Atlas Eets Christmas was previously released in a very limited physical quantity on CD only under the pseudonym Imagene Peise (with a sticker that read "Love Is The Answer - Merry Christmas From The Flaming Lips 2007"). This Black Friday release will mark the first time the album is available both widely and on vinyl. The pseudonym Imagene Peise is a John Lennon-esque spelling of "Imagine Peace," ala Lennon's wonsaponatime, and likewise the album title sounds-out "At last, it's Christmas." The alias credits are similarly punning: Imagene Peise - Piano Ominog Bangh - Laughing/Crying Glider Synthesizer, Shineyu Bhupal - Drones, Sitar, and Baritone Tambura
The album's credits tell the story:
"In a world full of mysterious and timely entities, no one could be more exotic or more relevant. Imagene Peise is believed to have lived for a short time in Tikrit, Iraq. Her exact birthday is unknown. She is rumored to be just 18 at the time of this recording. Her extraordinary talent as a master jazz pianist at such a young age should, alone, put her in the realm of the stellar. Available here for the first time Ms. Peise's Atlas Eets Christmas is a strange and beautiful experience. Little is known of her musical and recording life. Most of what is known is shrouded in clouds of legend and smoke of myth. But what is clear is her expressive playing and her unique arrangements.
The Atlas Eets Christmas collection is said to be a rehearsal for a doomed or poorly recorded session. But what an inspired "doomed" session it turned out to be. The forgotten facts of the trio that accompanies her will perhaps be invisible to us forever. But, as we hear, Imagene is not the only musical star shining through. Ominog Bangh the synthesizer virtuoso (playing the outmoted The Laughing/Crying Glider Synthesizer) and Indian classical musician Shineyu Bhupal are obvious, added other-worldly treats. Atlas Eets Christmas stands as a missed opportunity. Its uncanny coincidence of a Middle Eastern talent embracing such American themes (jazz piano, Silver Bells and Winter Wonderland) as we know now, are glimpses of a future that was never to be. With her powerful message of kindness and peace we can only imagine if Ms. Peise had become an international star her influence could have, in some other space and time, prevented the current apocalyptic environment. We cannot know if her story is truly triumphant or sad. She is rumored to have committed suicide in 1978. But if she really is gone from this world in the physical sense then she is gloriously hovering above us in the metaphysical dimension as a source of sublime pleasure and reassurance anytime we need her. By playing this CD she is reanimated and we are once again comforted by her loving vision."
In other LIPS news, the band has confirmed a pair of extra special TV appearances scheduled beginning with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, taping on Oct 27th, to air on Halloween. The following day, THE LIPS will tape an episode of CONAN / TBS scheduled to air November 6th. The band will perform songs from their new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, which will be released October 28th.
With A Little Help From My Fwends, is now available for pre-order. Those who pre-order will receive a pair of instant downloads including "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby and "Fixing A Hole" featuring Electric Wurms.
All artist's royalties from With A Little Help From My Fwends, will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.
Track-listing for With A Little Help From My Fwends:
01. SGT. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
MY MORNING JACKET & FEVER THE GHOST & J. MASCIS
02. With A Little Help From My Friends
THE FLAMING LIPS & BLACK PUS & THE AUTUMN DEFENSE
03. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
THE FLAMING LIPS & MILEY CYRUS & MOBY
04. Getting Better
DR. DOG & CHUCK INGLISH & MORGAN DELT
05. Fixing A Hole
06. She's Leaving Home
PHANTOGRAM & JULIANNA BARWICK & SPACEFACE
07. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
THE FLAMING LIPS & MJ KEENAN & PUSCIFER & SUNBEARS!
08. Within You Without You
BIRDFLOWER & THE FLAMING LIPS & MORGAN DELT
09. When I'm Sixty-Four
DEF RAIN & THE FLAMING LIPS & PITCHWAFUZZ
10. Lovely Rita
TEGAN AND SARA & STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS
11. Good Morning Good Morning
ZORCH & GRACE POTTER & TREASURE MAMMAL
12. SGT. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
FOXYGEN & BEN GOLDWASSER
13. A Day In The Life
THE FLAMING LIPS & MILEY CYRUS & NEW FUMES
The Flaming Lips on tour:
10/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Fest
11/9 Reykjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves Festival
11/30 Hong Kong, China @ Clockenflap Festival
12/1 Singapore, Singapore @ The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel
12/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
12/31 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield