Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Flaming Lips' digital 3 song EP "SONGS FROM THE FUTURE ALBUM EMBRYONIC" available now!


Very good news from Wayne and the gang... Flaming Lips.com has announced that three songs pulled from The Flaming Lips' upcoming album Embryonic ("Convinced of The Hex," "The Impulse" and "Silver Trembling Hands") have been made available for download from digital retailers such as iTunes, which has the whole shebang listed here for $3.87. Exciting!

Now I'm going to do you a favor and throw up some videos of The Lips performing "Silver Trembling Hands" and Convinced of the Hex" at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago this past July 19 to wet your whistle for these new tracks:

NSFW for those of you lucky enough to be hanging on to your job...Wayne is pulling an MC5 here and calling out to his sexy MFs incessantly. Keep your day job!

I love me some Wayne Coyne. I just do.

Monday, July 27, 2009

People Who Died: E. Lynn Harris, 1955-2009

R.I.P. E. LYNN HARRIS, 1955-2009

I was saddened to learn that author E. Lynn Harris died on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA of undisclosed causes. Openly gay himself, Harris's novels about the experiences of gay black men (often living in the closet or "on the down-low"), beginning with the self-published 1994 novel Invisible Life, became surprising popular and influential on black literature and mass-market literature in general.

Though Harris's writing wasn't considered prestigious or "literary" by critics or peers, it was a remarkable accomplishment to write about the black gay community, which continues to be a taboo subject, and have the audacity to be successful at it. Harris self-published "Invisible Life" in 1991 and sold it out of the trunk of his car, punk rock style. According to the New York Times, Harris attempted to persuade booksellers to sell his book in their stores, and was given the advice to get a New York agent, which led him to an agent who was able to sell the book to Anchor Books, an imprint of Doubleday Books.

He subsequently went on to publish over twelve more books, ending with the novel Basketball Jones in 2009. I remember being in a Barnes and Noble when E. Lynn Harris was scheduled to read from one of his books and answer questions from what looked like a largely black and female clientele. There was an amazing excitement in the air over this man and his somewhat soapy but all-ballsy tales of deception and sexual intrigue. The literary world and the world at large have lost an original. R.I.P., E. Lynn Harris.

If you are interested in learning more about Harris's work, check out his website or an audio interview with Radiah Hubbert on her show "On The Line" featured on www.urban-reviews.com.