5 Lunchtime Links: Alanis Morissette gives ‘Ironic’ modern spin and more

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9-29-96/// by Shelley Wood for AA-S. Alanis Morissette Concert @ South Park Meadow.
9-29-96/// by Shelley Wood for AA-S. Alanis Morissette Concert @ South Park Meadow.

by Shelley Wood

1. Alanis Morisette gives “Ironic” modern spin.

20 years since Alanis Morissette’s original release of song “Ironic” and the lyrics seem to fall a little flat. The Canadian songstress used her appearance on “The Late Late Show” as an opportunity to perform a modern take on the song. “An old friend sends you a Facebook request and you only find out they’re racist after you accept,” Morissette sings alongside host James Corden in matching beanies. “It’s like swiping left on your future soul mate. It’s a Snapchat that you wish you had saved. It’s a funny tweet that nobody faves. And who would have thought, it figures.” Addressing criticisms that none of the original lyrics constitute irony, Morissette sings “It’s singing ‘Ironic’ but there are no ironies.”

2. Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos comes out as gay.

Singer Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, who has publicly struggled with bipolar disorder and alcoholism, spoke openly about his sexuality on “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast and announced that he is gay. Angelakos also discussed the heartbreak that accompanied his divorce with wife Kirsty Mucci, who he said supported him and is “incredible.” “I’m gay. And that’s it. It just has to happen. This was exactly the type of situation where I don’t feel like I’m being threatened,” Angelakos told Ellis.

3. Today is Miranda Lambert’s birthday.

A great way to celebrate your birthday? Winning the Female Vocalist of the Year award for the fifth time in a row at the CMA Awards. Less great? Winning it alongside your now ex-husband, shortly after he’s announced he’s dating Gwen Stefani. Despite the recent drama surrounding Texas’ country queen Miranda Lambert, the singer seemed to be enjoying her 32nd birthday when she took to Instagram to post a picture of herself atop a “unicorn.”

4. Neville the dog has been spared.

An Austin Pets Alive petition has successfully saved Lab-mix Neville after a municipal judge ordered his euthanization when the parents of a two-year-old boy reported he bit their son. The shelter regained full custody of Neville after agreeing to implement adoption restrictions and put him through behavioral training. Shelter employees maintain that they did not identify Neville as an aggressive dog and had warned the parents not to set the child down in the area where dogs were playing.

5. Nigella Lawson to promote book at BookPeople tonight.

UK’s favorite TV chef Nigella Lawson will be at BookPeople tonight discussing her new book “Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.” The book, which is less health focused, covers foods Lawson makes to make herself feel stronger and more resilient.


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