It's a wonderful Tuesday to be alive. Chirping birds and all that. So read this stuff, then go outside.

Pitchfork talked to the pride of Akron, the Black Keys' Pat Carney, about, among other things, his excellent label Audio Eagle. Speaking of which, the interview mentions that the Houseguest and Beaten Awake albums are coming out this spring; I thought they came out last fall, but I guess they must be getting new distribution or something. Good to see those bands getting such wide exposure. [Listen: Houseguest] [Listen: Beaten Awake]

Apparently the NCAA matchups set for Nationwide Arena this weekend are "lackluster," so tickets are getting cheaper. Turning up a nose at these games seems ridiculous. You're bound to see something awesome, no matter who's playing; it's March Madness!

Old news, but relevant in light of 300's success: A film version of The Watchmen, Alan Moore's seminal 1986 comic, is in the works from 300 director Zack Snyder. I've been hearing great things about the book from sources close (my friend David) and distant (the Lost producers, who swear by the comic and may be incorporating elements from its story into their TV show).

Apparently some folks think the Heroes writers are appropriating The Watchmen too-a little too much. (Spoiler warning in effect!)

Libraries will now get copies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I was unaware this was a contentious issue, but it turns out it is.

Slate presents: The Enlightened Bracketologist. Plus: A requiem for the guy who used to run your office pool.

I seem to keep posting Girl Talk links, but I'm fascinated with the guy. Here we find out what pops up on his iPod.

NY Times has a story about a new movement in indie rock: Female guitar heroes. (via Stereogum)

Check out this badass license plate, then click below for more links:

It's a wonderful Tuesday to be alive. Chirping birds and all that. So read this stuff, then go outside.

Pitchfork talked to the pride of Akron, the Black Keys' Pat Carney, about, among other things, his excellent label Audio Eagle. Speaking of which, the interview mentions that the Houseguest and Beaten Awake albums are coming out this spring; I thought they came out last fall, but I guess they must be getting new distribution or something. Good to see those bands getting such wide exposure. [Listen: Houseguest] [Listen: Beaten Awake]

Apparently the NCAA matchups set for Nationwide Arena this weekend are "lackluster," so tickets are getting cheaper. Turning up a nose at these games seems ridiculous. You're bound to see something awesome, no matter who's playing; it's March Madness!

Old news, but relevant in light of 300's success: A film version of The Watchmen, Alan Moore's seminal 1986 comic, is in the works from 300 director Zack Snyder. I've been hearing great things about the book from sources close (my friend David) and distant (the Lost producers, who swear by the comic and may be incorporating elements from its story into their TV show).

Apparently some folks think the Heroes writers are appropriating The Watchmen too—a little too much. (Spoiler warning in effect!)

Libraries will now get copies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I was unaware this was a contentious issue, but it turns out it is.

Slate presents: The Enlightened Bracketologist. Plus: A requiem for the guy who used to run your office pool.

I seem to keep posting Girl Talk links, but I'm fascinated with the guy. Here we find out what pops up on his iPod.

NY Times has a story about a new movement in indie rock: Female guitar heroes. (via Stereogum)

Check out this badass license plate, then click below for more links:

Andrew Bird is coming to the Southern Theatre next month, and his superb new album drops next week. Check out this interview from The AV Club.

Here's a laughtastic video "interview" with Ted Leo, who also has a new album coming out next week.

(Seriously, next week is a huuuuge week in indie rock. Modest Mouse, Low, the Ponys, Panda Bear, LCD Soundsystem...)

In a seriously smart move, NBC is switching the time slots for Scrubs and 30 Rock, a move that puts the Tina Fey comedy on right after The Office. Hopefully this means the great 30 Rock will be returning next season. Now about Friday Night Lights...

EW ran a rundown of some relevant free mp3s, including tracks from Wilco, Richard Thompson and Consequence feat. Kanye West.

This "Guide to Picking New Music" is pretty funny.

Pop Candy directs us to lots of photos from the Turtles movie. Also, Rainn Wilson will be part of an upcoming "Shakespeare marathon."

Finally, ESPN's Bill Simmons recaps last weekend's basketball action to help you prepare for the coming Madness.

Seriously, go outside!