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Thom Yorke's new band, featuring...Flea?!

How’s this for a strange supergroup? Radiohead’s Thom Yorke just announced that he has formed a new band to back him on solo concert dates. The new fivesome includes longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck/Elliott Smith drummer Joey Waronker, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

Wait, what?! Dour avant-rock lord Thom Yorke is in a band with fun-loving funkateer Flea? Apparently so.

I have no idea how these five guys will sound together, but they each bring formidable chops and diverse backgrounds to the table. This could be very cool. Here’s hoping for some high-quality YouTube footage of the new band’s Oct. 4 and 5 shows in Los Angeles. (“we don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well …we haven’t got that much material yet!” Yorke joked in the blog post announcing the band’s creation.)

Oh, and in case you’re feeling paranoid: “Radiohead is definitely not breaking up,” their publicist tells EW. This much is fairly obvious given the band’s recent burst of activity — but, hey, it’s nice to be reassured.

What kind of music do you think Thom Yorke and Flea will make together? Radiohead fans, are you as excited as I am to hear this band? Weigh in below.

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Photo credit: Yorke: Joshua Prezant/Retna; Flea: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna

Thom Yorke releases 'Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses'/'The Hollow Earth' single

You didn’t think I’d forgotten about that 12″ single that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped on schedule this morning, did you? Heaven forbid. No, I’ve been listening to the single’s two tracks — “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” (now with proper spacing!) and “The Hollow Earth,” both new, neither having anything to do with Yorke’s contribution to New Moonsince shortly after they leaked over the weekend. It’s just taken me a few days to decide how I feel about them.


'Rock Band: Radiohead': If only this were a real game!

Sad but true: I am such a fanatical Radiohead enthusiast that, upon viewing the parody trailer for a fake Rock Band: Radiohead video game (below), I found myself totally wishing that this were a real product. Even though this clip is pretty much just an excuse to dis Radiohead for making “depressing songs about math and fish.” Whatever, dude — sounds cool to me!

Anyone else wish this were Harmonix’s next project now that The Beatles: Rock Band is finally arriving? Caterwaul your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll be here, trying to memorize the finger-taps required to play the horn part from “The National Anthem” in case this imaginary game ever actually comes to pass.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke announces 'FeelingPulledApartbyHorses' single

Less than two months ago, I was moping about “the sad prospect of a Radiohead-free 2009.” Never have I been happier to have been so wrong. This summer has turned out to be one long holiday for us worshippers of Radiohead and its leader Thom Yorke, with no less than four excellent new songs — “All for the Best” (a Miracle Legion cover), “The Present Tense,” “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” and “These Are My Twisted Words” — appearing in our lives by various unexpected methods.

Well, get ready to add another item to that list of awesome things! Yorke announced this morning via the band’s website that he will be releasing two new sorta-solo songs very shortly. “They are loosely under the Thom Yorke name this time,” he explains, “although these days it’s all getting kind of blurry.” The first, the under-punctuated “FeelingPulledApartbyHorses,” is described as “a radical rework of an old tune that’s been kicking around without a home since 2001,” and it features Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. The second, “The Hollow Earth,” is apparently “a bass menace” originally dating from the time of Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser. Both songs will be available on a 12″ record that goes on sale Sept. 21, with a digital release to follow on Oct. 6.

Not even so much as a snippet of either song has been released, so mark those dates on your calendar. And if you really can’t wait, check out a clip of Radiohead playing what would appear to be a very early version of “FeelingPulledApartbyHorses” back in 2001, below (some NSFW language) — though it’s anyone’s guess what a “radical rework” of this will sound like. (For added confusion, this song was unofficially known as “Reckoner” at the time; a different radical spin-off became the song called “Reckoner” on 2007′s In Rainbows.) Then make yourselves known, Radiohead fans: How much are you looking forward to this? What fun surprises do you think Thom and Co. have in store for us next?

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Radiohead, 'These Are My Twisted Words': It's real, and it's free

Radiohead has offered a new song titled “These Are My Twisted Words” for free download through the band’s official site as well as via BitTorrent, answering many of the questions raised when the track leaked under mysterious circumstances last week. “So here’s a new song, called ‘These Are My Twisted Words,’” wrote guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a blog entry posted early this morning. “We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We’re pretty proud of it.”

In other (untwisted?) words: “These Are My Twisted Words” is definitely a real Radiohead song, and it’s definitely ready for the public to hear. (You can stream the leaked version below if you don’t feel like downloading the high-quality MP3.) A five-and-a-half-minute tune that opens with three minutes of ominous vocal-free krautrock, it’s one of the strangest things Radiohead has released in years. As a serious Radiohead fan with a taste for the weird and unconventional in music, I couldn’t be happier. But what about all those other rumors surrounding “These Are My Twisted Words”? Read more tea-leaf parsing after the jump.


Radiohead track(?) 'These Are My Twisted Words' mysteriously leaks: Hear it here

Next to nothing is known at the moment about “These Are My Twisted Words,” the purported new Radiohead song that mysteriously appeared online last night. Unlike “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” which Radiohead surprise-released almost exactly one week prior (hmmm), this one seems to have materialized on various illicit music hubs without any official announcement or acknowledgment from the band. Their camp hasn’t been able to offer any clarification yet in response to the deluge of requests that they’re no doubt experiencing right now. We can’t even say for sure that “These Are My Twisted Words” is a new Radiohead song, or a Radiohead song at all, for that matter.

