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Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips May Collaborate on an EP Together

Plus Video of Frightened Rabbit Covering Death Cab for Cutie

Aug 16, 2011 Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern Frightened Rabbit
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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne has asked Death Cab for Cutie to collaborate on an EP. Both Death Cab and the Lips were playing at the Osheaga festival, which took place in Montréal the weekend of July 29 - 31. A journalist from Spinner was interviewing Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer backstage when Coyne interrupted and asked the duo if they’d be down for a collaborative EP, in the vein of what the Lips have already done with Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, and Lightning Bolt. “We should find a way to do a Flaming Lips/Death Cab three or four song EP,” suggested Coyne, to which Gibbard responded, “Let’s do it!”

“OK, now how do we do it?,” continued Coyne. “Do you have any extra junk laying around that you could send to me and I could add stuff to? Even if it’s a song you already have out or a different version of it. Don’t make it a big deal. If you have something that you could send us…” The conversation went on, with Gibbard and Harmer suggesting two unfinished songs from the sessions to their recent album Codes and Keys. Phone numbers were exchanged and hopefully something will come together. You can read the full transcript of the conversation over at Spinner. Coyne also said that The Flaming Lips have been working with Nick Cave and Black Moth Super Rainbow on EPs.

Also, Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit has been opening up for Death Cab for Cutie on their current tour. Frightened Rabbit are involved in the charity Invisible Children, which has set out to help child soldiers in central Africa. Via Spin and Stereogum, you can watch the video below of frontman Scott Hutchison covering Death Cab’s “Different Names for the Same Thing” (from Plans) in honor of Invisible Children.


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August 17th 2011

Read the unedited transcript of Wayne Coyne’s pitch to Death Cab for Cutie to make collab EP with The Flaming Lips, plus tons of info/pics/vids on this and all other Flaming Lips 2011 collabs here

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