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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

MGMT to open for Paul McCartney: Is this the weirdest concert pairing...ever?

Mccartney-mgmt_l God bless the digital age. Without it, John Mayer would not be able to (musically) romance Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift on Twitter, and Paul McCartney wouldn't be able to profess his love for MGMT.

The Mayer twitter-mance with Lovato and Swift led to some onstage duets and songwriting sessions, and — as strange as it might sound — it looks like the McCartney-MGMT relationship is blossoming as well. McCartney has invited the group to open for him for two shows at Boston's Fenway Park August 5 and 6; tickets go on sale June 29.

Once you get over the initial shock of it, the announcement is…well, still pretty shocking. These are two polar-opposite artists at polar-opposite points in their careers: McCartney, living legend and rock icon, with MGMT, an upstart synth-rock band of hippies who are prone to sporting headbands and face paint. Insanity!

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. McCartney said he was interested in working with the band earlier this month: "I'd like to work on some more dancey stuff with MGMT. But it has to happen organically. We need to talk about it. I can't call them. If they calledme, I'd say, 'How did you get my number?'. But I'd do it."

Looks like they called. And hey, why not? But what's next: Vampire Weekend opening for Bob Dylan?! What do you think of the pairing, Mixers: Totally inspired or totally nuts? What are some of the strangest headliner-opener pairings that you've seen?

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Buzz Aldrin, rapper?!

In July 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. became the second human being to set foot on the surface of the moon. Now he's striding boldly into another strange new terrain nearly four decades later: novelty rap. Yes, for some reason Aldrin has recorded a hip-hop song called "Rocket Experience" in order to raise funds for several space-related charities. Since this is apparently Unexpected Music from Famous Old Folks Week here at the Mix, go ahead and check out Aldrin's just-released video for "Rocket Experience," below.

I won't lie and say that Aldrin is anything resembling a talented rapper. Then again, the fact that he's premiering this video on FunnyOrDie.com suggests that he is perhaps aware of this fact. Anyway, if nothing else, this clip is worth watching just to see actual rap titans Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli jamming away in the studio with Aldrin around the 3:00 mark. Those guys' co-signs have got to count for something, right? Also, let's not forget that Buzz Aldrin has literally walked on the moon, people. Eat your hearts out, The-Dream and Kanye! Check out the "Rocket Experience" clip below and let us know how you like Aldrin's space-age swagger.

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John Mayer wants Taylor Swift (musically): She says she wants him back

Mayer-swift_l It's no secret John Mayer thinks pretty highly of himself. (It takes a special someone to pull off these short-shorts.) But turns out he also thinks pretty highly of teen icon Taylor Swift, too. Back in March, he revealed via Twitter that he had finished a song called "Half of My Heart" that he hoped will be a duet with Swift. Not only that, he said "she would make a killer [Stevie] 'Nicks' in contrast to my [Tom] 'Petty' of a song." High praise, indeed.

Now, in the upcoming issue of Elle (the one in which Gwen Stefani seemingly has no inner monologue), Swift gushingly responded to his tweet. "I freaked out when I heard, because I've been such a big fan of John for such a long time. I'm really excited about just the idea that he would even mention me in his Twitter!"

Apparently, the key to Swift's heart is electronic flattery. (Ditto for Demi Lovato. She and Mayer had something of a twitter-mance earlier this year as well.) What would a Mayer-Swift collaboration sound like? Turns out we don't have to leave it entirely to the imagination. Mayer made a surprise appearance at a Swift's concert in L.A. last month, where they performed both "White Horse" and "Your Body Is a Wonderland" together. Watch the latter song below, and try to forget the fact Mayer is 31 and Swift is but 19 when thinking about the song's lyrics.

Whether the back-and-forth will result in a track remains to be seen, but the two seem to have enough chemistry together to make it work. (Though the Nicks-Petty comparison is the very definition of hyperbole.) What do you think? And given Mayer's affinity for teen pop stars (musically, that is), is a collaboration with Miley Cyrus inevitable?

