Friday, November 16, 2012

Pop culture roundup: Flaming Lips cover King Crimson; Paul McCartney works with Adele producer; Peter Blake's Sgt. Pepper collage sells at auction; the other Abbey Road

The Flaming Lips are following up their song-by-song cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon LP with a take on King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King.
The release comes as the Oklahoma psych-rockers put the finishing touches to The Terror, their 15th studio LP. As with their Pink Floyd covers album, Wayne Coyne and co gathered a group of like-minded collaborators – in this case New Fumes, Linear Downfall, Spaceface, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs, who are led by Lips singer Wayne Coyne's nephew, Dennis Coyne. The Flaming Lips only directly contributed to one song.
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Paul McCartney is reportedly recording a new LP, with sessions produced by Adele producer Paul Epworth.

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A collage by pop artist Peter Blake used to create the cut-out inserts included in the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album has sold at auction for £55,250.




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More Beatles: Apparently a new East London railway transportation is causing some confusion amongst Beatles fans aiming to make a pilgrimage to the famed crosswalk where the Beatles shot the cover for their final LP.
One fan, asked what he would say if he knew he was an hour-and-a-half away from the site the Beatles made famous, said, "I would wonder why they named the station Abbey Road. Pretty crazy."

Instead of the tree-lined avenues and mansions in one of the most expensive parts of London, visitors are met with a train depot, industrial parks, and run-down neighborhoods.


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