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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, TV.com 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.

By Nicolle

I love Glee. I love it so much that, in honor of its second-season premiere tonight, I’ve been listening to only Glee songs for the last five days.

I had the Glee cast playlist on shuffle (yes, I have ALL the songs from the first season on my iPhone) and a cover of a classic came on – Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.” I was belting loudly along to my car stereo and Cory Monteith when I came across this line in the bridge of the song: “I’ve been funny/I’ve been cool with the lines/Ain’t that the way love’s supposed to be?”

Aside from the fact that Rick used “ain’t” in his lyrics, something about that line suddenly bothered me. Yes, I know it’s just an 80s classic and Rick probably just put it in there because he like the way it flowed with the rest of the bridge, but it made me think that we tend to agree with him when we box love into certain characteristics.

According to Rick, love should be about being funny and cool. Now, while those are lovely attributes to aspire to, especially for an 80s rocker who likely just wants to bed Jessie’s girl, they unfortunately miss the mark when we’re talking about long-term relationships.

Yes, we all probably know that love encompasses much more than jokes and a slick hair do, but we also have our own preconceived notions about “the way love’s supposed to be” – whether we admit it or not.

I used to think love was about sharing the same interests, not being able to get enough of each other and always having things to talk about. While those things seem really great, and they’re touted as characteristics of love, I’m not convinced we can define romantic love so easily. Sure, there are values that love should embody (true selflessness, unconditional acceptance, genuine empathy), but the way those characteristics are played out looks different on everyone. It’s unfair to define love as one way or another when we’re talking about how the act of love plays out.

One of my college roommates hates getting flowers from her boyfriend. She doesn’t attribute flowers with love because she doesn’t like them. If her boyfriend were to get her flowers, he might be acting out of his love for her, but she doesn’t feel his love because she’s told him multiple times that flowers aren’t her thing. If he loves her, he should know that getting her a pair of Nike running shoes will show he cares far more than a bouquet of red roses.

We can’t define the act of love because true love requires getting to know a person well enough to know their idiosyncrasies, their pet peeves. It requires a sense of understanding and a willingness to let a person, not a preconceived notion of physical fireworks, romantic walks on the beach and candlelit dinners, speak for the relationship. Unfortunately, that doesn’t fit as easily into the bridge of a pop song, even though it could save us a lot of sleepless nights, pining over who’s girl (or guy) we don’t have.

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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