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All About: The Black Lips

The Black Lips stand apart in Atlanta—though they hail from Georgia, which is typically associated with southern hospitality, these guys unapologetically rock out. Their sixth album, Arabia_Mountain, was their first ever created with the assistance of a producer—Mark Ronson (yes, the same one behind “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)”).

We have three great things for you related to the Black Lips today (four, if you count the Exclusive remix). Black Lips singer-guitarist and new Rdio Influencer Cole Alexander answered Five Questions with the Band and put together a playlist: “music that the black lips like to listen to on road it inspires us. some of this music sounds nothing like the music we make. but i want to make some music like this.”

Finally, we have a pair of tickets for their Empty Bottle show in Chicago, to celebrate their Lollapalooza appearance and East Coast tour. So press play on this playlist and dig in.

Five Questions with the Black Lips

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Cole Alexander: Robert Lee “Sugar” Hightower (of Slim & The Supreme Angels and The Supreme Angels
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CA: Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s legendary paper recording of the voice of Abraham Lincoln. Technically it’s phonautograph. Not sure if it actually exists but there is some speculation that it is buried deep in the vaults of the Library of Congress unbeknown to them
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CA: Nirvana and The Beatles
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CA: Spiderman being MOLESTED

Win Tickets to See the Black Lips in Chicago

We have two tickets for the August 5th Lips show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago to give away. How do you enter? Tweet a link to the Black Lips’ “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)” track on Rdio, plus the hashtag #BlackLipsRemix—do that between now and Wednesday, July 27th, 2:00 pm PST and we’ll randomly select a winner. For more information, read the Official Rules.


If you can’t see them in Chicago, the Black Lips are coming to a city near you:

  • August 03 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (tickets)
  • August 04 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird (tickets)
  • August 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (tickets)
  • August 06 Chicago, IL @ Grant Park - Lollapalooza (tickets)
  • September 08 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre - Hopscotch Festival (tickets)

∞  July 27, 2011 — 3:36PM