The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots has been turned into a full-fledged piece of musical theater and big surprise, it’s pretty weird for some people. Via The LA Times:
You either go along with the premise — a Japanese American artist’s battle with lymphoma is transformed into a war against flying robots — or you balk at its New Age underpinnings. Count me in the second category, though the ride through a night sky swarming with alien creatures is often exhilarating.
Though to be fair, Charles McNulty seemed to like the show, but commented that it still takes a leap of faith to enjoy. If that wasn’t out there enough, Wayne Coyne is also bringing back the forgotten form of entertainment known as radio theater along with KCRW and McSweeney’s. Via The LA Times:
What, exactly, will occur is yet unknown. But in KCRW’s press release, the adjectives describing it include “bizarre,” “eccentric,” “unique” and, in the words of the station’s general manager, Jennifer Ferro, “strange, compelling and wonderful.” The station cites “War of the Worlds” as a touchstone, “but mixed with contemporary music and unique sound design—car crashes, helicopters, and even murmuring tumors.” (Hopefully, he and Parks were aware of Dylan Thomas’ surreal, trippy radio play “Under Milk Wood,” which offers classic evidence of radio drama’s potential.)
Mr. Coyne has definitely been on one. What that “one” is, we may never know.