The Daily Swarm has pronounced the above monstrosity the worst music of 2009, and it's hard for me to disagree, even considering how much negative energy our own local entrants have been drudging up. The above cover of "Such Great Heights" comes from a bunch of goons called Confide. Enjoy?

Idolator has a cool essay on Michael Jackson's chart dominance since dying last month.

Speaking of Jackson, Paste has a list of "dead celebrities crazy people insist are still alive but hiding."

Pitchfork has an interview with Beck.

AV Club lists 16 theoretically terrifying biker gangs.

After HBO had success with Hung, MTV has greenlit a similar program called Hard Times.

Susan Sarandon and John Goodman have joined the cast of HBO's Jack Kevorkian movie.

EW counts down 20 great TV miniseries.

Slate wonders how we can trust claims like "New and improved!"

And does this Grizzly Bear/Lil Wayne mashup fit that criteria?

Lastly, footage of a stacked Broken Social Scene lineup (Feist, Emily Haines, Kevin Drew, Jimmy Shaw Brendan Canning, Jason Collet and Amy Millan) performing "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" at the Toronto Harborfront. This song came out when I was in college, which renders it better than today's music courtesy of nostalgia. Hooray!