The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
The Flaming Lips initially released this album in physical form on Record Store Day earlier this year, and are releasing the digital version today. It's a collaborative albums featuring songs recorded with Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono and Erykah Badu, among many others. As can be expected, it has produced some very strange songs (and strange videos to go with them - and **NSFW**).
"Girl, You're So Weird" (with New Fumes)
Joe Jackson - The Duke
When Paul McCartney released his most recent album, I remarked that American standards must be the go-to for aging rock stars. Aging punk rockers seem to flock to jazz, though. A few weeks ago, it was Iggy Pop and Après, now it's Joe Jackson (though Joe moved towards jazz quite a few albums ago). I suppose it's fitting that Joe worked with Iggy Pop himself for one of the tracks on this album, a cover of "It Don't Mean a Thing."
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
Paul Banks - Julian Plenti Lives... EP
Paul Banks is lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Interpol. Since releasing their last album, Interpol in 2010, the band has been on a bit of a hiatus to focus on solo projects. During this time, Banks is reviving his Julian Plenti alter ego. He released his first solo album under this name in 2009. We're getting but a short EP this, but a second full-length is planned for later this year!
"Games for Days" (from a previous release)