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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

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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

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The links:

-Pitchfork has been counting down the top 200 songs of the 1990’s, if you’re feeling nostalgic.

-If you haven’t seen “The Wilderness Downtown,” the new interactive Arcade Fire video, you should; you need Chrome to view it, but you should be using Chrome anyway.

Paste magazine has suspended its print publication.

-If you’re lucky enough to be in London next summer, The Flaming Lips will be playing The Soft Bulletin in its entirety while Dinosaur Jr. will do Bug.

-In the how-long-did-that-meeting-take department, Conan’s new TBS show will be called Conan.

Paul Giamatti will guest on the upcoming season of 30 Rock.

The YouTube highlights:

This week on the internet: 082710

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The links:

NY Magazine lists the most-anticipated shows of the fall.

-Will Forte has left SNL.

Rob Thomas and friends (Party Down) are making a new series for NBC called Temps.

-There’s now a Netflix app for the iPhone.

Vanity Fair talks with the mysterious Vampire Weekend cover girl.

-Funny or Die offers up some Bill Murray facts.

New music spotlight:

Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz

After sneakily releasing an EP (All Delighted People) last week, Sufjan announced a new full length due this October.  I’ve never loved Sufjan as much as others, but the new stuff sounds promising; lead single “I Walked” recalls Animal Collective while retaining the delicate vocals Sufjan is known for:

Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked,” from The Age of Adz, out October 12 on Asthmatic Kitty