Just wanted to start with a detour into soccer to point out that SI's Ryan Hunt is stumping for the Crew's Guillermo Barros Schelotto as MLS MVP. I must agree, good sir. And kudos to SI for putting soccer coverage into your regular front-page rotation.

Lost is bringing back Michael next season. Only ... 6+ months to go!

EW has an exclusive look at the secretive new J.J. Abrams movie.

Kanye released an alternate video for "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" starring comedian Zach Galifianakis and musician Will Oldham lip-synching their way through the song on a farm.

One of my favorite features at Stylus is "On First Listen," a column that "forces our regular writers to listen to bands they've never heard-but by all rights should have-and charts their reaction." So I particularly enjoyed this installment about perhaps my favorite band in history, Pavement. (Hoping I'm not one of those unbearable fans she describes...) I must note that I disagree with her dismissal of their first two albums, which I consider to be the band's best work.

After indulging in Simpsons mania all week, AV Club debates whether it's time for the show to call it a day.

ABC has called NBC "stupid" for hiring Isaiah Washington.

Disney has banned smoking in its movies. (via AV Club)

Music popular and obscure, crazy celebs and my favorite link of the day after the jump...

Just wanted to start with a detour into soccer to point out that SI's Ryan Hunt is stumping for the Crew's Guillermo Barros Schelotto as MLS MVP. I must agree, good sir. And kudos to SI for putting soccer coverage into your regular front-page rotation.

Lost is bringing back Michael next season. Only ... 6+ months to go!

EW has an exclusive look at the secretive new J.J. Abrams movie.

Kanye released an alternate video for "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" starring comedian Zach Galifianakis and musician Will Oldham lip-synching their way through the song on a farm.

One of my favorite features at Stylus is "On First Listen," a column that "forces our regular writers to listen to bands they've never heard—but by all rights should have—and charts their reaction." So I particularly enjoyed this installment about perhaps my favorite band in history, Pavement. (Hoping I'm not one of those unbearable fans she describes...) I must note that I disagree with her dismissal of their first two albums, which I consider to be the band's best work.

After indulging in Simpsons mania all week, AV Club debates whether it's time for the show to call it a day.

ABC has called NBC "stupid" for hiring Isaiah Washington.

Disney has banned smoking in its movies. (via AV Club)

Music popular and obscure, crazy celebs and my favorite link of the day after the jump...

Coldplay is recording its next album in Spanish churches.

Courtney Love went blog-crazy on MySpace last night.

Flavor Flav is the latest celebrity to get roasted by Comedy Central.

John Ross and I were just appreciating Will Arnett's performance in Hot Rod, so I thought I would link to clips from his performance on 30 Rock.

Animal Collective debuted a bunch of new songs in London even though their latest album won't be out for two more months. (via Paper Thin Walls)

A track from that new Jens Lekman I mentioned the other day has surfaced.

Pop Candy kicked off Comic-Con coverage.

We're now on the 25th North American volume of Now!, and it's still selling like crazy.

Finally, my favorite link of the day: Did you know that the No. 1 band in the country once played with some friends of mine at Midgard Comics when I was in high school? Click on that Midgard link, it's great stuff about a segment of this town's music scene that most people probably don't know about.