Lunch Break Links: September 20, 2007

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

So let me get this straight: NBC wants to pair Matthew Perry and Britney Spears in a sitcom? Have they seen Crossroads?

Jay-Z sure works fast these days. The CEO/rapper has a new album coming out in early November, a concept album inspired by the upcoming Denzel Washington flick American Gangster.

AV Club talks to director Uwe Boll about beating up film critics and stuff.

EW, never shy about loving sci-fi, compiles a list of the top 10 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show's debut. Watching reruns of TNG used to be a nightly ritual for elementary school me.

Slate's fall TV preview includes features on "the delightful trashiness of Gossip Girl," how British actors lose their accents to play Americans and a video history of the laugh track (which isn't going anywhere, says they).

Suburbs has begun running down the new TV premieres.

The Beastie Boys are recruiting "a bunch of British people" to record vocals for remixes of the instrumentals from The Mix-Up. (Those people include M.I.A., Jarvis Cocker and Lily Allen.)

Amazon's Unbox store is offering free downloads of four new NBC shows until Sept. 23: Chuck, Life, Bionic Woman and Journeyman.

Timbaland is getting into soap operas. As in, acting in them.

Paper Thin Walls interviews Patrick Daughters, the guy who directed Feist's great "1 2 3 4" video, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" and more.

Check out SeeqPod, as profiled in Wired's Listening Post.

Lastly, I had a great interview recently with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. Look for that as the band's Oct. 5 Columbus date (opening for Arcade Fire) approaches. And in the meantime, watch this new video for "Someone Great" from the spectacular Sound of Silver.