this week in collaborations
  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009

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Thom Yorke announced on the Radiohead blog that he started a new band to perform his catalogue of solo tunes. The line-up includes R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and (what?) Flea, the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Two shows have already been booked for October 4 and 5 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Yorke wrote on the "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!". That should be an interesting night.

In other collaboration news, James Mercer front man of The Shins has just announced he will be releasing a new album with super producer Danger Mouse next year on Columbia. The duo recently collaborated on "Insane Lullaby" off the Danger Mouse + Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul, but evidently their new project (for now they are calling it Broken Bells) will extend beyond just one album.

One last addition: Lil' Wayne will make a guest appearance on Weezer's Raditude, hopefully rapping and not auto-singing. Knowing him, it is probably a combination of both.-amelia trask

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