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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

'Christmas on Mars' in Hot Springs

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The Flaming Lips years-in-the-making, weirdo space epic is screening at the Malco next Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Valley of the Vapors music festival.

Here's what the New York Times said about it:

It’s all about textures: black-and-white images with psychedelic bursts; dashes of David Lynch, the ’70s midnight movie 'Dark Star' and '2001'; an echo of 'The Wizard of Oz'; and, in a riff on maternity, maybe an iota of 'The Matrix,' abetted with homemade-looking but sometimes lyrical effects."

And here's an excerpt of a hilarious interview with Lips front man, Wayne Coyne on Vulture.

What did you do for Halloween, then?

Halloween night, I built a 500-pound human brain in one of my circus tents. I used one of my space bubbles; we put some foam on it and a giant sound system in there. Then we had neighborhood kids come in and ask the 500-pound human brain any question, because it was the smartest entity in the known universe. The neighborhood I live in is one of the most depressed neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, and a lot of the kids that come in have lived in the ghetto their whole lives. This one kid came and said, “When is my mom gonna get out of prison?” And the brain — of course it’s me answering — the brain had to scream, and I had to tell them that the brain can’t tell the future. The next question was, “Am I going to be in the NBA or not?”

What’s amazing is that you do all this with relatively little. The same could be said for your music, and Christmas on Mars, which you basically shot in your backyard.

Admittedly, a lot of the things we’re doing are things we were doing in the Flaming Lips shows anyway, with the bubbles, the sound system, the strobe lights. I think if you get up close, which is what I want people to do, you see that it’s all held together with a lot of duct tape. This isn’t some big immaculate futuristic factory. We’ve been doing a Halloween thing since about 1995; we started off with a dead guy on the porch. But yeah, my house is basically Salvador Dalí meets Sanford & Son.

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