Flaming Lips recruit Grizzly Bear for loopy, tumour-based radio play

'Wayne Coyne's Human Head-Shaped Tumour' will include original compositions from The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have recruited some of their indie friends for Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumour, a new, hour-long radio play.

The loopy play, which is due to air on KCRW in two special live broadcasts this weekend (November 24, 25), will include original compositions from the Flaming Lips, The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan and Okkervil River. Grizzly Bear‘s Edward Droste will also lend his voice to the play.

Commissioned by McSweeney’s publishing house and written by Richard Parks, the story is about Wayne Coyne developing a tumour in the shape of a human head on his leg. The publisher describes it as “something from another time — a continuous-play radio drama in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds, but mixed with contemporary music.”

Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumour will get its live premiere on KCRW on November 24 and 25 at 5pm (PST). The play will also be streamed live online via the station’s website.

Meanwhile, The Flaming Lips are currently working on their new album. The follow-up to their collaborative album ‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’, which brought together an eclectic group of artists including Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket and Yoko Ono, has the working title of ‘The Terror’.