8:39 PM: Oh my Gawd...it's the W.A.N.D!

he Flaming Lips released the first single for At War with the Mystics, The W.A.N.D., on iTunes earlier today.

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The distorted guitar riff holding the song together sounds vaguely Sabbath-ian, and it sounds like they're having a lot of fun experimenting with a vocoder, layering and looping their vocals to give the non-sensical lyrics (something about finding a wand in the desert and using it to save the world) a weight they wouldn't otherwise have.

You've got their knife!

I think it's pretty great, a much better fit for the band than Mr. Ambulance Driver. They had to leave The Soft Bulletin behind eventually, and it looks like the Lips are finally getting back to a more guitar oriented sound. Great production, as always.

What do you think?