Compiled by Ryan

The links:

Variety had a whole host of short articles highlighting The Daily Show, on the occasion of it being ten years old.

-Some think that Jimmy Fallon is targeting the nerd crowd with his upcoming late night show, and I think that’s actually a pretty solid strategy.  Whether he can pull it off is another question entirely.

-The LA Times has a nice story about John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

-The new Neil Young album is going to be a concept album about…electric cars?

-Noah Baumbach wrote a piece for The New Yorker, and you can read it here.

The YouTube highlights:

These first two are some jerky animal videos passed along by my friend Pete.  The first is a honey badger taking on a cobra, with some pretty great music to boot, and the latter is an eagle having his way with a goat.  Enjoy.

I don’t know what this was produced for, or what this lady’s problem is, but it’s worth a watch.  I found this over at Videogum, so thanks to them for the find.

Lastly, if you’ve trolled the internet for much time at all this week, you’ve probably discovered the great Mark Gormley.  If not, I demand that you do so now:

New music spotlight:

A.C. NewmanGet Guilty

A.C. Newman is the solo moniker of Carl Newman, leadman of The New PornographersGet Guilty is his second solo album, and those who enjoy Carl’s songs on New Pornos records will no doubt find something here to enjoy.  The production and instrumentation is more intimate here than on full band efforts, but it suits Newman’s vocal talents well.  “Submarines of Stockholm” exhibits his flair for melody:

A.C. Newman – “Submarines of Stockholm” from Get Guilty, out now on Matador Records

Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion

Much has been made of the new Animal Collective record, with many making comparisons to Radiohead.  The similarities run deep: the band experiments with sounds, is critically-acclaimed yet lacks crossover appeal, and divides music fans into those who love the band and those who just don’t care.  They bury Beach Boys harmonies under layers of noise and static.  Check out “My Girls,” but be prepared to have it in your head for weeks:

Animal Collective – “My Girls” from Merriweather Post Pavilion, out now on Domino

Antony and the JohnsonsThe Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons is artist Antony Hegarty (also heard on last year’s Hercules and Love Affair album) and friends.  While Antony is probably best described as an acquired taste, I highly recommend that you take the time to acquire said taste; Antony writes some of the prettiest music around, influenced by drag queens, opera singers, and glam rockers alike.  Give a listen to “Another World” from the new album:

Antony and the Johnsons – “Another World” from The Crying Light, out now on Secretly Canadian

Bon IverBlood Bank [EP]

Bon Iver is singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, whose  lush arrangements, warm voice, and endearing backstory propelled his debut Bon Iver album, For Emma, Forever Ago, to the top of many year-end lists in 2007 (when it was self-released) and 2008 (when it was re-released on a national label).  The new EP features a full band, but you can expect most of the same sounds from Vernon and company.  Here’s the title track:

Bon Iver – “Blood Bank” from Blood Bank [EP], out now on Jagjaguwar