Published Oct 15, 2014The Flaming Lips always pull out all the stops for Record Store Day and Black Friday, and this year will be no exception. For this year's RSD edition of Black Friday (November 28), the psych rock weirdos will give a vinyl pressing to Atlas Eets Christmas, a cryptic side-project released under the pseudonym Imagene Peise.
Supposedly, this is the work of an 18-year-old jazz pianist from Tikrit, Iraq, who allegedly committed suicide in 1978. As a 2011 article by The Future Heart points out, however, the playing sounds suspiciously similar to that of the Lips' own Steven Drozd. Furthermore, "Imagene Peise" sounds very much like "Imagine Peace," and we all know how much the Lips love John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The music from this album has even popped up in Flaming Lips promos over the years.
This album reportedly came out on CD in 2007 with a sticker reading "Love Is The Answer — Merry Christmas From The Flaming Lips 2007.″ The whole thing was uploaded to YouTube by the Lips a few years later, and can be heard in the playlist below. We'd also like to point out that the title can be said as "At Last It's Christmas."
Peise's fictional biography can be read over at YouTube (click the "show more" tab).
Modern Vinyl reports that, on November 28, the album will be pressed on transparent red vinyl in an edition of 5,000.
In the meantime, fans can hear the album, with all of its faux-vinyl pops and skips, below. It's made up of classic Christmas tunes like "Winter Wonderland," "Sliver Bells," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more.