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Video Debut: Thom Yorke Covers Mark Mulcahy's "All for the Best"

September 18, 2009 12:15 PM ET

Rolling Stone is proud to premiere the video for Thom Yorke's cover of "All For the Best" from the upcoming tribute disc Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy. Directed by Melinda Tupling, the video is a David Lynch-like odyssey that fits perfectly with Yorke's stirring, Erasered rendition of the Miracle Legion song. The song is also noteworthy because it features the first time the Radiohead frontman and his brother Andy Yorke, lead singer for the Unbelievable Truth, have appeared together on a song, with Andy's background vocals complimenting his big bro's trademark croon.

Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy will help benefit Miracle Legion and Polaris frontman — and all-around New England rock favorite — Mark Mulcahy, whose "Hey Sandy" is remembered as the theme music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Sadly, in September 2008, Mulcahy's wife Melissa passed away suddenly, leaving Mulcahy to raise his three-year-old twin daughters. The compilation will benefit Mulcahy so that he can continue making music and performing while raising his children.

The 21-song album, due out September 29th (here's the Amazon link), also features contributions from Dinosaur Jr., Michael Stipe, the National, Josh Rouse, Ben Kweller, Frank Black and many more. Andy Yorke and the Unbelievable Truth cover the compilation's title track. An additional 20 songs written by Mulcahy and performed by A.C. Newman, Buffalo Tom and other artists will feature on the digital edition of the tribute album.

The video will make its big screen debut this Sunday, September 20th, at a benefit concert for Mark Mulcahy at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. Among the artists that will appear at the concert include Frank Black, David Berkeley, Butterflies of Love, the Autumn Defense and other "special guests" performing the songs of Mulcahy as well as music from their own catalogs. Tickets for the benefit concert are available now at Ticketmaster.

In addition to the limited-edition 7'' single for "All for the Best," Yorke will also release his solo "FeelingPulledApartByHorses"/"The Hollow Earth" single on September 21st, and the Radiohead singer's contribution to the New Moon soundtrack is expected to be announced tomorrow according to the New York Times.

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