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Kanye West and Lady Gaga to tour together: Clash of the (Ego) Titans?

Lady-gaga-kanye-west-tour_l Attention, live music fans: the most mind-blowingly self-indulgent tour ever is about to hit a stadium near you. Kanye announced today (on The View, no less!) that he and Lady Gaga will team up for a co-headlining tour later this year.

While I'm trying to decide whether this will be the most amazing spectacle ever or the most cringe-worthy display of ego to hit the stage since Mr. G. The Musical, I've got to give props to give whoever convinced the two most openly self-obsessed musicians in pop music to share the stage for an entire show.

No word yet on what the stage collaboration will entail, but maybe we'll see Gaga sport some shutter shades (or is that so 2007?) or 'Ye rock the leotard-with-shoulder pad look (so early '09?). West has already semi-collaborated with Gaga, using an acoustic version of ''Pokerface'' on Kid Cudi's NSFW-ish ''I Make Her Say.''

Based on that song alone, I'd say the musical aspect of the show will be the hotness. I admire the two stars for consistently trying to outdo themselves, and with Gaga's Warholian aspirations and West's sometimes-NSFW envelope-pushing, the show will surely be visually stunning, too.

What's your verdict on the Kanye/Gaga pairing? Innovative extravaganza, megalomaniacal curiosity, or little of both?

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Moby's new video with David Lynch: Wonderfully strange

Don’t call it a comeback. Actually, yes, let’s call it a comeback: Today, Moby released a new video for "Shot in the Back of the Head," a purely-instrumental song deliciously heavy on mood and atmosphere, and the first single off his forthcoming June 30 album, Wait for Me. (His official site will offer it as a free download beginning tomorrow.) To be fair, the man has been steadily making music since his 1999 breakout album Play and solid 2002 follow-up 18, though not all of it has been good.

The exquisitely animated black-and-white video boasts an impressive pedigree: It’s directed by David Lynch, the mastermind behind Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive. (Apparently, he and Moby are friends.) The dream-like tone of the track (reminiscent of French electro duo Air) matches perfectly with Lynch’s bizarro, Persepolis-style visuals, which center on a man in love with a floating head. Yes, you read that right: a floating head. Watch it below, courtesy of Pitchfork.tv.

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New York Dolls, Hold Steady go yum-o at Rachael Ray's SXSW day party

Rachael Ray’s second annual day party (sponsored, everyone should know, by Rose’s Mojitos) was set to kick off at noon on Saturday, and half an hour before the doors were scheduled to open, the line stretched literally around the block. I was about to write “inexplicably stretched literally around the block,” but it’s not hard to figure out how this event has become a SXSW powerhouse. You can start with the free food and drink — this year, chilaquiles shared stomach space with those infamous mini burgers — but then go ahead and throw in a consistently excellent lineup of bands that make it hard to dislike the lifestyle maven, despite her blatantly transparent agenda. I mean, her husband does front a rock band. And if you had the ability to let your husband’s rock band open for, say, New York Dolls and The Hold Steady, would you not use it?

Indeed, John Cusimano was the luckiest guy in Austin today, as his unfortunately named band The Cringe scored a prime slot on a patio packed with fans of those two better-known groups — though jury’s still out on whether he managed to do anything particularly memorable with it. The downstairs stage, meanwhile, played host to a flock of worthy up-and-comers including Ra Ra Riot and Airborne Toxic Event, smartly cross-programmed against NYD/THS in order to give the kidz something to enjoy. “If I’m drinking coffee at a show, isn’t that way too f—ing early?” asked Thermals singer/guitarist Hutch Harris during their opening set of repetitive but bouncy rock. The answer might be found in the way I recoiled at the near-dozen members of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: I like enthusiastic L.A. hipsters funnying about with the 1960s as much as the next girl, but they were way too merry for that hour, even if their expansive soundcheck (“Okay, now can I hear the trumpet?”) was decent entertainment in and of itself.

Details of New York Dolls — declared by Ray to be “possibly the greatest band on the planet” — and the Hold Steady after the jump…

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