Compiled by Ryan

The links:

-If you missed last night’s Daily Show, which featured Jon Stewart taking Jim Cramer to task over the financial media, you can see the entire interview here.

-NBC’s new show Parks and Recreation now has a website for the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana.

-I really enjoyed this Videogum feature about weird movie descriptions on cable menus.

Prince is going to play four nights on The Tonight Show in addition to doing lots of exciting performance pieces in LA in late March.

Neko Case was interviewed by The AV Club this week.

-Jack White is part of a new band featuring members of The Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Raconteurs; you can read about it here and listen to the songs here.

The YouTube highlights:

Do you remember playing Cups when you were a kid?  You know-“Clap, clap, tap on the cup, clap, up, down; clap, side, touch, hit, switch, cross, pass.”  Anyway, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. based the beat for his song “Optimist (We Are Not For Them)” on the game, and incorporated that into the video:

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As faithful readers know, I’m a big fan of The Hold Steady.  If there’s ever been a band that warranted a live CD/DVD combo, it’s these guys.  Stereogum posted a preview of A Positive Rage:

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New music spotlight:

Handsome FursFace Control

Handsome Furs is Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and his wife, Alexei Perry.  Face Control is their second record, and it’s a lot more fleshed out than their debut.  Boeckner finds a lot of influence in both mainstream rockers like Springsteen and Petty and punks like The Clash and Fine Young Cannibals.  Check out the lead single:

Handsome Furs – “I’m Confused” from Face Control, out now on Sub Pop