I should probably just quit pretending and rename this blog The Wire since that's all I seem to talk about. Well, after skipping work and locking myself in my freezing apartment for 13 hours yesterday to watch the entire fourth season, I can say this: David Simon has rendered all art a moot point. It is the greatest artistic achievement of all ever, and should be studied in graduate seminars ad infinitum.
The Playlist has some more details (including a track list) on January's two-disc soundtrack album. I'm excited about the obscure Baltimore hip-hop on disc two.
Big Screen Little Screen has details about the coolio prequel videos now showing on Amazon.com, which will supposedly close each season five episode. Young Omar? Bunk and McNulty's first encounter? Yes please.
In non-Wire news, Drowned in Sound continues its countdown of the best music of the year: 20-16, 15-11.
...and Passion of the Weiss begins its countdown of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2007, with generous mp3 support.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy covers R. Kelly on his new EP, and it doesn't sound nearly as ridiculous as you might expect. In fact, it's awesome.