Compiled by Ryan

The links:

-Tracy Morgan will (finally) return to host SNL on March 14.

-I’m not sure what Conan sees in Andy Richter (except an out of work friend); the portly comedian will serve as the announcer for O’Brien’s new gig on The Tonight Show.

Michael Cera has finally signed on for the Arrested Development movie.  I really want this to get made soon, just so people stop talking/speculating about it; at this point, it will never live up to expectations.

-I thought it was weird enough that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script for The Green Hornet, weirder still that Rogen is going to play the titular character, but then they went and topped all that by tapping Michel Gondry to direct.  Very strange/interesting.

-As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a Spider-Man musical is in the works.  It was revealed this week that Bono and The Edge of U2 would be writing the music.

Wilco have set a June release date for their new, as-of-yet unnamed album.

This article makes me pretty excited for the Kanye West episode of VH1: Storytellers.

The YouTube highlights:

-Earlier this week I was working on a sample script for a local music video show here in NYC.  The script required me to look up and write about different artists/videos for the show.  That led me to this baby:

I couldn’t just keep that to myself, so I forwarded it to the good folks at Videogum, and thanks to them for posting it for a larger audience.  This needs to be seen.

-Earlier this week, Louisiana Governor (and possible 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee) Bobby Jindal bombed his response speech to Obama’s address to Congress.  Where it gets good is that Jindal sounds strikingly similar to Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth character from 30 Rock.  Here’s a video from a test run of Jimmy Fallon’s new show exploring just such similarities:

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 New music spotlight:

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of DeadThe Century of Self

Ridiculous as their name is, Texas art-rockers ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have put out some amazing records in their time; 2002’s Source Tags & Codes is widely regarded as one of the better albums of this decade.  That said, their last few releases have been met with various incarnations of “meh” from most in the indie community.  The Century of Self seems to be getting better buzz, but I haven’t quite gotten on board yet.  Judge for yourself:

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “Isis Unveiled” from The Century of Self, out now on Richter Scale/Justice

Various Artists – Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night is a charity compilation to benefit AIDS awareness.  It features 32 exclusive tracks from many notables.  Among my favorites are Andrew Bird, Antony, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Kevin Drew, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The National, Spoon, and Yeasayer.  Of course, my top track is a cover of a Destroyer tune by Dan Bejar’s bandmates The New Pornographers.  Check it out, then buy this baby to support AIDS research and awareness.

The New Pornographers – “Hey, Snow White” from Dark Was the Night, out now on 4AD