Compiled by Ryan

The links:

-Conan’s much-hyped live tour kicked off this week, and The Hollywood Reporter has a report from the first night of action.

-Considering the artists involved, I’m looking forward to this musical tribute to Shel Silverstein.

Pitchfork’s “5-10-15-20” column focuses on Carl Newman of The New Pornographers.

Slate contributor James Sturm wrote a great piece about giving up the internet.

The YouTube highlights:

It’s understandable that fans are split on the merits of The Dead Weather, but I do enjoy how much money Jack seems to throw behind this project, as evidenced by their newest video:

New music spotlight:

LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening

James Murphy released one of the most-talked-about singles of last decade (“Losing My Edge”), as well as one of the best-received albums of the decade (2007’s Sound of Silver), so it’s safe to say that This Is Happening is one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010.  Early standouts include “Dance Yrself Clean,” “Home,” and early song of the year contender “I Can Change.”  Do listen:

LCD Soundsystem –This Is Happening, out May 18 on DFA and streaming now at the band’s website