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3rd Annual Zaireeka Listening Party

3rd Annual Zaireeka Listening Party

Thursday, September 22

It sounds like something you’d shout after a great idea pops into your head from the omni-buffering collective unconscious, “Zaireeka!” It’s really the name of the Flaming Lips eighth studio album, or rather eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh studio albums counting all four discs on which the album was recorded. Receiving an initial review of 0/10 on the fastidiously managed Pitchfork.com, Zaireeka is the imbecilic brainchild of a band who believes that no idea, however impractical or technologically incompatible, is worth giving up on. Perhaps Pitchfork missed the social component required to properly experience the album. The easiest way to listen is to find three friends who own boomboxes (assuming you own one as well), insert one disc into each boombox, set all four boomboxes to maximum overdrive (assuming your boombox has that setting), and blast off into an other-worldy dimension where time exists only as a figment, and hallucinations supersede reality. If you can’t find four CD players (a hard feat to conquer in MP3-ality) go to Sugar City’s Zaireeka listening party on Thursday (tonight!) to hear the album the way it was meant: sitting Indian-style on a floor in a room full of oddly dressed strangers while tripping on psychedelic substances. —brett perla