Lots to report today because a doctor's appointment kept me from posting links yesterday. Let's start by sending out an R.I.P. to actor David Carradine, who died this week in Thailand. The Kung Fu and Kill Bill star was 72. (Update: Read Melissa Starker's obit here.)
Also, "Queen of the Blues" Koko Taylor died at the age of 80. R.I.P. to Ms. Taylor as well.
Paste has an interview with Mary-Louise Parker of Weeds, which returns Monday.
How about three links from Pitchfork: Yo La Tengo has a new album coming out in September, and the cover art is pretty awesome.
R. Kelly also has a new album coming, and a mixtape too.
And speaking of mixtapes, some dude made a pretty intriguing Santigold mix, but Santigold's label issued a cease-and-desist order, much to Santi's chagrin.
AV Club discusses the sounds of summer.
EW counts down the 10 worst reality shows ever.
Apparently Conan's new set design is a tribute to Super Mario Bros.
Speaking of video games, Slate offshoot The Big Money tackles the recession's effect on that "recession-proof" industry.
Also, in honor of Up, Slate wonders: How many balloons would it take to lift a house, anyway?
Ghostface admits he hasn't dealt drugs or shot people since the early 90s, so his R&B-centric next album is going to reflect that at long last.
Lastly, MGMT makes their bid to extend the ubiquity of "Kids" by finally releasing a video for it at this late date. The constantly shifting clip includes some acting by Joanna Newsom, who looks damn good when not dressed like a Renaissance harp queen.