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The newest addition to my to-do list of Internet procrastination is Vulture, New York Magazine’s entertainment blog.  It combines news about the arts and entertainment scene with just the right amount of cheekiness to keep it from taking itself too seriously.

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Vulture not only titles its articles with snarky headlines such as “Recording Industry to Quit Suing Downloaders, the Dead” and “Disney Slays Narnia Franchise, Andy Samberg Weeps“, but it also gleefully keeps readers abreast of new ridiculous quotes by the Hollywood set:

“‘We definitely need a kid ASAP.’Spencer Pratt threatens the world with potential devil spawn [MTV]

‘I guess God just wanted to prepare me for this role.’ Diddy on how his past legal problems helped with his role on CSI: Miami [E!]

‘Favorite song of 2008? I haven’t had the chance to listen to anything but my stuff … so, um, “Right Now.” Favorite Album? Freedom. In stores right now.’ Akon [MTV]”

Vulture, New York Magazine’s culture blog

Most recently, Vulture put out a year-in-review list of its most popular articles with readers and bloggers in 2008.  Here are some teaser photos:

Check out Vulture’s 2008 year-in-review list for such gems as a slideshow of Vulture’s Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves, a flowchart to help moviegoers decide Which of This Fall’s Oscar-Baiting Holocaust Movies Is Right for You?, and some handy advice on When Should You Take Your Bathroom Breaks During ‘Che’?

One more reason to read Vulture: without it, I never would have discovered this fan video featuring “talented super-nerd” Timothy Edward Smith’s musical score from his fan project Star Wars: The Musical:

when I read Vulture’s post George Lucas Finally Relents, Signs Off on Star Wars Musical.

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One more reason to love Last.fm: selected free (legal) MP3s.  Music artists can choose to have select tracks available for free download by users; users can browse through them by genre tags and download at will.

Today's tag cloud of downloads.

Tag cloud of today's downloads.

It’s a great method for new bands to expand their listening base (I’ll be blogging about Racetrack and The Dellas, both of which I discovered on last.fm), but established artists do it as well to promote certain tracks (today I see Nine Inch Nails, Sufjan Stevens, and Broken Social Scene, among others).

It all just goes to prove to the RIAA that the recording industry can succeed with a new business model that involves artists sharing some of their music freely on the Internet, rather than suing the pants off fans who just want to listen to their favorite bands.  That’s my take; how about yours?