Veteran modern rock act the Flaming Lips is planning a June or July 2002 U.S. release for the follow-up to its widely-acclaimed 1999 Warner Bros. set "The Soft Bulletin," according to the band's ...

Veteran modern rock act the Flaming Lips is planning a June or July 2002 U.S. release for the follow-up to its widely-acclaimed 1999 Warner Bros. set "The Soft Bulletin," according to the band's official Web site. The as-yet-untitled album will likely see a European release one month earlier.

The band revealed a few preliminary song titles, including "All We Have Is Now," "Do You Realise?," "If I Go Mad," "Ego Trippin'," and "Mourning of the Magicians." The song "The Daily Hum" was first recorded in 1999 for a U.K. radio program, while the band says a version of "The Pink Robots (Yoshimi Version)" may also be recorded in Japanese.

The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based group -- Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, and Michael Ivins -- has recorded 12 songs at Tarbox Road Studios in upstate New York, one-third of which are instrumental. The site stresses that "finishing touches are, of course, still being applied."

In other Lips news, the group revealed last week that its film project "Christmas On Mars" should be released on DVD for the 2002 holiday season via Warner Bros. As well as the film, the DVD features the musical score as separate tracks, as well as all of the band's music videos. Filming should wrap by April.

Additionally, the site reports Drozd and Ivins are currently working on an album with Steve Burns, host of the Nickelodeon children's series "Blues Clues." Drozd is providing the music, Ivins is engineering, and longtime Lips affiliate Dave Fridmann is reportedly producing.

"The Soft Bulletin" debuted at No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 93,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.

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