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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is releasing a solo project to raise funds for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, the music school he founded in Los Angeles. The record, an EP called Helen Burns, will be issued within the next few days. Flea wrote on Twitter, "I am putting out an EP I made by myself in a couple of days. It is obscure, arty, mostly instrumental music, except when Patti Smith sings. My EP is called Helen Burns. All proceeds from my Helen Burns EP will go towards the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. It will be available for download at any price you want to pay."
Flea added about the disc, "It is not RHCP music or even close to it. It is a trippy freakout . . . I play trumpet, bass, synthesizers, drum machine, piano, and a bunch of other s***."
Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers will begin the release of 18 previously unheard songs on August 14th with the first two issued as a digital and vinyl single.
Drummer Chad Smith told us he's pleased that all this music is finally going to surface: "They're really good songs and they just need to come out. I guess we mix 'em and we're okaying them for the mixes and we're like, 'I forgot about that one,' yo know, 'Wow, that one's really good!' So it's kind of cool that -- I'm glad they're gonna see the light of day 'cause, you know, it's an important part of the band and what we were doing at that time."
The first single will feature "Strange Man" paired with "Long Progression," while the rest of the singles will come out throughout the fall and early 2013.
The band is in the midst of an extensive world tour and will return to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 4th.