Hopefully it’s better than Vanilla Sky

Stuff you need to know about to avoid cultural ostracism.

Cinematic Achievement

Vegas sets the official over-under for awkward pop music references in Cameron Crowe’s new flick Elizabethtown

Sixteen.

Album of the Year This Week

The creeping suspicion that Sigur Ros’ new record, Takk, is actually terrible

Give us a call when you’re willing to try actual choruses, not to mention consonants.

Internet Distraction

The reliable, consistent joy of browsing through old Flaming Lips song titles on AllMusic.com

Current favorites: “Hell’s Angels Cracker Factory,” “The Ceiling Is Bendin’,” “This Here Giraffe,” and the immortal “Lightning Strikes the Postman.”

Tivo Moment

The Pernice Brothers’ gorgeous “There Goes the Sun” shows up in a Sears ad

Hopefully this will fund another episode of the band’s online phenomenon Indie Rock Cribs.

This Song Will Change Your Life

The Strokes, “Juicebox”

So brash, unhinged, and terrifying that folks are pulling the old “This can’t possibly be them” trick (à la Daft Punk). Will provide fine accompaniment to frontman Julian Casablancas tossing monitors off the Shoreline Amphitheater stage several months from now.

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