Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips are bringing the collaborative spirit they embraced in 2011 into the New Year.
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the band is finishing up a new album that features collaborations with a dizzying array of musical stars.
The band already has recorded collaborations with their hometown New Year’s Eve Freakout #5 cohorts Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band and Neon Indian. They’ve also already recorded with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Coyne tells the magazine the Lips also have been in contact with Australian musician Nick Cave and have already sent him a track to work on.
In addition, Coyne says the band definitely will be working with Grammy-nominated indie folk band Bon Iver. Coyne says the Lips expect to receive two tracks from Bon Iver singer-songwriter Justin Vernon any day now.
The Lips are still trying to get Ke$ha, Lykke Li and Erykah Badu on board for the project, says Coyne.
In addition, Coyne gushed about the New Year’s Freakout, the band’s two-night musical extravaganza that this year featured Yoko Ono and took place at the Coca Cola Bricktown Events Center:
“It was better than I could have dreamed of,” he tells Rolling Stone. “[Ono] was wonderful and gracious.”
For a possible preview of the upcoming collaborative album, check out this video of the Lips performing with Neon Indian at the New Year’s Day Freakout in OKC: