LYKKE LI covers "Unchained Melody" on Triple-J, via P-Fork.
THE JAYHAWKS played the historic Fitzgerald Theater in Mpls; you can stream the whole gig on demand.
LAURA MARLING the 6th & I Historic Synagogue on Sept. 27; you can now stream the gig on demand.
REAL ESTATE is advance streaming Days.
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND is advance streaming All Things Will Unwind.
ASOBI SEKSU covers the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Never Understand."
PARENTZ drops "Big," which sounds like an outtake to an 80s movie soundtrack, as a free track.
PINK FLOYD: The 68/69 Pre-FM Recordings.
STARSHIP's "We Built This City" was named the most horrifyingly bad song of the '80s by a landslide vote of Rolling Stone readers. Was it too politically incorrect to vote for "We Are the World"?
20 EIGHTIES VIDEOS that have aged well.
DUM DUM GIRLS frontwoman Kristen Gundred (a/k/a Dee Dee Penny) talks to Straight about the therapeutic value of the new LP.
MATES OF STATE talk to the NYDN about touring with kids, living in Connecticut and more...
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and American heiress Nancy Shevell were married on Sunday.
MIKEY WELCH, former Weezer bassist who established a second career as a painter, died Saturday of a suspected drug overdose at 40.
THE 50 GREATEST BOOTLEGS, accoding to Uncut.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Real Steel tops the chart with 27.3 million. That's a bit under studio projections of 30 million and potential trouble for a movie with a 110 million budget -- but Hugh Jackman sells more tickets overseas than in the US. The Ides of March debuts at No. 2 with 10.4 million, again bleow expectations of 12-14 million. However, the studio should have little trouble profiting on an 18 million production budget. Dolphin Tale drops to the third slot with 9.1 million, approaching a 49 million total on a 37 million budget. Moneyball drops to fourth in the standings with 7.5 million, not bad considering the competition from Jackman and Clooney; the Pitt crew is close to breakeven domestically, ensuring a decent profit. 50/50 again rounds out the Top 5 with 5.5 million, with a 17.3 million total so far against an 8 million budget. Below the fold, the 3-D rerelease of The Lion King plunges to seventh, gutted by the Blu-ray DVD release.
THE IDES OF MARCH was extremely well-acted. How could it not be with a cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei, and Ryan Gosling? But the script was entirely predictable. The unrelenting cyncism of director/co-producer/co-writer/ George Clooney, co-starring in a role that mashes up Barack Obama and John Edwards (a role not physically present in the play on which the film is based) may be most interesting as a historical document of Hollywood's mood heading into another presidential election cycle.
DEMI MOORE can't forgive Ashton Kutcher for cheating on her with Sara Leal and the marriage is over despite a last-ditch attempt at counseling.
RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY were making out and "all over each other" before Lively boarded the train for her return trip to NYC after a weekend together.
NAOMI WATTS' longterm boyfriend and baby daddy, Liev Schreiber, has been accused of cheating with a swimsuit model named Phoebe Roberts, according to an Internet report.
JOHNNY DEPP is considering playing Dr. Seuss in an upcoming biopic about the literary giant.
KRISTIN DAVIS adopted a baby girl.
THE SIMPSONS' lead actors are ready to agree to a pay cut to keep the show going, however it won't be as steep as the 45 percent reduction asked for by execs.
TOM CRUISE: Don't call it a comeback?
EGYPT: At least 24 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in the worst violence since fmr Pres. Mubarak was ousted in February. Clashes broke out after a protest in Cairo against an attack on a church in Aswan province last week which Coptic Christians blame on Muslim radicals.
SYRIA: Russian President Putin urged President al Assad, to reform or leave office - the first time the allies have publicly diverged during Syria's six-month uprising. The most senior officer to defect from Syria's armed forces said there is no option but to topple President al-Assad by force.
IRAN: Ahmadinejad, whose campaign pledge was to combat corruption, is facing a fresh political blow over the biggest financial scandal in Iran's history. Meanwhile, an Iranian student activist has been lashed 74 times for insulting Ahmadinejad.
AfPAK: Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the Taliban "can't move a finger" without Pakistani support. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said the US is responsible for the security situation in Pakistan.
IRAQ is offering key moral and financial support to Syria's Assad, undermining a central US policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival - Iran.
COLUMBUS DAY: I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal. Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism on the more-civilized while giving the less civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.
WHEN A GRIZZLY steps on your face.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel ran onto the field during both games of the National League Division Series played at Busch Stadium week.
FIVE the ELEPHANT caused a traffic jam after snoozing in the middle of the road at a West Midlands safari park.
MOOSE vs WORM: Who you got?