Happy birthday to my sister! And now for the links, many of which today come from The Daily Swarm:

Let's begin with David Byrne interviewing Thom Yorke for Wired.

I neglected to mention earlier this week that Spinner is streaming the new Lupe Fiasco album, The Cool.

The New York Times has a feature on the rap scene in Marseille, France.

In other NYT international music reporting, did you know 13 Mexican country singers have been killed in the last 18 months? Or that there were Mexican country singers at all?

Jamie Lynn Spears (that's Britney's sister) is pregnant at age 16.

So is Lily Allen (she's pregnant, not 16).

A song written for a Nike commercial has become the first branded Grammy nominee.

Experimentalist British music mag The Wire posted its year-end albums list.

How could I have missed this new MP3 from Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks last week?

Much more after the jump...

Happy birthday to my sister! And now for the links, many of which today come from The Daily Swarm:

Let's begin with David Byrne interviewing Thom Yorke for Wired.

I neglected to mention earlier this week that Spinner is streaming the new Lupe Fiasco album, The Cool.

The New York Times has a feature on the rap scene in Marseille, France.

In other NYT international music reporting, did you know 13 Mexican country singers have been killed in the last 18 months? Or that there were Mexican country singers at all?

Jamie Lynn Spears (that's Britney's sister) is pregnant at age 16.

So is Lily Allen (she's pregnant, not 16).

A song written for a Nike commercial has become the first branded Grammy nominee.

Experimentalist British music mag The Wire posted its year-end albums list.

How could I have missed this new MP3 from Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks last week?

Much more after the jump...

Billboard has an update on the indie rock/Camel scandal.

Stereogum rounded up a bunch of new holiday MP3s from indie rockers.

That Jackson 5 reunion is actually going down New Year's Eve.

Suburbs revealed the winners in its 2007 Pop Culture Hall of Fame poll.

Music blog Gorilla vs. Bear has been one of many musical outlets hyping the Italians Do It Better label, home to acts such as Glass Candy and Chromatics, this year. They rounded up a few more MP3s.

Speaking of free MP3s, Cokemachineglow has put together a set of "fantasy cover songs" to be unveiled in a podcast on Christmas Day. A few tracks are available already, including yet another cover of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends."

AV Club's year-end film wrap-up is online.

I'm somewhat disturbed by the thought of Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor playing a couple in prison.

Jackass is releasing a new movie online today.

Also premiering today: Cartoon Network's new animated version of Transformers.

EW counts down its favorite TV episodes of the year, but watch out, it's full of spoilers. (They have to tell you why they liked the episodes, after all.)

And let's flash back to their top 10 moments of Lost Season 3, just for the hell of it.

Finally, the latest installment of Pop Candy's top 100 people of the year.