Wow, what an awful weekend for sports. Let's focus on pop culture instead...

Folks who saw the Hold Steady/Art Brut tour (or even those who didn't) might enjoy Pitchfork's interview with the bands' Craig Finn and Eddie Argos.

As long as we're forking it up, might as well mention Radiohead is releasing In Rainbows to stores on January 2 on Dave Matthews' ATO label. Also, they threw a larger scale webcast on Friday (videos here). Also, David Byrne interviewed Thom Yorke for Wired; looking forward to reading that one.

During that webcast, Yorke spun a song from the new Burial album. I know nothing else about it so far, but I expect to know more soon since it's getting a lot of blog buzz, including this free MP3 from Gorilla vs. Bear.

You've probably heard novelist Norman Mailer died over the weekend. EW has a recent full-length interview.

Sufjan Stevens is holding a unique Christmas song contest: The winner gets an exclusive Sufjan Christmas song to release or keep to themselves. Cool idea.

New albums streaming at Spinner this week include... well, it's all crap, really. Celine Dion? Seal? It's pretty bad when David Gray's greatest hits is the best you have to offer.

Kanye West's mom died. This saddens me to an extent I don't completely understand. I get so much Kanye exposure that I feel like I know him, so this feels like when a friend's mom dies.

Much more after the jump.

Wow, what an awful weekend for sports. Let's focus on pop culture instead...

Folks who saw the Hold Steady/Art Brut tour (or even those who didn't) might enjoy Pitchfork's interview with the bands' Craig Finn and Eddie Argos.

As long as we're forking it up, might as well mention Radiohead is releasing In Rainbows to stores on January 2 on Dave Matthews' ATO label. Also, they threw a larger scale webcast on Friday (videos here). Also, David Byrne interviewed Thom Yorke for Wired; looking forward to reading that one.

During that webcast, Yorke spun a song from the new Burial album. I know nothing else about it so far, but I expect to know more soon since it's getting a lot of blog buzz, including this free MP3 from Gorilla vs. Bear.

You've probably heard novelist Norman Mailer died over the weekend. EW has a recent full-length interview.

Sufjan Stevens is holding a unique Christmas song contest: The winner gets an exclusive Sufjan Christmas song to release or keep to themselves. Cool idea.

New albums streaming at Spinner this week include... well, it's all crap, really. Celine Dion? Seal? It's pretty bad when David Gray's greatest hits is the best you have to offer.

Kanye West's mom died. This saddens me to an extent I don't completely understand. I get so much Kanye exposure that I feel like I know him, so this feels like when a friend's mom dies.

Much more after the jump.

How about some strike news?

•Nikki Finke reports that certain big-time Hollywood agents are working to get the writers and execs back to the negotiating table.

•Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof penned a New York Times op-ed about the death of TV and his reasons for striking.

•TV Guide has an insanely helpful updated list of how many unaired episodes of each show are left.

•The LA Times' blog reports on the strike's effect on below the line employees, noting that 102 workers from the set of The Office have been laid off.

•CBS may turn to Ultimate Fighting during the strike. Aight, broskis!

•Variety's blog includes video of Tom Morello serenading the scribes.

•Slate comments on the various videos from the writers' strike picket lines.

Ain't It Cool News has an interview with Jason Schwartzman.

Suburbs revs up my excitement for Southland Tales. Wire fans, is that Avon Barksdale in the photo with Stiffler and the SNL chicks? Meanwhile, Nerve has an interview with writer/director Richard Kelly.

Billboard has an interview with Trent Reznor and Saul Williams.

My Old Kentucky Blog points out a new Facebook application that allows you to stream songs posted to music blogs on your profile.

Stereogum has a new Ted Leo video. and thanks to them, I have this new Kanye West video for "Good Morning" to kick off your afternoon. Dude most certainly has not had a good morning. RIP one more time for Donda West.