Stereogum has a new MP3 from spunky Canadian trio/Warp Records rockers Born Ruffians.

Times New Viking continues their press binge with a Pitchfork Guest List. Population Doug has been rounding up all the local trio's online press. Check the paper today for my preview of their album release show Friday at the Wexner Center, and click back here tomorrow for a few more thoughts on the new Rip It Off.

EW has reaction to Heath Ledger's death from one of his final costars, Christopher Plummer. Meanwhile, Variety reports on how Ledger's final projects will be affected. Did you know he was set to direct a film about a young chess star and had offered Ellen Page a starring role? And what does this Jack Nicholson comment mean?

I thought the 2007 best-of lists were through, but I don't think I ever linked to Spin's list. And if you are a really geeky music-critic type, you'll probably enjoy this.

All Hip Hop has details on Lil Wayne's arrest.

Spinner has a new Mountain Goats MP3.

Don't expect any more expensive pilots from NBC.

More after the jump!

Stereogum has a new MP3 from spunky Canadian trio/Warp Records rockers Born Ruffians.

Times New Viking continues their press binge with a Pitchfork Guest List. Population Doug has been rounding up all the local trio's online press. Check the paper today for my preview of their album release show Friday at the Wexner Center, and click back here tomorrow for a few more thoughts on the new Rip It Off.

EW has reaction to Heath Ledger's death from one of his final costars, Christopher Plummer. Meanwhile, Variety reports on how Ledger's final projects will be affected. Did you know he was set to direct a film about a young chess star and had offered Ellen Page a starring role? And what does this Jack Nicholson comment mean?

I thought the 2007 best-of lists were through, but I don't think I ever linked to Spin's list. And if you are a really geeky music-critic type, you'll probably enjoy this.

All Hip Hop has details on Lil Wayne's arrest.

Spinner has a new Mountain Goats MP3.

Don't expect any more expensive pilots from NBC.

More after the jump!

AV Club talks to composer, producer and "unpopular pop" musician Jon Brion.

Rolling Stone has a Radiohead cover story.

You can stream the New York performance of Jonny Greenwood's orchestral composition "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" at WNYC.

RCRD LBL has a free EP from New York dance punks Professor Murder.

You've got to listen to this NPR interview with Michael K. Williams, aka Omar from The Wire.

Speaking of The Wire, Cedric Daniels is getting around! Besides riding for Cadillac and playing a role in the upcoming season of Lost, Lance Reddick has been cast as the lead in J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi pilot, Fringe.

Are you guys ready for eight volumes of Rivers Cuomo's memoirs?

Apparently a lot of this year's American Idol contestants are music industry also-rans who already squandered their shot at the big time.

Check out another Lost billboard at Pop Candy. Only a week til the new season!!!

Biding their time during the writers' strike, CBS will air several prime-time episodes of The Price Is Right.

Status Ain't Hood examines the continuing relevance of the Oscar for Best Song and drops in some ridiculously awful off-hand film criticism to boot.

The music industry has begun to shift the blame for music piracy to Internet Service Providers.

Lastly, to come full-circle with Canadian blog-hype bands, here's a video from the long-awaited Tokyo Police Club full-length, due out in April on Saddle Creek. It's called "Your English Is Good," and I quite like it.