Recently ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitar virtuoso John Frusciante has started a new band with percussionist Nicole Turley of the band Weave!, violinist Laena Myers-Ionita, , bassist John Taylor, and multi-instrumentalists Stella Mozgawa & Michael Quinn. The new band, to be called Swahili Blonde, will be releasing an album in the foreseeable future entitled Man Meat (seriously), and it will have a slew of guests like John Taylor of Duran Duran, Alina Meyer of The Like, and her father, Devo’s Alan Meyer. Sounds intriguing huh? If you’re aching for a sample, jump over to the group’s Myspace page for a couple tracks at http://www.myspace.com/swahiliblonde. The page calls the music Afro-beat / Tropical / Tango, but it’s very intense and trippy at times. It sounds similar to some of Frusciante’s solo work, though a little bit less cluttered. It’s definitely a departure from his time in the Chili Peppers. The band is promising some shows with an 8-member band in LA during this summer at some point. In the meantime, Frusciante just released a pay-what-you-want seven track EP with Omar Rodriguez Lopez of Mars Volta fame. The two have collaborated many times, with Frusciante playing on most of Volta’s records. This EP features many instrumentals that sound more like both men’s solo work. You can download it here and any money made goes towards the “Keep Music In Schools” program.