The Flaming Lips have kind of just done whatever weird projects they want to lately, and their newest is a cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that has a whole bunch of other artists joining in to help. Those artists include Miley Cyrus and Moby on a cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," Tegan and Sara for "Lovely Rita," and "My Morning Jacket" for the title track, among about two dozen other artists. It's a very eclectic set, but that just makes it all the better here.
These songs are so good that it's pretty hard to mess them up, and while The Flaming Lips' covers do make things weird (or, perhaps, weirder), a brief listen suggests that they don't go far enough to destroy what's already so great about The Beatles' original music. Instead, the covers just sound like a group of talented musicians having fun with some great tracks — and that's pretty awesome to listen to. The entire album, called With A Little Help From My Fwends, is now streaming on NPR, and it'll be on sale October 28th.