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Today’s Music News: Julian Casablancas swears he’s not anti-brunch

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Is the Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas anti-brunch? A firestorm now being referred to as “Brunchgate” erupted over a GQ profile in which Casablancas said he’d moved out of New York City because “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.” After the quote spread across the Internet as evidence that Casablancas is against brunch—one of the Internet’s, and the world’s, and certainly New York’s favorite things—Casablancas sharply criticized the GQ writer, but didn’t exactly retract his comments about brunch. Now, finally, Casablancas has backed down. “I am not against the concept of weekend late breakfast,” he tweeted on Monday, “which people of all freedoms & hues should enjoy.” (Stereogum)

If anyone can make Google Glass cool, it’s FKA Twigs. The British indie sensation has directed and starred in a short film promoting the interactive eyewear. (NME)

Vinyl collectors can start making their Black Friday shopping lists: among the records hitting stores on that day will be a reissue of the Beatles‘ Long Tall Sally EP, the Ramones best-of curated by Morrissey, and Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” on a 12-inch. (Billboard)

A lawsuit against Led Zeppelin alleging that the band stole the song from Randy Craig Wolfe of former Zep tourmates Spirit is moving forward. Filed this summer by Wolfe’s heirs, the lawsuit alleges that Jimmy Page has been lying for decades about composing the music by himself in a Welsh cottage. The band had moved to dismiss the suit on the grounds that it’s filed in Pennsylvania and they live in England, but a U.S. Court District Judge declined to dismiss the suit, noting the profits Led Zeppelin realize on “Stairway to Heaven” via sales and streams in Pennsylvania. (Billboard)

Miley Cyrus may be pushing the Nae Nae, but Iggy Azalea wants everybody to do “the Gopher.” (SB Nation)

The track list for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack curated by Lorde has been released, and it’s a whopper—featuring Kanye WestCHVRCHESTove LoBat for Lashes, Lorde herself, and others including 80s icons Grace Jones and Duran Duran‘s Simon Le Bon—who appears on a track by Charli XCX. (Pitchfork)

In the first episode of the Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic HighwaysDave Grohl included a glimpse of an alternate video for Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box.” In the alternate video, set in a fantasy forest, the band members swap instruments while performing the song. (Consequence of Sound)

Whoa, new music from Gwen Stefani! The No Doubt frontwoman has released “Baby Don’t Lie,” her first new solo track in eight years. Stefani, 45, is reported to be aiming for a December release date for a third solo album.

It’s been a year since Ticketmaster unveiled TM+, their ticket resale service designed to compete with StubHub. TM+ now has 11% of the $5 billion ticket resale market—not bad, except that StubHub still has 50% of that market. One very un-Ticketmaster practice that’s helping StubHub win fans: upfront disclosure of total ticket price including all fees. (Billboard)

Jeremy MessersmithJohn Munson, and members of Rogue Valley appear in a new video advocating the overturn of Minneapolis’s “70-30 rule,” which requires restaurants in residential areas to make no more than 30% of their revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages. The rule will go before voters on a Nov. 4 ballot question. (Local Current)

The Florida State University Marching Band is pretty good at Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies” dance.