LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever



Despite having one of the worst band names since Deep Blue Something, this year’s Arcade Fire Award for Blog-Created Musical Superstars is definitely going to four UK indie rockers who call themselves Arctic Monkeys

After being breathlessly blogged about everywhere from Stereogum to some dude’s MySpace page, the Monkeys meteoric rise to the top of the British charts managed to give them the fastest-selling debut record from any U.K. act, ever.  Take a listen for yourself, and see if they live up to the hype (or ‘type’, as it were):

Sex, Drugs, Cocoa Puffs and Football


Ck When you combine sporting events with entertainers/comedians/writers who aren’t sports people, one of two things can happen: It’ll either end up like the Dennis Miller mess on Monday Night Football, or like this.

What does the Super Bowl represent to Chuck Klosterman, a random writer you have never met and (in all likelihood) have never even heard of? That is the quandary that has America talking. And that is the quandary I will attempt to answer through this sporadically updated weblog, a process Arctic Monkeys fans like to call "blogging."

Chuck is blogging about the Superbowl from Detroit all week long. Even if you don’t care about who wins the big game– or who’s playing in the big game– this is a must read. If nothing else, I guarantee that this is the only Superbowl Blog you’re going to find that references Soundgarden, Tawny Kitaen and Robert Altman. Read it all here.

For Sale: Charlotte’s Vagina



The Sex and the City original painting "Charlotte’s Vagina" is up for auction on eBay. As I’m writing this, the reserve has yet to be met, and the top bid is only $305. In case you were wondering, it’s 54 inches by 96 inches. The painting. Not the vagina.

So there you have it. If you want, you can buy Charlotte’s vagina on eBay. Meanwhile, Samantha just keeps giving hers away. Oh no I din’t! I went there!

Thanks to BWE fave CityRag for the link.

On TV: I’m With Stupid



According to Reality Blurred, the ratings for Skating With Celebrities improved 183 percent over Arrested Development. To some, this might suggest that Americans are morons, but I don’t think that’s true. People watch TV to relax and have a good time, so if they would rather watch a bunch of fading stars compromising their dignity for one last shot at the spotlight than an innovative scripted show, is that really so bad? Life is hard enough without having to prove how smart you are every time you turn on the TV.

Is George Clooney Having the Best Week Ever?



Speaking of George Clooney, this week he was nominated for an Oscar for his acting, directing, and his writing. Plus, he’s not fat, can drink again, and is shooting a French coffee commercial almost as we speak!

Oscar Nominated Clooney is a Winner in Jerry Penacoli’s Eyes



George Clooney, who’s nominated for three Academy Awards this year, charmed Extra’s Jerry Penacoli in an interview after the nominations were announced early yesterday morning. According to Extra online, George joked about Penacoli’s bright blue tie, saying "The tie is waking me up, I’ll tell you that."

Penacoli was reportedly delighted by Clooney’s playful egging and was overheard after the interview bragging to friends that "while we’re not best, best friends, he would totally say hi to me on the street now if I saw him."