In an interview with experimental music great Laurie Anderson in U.K. paper The Times, the performer dropped a bombshell about her husband, former Velvet Undergrounder Lou Reed, saying the legendary singer/songwriter was dying before recently receiving a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. The notoriously cranky Reed has clearly softened, announcing a new children’s album, thanking those who saved his life and tweeting a series of puppy photos. Kidding! Reed took to Facebook to tell the world he’s “a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever” and thank his Tai Chi guru (though not the guy whose liver is now inside of him).
What’s weirder — that Joy Division has inspired a video game or that the free, browser-based computer game actually captures the essence of the legendary U.K. gloom rockers perfectly? Crafted by Mighty Box Games, Will Love Tear Us Apart? is based on Joy Division’s song “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” with levels based on themes from each verse. The game is “about relationships on the brink of breaking up” with “solace … found in the brief moment of lightness that comes over us when we come to terms with the reality of an irreconcilable relationship,” according the game site at willlovetearusapart.com. It’s a visually arresting game, although if you’re going through your own breakup currently, you may want to stick with Angry Birds.
Cuts to newsrooms allow for typos within even the mightiest of news outlets (so you can stop correcting your friends’ grammar and spelling on social media now, OK?). Music news site TheDailySwarm.com caught The New York Times getting a few things wrong in a piece on French Dance music duo Daft Punk. The first “Whoops” is understandable — a photo caption mixed up the two members’ names (the artists sport robot masks). The second suggests a rush to print the hot-topic story. Due to editing errors, the correction reads, the story “misstated” the duo’s name: “It is Daft Punk — not Daft Puck or Daft Pink.” On the bright side, NYT may have inspired new musical projects Daft Pink (Pink Floyd/Daft Punk mash-up) and Daft Puck (the world’s first Hockeytronica act).