(Sleeve art by Andrew Jeffrey Wright)
In case you haven't noticed, Creative Loafing -- like most media outlets, whether they be New York Times-big or blog-small -- has its favorites. One of the bands we tend to cover over and over again is the Black Lips. The thing is, the biggest acts tend to lead busy lives. And since signing with Vice -- which is pulling out all the stops to convert the band's early buzz into actual record sales for its upcoming album, Good Bad Not Evil -- the Black Lips have been all over the place.
Last month the Fader, the cool hunting magazine/marketing company, pressed up a limited-edition 7-inch single. It's a double-A record; the A-side is a Black Lips cover of "Wild Man," while the B-side is Yacht's "No Favors Policy." Near the end of the Black Lips side, there's a brief snippet of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The "Wild Man" 7-inch is only one of several Black Lips singles this year; others include "Cold Hands" and U.K.-only single "O Katrina!"
If you haven't seen the Black Lips perform live, then your chance arrives on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when the band holds a CD release party at MJQ Concourse before heading out on a two-month national tour. (The band is currently touring in the U.K.) Advance tickets aren't available, and you can only gain admission from buying a presale copy of Good Bad Not Evil at Criminal Records. In addition to the CD, you'll be put on the guest list for the show and get a DVD, Black Lips Live in Israel, as well. Appropriately, presale copies of the package will cost $11.11 ($12 with tax).
If you're unable or don't want to participate in the Black Lips presale, Vice's online video channel, www.VBS.tv, has been showing clips of the Black Lips' time in Israel that you can view. There's also the chance that MJQ's guest list won't be full by Sept. 11; if that happens, you can get into the show by buying a copy of Good Bad Not Evil for $13 at the show (DVD not included).
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