Roundup: Flaming Lips Collecting Collaborators’ Blood

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The Flaming Lips are collecting the blood of its guest contributors to be used in the packaging of a special edition of its Record Store Day release, Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Frontman Wayne Coyne told MTV Hive that he wants to “put little bits of everybody’s blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing.” Among the contributors, who may or may not have donated blood: Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin and Edward Sharpe. Hear the Lips’ collaboration with Bon Iver below:

Luther Dickinson, the guitar savant behind the North Mississippi Allstars and recent member of the Black Crowes, is releasing three different albums on May 8. pegs them as Hambone’s Meditation, an acoustic instrumental guitar record, The Wandering, a showcase for female singers from Memphis and North Mississippi and Old Times There, the second record from South Memphis String Band featuring Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is imploring Bruce Springsteen to play the opening of the new Revel casino in Atlantic City. The two have been at odds over union and budget issues in the state.

Alan Lomax’s massive archive of folk recordings is now online here, although their servers seem to be overwhelmed as of 10am.

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