Lunch Break Links: April 9, 2007

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Welcome to a big week for live music. I mean, most of them offer plentiful options, but my interest is particularly piqued for the week, which includes several outrageous rock shows at my usual haunts, a chamber pop exhibition at a classic theatre and an arena show unlike any I have attended in quite some time. You know, a little Andrew Bird here, a little Christina Aguilera there, and some Green Milk from the Planet Orange for good measure. Should be awesome. I'll let you know.

On to today's links:

PopMatters has an interview with my hero James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. It sure would be nice if somebody like the Wexner Center or the Newport or Little Brother's (or anybody, really) brought him to town.

Maybe he would be afraid of the locals, though. I love the Buckeyes and all, but you people are ridiculous.

American TV could be on the verge of a British Invasion.

EW reports that indie labels such as Matador, Sub Pop and Vice are planning to court the Wal-Mart-shopping, red-state crowd with a series of Now!-like compilations for the "casual fan." Idolator has some strategies for getting this crowd's attention.

Speaking of hitmakers, Stereogum posted the new Linkin Park video so you can be "a well-informed hater." This new one is predictibly awful, but I have to admit I always liked this one (good video, and a song that breaks from their template for once).

OK, so Keef didn't actually snort his dad, but Slate wonders: If he did, would that be dangerous?

They also explain why critics have gone gaga over Joseph Gordon-Levitt and wonder why the public isn't obsessed with the Phil Spector trial.

Status Ain't Hood mourns the career path that has brought Three 6 Mafia to its new MTV reality show.

Grindhouse didn't do so well on its opening weekend. My bad. I'll see it soon.

On that note, have you seen the cover of the new Rolling Stone? RS posted video from the shoot.

I'll see YOU on the other side of the jump:

Pitchfork has an interview with Ted Leo. His new album still sucks.

I just read about Captivity, the "thinking man's snuff film" (hah!) and its grotesque marketing campaign. Last week The Hater used that trash as a reference point to hate on a movie that has her disgusted for different reasons: the upcoming Nic Cage flick Next.

The Geico Cavemen show is still actually happening. Now it has executive producers.

Craig Finn from The Hold Steady got to jam with The Boss this weekend.

James Iha will definitely NOT be part of the Smashing Pumpkins "reunion."

Pop Candy directs us to Premiere's 20 Coolest Cameos and a map to help you find R2-D2 mailboxes. (Hint: There's one right outside our office.)

Lastly (and bestly!), LHB forwarded me to 17 Dots, where they list the "20 best Pavement songs ever." Any list of songs by my favorite band is bound to be decent, but I can't say I completely agree with this one. ("Trigger Cut," dudes!)