So in the meantime, give “These Are My Twisted Words” a listen below (stream via Pitchfork) and see what you think. For this fan’s money, it’s virtually certain that that’s Thom Yorke whose woozy vocals kick in after about three minutes. The wonderfully menacing krautrock groove that occupies the first half of the song, meanwhile, sounds an awful lot like the product of a jam session between Yorke, guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien, drummer Phil Selway, and bassist Colin Greenwood. And considering Yorke’s recent comments about losing interest in the traditional album format — sentiments he’s expressed many times in the past, just for the record — you’ve got to wonder if the band intentionally sneak-leaked this song.

Then again, who knows! We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more. ‘Til then, I’ll be listening to “These Are My Twisted Words” on obsessive repeat. Check it out for yourself below, and let us know what you think: Is this a new Radiohead song? How do you like it?

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Radiohead surprises fans with new song, 'Harry Patch (In Memory Of)'

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I go to sleep for one night, and when I wake up I discover that Radiohead, my favorite band of all time, has just put a brand-new song for sale on their website while I was slumbering? They’ve gotta stop surprising me like this. If only I’d known, I would totally have stayed up all night just so I could hear this song that much earlier.

Radiohead’s first officially released song since 2007′s In Rainbows is called “Harry Patch (In Memory Of).” As the title suggests, it’s a tribute to Harry Patch, the last surviving British veteran of World War I, who died recently at age 111. You can probably guess that I love this song. Apparently recorded in the weeks before Patch’s death, it’s a gorgeous anti-war ballad, juxtaposing Thom Yorke’s Wilfred Owen-esque lyrics about the terrors of the trenches against a lush orchestral backdrop arranged by Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead is selling the song for £1, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, a veterans’ charity. Needless to say, it’s very much worth any Radiohead fan’s pound, regardless of the exchange rate.

“Harry Patch” is only the latest Radiohead-related bit of news to creep out lately. We know the band has been working in the studio for some time on new material, and now we’ve heard the first finished product of those sessions. I’m thinking (okay, hoping) that it can only be a matter of time before they surprise us again with an announcement about their next album. Just to be safe, I’m considering not sleeping at all for the next few months, just in case that announcement comes at night. How about you? What do you think of “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”? Are you as excited as I am by the growing trickle of information about Radiohead’s recent studio activity?

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'New Moon' soundtrack: Will Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon contribute? And who else should?

Yorke-Twilight_l Speculation about who will appear on the New Moon soundtrack heated up this week after director Chris Weitz dropped a few big names to a interviewer: “The criterion will still always be what’s right for the movie at that given moment, but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we’re very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something.” Well, well!

But don’t get too excited just yet. Yorke’s camp would neither confirm nor deny the Radiohead frontman’s reported involvement to EW at this time. The Kings of Leon connection, meanwhile, seems even more tenuous. “Not as of right now, no,” KoL lead singer Caleb Followill tells EW’s Whitney Pastorek when asked if his band will contribute to the Twilight sequel. “I haven’t had any time to write any music, we’ve been so busy… I would have to write a song in my hotel room, which I think we might could do, but I don’t know. As of right now I’m more focused on getting some rest and writing another album.”

Oh well. For now, at least, sounds like the New Moon soundtrack field is still very much wide open. It’d be a choice gig for any up-and-comer, considering how successful the first Twilight film’s soundtrack was. So whose tunes would you like to hear in the next teen-vampire flick this fall? Sink your fangs into some suggestions in the comments below.

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New Thom Yorke hits the web: 'All for the Best' (Miracle Legion cover)

6a00d8341bf6c153ef0115720a1297970b-800wi.jpg With a new album still in the tantalizing hints phase and no U.S. tour dates forthcoming, this superfan was staring down the sad prospect of a Radiohead-free 2009. I was getting pretty worried there for a minute, let me tell ya. Luckily, word got out recently that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke would be helping with a tribute album for ex-Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy. It’s just one track, and it’s not quite the same thing as new Radiohead music, but whatever. I’ll take my fix however I can get it.

Even better: While Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy isn’t due til this fall, Yorke’s cover of Miracle Legion’s “All for the Best” hit the web today via Stereogum. It is, predictably, awesome in every way. Yorke translates the original tune’s wall o’ jangle into a sea of glitchy beats, punctuated by rusty guitar stabs — think The Eraser meets “Electioneering,” if that makes any sense. And his vocals are perfectly heartrending as always. How does he do that every single time he picks up a microphone?

So here I am, listening to Yorke’s “All for the Best” on infinite repeat. Somehow it’s only made me more desperate to hear the new Radiohead album that may or may not be coming our way in the vague future. In the meantime, you can head over to Stereogum to hear this cover yourself and let us know what you think. If you like it, be sure to pick up Ciao My Shining Star when it comes out in September: Proceeds will help support Mulcahy, who unexpectedly lost the mother of his two young daughters last year, and you’ll be guaranteed to get some great music, including contributions from Michael Stipe, the National, and Dinosaur Jr. along with Yorke’s song.

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Watch the new Wilco/Radiohead/Johnny Marr/Neil Finn doc for free

Last December Crowded House singer Neil Finn convinced Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway from Radiohead, and KT Tunstall, amongst others, to join him in New Zealand. Why? So they could perform a handful of shows and record an Oxfam-benefiting CD under the banner of 7 Worlds Collide (the whole shebang was basically a sequel to some shows Finn had overseen in 2001 with many of the same suspects that produced the 7 Worlds Collide live album.) You can now see a documentary that tracks their creative efforts on youtube. There are many rocking highlights though I particularly enjoyed the non-musical contribution of actor Rhys Darby who in the guise of his Flight of the Conchords character Murray explains his role thus: "Neil doesn't know anything about, agendas, items, what sort of folder to have. Do you use a pencil of a pen? Do you have a rubber on the end of it? That's where I would come in."

So Music Mixers what do you think of the efforts of Finn, Tweedy, Marr, and company? And would you like to see "Murray" get his own show?

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