NEIL HEFTI, jazz trumpeter and soundtrack composer, died in Los Angeles. Idolator hooks you up with the themes to The Odd Couple and the Batman TV show.
THE REPLACEMENTS: Captain's Dead has posted the Boink! bootleg of outttakes, alt--takes and B-sides in two parts for your streaming and downloading pleasure.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.
AC/DC is advance streaming their new album via VH-1.
THE 100 GREATEST AMERICAN ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME, courtesy of Blender.
JOLIE HOLLAND talks to Paste about her new album (and M. Ward's true role in it), as well as upcoming projects. And she actually went to "Mexico City" to celebrate the day of the Dead for the video.
OKKERVIL RIVER frontman talks to the Toronto Star about songwriting on tour and Canadian Thanksgiving.
MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to the Denver Post, which finds him in a delightfully gloomy mood.
GUNS N' ROSES: If the long-awaited (but reportedly awful) Chinese democracy album appears before the end of the year, Dr Pepper plans to make good on its offer to send a free can to "everyone in America" except Slash and Buckethead.
RON SEXSMITH discusses the Exit Strategy of the Soul with JAM!, noting the Cuban horns and percussion were not his idea.
MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE are getting divorced after nearly eight years of marriage but have not agreed on a settlement yet. It is believed the couple did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement, which could put Ritchie in line for up to £150million. Gwyneth Paltrow spent the past few months desperately trying to convince her best friend Madonna to reconcile for the sake of the couple's three children. Speaking of which, Lourdes reportedly wants to spend more time in the US, but Rocco and David have roots in London. A source close to the singer tells Usmagazine.com she and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez "are definitely romantic."
KIRSTEN DUNST reportedly parties hard in Hollywood, just months after leaving rehab.
BRITNEY SPEARS made a record-breaking jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- her first No.1 since her debut single "...Baby One More Time" in January 1999.
JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER shared a romantic dinner in West Hollywood on Tuesday.
ANNE HATHAWAY's con man ex-boyfriend tries to blame her for his fraud. Classy.
STAR TREK: The J.J. Abrams reboot has released production pics to several movie sites, like Aint-It-Cool, in advance of the Entertainment Weekly cover story Friday. Meanwhile, Abrams clears up confusion over the absence of a Shatner cameo.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4? Not so fast, says original screenwriter Terry Rossio.
ISLAMISM in the UK: BBC director general Mark Thompson has admitted that the broadcaster has to tackle Islam differently to Christianity and is reluctant to broadcast jokes about it.
AFGHANISTAN: Blogger Michael Yon has a new dispatch on The Road to Hell.
IRAQ: In Mosul, US troops acting on a tip killed the No. 2 leader of AQI.
MONKEY MAN is paid around 7 US dollars a day to scare monkeys away from a train in India. Let's go to the video.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel attacked an Iraq vet in Springfield, IL. A flaming squirrel sparked a brush fire in Redding, CA.
BAST^RD DOVE with a strange coo can still find a mate.
EXOTIC SPIDERS invade the United Kingdom.
PUPPIES are chivalrous.