Today in Music News: Fri Feb 11

The Flaming Lips will celebrate this year’s Record Store Day on April 16 in style by releasing a vinyl box set of their first five albums on Warner. That includes albums like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, for your reference. Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002 will also be available for pre-order in coloured vinyl from the band’s website.

Immaculate Machine are closing the curtain on their time as a band.

In 2008, while planning a new album, Kathryn learned of her mother’s terminal illness. She bowed out of touring in order to be a full-time caregiver. Luke decided to go to school. We recorded the album, High On Jackson Hill, and Brooke took it on tour with a hired band to Europe, China and around North America. With the fracture of the original lineup, the motivation to continue Immaculate Machine waned. It was time to redirect our efforts to new things.

Young Galaxy are putting an early stop to their tour in support of Shapeshifting, but for a happy reason — Catherine McCandless is six months pregnant, so they’ll be wrapping up their dates in April.

A lot of people have been waiting a very long time for Panda Bear’s Tomboy to come out, but as of today we’re one step closer with the release of the re-recorded version of “Last Night at the Jetty”.

James Murphy has been very vocal recently about his opposition to the scalpers and sites like Stub Hub — who put up pre-sale tickets for outrageously expensive prices.

“1500 for a single ticket? Fuck you, scalpers. You are parasites. I HATE you, i will try to figure a way out to fuck these fuckers. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, IT IS NOT WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY TO SEE US!”

Danzig is working on a new album — a covers album, which will include tracks by Elvis and Black Sabbath.

Baths’ 2010 record Cerulean was one of my favourite records of the year, so the news of his new record makes me very happy. He spoke to Exlcaim! about it:

“I’m thinking it’s going to be much darker and more introverted,” he explains, adding, “I think Cerulean was a little easier than I might have liked to go with music. It was sort of like I built it as a first-impression album so I didn’t experiment as deeply as I think I normally do when I record music… I did it because I knew that if I made an album that was much more experimental as a first album, it wouldn’t do anything for me — I would be in the same sort of territory as two years ago, looking to try and make a name for myself. So I made it very accessible on purpose.”

Here’s a goodie for Friday: a whole bunch of MP3s of artists playing SXSW next month, from Spinner.

Photo via. Creative Commons / Flickr User NRK P3

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