Plus: Pumpkins Ready EP, White Stripes Single Sells for $18K

October 20, 2010 1:36 PM ET

Smashing Pumpkins to Release Second 'Teargarden' EP November 23rd
Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins will release Teargarden by Kaleidyscore Vol.II: The Solstice Bare, the second EP in Corgan's planned 44-song, 11-EP project, on November 23rd. The limited edition CD and 12" vinyl will feature "The Fellowship," "Freak," "Tom Tom" and "Spangled," plus the unreleased B-side "Cottonwood Symphony." [Press Release]

Seal and Heidi Klum to Host Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit
Seal and wife Heidi Klum will raise money for the WWO, which benefits orphaned children around the globe, on November 1st at New York's Cipriani Wall Street restaurant. CNN's Anderson Cooper will be honored. Visit WWO here or call 973-763-9961 for tickets or information. [Press Release]

White Stripes 7" Sells for $18,000
A copy of the White Stripes' 1998 7" single for "Lafayette Blues," one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by Jack White and Italy Records head Dave Buick, was recently sold for $18,000. The single originally sold for only $6 when they were sold at the Stripes' concert at Detroit's Gold Dollar in 1998. [Third Man Records]

Gibbard and Deschanel Sing at National League Championships Game Three
Married couple Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and She & Him's Zooey Deschanel both put their vocal talents on display at San Francisco's AT&T Park yesterday for Game 3 of the National League Championship series between the hometown Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Gibbard sang the National Anthem before gametime while Deschanel performed "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch. [Twenty Four Bit]

Rihanna Drops Two "Who's That Chick? Videos
Rihanna revealed both a candy-colored "day version" and an emo-flavored "night version" of her new Loud single/Doritos commercial music "Who's That Chick?" [Doritos Late Night]

Flaming Lips Plot 'Soft Bulletin' New Year's Eve Performance
Flaming Lips will play their entire 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin at a New Year's Eve concert in their native Oklahoma City. Tickets for the show "go on sale very soon," the band says. [Flaming Lips' Twitter]

Robyn Unleashes 'Body Talk, Pt. 3' Details
Swedish pop queen Robyn will release the third and final installment in her yearlong Body Talk series of EPs on November 22nd. The album will feature five new Robyn songs, plus highlights from both Pt. 1 and Pt. 2. [Robyn]

Plus: Michael Jackson album in limbo, Glastonbury canceled and more.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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