Happy New Year, and welcome back to the fully functional, post-holidaze version of Sensory Overload. Our first bit of business: Chris Cornell's Twitter announced that Soundgarden is reuniting. He even made a pun: "Knights of the Soundtable ride again!"

Two big indie music obituaries over the break: R.I.P. Vic Chesnutt and Rowland S. Howard.

Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker continues to clean up in film awards season.

All that investment is paying off: Avatar has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Slate explains how Animal Collective became the biggest indie act of 2009, making the argument I've been making for a while that the difficult-to-accessible career narrative they've been saddled with ain't exactly accurate. Good read.

Looking back one more time: Stereogum listed its 50 most downloaded MP3s of 2009, while The Daily Swarm lists its top stories of the year.

Also, Simon Reynolds remembers the decade in indie music.

And now, for looking ahead: Pitchfork has a guide to upcoming 2010 releases.

AV Club lists 21 songs about hating the radio.

Child abuse activists want The Who removed from the Super Bowl due to allegations against Pete Townshend.

Lady Sovereign's career ain't going so well.

We wrap up with Monsters of Folk's video for "Say Please."