33 Things: October Edition

Every month, editorial assistant Michelle Chen will compile the best, weirdest, most interesting music and sound news from the past 30 days and serve it up to you in one handy, easy to digest list. May we present 33 Things that happened in October?

  1. Sleater-Kinney are back! Lucky for you, there’ll soon be a new 33 1/3 on Dig Me Out. Watch this video for their new track “Bury Our Friends,” featuring generally wonderful person Miranda July.
  2. When they’re not helping ex Blue’s Clues hosts make music, the Flaming Lips are covering the entirety of Sgt. Pepper.
  3. Kickstarter once again proves it can be used for good.
  4. For the millionth time this month, here’s Brad Pitt awkwardly telling Zack Galifianakis he likes that Friends song.
  5. James Blunt apologizes for “You’re Beautiful,” ten years too late.
  6. Courtney Love is all set to become the next big thing in opera.
  7. The almighty T-Swift tops iTunes charts with a Cagean foray into the avant-garde.
  8. SXSW 2015 is now official.
  9. In sadder news, Glasslands is closing, and it seems Vice is to blame.
  10. Twin Peaks is officially coming back! Read this non-October guide to its fantastic soundtrack. (I know, I’m cheating a bit)
  11. The Strand bookstore gives Urban Outfitters a run for their money.
  12. Hugo Boss plagiarizes the XX, of all bands.
  13. Chromeo were on Jeopardy, but apparently not famous enough.
  14. Watch this Croatian-Slovenian cello duo cover Iron Maiden.
  15. Or, perhaps more importantly, meet this John Lennon tarantula.
  16. The Smashing Pumpkins give up on alt rock.
  17. Even if you couldn’t make it out to CMJ, you can still discover 10 new bands.
  18. Ringo Starr aka richest drummer in the world becomes the new face of Sketchers.
  19. Let Cam’ron protect you from Ebola.
  20. But what’s the point when Andrew W.K. goes all memento mori?
  21. Once again, just stop, Steve Aoki.
  22. Who said it? Jaden Smith or Jean Paul Sartre?
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The Hunger Games Lil Wayne’s new album will be coming out in two parts.
  24. I guess music snobbery has officially been vindicated.
  25. Spotify announces unlimited text and calling.
  26. Read The New Yorker talk Bob Dylan.
  27. Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo ventures into art exhibition.
  28. Will Butler of Arcade Fire will feature in an upcoming Obama documentary.
  29. Haven’t you always wanted to hear Daniel Radcliff rap?
  30. So many negative feelings about this.
  31. Ghostbusters, but now in marshmallow scent.
  32. Crystal Castles may be practicing some conscious uncoupling.
  33. And finally, since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought I’d remind everyone of the time Pitchfork decided “Witch House” was a thing.

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