Hello again everyone! I'm happy to report that I've returned from vacation recharged and ready to blog. And what better way to dampen my spirits than by leading off with The New Yorker's profile of Alec Baldwin? It's a highly depressing but hugely intriguing piece of journalism.

Stereogum has an MP3 of a new collaboration between The Mountain Goats and Kaki King.

I didn't realize HBO had been in business since the '70s, or that it had produced this many hit TV series.

Spinner is streaming new albums from Calexico, Sasha, Josh Rouse and more.

I don't care if this explanation makes some sort of sense, I still don't like the new Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft ad.

Pitchfork has an "awkward, stilted, abrupt" interview with Brian Wilson.

Steve Martin is releasing an album of original banjo tunes?

I'm trying not to dig too deep into old news from last week, but I can't skip Michael Ausiello's bulletins about big Lost casting news and Gossip Girl stars guesting on 30 Rock.

Also, AV Club's series of interviews with TV show creators is worth a few links. They talked to Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood), Josh Schwartz (The OC, Chuck, Gossip Girl) and J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity, Fringe).

Is it possible this show will turn out to be anything but a warmed-over retread of Arrested Development?

I like when classic country singers tour with alt-country acts. Charlie Louvin is the latest.

TV Guide has a rundown of shows premiering this week.

And now for a few videos. First, I'm still not sold on Kanye West as an AutoTune-equipped robo-singer, but he keeps pushing on with the theme, and he tends to prove naysayers wrong, so I'll keep the jury out. Kanye doesn't rap at all in new single "Love Lockdown," which he debuted at last night's VMAs. (Here are your winners.) Did I mention this song is part of a surprise new album that could be out before the end of the year?

You'll have to follow the jump for that Kanye clip. You'll also find video from The Specials' reunion concert and an Oasis show in which the band was attacked on stage.

In the meantime, why not enjoy some brand new Deerhoof? It's a very Deerhoofy little number called "The Tears and Music of Love."

Hello again everyone! I'm happy to report that I've returned from vacation recharged and ready to blog. And what better way to dampen my spirits than by leading off with The New Yorker's profile of Alec Baldwin? It's a highly depressing but hugely intriguing piece of journalism.

Stereogum has an MP3 of a new collaboration between The Mountain Goats and Kaki King.

I didn't realize HBO had been in business since the '70s, or that it had produced this many hit TV series.

Spinner is streaming new albums from Calexico, Sasha, Josh Rouse and more.

I don't care if this explanation makes some sort of sense, I still don't like the new Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft ad.

Pitchfork has an "awkward, stilted, abrupt" interview with Brian Wilson.

Steve Martin is releasing an album of original banjo tunes?

I'm trying not to dig too deep into old news from last week, but I can't skip Michael Ausiello's bulletins about big Lost casting news and Gossip Girl stars guesting on 30 Rock.

Also, AV Club's series of interviews with TV show creators is worth a few links. They talked to Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood), Josh Schwartz (The OC, Chuck, Gossip Girl) and J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity, Fringe).

Is it possible this show will turn out to be anything but a warmed-over retread of Arrested Development?

I like when classic country singers tour with alt-country acts. Charlie Louvin is the latest.

TV Guide has a rundown of shows premiering this week.

And now for a few videos. First, I'm still not sold on Kanye West as an AutoTune-equipped robo-singer, but he keeps pushing on with the theme, and he tends to prove naysayers wrong, so I'll keep the jury out. Kanye doesn't rap at all in new single "Love Lockdown," which he debuted at last night's VMAs. (Here are your winners.) Did I mention this song is part of a surprise new album that could be out before the end of the year?

You'll have to follow the jump for that Kanye clip. You'll also find video from The Specials' reunion concert and an Oasis show in which the band was attacked on stage.

In the meantime, why not enjoy some brand new Deerhoof? It's a very Deerhoofy little number called "The Tears and Music of Love."

"Love Lockdown":

The Specials:

When Oasis fans attack: