Lunch Break Links: October 15, 2007

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Columbus Alive

EW has a photo gallery of stars wearing their favorite T-shirts.

Pitchfork interviewed Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake about how he keeps his bands straight. The interview seems to be from a few months ago.

Alan Sepinwall explains what's become apparent: The Office works better at half an hour.

Slate explains how magicians protect their tricks...

...and wonders: Would you listen to opera if it was sung by this amazingly beautiful woman?

Variety has a couple interesting features as well, including a piece that wonders if Two and a Half Men is too easily dismissed (sorry, no) and another that looks at a critic's place in the world today.

In his mailbag column, TV Guide's Matt Roush takes on the Heroes v. Lost question. (Scroll down past the first couple letters.) What a silly debate, says me.

The New Yorker explains how indie rock lost its soul.

The Wire! The Wire! The Wire! (It's coming soon...)

I'm one of the 37 percent of people who watch TV while multitasking on the computer.

Finally, a couple links passed on by friends:

Donewaiting poster redrabbit linked to this cool site about microbreweries nationwide (and the nurtional content of various beers).

And my old buddy Phil T. Ewing sent along this this Washington Post op-ed by Bill Wyman about "the Moby quotient," aka how to calculate musical sellouts. It's a preposterous piece of writing that makes flawed assumptions about the value of various musicians' work, and it inspires the baffled retort, "Who, exactly, thinks Moby is hip?" I didn't know people still took the "rockist" perspective seriously, but I guess if you're desperate to hold on to your outmoded ways, go ahead, Bill Wyman. I also didn't think anybody was sticking to ridiculous notions about "selling out" either, but I recently found out that's not the case when some friends got all huffy about Feist's iPod commercial. I say sell away! Get your songs out there and make some cash! Stop taking yourself so seriously!

After the jump, some clips from the SNL I didn't watch:

Those were... OK, I guess.