.
In February they released a song called “Two Blobs Fucking” that contained 12 separate pieces meant to be overlaid and played atop one another (à la their 1998 experiment Zaireeka), followed by a long string of collaborations. So far, they’re combined their musical strengths with a wide variety of artists, releasing material with Prefuse 73, Neon Indian and, most recently, Lightning Bolt. They’ve also made live appearances this year with Weezer and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
The band is far from done collaborating too: In a recent interview between Spinner and Death Cab for Cutie members Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer, Coyne unexpectedly interrupted the interview, sat down and candidly asked the band if they’d be interested in collaborating. Gibbard and Harmer agreed without hesitation, and a discussion quickly ensued.
Further details are yet to unfold, but fans can expect a three- to four-song EP featuring songs jointly worked on by both groups.