OK, back from vacation for real. I missed out on telling you about lots of succulent pop culture information last week; check Pop Candy's archives if you aren't up to date. Time to reinstate the links.

First up is Pitchfork's interview with Animal Collective, whose great Strawberry Jam drops tomorrow along with about 5,000 other albums. (Here's a list of many of them.) It's streaming at Spinner along with releases from The Go! Team, the Shout Out Louds and more.

AOL also has a stream of 50 Cent's new Curtis, but no Kanye West. (That's at NME.) By the way, the dueling rappers are doing a televised face-off tomorrow.

Even though Forbes' list of hip-hop's top moneymakers is pretty impressive, Slate says the era of the rap superstar is over.

Speaking of which, hip-hop fans: Wanna hear a new Wu-Tang track featuring all living members? What about a new Nas album this fall? (PS I love Nah Right.)

Timbaland will now officially work with anybody, including Ashlee Simpson, who doesn't even look like Ashlee Simpson anymore. (via Idolator)

Various VMA aftermaths: 50 and Paris? Pam's ex-hubbies scuffled. And yeah, Britney was that bad. (It wasn't her fault, of course.)

With the irrelevant Emmys coming, EW wonders which Emmy-winning comedy is the best of all time. They already started handing out some of them, including one for "Dick in a Box"!

Much more to read; just jump with me...

OK, back from vacation for real. I missed out on telling you about lots of succulent pop culture information last week; check Pop Candy's archives if you aren't up to date. Time to reinstate the links.

First up is Pitchfork's interview with Animal Collective, whose great Strawberry Jam drops tomorrow along with about 5,000 other albums. (Here's a list of many of them.) It's streaming at Spinner along with releases from The Go! Team, the Shout Out Louds and more.

AOL also has a stream of 50 Cent's new Curtis, but no Kanye West. (That's at NME.) By the way, the dueling rappers are doing a televised face-off tomorrow.

Even though Forbes' list of hip-hop's top moneymakers is pretty impressive, Slate says the era of the rap superstar is over.

Speaking of which, hip-hop fans: Wanna hear a new Wu-Tang track featuring all living members? What about a new Nas album this fall? (PS I love Nah Right.)

Timbaland will now officially work with anybody, including Ashlee Simpson, who doesn't even look like Ashlee Simpson anymore. (via Idolator)

Various VMA aftermaths: 50 and Paris? Pam's ex-hubbies scuffled. And yeah, Britney was that bad. (It wasn't her fault, of course.)

With the irrelevant Emmys coming, EW wonders which Emmy-winning comedy is the best of all time. They already started handing out some of them, including one for "Dick in a Box"!

Much more to read; just jump with me...

Radiohead's new album is done; now what?

Some AV Club list fun: What's the most rockin' song ever? (Obviously it's "Search and Destroy," but whatever.) And here are 10 great songs nearly ruined by saxophones.

More lists a-comin': Cracked list's rock's most ridiculous similes. (via LHB)

Intensities in Ten Suburbs argues in favor of taking Linkin Park seriously. (Yes, Andrew, that intro to "Faint" is awesome.) If that's not your bag, what about this decade's best non-fictional movie villains?

Variety has a new TV blog called "Season Pass" in which they decide which shows deserve a "season pass" selection on your DVR.

It's not really that surprising that the Fiery Furnaces are doing a ballet.

As long as we're talking ballet (cause Lord knows it won't be happening again any time soon), in honor of Shoot 'Em Up, Premiere counts down the 20 best "bullet ballets."

From TV Tattle: Georgetown Law offers a course in "the law of 24," Apple wants to lower the cost of TV shows on iTunes to $.99, and Nick Hornby interviews The Wire creator David Simon.

Britpop freaks, freak out: Blur is making another record. At least for now.

Jack White is collaborating with... Garbage?

E! has a handy list of TV premiere dates.

Finally, courtesy of Paper Thin Walls, is this the best Onion story ever?