Welcome back from hibernation. It's time to get back to the grind for a few weeks. That said...

Status Ain't Hood muses on the death of the Billboard Music Awards.

I feel like Pitchfork has an interview with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew every other week, but that's not going to keep me from linking to this one.

Wow. Michael Jackson is participating in a Jackson 5 reunion tour. As Paper Thin Walls puts it, "it's finally reached the point where he needs Tito more than Tito needs him."

Fader has a video interview with Gilbert Arenas about his sneaker line. (Need I remind you about his killer blog?)

The Office's Angela Kinsey is pregnant. I wonder what this means for her storyline on the show, assuming it comes back this year. And it still might because...

The Hollywood writers and studios are set to resume negotiations today at 1 p.m. But don't get too excited yet; TV Guide says those talks could last a month or more. Nikki Finke, however, has a much more positive outlook: According to a reliable source, she says a deal is already basically in place, and a return to the negotiation table is a mere formality. We'll see how this shakes out.

By the way, the Broadway stagehand strike could be close to resolution as well.

Much more after the jump...

Welcome back from hibernation. It's time to get back to the grind for a few weeks. That said...

Status Ain't Hood muses on the death of the Billboard Music Awards.

I feel like Pitchfork has an interview with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew every other week, but that's not going to keep me from linking to this one.

Wow. Michael Jackson is participating in a Jackson 5 reunion tour. As Paper Thin Walls puts it, "it's finally reached the point where he needs Tito more than Tito needs him."

Fader has a video interview with Gilbert Arenas about his sneaker line. (Need I remind you about his killer blog?)

The Office's Angela Kinsey is pregnant. I wonder what this means for her storyline on the show, assuming it comes back this year. And it still might because...

The Hollywood writers and studios are set to resume negotiations today at 1 p.m. But don't get too excited yet; TV Guide says those talks could last a month or more. Nikki Finke, however, has a much more positive outlook: According to a reliable source, she says a deal is already basically in place, and a return to the negotiation table is a mere formality. We'll see how this shakes out.

By the way, the Broadway stagehand strike could be close to resolution as well.

Much more after the jump...

That New Yorker article about how indie rock lost its soul just won't go away.

EW published its list of the top 25 entertainers of the year.

Fall Out Boy should know better: You do not mess with Maurice Sendak.

Also from Idolator: Janet Reno likes freak folk?

Stereogum has opened voting for its 2007 Gummy Awards.

Check out the trailer for Persepolis, the unusual animated feature based on Marjane Satrapi's amazing graphic novel about her childhood in Iran.

Queen's Brian May was recently named chancellor of a Liverpool university. (via AV Club)

In other unusual rock pursuits, did you know Maynard James Keenan runs a winery?

Nah Right has a collaboration between Wyclef and T.I., plus Busta rapping on a J. Dilla track.

Suburbs has an extensive review of Rock Band.

Look out, French file-sharers: Your president wants to take away your Internet access.

Extreme is getting back together, reminding us again that Gary Cherone was not, in fact, Van Halen's musical soulmate.

Spinner only has four albums streaming this week, but they seem like decent selections: An EP from British buzz band the Rumble Strips, a new Bloc Party single and Rhino's Brit Box. (Also the non-British soundtrack to The Great Debaters.)

The Daily Swarm reports on how Camel is now targeting the indie rock market.

Fred Armisen told Paper Thin Walls a story about his childhood.

Lots of classic indie rockers are working on new LPs. You probably already know about My Bloody Valentine, but what about The Jesus and Mary Chain or Gang of Four? (That Gang link has MP3 demos.)

Speaking of reunions, the original Zombies lineup (not the two-man hackjob that played the Ohio State Fair last year) will reunite for three nights in London to play Odessey and Oracle in its entirety. Deceased guitarist Paul Atkinson will be the only missing member.

Which brings us to our final, sad news. Casey Calvert, the guitarist for Ohio band Hawthorne Heights was found dead on the band's tour bus. Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow also passed away. RIP, rockers.