Record Store Day preview: The Flaming Lips meet the Black Keys
The Flaming Lips have recorded more than their share of inspired covers over the years -- a fact that raises hopes for their latest, a collaboration with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs on the Madonna chestnut "Borderline." The song will be twinned on a seven-inch single produced for Record Store Day with "Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles," from Captain Beefheart's indelible Clear Spot LP. Both numbers are on Covered: A Revolution in Sound, produced to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Warner Bros. Records, which is available exclusively through Amazon. But wouldn't you rather own them on vinyl?
Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.