Pittsburgh has declared Dec. 7 "Greg Gillis Day" (it's now a public holiday!) in honour of Girl Talk, who calls the city home. Excuse me, Rob Ford, where is our Rush Day in Toronto? Don't worry, you'll like Rush — their lyrics read like Ayn Rand novels. —The Pitt News
Richard Ashcroft has made the United Nations Of Sound's new single, "Are You Ready?," available for free download on his website. It appears on their self-titled debut album, which is out now.
Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. His final interview, in which he ironically dissed "dead heroes," can be heard here. The current issue of Rolling Stone also features a cover image shot just before Lennon was killed on Dec. 8, 1980.
Rolling Stone has awarded Kanye West with the best album and best single of the year awards, which means everything else must have really, really sucked this year.
Remember Balloon Boy? You thought he'd go away forever, right? Well, turns out his dad doesn't think his family's 15 minutes of idiocy fame are over. What's worse is that now he's in a boy band... with the rest of his stupid family. —Radaronline
The Decemberists are apparently in talks to write a Broadway stage musical. Let's hope it's not about Spider-Man. —Billboard
Dear Nick Cave, we're glad you're a "feminist," but the point of feminism is not for you to tell women what they can and cannot say or think. —Vulture
We don't really understand why Tommy Lee is so angry about killer whale sperm, but maybe you will after reading this.
Owen Pallett has scored an interactive video gallery of "actors acting." It includes spots by Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), James Franco (127 Hours, Howl), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) and Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles Of Narnia, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), among others. —The New York Times Magazine
An American Psycho Broadway musical is being made, which means there are plenty of bloody references featuring Phil Collins and Huey Lewis coming your way soon. Hopefully the production isn't so controversial it gets... axed? —New York Daily News
Is Kate Hudson turning Matt Bellamy soft? He claims Muse songs may be more "open" and "personal" in the future. Oh God. They're already angsty enough. —The Sun
Jens Lekman would like you to know that he stalks Kirsten Dunst. Somehow that's not creepy. —TwentyFourBit
Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson has completed his Sid debut solo album. It features a song Wilson wrote five years ago for late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, which he told Billboard earlier this year is about "the different struggles in [Gray's] life." —Blabbermouth
Slipknot, Metallica, Coheed And Cambria, Motorhead and Sepultura have been added to the lineup for the 2011 Rock In Rio festival. Hopefully this doesn't mean a riot is inevitable in Brazil come October. —rockinrio.com.br