Hey folks, guess what? I got some dates mixed up and neglected to mention that last Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Lunch Break Links. Here's to another year!
And to temper that excitement, let's begin with the death of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Mel Cheren, "The Godfather of of Disco" and founder of Paradise Garage, also died this weekend.
This week's free album streams at Spinner include Todd Terry and Bear Hands. No Wu-Tang? Did AOL suddenly lose a bunch of goodwill with the record companies or what? This is a paltry offering.
Year-end list season continues with Pitchfork's roundup of the year's top music news according to them.
I don't think I've linked to Filter's list yet. Vibe put out a list of the year's 44 best singles. ("You Make Me Better"? Really?) And Stereogum has rounded up several other bloggers' best-of lists.
The Daily Swarm rounded up several articles about Radiohead's unusual In Rainbows distribution, including one that credits the band's pay-what-you-want scheme to a "stoned philosophical conversation." Reminder: Today is the last day to download the album for a price of your choice at inrainbows.com.
Akon has already pre-taped some segments for "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve."
In other Akon news, Idolator points out that Marilyn Manson has learned from the R&B star's mistakes.
Pop Candy rounds up pop culture books that will make good stocking stuffers.
And speaking of Pop Candy, they've provided these last few links for us:
Will Ferrell is embarking on a standup tour to promote his next movie, Semi-Pro. EDIT: It's coming here in February, with Zack Galifianakis, Demitri Martin and Nick Swardson in tow!
The first 10 minutes of Walk Hard are online. (Heard about the latest Judd Apatow project in development, Year One?)
Is this new Green Day music under a pseudonym?
Looking for plot details on the new Indiana Jones film?
Finally, a 1949 Woody Guthrie concert recording has emerged. I wish I had a new hip-hop video to link to here for ultimate contrast, but I simply don't. Peruse Nah Right if you want.