I hate to have to come back from vacation, but at least I get to come back to a job that includes rounding up today's Lunch Break Links. Even if the first link is quite sad: Director Sydney Pollack has died.

So have Laugh-In host Dick Martin and jazz/blues figure Jimmy McGriff. RIP, guys.

Pitchfork has an interview with Bon Iver, a fascinating Poptimist column on what it means to have a favorite album and an extensive rundown of just about every worthwhile summer music festival worldwide.

EW is counting down the 100 best summer songs (Lisa Loeb, really?) plus a photo gallery of tattoos of famous people (it seems like they should be above this, and so should I but... how can I resist?). Oh, and 33 hotties over 50. I know you're just giving the people what they want, but I could use fewer lists and a few more full-length features, EW!

Also, NBC, please secure a new contract for Alec Baldwin post-haste.

Ron Perlman has joined Sons of Anarchy, FX's new series about bikers.

Stereogum has new MP3s from Wire, Bodies of Water and Ratatat.

Are presidential candidates tarnishing their credibility by getting too cozy with late-night TV? And as long as I'm linking to Time columns, does less Lost equal more?

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro chatted last week about The Hobbit.

A whole lot of music pirates are into Usher. Oh, and one of his hits was apparently built by mixing two stock Garage Band samples. (!)

Unfortunately we will not be seeing Rock Star: Velvet Revolver.

The Class took the top prize at Cannes.

You may recall that The CW subcontracted its Sunday night schedule to a third party. Those folks have revealed the network's Sunday slate.

Spinner is streaming new records from Cyndi Lauper, The Futureheads, HEALTH and more.

New York's governor pardoned Slick Rick last week.

Thanks to Pop Candy for pointing out Cracked's list of the eight least intimidating gangs in movie history.

Weezer has a new YouTube-spoofing video for "Pork and Beans." Watch it, then follow the jump for a bunch of other new videos I nicked from Stereogum...

I hate to have to come back from vacation, but at least I get to come back to a job that includes rounding up today's Lunch Break Links. Even if the first link is quite sad: Director Sydney Pollack has died.

So have Laugh-In host Dick Martin and jazz/blues figure Jimmy McGriff. RIP, guys.

Pitchfork has an interview with Bon Iver, a fascinating Poptimist column on what it means to have a favorite album and an extensive rundown of just about every worthwhile summer music festival worldwide.

EW is counting down the 100 best summer songs (Lisa Loeb, really?) plus a photo gallery of tattoos of famous people (it seems like they should be above this, and so should I but... how can I resist?). Oh, and 33 hotties over 50. I know you're just giving the people what they want, but I could use fewer lists and a few more full-length features, EW!

Also, NBC, please secure a new contract for Alec Baldwin post-haste.

Ron Perlman has joined Sons of Anarchy, FX's new series about bikers.

Stereogum has new MP3s from Wire, Bodies of Water and Ratatat.

Are presidential candidates tarnishing their credibility by getting too cozy with late-night TV? And as long as I'm linking to Time columns, does less Lost equal more?

Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro chatted last week about The Hobbit.

A whole lot of music pirates are into Usher. Oh, and one of his hits was apparently built by mixing two stock Garage Band samples. (!)

Unfortunately we will not be seeing Rock Star: Velvet Revolver.

The Class took the top prize at Cannes.

You may recall that The CW subcontracted its Sunday night schedule to a third party. Those folks have revealed the network's Sunday slate.

Spinner is streaming new records from Cyndi Lauper, The Futureheads, HEALTH and more.

New York's governor pardoned Slick Rick last week.

Thanks to Pop Candy for pointing out Cracked's list of the eight least intimidating gangs in movie history.

Weezer has a new YouTube-spoofing video for "Pork and Beans." Watch it, then follow the jump for a bunch of other new videos I nicked from Stereogum...

Kanye West recently leaked this second clip for "Flashing Lights."

Remember Tricky? He has a new video called "Council Estate."

If you're like me, you missed Thao Nguyen when she was in town a few months back, but now we can at least watch her new video for "Swimming Pools."