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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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Radiohead bassist confirms they've started recording new album: Meanwhile, a bitter Miley Cyrus tries to pretend she's not excited

Following their stellar performance at the Grammys (and the sweet justice of an Album of the Year nod for In Rainbows), Radiohead has mostly been in the headlines because of alleged "beef" with Disney maven Miley Cyrus. (Which I still find hilarious, bt-dubs. Watch the video below if you somehow missed it.) But no longer! There’s real news to be shared: Bassist Colin Greenwood told British music mag NME that the band has begun recording their eighth studio album, another collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich.

"We’ve just started work [in the studio] last week," he said."It’s really cool and everything is sounding great. It’s early days andit is a bit like having a scrapbook at the moment because everything isup in the air, but it’s good to be back in the studio." There’s no word as of yet as to when fans can expect the band’s "really cool" and "great" new album, but here’s hoping for the end of the year. OK, raise your hands, folks: Who’s excited?

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What's your favorite Michel Gondry video?

Most music video compilations are best thought of as reference items — nice to own for completists, but how often are you really going to sit through that entire DVD? One huge exception to this rule: clips directed by French auteur Michel Gondry. I can’t count how many hours I’ve spent watching and re-watching the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director’s supremely trippy 2003 The Work of Michel Gondry DVD. The man is a master. So I’m beyond pleased that Gondry is releasing another DVD next week with even more of his awesome music-video work.

My personal favorite Gondry videos are probably on that first compilation. ("Let Forever Be"! "Come Into My World"!! Sorry, my brain is exploding even thinking about that DVD.) But there are some truly great ones on the new compilation, too. You’ve got Radiohead’s "Knives Out," which I can’t embed here but which nonetheless rocks (though Thom Yorke reportedly disagrees?); the White Stripes’ "The Denial Twist," below; Paul McCartney’s "Dance Tonight," Bjork’s "Declare Independence," and Beck’s "Cellphone’s Dead," all after the jump; and tons more. So let’s hear it: What’s your favorite out of all Gondry’s videos? And will you be buying this DVD?

The White Stripes, "The Denial Twist"

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