New Fumes' Daniel Huffman Helps The Flaming Lips Prep A Limited Run Of Blood-Filled Vinyl.
Jack White and his Third Man record label are always looking for new ways they can trick up their latest releases.
In the past they've released triple-decker records, records made of hair, records with greeting card gatefolds, records with hidden tracks on the labels, and records released via helium balloons. For this year's Record Store Day celebration last week White unveiled his latest innovation, a blue liquid-filled vinyl of his first solo single “Sixteen Saltines.”
Not one to be outdone, Flaming Lips mastermind Wayne Coyne — who himself has been responsible for a number of quirky new ways to distribute his music, like when he imbedded a USB drives featuring four new songs into the brains of seven-pound gummy skulls — took White's concept a step further for the Lips' star-studded Record Store Day release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.
“I'm going to try to take that same concept and put little bits of everybody's blood in the middle of this record. Like a glass specimen thing,” Wayne Coyne told MTV Hive earlier this year.
At that time Coyne told MTV that he had only collected a couple of samples and that he was surprised how many of his Heady Fwends collaborators were afraid of needles. But those who have been following the Twitter and Instagram feeds of Wayne Coyne and longtime “fwend” Daniel Huffman of local psychedelic electronic project New Fumes will have seen vials of blood from folks like Erykah Badu, Sean Lennon, Ke$ha, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as well as the pair themselves.
Even better? Badu's mortified expression during the extraction process can be seen in these photos from a recent post on Huffman's blog.
Over the past couple of weeks Huffman has been driving around the country helping Coyne collect samples to be used in the special release.
In one particularly amusing photo from Huffman's Twitter feed samples from Sean Lennon are shown in an insulated bag in Huffman's car being kept cool with a bag of frozen peas as he transported them back to Dallas.
Last week, photos and videos from Coyne and Huffman's Twitter feed show them helping to personally inject the blood into the unique discs at United Record Pressing in Nashville — the same company that manufactured White's Sixteen Saltines disc. Other photos from Huffman's Instagram feed show finished copies of the discs, while videos from his Twitter feed show his collaborators' blood sloshing around inside a freshly-injected disc.
According to an interview with Forbes Coyne estimated that they would make around 10 blood-filled copies of the double album, some of which would be given as gifts to his collaborators and a few others will be sold to what Coyne calls “absurdly wealthy fans” with the money being donated to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
Coyne hasn't said when or where the discs will be available, let alone how much they'll cost. But if that one-of-a-kind poster which Coyne printed for the 2010 Austin City Limits festival using his own blood and sold on eBay for $10,000 is any indication, you can bet the extremely rare blood vinyls will cost prospective buyers a few proverbial body parts of their own.
We just hope that the people over at United have worked out that kink in the manufacturing process that caused some of the blue liquid from White's disc to leak out.