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The links:

-While The Social Network was the top film last weekend, it seems to have failed to capture audiences in the middle of the country.

-Stereogum posted an excellent recap of last weekend’s Matador 21 celebration in Las Vegas.

-Pitchfork interviewed the brothers Butler of Arcade Fire.

A new Tapes ‘n Tapes album will be released on the band’s own label next January.

This blog celebrates Community fan art.

-Former cast members will reunite to celebrate the women of SNL this November.

MTV is resurrecting Punk’d…with Justin Bieber.

-Now that we’re deep into fall, wonders how people decide to watch a show, while The Daily Beast ranks the most valuable cable channels.


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The links:

-You can stream The Age of Adz, the new Sufjan Stevens album, on NPR.

-The National will release an expanded edition of their brilliant High Violet.

A beautiful new video for Wolf Parade’s “Yulia” was released this week.

-The Star Wars trilogy will be released in 3D beginning in 2012.

-In other re-release news, AMC is screening Back to the Future this fall.

-Before (or after) you see The Social Network, read this NY Mag feature wherein Aaron Sorkin discusses the fact/fiction aspect of the film.

New music spotlight:

Deerhunter Halcyon Digest

It’s been talked about in this space before, but the new Deerhunter album really bears repeated mention. It’s more immediate than any of their previous efforts, yet still has enough going on to promise a fun aging process. A rare band that plays equally well as intense listening or background noise, Deerhunter deserves your listen:

Deerhunter – “Helicopter,” from Halcyon Digest, out now on 4AD

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The links:

-After dissing the show earlier this year, Kanye West is scheduled to appear on next week’s SNL.

-M.I.A. released her latest video, and once again it is an internet-fueled collage.

A Feist documentary that chronicles the making of The Reminder is being unveiled next week.

-The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn has released a Minnesota Twins-centric track, which you can stream on the MPR website.

An overhauled Carson Daly Show will focus entirely on music.

David Sedaris answers a few questions for USA Today.

Best hot-air balloon ever.

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The links:

NY Magazine profiled Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

-Fans of Community will enjoy this “music video remix” of the first season’s highlights.

Indy Week spoke to Demetri Martin, who confirmed that he won’t be doing a third season of Important Things.

-Scribner is now offering Chuck Klosterman essays a la carte, for 99 cents each.

The YouTube highlights:

Probably for music nerds and/or Jack White fans only, but interesting:

New music spotlight:

Interpol Interpol

Some folks have called this Interpol’s “comeback album,” which only confirms that (1) the band’s last two albums failed to live up to the promise of their sparkling debut, and (2) people generally agree in their dislike of Carlos D. I’m not totally sold on any comeback, but there’s certainly a nice quality to the lead single from their new self-titled release:

Interpol – “Barricade,” from Interpol, out now on Matador/Soft Limit

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The links:

Director Chris Milk spoke with Pitchfork about “The Wilderness Downtown,” the interactive Arcade Fire video.

-Matador will release a pretty-great-looking boxset as part of their 21st birthday celebration. went behind the scenes with a “Weekend Update” producer.

-You’ve probably noticed by now, but Google rolled out an “instant search” function this week.

New music spotlight:

Black Mountain Wilderness Heart

I’ve heard Black Mountain compared to lots of other bands, from The Mars Volta to Eagles of Death Metal. After opening for Coldplay and being on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack, it seemed likely that the band might garner some mainstream attention. Instead, they released the prog-y, wonderful In the Future in 2008, and now they’ve returned with Wilderness Heart. Have a listen:

Black Mountain – “The Hair Song,” from Wilderness Heart, out now on Jagjaguar