Folks, there are all kinds of creatures running around this great nation's highways, and if you happen to pilot your vehicle into one of them, there's no reason to believe it's anything supernatural. Still, when I got the following e-mail from the Town Pants, I thought I should share it with you:

The Sun, a  British tabloid, has reported that director Guy Ritchie will walk away with 60 million pounds in a divorce settlement with Madonna.

The deal reportedly involves 20 million pounds in cash, as well as a 1,200-acre estate and a London pub.

Ritchie is the  director of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and RocknRolla.

Madonna will perform in Vancouver on October 30.

Motown legend Levi Stubbs died today at the age of 72. The Four Tops vocalist passed away following a series of illnesses.

Unlike many singing groups of its era (the Temptations come to mind), the Four Tops maintained its original lineup for more than 40 years. Stubbs finally retired from the road in 2000 because of his faltering health, but he appeared with the group one last time at an anniversary show in 2004.

The Tops had dozens of hits, including "Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "Reach Out I'll Be There" (see video below), and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)".

And of course, Stubbs was mentioned in this classic Billy Bragg song:

Just kidding. It's not really porn, just innuendo. I mean, if you actually came here looking for Moby porn, I feel sorry for you. And Moby.

This is truly a special week for all fans of great music. I mean, how often do you get treated to new albums from the likes of Bob Dylan, Todd Snider, and Lucinda Williams, all within a few short days? We're talking about new albums from three of my all-time favorite artists - all within an eight-day span. It doesn't get much better than that.

Of Montreal's current live show looks ridonkulous. Unfortunately, the band has decided to bypass Vancouver on the Skeletal Lamping tour, which is a shame, because the group's last visit here was pretty spectacular.

Oh well. We can console ourselves with this fun animated video:

One could easily argue that AC/DC doesn't need an opening act to get its audience psyched up, but for the Aussie earbusters' upcoming tour—which touches down at GM Place on November 28—it booked one anyway. The lucky winner is a bluesy, Zeppelinesque rock quartet from Ireland called the Answer, which makes its North American recording debut on Nov. 11 with Never Too Late, a four-song EP and bonus DVD.

It's Britney, bitch. And she's nekkid, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

Oh, and I still think the song stinks.

Reggae pioneer Alton Ellis died on Friday at Hammersmith Hospital in London, England of lymphatic cancer. He was 70.

The Jamaican-born Ellis was known as "the Godfather of Rocksteady", and he had a string of hits in his home country in the early days of reggae.

Ellis enjoyed a career revival in recent years, and was still performing until his health worsened. He collapsed on-stage during a London performance in August.

Here's one of his signature songs, "Rocksteady".

Is it really Thanksgiving weekend already? Where in the hell did summer go? There's no denying anymore that fall is here, so it's time for some autumnal songs and videos.

Dolores O'Riordan: "October"

U2: "October"

Sarah Vaughan and Wynton Marsalis: "Autumn Leaves"

Nigel Kennedy: "Autumn" (from Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Any other suggestions?

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