If you're anything like me, you're a fan of Stephen Malkmus. So you'd probably be glad to know that he announced the probable name of a new album and posted a rant against the city of Stockton, California on his official website. (It's kinda grainy, so you might want to just read the rant at Pitchfork.)

In other Portland-related indie rock news, the Decemberists have canceled their "Long and the Short of It" tour, which was to arrive in this town two weeks from now.

The TV writers were set to vote on whether to strike this morning. I'll get word to you on what they decide, but let me warn you, it doesn't look good.

The looming strike has already had one casualty: The spinoff miniseries Heroes: Origins. Of course, as PopWatch notes, that could just be spin to cover the real reason: Sinking ratings for season 2.

Snoop Dogg has been working to solve the UK's gang problem, but "men in white wigs" are getting in his way.

The Denver Post examines Adult Swim's use of indie music. (via LHB)

In honor of Robert Goulet's death, Nah Right dug out a clip of Will Ferrell, Jay Z and his Roc-A-Fella crew on SNL.

Speaking of Jay, more content from his XXL cover story is available online.

Status Ain't Hood reviews Guitar Hero III, calling it "better than Nas."

If you see American Gangster this weekend (and you definitely should), you'll notice Cuba Gooding Jr. playing gangster Nicky Barnes. Variety reports that Forest Whitaker is supervising a new Showtime series about Barnes.

Like Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me's next season will be 22 episodes long. FX seems to be moving in that direction, but I'm not sure quantity is the best way to get the most out of your series.

As long as we're talking FX, let's mention that Electric Dream Machine, Dennis and Charlie's fake band from the excellent It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has a MySpace page.

The difference between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's spending and income is significant.

Don Imus is coming back to the airwaves.

In other political-cultural news, Stephen Colbert is officially banned from the ballot.

Don't forget: Daylight Savings Time finally ends this weekend.

Finally, I wouldn't usually be too interested in a new Foo Fighters video, but this one features Rashida Jones (it was great to see her on The Office last night, by the way)...

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