Lunch Break Links: Mercer + Mouse, Yorke + Flea?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

What a strange day in the world of musical collaborations! Danger Mouse is partnering with The Shins' James Mercer for a new project called Broken Bells. In much more bizarre news, Thom Yorke put together a band for his solo stuff including Flea on bass. Flea! Also on board: Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco. Looking forward to hearing all this stuff.

Not so much looking forward to Lil Wayne's verse on a new Weezer song. Weezy + Weezer? I think I'll just stick with Pinkerton and Da Drought 3, thanks.

Today is also a big day for new album releases. Idolator guides you through the fog.

Conan O'Brien's head took quite the shellacking during Friday's show.

Supposedly a Friends movie is in the works.

Slate answers all your questions about the Roman Polanski case.

Do we really want a game show about completing household chores?

Stereogum is streaming the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are by Karen O and the Kids. Not digging it.

In light of SNL's F-bomb comes a reminder that the FCC approves of profanity and nudity after 10 p.m.

Warner and YouTube have come to an agreement allowing YouTube to stream a truckload of songs that had been banned from the site.

Vigilant Citizen suggests MTV's yearly VMAs are actually an elaborate occult ritual.

Lastly, here's a video for "My Boys" by Taken by Trees, a radical reworking of "My Girls" by Animal Collective. How do you think it stacks up?