Lunch Break Links: Play the Van Halen asteroid game!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Some industrious web dude (or dudette!) created a hilarious Van Halen-themed update on Asteroid. You can play it at this profanely named website, but watch out for uncontrollable fits of laughter. (Sounds from the David Lee Roth soundboard are prominently featured.)

Hotshot rapper Wale is working with David Sitek of TV on the Radio on a few tracks for his debut album.

Is Joaquin Phoenix's rap career an elaborate hoax?

AV Club chats with Ira Glass.

So what makes a perfect pop song?

Conan O'Brien answered questions for viewers in this video.

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is coming to Broadway. Also, the video's director, Jon Landis, is suing Jacko.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the real-life couple from Once, have split up.

A lot more people are about to find out about Hulu.

Nick Cave's 17-year-old son Jethro is a model.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike has died. Slate has a fine tribute.

Charlie Cooper, one half of Chicago electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away last week, too. R.I.P.

Lastly, Stereogum premiered the new video from my old Athens buddies Southeast Engine. It's called "Black Gold," and it's the first single from their forthcoming fourth album, From the Forest to the Sea. I'm digging the song, but I'm not sure what to make of the clip from director Thomas R. Britt, another old pal of mine. Have a look-see yourself: