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Linkdown: 3/17/10 Happy St. Patty’s! by Barbecue Bros

– In honor of St. Patty’s Day, some Conan O’Brien news: his upcoming comedy tour may spawn a documentary film

– AV Club: Are musicians making too much music?

Here’s a statistic that may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song The Beatles officially released during their eight-year recording career—all their albums, EPs, singles, and B-sides—would take a little less than 10 hours. You could start with Please Please Me as you set off to work, and finish up with Let It Be while arriving home from your evening commute.

Here’s another statistic that also may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song officially released by Animal Collective during a similar timeframe would take you almost exactly the same amount of time, to the minute.

– Vulture: Is the Viral ChatRoulette Singer Actually Ben Folds?

Interview with Emmett Malloy, director of the White Stripes doc, Under Great White Northern Lights

– Speaking of Jack White, he and Jay-Z are recording together because hey, why not? Break it out during a Bonnaroo superjam…?

The Hobbit will begin shooting in June in New Zealand

– Still sad I won’t be there this year, and The Pitchfork Guide to SXSW 2010 isn’t helping any

– The latest “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” has Ben Stiller as a guest


Linkdown: 1/20/10 by Barbecue Bros

Favorite movies will come later today or tomorrow. Here’s the first linkdown of the year:

(500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spiderman reboot trilogy

– Will Ferrell, who was Conan O’Brien’s first guest on “The Tonight Show”, has been booked for the final show

Taste test on the “new” Domino’s Pizza

The Killers are going on hiatus

– NBC has picked up a new series from Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (“The State”, “Reno! 911”)

– The Coachella lineup was announced yesterday morning and is pretty sick

Review of Aziz Ansari‘s hilari0us comedy special “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”

Check the hazey new video for “Blessa” from Toro Y Moi

– If ou haven’t heard it yet, feel free to stream the excellent new Beach House album Teen Dream over at NPR (via Stereogum)

Linkdown: 10/16/09 by Barbecue Bros

– Holy hell, I’ve always known it but “Mad Men’s” January Jones is smoking hot

– AV Club’s latest “My Year of Flops” review is Human Nature, penned by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry

Interview with the Coen bros

An exclusive interview with Spike Jonze

– Vulture: Who Will Upstage Taylor Swift When She Hosts SNL?

– The latest LCD Soundsystem song is a cover of an Alan Vega song

– A couple of memorable Letterman appearances from this week: Tina Fey on being a “24 year old virgin” and Aziz Ansari just being Aziz Ansari

– And to be fair and balanced, the awesome Dr. Ken Jeong on Conan from earlier this week